Getting a home yoga practice going

Category : Asanas (Postures), Featured, General advice 22nd July 2019

Inside Yoga 276 (22/7/2019) As we approach the summer break when my weekly classes come to an end many of you will be thinking, I must practice at home a bit more, or even start practising at home. Developing a home practice is easier than you would think though it does require perseverance! Here are some tips on how to […]

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Is yoga meant to be relaxing?

Category : General advice, Philosophy 15th July 2019

Inside Yoga 275 (15/7/2019) Spoiler alert: the answer to the question, is yoga meant to be relaxing?, is both yes and no, because as we find in life most questions cannot be answered with a simple yes or no, and in particular, this question is asking what is the purpose not what do we think we are going to get […]

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Birthdays and why they’re special

Category : General advice, Philosophy 1st July 2019

Inside Yoga 274 (1/7/2019) I have just emerged from a busy weekend celebrating my wife’s birthday – a significant one with a 0! – and as I sit here thinking what do I write about? It is clear: write about birthdays and why they are special. Consider this: a birthday is how we mark a special point in time. It […]

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International Day of Yoga

Category : General advice 24th June 2019

Inside Yoga 273 (24/6/2019) Last Friday, June 21, was International Day of Yoga, and this was celebrated across the world in various ways, especially in India where yoga comes from. The International Day of Yoga, often called International Yoga Day, is a recognised event according to the UN, which states: “Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that […]

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Health benefits of forest bathing

Category : General advice 17th June 2019

Inside Yoga 272 (17/6/2019) Most of us know that spending time in the woods is a healthy activity, but few would be aware that for many years the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku – described as “mindful time in the woods” – has been an accepted part of medical treatment in the fight against diseases of both mind and body. The […]

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Sleepless nights due to sleep trackers

Category : General advice 10th June 2019

Inside Yoga 271 (10/6/2019) A leading neurologist has warned that sleep trackers are causing people to become so stressed and anxious about their sleep that they lose sleep and develop insomnia, which is the opposite of what these devices are designed and advertised as doing. Dr Guy Leschziner, a sleep disorder specialist and consultant at Guy’s hospital in London, said […]

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Mindfulness is yoga

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 3rd June 2019

Inside Yoga 270 (3/6/2019) Mindfulness is used so much in so many situations these days, with products everywhere claiming to be mindfulness “this or that”, there is a risk that mindfulness’s usefulness and importance is diluted and even missed. Leaving aside those products which simply use mindfulness as a sales gimmick, mindfulness itself is a simple approach to everything, and […]

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Detachment helps us cope with sickness

Category : General advice, Philosophy 20th May 2019

Inside Yoga 269 (20/5/2019) No one likes being ill? Some of us cope with it better than others, and of course, it depends on why we are sick, because the common cold is not as bad as a life threatening disease, but detachment as an approach to our health can help us cope with whatever seeks to strike us down. […]

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Obstacles to yoga practice

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 13th May 2019

Inside Yoga 268 (13/5/2019) We might think that the greatest obstacle to our yoga practice is our body, because we do not feel flexible enough or strong enough, but the biggest challenge to practice is our mind. In our yoga practice being flexible or strong enough is not a requirement of practice, nor is it the main goal of yoga, […]

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Practice, patience and perseverance

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 6th May 2019

Inside Yoga 267 (7/5/2019) WE are often told things take time, to which we nod knowingly but then we carry on being impatient and hurried. The original yoga sutras by Patanjali are clear: we need to maintain a yoga practice over time to perfect it. None of the instant guarantees we see advertised in our modern impatient world, but a […]

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