Celebrate International Yoga Day With Ekhart Yoga & 108 Sun Salutations

The practice of 108 sun salutations is traditionally done as an offering – i.e. it’s not about ‘what can I get out of this’, and rather – ‘how can I devote my intention and the energy of this practice towards something bigger than myself?’ Why 108? The number 108 has become an important symbolic number,Continue reading “Celebrate International Yoga Day With Ekhart Yoga & 108 Sun Salutations”

Practice: Anjaneyasana (Back-Bending Variation)

When it comes to backbends, there’s a lot more to it than just bending backwards…. In order to find the healthiest backbend for our own body, it’s important to open up, lengthen, strengthen and release all the other areas that might be restricting us from getting into a backbend that is truly beneficial for us.Continue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana (Back-Bending Variation)”

Saluting the Sun – Surya Namaskar A

Surya = ‘sun’ Namaskar = ‘Salutation’ from the word namas, meaning ‘to bow’   If you’re new to yoga, the sun salutation sequence is likely to be one of the first sequences you’ll learn – depending upon the style of yoga you choose to practice of course. If you’ve already been practicing for a longContinue reading “Saluting the Sun – Surya Namaskar A”

Practice: Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

A deep backbend when taken to its fullest potential; Ustrasana or ‘camel pose’ mimics the hump of a camel’s back. Backbends can tend to be a little daunting at first, because they’re the opposite action of what we’re now so accustomed to doing; rushing forward, hunching our shoulders, closing off and tensing up. Backbends? TheyContinue reading “Practice: Ustrasana (Camel Pose)”

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

Practice: Eka Pada Raj Kapotasana

Eka = One       Pada = foot       Raja = King or ‘royal’       Kapota = Pigeon       Asana = Pose or ‘seat’   A pretty deep hip-opener; pigeon pose can feel like a great stretch for some, but torture for others…. The hips are usually linked to a place in which we store a lot of emotional tensionContinue reading “Practice: Eka Pada Raj Kapotasana”

Practice: Upavistha Konasana (Seated wide-angled forward fold)

This is one of those poses in which we learn that the more you push and force things, the further away you get from where you want to be. Let things be easy, breathe in to it, and realise that the important thing is never where you end up, but what you learn along theContinue reading “Practice: Upavistha Konasana (Seated wide-angled forward fold)”

Practice: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)

Kurmasana, or ‘tortoise pose’, carries with it that sense of inward focus, much like a tortoise drawing in to it’s shell. When we begin to focus more on what’s going on inside, we deepen our yoga practice and learn to cultivate ‘pratyahara’ or ‘sense withdrawal’, one of the eight limbs of yoga, laid out inContinue reading “Practice: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)”

Good Morning! The benefits of an every-day practice

So why oh why do lots of us get up in the early hours of the morning, maybe only a few hours after some people have even gone to bed, to practice yoga? It takes commitment, and when the mornings are dark you’ll need a dose of willpower too – but it’s all worth it….Continue reading “Good Morning! The benefits of an every-day practice”

Yoga For Runners

  If you’ve managed to stick to your new year’s resolution of taking up running as a new way to stay healthy, then firstly; well done! Secondly; this could be handy….   While running is a really great form of exercise, unfortunately what comes with it – especially to those who aren’t necessarily experts –Continue reading “Yoga For Runners”