Study shows different types of meditation have different effects on brain

A new study explores how the type of meditation practices could have different impacts on your brain, leading to varied social, cognitive, or behavioural effects. The research study with healthy human adults in Germany explored three different types of meditation practices: awareness meditation (e.g. mindful breathing, body scans), compassionate meditations (e.g. loving kindness), and perspective…

Research evidence on yoga and health

For those of you who are interested in modern science’s interpretations of the benefits of yoga, I’ve just come across a recently published collection of evidence reviews on yoga and a range of health issues from back pain, asthma, heart issues, falls by older people, cancer and mental health. This collection of links to research…

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International yoga day and summer solstice

It’s International Yoga Day (21st June) and in the northern hemisphere it’s the summer solstice as well. Whilst it was raining in northern India where the Prime Minister of India celebrated the day with an outdoor practice and thousands of people, here in the UK we are having an unusual summer heatwave – in time…

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AberAid Fundraiser – yoga, massage, music and more!

AberAid, a local community group set up to fundraise for helping with the refugee crisis, is hosting a pampering evening this Friday 21st April 2017, in Aberystwyth. More details on their Facebook page Refugees Welcome Fundraiser and below. I will be leading a yoga session, c. 1 hour long. The evening is ‘entry by donation’…

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Suspiciously seeking yoga teachers online?

It seems the world of yoga is not immune to hoax emails, scams, or dodgy dealings. In December I received an email asking if I offered yoga lessons online, either through Skype or Google Hangouts. I don’t even know what the latter one is, and have not used Skype in that way. Something about the…