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STUFFED! Yoga Poses to help digest Christmas Lunch

STUFFED! Yoga Poses to help digest Christmas Lunch

Christmas is a time to let go of all those dietary disciplines and just let loose! For a few days each year, most of us put our healthy eating efforts to one side and over-eat to our heart’s content. And it’s not just the over-eating, it’s rich food!

Take the traditional British Christmas lunch. Turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, roasted carrots and parsnips, mashed celeriac, Brussel sprouts, bread sauce, cranberry sauce and, to top it all off, lashings of gravy. That’s how it goes in our family anyway. What’s lovely about the traditional Christmas lunch is that for every family there’s something a little bit different, which makes it the special annual over-indulgence it is.

And personally, I wouldn’t miss out on any of it. However, the after-effects can be disastrous. So here are some ways to help to alleviate the bloating, lethargy and sluggishness of the post-prandial Christmas state. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Yogi’s Guide: Tips for Safe Twists

Yogi's Guide: Tips for Safe Twists

Twists are integral to most yoga classes. There are obvious twists: ardha matsyendrāsana (seated spinal twist) and twisted lunge. Then there are hidden twists: trikonāsana (triangle) and side crane. (more…)

Sally Schofield
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5 Ways to Avoid Yoga Teaching Performance Anxiety

5 Ways to Avoid Yoga Teaching Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety (often called “stage fright”) doesn’t always involve a stage.  Anyone whose activity brings them to the attention of an audience, such as a yoga class or (even worse) a yoga assessment, can experience performance anxiety.

What is Performance Anxiety?

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Performance anxiety comes about when our energy is occupied by ourselves and our anxiety instead of focusing on the task at hand. Anxiety is a powerful emotion, triggering the release of adrenaline, which prepares the body for danger by readying it for fight or flight. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours, in your Yoga Class!

Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours, in your Yoga Class!

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival, which is becoming increasingly popular in the West. It celebrates the advent of Spring with the showering of vibrant powdered colours. Let’s explore the history of this exuberant event and look into how we can incorporate the spirit of Holi into our yoga lessons and practice.

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Poppy Pickles