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To Prop or Not to Prop – that is the Question

To Prop or Not to Prop - that is the Question

I am an Iyengar yoga teacher, so props are part of my practice, day in, day out. In Iyengar yoga, they are used as an extension of the body, a guide for alignment and a support to hold a pose for longer  – and countless other things. They are not cool accessories to make yoga easier!

In fact, sometimes when we take a prop, it makes the work harder – we then do the pose properly, rather than letting the body cheat the pose. (more…)

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5 Yoga Techniques to Survive Your Family over the Holidays

5 Yoga Techniques to Survive Your Family over the Holidays

‘Christmas time, mistletoe and wine, children singing Christ-i-an rhyme’, go the lyrics of possibly the most saccharine Christmas song ever, although there are quite a few contenders. Naff Christmas music is just one of the many irritants that you’ll probably have to survive over the next few weeks, but there are a few ways out!

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Yoga and Terror Attacks – How Yoga can spread love not hate

Yoga and Terror Attacks - How Yoga can spread love not hate

On the 5th of November, in a small church in rural Texas, 26 people were innocently gunned down during their Sunday church service.

On the 1st of October this year in Las Vegas, a lone gunman shot at a crowd of peaceful, country music festival-goers, before turning the gun on himself. It was the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. (more…)

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Stuck on Yoga: The History of the Yoga Mat

Stuck on Yoga: The History of the Yoga Mat

How often have you walked into a studio, grabbed a mat, and settled down to the floor, preparing for the next hour (or so) of time just for you? You may have your own mat, or maybe more than one, rolled up in your yoga corner. Choosing a mat these days can — like most consumerist actions — be an overwhelming and confusing decision, with more than a few choices out there.

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