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Yoga Philosophy

Creating Intentions (Samkapla) – the yoga way

Happy 2020 yogis. May this year be a year where you can let go of old experiences that drain your mental process and life-force in order to create space for new beginnings. In Hindu mytholody, the goddess Kali and her male counterpart Shiva are universal

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Functional Yoga anatomy & alignment

Anatomy of Hip Openers

Hip opening forward bends are grounding, cooling and yin in nature. They offer a sense of homecoming or ‘coming back to self’ as the body folds in on itself creating an energetic cocoon, where people can reset and re-centre. According to Ayurveda, they balance the apana energy

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Functional Yoga anatomy & alignment

Muscle Fibres, Yoga and Morphology

Ever wonder why some people are able to flop into pretzel-like poses on their first attempt and others spend years or sweat and tears trying to master the same poses ? Why some people are more flexible and find it difficult to strengthen and others are

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Functional Yoga anatomy & alignment

The Process of Inflammation and treating Yoga Injuries

Inflammation (from Latin inflammatio) is part of the complex biological response of body tissues to injury or harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants, and is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. It is characterised by varied combinations

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Subtle Anatomy and Energetics

The Science of Yogic Stretching and the Nervous System

Hatha yoga is a practice that aims to balance the nervous system through stretching and breathing. Ha = sun, hot, masculine, fast, activeness, sympathetic nervous system. Tha = moon, cool, feminine, restorative, calming, parasympathetic nervous system. Therefore Hatha = balance of sun & moon, yin

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Yoga Philosophy

Yoga R-Evolution

Back in my Ashanga days, I remember one of the things Sri K. Pattabhi Jois used to say was ‘do not think’. It was usually when just before I was dropping back into wheel to walk my hands up onto my legs. It helped to

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Yoga Teacher Training

Dealing with your emotional baggage on a TTC

Yoga Teacher Trainings can be intense! I often say to my yoga trainees, “it’s not a matter of issues arising on teacher training, its how we cope with the issues arising”.  Yogic practices aim to move through and beyond the mental and emotional baggage that

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Raw Pantry

Veggie Protein Chart

Do you know we need between .8g-1g of protein per kg of our body weight daily?  And that many of us eat way too much unnecessary low-nutrient carbs? Here is a list of some great vegan proteins showing exactly how much per serving and a smoothie

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Subtle Anatomy and Energetics

Trauma and the Koshas

There are many therapies that help people deal with trauma. However many people claim that the western psychological approach to mental health does not work, that trauma cannot be healed at the layer of the cognitive and that people must go deeper to recover from

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Subtle Anatomy and Energetics

Yoga and the Trauma Layer

Namaste. Was just reading a Facebook post this morning called “Trauma training should be mandatory for Yoga Teachers”, which I wrote a long reply to and which I have decided to share with you in blog format. So I said yes, some sort of trauma

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