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!

The Vagus Nerve

A black and white medical drawing of the vagus nerve, which runs from the back of the skull, through the throat, lungs and chest, belly and pelvis.

In a Coffee & Musings video last week I talked about the breath, stress and anxiety, the parasympathetic nervous system and the vagus nerve. I first learned about the vagus nerve in a workshop I attended with Edinburgh Community Yoga (www.edinburghcommunityyoga.co.uk) called 'Neuroscience, the stress response and yoga' – it blew my mind and I … Continue reading The Vagus Nerve

The Eight Limbs (part 1)

I've just released the 5th episode of Coffee & Musings on my Patreon page. In this episode I talk about the eight limbs of yoga, focusing on the first four to start with: Yama, Niyama, Asana, and Pranayama. The eight limbs comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which is often used as a guide … Continue reading The Eight Limbs (part 1)

Yoga is primarily a practice intended to make someone wiser…

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As we've been introducing the eight limbs, you can see that there is so much more to yoga than the physical poses. This quote from T. K. V. Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga sums it up really well. "Yoga is primarily a practice intended to make someone wiser, more able to understand things than they … Continue reading Yoga is primarily a practice intended to make someone wiser…

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