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…

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…

Being true to yourself

As we practice yin we have a chance to practice and reflect on our integrity. Integrity is being true towards yourself and remembering which way our moral compass points. As we move our body through different shapes there are always temptations to push too far beyond our edge, practice when you should be resting or…

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 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…

Living in Yin

Nature knows opposites well. Night and day, sun and moon, light and dark, summer and winter. Each one balances the other and without one the other would not exist. Opposites exist to support each other and to bring balance and harmony to everything in nature. Nature doesn’t fight the inevitable change from one to the…

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…