Can you do a headstand? Wrap your leg behind your ear? Survive a sweaty hour of dynamic yoga in 40 degrees of heat? Sorry, I’m not impressed. For me, the ulltimate yoga challenge is when you become a parent.
If, through the blur of sleepless nights, depleted energy and sheer lack of time to even go to the toilet on your own, you can still manage to pull out your yoga mat on a regular basis, you have my greatest respect. I never managed it in the early days of my children’s lives so I’ve been talking to other yoga teachers to see how they fared. Continue reading
It’s the Om Yoga Show at London Olympia later this month and I’ve got a complimentary entrance ticket for two to give away.
The show’s on 25-26-27 October offering every kind of yoga under the sun, plus all sorts of yoga clobber – if you’re into that sort of thing.
To enter the competition, just subscribe to my e-newletter here and send me a sentence describing why you’d like to win.
I’ll email you with yoga news,and practice ideas every 5-6 weeks but promise not to pass your details on to anyone else – absolutely never!
I’ll contact the winner by 21st October. Look forward to hearing from you…
Yoga on the beach at Camber Sands
The sun’s out; everyone’s in shorts; and the kids have nearly finished school; holiday time is here. But with the change in routine from the term-time schedule of school runs and yoga classes, comes the risk for me of letting the yoga practice slip. True confession: yoga teachers can lack self-discipline.
We know we always feel better on the days we do get to the mat, but with regular classes on hold and house full of children, it can seem almost impossible to find the space and tranquility we need. Even when we’re packing for holidays, a yoga mat seems to take up a lot of space in the suitcase.
Here are seven 10-minute yoga sessions to download and practise at home. You can choose just one or string a few together to create a longer practice, depending on how much time you have.
The final, seventh session, called “sitting with the breath” can be practised on its own – or after any of the others. I often make this the last ten minutes of my yoga practice – before lying in savasana for another 10 mins after that.
Session 1: Relax and Release Shoulders
Session 2: Strong and Open Hips
Session 3: Finding the Spine
Session 4: Standing with Strength
Session 5: Warrior Sequence
Session 6: Namaste Arms
Session 7: Sitting with the Breath
And don’t practise every day – only on the days you want to feel better!
You know when you’re so tired, you can barely think straight? Even the idea of getting your yoga mat out is beyond you. That’s when I most love restorative yoga poses: simple positions, supported by props such as chairs and pillows that enable me to rest deeply – but quickly.
I sometimes use these at the end of the day when I’m desperate for the kids to go to sleep. I tuck them up in bed then get myself into a pose outside their bedroom door. So while I’m “guarding them” to get them off to sleep, I’m also giving myself a much-needed and instant Continue reading
In the middle of a busy day at work or looking after kids, “bliss” can seem a long way off.
When I’m juggling the competing demands of several little people at once, trying to cook a meal, keep the house reasonably tidy and catch up with emails – all within the same hour or two, I’m most likely to feel overwhelmed and trapped, especially if I haven’t had a good night’s sleep. Bliss seems distant and elusive, something to hope for at another time, possibly in another life.
Since I first published a list of my five favourite yoga books two years ago, it’s been the most popular post on this blog. I’ve kept reading and come across yoga books I love even more. So, here’s my revised top five:
1. Intelligent Yoga: re-educating mind and body – Peter Blackaby
Published in 2012 by this Brighton-based yoga teacher and osteopath, Intelligent Yoga Continue reading