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 […]

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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 […]

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Your Body, Your Yoga!

Your Body, Your Yoga. Did you know that your body cannot be opened by force? Your muscles will contract and get tighter, not longer or looser. The way I open my body is with yin yoga … I have spent the past 5+ years practicing 3 times a week alongside my yang Ashtanga practice. Honestly, I think I have got it down to a fine art! But I’m also aware that I have relatively open joints. Once I had learnt how to work through most of my tensile limitation. Your Bones are Your Bones However, […]

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YIN YOGA / RESTORATIVE YOGA … What is the difference?

YIN YOGA / RESTORATIVE YOGA … What is the difference?   This looks pretty easy right? try staying here for longer then 2 mins and you will see that Yin Yoga can be a bit deceiving.   A lot of the time Yin is treated like a restorative practice when it is not. It is quite demanding. Restorative yoga is different, it is about restoring an unhealthy / injured body back to normal health. The poses are similar to Yin yoga poses but more props are used to support the pose in order to restore […]

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Spicy Vegan Jambalaya: January is Veganuary

January is Veganuary for me and maybe some of you too? Normally I am completely vegan but the past few months I am more vegetarian then vegan and it needs to change. Why? Because eating too much diary makes me feel bloated and less inspired to practice yoga, plus too much gives me canker sores in my mouth which are properly disgusting and extremely sore to boot. I know from experience that when I eat clean I feel better, but it has not stopped me reaching for the stilton over this festive season. So I […]

It's not about YOU!!

Teaching Yoga – 5 Rules (It’s not about you!!)

Rule number 1 Its not about you!! l learned this the hard way. Teaching yoga is not about YOU. What do I mean? Well a lot of the time we get caught up about our performance as teachers and find ourselves tormented with questions like: What if they don’t like me? What if I deliver a crap class? What if I don’t know something? What if I am not good enough? This list goes on, but it is all just mental chatter, your brains way of tricking you into thinking that the whole world revolves

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The power of accepting incremental progress

A lot of people don’t consider things that evolve incrementally as too spectacular. It seems like people are drawn to the idea of grand breakthroughs, drastic changes, irrespective of who caused them—the bigger, the better. I started Ashtanga in March 2014. I intentionally didn’t gather too much information—the only two things I understood before my alarm went off that first morning were the idea of self-practice (everyone works at their own pace, according to their abilities), and that my new teacher