The Importance of a Teacher

What makes a good teacher?  My definition of a good teacher is someone who inspires by leading by example; someone who you can trust without being dependent on; and someone who instills the faith in you to move beyond your current limitations.  I was fortunate to encounter such a teacher during our yoga practice in […]

The Path of Least Resistance

Some of you may recall me saying that the body tends to follow the path of least resistance. Let’s explore this concept not only form a physical but also from a mental aspect: The path of least resistance is essentially the ‘same old, same old’:  Emphasising what works well and what you are good at […]

Evelyn’s Yoga Smoothie

Yoga Smoothie Ingredients: 1-2 bananas 1 apple 1 orange Small handful of pitted dates Small handful of raw almonds 1 heaped tsp chia seeds 1 heaped tsp spirulina, wheat grass or an alkalising Greens powder 1 small chunk or a few slices of fresh ginger A few slices of fresh turmeric Freshly-ground black or long […]

Yoga for perfect sleep

The effect of practicing yoga to promote restful sleep is well documented and as insomnia is a problem that the majority of people face at some time in their lives, a cure that does not rely on chemically-induced sleep is a welcome prospect.  Having a good-quality mattress and abstaining from caffeinated drinks and alcohol before […]

Yoga and Body Image

How many times have you looked in the mirror and said “You have a beautiful radiant smile, a wonderful healthy body and a charming personality.”? If this question leaves you with a doubtful expression on your face as you are not able to recall when you last gave yourself a compliment, welcome to the 21st […]

Is there Meaning in Your Life?

A recent article about the key behind the longevity of Japanese people found that, amongst the usual reasons of healthy diet and a non-sedentary lifestyle, a ‘sense of meaning’ was a key contributor the high proportion of centenarians in this country.  The Japanese term (“Ikigai”) translates roughly to “Why I wake up every morning.”  Now […]

Chakras – Centres of Energy

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the wall hangings on the front window and shala door? Both depict the symbols and distinct colours associated with each individual chakra, or ‘energy wheel’.  Each chakra is associated with certain limbs and glands as well as psychosomatic functions.  Knowledge about the influence of each chakra on […]

Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands

Children’s wisdom “Happiness doesn’t come from Headstands” is a beautiful children’s book about self-acceptance and resilience, telling the story of the little girl Leela’s futile attempts to master a headstand. But Leela’s story is really applicable to all of us, reminding us that real (i.e. lasting) happiness does not come from outside sources (whether that […]