Chair Yoga is for Everyone!

Chair yoga is for everyone! One of the things I’ve really loved about teaching chair yoga in a studio space (the wonderful Bloom Studio & Well-being in Cheltenham) is that I’m able to introduce people to chair yoga who have never tried it before. It’s been interesting to listen to people who have a strong … Continue reading Chair Yoga is for Everyone!

Try something different in your practice!

Sarah holds a Crescent (High) Lunge with a twist.

On Friday I released a slightly more active vinyasa practice video to my Patreon. Some days we want to build heat in the body and move, whereas other days are all about rest and stillness. I used to purely practice vinyasa yoga when I first started, but as I started to explore other practices such … Continue reading Try something different in your practice!

Hand placement in yoga

Sarah holds a Warrior 1 posture with her hands on her hips

Yesterday I uploaded a video to my Patreon page which includes Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana I) and Humble Warrior - and it got me thinking about hand placement during our yoga practice. For quite a long time now, I've been opting for hand placements which are closer to my body in my personal practice. For example, … Continue reading Hand placement in yoga

Restorative Yoga & Props

Sarah sits in a wide leg side stretch. Both legs extended, a bolster is on one leg, Sarah is resting with her elbow on the bolster.

Restorative yoga is all about rest! In an hour-long class, you can expect to do between 4 and 6 postures, spending anywhere from 3 minutes to 10 minutes in each. You will use props (see more below) such as foam blocks, foam bricks, bolsters and blankets to make yourself as comfortable as possible – the … Continue reading Restorative Yoga & Props

Mat-Based Full Sequence: Hamstrings 1

Sarah is lying on her back, one leg is extended in the air, with a strap around her foot.

I've just released a new practice sequence to my Patreon page. This practice is a 37-minute mat-based vinyasa class which focuses on the hamstrings. http://www.patreon.com/accessibleyogawithsarah Now, for some of us, our hamstrings can be very tight - whether that's from exercise or long periods of sitting. Exercises that put substantial strain on the hamstrings can lead to … Continue reading Mat-Based Full Sequence: Hamstrings 1

Vinyasa & Restorative Fusion practice

Sarah holds a supported bridge posture. She is lying on her back, her feet on the floor, knees pointing up to the ceiling. A bolster is underneath her lower back, lifting her hips from the floor.

I've just added a Vinyasa & Restorative Fusion practice to my Patreon page. The first part of this practice is a mat-based vinyasa flow and the second half includes restorative postures. I first taught a fusion class when I had one participant in a class, they usually attended a restorative class, but one week attended … Continue reading Vinyasa & Restorative Fusion practice

Seated Practice Full Sequence: Warrior 2

Sarah is sat in a chair holding an Extended Side Angle posture.

I've just added a 30-minute seated practice which can all be done from a chair to my Patreon page. Accessibility note: This practice does involve sitting sideways on the chair. http://www.patreon.com/accessibleyogawithsarah Firstly, yes, you can practice yoga in a chair! Essentially a chair class with me will be similar to a Vinyasa class except the … Continue reading Seated Practice Full Sequence: Warrior 2

Mat-Based Full Sequence – Lizard (Short)

I've just uploaded a new mat-based vinyasa class to my Patreon page. This practice is just under 30 minutes long so perfect for a morning practice or a lunch break! http://www.patreon.com/accessibleyogawithsarah This practice includes Lizard pose which can be used to open your hips. I invite you to really explore this posture and the variations … Continue reading Mat-Based Full Sequence – Lizard (Short)

Posture Spotlight: Downward Facing Dog

Each month I'll share a Posture Spotlight video where we can deep dive into a posture and look at some of the variations - so we can fit the asana (postures) to our bodies. This month we're looking at Downward Facing Dog. The Sanskrit name for Downward Facing Dog is Adho mukha svanasana - pronounced … Continue reading Posture Spotlight: Downward Facing Dog

Friday is the perfect day for Bed Yoga!

Sarah holds a reclined pigeon posture

Friday is the perfect day for some Bed Yoga - that's right, bed yoga! If you've never tried it before I cannot recommend it enough. I've got a 23 minute bed yoga practice on my Patreon page which includes a lovely reclined pigeon posture. http://www.patreon.com/accessibleyogawithsarah I really hope you enjoy the practice - let me … Continue reading Friday is the perfect day for Bed Yoga!

Mat-based Full Sequence: Warrior 2

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This 45 minute mat-based vinyasa class is available now on my Patreon page! http://www.patreon.com/accessibleyogawithsarah This practice includes one of my favourite flows - Warrior 2, Reverse Warrior and Extended Side-Angle pose. The Sanskrit name for Warrior 2 is Virabhadrasana II (veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh to)You can listen to the pronunciation here: https://try.yogainternational.com/brochure-sanskrit-pronunciation-guide/ I hope you enjoy this practice, … Continue reading Mat-based Full Sequence: Warrior 2

It’s all yoga!

Yesterday in my Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training we were discussing the qualities of a teacher; ranging from the voice and language they use to the space and atmosphere they create. In groups we discussed negative experiences we’d had with teachers, and we discussed positive and inspirational experiences with teachers. One thing that was apparent from … Continue reading It’s all yoga!

Which yoga mat should I choose?

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This is a question I get asked a lot, and it's never easy to answer! When I first started to practice yoga, I bought a very cheap mat from a high street shop and it lasted me a good year before it started to show serious signs of wear and tear. However, this meant I … Continue reading Which yoga mat should I choose?

What is ‘advanced’ yoga?

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I’ve seen a few social media posts recently about ‘advanced’ yoga and 'advanced' practitioners/students/yogis (whichever term you use) and what this actually means. So often, being ‘advanced’ in yoga is seen as being ‘more flexible’, able to hold ‘complex asana’ or being able to have a stronger/more intense physical practice. I speak to people who … Continue reading What is ‘advanced’ yoga?

Where and how does the practice of yoga begin?

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"Where and how does the practice of yoga begin? Should we always begin on the physical level? I would say that where we begin depends on our personal interests. There are many ways of practicing yoga, and gradually the interest in one path will lead to another."T. K. V. Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga

Anyone can practice yoga

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"Anyone who wants to can practice yoga. Anybody can breathe; therefore anybody can practice yoga. But no one can practice every kind of yoga. It has to be the right yoga for the person." T. K. V. Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga Do you have a preferred type of yoga? What works for you?

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

“…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.”

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

“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.”

“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”