Anatomy of hip openers

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 in the body, which supports the immune system and is […]

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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 strong as an ox but can’t touch their toes? The […]

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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 of redness, pain, heat, swelling and loss of function. The […]

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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 & yang, activity & rest, and both nervous systems. So […]

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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 not think about it…..  Despite my love of deep backbends […]

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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 inhibits people from experiencing their deeper core nature. This is […]

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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 recipe to try out… VEGAN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS   Protein/100 […]

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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 it completely. Yoga and meditation is proving to be significant […]

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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 training should be included in TTCS. I have included some […]

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High-vibration Ananda bars

These really are amazing bars that I put together over a few trial and error attempts. Super, nourishing ingredients….. tasty tasty and really delicious…. I call these Ananda bars, because Ananda is the sanskrit for “bliss” and the omegas activate the bliss body by nourishing the pineal gland. The cacoa also contains a neurotransmitter called […]

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