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…

Autumn trees

Giving something back

A few years ago I decided to donate some of my annual income from teaching yoga to different charities. I’ve chosen various ones over the years, including some local animal rescue charities, as well larger ones such as Badger Trust. My two most recent donations cover my love for animals and my love for trees and…

Winter sun on sea

The Mindful Nation UK report

It can take years, decades even, for ideas to become accepted widely in society, and it seems that meditation in the Western world has taken about 40 years to go from relative obscurity (‘hippy’) to mainstream, and even to McMindfulness and a backlash. The evidence for this acceptance is the recently published Mindful Nation UK report produced by…