How long is yoga?

Category : Asanas (Postures), Featured, General advice 3rd August 2020

Inside Yoga 306 (3/8/20) How long have we got to practice, how long do we give each posture, and how long is a piece of string? Important questions, and fortunately yoga is a flexible practice! This is a message for those of us who feel we never have enough time to practice yoga. We do have time, because there is […]

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When normal became wonderful!

Category : General advice, Philosophy 13th July 2020

Inside Yoga 305 (13/7/2020) Last a week on of my yoga students said: “I hadn’t realised how wonderful normality was until I didn’t have it.” Spot on I thought. For so many of us, living with lockdown due to the current pandemic, this comment sums up our situation so well, because with our life’s patterns having changed so much we […]

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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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Reclaim your calmness and carry on

Category : General advice, Philosophy 18th May 2020

Inside Yoga 303 (18/5/2020) As a slogan, the World War 2 poster campaign “Keep calm and carry on” was an effective message for the population as it fought the Nazi threat, and as we fight the invisible enemy that is Covid-19 we are often reminded of this message, as government and media use the war time metaphors as a way […]

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Alone with others

Category : General advice, Philosophy 11th May 2020

Inside Yoga 302 (11/5/2020) We are alone, but at the same time, we are with others. One of my meditation teachers, Stephen Batchelor, wrote several books on Buddhism and related subjects, often with titles which spoke volumes. During the current lockdown, due to Covid-19, I have often thought about one book title which sums up how many of us must […]

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What are we waiting for?

Category : General advice, Philosophy 27th April 2020

Inside Yoga 301 (27/4/2020) Are you a habitual “waiter”? How much of your life do you spend waiting? It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living. These are comments made by the writer Eckhart Tolle in his book The Power of Now, and this morning while I was looking for ideas of something […]

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Gratitude as a healer and unifier

Category : General advice, Philosophy 13th April 2020

Inside Yoga 300 (13/4/20) It is something so simple, but at the same time, it can be so hard to feel when we are struggling: gratitude is a healer of the heart and mind. It is a meditational practice as well as a straight forward piece of advice which simply says, when we feel down, when we feel angry at […]

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Not knowing, conspiracy theories, beliefs and certainty

Category : General advice, Philosophy 7th April 2020

Inside Yoga 299 (7/4/20) Us humans like to know what is happening, we need to know why and what will happen, we really do not like uncertainty and not knowing, and this is why we are seeing so much chatter on social media and news platforms at present surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, with theories bouncing off the virtual wall of […]

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In stressful times what do we do?

Category : General advice, Philosophy 2nd April 2020

Inside Yoga 298 (2/4/2020) We are living in extraordinary times: through history we have often heard these words. Meditation teachers have used this expression to highlight the need to be attentive and mindful of what is happening right now and not to let our mind wander off into future planning or past reflections, but now, today, it has more poignancy […]

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Our animal instincts are taking over: bog roll stock piling

Category : General advice, Philosophy 21st March 2020

Inside Yoga 297 (21/3/2020) Last week we witnessed the selfishness of so many people who emptied the shelves of any type of toilet paper. Things have progressed since to everything being stockpiled including paper for home schooling, but back to the bog roll, why the run on it? There was a good joke doing the rounds: when one person coughs, […]

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