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I Was Mugged – Yoga Helped Me

I Was Mugged - Yoga Helped Me

A few weeks ago I was walking through my local park at the innocuous time of 3:35 pm on a Tuesday afternoon. I work from home, our house is on the market and we had a viewing, so I headed to a cafe in the park to be out of the way.

Once in the park, I noticed a youngish man, dressed all in black with his hood up, walking towards me. I smiled at him in my usual friendly fashion and he suddenly moved towards me, lunged at my handbag, which was slung across my body and yelled, “Give me your wallet!” I initially shouted “No!” He then showed me a knife, and I swiftly changed my mind, ducking out of my handbag, and watching as he walked off on a path in the undergrowth. As he was taking my bag I yelled at him, “Why are you doing this?” – twice. I don’t know why I did, it was just instinctive. But I also genuinely wanted to know – it seemed like such a ridiculous thing to do.

A nearby jogger who had seen what just happened came over and stayed with me while a called the police – luckily I had my phone in my hand and he hadn’t taken it – and then began the job of dealing with the consequences of that ten seconds. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

The Ins and Outs of Alternate Nostril Breathing

The Ins and Outs of Alternate Nostril Breathing

Ever wondered why you feel so good after alternate nostril breathing ? Let me explain…

Image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr.
Image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr.

Alternate nostril breathing, or nadi shodhana prānāyāma, is the first of the prānāyāma practices described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (one of the ancient texts of yoga). Nadi Shodhana literally means ‘nadi purification’ and the practice is believed to balance the subtle energy, or prana, of the energetic body. (more…)

Sally Schofield

How Yoga Can Boost Your Nervous System (Part 2)

How Yoga Can Boost Your Nervous System (Part 2)

We have five different parts to our incredible nervous system: the brain and spinal cord (also called the central nervous system), the peripheral nerves, the enteric nervous supply and our autonomic nervous system . They are all made up of nerves that carry electrical messages around the body to control it’s various functions but each has a specific role and yoga can affect each in a different way. (more…)

Sally Schofield

How Yoga Can Boost Your Nervous System (Part 1)

How Yoga Can Boost Your Nervous System (Part 1)

The human body is a truly incredible thing. It has so many different systems working away 24/7 to keep us alive and well. And most of the time we are completely unaware of what is going on behind the scenes. But what keeps it all running smoothly? If you will, what is the conductor for this incredible performance? (more…)

Sally Schofield