Blog Roundup: January, February + March

Catch up on the blog posts I’ve written for YogaMatters over the past couple of months, and send on to someone who might benefit from reading!   Ekagrata & Essentialism: 5 Steps To Focussing The Mind  ∇ Using Kapha Season To Build Strength In Mind, Body & Immunity  ∇ A Day In The Life OfContinue reading “Blog Roundup: January, February + March”

Directing Attention & Developing A Powerful Mind

When we’re young, we tend to require or demand attention from our parents in order to learn and develop. When we’re at school, we require attention from teachers and peers, within the workplace we need attention from whomever might be within a specific team, or perhaps an employer, and of course any healthy relationship (beContinue reading “Directing Attention & Developing A Powerful Mind”

Love Yourself: #LFLOVES February 2016 LookFantastic Beauty Box

February is the month of Love, but we can’t give it out unless we’ve got it within ourselves to start with…. Self-acceptance, respect, care and love are the fundamental things that allow us to truly love and respect others. Love makes the world go round, so take the time to nourish yourself and not only willContinue reading “Love Yourself: #LFLOVES February 2016 LookFantastic Beauty Box”

Love Starts With YOU: Self Respect Practices

  Ask the internet what the definition of LOVE is and you’ll get a few similar answers: A strong feeling of affection. A great interest and pleasure in something. To Like or enjoy very much. Caring strongly for another   We often freely feel and give these things to other people, but rarely do weContinue reading “Love Starts With YOU: Self Respect Practices”

Parsva Konasana (Side Angle) Variation & ‘Offering Your Heart On A Plate’

The expression ‘to wear your heart on your sleeve’ or ‘offer your heart on a plate’ is often reserved to describe those who offer and express their emotions and themselves without any sense of ‘holding back’. As the Oxford Dictionary defines the term; “[to] make one’s feelings apparent”. Emotions (or ‘feelings’) were once thought toContinue reading “Parsva Konasana (Side Angle) Variation & ‘Offering Your Heart On A Plate’”

Practice: Ustrasana & Finding Courage To Listen To The Heart

The heart is often spoken of as the seat of ‘love’ and ‘compassion’, which of course it is, but it’s also a place of truth and courage, and if we dare to venture there it can reveal hidden truths about ourselves. Physically, we know that the heart is an essential muscle that pumps blood, oxygenContinue reading “Practice: Ustrasana & Finding Courage To Listen To The Heart”

Practice: Chapasana (Sugarcane Pose)

This asana is simultaneously an asymmetrical backbend and a balancing posture, which means that to practice it while maintaining space in the spine, safety in the knees, and stability in the standing leg is a big challenge… let alone while remembering to breathe at the same time! The name ‘chapasana’ refers to ‘sugarcane’ but aContinue reading “Practice: Chapasana (Sugarcane Pose)”

Raw Chocolate-Fudge Love Bites

So, obviously as we approach Valentine’s day, the internet is full of love-themed recipes…. Not all of them are particularly good for your heart, though…. These little bites of healthy, raw goodness taste better than any processed and sugary shop-bought treats, and they do taste as though someone else has made them who actually knows whatContinue reading “Raw Chocolate-Fudge Love Bites”

Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain!

  The practice of yoga teaches us patience, compassion and understanding, so that we can live in harmony with ourselves and those around us. Sometimes though, that can be really, really difficult…. When the actions and behaviours of others just don’t seem to make sense to us, we can find ourselves becoming frustrated and impatientContinue reading “Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain!”

Your body: a prison or a paradise

There is a big difference between living in your body, and living with your body. Your body is not a cage. Not something to escape and run away from. If we treat ourselves badly though, it will feel like a prison. Your body is your best friend. Treat it well, it will be with you forContinue reading “Your body: a prison or a paradise”