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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…)

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Pregnancy Yoga Guide

London Summer Yoga Workshops 2019

London Summer Yoga Workshops 2019
London Summer Yoga Workshops 2019
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How do you know you’re ready for a yoga workshop? And what are they? Workshops are usually longer than a regular yoga class and often have a specific focus, which allows you to work more deeply on your practice. If you’ve been attending classes regularly for around 6 months or have established a regular yoga practice and feel that you want to take things a step further, the best way to do this is to head to a yoga workshop. (more…)

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The Importance of Finding the Right Yoga Teacher

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What are the important relationships in our lives? Our other halves, our parents, our children, our besties – but what about the student-teacher relationship? How important is that? According to ancient Indian culture, the relationship between a Guru and a shishya (disciple) is a very special one, even transcending the bond between parent and child, or husband and wife. While that may be a bit extreme for our Western sensibilities, it’s undeniable that finding the right teacher is a crucial part of our yoga journey.

Yoga is a lifelong journey and the teacher that guides you on that journey is a key part of it. They will ask you to do things with your body that it’s never done before and you need to have absolute faith in them that they will teach you safely while challenging you to move beyond your comfort zone at the same time. Here is our take on how to find the right teacher for YOU. (more…)

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Drishti: Focusing the gaze on, well, drishti

Drishti gaze focusing warrior

What is drishti? Concisely, drishti is a focused gaze. We might have attempted to use it in yoga classes, especially when we’re endeavouring to balance in tree pose, but there is much more to this topic than meets the eye – or gaze.

Let’s put drishti under the microscope. The Sanskrit word drishti literally means ‘sight’. But in the context of yoga, drishti is more than seeing, it is about focusing the gaze on one specific point in order to move the attention of the mind inwards. It is a way of developing concentrated intention through the sense of sight. (more…)

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Yoga Envy – and How to Turn it Around

Yoga Envy - and How to Turn it Around

Envy is a dark, hidden emotion. It can sour friendships, harden hearts and most of all, poison yourself.

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