Clearing the canvas

Category : Asanas (Postures), Featured, General advice, Philosophy 12th October 2020

Inside Yoga 310 (9/10/2020) Times are tough at present, there is no doubt about it, this pandemic is testing our resolve and ability to cope, many will feel worn down by all the bad news, and others just want to hide until it blows over. We are like jugglers struggling to keep too many balls in the air, with added […]

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Worrying about the future

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 24th August 2020

Inside Yoga 307 (24/8/20) It’s normal to think a lot, and if we look carefully at our thoughts, we will see that most of our thoughts are about plans and rehearsing the future, or if it is not this, we are thinking about the past, whether it is regrets or reminiscing. And often we get stuck on particular thought patterns, […]

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Soften, settle and stretch

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 24th June 2020

Inside Yoga 304 (24/6/2020) As we continue to live under the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are most likely feeling stressed not just in mind but also body, suffering from fatigue and all that goes with this unusual existence. And with it, the need to get the most out of our yoga practice. There are three words which sum […]

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Silencing our thoughts

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 10th February 2020

Inside Yoga 293 (10/2/2020) When meditating we seek to avoid thinking and if a thought does arise we aim to drop it swiftly and without delay, yet some thoughts are more stubborn than others. How do we stop our thoughts in their tracks? There is no doubt that meditating requires effort and determination, because even if we sit still for […]

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What are you looking at?

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 13th January 2020

Inside Yoga 290 (13/1/2020) When practising yoga, whether it is yoga asanas (exercises) or dhayana (meditation) the eyes need something to look at, this is called drishti, a point of gaze or focus. During yoga practice we seek to control the physical body through exercises, and keep the mind focused and quiet, with its attention on the body and breathing. […]

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Yoga: a cure for Festive Fatigue and Christmas Conflict

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 16th December 2019

Inside Yoga 288 (16/12/2019) It is that time of year when we are under pressure to buy things for people we barely like or see, get together with folk we struggle to see eye to eye with, and on top of it the kids are so excited we wonder where they get the energy, because it is cold and wet […]

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Yoga has my back

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 2nd November 2019

Inside Yoga 284 (28/10/2019) “Here I go again,” I thought as I pulled my back recently, while doing some menial task in the house, and as the surprise of pain changed swiftly to survival mode, I sought to find a comfortable position – a fruitless goal as it turned out! Though lying on my back seemed the least compromised position. […]

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Sticking to the point

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 21st October 2019

Inside Yoga 283 (21/10/2019) One of the hardest aspects of yoga practice whether it is asanas (postures) or dhayana (meditation) is the ability to stick the point, in other words maintaining our full attention to our body, our mind and our breathing while practising. One of the best examples of how this is true is a standing balancing posture like […]

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Yoga offers us a base

Category : Asanas (Postures), Philosophy 30th September 2019

Inside Yoga 280 (30/9/2019) Yoga is a practice which offers us a base where we can seek refuge and rebalance our self, ready for the world beyond our own body and mind. This is one of the reasons why our yoga practice is designed to be repetitive, with its postures, breathing and meditation, because we use them to ground ourselves […]

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Yoga: The importance of stillness

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 9th September 2019

Inside Yoga 277 (9/9/2019) Yoga can be appear to be many things to many people with so many interpretations of what kind of yoga practice a person can practice creating a picture that can appear complex and confusing. In order to simplify the main objective of yoga there is one word – stillness. At the heart of any yoga practice […]

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