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Meditation – a beginner’s guide animation

I really love the simplicity of this video by Happify explaining the principles of meditation in a very simple way. It’s short, it’s simple, and it’s engaging. I like the graphics which show the gradual erasing of all the brain chatter as you breathe and meditate. It’s a really good video for anyone new to…

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Quick yoga computer games

Some people like yoga, some people like computer games, and some people like both! If you like yoga but not computer games (me), here are two very quick little computer games which you can play and have a giggle. They have been created by the same developer, who wrote one of them in a time-limited…

Bow pose

Yoga as the counterpose

When we have spent too long doing something, either physically or mentally, we need to spend some time ‘undoing’ or doing the opposite, in order to re-balance the mind and body. Spent all day sat at your desk, churning out a report? The body is probably desperate to move and get active. Had a long…

Cat sleeping on bags

Review and refresh

Familiarity and comfort are very nice: we know what to expect, we like it, and it’s often easy or simple to stick with what we know. But, as all the best self-help articles and books will tell you, sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone, take stock, and review what we’re doing…

Nettle plant

Spring nettle soup

With spring slowly coming to Wales and the UK, it’ll soon be time to think about foraging for greens to make the delicious nettle soup. ‘Nettle soup?’ I hear you cry. ‘That’s just crazy.’ It may sound odd, but it’s actually really tasty, and good for you – the ancient Greeks and Romans used nettles…

Yoga pose

Twists and fishes

Last week in the intermediate class we focused on twists: lying, sitting, kneeling and standing. I don’t know why, but I love twists; I just find them very enjoyable. The benefits of twists are outlined in this brief article and include digestive and spinal benefits. If you want to look up some twists there’s various…