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

Fierce Grace

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Fierce Grace is free of the limits of some of the rigid yoga systems. It allows the body and mind to follow their wisdom and flow, while providing a framework that brings physical excellence. Fierce Grace is a 5-class yoga system based on Ashtanga, Power, classical hatha yoga and Bikram yoga and sequenced in ways that adhere to ancient yogic principles as well as the latest cutting edge research on attaining optimum results in the minimum time. Interval Training Timing and Super Slow wisdom have been woven into the classes. The 5 ‘moods’ develop us mentally and emotionally by allowing all aspects of ourselves room for expression. We believe there is not one perfect class that does everything. If there … Read More

Why Hot Yoga?

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I think it’s fair to say, yoga is having a bit of a moment. What used to be a hippie pastime has modernised and become main stream. I would argue that hot yoga has been a big part of that revolution. Bikram Yoga was the original form of hot yoga which exploded worldwide. A set sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises all done in a room heated to 40 degrees, it got people practising yoga who had never imagined themselves as yogis. Hot yoga has since diversified with new styles such as Vinyasa Flow and Fierce Grace, as well as others. But why would you want to do yoga in a hot room? Here are our top eight … Read More

The Mirror & The Gaze

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Looking in the mirror can be challenging and I know a lot of people struggle with it. The mirror is there to assist with finding the right alignment but it can be very difficult to switch off the inner critic and look at ourselves, as we are. Directing the focus of the eyes to control the attention in yoga is called Drishti. The practice of Drishti is a technique for developing single-pointed concentration of attention. It works by directing the gaze at a specific point, with a soft focus. For balancing postures, where you are looking at the mirror, this could be at your third eye, throat chakra or solar plexis. For a posture such as triangle where you are … Read More

Yin & Meditation

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I am absolutely thrilled to see that Yin is becoming a more and more popular class at the studio every week. This practice has profoundly changed my Yoga journey as it shows us where the yoga is coming from inside us, rather than being lost in the shape on the outside. Yin provides such a wonderful balance to the more active practices we do, which are muscle contracting, blood pumping and faster paced. In Yin you keep the muscles soft, staying in the poses for a long time and encouraging the body and mind to slow down and relax. Time being the magic ingredient. The great thing about Yin is that any posture can be modified and made accessible to … Read More