Don’t know and that is OK

Category : Asanas (Postures), Featured, 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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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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