If In Doubt, Take a Nap. I’m serious. It works. In the UK, naps are often thought of as something only babies do.Here in Spain, they are for everyone, just like Yoga! And guess what, they both help us out in many of the same ways. Just like your computer, if your mind is whirring… Continue reading Loveletter Archives : Sleep & Savasana
Meditation Q1 – Do you ever have times, days, weeks, even months or years when there are so many thoughts or worries or ‘things to do’ spinning around in your head that you can’t… relax concentrate sleep Q2 – Do you ever find yourself replaying past events, conversations, mistakes or “would’ve/could’ve/should’ve” scenarios in your mind?… Continue reading Loveletter Archives : Getting into Meditation
Energise – inc Kapalabhati Breath v Breath of Fire Here are some of my favourite ways to energise :- Get outside in the fresh air – whatever the weather! Listen to upbeat tunes. Put all your favourite upifting songs onto one cd/playlist and hit PLAY any time you need a boost. Exercise – dance along… Continue reading Loveletter Archives : Energise with Pranayama
What is Advanced Yoga? I used to be able to do the splits. Am I less “advanced” in yoga now compared to when my body could do better things? After this many years, surely I should have an easy splits and be walking around on my hands, right? Those were two of the “goals” I… Continue reading Applied Yoga – Part 5: Am I Less Advanced in Yoga Now?
No Two Paths are the Same. Did you hear the one about when the Roman Catholic Benedictine monk, the Rabbi and the Zen Buddhist monk got together? It was 1968.. and along with Swami Satchidananda (my teacher’s teacher) they co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies. A place for interfaith understanding. Swami Satchidananda – known affectionately… Continue reading Applied Yoga – Part 4: “Truth is One. Paths are Many.”
Do Lessons Come in Threes? “The Four Locks & Keys”. As we know, Yoga teaches more than just postures. Amongst other things, it teaches us how to deal with any interaction (the “Keys”), with anyone in the world, in any moment by dividing their words/deeds/actions/behaviours into what the ancient texts (The Yoga Sutras) refer to… Continue reading Applied Yoga – Part 3: The Four Locks & Keys
How learning healthy postures, awareness of the mind and breath work on the mat can benefit us greatly off the mat, too.
Yoga Off the Mat When we think of yoga, we often think of super flexible folks making crazy shapes on a yoga mat but there is more than one way to practise the art. Here are 3 ways to practise yoga, without a yoga mat in sight:- Philosophy Yoga “off the mat” could be nothing… Continue reading Yoga off the Mat (& Back to Nature: The Caminito del Rey)
You’re going to see this a lot! After the excesses of Christmas and New Year everyone would like a quick fix to undo the damage done.
The best thing you can do to detoxify the body is to cut out the toxins and let your body clear itself of the excesses already consumed. OK, the best thing would be to not put your body under stress by applying moderation through the holidays… *she writes, eyeing her own personal family size tub of empty chocolates!
A Morning Routine I like to make my dreams come true as often as possible! I find a great start to the day helps to set you off in the right direction. Here are six tips for how to have a great start to your day, everyday, the Nirmala Yoga way. Pre-dawn Meditation – I… Continue reading My Dream Start to the Day