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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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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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On Yoga Teaching: Common Mistakes That Harm Yoga Teachers

On Yoga Teaching: Common Mistakes That Harm Yoga Teachers

Most people wouldn’t regard being a yoga teacher as a particularly taxing or harmful career. But there are pitfalls that many of us fall into as we progress and learn as yoga teachers. (more…)

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Halle Berry’s Topless Headstand; The Do’s and Don’t’s

Halle Berry's Topless Headstand; The Do's and Don't's

Halle Berry is the evergreen Oscar winner, who just so happens to be 51 years old. But despite hitting her half-century, she couldn’t look further from being middle-aged. (more…)

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Busting 5 Common Myths about Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga

Busting 5 Common Myths about Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga

In the world of yoga, it’s easy to get stuck in your own yoga bubble. Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga are two of the most practised forms of yoga in the world, but there’s plenty of misconceptions out there about what they actually consist of. So let’s go bust some myths! (more…)

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