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 [...]

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 [...]

Join the Yin crowd

Harder, better, faster, stronger - or so we're often lead to believe. But in our fast-paced lives when we're in a hurry for everything, are there merits to slowing down, doing less, becoming soft? You bet. And that's what Yin yoga offers, the perfect antidote to stress, anxiety and general busy-ness of life. In my [...]

Frustrated by a lack of progress?

Whenever I feel like I'm not making enough progress in my life I'm reminded of bamboo. Before bamboo shoots up, it takes its time to establish its roots. What appears dormant for years is actually growing beneath the surface. Bamboo plants take about three to five years to establish their root system. In this time [...]

You stole my spot: where to place your yoga mat

Recently I wrote a blog about yoga etiquette and it really struck a chord with some of you. So here's a tongue in cheek guide to where to place your yoga mat in the studio. 1. Hot or cold? Generally in the warmer months we run the air conditioner. There are two in the room, on [...]

Competition and winning in yoga

When I was about eight years old, I joined a swimming club. We used to race every Friday night and my Mum and Dad would watch me from the grandstand. I loved swimming and spent all summer in the water. Often, I was the last to finish the race. If I was lucky I would [...]

Root Chakra – the foundation for growth

The root chakra is the first of the seven major chakras and forms the foundation of the chakra system. It is located at the coccyx or base of the spine and is associated with our feet, legs and buttocks. Without a healthy root system, a tree won't grow and so we must establish a firm [...]

Introduction to yoga and the chakras

You've probably heard the word chakra used in a yoga class, but you don't believe in all that new-agey spiritual crap right? Or maybe you do and you want to know more? Chakras aren't just hippie 'woo woo', they're as real as your thoughts and are a fundamental aspect of yoga; and whether you believe in [...]

The alchemy of yoga

Can yoga change your life? Ask any yoga teacher or person who has a dedicated practice and you'll hear a resounding 'yes'. So what is it about yoga that makes it life changing? Sure it's nice to have a new hobby and maybe get a bit obsessed with your new hobby, but it seems yoga's [...]

How to do Savasana

Do this, bend that, look there, and switch this on are common cues you will hear for most yoga poses. Yet when we get to Savasana (Shav-asana) we're expected to just know what to do. It seems pretty simple right? Just lie back and relax? So why do some teachers call it the hardest pose [...]

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