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Keeping on the path

For self discipline

We are well into 2017 now and I hope you are still focussed on your health and wellbeing goals. In my experience it can be hard though to keep your resolve after the initial flurry of enthusiasm has passed! In this new year blog, I’m going to explore some yoga ways of giving your will more…

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Give your dreams wings

Use Bhima for "oomph"

I hope you’ve managed to dream a bit about 2017, and you’ve got some idea of how you’d like the new year to shape up. In this post I’m going to look at some ways to boost your energy so that you’ve got all you need to let your dreams unfold. It’s great writing down more…

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The Niyamas – tools for personal development

Just being

For this blog I am returning to our series of articles introducing some yogic philosophy. We’ve been focusing on Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, starting with the Yamas, disciplines that help us to maintain control in our lives. Today we are going to move on the Niyamas, which simply translates to observances. The Yamas more more…

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There’s more to yoga than postures

Prana

You’ve been asking me for more yoga philosophy in my blog posts, following my series on the koshas, so for my next series I thought it would be nice to go right back almost to the beginnings of yoga and see how the teachings are as relevant today as they were centuries ago. Yoga has more…

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Honouring our teachers

Focus on gratitude

Did you notice the beautiful full moon last night? If I’ve got my astronomy correct that was the biggest full moon of the year. It’s also an auspicious time in yogic tradition, known as Guru Purnima, a time to honour and thank all our teachers who have brought us to this point in life, a more…

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Where your true self resides

Peaceful

Have you ever experienced moments in your life, however brief, when everything was just perfect, everything exactly where it should be, you felt totally content, never wanting the moment to end? When you experience this sensation you are tapping into the inner most layer of your being, the anandamaya kosha or the blissful sheath. Our more…

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Breathe yourself healthy

Move with awareness

Last time I introduced the yogic concept of the layers of our being. We started with the physical layer. I’m hoping that since my last blog you have been observing your physical body when you’ve been practicing yoga – how you move, where is it feeling stiff or clunky, what bits move freely and comfortably, more…

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Becoming the Flame

Light within

We had a wonderful afternoon recently at our Inside Out Yoga studio, of Dru Yoga Dance, with Annie Raynor from North Star Yoga. She taught us the powerful and graceful “Becoming the Flame” Dru Dance, and by the end of the session 22 of us were moving as one beautiful and radiant flame. At the more…

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Meditate your way to a glorious 2016

Tadasana

Happy New Year! This is a wonderful time of year. A fresh start, a clean slate; like starting a new school exercise book, full of promise and hope. Winter and the new year in particular, is the time of year for reflection and letting go of the past and thinking about what we really want more…

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Open up to the thousand petaled lotus

Tadasana

Here we are then, we’ve reached the top! Our 7th chakra. The crown, Sahasrara, which very poetically translates to “Thousand petaled lotus”. Strictly the speaking the crown isn’t a chakra like the others, although it is part of the 7 basic chakra system. The previous 6 chakras are all allowing energy to flow unhindered up more…

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