Browsing Tag Yoga Benefits

Work in Progress

As I’m sure you all know, I’ve had a tricky time of it of late! I’d be lying if I told you that I had sailed through the challenges, but I have, as much as I could, tried to think about the lessons yoga has taught me and used them to help me navigate this 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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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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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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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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