5 Yin Yoga poses to open the hips

Most people these days struggle with tight hips. We spend so much time sitting at desks with our knees pointy directly forward – almost no rotation of the hip joint. In an ideal world we would spend most of the day moving in one way or another, and, when we did have to be in one place for an extended time, we would be on the floor – so that, with nothing to hold us up, we are forced to engage the muscles and to change positions frequently to avoid discomfort. In other words, getting back to how we used to move/be as a baby and child. Unfortunately most of us don’t have this luxury – we need to make money and therefore accept certain jobs where movement is not possible – but this is where yoga comes in! Continue reading “5 Yin Yoga poses to open the hips”

Think you don’t have have time for yoga? Think again! Yoga for busy people: a short 15 minute flow

One of the biggest obstacles to health and wellness is… Time. Not having enough of it. We all know we should be exercising at least 30 minutes 5-6 times a week, but combining this with work, commuting, cooking (since we should also be trying not to eat processed, prepackaged food) and eating, plus spending time with our loved ones each day… It can feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Believe me, I know this feeling. Yet this shouldn’t be an excuse to skip practices – such as exercise and self-care – that are so fundamental to good health and wellbeing. So, what’s the solution? Continue reading “Think you don’t have have time for yoga? Think again! Yoga for busy people: a short 15 minute flow”

The hardest part of a yoga teacher training (and it’s not what you think!)

(This article was originally published in avegabondslife.com)

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Hard at work on our YTT with All Yoga in Bali

If I asked you to guess what the hardest part of doing a yoga teacher training (YTT) is, I’m guessing you’d probably say something like ‘getting into _____ (insert really hard pose here)’, or ‘learning the names of all the *asanas in sankrit’ (although, yes, that is pretty hard!). But, for me, the biggest obstacle I had to overcome in completing my YTT was feeling like I wasn’t good enough at yoga to be able to teach it. In other words, that ol’ buddy: self-doubt. Continue reading “The hardest part of a yoga teacher training (and it’s not what you think!)”