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

Self care for summertime from an acupuncturist

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by Myles Glover Dip Ac, Dip Tui na Traditional Chinese medicine is very clear on how we should treat ourselves differently within the different seasons for optimal care. Summer months are related to the fire element, which govern the heart and mind. The fire element is the most yang of the elements and is associated with getting outside (particularly to … Read More

The Inner Critic

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“Judgement isn’t bad or good … it just isn’t true” – Adyashanti I’ve put the picture here of me falling on my arse while trying to do an arm balance. When this picture was taken I was feeling pretty silly, especially as the other two were doing it great. My inner judgement then and even now when I look at … Read More

What are you focusing on?

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When I first started doing yoga I was a fidgeter. The sweat, the heat, the energy racing through my body, the uncomfortable sensations, my moving towel, wanting to drink all the time… fixing my shorts….all got my attention. What yoga taught me was the art of mental focus. By learning to feel all these things without reacting to them and … Read More

Can yoga help with addiction?

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When you shut down emotion, you’re also affecting you immune system, your nervous system. So the repression of emotion, which is a survival strategy, then becomes a source of physiological illness later on. — Gabor Maté We live in behaviour patterns and rituals. They are so intimate to us that we are unable to see them most of the time. … Read More

Honour your boundaries

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Christmas is a lovely time. Connecting with people, giving gifts and sharing food are great for the soul. The one time of the year which is really about celebration. The downside of it is every year people seem to get a bit flipping crazy. If you feel like Christmas can be totally overwhelming with the amount of spending on stuff … Read More

How Acupuncture Balances the Six Emotions

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In traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, the relationship between health and emotions are extremely important, and when I am diagnosing illness, I always examine the persons emotional balance to help correct any underlying causes which may exacerbate problems. Some people may wonder how emotions can interfere with the physical body, but if you have ever felt angry or stressed and … Read More

Yoga practice not perfection

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One of the cool and fun things about yoga is exploring. Yoga provides a vehicle for constant learning and creates possibilities for trying something new everyday……even if that thing is something you already know, but taking a new approach. Growth is a vital component of human happiness…even if the process can be difficult or a pain in the bum. We’re … Read More

Yoga & your relationship with time

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“Yoga doesn’t take time…. It gives us time” We’re living in an age where our relationship with time is changing. We want everything done quickly. Our whole experience of life is speeding up. This is why practices like yoga and meditation are really important to keep us in check….to create the balance and keep us in touch with things that … Read More