Yoga

Want to Deepen Your Yoga Practice?

Want to Deepen Your Yoga Practice?

What images come to mind when someone mentions yoga? Let me guess – pretzel-like postures, luxury athleisure wear, sweaty studios foggy with incense smoke and abs. Lots and lots of abs. Did I guess right? For better or worse, yoga in the West has morphed into something unrecognisable from its roots – in many ways, it’s an entirely new practice.…

How to Start a Home Yoga Practice

How to Start a Home Yoga Practice

It’s 5.30am and I’m awake. Well, I’m “awake”. I hear cars drive by my bedroom window and discern vague shapes in the dark (is that a scarf or evil spirit on my desk chair?), but I’m struggling to process this information. The only thing I’m entirely conscious of is my mobile phone alarm, ringing from somewhere in the bed. It’s…

New to Meditation? These Tips Will Help You Start

New to Meditation? These Tips Will Help You Start

I have a confession – I’m a reluctant meditator. Despite practising yoga for many years and bending my body into dozens of pretzel-like shapes, I’ve never got the hang of just sitting still. I know what you’re thinking, “But surely sitting still is easier than core-crunching boat pose or crow?!” Nope. No way. You couldn’t be more wrong. It’s one…

How to Survive Teaching Your First Yoga Class

How to Survive Teaching Your First Yoga Class

Are you nervous about teaching yoga? Keep reading… So here you are, 200 hours later, a fully-qualified yoga teacher. Take a moment to congratulate yourself because it’s no easy feat. You’ve endured hundreds of sun salutations, countless chair poses and enough warriors to make you weep. On top of that, you’ve grappled with Sanskrit, the subtle body, chakras and crystals.…

“I’m not Flexible Enough” and Other Yoga Myths Debunked

“I’m not Flexible Enough” and Other Yoga Myths Debunked

It’s time to debunk some popular yoga myths. It’s 5.30am on Saturday (a sentence said by no sane person ever) and I’m standing in Nero waiting to order coffee. I’m awake because it’s time for another yoga teacher training weekend; in a few hours, I’ll be grappling with Sanskrit and jumping up and down on my mat lamenting the day I…

Can Negative Emotions Benefit our Yoga Practice?

Can Negative Emotions Benefit our Yoga Practice?

Today, I’m asking can negative emotions benefit our yoga practice? “Today the sun is shining and I am grateful for this beautiful day #sunshine #yoga #goodvibes”. “There’s so much attention given to negative news that sometimes we let that negativity overshadow all of the love in the world #positivevibes #love #yoga”. “Open your heart and see love everywhere. The world is beautiful…

The Myth of #YogaEveryDamnDay

The Myth of #YogaEveryDamnDay

Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimised by the #YogaEveryDamnDay. I know I have. #YogaEveryDamnDay is the modern-day mantra for the serious yogi and there are hundreds of articles out there telling you how to achieve it; get up earlier, redecorate your yoga space so it’s more white girl basic zen, pray for motivation, generally be a better person… the list…

Yoga Pants Review (Avoid Camel Toe Like a Pro)

Yoga Pants Review (Avoid Camel Toe Like a Pro)

I’ve had some legging horror stories in my time; as a yogi, it comes with the territory. Seams aren’t usually sun salutation friendly. I’ve been through stuff that would make the most liberal person blush. I’ve endured a two-hour ashtanga class, at a top studio, with tear-inducing camel toe, I’ve had pants split right down the gusset, to a crowd…