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Yoga For Sleep - Rest and Digest. A short practice to encourage relaxation....

Wind. Movement. Dry. Mobile. Cool. Light. Subtle. These are all the qualities of the Vata principle according to Yoga and Ayurveda. We are currently in the midst of Autumn (the season where Vata dominates) so it is a worthwhile time to stop and notice the rising...

As we move forward finding our faith and shifting away from fear is what we need most for our minds....

The Gunas affect our every thought and action. Understanding them can lead to greater stability and happiness....

What is meditation? At its essence it is a space of reflection around external life and a special listening 'within'. We embark on meditation via the instrument of the mind. Yet by the nature of thought, we are using the mind to reflect on itself!!...

The path of yoga is never a straight line. Most of the time it’s more like a winding road with some stop signs, the occasional traffic light and at it’s most liberating – a freeway that flows with ease. Our bodies are finely tuned mechanisms...

Starting something new is always daunting. Will I be good at it? How will I feel? What happens if I can’t do it? None of these questions are actually important when it comes to starting yoga. Read on to find out why… Has your perception of yoga come...

Atha (pronounced ah-ta) implies ‘attention’. The first word of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali explains so much about the practice we are moving into each time we come onto the mat. Like all of the words of the Yoga Sutras, it is not placed randomly. It implies...

How often do you sit with your mind and just watch it, notice it? How well do you know your own tendencies, patterns, and habitual ways of thinking or acting? Thousands of years ago when Yoga was first conceived and practiced the ancients realized that an...

Winter Solstice is upon us. Is your inclination to reflect, sit and wait out the tamasic (heavy) energy of Winter? Or have you already started moving towards the emerging light, turning that corner towards a new energy - maybe working with mantra or visualisation? You may...

In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha represents new beginnings and the removal of obstacles. He sits comfortably in the half Lotus as a symbol of transformation. Unlike Ganesha's easy seat, our body can be one of our biggest obstacles when it comes to feeling like we...

The beginning of a new year can be a tempting time to place intention on setting new resolutions and behaviours - starting with a clean slate! The inability to find balance in our life can be a precursor to many negative patterns appearing so it's great to 'nip them...

Spring signifies rebirth and renewal. In the Hindu tradition an auspicious ceremony – Vasant Panchami celebrates the end of Winter and beginning of the warmer months. Vasant Panchami is considered as ‘the beginning of life’ and this day marks the arrival of happiness. There is...

Yesterday I watched my son go under anaesthesia. It was a confronting experience to see his natural functions being shut down - his body closer to a coma state than a sleep one - his breathing assisted by tubes and machines. There was no longer...

Qigong (chee goong) is a form of exercise that use simple movements, postures and the breath to increase energy and vitality in the body. It does this by increasing blood circulation and getting free flow of qi through the organ meridians which can become congested...

Yin Yoga is a slower, quieter practice of staying for an extended period (3-10mins) in passive postures, whilst softening the muscles around a specific area of the body which provides the focus for our practice. As we soften the muscles in the target area, the...

Pregnancy is a time of continual change starting from that first moment of conception. Women often arrive at yoga now for the first time as their focus shifts to doing something to assist them through the next nine months. A regular yoga practice is the perfect way...

How can yoga assist us in letting go of expectation? What happens when we try to stake a claim on something that is not ours to have or experience at this moment? How much angst and self churning do we put ourselves though when we look...

I’ve started to observe the pattern of my day moving like a dance… a slow waltz opens it, quickly moving into a foxtrot. Some days are more like a hip hop routine - body moving in an erratic, yet somehow coordinated pace. The rest of...