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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…

Five Proven Reasons Why Yoga is Good for Business

Five Proven Reasons Why Yoga is Good for Business

Yoga in the workplace is good for business, and that’s why hugely successful organisations like Virgin, Nike, Google, HBO, Forbes and Apple, along with scores of other Fortune 500 companies, consider them essential additions to their employee wellness programmes. And it’s not just larger companies who reap the rewards. Yoga helps any sized business, in any industry – just as…

What’s So Amazing About Private Yoga Lessons?

What’s So Amazing About Private Yoga Lessons?

Why do people take private yoga lessons? More people than ever are discovering yoga’s transformative powers and the positive impact it has on physical, mental and spiritual health. As a result, studios are popping up everywhere, offering an exciting variety of styles and instructors, and most gyms offer classes as part of their membership. So, considering how easy it is…

How to Stay Motivated With Your Yoga Practice in Winter

How to Stay Motivated With Your Yoga Practice in Winter

In this blog, I share my top tips for staying motivated with your yoga asana practice in winter. I’m a reasonably lazy yoga practitioner – I don’t wake up at 4.30am and start my day with sun salutations, I’m not striving for second series and my practices vary dramatically in length (who actually has time for full primary, six days…