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Dance Towards Self Realisation

By |November 23rd, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

I recently took part in a 10 day silent meditation – I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be true to themselves. One of the many things that I gained from this experience was my ability to think more clearly about certain aspects of my life. Over the period of a month or so after leaving, I started to realise that a lot of unravelling took place over these 10 days. It was as though so much was rising with the settling of my thoughts, and because I was meditating for most of the day, I didn’t […]

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Inside Poses – Warrior 1

By |November 23rd, 2013|Categories: Inside Poses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)
This pose improves flexibility of the thighs, calves, abdomen, shoulder joint, and ankles. It promotes the releasing of the poas muscle which is useful for most yoga poses and helps to develop good posture and alignment. Warrior 1 also works to expand the ribcage- increasing lung capacity. It strengthens legs, arms, shoulders and the back.

As a dynamic pose, warrior 1 encourages good circulation, and is highly energising. After performing this pose one feels more open and proud- like a warrior.

With the support and guidance of a good teacher that is mindful of alignment and posture, warrior […]

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“Yoga Body”

By |November 23rd, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

“Yoga Body”: The Conspiracy BY DANIELLE PROHOM OLSON

I found this great blogger that I would like to share with you all. I browsed through a few of the articles and was left reflecting about this one- ‘Yoga Body’: The Conspiracy.

It is an article in response to Kathryn Budig’s “Stop Judging and Read” in the Huffington Post. It is worth reading both for a balanced view.

Danielle writes that advertising “yoga bodies” like Briohny Kate-Smyth in the Equinox video and Kathryn Budig in the Toe Sox advert gives the wrong impression of the benefits that yoga offers, and is unhelpful for […]

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Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha Book Review

By |November 23rd, 2013|Categories: Book Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

This comprehensive and easy to understand book was published by the reputable Bihar School of Yoga. With clear instructions for each pose, it is must have for every yogi and yogini where ever they are on their journey.

Although it is primarily written for ‘Satyananda’ or ‘Bihar’ Yoga, this book is used by many schools of yoga. It is divided into four main sections (as it says on the cover!) and also includes a chapter on Shatkarma (cleansing exercises), and an introduction to Chakras (energy centres in the body). For the ‘beginner’ it offers a great introduction to what yoga […]

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Thought Provoking

By |November 23rd, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Informative, Interesting, Thought Provoking

I was thinking for a while about what my first blog should be about. I knew that it should be informative, interesting and thought provoking but was unsure about where to start.

My thought process went something like this…

If I write about the science, I express the impression that ‘there is evidence that yoga is good for you- it’s proven!’ we like that nowadays don’t we? ‘Science has proven that daily stretching improves health and increases life expectancy’ (I made that up, but it’s probably true!). I felt slightly uneasy about forming a foundation around this impression; […]

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Inside Poses – Cat and Cow Pose

By |November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Inside Poses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Cat Pose (Marjaryasana) & Cow Pose (Bitilasana)
Cat and Cow poses help to improve the flexibility and mobility of the spine and they also work the abdominal muscles. It also gently strengthens the wrists and shoulders, and massages the digestive organs. The Cat-Cow sequence is a good to start a practice with because together these postures flow like magic easing you into connecting with breath and movement, and helping you to be present with the sensations that come from moving between the two.

Try closing your eyes whilst moving between the two and allow yourself to experience the subtle sensations, and […]

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Four Chapters on Freedom Book Review

By |November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Book Reviews||0 Comments

Four Chapters on Freedom: Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. By Swami Satyananda Saraswati
This Bihar School of Yoga publication is a classic and well written book. The author Swami Satyananda Saraswati is a student of Sivananda Saraswati – both well respected gurus of yoga. The book is a commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, which are 196 aphorisms that form the basis of yoga as it is known today.

Each Sutra is explained and discussed in turn and is surprisingly easy to follow despite the number of Sanskrit words that are used throughout the book. Admittedly, some of the terms […]