Yoga Luxe Blog Post: Un-doing Fear & Stress Through Backbends

I have recently joined the wonderful Kirsty Norton at Yoga Luxe to contribute to the monthly blog. Yoga Luxe offers beautiful Yoga gifts, and works with charities in India to ensure each gift gives back to those who helped create it.  For this month’s blog post on how we can literally un-do stress and fearContinue reading “Yoga Luxe Blog Post: Un-doing Fear & Stress Through Backbends”

Practice: Parsva Konasana Variation / Side Angle Variation / ‘Lazy Angle’

Also known as ‘lazy angle’ by the brilliant Taylor Harkness, this variation of parsva konasana helps to give a deeper opening to the front hip, while simultaneously opening up the muscles of the chest, shoulders and upper back. Taking the traditional postures and playing with them to see how our bodies respond is something thatContinue reading “Practice: Parsva Konasana Variation / Side Angle Variation / ‘Lazy Angle’”

Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation / Crescent Lunge Variation

The ‘crescent’ part of this asana refers to the shape the posture takes ‘Anjaneya’ is another name for the deity Hanuman  This week sees a full moon on the lunar calendar, which for some means no practicing at all, and for others it means paying close attention to how our practice affects us, as the energyContinue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation / Crescent Lunge Variation”

Practice: Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

As I’ve said before – balancing is brilliant for bringing us into the present moment. It’s surprising how many millions of thoughts we can have running through our mind, and how none of them are actually related to what’s happening right now. When we balance, our focus is pulled deeper into ourselves physically and energetically, andContinue reading “Practice: Garudasana (Eagle Pose)”

Practice: Prasarita Padottanasana C

  The shoulders and chest are another place along with the hips that store a large amount of tension. Long hours spent at desks, carrying heavy bags, and generally holding emotional tension within and around the shoulders and neck is common for most of us, and often shows itself in the form of headaches andContinue reading “Practice: Prasarita Padottanasana C”

Practice: Supta Baddha Konasana / Supine Bound Angle Pose

  Supta = ‘Supine’    Baddha = ‘Bound’    Kona = ‘Angle’    Asana = ‘Posture’   A great way to passively release tension from the hips, Supta Baddha Konasana primarily opens the psoas and the inner thighs (adductor muscles). The hips are a central and important place to maintain in good health; for women,Continue reading “Practice: Supta Baddha Konasana / Supine Bound Angle Pose”

Practice: Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)

Our bodies are built to move in a natural way, but unfortunately we have a habit of doing things that don’t necessarily serve us so well. Sitting in chairs for long periods of time, cycling, running on hard pavements in unsupportive shoes, and exercising on machines that don’t support the way our bodies naturally like toContinue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)”

Practice: Marichyasana A / Pose Dedicated To The Sage Marichi

Marichi = ‘Ray of light’ (of the sun or moon)     Asana = Posture This posture is ‘dedicated to the sage Marichi’, son of Brahma the creator. ‘Tightness’ within the body isn’t necessarily a problem, in fact it’s usually the overly flexible people that are more prone to injury. When we’re looking at becomingContinue reading “Practice: Marichyasana A / Pose Dedicated To The Sage Marichi”

Practice: Malasana / Garland Pose + a mini anatomy lesson!

The traditional malasana is practiced with the arms wrapped around the body, with the hands clasping at the back. This both requires and gives a big opening to the shoulders and chest, as well as opening the hips and lengthening the Achilles heel (a place in which many runners can experience the symptoms of tendonitis).Continue reading “Practice: Malasana / Garland Pose + a mini anatomy lesson!”

What Makes A Well-Rounded Yoga Practice?

For anyone who hasn’t already seen it, here’s an extra offering for you this week…. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your own yoga practice by covering all the areas I discuss in an article recently published by YogaMoo.com! CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ONLINE