A Guide to Hands-On Adjustments in the Post #MeToo Era

A Guide to Hands-On Adjustments in the Post #MeToo Era

There’s no doubt that hands-on adjustments in yoga have changed dramatically over the years.

Back when yoga was first being popularised in the West, there were anecdotes of teachers giving students a sharp rap with a a stick.

To get any attention from the great masters was considered a privilege and students who had the courage to protest were generally told to stop making such a fuss (in so many words).

This is not to say that all strong physical adjustments are wrong or inappropriate. But times have changed and attitudes since then have changed too, and not just in yoga. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Neurodiversity and Yoga – How to Support those with ASD

Neurodiversity and Yoga – How to Support those with ASD

In the yoga industry we need to be educating ourselves on how to make classes open and accessible to all, including those who are neurodiverse.

But what does neurodiverse mean? Neurodiversity covers a range of conditions that affect how a person’s brain functions, making it work differently to a neurotypical brain.

Rather than thinking about ‘normal’ brains and ‘brains that have something wrong with them’, the term neurodiverse describes brains that are wired slightly differently. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Interview: Chaanah Mortlock on Yoga for Curvy Brains as well as Curvy Bodies

Interview: Chaanah Mortlock on Yoga for Curvy Brains as well as Curvy Bodies

Chaanah Mortlock is the founder of Curvy Asanas Yoga, which is for curvy minds as well as curvy bodies. After a motorbike accident left her unable to compete as a kickboxer, run half marathons and practice the other sports she loved, she turned to yoga. Through a process of trial and error, yoga helped her find wellbeing, focused her mind, and reduced her stress levels. After being diagnosed with various neurodivergent conditions, her mission is to create yoga classes that are genuinely open and safe spaces for all to gain the benefits of yoga. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

How to Re-start your Yoga Teaching in a Post-Pandemic World

How to Re-start your Yoga Teaching in a Post-Pandemic World

As yoga studios reopen their doors, in-person classes start up again and the UK moves on from lockdowns, yoga teachers here in the UK are re-thinking how to deliver their yoga teaching.

There’s no doubt that the way we deliver yoga has changed. So how do we restructure our yoga teaching businesses (again) in a post-pandemic world? (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Interview: Sidonie Gaucher on how Yoga has Helped her to Come to Terms with her Deafness

Interview: Sidonie Gaucher on how Yoga has Helped her to Come to Terms with her Deafness

Experienced journalist Sidonie Gaucher was one of the very first YogaLondon 200-hour graduates, who has decided to celebrate her ten-year graduation anniversary by taking the 500-hour course. Her love of yoga nidra and the philosophy of yoga has helped guide her through extreme hardship, with severe eye problems, and then sudden deafness, and has allowed her to reconnect with the essence of who she is. (more…)

Poppy Pickles
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