Browsing Tag Yoga philosophy

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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Discover the energy of silence

My last couple of blogs have been focused on the power of silence, the calmness and the tranquility that it brings. In my last blog on the subject, I want to think about what might be a surprising benefit of silent times – the energy and vitality that it brings. Put very simply, using the more…

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Golden Lake Village

Yoga at the Acanthus Golf Centre

Continuing on our theme of silence, have you heard the story of Golden Lake Village? The people of Golden Lake Village were silent, they did not have the power of language. Life there was peaceful and contented, and as a community they were caring and loving. One day some travellers came to the village. The more…

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The Power of Silence

At the beginning of the year I was on meditation retreat. This is an advanced practitioner course that I have been part of for many years, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, and was prepared for a period of silence. We had a bit of a laugh in some classes more…

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Take time out to be poorly and heal

Surya (Sun) mudra

There are a lot of winter bugs around at the moment. I, myself, have been in quarantine here at Inside Out HQ, and know full well the misery of these flu germs! I also know how important it is to take time out, rest and keep away from others if you do come down with more…

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25 years of yoga!

Chakrasana

Blimey, doesn’t time fly?! I attended my very first yoga class 25 years ago this September just gone and I’ve never looked backed since (well only during my yoga practice – along with forwards, sideways and upside down ha ha). My first class was an Adult Education course, taught by Christine Barraclough, accompanying a friend more…

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New Beginnings

Open anahata

This is one of my favourite times of year, I like the colours and the cool, crisp, stillĀ  energy of autumn (when it’s not raining!). I think it’s also a great time of year for new beginnings, when we head back to school or work after our summer holidays. I always loved the clean, neat more…

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An Ayurvedic diet

Ayurvedic wisdom

One of the first things people ask me when I tell them about my Ayurvedic journey is, what do I eat? Now, my diet seems very normal but I have to confess that when I was first given my food advice from my Ayurvedic Practitioner I was somewhat distraught. There were none of my familiar 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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