Yoga is an antidote for hectic

Category : Asanas (Postures), Featured, General advice 14th November 2021

Inside Yoga 321 (14/11/21) Quite simply put, yoga is an antidote for hectic: it is a solution when our life feels under pressure, too busy, stressed, and all those other words used to describe a life filled and close to overflowing; and a life in need of some quiet calm and space. Is that all I need to say? Yes, […]

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Yoga: a means to an end

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 7th October 2021

Inside Yoga 319 (7/10/2021) I haven’t written an article for my blog page since June. I could quite easily blame this inactivity on the pandemic and its ability to drain me of ideas. Or was it laziness? Perhaps blaming the pandemic is a credible excuse because after more than 19 months of living under restrictions of some form and the […]

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Keep your eyes on the point

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 16th April 2021

Inside Yoga 317 (16/4/2021) Have you ever wondered what to look at when practising yoga asanas (exercises)? Have you noticed when practising even if our body is in position and keeping still, our eyes are not, wandering aimlessly around the room? The solution to this is called “drishti”. Drishti is the Sanskrit word which is translated as a point of […]

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Anatomy of a posture

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 19th February 2021

Inside Yoga 315 (19/2/2021) When practising yoga asanas (exercises) it might not feel like a meditation, because for many people it is done to get more flexibility and physical stretch, and on the surface, watching someone practice, it can look like a bunch of exercises, but yoga is essentially a meditation, when practised correctly. So, why all the exercise one […]

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Don’t know and that is OK

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 8th January 2021

Inside Yoga 313 (8/1/2021) Adopting a posh voice: “This pandemic is going on an awfully long time and it is simply not very satisfactory,” is perhaps what most of us are saying, albeit in a different way! After all, we just want to know: “when will the pandemic end?”. But how do we cope with not knowing the answer? It […]

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How to improve your yoga practice

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 30th November 2020

Inside Yoga 312 (30/11/2020) There is one thread which holds together our yoga practice, whether we are doing yoga asanas (physical exercises) or dhyana (meditation), and this is our breathing. It is simply at the core of our practice, and in fact, at the core of our being. I have often written about the breathing but we need reminding because […]

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Clearing the canvas

Category : Asanas (Postures), 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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