Real Yoga

Practice and all is coming…. What does this really mean?

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.practice and all is coming, Yoga Hive, Robyn McLaren 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. (more…)

By Robyn McLaren, ago
Yoga Poses

5 Poses for Flexible Hamstrings

Forward fold flexible hamstrings 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; (more…)

By Robyn McLaren, ago
Real Yoga

What is Yin Yoga and Why Should You Try it?

Yin Yoga - Reclined Butterfly Having completed my Yin yoga teacher training, I quickly realised how many of my students, or friends don't know what Yin yoga is or anything about it. Vinyasa Yoga has long been the mainstream in the west, with energising flows, creative sequencing and that satisfaction that comes with the challenge and diversity of the practice. But with so many different styles of yoga out there how is it that so many of us don't know, don't more regularly practice, or aren't even familiar with some of the most ancient yoga practices and their benefits? (more…)

By Robyn McLaren, ago
Real Yoga

Why You Don’t Need to be Flexible to do Yoga

At least once a week I will hear someone say – “I would love to do yoga but I am so in flexible, I can’t even touch my toes”…. Yoga seems to have (yet another) pre-conception, that it is only for flexible people to strut their stuff and show off on the mat. There’s an illusion that to do yoga you need to be a zenned out ballerina on a mountain with her leg behind her head omming away in bliss…. This is not yoga, well at least not for 99.99% of the yogi’s I know! So this blog is for all you stiff people out there, to strip away the excuse of not being flexible enough to give Yoga a go and give you a reason to try it! (more…)

By Robyn McLaren, ago
Health & Wellbeing

My Switch to Natural Beauty and Why…

Like many women, I don’t feel great without make up on. Hair colour, fake tan, make up, moisturisers…. The list of beauty products most of us use regularly to help us feel good goes on. Have you ever counted how many different products you use on your body every day to make yourself feel more beautiful and look healthier? Even worse have you ever looked at the list of ingredients in each one of these products? Recently I have been doing just that, looking into why I should make the switch to natural beauty. Culture So let’s start from the beginning… where does this quest for beauty using chemicals begin…. I distinctly remember being interested in make up from a very young age because of my mum. Always wanting to paint my nails, or wear lipstick like she did. I could see the impact these rituals had on her when she was getting dressed up for an event and it was enchanting. When I was growing up my mum was an Avon lady, and I often used to go door to door with her meeting clients and speaking to them about cosmetics. From a very young age you see the pleasure others get from these luxury products and it starts to lay foundations for these beliefs that these products can help us, make us feel happier healthier and more beautiful. (more…)

By Robyn McLaren, ago
Real Yoga

The Art of the Yoga Practice…

Art is defined as “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” Yoga is an Art Form So as such Yoga is in its self an art form, an expression where through our flows and postures or asanas, we produce shapes to be appreciated for their beauty, as well as to cultivate emotional power. For me as a student and teacher my practice varies hugely dependant on my emotional state and what my body needs. (more…)

By Robyn McLaren, ago