The Dance of Duality – YIN / YANG

The dance of duality – the meaning in yin / yang The basic premise or meaning of yin / yang can be found in all areas of our day to day lives; We can find it in the simplest of forms; from a simple observation of a cell to the more expansive nature of the cosmos, from microcosm to macrocosm. Everything exists in what can appear to be a duality; of both positive and negative; yin and yang  If we observe light reflecting off an object, we see both the dark and the light. The […]

11 Yoga Journal Prompts For Deeper Insights

THE MAGIC & MESSINESS OF DAILY JOURNALING We have a lot of thoughts – 95% of which are repetitive and not all that useful. When we get this messiness down on paper we create space for clarity and insight. This is where journaling comes in, especially when we tie it with something we love to do; Yoga!! it’s a powerful way to bring a little more depth to our experiences both on and off the yoga mat. Just 5 mins of journaling before and after practice can have an incredible effect upon our lives … why? […]

Get Connected – Earthing

Get connected with earthing How are you guys? If your struggling right now with disturbed sleep and intense dreams, or maybe even insomnia over the events happening globally its really important to get outside, take your shoes off and place the souls of your feet onto soil and grass! …Earth. Why? Because the Earth is full of negative charged electrons which help neutralise electro pollution from our environment and reduces inflammation in the body caused by free radicals. It’s not pseudoscience… it’s physics!! Power of connecting … If done for just 15 mins a day […]

Transformation

MIND STUFF – TRANSFORMATION As you can most probably tell I love yoga! I love to practice daily, I love to teach. I find that watching students progress and transform physically, emotionally & spiritually gives me in abundance a deep satisfaction which I’ve never felt close to feeling in my many and varied career choices of the past! So it’s win win, (I hope ;)) all around. I also love to read, write and research which is why I’m now doing yoga trainings too.  I believe that transformation occurs when we align our daily actions […]

Gem Maryan Yoga

M I N D S T U F F

THE CHALLENGE I deeply love this practice. It has been my rock, keeping me on track many a time. It’s not easy, it’s very challenging most of the time. The mind will say it’s impossible & perhaps elements are, they arise and lead us to doubt or over exaggerate our abilities However, the mind is the biggest challenge of all to overcome – all our conditioning, all the stories we hear about ourselves from outside and from within, they arise and lead us to doubt or over exaggerate our abilities. THOUGHTS – EMOTIONS – BELIEFS – […]

The Thigh Mandala

S P I R A L S O F N A T U R E

  🌀 W E  A R E  N A T U R E Nowhere in nature do we find straight lines. . 🌀Spirals are everywhere; from our DNA to the collagen which forms the basis of our connective tissue, the fascial lines, even our bones grow in spirals. They can also be found everywhere from religious architecture and art to ferns, flowers, weather patterns and galaxies. Spirals are prevalent in nature. 🌀When we do our practice, it helps to think of the body moving in these spirals. We can create whole sequences based on the […]

Twisted Roots Yin Yoga

Y I N Y O G A S E Q U E N C E ; H E A R T & H I P S

Y I N   F O R   T H E   W E E K E N D Are you ready for some Yin home practice this weekend?  Here is a lovely wee practice just for you to enjoy. As always keep it simple, go through each shape and adjust to what works for you. Remember there is no right way to practice, just listen deeply to what is happening on the inside – in that body of yours 🙂 it will guide you well.  1) Melting Heart – God what a pose. Here you will be […]

Poetry for Yin Yoga - Rumi

T H E G U E S T H O U S E

BY RUMI This being human is a guest house, Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture. still, treat each guest honourably He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from […]

F O R W H A T B I N D S U S

I am a sucker for poetry … and Jane Hirshfield is one of my favourites. yin/yang, strong/weak, hidden/proud … visible/invisible ….ties that bind us <3 BY JANE HIRSHFIELD There are names for what binds us: strong forces, weak forces. Look around, you can see them: the skin that forms in a half-empty cup, nails rusting into the places they join, joints dovetailed on their own weight. The way things stay so solidly wherever they’ve been set down— and gravity, scientists say, is weak. And see how the flesh grows back across a wound, with a […]

Girl doing a yoga twist

Back pain in yoga? Could twists be the culprit?

Yoga and Back Pain. Are you twisting the right way? Something to consider…. The importance of your TVA (aka transverse abs) in twisting is crucial to helping you stabilise your core and pelvis. what is your TVA in yoga terms? Uddiyana bandha (upward abdominal lock). If we twist without this active engagement we can compromise the SI joint (sacroiliac joint) in the lower back as well as the large thoracolumbar fascia which runs the length of the spine and connects the shoulder to the opposite hip. So if back pain is an issue for you […]