Are Yoga Asana All You Need (for Strength and Cardiovascular Health)?

When I started practicing yoga, I was convinced that, while there were some benefits to strength and flexibility, it was still important to retain my running and cycling regime to keep my cardiovascular health up to scratch.  So, I kept running and running and running and was starting to get a bit annoyed that my […]

Yoga as Therapy – A Personal Story

Yoga can enhance your physical and emotional well-being, but Yoga can also be practiced with therapeutic intentions as a way of healing both the body and the mind. Personally, yoga has helped me in various ‘crisis’ situations in my life, many of them related to injuries or pain and the related depressed moods. Breaking my […]

Mind over Matter

It is quite amazing how powerful our attitude and belief can influence the success or failure of a yoga posture (or anything in life, for that matter).  I hear a lot of times (particularly when it comes to arm balances, like headstand or crow posture) that he or she is “not strong” enough.  While this […]

What is an Advanced Yoga Student?

We like to label and categorise things: male, female, young, old, overweight, underweight, fit, out-of-shape … the list goes on.  And so it is in yoga:  We have classes for ‘beginners’ and ‘advanced’ students.  But what does it really mean?  And do these labels mean the same thing for all students, studios and teachers?  Are […]

Why Having a Home Practice is a Good Idea

  We all know that fitting in a yoga class at a particular time, duration and location can be challenging.  Similarly, if we are traveling for work or pleasure our yoga practice can get short-changed.  While it is all too easy to just let the practice slip, developing a home practice can help you make […]

How much time should I dedicate to my yoga practice?

One of the most asked questions from students is “How often do I need to come to a class?” and a second (least asked, but most thought) question is “What should I do if I don’t feel like practicing?”  For the first question, the answers will vary depending on your circumstances (work, family, etc. commitments).  […]

I can’t touch my toes!

We can’t help it: it’s difficult to leave the ego, competitive nature or expectations at the door when coming to Yoga.  And although our brain tells us that it doesn’t matter what the person next to us is doing in class, we can’t help compare ourselves to that person or even the physical abilities of […]

Blocks, bolsters and straps – new-age yoga fad or means to a deeper yoga practice?

There is no doubt that foam blocks, non-slip sticky mats, bolsters, straps and yoga chairs were not part of the asana (postures) repertoire of the ancient yogis.  While most yoga practioners have happily accepted the advantage of good quality yoga mats, the opinions on whether to use other accessories (‘props’) during yoga practice vary.  Some […]