New Name New Website

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5 years ago when I opened our studio I could never have predicted this happening. Its been a very organic change from offering purely Bikram classes, to adding a few Vinyasa Flow, then a bit more with Fierce Grace and now Yin. For ages I was so resistant to practising any yoga other than Bikram and I could never have imagined that we would teach anything but Bikram at our studio…but finally being open enough to try a few new things my practice has come alive, is a lot more fun and moving in different ways has been great for my body. Seeing the response from all of you, made me realise I wasn’t the only one ready to start … Read More

Breathing & Self Awareness

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Beach Bikram Yoga

The retreat this year was really special. The thing that made it so amazing was the people who came because they went all in and got involved in everything. Every morning on the retreat we did half an hour meditation before class and I was pretty impressed that everybody turned up almost every day. It’s probably one of the hardest things for a human being to do, sitting in stillness and silence with ourselves, but has so many benefits for our physical, mental, and emotional bodies. Meditation is an incredible tool to help slow down the mind and create greater self awareness. The place to start is with the breath. The breath is a microcosm of your nervous system. The … Read More

Intention

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The blackboard in the juice bar shows people’s intentions for 2016. I’m really struck by how many people’s intentions aren’t about achieving specific goals but actually changing certain things within themselves and in their state of living/wellbeing. When you practice yoga, the intention you bring to your practice and the energy behind it, has a much bigger role to play than how strong or flexible you are. Intention is incredibly powerful because it changes the emphasis from what you are doing to how you are doing it. For example if your intention is to do every posture perfectly and not stop once, you are going to beat yourself up every time you fall out or don’t look like the bendy … Read More

Retreat

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This is the time of year when most of us take a break and go away, usually on a quest to escape our routines and catch some sun. Taking some time out is both healthy and important. It helps us slow down, recharge, gain perspective and spend time as a human being rather than a human doing. I have been going to Kerala in South India for many years, I absolutely love it. Since I opened the studio 4 years ago I have run a 10 day yoga retreat there every year for students who want to come and immerse themselves in yoga and this enchanting country. In India yoga is a part of everyday life and goes hand in … Read More

The Exhilaration of Discovery

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“Stay in beginner’s mind. Never leave beginner’s mind,” because in beginner’s mind, the possibilities are infinite. They’re open. Anything can happen. You’re open to learn anything you need to learn. If your view of something needs to change, you’re open for it to change. No matter how deeply you have seen something, no matter how much you think you know something, stay in beginner’s mind. Don’t get rigid. ” Adyashanti I love this quote because it describes so beautifully the journey of discovery and finding new yoga has been such a discovery for me. I know this sounds crazy because yoga is what I do but I was locked into one sequence of postures for such a long time with … Read More

Stabilising Your Mind

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“One of the most important things in life is to be able to find a sense of inner stability because its this foundation that allows us to look into the nature of our experience in a clear and objective way” Adyashanti Yoga, and especially meditation, create stability in the mind. Unless we can find this inner stability in our lives, we will be constantly pushed around by whatever experience or thing that happens to us or the next person we encounter. We’ve all been there…you get to class early, set up your mat in a good spot and then someone arrives late, puts their mat right in front of you and you can’t focus for the entire class…or maybe you … Read More

Finding Your Edge

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Within your practice you have to find your edge and that is DIFFERENT for EVERYBODY. Too often I see people pushing themselves beyond what they can do for the sake of their ego and how the posture looks. They then can’t cope and really to start struggle in the practice ….this is not yoga! I say in class all the time, “Do a bit less and get more out of what you’re doing.” Break things down for yourself so you can actually experience what’s happening to you internally as you’re doing it. This also helps you to start experiencing the Present moment much more during the class, which is the key to having a powerful practice. “Yoga is happening on … Read More

What is Yin Yoga?

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Yin Yoga gets deep into the body, stretching and opening the fascia, tendons and ligaments, releasing blockages both physical and emotional and creating space not only in the body but also in the mind. In Yin, the area of the body mainly targeted is between the navel and the knees and each pose requires the use of supports such as blocks, to help you remain in the posture for several minutes. This enables us to slow things down and really be mindful of what we are doing and aware of what we’re experiencing. In Yin because the postures are held for longer, we play around with our edges, taking the posture to a point where there is some significant resistance, … Read More

New Times

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The New Year is always a time of reflection and looking back over 2015, while there are some things I am happy to let go of, there is so much I am grateful for. The tough times have made us grow and the good times have been inspiring. In assessing last year and the changes we made with introducing new classes, one thing we realised we could do better is to improve the schedule to make it more accessible. Lack of time is the biggest issue that we hear from our yogis so from next week we will be adding in more shorter classes, more variety and more class times to choose from. I also feel that this year I’d … Read More