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Yoga – The Balancing Act

For many people yoga is spiritual, for many it is physical. But for many it is just discovering self, to discover your own limits, to experience the beyond. It is just a stage of being one. The most important aspect that has come to me in realization is to be an...

Hamstrings – Aspects of anatomy

The hamstrings are a group of three muscles at the back of the thigh, two on the inside (Semimembranosus and semitendinosus) and one on the outside (Biceps femoris). The muscles attach to the sitting bones (ischial tuberosities) within the pelvis and to the back of...

Bandhas – Tradition and Science

Bandhas are said to be energy locks capable to controlling and directing Prana or life force which circulates within the body. The Bandhas close off one part of the body and direct this energy to other parts, and are often used alongside Pranayama (yogic breathing)....

Mad Me, Mad World

Having been a yoga teacher for long enough to weather some pretty lean winters, it comes as no surprise that things suddenly getting very busy again. I have noticed there seems to be a yoga take up pattern, in the same way the old school year may have drilled into us...

Why bother with breath in yoga?

Recently a new student asked me: “Why do we care about breath in yoga anyway?” This caused me to stumble for a moment as different possible answers rushed through my head. The trick is not to overwhelm a newcomer with too much detail, so instead I told him a zen story...

A Balanced Look at the Effects and Benefits of Hot Yoga

The practise of yoga has been around for thousands of years, but has become increasingly popular in the Western word in the last twenty years. There are many styles of yoga, which are practised in many different ways, however all practical forms of yoga focus on...

Yoga curriculum proves a huge success with Autistic pupils

I’m excited! Peeping through the classroom window I observe a tutor delivering a simple sequence of gentle postures and breathing techniques to his pupil. The session is gentle and calm. There’s a lovely rapport building between them as they mirror one another’s...

Teaching Yoga to Kids! – How Hard Can it Be?

Teaching yoga to children is often portrayed as the soft option. Perhaps this is due to the impression, many adult yogis have, that children’s yoga is not real yoga! Is this true? Young children can’t hold poses for any length of time; they don’t have great balance;...

Teaching Yoga in Sport – New Accreditation

Welcome to Yoga Alliance UK’s new Yoga for Athletes, Sport & Functional Movement module. This 80 hour module gives you Yoga Alliance UK accreditation to work confidently with athletes and in sport. Among athletes there is an explosion of interest in yoga – from...