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Mini-Sequence: Awaken the Hips

Mini-Sequence: Awaken the Hips

Wanting to start a home practice but not sure where to start? Or maybe looking for a yummy little sequence to start the day… Read on!

This short flow is perfect to kick off a hip opening session or as a stand-alone short practice when time is precious. Done fast, it can also work beautifully as a cardiovascular workout, or to warm up before deeper stretches. And it is delicious when done slooooowly…mindfully noting and reacting to every tiny sensation from start to finish. (more…)

Sally Schofield

Discover Ayurveda According to Your Learning Style

Discover Ayurveda According to Your Learning Style

The beauty of Ayurveda is that it encompasses every aspect of life so actually, it’s already in your life! To “discover” Ayurveda means to recognize and honour it. Ayurveda can have many beginnings, from curiousity to health concerns that prompt deeper learning. Regardless of your path, Ayurveda allows you to live life from an entirely different perspective. 

To begin, it helps to personalize your experience by getting a better understanding of your predominant dosha. And while your dosha is dynamic, understanding the basic principles will help guide your way.  (more…)

Jaclyn Andrews

Yoga Teacher Training in India

Yoga Teacher Training India

So, you’re considering a yoga teacher training in India…where to begin? Rather, how to begin? You’ll find a plethora of information on the web, teacher training schools all touting themselves as the best in India, but what is it that you need and how on earth can you narrow down your options? In this article, we’ll review some of the best yoga teacher training schools in India, we’ll look at the top four reasons to complete your yoga teacher training in India, as well as the most popular destinations for yoga in India.

Many yogis consider a yoga teacher training in India due to the popularity and the prestige of saying, “I did my training in India!” It somehow sounds more authentic, more dedicated, a reflection of how much yoga means to you and your commitment to your practice and teaching. However, there are several things to consider before embarking on this journey. (more…)

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RIP Maty Ezraty – a Force for Good in the Yoga World

RIP Maty Ezraty - a Force for Good in the Yoga World

Maty Ezraty, yoga teacher, co-founder of YogaWorks, and the creator of a rigorous teacher training programme that has trained tens of thousands of yoga teachers round the world, has died aged 55, while teaching in Tokyo, leaving many shocked and stunned at her loss.

Maty was an innovative teacher who combined the two main forms of yoga  – Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga yoga  – and merged them into a less dogmatic form that had a huge influence on the vinyasa flow-style yoga practiced throughout the world today. (more…)

Poppy Pickles
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5 Delicious Hip Openers for the Less Flexible Yogi

5 Delicious Hip Openers for the Less Flexible Yogi

Many people come to yoga as a way to increase their flexibility. I certainly did and I remember SO clearly how impossible some yoga poses seemed to be. How could I even dream of doing an utthita pādāngusthāsana balance (standing big toe hold) when I couldn’t actually reach my big toe? My adho mukha śvānāsana (downward-facing dog) looked more like a plank than a pyramid. And the floor was WAY TOO FAR away to touch in my attempts at standing forward folds.

But was I down heartened? Well, actually I was… I thought maybe I was ‘too tight’ for yoga. Too stiff to get anywhere. But I was wrong and my yoga teachers knew that lack of flexibility is no barrier to a budding yogi. They knew that with care and perseverance, yoga was JUST what I needed. They taught me versions of poses that I could manage. Versions that did increase my flexibility and modifications that worked for my beginner’s body. Amongst other things, they showed me poses that were perfect for my tight hips and short hamstrings.  And now as a yoga teacher, I absolutely LOVE showing beginner yogis these poses. So, if you are a wobbly warrior with the flexibility of an ironing board – read on! These beginner hip opening poses are perfect for you. (more…)

Sally Schofield
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