Meditation

The Mind on Meditation

Our mind is still a mystery. Despite using it our whole lives, we haven't yet found the user guide let alone the remote to switch it off. And while modern science is constantly making new discoveries about the brain, the mind or consciousness is still so mysterious. The oldest books in the world (the Upanishads) [...]

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Meditation Excuses Busted

What's your excuse for not meditating? Is it one of these? I can't sit cross-legged for meditation There is no set meditation position. You can sit in a chair or you can lie on the floor. You want to be comfortable and ideally have a straight spine. There's no point forcing yourself to stay in [...]

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Why I’m not a fan of the word Meditation

As our lives get busier and more stressful, people are looking for ways to keep their busy mind calm. And in that search, many of us consider Meditation. After all, Meditation is slated to be the cure-all for our woes: stress, anxiety, sadness, unhappiness and the gateway to inner peace and enlightenment. Such high promises. [...]

Overcoming resistance in yoga and life

I have an embarrassing habit I need to confess. I often buy things I don’t use. It’s terribly wasteful, I know, but sometimes I can’t help myself. I’ve bought equipment I've never used Books I’ve never read I’ve paid for training courses I haven’t finished It’s a terrible waste. And the one thing all these [...]

Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better

I'm often asked if yoga will help people with anxiety. And as tempted as I am to say, 'yes, yoga helps with anxiety', it's not so straightforward. The truth is, anxiety will often get worse before it gets better. If there was a quick fix for anxiety, we would have found it by now. Yoga [...]

The Science Behind the MindBody Connection

I recently attended an event on the Art and Science of Relaxation which incorporated evidence-based relaxation techniques and an introduction to psychoneuroimmunology (aka the mind-body connection). It was fascinating and confirmed what yogis have known for thousands of years: that the mind and body are connected and our thoughts and emotions affect our health. As a [...]

The yoga you can’t see

There’s the yoga you can see, and the yoga that you can’t see. Initially the emphasis of our yoga practice is external. The body, the poses, building strength and gaining flexibility. But as our practice matures, the focus naturally shifts to the internal. Often people are surprised at how much internal focus there is in [...]

Yoga Nidra Body Breathing

Listen to this 11 min audio when you need to relax. Art of Relaxation Learning simple and practical ways to offload stress is priceless. The course itself was fun and relaxing. I couldn’t recommend it more! I felt empowered to handle stress and anxiety. Even before the end of the weekend, I was using [...]

Breathe your way to better health

To be honest, I'd never paid that much attention to my breath before I started practising yoga. And during class I used to hold my breath to squeeze into a yoga pose... I never really understood the breath connection until I trained to be a yoga teacher, which is why I place such an emphasis [...]