Mushroom Magic & Four Sigmatic

The association of Mushrooms with drugs and hallucinations, or with strange-looking fungus growing in unwanted places, means we haven’t been making the most of mushrooms in every-day life for the past few decades. But thats all about to change…. Thankfully, as we’re ‘rediscovering’ the benefits of natural superfoods and adaptogens, these nutrient-dense foods and elixirsContinue reading “Mushroom Magic & Four Sigmatic”

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”

Ojas: The Vitality of Life

Derived from Yoga’s sister science of Ayurveda; Ojas is our subtle ‘essence’ responsible for vitality, health, radiance, energy levels, strength, immunity in particular, vigour, longevity of life and overall mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Ojas is something the body both has within itself (i.e. babies are a fantastic example of having a high level ofContinue reading “Ojas: The Vitality of Life”

Stop Struggling & Find True Strength

Especially if you’re relatively new to practicing Yoga and have come directly from a ‘feel the burn’, ‘push, push, push’ and ‘no pain no gain’ background, postures like Bakasana, Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand), plank, Ashtavakrasana, or Urdhva Dhanurasana can all seem like asanas you’ll need to force your way through. The truth is though, whileContinue reading “Stop Struggling & Find True Strength”

Find Your Roots: Muladhara Chakra

‘I came into this world with nothing, and I leave with nothing but love. Everything else is just borrowed’. Mike Skinner (The Streets) ‘For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world’. 1 Timothy 6:7 (The Bible) The word ‘Muladhara’ translates as ‘root support’, and is the foundationalContinue reading “Find Your Roots: Muladhara Chakra”

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: Vasisthasana & Variations. Cultivating space & strength in the shoulders, and practicing without pain….

Although I’ve written about the full expression of Vasisthasana before, and how to enter into it from postures like adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog), it’s important to have an understanding of the different variations we can practice beforehand while building strength in the upper body. If you’re fairly new to practicing yoga, it’s unlikelyContinue reading “Practice: Vasisthasana & Variations. Cultivating space & strength in the shoulders, and practicing without pain….”

Practice: Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana

 Parivrtta = ‘Revolved’    Ardha = ‘Half’    Chandra = ‘Moon’    Asana = ‘Posture’ or ‘Seat’  Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana or ‘revolved half moon pose’, is a challenging combination of twisting and balancing, which also requires a lot of core strength and focus. Balancing really requires us to be totally present and self-aware, and is alsoContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana”

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)”

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 deepContinue reading “Practice: Preparation For Backbending”