What are the Benefits of ‘Flow’ in Yoga? Part 1

2021-01-06T14:05:20+00:00January 5th, 2021|

  What is Flow in yoga and is it a good thing? This month in class our theme is Breath and Flow. In particular, exploring sun salutations and other linked sequences of movement/breath. Here’s my definition: Flow in yoga is a sequence of continuous, linked movements, synchronised with the breath, usually repeated a number of [...]

Tips for Starting Yoga

2020-11-16T15:32:09+00:00November 16th, 2020|

Tips for Starting Yoga “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.”   Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher   1. Body Awareness - Embracing the challenge! In yoga we are paying attention to sensations we feel in the body. It makes you more aware of what’s going on in your [...]

Benefits of doing both ‘Formal’ and ‘Informal’ Mindful Movement

2020-12-05T12:58:38+00:00May 25th, 2020|

In meditation, there is a distinction made between formal and informal practice. So, when someone says, “running/art/music is my meditation", that could be called informal practice. The kind of ‘flow state’ we might access in these activities is informed by the foundation of regular, formal sitting meditation, where the skills of consistent practice (focus, self-regulation [...]

Why I Love Focusing on Upper Body Strength

2020-02-02T21:06:31+00:00February 2nd, 2020|

One of things I now love about integrating more progressive functional movement and strength training into yoga is the benefits of upper body strength. For much of my yoga life, I have felt like I’m cheating and dipping out of body weight moves because they were too much for me. Like many women or people [...]

Yoga Beginnings – How I Started Yoga 1

2019-11-20T17:01:40+00:00November 20th, 2019|

It all came down to nervous system regulation. Not words I was familiar with at the beginning. I started yoga with commitment when I was 29, after a couple of years of trying out classes occasionally. What got me hooked was my first Ashtanga class. 90 super tough minutes of led primary series, which left [...]

The Power of Pause

2018-04-23T14:36:31+01:00April 23rd, 2018|

For many people, the thought of going on a yoga retreat is, on first reaction, unappealing. Even if you enjoy a regular yoga class, a whole day or week of yoga might seem like more than enough. If you have a weekend or week off, there are lots of fun things you can do; you [...]

What is a holistic movement practice?

2018-04-23T14:30:42+01:00April 22nd, 2018|

I was away in India over Easter, and enjoyed taking my movement practice outside and being warm! Daily sea swimming, beach running & walking, as well as outdoor yoga and my own inventions of strength training-using rocks as weights, feet/ankle/ balancing work on handy branches and boulders (possibly to the amusement of more relaxed holiday [...]

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