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

10 reasons why yoga is good for you

Why bother practising yoga? Well, there are a number of reasons why, and ways that it can improve your life and lifestyle. Here are just a few that I thought of whilst gardening, in no particular order! 1. It can help improve some physical conditions such as lower back problems, stiff and tight shoulders and … Continue reading 10 reasons why yoga is good for you

Yoga fests come to mid Wales

This summer you have two yoga festivals to choose from, or go to both! For the second year, the Yogafest West Wales is being held in west Wales, surprisingly enough. This year it's on Sunday 22nd June 2014 and is being held at Rhosygilwen mansion in Pembrokeshire. Information about the varied programme of classes, workshops … Continue reading Yoga fests come to mid Wales

Looking for ideas for a yoga book?

Some of you may be looking for your first yoga book. Others may be interested in finding out more about certain aspects of yoga and want to add to your yoga book collection. There's also the small matter of the festive season in a month with its gift-giving element. So, if you're looking for yoga … Continue reading Looking for ideas for a yoga book?

New resources section on the blog

I intend to create and publish more brief yoga videos and printable handouts so I've decided to create a new page with all the links in one place. The 'Resources' tab along the top will take you to the list of the free handouts available to download, and my videos. (Currently only two!) I hope … Continue reading New resources section on the blog

Yoga in prisons

Coincidences happen every so often and within the space of a few weeks I read or came across various references to yoga and meditation in prisons. A fellow yogi passed on the Prison Phoenix Trust newsletter. This organisation has been going for 25 years and they provide a support service for people in prisons to … Continue reading Yoga in prisons

Home practice yoga

Many people's routines are disrupted over the summer months as we go on holidays, some classes may not be running, the lovely weather tempts us to the beach instead of the yoga mat etc etc. Some people end up missing their weekly yoga class and want to practice at home. Others are keen to start … Continue reading Home practice yoga

Free moving meditation yoga event in Ceredigion

Local yoga teacher Meriel Goss has organised a free yoga event on Moving Meditation with a visiting tutor (Mahenderpal Sorya) from London. The day runs from 10am - 2pm on Sunday 30th June 2013 at Over the Rainbow, Tanygroes, near Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2JD. (Optional lunch extra after the event.) This event is free for … Continue reading Free moving meditation yoga event in Ceredigion