supported childs pose

How’ve your Kidneys Been?

If we were to boil down all our actions, thoughts and deeds into two categories they would be those of love and fear. Are you doing that high powered yoga because you love it or because you want to burn calories for fear of putting on weight? Are you practicing yoga because you think you…

third eye

Wandering Eye

‘Our eyes are our window to the soul’ Traditional proverb When we practice yoga we may be reminded about using  drishti or a gazing point to help us concentrate during our practice. This spot could be on the tip of the nose, to the thumbs or navel or maybe in yin towards our inner eye…

headstand with padmottanasana

Cotton Wool for the Mind

Whenever we have an experience that is not entirely pleasurable in a physical, mental or emotional way we may store that experience away in our body or mind as one to avoid again in the future. In yoga this is one of the kleshas known as dvesha. Dvesha is rejecting the world to insulate us…

Levitaatio

Spring Cleanse

As Spring approaches the ground starts to warm and thaw melting away any ice or water. As we are part of nature, our body imitates the earth as it starts to shed and cleanse by losing water. During spring you may have more runny noses or colds as the body attempts to prepare itself for the…

yin butterfuly

Yin and Tonic

Today I have a two hour workshop on yin. Yin is long held poses encouraged to open up the connective tissue within our bodies. Any ‘body’ can do yin but not any ‘mind’. The long held poses, the quiet and the discomfort are almost too much to bear for some students. I suggested one of…

wide kneed childs

That time of the month

You may notice that around your period you are more irritable. This is partly because the body is flushing out toxins making the liver more active which in turn affects the liver chi. This is why we can feel some discomfort around the outer lower hips. You may also feel more frustrated during your yin…

shoelace

Finding Courage

You may have heard the saying ‘the gall of it all’ which refers to someones spunk or verve in their actions. In Chinese Traditional Medicine the gall bladder is referred to as the courageous decision maker and hence the saying. When the energy that flows through this meridian is strong we are courageous and easily…