YOGA BLOG

Dru Yoga teacher Isabel Carter started practising yoga regularly 30 years ago and has been teaching Dru Yoga and Meditation full time for 20 years. She has been teaching others to be Dru Yoga teachers since 2006.

Through these blog posts, Isabel shares her insights regarding diet and nutrition, exercise, yoga and meditation to help you keep your sparkle. 

Please enjoy, share and contribute her posts where you can.

 
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Harness the power of your mind

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 with the mind and the intellect, knowledge and understanding, it’s also about that which we cannot readily understand or know. It’s that feeling you sometime

Relax and lose weight!

If you’ve been doing all those lovely Goddess poses I suggested for home practice in my last blog, you are probably going to be thrilled that the next yoga practice I’m going to recommend for weight loss is …. savasana, our lovely relaxation pose Resting in savasana ! Yes, really. Relax and lose weight! “Even if you usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds,” according to Pamela Peeke, MD, author of Body for Life

Restorative bedtime yoga

I was recently asked a great question by an innovative mattress design company, Casper (check out https://caspersleep.com/mattresses for some interesting stuff on getting a good night’s sleep) and thought it might make a fun blog! ….. So the question they asked was…. “What yoga moves can I do from my bed?” Ease your lower back I liked this question, not just because I love my bed and anything that means I can stay in for a few minutes longer gets my vote, but also because I l

Top tips for a vibrant summer

Warrior pose on the beach As I’m writing this, it’s drizzling; the glorious sunshine of the last few weeks a distant memory…but I am assured that the sun is going to make a reappearance and we will once again be baking in the summer heat (ever the optomist!). In my last blog I talked about yoga for the summer, which I hope you’ve given a go (outside for extra Brownie points), so today I’m going to share with you some other holistic tips for staying healthy, vibrant and cool d

Men! Your yoga class needs you! (Actually you need your yoga class!!)

I’m always pleased when I see positive media coverage of yoga and especially when it involves men. Ryan Giggs has been getting a lot of attention recently, putting his long and successful football career down to “Hard work, strict diet and yoga”. Russell Brand and Colin Farrell are frequently snapped with yoga mats under their arms and Tony Parsons wrote a great article in March’s edition of GQ Magazine on how yoga has helped him. The reason I get excited by such publicity is

Pukka Practices!

Pukka Ayurvedic products A couple of months ago the lovely people at Pukka Herbs asked me to “test drive” and then review, honestly, a couple of their products and as I was planning an Autumn cleanse anyway (which I mentioned in my last blog), I was more than happy to do this. So here are my thoughts on their products and how they helped me prepare for a healthy Autumn. I also hope this blog provides you with some ideas and inspiration on staying healthy as we move into Winte

Top tips for staying tip top this autumn

Practise inversions in Autumn Well, we are definitely into Autumn now. The leaves are turning and starting to fall, the nights are drawing in, there’s a cool nip in the air and I’m back in thermals (actually I’ve hardly been out of them this year!). According to Ayervedic wisdom Autumn is a dry, cool, erratic and windy season. This has an obvious affect on nature but you might have also noticed the “Air” element is stronger in your body too – insomnia, heightened feelings of

Eat to sleep – food to ease insomnia

Hopefully, my previous posts on sleep have had you drifting off to the land of nod as soon as your head hits the pillow (…because my advice has been helpful and not because my blogs are boring!). Thought I’d just share a couple of diet related tips which I hope help you too. Bedtime snacks: It’s not great to eat a heavy meal just before bed but a small snack can be relaxing, particularly if it contains a carbohydrate and amino acid tryptophan (eg. dairy products, soy milk, ch

It’s 3am and I’m wide awake!!

Does this sound familiar? It’s 3am and you are wide awake! At Inside Out we often hear that you get off to sleep OK, only to wake up again in the middle of the night, and then the mind gets involved and before you know it you’re re-running the previous day, stressing about the day ahead and feeling anxious because you’re not asleep. Well you’re not alone and the good news is there are things you can do to help yourself. For some people it helps to actually get up and make a s

Sleep like a caveman (although not in a cave!)

So, how have you been sleeping this week? I hope some of the tips from last time helped. In the next couple of blogs I’m going to be looking at some more yogic ways of ensuring you get the rest you need. The first thing to ask yourself is are you actually tired or more wired? By that I mean, do you feel physically tired when you go to bed or is it more of a brain fatigue feeling and once you get to bed the mind and body can’t settle? Our bodies are meant to move. They are des

Sleep tight – tips for a peaceful night

Insomnia is a common problem, with an estimated 1 in 3 people finding getting a good night’s sleep a challenge. Lack of sleep can leave us feeling tired, irritable, over emotional and lacking in focus, which can make us more accident prone. Not only that lack of sleep has been linked to various long term illnesses, and even weight problems. So what can we do to help oursleves? I’m going to focus my next couple of blogs on heping you get a good night’s rest and giving you some