How Yoga Can Get You Back Into Shape Sustainably.

If, like me, you indulged a bit too much these holidays then you’ll be wanting to get back into a regular yoga practice. It’s really important to start smart and build up to your pre-holiday practice slowly and gently. The greatest way to fail at your New Years Resolutions is to make them unachievable to start with. Trying to jump …

Why Some People Are More Disciplined

It’s a question I get a lot especially when people see the dedication of our Ashtanga yoga practitioners who get on the mat at the 6am Mysore class each day even if it’s 5 degrees outside. There are 2 key things that separate those that can maintain a long-term regular yoga practice and those that don’t. First, long-term practitioners understand …

The Being Between

When approached the right way, our yoga practice opens up the body making it more balanced and comfortable. This requires us to seek out where there is resistance or a blockage in the body and work toward clearing it. Often we think that to clear these obstacles we need to push. Sometimes through frustration we give up. More often than …

How Yoga Makes You Gritty

In a popular TED talk, Psychologist Prof. Angela Lee Duckworth researched what makes certain people successful above others and found that instead of income, social intelligence, good looks, physical health or IQ,  the most common indicator of success amongst diverse participants in different environments was ‘grit’. ‘Grit’ is defined as having passion and perseverance for long-term goals. This is not …

Yoga & Personal Growth

When we were little kids we had no problems trying something new and failing. We never felt embarrassed or silly. When we tried to master a new skill, we tried over and over again. And if it didn’t happen that day, well, we just tried again another day. Sometimes we got it, then lost it again for a while. For …

What Is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is a yoga practice that works slowly and deeply with asana (yoga postures) to balance the physical body. What makes Yin Yoga unique is that it targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body more deeply. In addition it works with Chi or the circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis …

10 Tips To Get You Out Of Bed and On The Mat

It’s cold out. It’s hard to get out of that warm comfy bed. But this is exactly the time of year when we need to get up and be active. Establish a disciplined routine now and it will benefit you through the whole of winter. As the weather cools,  we have the tendency to be more sedentary and less mobile, eat warming comfort foods, …

How to Practise Ashtanga Gently

  Ashtanga sometimes gets a bad rap for being too hard. This is unfortunate considering Ashtanga was actually created for ‘householders’ i.e. people with jobs, kids and responsibilities, so they could practise in an hour or so, and not have to become an ascetic giving up all worldly things to practise all day long. It was intended for people who …