Solution to restlessness

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 19th April 2013

Inside Yoga 74 (19/4/2013) Restless, according to the Oxford English Dictionary states, defines it is as being  unable to rest as a result of anxiety or boredom; offering no physical or emotional rest; or involving constant activity. Most of us experience this at some point in our life while a few of us find that restlessness dominates our life. The […]

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Freedom through control

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 5th April 2013

Inside Yoga 73 (5/4/13) How can freedom and control work together? It seems to be a contradiction, but if we are to free ourselves of negative mind states through meditation and yoga we need to exercise a level of control in what we do. For example, our breath is so important in so many ways. Primarily, it keeps us alive […]

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Never, ever give up!

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 8th March 2013

Inside Yoga 70 (8/3/13) Here is an inspiring story: it is about Arthur, a veteran US paratrooper who fought in the Gulf War. He says that he sustained a series of injuries as a result of numerous air jumps as a paratrooper. Doctors told him that he would never walk again without the assistance of crutches and braces – so he […]

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Festive Fatigue

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 14th January 2013

Inside Yoga 65 (14/1/2013) Well, I have to be honest and say that the festive season’s burn out, fatigue and ensuing laziness has got the better of me! Hence the absence of a new chapter of Inside Yoga for weeks, more than that, since late-November! My apologies. My new year’s resolution was to start with a new blogs, and so […]

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Is thinking is the enemy?

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 26th November 2012

Inside Yoga 64 (26/11/12) Last week I was reading a Sunday newspaper magazine article about amazing humans (“Meet the Superhumans”, Observer magazine 18/11/12) and I was fascinated by the story of 25-year-old free diver, Tom Sietas, from Hamburg, who can hold his breath for 22 minutes and 22 seconds – he is the current world record holder. What struck me […]

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Two and on her mat

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 22nd June 2012

Inside Yoga 56 (21/6/12) One morning recently our daughter, who is just over two years old, was in our bed and we were all dozing – well, the adults were trying their best to get some real sleep, but a small toddler had other ideas. Suddenly, she sat up and announced with a determined edge to her voice: “Must do […]

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It’s never too later to start

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 3rd May 2012

Inside Yoga 53 (3/5/12) This week the Guardian newspaper had an interesting article about yoga. The headline read: “Yoga: it’s never too late to reap the benefits” It explained that yoga can help fight stiffness, hardening of the arteries, hormonal fluctuations, depression and loss of bone density. This is all very positive stuff and points that I do agree with; […]

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How much is enough?

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 21st April 2012

Inside Yoga 52 (21/4/2012) Here’s a short answer to a common question: a little every day makes the difference – and it is better than a lot on rare occasions. The question: how much yoga should I practice? I often get asked this: and it is a valid question. I am usually asked this because the person has discovered how […]

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Breathe out and let go

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 20th March 2012

Inside Yoga 51 (20/3/12) We do it every day and every minute of our life, yet there are plenty of moments in our life when we are not in control of it, let alone aware of what it is doing. I am writing about the exhalation of our breath. It is a simple part of life yet it is one […]

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Do we know how to breathe?

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 4th February 2012

Inside Yoga 48 (4/2/2012) It’s a simple message and one that is repeated frequently in yoga’s teaching, yet it can be one of the hardest skills to learn and equally hard to maintain – I am speaking of breathing! We breathe every day; so why can it be so difficult to learn if it’s actually a skill we have already […]

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