Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga

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Yoga on the mat is one aspect of a bigger picture. One important and extremely influential yoga text from which yoga as we know it today is derived is the yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In the yoga Sutras, Patanjali tells us that when the changing states of the mind are stilled we have the experience of our true nature. All … Read More

Are you suffering your experience?

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The path of yoga is one that is guiding us towards liberation. Freeing ourselves from the things which cause us to suffer unnecessarily. We often suffer because we are not conscious that it is ourselves who are causing our own suffering. I heard this teaching from Mooji recently, which I’m sharing here because it really encapsulates what I’m doing in … Read More

Authentically Practising

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Everyone has a different story for how they came to yoga. Equally we all experience it in different ways. A lot of this is about the different bodies we all have, the different minds we have. A lot of it about the expectations we have for ourselves and what intention we have when we practice. Yoga is very experiential. An … Read More

6 in….6 out…

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“All chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell level” Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., Textbook of Medical Physiology. 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 … Read More

New Year – feeling grateful

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The first time I really consciously experienced gratitude in my life is when I became a yoga teacher. I can clearly remember feeling so overwhelmed at what had been given to me, it used to make me cry spontaneously for no reason. I had been taken out of a life that I didn’t want to live anymore and existence had … Read More

Don’t limit your challenges – challenge your limits

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“Psychologists tell us that by the time we’re in our mid-30s, our identity or personality will be completely formed. This means that for those of us over 35, we have memorised a select set of behaviours, attitudes, beliefs, emotional reactions, habits, skills, associative memories, conditioned responses, and perceptions that are now subconsciously programmed within us. Those programs are running us, … Read More

Why go on a yoga retreat

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A yoga retreat is so much more than just a holiday. A retreat is about clearing some space. A time to disconnect to reconnect – physically, mentally and emotionally. It gives you the gift of time…time to slow down and focus on your health, yourself, go more inward and properly relax. If you are going through a change or transition … Read More

Community – common unity

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Being part of a community can really help to buffer the stress, struggles and chaos of modern life. Particularly if that community has at its essence the purpose of making their lives healthier, finding greater balance and becoming more conscious. When people come together and connect through a common thread, so much more can happen than when doing it alone. … Read More

Tapas – the fire of transformation

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Yoga is a process of transformation – on every level. It begins with the physical practice of postures but eventually, ultimately it becomes so much more. It changes you from the inside out. The element of transformation is fire and in yoga philosophy this is TAPAS. Tapas is one of the five niyamas, or principles in yoga philosophy, that give … Read More

Dealing with challenges

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Doing a 30 day challenge can bring up all sorts of things so its good to be prepared for obstacles along the way which you might not be expecting. How you manoeuvre around these obstacles is going to be essential to making it through the 30 days. The challenge is a valuable opportunity to observe what happens when faced with … Read More