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: What is at the end?

Category : General advice, Philosophy 24th October 2021

Inside yoga 320 (23/10/2021) In my last article, posted October 7th, called Yoga: A means to an end, there was a reference to an end. So, it is only right that I now address the question of what is the end, and what happens if we get there, if there is a there? It is not unusual to focus on […]

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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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Why doing nothing is doing something

Category : General advice, Philosophy 5th July 2021

Inside Yoga 318 (5/6/21) This is for those of us who find it hard to stop, and so difficult that we feel guilty wasting time: with an internal mantra of “must keep doing something”. But stopping is not necessarily doing nothing and it might well be what we need right now. Fundamentally, I am playing with semantics here, but consider […]

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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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Stop… listen

Category : General advice 21st March 2021

Inside Yoga 316 (21/3/2021) I have spent years reminding myself to stop, as I have reminded those I teach to stop… and listen, but if you will not take it from me, why not Sir David Attenborough, because surely you will listen to him! He said recently, “One of the simplest things that you should do if you get the […]

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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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What happens at home stays at home!

Category : General advice 8th February 2021

Inside Yoga 314 (2/2021) We can wish for the perfect conditions in order to practice our yoga: silence, being alone in a room, and soft lighting, but it is not always possible to have an ideal set-up, and while most of practice our yoga at home during these lockdowns, we know it is unrealistic. But yoga carries on, because it […]

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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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