Practice: Kakasana & Bakasana

The phrase ‘arm balances’ can strike one of two emotions in us: Love or fear – which are basically the two human emotions all our thoughts, actions and reactions stem from…. For those who find arm balances fun and accessible, Kakasana and maybe even Bakasana don’t seem to require too much physical effort. To those […]

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. Our […]

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 physical […]

Practice: Ardha Matsyendrasana / Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose

Ardha = ‘Half’    Matsya = ‘Fish’    Eendra = ‘King’    Asana = ‘Posture’ or ‘Seat’ This asana is named after the great Yogi Matsyendranath Ardha Matsyendrasana is a pretty deep spinal twist in its full expression, but it’s how we approach and prepare for the posture that really makes the difference in how […]

Practice: Preparation For Backbending

Although backbends may appear to be all about flexibility, they actually require a lot of strength in order to practice them in a way that is healthy and sustainable. The strength we need to cultivate before moving into backbends arises not only from the muscles of the back, but also a connection to the deep […]

Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation (IT band & hip opener!)

Tension in and around the hips can contribute to a lot of other issues within the body: lower back pain, knee troubles, poor posture, and even referred pain down in the feet or all the way up in the neck can all be linked back to imbalances within the muscles of the hips. No matter […]

Practice: Swimming Salabhasana (Inspired By Brahmani Yoga)

The lower back is a place a lot of us experience discomfort, in fact lower back pain is the number one cause of disability world-wide. (In this sense, disability means no longer being able to go about your day in the way you’re used to, so you may still be able to move around, but […]

Practice: Eka Pada Malasana / One Legged Garland Pose

Eka = ‘One’    Pada = ‘Foot’   Mala = Garland    Asana = Posture *Possible prop needed: One block, or a rolled towel.  Balancing is one of the most important aspects of our practice. Not only does it help our nervous system to wake up and start building new neural pathways as we work […]

Practice: Phalakasana (Plank Pose)

Anyone been joining in with the 30 day plank challenge?…. Phalakasana or ‘plank’ is probably the most recognisable position for most people when they enter their first yoga class. A brilliant core and upper body strengthener; this asana builds inner strength and willpower as we build up to being able to hold this posture regularly […]

Yoga Retreat Review – IBIZA

Famed for its clubs, bars and a general reputation for excess; Ibiza isn’t necessarily the first place you’d imagine when it comes to booking a yoga retreat….which is exactly what made the JoGa Beats F-I-E-S-T-A yoga week so special and unlike any ‘normal’ yoga retreat you’re likely to experience! The other side of Ibiza is one of […]