Yearly Archives: 2020

Why do I Feel Anxious After a Yoga Class?

Why do I Feel Anxious After a Yoga Class?

Not too long ago, I received a panicked email from a student asking me whether it’s normal to feel anxious after yoga. After all, wasn’t it supposed to be relaxing? Were they doing something wrong? Everyone else seemed to move effortlessly while they wrestled with uncomfortable knots that only got tighter with every posture and breathing exercise. Now, yoga has…

Six Small Things You Can Do to Become a Better Yoga Teacher

Six Small Things You Can Do to Become a Better Yoga Teacher

Recently, I asked my Instagram followers what makes a good yoga teacher? Here are some of the most common responses: Someone who has an in-depth knowledge of anatomy Someone who weaves philosophy and scripture into their classes Someone who incorporates pranayama (breathwork) and meditation as well as postures Someone who practises what they preach, and lives “a yogic lifestyle” According…

Six Surprising Benefits of Starting Yoga

Six Surprising Benefits of Starting Yoga

What are the benefits of starting yoga? Let’s just say there’s more to the practice than getting your leg behind your head. If you don’t practise yoga, chances are you know someone who does, and they’ve probably chewed your ear off about how it’s changed their life. Now, I’m sceptical by nature – I don’t believe in celery juice fasts,…

How to Buy a Yoga Mat (Without Having a Panic Attack)

How to Buy a Yoga Mat (Without Having a Panic Attack)

As a yoga teacher, one of the questions I get asked the most (besides “do I have to be flexible to start yoga?”) is “what mat should I buy?”. Back in the good old days, there wasn’t much choice – you had one size (small), style (purple) and material (PVC). It was a simpler time when yoga was only practised…

Five Books That Helped Me to Love my Body Again

Five Books That Helped Me to Love my Body Again

Today, I’m sharing my favourite eating disorder recovery books in the hope they will help you to love your body again. I spent most of my teens and early 20s waging war on my body, beating it into submission with extreme diets, exercise and beauty regimes. I suppose extreme might be an understatement – I actually suffered from anorexia, bulimia…