Why the rush?

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

Inside Yoga 266 (23/4/2019) Or, why children can remind us what timelessness feels like. It is simple, it is good for us, but we ignore it, we run roughshod over it, we carry on sure that where we are going is more important than where we are right now! I am writing about being present and aware of what is […]

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Do we need to get anywhere?

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 25th March 2019

Inside Yoga 265 (25/3/2019) One of the goals people set with their meditation, yoga, or similar practices is the wish to find a place that is happy, peaceful or simply perfect. Yet we soon learn that the practice teaches us not to go anywhere but to remove what we do not need in our life, leaving behind something that could […]

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Why a chore can be liberating

Category : General advice 18th March 2019

Inside yoga 264 (18/3/2019) It was late evening and the rest of the family had already gone to bed, I was just about to continue being slumped on the sofa in front of the TV when I decided the dishes needed doing… it was what happened next I want to tell you about. As I washed the dishes I started […]

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An antidote to the ill-effects of Brexit

Category : General advice 11th March 2019

Inside yoga 263 (11/3/2019) Since the Brexit vote in 2016 we have seen our country being torn apart, stressed, divided, baffled, dazed and confused by the word Brexit and that it entails. After more than two years of this, it looks like the population is now suffering from various conditions including chronic fatigue, chronic stress and in many cases they […]

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Bedtime social media warning

Category : General advice 4th March 2019

Inside Yoga 262 (4/3/2019) Last week I wrote an article about sleep and why it is so important to our health and daily life; this is a follow up which highlights the way our use of social media is reducing the amount of sleep we get. A major study into adolescent sleep habits warns that teenagers in the UK are […]

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All we need is sleep

Category : General advice 25th February 2019

Inside Yoga 261 (25/2/2019) We have been sleeping since we were born, yet all those years later, have we mastered the skill of sleep? Probably not, surveys by the UK sleep Council report that one third of adults suffer from poor sleep and do not get the recommended eight hours per night. Sleep might have been with us since we […]

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Seeking perfection in practice

Category : Asanas (Postures), Philosophy 11th February 2019

Inside Yoga 260 (11/2/2019) In the source yoga texts written by Patanjali he describes what we seek through our practice of yoga asanas (physical exercises) in terms of two qualities: alertness and relaxation. The sutra (2.46) states that “asana must have the dual qualities of alertness and relaxation”, according to TKV Desikachar, or according to BKS Iyengar, “Asana is perfect […]

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Paying attention and why it’s important

Category : General advice, Philosophy 4th February 2019

Inside Yoga 259 (4/2/2019) Are you paying attention? Then I will begin. Yoga is that simple. It asks us to pay attention in order to train our mind to focus and avoid distraction, yet we often slip into a distracted state of mind and spend so much time there we might think that is our normal state of mind. In […]

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Have a look inside

Category : General advice, Philosophy 28th January 2019

Inside Yoga 258 (28/1/2019) Anyone who has attended a yoga class is familiar with being told to look within, but how many of us understand why looking within is important. After all there is so much around us, we might feel we haven’t time to look inside, or feel it’s a bit egotistical to navel gaze. One of the guidelines […]

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Importance of tapas

Category : General advice, Philosophy 21st January 2019

Inside Yoga 257 (21/1/2019) Tapas is important: but before you think I am writing a culinary review, tapas is not the Spanish style of eating, but a Sanskrit word which describes the kind of passion, drive and determination we need in life to achieve anything, and in this includes having the motivation to practice yoga as often as possible and […]

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