Pranayama

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 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 [...]

How Yoga Works

The thing I love about teaching yoga is seeing the transformations in people. Practice diligently for 12 months and it will change your life. But the question I get asked the most is "How exactly does it work"? What makes yoga so life changing compared to Pilates or the gym? Firstly, the yoga poses are [...]

Relax like a boss: how to achieve instant calm

So you want to relax? Seems we all do. When we're so caught up in our whirlwind of thoughts we often fantasize about escaping it all and finally relaxing. So with the holidays approaching how are you going to relax? What if that glass/bottle/carton of wine doesn't cut it? What if when you're sitting at the beach [...]

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 [...]

The Power of the Breath

Flexibility, strength and balance are all by-products of a regular yoga practice. The true purpose of yoga is to unite your mind, body and spirit. This can be achieved through the breath and mindful breathing (pranayama). The importance of the breath in yoga should not be underestimated, without mindful breathing yoga just becomes any other [...]