Browsing Tag Teach Yourself Yoga

Have yourself a very merry (and healthy!) Christmas

For my final blog of the year, I thought I would leave you with my festive season survival kit – yoga focused on keeping you on top form this Christmas. If you’ve been at classes the last couple of weeks you will be familiar with the practises, so I hope this will just remind you 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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Harness the power of your mind

Natarajasana

We are rising now to the Brow centre, Ajna, the 6th chakra in our exploration. All about having a clear purpose in life, ajna rests in the space between the eyebrows. Visualise here a deep, rich indigo, imagine it flowing across your forehead, soothing the brow and settling the thoughts. Although this chakra is connected more…

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Speaking your truth

After working on our heart chakras we are ready to move up now to look at the 5th chakra, the throat centre. In yoga we call it Vishuddhi which broadly translates to “The centre of nectar and poison” or sometimes “The Purification of Opposites”. These are interesting phrases and give us a sense of what more…

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What does your heart desire?

Open anahata

Continuing then on our journey through the major chakras, we’re moving up now to the heart chakra, anahata, situated in the centre of the chest. The three lower energy centres that we’ve already looked at are associated more with our internal, personal & physical experiences and attachments, whilst the upper 3 energy centres are more more…

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Find the fire in your belly

We’ve moved up now, in our exploration of the chakras, to our 3rd chakra, the fire centre, Manipura. This chakra is linked to our solar plexus, which can be a little misleading when it comes to it’s position. Our physical solar plexus can be found where the rib cage arches up. I know that other more…

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Still waters run deep

“Still waters run deep” is a phrase which for me sums up the second, or sacral chakra. Svadisthana, is all about emotions and attachments, often deep seated and we never really know what’s down there until we start stirring the ocean. It will come as no surprise to you that this chakra is associated with more…

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Focus on your base chakra and walk your talk

Just being

Let’s have a look then at each of the 7 main chakras in more detail, starting with the base or root chakra, mooladhara, to give it its correct name. As you might have guessed from it’s name, mooladhara sits right at the base of your spine, providing firm energetic foundations, just as the coccyx and more…

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What is a Chakra and what do they do for me?

For my next series of blogs I thought I might unravel some of the mystery around Chakras. They are currently a fashionable theme, popping up in magazine articles, self help books and even providing the inspiration for modern jewellery collections (Thomas Sabo & Pandora both have chakra themed pieces). I have to be honest, the more…

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Acceptance, acceptance, acceptance

Dru Publications

As you know, I have recently had my arm in pot. I’ve been “lucky” (worked hard though!) and healed quickly. I have to be honest I could have done without it, but as I always like to find a silver lining, the experience has had much to teach me. In my next 2 blogs I’d more…

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