Let’s talk about stress… All of us are well aware of the impact lingering stress plays in our lives. Anxiety, work pressure, relationship stresses. Not only do they affect our sleep, but if we let them they can impact how we eat, how we feel, our confidence and every aspect Read more…
Lets Talk Tight Hips!
Hips for many of us are a constant source of ahhhh! It is one of the tightest areas of the body, and those of you who cycle or run and then sit at your desk… will feel very tight here!! Open hips are possible and here are some poses to help!
Tight hips are often a source of lower back pain, and can have a big impact on how comfortable we feel in our body. I am constantly working to stretch out this area especially at the moment as the weather starts to turn. So here are my top 5 ‘go too’ yoga poses to open the hips, create space and release tension in this tight area. Little note, these are hips openers, keep the sensation in the hips, and awareness of your knees. If anything doesn’t feel good in these poses ease yourself out and try a different pose!
Meditation is a powerful tool that helps us to feel more comfortable in ourselves, more calm, more in control and at peace. And yet many of us struggle to build a regular practice or find a technique that enables us to sit in stillness. As we rush around our busy days, constantly bombarded, it’s sometimes hard to think we have time to just sit and do nothing. Yet this always on, high intensity culture is causing tens of thousands of us each year to report increased levels of stress, fatigue, burnout, and an inability to slow down.
Stress is an inevitability of modern life. Busy commutes, the ‘always on’ nature of flexible working and even chatting with friends can at times all get too much to handle, with each phone ping feeling like a tsunami! When stress strikes, choosing to skip time on our mat to crack on with Read more…
Practice and all is coming – This is a sentence we hear teachers say in class all the time. I always knew what it meant and accepted it, but I never really let it sink and resonate with me. Until today.
I went to an upside down handstand focused workshop with one of my fav’ London based teachers Marcus Veda. Anyone who knows me, knows I love of being upside down and handstands in particular. Marcus started the class with a talk about expectations and how long (years) it has taken him to work up to where he is – an anti-gravity ninja for anyone who hasn’t been to his classes. I agreed with it all. I say it to my students all the time – We are not meant to master all of the poses, there is always somewhere else to take your practice, there is no end result or destination, it’s all in the practice, Abhyasa – slow and steady effort in the direction you want to go, you won’t be any happier when you can handstand the whole shebang. I say it AND MEAN IT in class all the time.
Looking for more balance? Not sure what style of yoga is right for you? What we need changes every day. Sometimes we have tonnes of energy, while other days rolling out of bed feels like more than enough! To make you decision a little easier (and to demystify the difference Read more…
Sometimes there’s nothing better than practising yoga to the sound of your own breath, or the calming guidance of your teacher through your laptop speakers. But other times, finding your flow to an awesome, pumping yoga playlist or melting into Savasana to a beautiful, heart-opening melody is what helps you take your practice to Read more…
There’s nothing quite like the sweet, delicious feeling of laying in Savasana after an amazing, sweaty yoga class. What makes it better? When your teacher comes around to make the smallest adjustment to your position – then boom it feels even more amazing.
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Tight hamstrings are a key problem area for so many of us. Especially I find at this time of year as the weather gets colder, and everything just feels a little less flexible! As much as it’s great to be able to touch your toes, tight hamstrings can also cause issues and are a leading cause of lower back pain and tension in the body!
So here are my favourite 5 poses to get you feeling nice and loose and help those toes get a little closer;