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The winds of Autumn

And then there is also the wind from our guts! Anyone who has been for a general anaesthetic also knows that they have a lot of excess air trapped in their systems and it is mighty uncomfortable. My first real experience of this was when I went into premature labour as a result of a…

Let’s talk about props in Yin Yoga

Let’s talk about props in Yin Yoga. Reaching for a soft smooshy blanket, bolster or eye pillow doesn’t mean we are suddenly ’doing’ restorative yoga. We might be protecting a fragile joint or we might be shifting the locus of sensation to the intended target area, thereby intensifying the stress in the area the pose…

Re-imagining teaching yoga

How did we go from this, to an unimaginary world online? No one has ever been a number to me. I remember names and faces etched in my memory and the ongoing continuity of feedback from the follow up assignments, communication on line in our groups, hearing of each experience in reflection based writing is…

Brain ageing

What do you find helps you to keep active? Gardening, painting, yoga, walking, dancing….. what else? It doesn’t need to be complicated. I think it’s more important that we enjoy the satisfaction after that we have ‘done something’. Increasing evidence suggests that exercise can protect your brain as you age, from helping with midlife forgetfulness…

Cardiovascular tips…..

Not sure I will be sprinting but I love to walk, cycle and dance. Maybe you’d enjoy trying though while it’s still warm weather. Three ways to train like an Olympic sprinter By Mark Bailey, HEALTH WRITER London-based sprinter Imani-Lara Lansiquot, who was part of Team GB’s 4×100m relay team, follows a high-intensity workout regime of…

Chocolate 😋

I loved reading this! Why chocolate is the perfect pre-workout snack Good news for those with a sweet tooth – new research has found that chocolate could be the ideal pre-exercise snack. The researchers discovered that a compound in cocoa increases blood flow and makes exercising easier due to a faster uptake of oxygen. The…

Getting heavier with exercise

Years ago in my 40s when I was living in Singapore, I marvelled enviously at the women who suddenly started entering triathlons or marathons. It seemed to be a thing once women hit a certain age. I wished I could run too but it was something I had a love hate relationship with. I remember…

Dance, dance, dance – It’s chic!

My ‘fun’ practice that I truly enjoy is learning how to dance steps. There’s just something so silly about learning the Salsa, merengue and samba mixed in with hip hop, Bollywood and goodness knows what else, that makes me break into laughter and shakes off even my worst days. It’s non competitive, non judgmental, all…

The Yin & Yang of exercise

It doesn’t surprise me when students are astonished that I love dance and fitness as much as I love Yin Yoga. It’s not a competition. It’s actually pretty simple. Rather than following a recipe or a strict regime, I just do what I feel like doing.  Some days I need to dance to shake off…

Can I do Level 2 before Level 1? This depends entirely on whether you have studied the curriculum in Level 1. The curriculum of subjects for the Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation courses from Levels 1 to 2 are vast covering the deconstruction of Yin Yoga poses, why and how the science and anatomy of…

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