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  • Yoga and visualisations

    Yoga is typically thought of as an exploration of postures and movements, known respectively as asana and vinyasa. In addition, some may think of pranayama (breathing techniques) when they think of yoga. For others it may be contemplation or meditational practices – or chanting (mantra). For some, it is all of these things and more.…

  • Many paths..exploring the Six Yogas of Naropa

    There are many types of yoga practice that you can explore. These include hatha, raja, jnana, bhakti, kriya, karma, mantra and laya. One day I’ll set out an exploration of these different paths. They all have a place in one’s practice. I have found that they seem to be ideal for different types of people…

  • Nothing but a blinding light

    Every so often, I get asked the question: “why do you ‘do’ yoga”? It’s usually in a yoga class, but sometimes it’s over a particularly lovely drink in one of the beautiful places that I visit in the Ribble Valley which is where I live. It’s a good question to ask. Over the years, I…

  • Gomukhasana : cow face pose or light headed pose?

    A very English Yogi has been practicing an asana that tickles him (literally and metaphorically speaking). It’s an arm and leg twister, and is known by the name of Gomukhasana.  Most people refer to it as the ‘cow face’ pose typically because when you are in it’s final position, from the front it looks a…

  • Let go, and relax

    The 5th Yoga Club rule is one that seems quite easy, but for many is a conundrum. The rule is to “Let go, and relax”. Why is it a conundrum, when it seems so easy? It is likely that for many, the idea of “letting go” and “relaxing” isn’t as straight forward as it seems.…

  • Possibility

    For me, yoga is all about the art of the possible. But often we stop because we aren’t able to “achieve” or do the things that we think we ‘should’ do. You sit cross-legged and start to meditate. It lasts a minute. Your mind is brimming with thoughts and feelings. You practice an asana –…