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A Little Bit of Yoga History, Part 2

The harder and more intense the physical challenge, the higher the standard – and I am not just referring to yoga practise here -the more time and effort is required to maintain it. Hence, in my experience, many high level Astanga-vinyasa practitioners and teachers seem either to be men or women without children. In fact, it’s fair to say I’ve met many along the way who probably had some kind of family income as they didn’t seem to have to earn a living.


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A Little Bit of Yoga History, Part 1

Understanding yoga #1 This term began with quite a few newer yogis but even though many had done some yoga before, I realised there was still a lack of understanding…

Yes, Your Brain, Nervous System and Physical Body are One & the Same! How to stretch effectively without pain #1

It is interesting that the world of modern science seems somewhat wowed by the fact that the body and mind may be connected; interesting because our brain is simply an…


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Connections: Balance is Essential for Your Brain, Not Just Your Body

If you practise yoga or any kind of exercise that involves balance, you’ll notice that sometimes it’s harder than others. There are loads of reasons of course and some may…


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The Essence of Yoga & Ayurvedic Health Science

If you have never heard of the term ayurveda, or you have, but are not sure what it is exactly, you might be interested to understand a little of the philosophy…


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How do we get More Oxygen into our Blood?

Healthy blood cells contain more oxygen, but how do we get more oxygen into our cells? You might imagine that we just simply breathe more – as in we tend…


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How Yoga Quietly Strengthens Your Core (No Sit-Ups Required)

It’s a bit of a mouthful – Niralamba badha ardha chandrasana – or “Unsupported bound half-moon pose”, but it’s one of my all-time faves because it’s very accessible and there…


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What is Meditation Really?

All health seekers understand that meditation is good for us, but what image do we conjure up in our brain when we consider what it means? I had a conversation…


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Healthier Mind Habits

In yoga philosophy one of the main principles yogis are advised to work towards when it comes to the pursuit of happiness is non-attachment. But what does mean?


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Practising or Teaching Yoga? Ahimsa Must Prevail; Do No Harm…

One of my longterm students asked me last night in class why we hadn’t practised shoulder stands for a long time. I think of these things often, but for a…