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7 Steps to Changing Habits

As I stand waiting for a friend I feel the same sort of tightness arise in me. Where are they? Why are they late? Why can’t they be on time (like me). This cycling over and over in my mind is the workings of samskara, our conditioned way of being, thinking or behaving. The way…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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Align and Refine

In asana practice great awareness is placed on alignment of the body. We want to make sure that the bones are stacked to create a better weight bearing surface to hold out body in particular shapes. We want to keep our joints safe and move with grace. When the body is aligned our practice becomes…