Oprah and Jon Kabat-Zinn discuss meditation and mindfulness

Sit back, relax, and watch and listen to Oprah and Jon Kabat-Zinn (author, scientist and creator of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme), discuss mindfulness meditation and the benefits it can bring to our everyday lives on her Super Soul Sunday programme. You can watch short clips or the full 40 minute programme online. Here's … Continue reading Oprah and Jon Kabat-Zinn discuss meditation and mindfulness

10 mantras: videos and lyrics

Some time ago I came across a blog post called Top 10 little mantras with videos and links and thought it might be a useful resource for people who like to experiment with different mantras as part of their yoga practice or as meditation. The original post is a few years old now, but all … Continue reading 10 mantras: videos and lyrics

Documentary explores who owns yoga

A very interesting, thought-provoking, intelligent and unbiased documentary called 'Who Owns Yoga?' has recently been released by Al Jazeera English and is available to watch online. It's only 50 minutes long yet manages to address thorny issues such as the modern commercialisation of yoga (especially in the west), the trend for new 'types' of yoga … Continue reading Documentary explores who owns yoga

WOW: wishing well

This week in class we practised a simple mindfulness meditation exercise which focuses on feelings of wellness and wellbeing. The WOW phrase stands for 'wishing ourselves well, wishing others well'. It is important to wish ourselves well if we are to be able to help, support and be compassionate towards others. We can then begin … Continue reading WOW: wishing well

Salute to the sun short video

I was looking round my computer folders when I came across a short video of me doing some yoga outside in the spring a few years ago. I decided to take the modified sun salutation (surya namaskar) video and add sub-titles to it so that if you're unfamiliar with the salute to the sun you … Continue reading Salute to the sun short video

Simple neck stretches in 5 minute video

Continuing my theme of useful short videos with simple stretches that most people can do in the office or at home, I can now proudly present ... the neck! In the video (sadly with no cat in this time) I do three simple neck stretches which, if done regularly, will hopefully help ease stiff or … Continue reading Simple neck stretches in 5 minute video

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