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Light-hearted yoga for the new year

The new year is often a time of renewed intentions to ‘do this’ or ‘not do that’ etc. It can be quite serious, and with grey gloomy weather and no more sparkly lights, I thought I’d start 2017 off in a more light-hearted manner after seeing two funny graphics online. I hope they lighten your…

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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…

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…

Teddy bear in shoulderstand pose

Supported shoulderstand and variations

Feeling a bit jaded with your classic straight up supported shoulderstand (salamba sarvangasana)? Last week in my classes we looked at shoulderstands and several of the variations you can do. For the gentle/beginners’ class the options were: legs on a chair (lie flat on the mat, calves resting on a chair seat) legs up wall…