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How Yoga Helps us Balance as we Age

How Yoga Helps us Balance as we Age

This Easter break we took our kids down to north Cornwall, to a place that I had holidayed at as a child. We went down to a bay near Bedruthan Steps and spent a happy half an hour boulder-hopping. I say ‘we’, but it was mainly the children that were springing merrily from rock to rock. My husband and I were slightly more warily maneuvering ourselves, and I realised how even with my regular yoga practice, I was less gung-ho than when I was younger.

I’m not alone. The sure-footedness that we have as children decreases with age (and practice), as our awareness of the body in space, known as proprioception, gets less and less. But what exactly is proprioception and why is it important? (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Top Tips for Hibernating (just the right amount) this Winter

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Hibernating mammals have got it worked out. Once the golden leaves of Autumn have fallen, they then spend the winter curled up in their cosy cave, re-emerging only when the green shoots of Spring unfurl. Migratory birds do the other sensible thing and migrate to warmer climes – like the swallows to Africa.

What do humans do? Well, the richer ones migrate too, spending six months of the year in their apartment in the South of France. But most of us resort to our usual response, which is to carry on as blooming normal and moan about it. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

On Yoga Teaching: Are you Ready to Run a Workshop?

On Yoga Teaching: Are you Ready to Run a Workshop?

You’re an established teacher, with regular yoga classes and a foundation of good teaching experience. You’ve been thinking about leading a one-off workshop, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or not. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Why Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Handstands

Why Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Handstands

Think back to your first few months doing yoga, and one day your instructor said that particular class will be about headstands. Did you feel scared to be upside down on your head? Did you wonder why, when it seemed so simple and easy when you were a kid? Well, it’s actually because you are programmed not to like being upside down.

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Can You Do A Headstand When You’re On Your Period?

Can You Do A Headstand When You're On Your Period?

Is it safe to do a headstand or shoulderstand during your period? What about other inverted poses or downward dog? What about strong twists and back bends?

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