Now Available: On-The-Go Digestion Blend

Cardamom is considered one of the world’s oldest culinary spices, with the Egyptians even chewing the pods for digestion, and using the spice within their rituals. In India, cardamom is a popular Ayurvedic spice, utilised to help ease digestive difficulties, for cleansing, and as a way to freshen breath – even high-class women (who hadContinue reading “Now Available: On-The-Go Digestion Blend”

Cultivating Inner Strength & Being Your Own Authority

How much do we seek approval from things outside of ourselves? Comparing the physical body to the ones we see in films, magazines and advertising. Measuring our own happiness against the happiness we perceive others to have. Wondering if our lives are as good as the snap-shots we see of other people’s lives on socialContinue reading “Cultivating Inner Strength & Being Your Own Authority”

Pranayama: The Choice Between Control & Freedom

  Most of our actions bring with them samskaras – Indian philosophy refers to samskaras as mental impressions or imprints that arise from our actions and stay with us, shaping our experience and our life. It’s a little like ‘karma’ (although this word is spurious and has a lot of different meanings and applications….), basically everythingContinue reading “Pranayama: The Choice Between Control & Freedom”

Practice: 4 Parts of The Breath

As I mentioned in last week’s post, it is the amount of focus we bring to the transitions we make within a yoga practice that determine how ‘in the zone’ we can become on the mat. Being aware and present for one posture takes focus, but being aware and present as you move from oneContinue reading “Practice: 4 Parts of The Breath”

Practice: Anantasana Variation & Awareness Of ‘The Moments Between The Moments’….

Although we might remember ‘the important things’ that happen through life, we don’t often easily recall the moments between those ‘important’ moments. Ofcourse, this isn’t such a bad thing; our brains have to decide which things are important enough to ‘keep hold’ of, and which things don’t need to be thought about any more. OurContinue reading “Practice: Anantasana Variation & Awareness Of ‘The Moments Between The Moments’….”

Practice: Virabhadrasana 3 Variation

  Vira = ‘Hero’      Bhadra = ‘Friend’      Asana = ‘Seat’ / ‘Posture’ (Featured: Leggings by Long Live Legs) Balancing isn’t everyone’s favourite part of a Yoga class…. The biggest concern isn’t usually about hurting our bodies if we fall or wobble, it’s more about bruising the ego if anyone sees usContinue reading “Practice: Virabhadrasana 3 Variation”

Practice: Supta Garudasana Variation

The word ‘Yoga’ doesn’t just mean ‘to unite’, ‘to connect’, or ‘to become whole’, it also has a counter-intuitive meaning; ‘to separate’, or more accurately; ‘to dis-entangle’. While this asana variation presents itself as a core-strengthener (and a pretty good one at that), by practicing postures like these, we can use them as a physicalContinue reading “Practice: Supta Garudasana Variation”

Practice: Flying Eagle Transition (Garudasana & Virabhadrasana 3)

Garudasana is often known as ‘eagle pose’, however the word ‘Garuda’ doesn’t literally translate as ‘eagle’. As I mentioned in last week’s post the Sanskrit language doesn’t just describe or name an object, it actually holds the essence of the very thing it’s describing. ‘Garuda’ more closely means ‘devourer’, ‘devourer of serpents’, or ‘all-consuming fireContinue reading “Practice: Flying Eagle Transition (Garudasana & Virabhadrasana 3)”

Practice: Parivrtta Anjaneyasana Variation / Revolved Low Lunge Variation

Parivrtta = ‘revolved’  Anjaneyasana = Often known as ‘crescent pose’ or ‘crescent moon’, or less poetically as – ‘low lunge’ Twists are very much the group of postures we make much more difficult for ourselves than they need to be. Physically pushing towards a deeper twist usually directs more force into one particular part of the spine, whichContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Anjaneyasana Variation / Revolved Low Lunge Variation”

Practice: Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana Variation

Parivrtta = ‘Revolved’      Prasarita = ‘Spread’, ‘Expanded’, or ‘Wide apart’      Pada = ‘Foot’      Ut = ‘Intense’      Tan = ‘To Stretch’      Asana = ‘Posture’, or ‘Seat’       This name literally translates as ‘spread out feet intense stretch’ so it does exactly what it says on the tin…. The practiceContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana Variation”