Learn how to breathe more slowly with my new audio tracks

I've had a bit more time recently to create some new resources that can help improve your health and wellbeing. I've created a new page on pranayama, what it is (breathing!) and why learning long, slow and deep breathing practices can be beneficial. I've also recorded and uploaded some free audio tracks talking you through … Continue reading Learn how to breathe more slowly with my new audio tracks

Difference in nose or mouth inhalation on emotion, fear and memory

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New research from America has found that there is a difference in response to fear and emotions depending on if we breathe in through our nose or mouth. They also found that we seem to be able to remember things better during the inhale compared with the exhale, if that is done through the nose. … Continue reading Difference in nose or mouth inhalation on emotion, fear and memory

Controlled breathing for mental and physical benefits

Frog statues in yoga positions

Sometimes people say to me "Why do you teach people how to breathe in yoga? Surely everyone knows how to breathe?" The issue is not that we don't know how to breathe but that we may not be breathing in a helpful way. Learning and practising different controlled breathing (pranayama) techniques can bring physical and … Continue reading Controlled breathing for mental and physical benefits

Free relaxation tracks, including in Welsh

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If you're looking for free, good quality relaxation tracks to use at home, in English or Welsh, why not try these three tracks from Yoga i Bawb (trans: Yoga for All) a west Wales yoga group. The three available are: * Progressive relaxation - relaxing each part of the body in turn * Yoga Nidra … Continue reading Free relaxation tracks, including in Welsh

Yoga to help you sleep

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Several people have said to me that the only night they get a good night's sleep is when they've been to my yoga class. This includes someone who came to my 15 minute lunchtime de-stress sessions, not even a full-length class! So what is it about yoga which can help improve your sleep patterns? A … Continue reading Yoga to help you sleep

It’s all about the breath

Continuing the monthly look at the eight limbs of yoga as outlined in Patanjali's yoga sutras, we come to the fourth limb: pranayama, or to over-simplify, breathing. One person asked me why people have to be taught how to breathe. That's not necessarily what pranayama is. Pranayama is composed of two words: prana (breath, life … Continue reading It’s all about the breath

My celebration of the first international day of yoga

I celebrated the first International day of yoga (as designated by the United Nations) by doing some yogic practices on my own¬†and some in a class. I started the day with pranayama, meditation and mantra. I choose the ¬†combined ujjayi & golden breath to start with for 5 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of alternate … Continue reading My celebration of the first international day of yoga

Victory and surrender in one breath

Stream in a forest

Recently I've been really enjoying a combined pranayama (breathing practice) which uses both a strengthening breath and a softening breath. I discovered this in Uma Dinsmore-Tuli's book Yoni Shakti which I have just finished (and will write a review of soon), and have used it several times in my own practice and also taught it … Continue reading Victory and surrender in one breath

Intelligent Yoga book review

Peter Blackaby's book Intelligent Yoga was long-awaited when it was published in late 2012, and here's my long-awaited review! (Long-awaited by me, maybe not by anyone else!) Intelligent Yoga is a thoroughly enjoyable book to read and is an interesting mix of biology, anatomy, evolutionary theory, neuro-science, humanism, and of course yoga. But at no … Continue reading Intelligent Yoga book review