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 […]

Preventing Wrist Injuries in Yoga

Particularly if you are new to yoga, you may find some postures (Plank, Chaturanga or Downward Facing Dog) a bit challenging.  But even regular practioners may at times experience some discomfort in the wrists when doing certain postures.  The reason for wrist soreness lies in the mostly limited use of our wrists (particularly if you […]

Reflections and Transformations

Many of us have the tendency to look to the outside, for a ‘magic cure’, to seek solutions that are ideally easy, painless and quick to solve our problems .  And you may find something that will temporarily fix whatever you thought needed fixing.   But over time, you may discover that something deeper down is still […]

Teaching Yoga?

A student recently asked me what the most rewarding thing was about being a yoga teacher.  This gave me a chance to pause and reflect on what it actually means being a ‘yoga teacher’.  When I first decided to do a teacher training, teaching was the last thing on my mind (or so I told […]