3 Yoga Poses for Tight Hips

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  Tight hips are a common complaint for a lot of people who come to Yoga. Sedentary lifestyles don’t help. Sitting for long periods of time can weaken our hip flexors and glutes. However, surprisingly enough, even those who run/walk/cycle regularly will probably suffer from tight hips, as the range of motion from the hip socket is constantly the same. So yeah, tight hips are pretty normal! There are so many Yoga poses that help open up tight hips. I’ve…

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10 Awesome Benefits of Yoga

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  Yoga has SO many awesome benefits, but for the sake of keeping things simple I’ve broken down my top ten. Enjoy!       1. You practice Mindfulness without even knowing it. The majority of Yoga classes will incorporate some form of meditation/breathwork, movement  and finish with 5-10 minutes of relaxation. Whether a 40 minute express class or a 2 hour workshop. You’ll find yourself becoming fully present in what you are doing during your time on the mat….

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Pain in the Neck

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This weeks guest blog is by Andrew McGonigle (Dr.Yogi) who will be coming to our Camden studio this October to run two day-long workshops for teachers and trainees, focusing on anatomy and dealing with injuries. See here for more details. Neck tension has become a very common part of modern day life and can have a big impact on our energy levels, mental clarity and general wellbeing. Neck pain is now one of the most common musculoskeletal problems along with…

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Kapalabhati Breath to Energise and Invigorate

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As the weather changes and there’s a little less sunshine in our days, it’s natural for our energy to change in response to our environment. For many of us, that means having a little less energy as the brain is less stimulated which can change our mood and thought patterns.  Kapalabhati is a breathing technique to help kick your slump by energising and invigorating the breath and the entire body with it. It is a series of rapid exhales with…

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A Brief Intro to Acroyoga

By | Asana, Balance, Beginners, Laura Linehan, Mindfulness, Motivational | No Comments

Over the past few years ‘Acroyoga’ has become more and more popular, but if you haven’t tried it you might not know what to expect from an Acroyoga class or workshop. When I was talking to my Dad about it at the weekend, for example, he asked ‘Is that the one you do in the water?’ No, Dad, but that sounds pretty awesome too. What is Acroyoga? Acroyoga is a blend of acrobatics and yoga, usually paired with massage or…

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The 7 Main Influences of Modern ‘Yoga Flow’.

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There are many yoga classes that fall into the general category of ‘yoga flow’ but what resonates with each student is very personal and depends on what you want from your yoga practice in this particular time of your life. One of the main factors in starting yoga, is choosing what type to try. A very common title of class style in studios is ‘yoga flow’. How it is taught often depends on the teacher and studio. One of the…

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The Inner Critic – How Yoga Can Help and Heal

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Last week was a really difficult one for me – and when I have a bad week, I look for inspiration. I found it in a really honest and raw episode of Rachel Brathen’s ‘From the Heart: Conversations With Yoga Girl’ podcast. In the podcast, Rachel discusses how Yoga Teacher Training became a really emotional experience as they delved into each trainee’s relationship to themselves and how yoga has impacted that relationship. Rachel discusses how each trainee was working with…

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‘Root to Rise’ – What It Means and Why It Matters

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A lot of teachers use the expression ‘root to rise’ in their classes. When I was new to yoga, I was pretty dismissive of this. It sounded a little flowery to me. Then one day during a slower class, I found myself feeling much more grounded and firmer in my foundation than ever before, and I finally understood the expression. Ever since then, this simple expression guides how I practice and teach, because it adds so much to both yoga…

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A Yogi’s Intro to Running

By | Beginners, Healthy, Injury, Laura Linehan, Mental Health, Motivational, Pranayama, Wellbeing | 2 Comments

I recently started running – and I absolutely love it. I already feel I can breathe more deeply after a run, and I’m full of lots of feel-good endorphins, helping me to stay motivated and strong. I know I’m a little late to the party – lots of yogis are runners and lots of runners are yogis. For good reason – there are many ways these two practices can be complementary. Here are my four highlights so far.  Muscular endurance…

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Let’s talk about the core in Yoga

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Adam Hocke is a teacher, writer, and mentor empowering his students’ yoga practice and self-care. Through a unique blend of vinyasa flow and restorative yoga, he offers anatomically precise, strong, and accessible classes to physically awaken and renew the body and mind. His podcast is listened to in 135 countries and his streaming video classes are available at Movement for Modern Life. Adam is a senior student of Jason Crandell, whom he assists on advanced teacher trainings and immersions. More at adamhocke.com…

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