Yoga Blog

Why does yoga class feel so good?

During a recent visit to the hairdresser the lady next to me was lamenting that she can never get her hair to look the same as when the hairdresser does it, and she was asking if a particular type of tong would give her the look she was after. (Stick with me here, I promise more…

Upside down lessons

In this blog I thought I would share some things I have learnt from practicing headstands. Not my favourite posture, it would have to be said, and certainly not one that I find easy, but as I tell my students, in yoga the biggest lessons come from the postures we find tricky, and I knew more…

Stay well this winter

Surya (Sun) mudra

There are a lot of winter bugs around at the moment. I know this full well, as I was in quarantine here at Inside Out HQ for over a week. I know full well the misery of these flu germs! I also know how important it is to take time out, rest and keep away more…

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Hello and Welcome to 2019

Hello and welcome to 2019! I have to be honest, I am not big on new year resolutions! I’m never keen on the idea of becoming the “best me” or a “new me” which seems to imply that I am currently “old and inferior”. I prefer to focus on Budhhist monk Shunryu Suzuki’s words of more…

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Men do yoga too!

Men do yoga too!

A couple of weeks ago I posted a little bit on Facebook about International Men’s Day, and how yoga can really help Men stay healthy. I thought I might explore that some more in this blog! There is increasingly more coverage of men “doing” yoga. Ryan Giggs famously puts his long and successful football career more…

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Join me for an autumn clear out?

Support the digestive system

In yoga and Ayurvedic philosophy the transitional seasons (spring and autumn) are the perfect time to have a clear out – physically and metaphorically! Get rid of the rubbish that might have accumulated in our homes, our bodies and our minds over the past months, helping us to move into the new seasons enjoying robust more…

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Keeping a yoga journal

Yoga poses

In my last blog I recommended keeping a yoga journal. A few of you have asked me about this so I thought I would write a few notes on this useful practice. Plus it co-incides nicely with the new Leeds Dru Yoga Teacher Training course starting, so this is definitely a practice that you will more…

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The power of perseverance

If you come to my classes then you’ve probably realised that I am not a naturally flexible. I’m not saying this to be self deprecating or looking for praise! I’m genuinely not. I do though practice my yoga daily, to the best of my body’s ability, and I unroll my mat every day not because more…

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Dive into the still space within

Connecting with the elements

I left you at the end of my last blog breathing space into your spine and abdomen, which I hope you enjoyed. Now, let’s take that a little deeper … can you find the space between each part of the breath? A natural pause, a lengthening, rather than a conscious holding of the breath, which more…

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Space to breathe

I’ve recently returned from my annual jaunt around the west coast of Scotland, one of my most favourite places to visit, a place where I can find great peace, giving me a chance to re-calibrate and recharge. I love the energy of a wild natural landscape and you get it all on the west coast more…

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