Treating emotional/psychological issues with Acupuncture

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Many people think of acupuncture as being useful for pain or muscular/skeletal issues, but did you realise acupuncture can be really helpful for psychological/emotional issues? Very often, these correlate with physical symptoms, such as stress or anger causing neck pain, or the feeling of worry that appears in the stomach. Emotional issues can also often manifest themselves in forms of dependency (food,drink,drugs, etc) or phobias. From a traditional acupuncture perspective, every system in our body exerts an effect on our physical and emotional selves. When different systems are out of balance, just as they may create issues with digestion, or headaches, or pain, they can also create issues such as excessive worry, obsessive thinking, jitteriness, nervousness, irrational fear, panic attacks, … Read More

Dealing with obstacles

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With so many people signed up to to the 30 day challenge in January I want to talk about dealing with obstacles and also allowing and accepting things to be as they are. For a lot of you doing yoga every day will be a big step up from your current practice. It takes more time, you will have to plan your schedule and there will be things that crop up along the way which will make it more difficult to get to the studio or tempt you not to come…. Remember the hardest part is getting to the studio!! Be determined and know that whatever you are saying no to in order to come to yoga you can yes … Read More

How boxing and hot yoga go hand in hand

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I am a professional boxer competing at national level and in my last fight (29th October) attending the Hot Yoga Wimbledon classes was a crucial part of my pre fight build up which led to be a success. The victory put me into the top 20 in the United Kingdom. I also gained recognition from Sky Sports in doing so.I am familiar with a wide range of sports and have been actively competing for years. From football, to basketball, to distance running and boxing I have had competitive experiences in all fields. 9 years ago I picked up boxing and have been training and fighting ever since. My training involves running, cycling, swimming, circuits, weights, climbing and other dynamic exercises. … Read More

Calling all warriors!

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A 30 day challenge is 30 classes of yoga in 30 consecutive days. It only takes the human mind 21 days to break old/bad habits….so we made it 30 days just to nail it. And to make it truly a challenge. It will: get you fit help you to lose weight detox your system strengthen your muscles (ones you didn’t know you had ;)) increase your flexibility give you loads of energy help you to sleep help you to breathe help you to focus calm your monkey mind It will start the journey to come home to yourself When you practise yoga every day your practice improves in yards instead of inches. You start to nail some of the things … Read More

Why go on a yoga retreat?

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Creating space in our lives for ourselves is difficult to do. We have so many things that need our attention…work, kids, partner, friends and other stuff that we commit to. Not only that but technology enables us to be more distracted than ever, making it even harder to switch off. Logout and reset. A consequence of this busy-ness and distraction is that often we find ourselves pinballing our way through our day, reacting to one situation then the next, being pulled around whatever emotional state we find ourselves in and not really feeling we have very much choice. We totally lose sight of who we are. Its not until you can pull yourself back a little and create a bit of … Read More

You only need one thing to do yoga..

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You really only need one thing to do yoga. It’s not strength or flexibility or good balance because those things happen anyway. It’s commitment…..commitment to you!! Commitment doesn’t just mean going to class several times every week, although that’s a big part of it. It also means being present when you are there. Being committed aligns the body and mind. Yoga postures are keys to unlock our bodies. That is why postural alignment is so important. You can’t open the locks with the wrong keys. The posture is the key and alignment is the teeth on the key which open the door. A teacher will guide you but you have to find the grooves which fit the lock of your … Read More

Good yoga alignment is a process

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To keep you healthy, free from injury and to maximise the benefit of your yoga practice, finding the correct alignment for your body is vitally important. Alignment of the joints by stacking them on top of each other or in the same plane of movement puts the least amount of strain on the ligaments and is the most efficient position for the body. Knees, wrists, shoulders & vertebrae in the neck and spine can become strained, inflamed or damaged if the body moves in a way which doesn’t work in harmony with them, especially if that movement is repeated often, so awareness of what you are doing is really important. If you’re not sure about something, get hold of a … Read More

What is your relationship with the heat?

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Over the many years I have spent teaching and practising in the heat, I have found it to be a very powerful teacher. Its taught me that even in the most difficult conditions I can remain calm. Its fiercely taught me to connect with myself when things are tough. Its taught me how to use my breath to get me through the challenges in my class as well as my life. I’ve learnt to go slowly, find my boundaries, place emphasis on my breathing and pace myself. Its taught me to get out of my head and feel what’s going on in my body. That connection has taught me to respect, love and take care of my body. Through its … Read More

Different ways of breathing in a hot yoga class

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In a hot yoga class breath control is fundamental in order to keep your core temperature down, your mind focused and stress levels low. There are several different ways to breathe so here is a breakdown of all of them. Pranayama Deep Breathing Using the arms as bellows expands the ribcage to create more space for the lungs and with practice increases their capacity. Deep slow breath in through the nose by constricting at the back of the throat to control the breath, slow controlled exhale through the mouth with a HAAA sound, both to a count of 6. Kapalbhati Breath of Fire. Clears the mind and removes any toxins from the lungs. Pump the belly in and out rapidly, … Read More

A Deep Breath is a Deep Practice

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The breath is intimately connected to our life force energy, what yogis call Prana. In a yoga practice, the breath is the most fundamental point of awareness, everything gets built on its foundation. If we aren’t breathing well and by that I mean shallow, just using a small portion of the lungs, our life force becomes depleted and we lose our vitality. Blockages are created, which can make us ill if they become chronic. Yoga is a powerful preventative medicine because the combination of the postures with breath and awareness clears blockages in the body and mind. As you increase the capacity of your lungs, more oxygen becomes available for the body to use as fuel for your muscles. Oxygen … Read More