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Yoga is more than asana

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As I'm introducing the eight limbs of yoga, you can probably see why the third limb, Asana (postures), is the limb that's most often portrayed and talked about, especially on social media. First, it is ideal for images as it's purely physical - how do you take photographs of concentration or breath work? Second, it's … Continue reading Yoga is more than asana

More than just a photo

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I mentioned in a previous post about attending a workshop at the Natural History Museum. It was an incredible space to practice in, if you're in the UK I'd definitely recommend it. At the end of the session, a lot of people were taking photos on the steps of the main hall, most holding advanced … Continue reading More than just a photo

Pratyahara

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The fifth of the limbs is Pratyahara which is sense withdrawal or the restraint of senses. From this point on, the limbs are very new concepts to me, so I'll wait to go into more details until I'm more familiar with them myself.

Making appropriate adjustments in your practice

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"To approach your practice intelligently means to know all the implications of what you want to do, whether that be Asana or Pranayama, and to make appropriate preparations and adjustments." T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga. The passage in the book goes on to give the example of wanting to travel overseas - it's not … Continue reading Making appropriate adjustments in your practice

Pranayama

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The fourth of the limbs is Pranayama which is breath control and the practice of breathing exercises. I've done a little bit of Pranayama work in my regular yoga class, and we practiced a few techniques in a workshop I attended at the Natural History Museum in London. Some of the practices made me feel … Continue reading Pranayama

Niyama, or the Niyamas

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The second of the limbs is Niyama, or the Niyamas. This translates roughly as 'observances' and includes our attitudes toward ourselves. The Niyamas also have 5 elements which I'll be covering later. When discussing the Niyamas here, I'll often be referencing the work of Deborah Adele and the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's … Continue reading Niyama, or the Niyamas

Yama, or the Yamas

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The first of the limbs is Yama, or the Yamas. This translates roughly as 'restraints' and includes our attitudes toward our environment. The Yamas have 5 elements which I'll cover in the future. When discussing the Yamas here, I'll often be referencing the work of Deborah Adele and the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring … Continue reading Yama, or the Yamas

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

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"In its exported manifestation, yoga has tended to focus on the physical aspect of the system of yoga, the Asanas, or stretching poses and postures, which most Western adherents of yoga practice in order to stay trim, supple and healthy. Patanjali himself, however, pays minimal attention to the Asanas, which are the third stage of … Continue reading The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Eight Limbs of Yoga

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a series of 196 short statements (sutras) concerning yoga. I'll go into the sutras in more detail as I work my way through them in my own learning, but I first of all wanted to introduce the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which form part of the Yoga Sutras. Over … Continue reading Eight Limbs of Yoga

Creating space

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When I was first putting together my page and branding, I asked a friend who works in marketing to look over my designs for some feedback. On a mock up I'd created of an Instagram feed, I had this exact plain purple colour block and said that I'd use it to add quotes and text … Continue reading Creating space

My first weekend of Yoga Teacher Training!

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On the way to my teacher training I was full of nerves and anxiety - don’t get me wrong, I was incredibly excited. But it was those Imposter Syndrome thoughts creeping in. ‘Who am I to think that I can teach yoga?’ ‘I can’t do many of the advanced poses, how am I supposed to … Continue reading My first weekend of Yoga Teacher Training!

“…the yoga practice must be tailored to fit each person.”

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"The essence of my father's teachings is this: it is not that the person needs to accommodate him-or herself to yoga, but rather the yoga practice must be tailored to fit each person." T.K.V Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga. What would you like to learn to tailor, and adapt, to work for you within … Continue reading “…the yoga practice must be tailored to fit each person.”

Which yoga and meditation books do you recommend?

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I've got the core reading list for my Yoga Teacher Training along with other recommended texts, but I'm also curious to hear what you would recommend? Have you read any books linked to yoga asana, yoga philosophy and meditation that resonated with you? Let me know in the comments below!

Accessible yoga classes

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This quote from T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga sums up what I'd love to create with my future classes. "There are many stories I could tell, all of which show the necessity for an individual approach to yoga. By this I do not mean that I have to give only private lessons, but I … Continue reading Accessible yoga classes

Do you journal?

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As I'm preparing for my Yoga Teacher Training, one of the things which has been really helpful is journaling. This is actually something I've done for years, but I never understood until recently how useful it is. Journaling isn't necessarily sitting down every evening and writing 'Dear Diary…' - instead it can be used when … Continue reading Do you journal?

“But yoga affects the mind, primarily, and each person’s mind is different.”

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Another quote from T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga which has stood out: "The way yoga is taught nowadays often gives the impression that there is one solution to everyone's problems and one treatment for every illness. But yoga affects the mind, primarily, and each person's mind is different." T.K.V Desikachar - The Heart of … Continue reading “But yoga affects the mind, primarily, and each person’s mind is different.”

Diversity in yoga

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When setting up this account and brand, I struggled to find images of people practicing yoga that weren't thin, white, young, cisgender passing and incredibly flexible and strong. The majority of images portrayed handstands or arm balances. Is it any wonder that yoga is seen as something so exclusive, and so many people are scared … Continue reading Diversity in yoga

Top tips to make your social media pages more accessible

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According to WeAreSocial.com, almost 3.5 billion people are now active on social media; this is 45% of the world’s population (https://wearesocial.com/uk/digital-2019) With social media being so popular, it’s even more important to ensure that your social media pages are accessible for your audience. What do I mean by accessible? Accessibility covers many different things, but … Continue reading Top tips to make your social media pages more accessible

New blog post tomorrow!

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During my Yoga Teacher training, I'll be writing and sharing blogs about a variety of topics. Tomorrow, I'll be starting with a blog about making social media pages accessible - something I've been keen to do from the start of this account. What topics are you interested in me writing about whilst I complete my … Continue reading New blog post tomorrow!

“The starting point is never the teacher’s needs but those of the student”

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As part of my pre-training reading this quote from T.K.V Desikachar's 'The Heart of Yoga' really resonated with me. What makes my father's yoga teachings unique, is his insistence on attending to each individual and to his or her uniqueness. If we respect each person individually, it naturally means we will always start from where … Continue reading “The starting point is never the teacher’s needs but those of the student”

Vinyasa flow & Accessible yoga

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My training will be in a contemporary vinyasa flow style, but with secondary focuses on yin, restorative, beginner and accessible yoga. Accessible yoga is what I'm really passionate about, teaching yoga that really is for every body. What are your experiences with accessible yoga?

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

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I'm excited to share that this month I start my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Quota in Oxford. I'll be sharing my journey here so please like/follow this page to join me! Are you completing, or have you recently completed your Yoga Teacher Training? I'd love to hear about your experiences!