Browsing Tag Teach Yourself Yoga

Make your tummy smile

Good for digestion

I think we can all agree that food plays a big part in winter festivities! Not all of it being a festival for your digestive system though, so in the third of my Christmas themed blogs, I thought we would explore some ways to support your hard working digestive system. I’m going to start with more…

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Beat those winter bugs

Support your digestive and immune systems.

In the second of my festive posts, I’m going to look at a few ways to support our immune systems. How many times have you found yourself full of cold or with a tummy upset when you were looking forward to a break? This is a common phenomena when we finally unwind after a busy 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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The Yamas – the laws of life

In my last blog I introduced you to Patanjali’s “The Yoga Sutras” and the 8 limbs of yoga he discusses. These were the restraints, the observances, postures, breathing, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and super consciousness. The first of these limbs are the Yamas, or the restraints, sometimes known as the laws of life, which I’m 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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Are your thoughts fit for public display?

Move with awareness

Apologies for the delay since my last blog, I’ve had a lot of distractions – theme for a future blog I think! Here we are though, back experiencing our 5 layers of our being. We have now reached our 4th layer, the thought layer (vijnanamaya kosha). It is interesting to note that in this model more…

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How do you feel right now?

Feel good yoga

Over the last couple of blogs we have been exploring the yogic philosophy of koshas, or layers o f being. We started our tour in the physical layer, then moved into the energy layer and now we journey into our emotional or feeling layer, the manomaya kosha. Sometimes during a yoga practice we can become 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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A wander through the koshas – the physical layer

In my last blog I talked about the practice of physical yoga. I mentioned that according to yoga philosophy we have different layers of our being, of which the physical layer is just one. I thought it might be interesting to explore these a little bit further and see how these layers affect us and more…

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What is the point of yoga poses?

Balance

Recently I read this fantastic explanation of yoga postures or asana, in Deepak Chopra’s book “The seven spiritual laws of yoga” : “The word asana means “seat” or “position”. When people consider yoga, they usually think of this branch, which refers to the postures people enter into to achieve physical flexibility & tone. At a more…

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