Posts in Health & Wellbeing

Student Profile – Gareth

An extraordinary story of recovery from a nearly fatal accident Gareth joined one of my beginner courses some years ago, made good progress, and soon became a regular in our Mysore morning program. He then stopped attending, which I put down to him maybe having moved or similar, as our students’ life circumstances often change…. Read more »

Introducing the Enviro Hero

In our endeavour to build awareness of our planet and it’s now fragile eco-system – also for us to have some fun, we are introducing the monthly  ‘Enviro Hero’. Every time you come to class on foot, or by public transport, bicycle, or magically ‘beaming’ yourself over, give yourself a pat on the back! Then mark your visit on… Read more »

Under the Yoga Spotlight – Backbend

Urdhva Dhanurasana – Wheel The full backbend – upward bow posture – or commonly called ‘the wheel’, is a classic Yoga posture and quite complex. To practice it well requires a lot of ‘opening’ as well as strength in several parts of the body. Although for most a strenuous posture, this backbend reaps a lot… Read more »

Laughing and Crying with Yoga

One of the students I teach is smiling constantly throughout her practice. She seems to very much enjoy moving her body, loves a challenge, and simply laughs when she is not succeeding in something. She responds to that which she feels challenged by, with either a kind of ‘dance’ around her mat, or when seated,… Read more »

Relax with Yoga

Being able to relax is meant to be the natural state of any human being. Unfortunately in our often very full lives, we can’t readily fall back into this natural state when needed; for some, even the cue ‘relax’, causes more tension than relief. The inability to ‘relax’ You may have experienced that after a… Read more »

Do I have enough time for Yoga?

Yes, of course you do! ‘Time is passing so quickly!’, is a remark made frequently. Our life often appears to be very busy, and to add a yoga practice to the daily schedule can seem almost impossible. That our days are taken up by a myriad of commitments is a reality for many of us,… Read more »

Can yoga help you lose weight?

A big part of achieving body positivity and improving mental wellbeing is being at a weight you are comfortable with. If you are looking to shed a few kilograms and reach your fitness goals, you may be wondering whether the activities and exercises you enjoy are actually enough to make this happen. For yoga lovers,… Read more »

Prana and growing older

… or how to climb a tower at 90 My Dad has just turned 90, and I have been spending some time with him in Germany. He is still very energetic, completely clear mentally (as much as my Dad can be, being my Dad ;) and full of beans. Last year he insisted on climbing… Read more »

Yoga Nidra with Kate

… every first Saturday of each month Come & practice Yoga Nidra on the first Saturday of each month at 8am and float through the weekend. Yoga Nidra is an ancient Indian practice often called yogic sleep. Nidra means sleep. It is a guided deep relaxation meditation. The body sleeps and the mind remains awake…. Read more »