Yoga Etiquette

Yoga is supposed to still the mind so that you can focus your attention inward and achieve that liberating "zen" feeling you crave.

But how are you supposed to do that when some shirtless dude is grunting and flicking drops of sweat in your direction? Ok so this weekend that didn’t happen to me but in the past I have totally been there, I’d like to share with you a few things that drive us crazy during yoga and, totally ruin our ability to achieve enlightenment.

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4 day challenge - social media detox ! Are you up for it?

Give yourself the gift of social media detox, feel like doing something special for yourself this year? Join me in 4 days of no social media, 25th-28th December. Or if you’re feeling brave why not do 4 days of no phone, laptop, or tablet. Just experience being in the moment again and be present with your family and friends.

Here are a few good reasons to motivate you.

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Victoria Stovell
Your perfect mat ...

Boney bits, dodge knees, problems slipping on your mat? Check out this little comparison and see which mats the other yogis in class are using and which mats they rate vs which mats they hate.

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Victoria Stovell
The Crazy Thing That Can Happen to Your Feet

Recent studies show that foot fitness—and these 5 exercises—can help prevent bunions and plantar fasciitis, ward off shin splints, and, quite possibly, save your life.

If you’re like most people, you probably do not spend a ton of time, if any, thinking about the muscles in your feet. In fact, you likely can’t even name them. Think about it: You know your biceps and triceps are in your upper arms. You’re certainly aware that the front side of your thighs is your quads, and the back sides are your hamstrings. But the muscles that lets you lift your big toe and press it against the ground, that’s called…uh….the, um…

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Victoria Stovell
Learn Surya Namaskar

Start your day with reverence for the sun, and harness its life-giving energy with Surya Namaskar.

Each Sunday morning, Christopher Key Chapple opens his 8:30 yoga class with eight rounds of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). Students at the Hill Street Center in Santa Monica, California, reach their arms toward the sky and then fold forward to the ground as if in prostration to the sun, expressing the same reverence for the life-giving solar energy as did the ancient yogis.

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Victoria Stovell
Liquid fast love

Most of us have tried juicing with Jason Vale or fasting 5:2 style for one reason or another, including me. However, I never considered fasting for my mind or even my mind-body connection, that is until now.  When H & I were in Bali our gorgeous mentor Randy who regularly does a liquid fast on the 11th of every month was doing one, and we thought we would join her.  As the fast only lasts for 24 hours, I thought it would be super easy, especially as I have fasted for longer and experimented with a few fad diets in my time.

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Victoria Stovell