Asymmetry in Yoga – it’s norma!

Tadasana (Mountain Pose). We stand in “anatomical neutral”, palms face forward, joints stacked, apparently perfectly symmetrical. However, it is not helpful to aspire to absolute symmetry in this or any other asana because none of us is symmetrical.  Why? Internal asymmetry The centre of our yoga practice is the breath, but breath does not move…

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Tune in, tune out, just dont switch off!

It is a commonly held misconception that in yoga we switch off. Take the posture savasana; you are supine, eyes closed.  An observer might think you are asleep.  You are not!  Yes, you have put down the screens, stepped away from the to-do list, the noise, the intensity of everyday life, but you have not switched…

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yin yoga

The last seven days have been both a challenge and a pleasure. I have spent 60 hours training to teach yin yoga. The intense training included many hours of yin yoga practice and classes in anatomy, philosophy and teaching techniques.  Our teacher, Austin Ince, laughed as we introduced ourselves and most of us said we…

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reboot, restart, refresh

We naturally move through cycles of feeling enthusiastic and not so enthusiastic about our yoga practice (I know I do anyway!). Doubts arise about our physical ability and achievements, about why we are spending this time making shapes on a sticky mat.  If we’re not careful we get lost in a fog of active wear,…

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back to the breath

  After a break, let’s remind ourselves what yoga is really about. It’s not about making shapes, nor about doing gymnastics. Breathing and moving, moving and breathing, feeling and sensing, all with awareness. It all starts with awareness of the breath. Breath is the foundation of our yoga practice. We inhale and through the process…

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The F word…

“Flexibility” of course! It’s a common misconception that you have to be flexible to take a yoga class. If you are naturally a noodle, you will find it easy to move yourself into some asanas (postures) but if you’re not then that’s fine too. I am not naturally flexible. After years of working at a…

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Dipping a toe into the ocean of yoga philosophy

  It is impossible in an hour long asana class to do more than acknowledge the presence of yoga philosophy. Even this blog is just an introduction for those who are interested in reading more. However, we are all practising yoga through our breath and our movement in each yoga class or at home so,…

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Aromatherapy & Yoga

aromatherapy

I always bring blended essential oils to my classes as you beautiful yogis know. Although there is little published research on the effects of essential oils, they have been used therapeutically for centuries. For example, – lavender, geranium, jasmine and chamomile for calming the mind and reducing stress. – rosemary, peppermint and basil, for improving…

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I don’t like January

jo walder yoga

… I’m sorry to be negative but it is not a good month; the Christmas break is over, it is STILL so dark all the time and frankly it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning! BUT, moving the body and breath through a yoga practice Is absolutely guaranteed to lift my mood and energy levels. I…

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Evolve in 2018

yoga barnes

Happy new year!  Have you made a resolution, or many?  Are you sticking it it/them? Do you ever find this a useful exercise?  I don’t. Every year I resolve to do good things more and bad things less. I invariably disappoint myself, but isn’t that just it, resolution making is a negative expertise that just…

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