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Yoga for times of change and uncertainty – Part 2

Some time ago I was featured in an article for Stylist magazine written by Kerry Law titled “Yoga for unsettled times: how to use postures and breathwork to ground yourself” which included several short practice ideas from practitioners all over the UK and beyond. Whilst researching for this piece I ended up unpacking my own experiences of yoga over the years and while writing found that I had a series of short articles in response to the brief. So, instead of those articles sitting on my desktop I thought I would put them to some use and share them with you here instead.

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Yoga for times of change and uncertainty – Part 1

I was recently featured in an article for Stylist magazine written by Kerry Law titled “Yoga for unsettled times: how to use postures and breathwork to ground yourself” which included several short practice ideas from practitioners all over the UK and beyond. Whilst researching for this piece I ended up unpacking my own experiences of yoga over the years and while writing found that I had a series of short articles in response to the brief. So, instead of those articles sitting on my desktop I thought I would put them to some use and share them with you here instead.

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Creative ways to practice the Warrior poses

During the Autumn of 2021 I was preparing to teach my first 1 day yoga and nature immersion at our new studio space situated at my parents family home in Llanberis, North Wales. I had been thinking of ways to explore the landscape through yoga and found myself drawn to the mountains more and more. The yoga practices that came from this time found their way into my weekly classes in my home town of Marple.

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3 frequently asked ‘Yoga for Beginners’ questions

Where to begin?

 

If you are new to Yoga it’s natural that you will have some questions? More often than not we are recommended by friends or peers to practice yoga with a certain teacher, have been recommended to take up yoga by a GP to help with certain conditions such as back pain, anxiety or breathlessness and sometimes we may stumble across a local advert for a class near to where we live and want to find out more. I have questions for you, but you will also likely have some for your practitioner which is why I’ve decided to home in on some of the most frequently asked one’s in this article.

 

There are only 3, so I hope this is enough to start with? If not and you find yourself asking more questions along the way, do send your questions over to me, and if I can’t answer them for you, I will point you in the right direction so you can do a little further research for yourselves. After-all yoga is a path of self-inquiry, self-learning and so start with some questions before you begin to ensure this is something you are wishing to explore further for yourself.

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Mindful Monday Meditation practice; 5 minutes

It’s a new year, and with a new year comes possibility, potential.

 

Although it’s easy for us to get carried away. For us to feel a sudden surge of newness and run before we can walk. Taking it slowly and mindfully provides us with a more sustainable approach to our new intentions or goals.

 

My aim here is to offer you a short meditation practice which will take about 5 minutes and provide you with the headspace to think a little more clearly about which steps you may wish to take next on your goal setting journey.

 

I often feel clearer and more focussed even after 5 minutes of paying attention to my breathing.READ MORE

Ujjāyī breath, an ancient breathing technique

Ujjāyī Breathing – The victorious breath

“…take a few smooth breaths in ujjāyī, and the mind feels calmer; the effect is very direct. New students can be surprised when they first discover ujjāyī. Taking long, smooth, regulated breaths they often immediately experience a lighter, more spacious feeling.” Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton; Embodying the Yoga Sūtra.

 

Ujjāyī breathing is one of the defining characteristics of yoga, and within my approach as a practitioner and teacher. It is an ancient breathing practice known as the ‘Victorious’ breath. In the West it has adopted names such as the ‘Ocean sounding breath’ or the ‘whispering breath’ because of it’s wave-like, sighing sound and soothing quality.

 

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Breath awareness – a step by step guide to body, breath and mind connection

Breathing

“Breathing is the essence of yoga.” Vanda Scaravelli

 

Cultivating breath awareness is key for developing stillness and peace of mind. It’s simple really, all we need to do is pay attention to the experience of breathing in, and pay attention to the experience of breathing out. And yet for most of us this is the hardest part; being still and attentive to the breath in each given moment. Perhaps the thing we struggle with most in life is stillness? Is it easier for us to be constantly moving, in body and in our thoughts? The answer is most likely yes, because at our stillest moments we are usually watching television, reading a book or engaging in some kind of activity or interaction, or we are asleep.

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