Autumn highs and lows
Which finger and Why? a little more on the 3 gunas
How’s Autumn going for you so far? Are you slowing down and starting to chill or are you getting out there and chasing the daylight enjoying playing in the leaves ?
Now the clocks have gone back it’s feeling like that time of year when you get cosy in the evenings with a good book or a movie, or catch up with friends and family you haven’t seen for a while.
‘If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all’...
Why do you create a mudra with your hands at the beginning and the end of your yoga practice ? Have you ever wondered what the meaning is and why you're doing it? The most commonly used ones are chin mudra, with the thumb and first finger together uniting your inner and outer energy, or inner and outer consciousness, the three extended fingers represent the movements of the mind (gunas), all three of which are present all the time in different levels. Tamas, Rajas and Sattva. For yoga practitioners, awareness of the gunas tells us whether we are genuinely moving forward in life (sattva), running in place (rajas), or losing our way (tamas).
Finding Yoga by Lyndsey Young
‘If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all’… Did your parents or grandparents ever say these words to you? Mind did – I have been reminded of these words while thinking about the yogic practice of satya (truth) focuses on carefully choosing our words so they do the least harm—and most good.
Speech is perhaps the most human of all our activities. Parents eagerly await their children's first words; paradoxically, before long they can't wait for them to be quiet. What we say has the capacity to inspire, frighten, and delight.
Can't Meditate? Do This Instead.
I have dipped in and out of Yoga for a few years now, I have always exercised it is just part of who I am. I started off in my early 20’s with aerobics and then started playing around with weights, and in more recent years found Crossfit, wherever I have moved, sizing up the local gym and what that has to offer is second to looking at the place where I am going to live.
Monday mediation for beginners
If you had asked me what a ‘soundbath’ was a year and a half ago, I would have had visions of a hipster underwater rave, flowing with electronic house music.
That’s until yoga and meditation took over my party world and I adopted a calmer, healthier and more present lifestyle.
The practice of trataka boosts concentration and memory, and promotes strong, healthy eyes.
If you’ve ever been transfixed by a candle flame and felt your mind clear, you may have been tapping into a yogic focusing practice called trataka. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika defines trataka as “looking intently with an unwavering gaze at a small point until tears are shed.” This simple technique has a purifying, invigorating effect on the mind and improves concentration, paving the way for a deeper meditation practice.
New moon cleanse
I was recently reading a yogi friends blog that I follow and absolutely love how transported I feel when I read this one so I thought I would share it with you. SHINEANDHUM
This week when the weather is keeping a lot of us inside this wonderful blog provides inspiration for travel, movement and to enjoy just being wherever you are. Today with all of the snow bringing our little country to a virtual stop it is a wonderful opportunity to chillax and slow down and simply being. Saltburn feels as if we have gone back in time and the roads are deserted shops are empty and hardly anyone is in the cafes or restaurants. I feel very honoured to to have had a good turn out for Yin this morning so thank you so much to all those that made it. I love having a slower day, walking everywhere, wearing full snowboarding clothes and playing with in the snow ;) I hope you can make the most of today fully embracing the opportunity to pause and ponder.
Yoga challenge 28 ams!
The first time I thought about a fast day it was for a challenge and to help re-set my stomach which I often use to have problems with, now thankfully that seems to be behind me ;) Doing this for a day was a challenge but oddly an enjoyable one, and it was generally a more productive day.
Then I came across that Jason Vale juicing for 3 days or 2 days a week, I managed to do the 3 days a couple of times (using a nutria-bullet and a sieve) I just thought of it as a system reset and a good way to start a new way of eating.
An amazing inspirational woman I know @Randall Simpson does a liquid fast every month of the 11th which is the same day as her birthday, she noticed that she uses food to ground her and nibbles all day so this is a great test for her. I have since taken a leaf out of her book and in support done this on the 11th of the month.
Reasons to retreat
I challenge you to practice yoga for 28 days consecutively, every morning!
Are you up for it? How was January for you guys? Did you crack on with new habits and let the old destructive ones disappear or by giving up something have you found a gapping whole?
To let go of unhelpful habits, new ones must be put in their place which provide similar benefits to the mind and body, which is where yoga comes in. As well as boosting mental clarity and relaxation, yoga also has the added benefits of increasing the release of endorphins (happy hormones) and making the body a more physically comfortable place to live in.
If you get into the habit of practicing yoga each morning for 28 days, there’s a chance you’ll continue and you'll thank yourself for it by the time the next New Year comes around.
Are you at work or home right now, reading this, looking out the window and thinking about the retreat you could be on? Have a little ponder on what you might get out of a retreat.
4 day challenge - social media detox ! Are you up for it?
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.
Your perfect mat ...
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.
The Crazy Thing That Can Happen to Your Feet
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.
Learn Surya Namaskar
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…
Liquid fast love
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.
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.