I’m a Shiny New Yoga Teacher – Here’s 5 Things I Know

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I’m a Shiny New Yoga Teacher – Here’s 5 Things I Know (And More Importantly Some Things I Don’t Know) The first thing you will realise at the beginning of any yoga teacher training course, no matter how many years you’ve been practicing yoga or in how many different countries you’ve travelled, classes you’ve attended or new styles you’ve tried, is how little you actually know about it. Don’t get me wrong here; I simply mean that there is just…

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8 Ways to Cultivate a Home Yoga Practice

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8 Ways to Cultivate a Home Yoga Practice  You asked – and we have provided! Last week we asked what topics you Yogahubbers would like to see more of on the blog, and a surprising amount of you expressed an interest in learning more about how to more effectively cultivate a home yoga practice. While there’s nothing that can quite replicate attending your favourite class or a certain teacher’s weekly flow, sometimes we simply cannot make it into the studio…

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What Is A “Flow” Yoga Class?

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You’ve seen classes advertised as Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin, Kundalini, Astanga, and many more that are labelled according to a lineage or specific style. Any of these mentioned can be classified with very specific rules, sequences or concepts that define them as that particular style of yoga. But what is Flow Yoga  and why is each Flow Yoga class so different? Yoga Flow can generally be defined as a yoga class that incorporates energetic movement through a series of asanas (yoga postures), by which the student…

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I Breathe… but then what?

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We are always told to come back to the breath. It’s the go-to of meditation. It is the yogic prana, a.k.a. our life force. So, sure, we can slow down the breath. We can count to 4,5, or even 8 on our inhale, and count to the same number on our exhale. We can feel the movement in our lungs, in our ribs, even in our bellies. But what about when a thought comes in anyway? What about that wrinkle between…

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The Chakra Series: Sahasrara (Crown)

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Where it is: Top of the head and a few inches above, Pituitary Gland Colour: Purple Element: No element Mantra: Om Qualities: Universal Consciousness, One-ness, Feeling Whole, Peace, Unity This is the seventh chakra. Physically, it is at the crown of the head and also a few inches above. It is associated with the pituitary gland, or the master gland. It is where we connect with the universe and everything–where we see no difference between ourselves, and others, or places,…

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The Chakra Series: Ajna (Third Eye)

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Where it is: Eyes, Brain, Pineal Gland Colour: Blue Element: Light Mantra: Om Qualities: Intuition, Mental Clarity, Intelligence, Spirituality, Learning, Wisdom This is the sixth chakra. It is centred around the eyes, the brain, and the pineal gland. It is the seat of our intuition, our sight, insight, wisdom, and spirituality. This is where we gain insights from our life experiences and where we draw information through our seeing. When we listen to our intuition and keep ourselves mentally clear,…

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The Chakra Series: Vishuddha (Throat)

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Where it is: Throat, Thyroid, Ears, Mouth Colour: Light Blue Element: Aether Mantra: Ham Qualities: Communication, Expression, Listening, Clarity, Truth This is the fifth chakra. It is centred around the throat, ears, mouth, and thyroid gland. This is the seat of our communication, our self-expression, and our ability to listen. This chakra is about the balance of listening and expression. When we listen to ourselves and to others, and then express ourselves mindfully, it indicates a balanced Vishuddha chakra. Physically,…

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The Chakra Series: Anahata (Heart)

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Where it is: Mid-Spine, Heart, Thymus Gland, Lungs, Arms Colour: Green Element: Air Mantra: Yam Qualities: Love, Compassion, Giving and Receiving, Understanding, Forgiveness This is the fourth chakra. It is centred around the heart and surrounds the mid-spine, lungs, arms, and thymus gland. This is our heart centre, where we love from. This chakra is all about compassion and understanding. When we feel supported and open in our heart, free to love, open to understanding ourselves and others, open to…

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The Chakra Series: Manipura (Solar Plexus)

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Where it is: Lumbar Spine, Digestive System, Pancreas Colour: Yellow Element: Fire Mantra: Ram Qualities: Sense of Self, Will, Ego Centre, Gut Instinct, The Sense of “I”, Enthusiasm, Digestion This is the third chakra. It is located around the lumbar spine, digestive system, and, specifically, the pancreas. The manipura chakra is the seat of the “self”, the ego, will power, and the place where we digest and integrate knowledge and nutrients. When we have a balanced sense of self, a healthy…

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The Chakra Series: Svadhisthana (Sacral)

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Where it is: Sacrum, Reproductive Organs, Ovaries, Testes Colour: Orange Element: Water Mantra: Vam Qualities: Creativity, Sexuality, Intimacy, Self-Acceptance, Emotion, Embracing Change, Transformation This is the second chakra. It is located around the sacrum, the bowl of the pelvis, and surrounds the reproductive organs. The sacral chakra is all about creation, emotion, and the ability to accept change. When we have a sense of creativity, emotional maturity, balanced sexuality and fearlessness in the face of change, it indicates a balanced sacral…

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