Keep your eyes on the point

Category : Asanas (Postures), Featured, 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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Nothing to do, nowhere to go

Category : General advice, Philosophy 1st November 2020

Inside Yoga 311 (2/11/2020) Our lives are filled with pressures: a continuous procession of things to do, sometimes we thrive on it, and other times, we feel overwhelmed, but what can we do to manage all this, and still keep going? How can the idea of doing nothing help us? One of the hardest actions many people feel is the […]

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Clearing the canvas

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 12th October 2020

Inside Yoga 310 (9/10/2020) Times are tough at present, there is no doubt about it, this pandemic is testing our resolve and ability to cope, many will feel worn down by all the bad news, and others just want to hide until it blows over. We are like jugglers struggling to keep too many balls in the air, with added […]

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Be prepared to be surprised

Category : General advice, Philosophy 2nd October 2020

Inside Yoga 309 (2/10/20) We have heard the expression repeatedly over the past six months: uncertain times. Our reliable life is no longer reliable, because we want to know what is going on, and at present, we don’t know what will happen next. We want order, we want certainty and we want to go back to normal, if we can […]

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Staying positive

Category : General advice, Philosophy 20th September 2020

Inside Yoga 308 (20/9/2020) Perhaps I can speak for most of us, but doesn’t all the Covid news get us down, or at worst encourage a worrying mind? After six months it is not surprising that many will find it hard to see the bright side? I posit this thought: after seeing one interview where the person passionately argued (or […]

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