Sleepless nights due to sleep trackers

Category : Featured, 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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Look up and see the wonder

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 29th April 2019

Inside Yoga 267 (29/4/2019) I was recently watching a BBC TV programme called Race Across the World and one of the participant travellers commented, “There is magic out there (in this world), you just have to look up from your smart phone to see it…” This comment says so much about how we can improve the quality of our experience. […]

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Why the rush?

Category : Asanas (Postures), 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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