If You Only Do One Yoga Pose, Do This One

I often say in yoga class that this pose is like magic. It’s not a fancy pants pose. You won’t see impossibly bendy people doing it on Instagram . It’s yoga for every body, with a plethora of benefits. So if you only do one yoga pose then I recommend you do this one. Viparita KaraniLegs up the wall. That’s it. You can do it anywhere. Wear whatever you like. In your office at work, on your bed, outside, inside. Any wall, pretty much anywhere. You can even do this pose when you’re low energy or tired (in fact it’s READ MORE

Five Reasons to Make Yoga Your New Year’s Resolution

When it comes to the start of the new year, making yoga a new year’s resolution is a good move. These are the reasons why… 1. Creating a healthy new habitStart the year off how you wish to continue. Research suggests it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Spend the first 21 days of the year doing sun salutations when you wake, and see the difference it makes to your life.When you’ve done yoga consistently for a while, you notice that a delicious calm comes, and doesn’t just last for the length of a yoga class; it stays. READ MORE

How Yoga can Help Writers

I spent many years as a journalist so I know firsthand that writing can be tough on the body. We often spend long hours at the computer or hunched over with a notepad and pen, with little thought to how that might affect our posture, or even hurt later. (Too much focus on finishing the task, or the deadline!) Then when you do feel sore it’s difficult to get back to writing. It can really get in the way, actually. Hands up writers if you have tight shoulders or neck issues, lower back pain, tight psoas/hip flexors or rounded shoulders? READ MORE

Why Yoga Feels Like Magic

You come along to a yoga class, do a bit of breathing, some physical poses, some relaxation, and that’s it, right? Maybe you get a little bit more flexible and feel less stressed for an hour. But that’s not the end of the story. When you’ve done yoga regularly for a while you discover that it has much deeper, life-enhancing, life-changing effects. It is surprising, actually, and feels a little bit like magic. This magic is not exclusive. It doesn’t happen to a lucky few. It happens to everyone who commits to a regular practice. Yoga goes beyond the physical, READ MORE

Transform like a Lotus Flower Despite the Mud of Life

If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant or weak, return to who you are, here and now, and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ~ Masaru Emoto The lotus flower comes from the mud, dirty water, but it grows into something beautiful. The lotus is an age-old religious symbol. For Buddhists, the lotus flower symbolises the most exalted state of human, feet rooted in the world of experience. According to Hinduism, within each human is the spirit of the sacred lotus. My photograph above is from READ MORE

How Yoga Can Help Alice in Wonderland… And Us

It’s 150 years since Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was first published. You might think ‘what has Alice in Wonderland got to do with yoga?’ so you may be surprised to discover that it is possible to draw a yoga life lesson from the pages of the book and Alice’s experience. The book tells a story of an Alice who is lost. She’s big. She’s small. She has forgotten the key to the garden. She gets stuck. She loses her way. She doesn’t know which way to go, or who or what she is.  The characters she meets on READ MORE