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So far Cultivate Calm Yoga has created 102 blog entries.

The Psoas Muscle and Stress

I had never heard of the Psoas Muscle before I started yoga (pronounced So-Az). Often called a hip flexor, it's the muscle that connects the spine to the legs. It starts around the middle of the torso, runs either side of the spine, sits behind the digestive organs and runs through the front of the [...]

Louise Webster

Favourite pose Hmmm… Just one? Yikes! So many favourites to choose from! Well if you twist my arm, one of my favourite Yin poses is “Snail” (similar to Karnapidasana). Although it can feel a bit awkward, once I immerse myself into the shape and relax into it I am so appreciative of the release and [...]

Go with the flow

Go with the flow to get out of your head and into your body...     Neck and shoulders tense and tight? Learn how to release chronic tension with this free video series

Evening Yoga to Wind Down

A gentle yoga practice to wind down after a stressful day (23min). You will need a bolster/cushion/rolled-up towel. Ideally, do this near a wall or chair/lounge so you can put your legs up. Enjoy, Monica x   Need more help relaxing? Check out the Art of Relaxation Course in October. "It’s been two [...]

Nikki Reed

Favourite pose Butterfly pose.  I particularly love the yin version of this pose for my hips and spine. Why did you start doing yoga? I started yoga so I could stretch my tight muscles from a lot of running.  As soon as I started yoga I gave up running and decided to be gentle with [...]

Kye Cole

Favourite pose? I don’t have a favourite pose because I am “equanimous” ha ha ….ok….Downward Dog Why did you start doing yoga? To get relief from my physical discomfort. Why did you become a teacher? To get free yoga. How do you describe your teaching style? To challenge students; not in how well they are [...]

The Yoga Dip and How to Emerge From It

Starting new things is exciting. There's so much to learn, there's so much potential and the possibilities seem endless. Starting yoga is no different. The initial learning curve in yoga is all about getting the poses right, trying not to hold the breath and figuring out what 'being present' actually means. This phase in our practice is [...]

How I found more time

Life can be crazy busy at times. Between work, family, keeping healthy, commuting and socialising we can find ourselves being so busy just going through the motions. But how often do you take the time outside your daily routine to question what you’re doing? Or how well you’re doing? Or more importantly, why you’re doing what you’re [...]

The Stress Debt

Whenever we start something new, it's natural to wonder when we'll start seeing the benefits. It's really common for people to do a couple of yoga/meditation classes, get frustrated that they're not immediately enlightened and give up. But before you feel better, you will feel less bad (if that makes sense). The loss of the [...]