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

By | Asana, Balance, Beginners, Laura Linehan, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Subtle Body | No Comments

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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5 Tips to Master Tree Pose

By | Asana, Balance, Beginners, Laura Linehan, Yoga | No Comments

Tree pose is one of those yoga poses we see really often in advertising and the media, it is the archetypal ‘yoga pose’ known by most people, whether or not they practice which means we can overlook it and all its subtleties when we delve into this posture on the mat.  It’s a wonderfully grounding and balancing pose, helping us to learn how to find a peaceful focus in the present moment as we balance on one foot. But it…

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Why Savasana is the Most Important Yoga Pose

By | Asana, Laura Linehan, Meditation, Mindfulness, Restorative, Yoga | One Comment

Savasana (pronounced shih – vah- sah – nah) is the final posture in each yoga class where all students are guided to lie down on their backs with their hands by their sides – hands and feet about as wide as the mat. Savasana translates to mean ‘corpse pose’ not only because it emulates a corpse on the floor. In the karmic tradition where death is seen as an important part of life, savasana is part of the acceptance of…

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Yoga for Injury Prevention and Recovery

By | Asana, Balance, Flexibility, Injury, Laura Linehan, Mindfulness, Wellbeing | No Comments

More and more people are turning to yoga to help prevent and recover from injuries as doctors, physiotherapists and trainers are increasingly aware of the positive benefits of a long-term yoga practice. As yoga enters the sports arena (so to speak) it is becoming another key tool for athletes and those who are looking to maintain their fitness in a way that will complement their injury prevention or recovery plan. In terms of injury prevention, yoga is an excellent way…

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Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra?

By | Asana, Balance, Dublin, Healthy, Ireland, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motivational, Pranayama, Restorative, Subtle Body, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub | 2 Comments

Here at YogaHub we love the practice of yoga nidra, which is often called “yogic sleep.” Yoga nidra Is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. If you are able to stay awake, it can bring clarity of mind and deep insight. Yoga nidra is among the…

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Five Yoga Myths That are Holding You Back

By | Asana, Dublin, Flexibility, Food, Laura Linehan, Motivational, Students, Wellbeing, YogaHub | No Comments

When I say I am a yoga teacher, a really common response is “Wow, you must be really flexible.” At a wedding recently a girl I had just met went so far as to scream “You do yoga, DO THE SPLITS ON THE DANCE FLOOR!” When I laughed that off she started chanting “Do the WORM, do the WORM!”. I can do neither so I didn’t… much to her disappointment and everyone else’s relief. The screaming girl at the wedding…

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The Tradition of Sun Salutations

By | Asana, Dublin, Mindfulness, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub | No Comments

Our primary source of light is the sun. For thousands of years, Hindus have adored the sun, as both the physical and spiritual heart of our world and the creator of all life itself. One of the means of honouring the sun is through the asana sequence Surya Namaskar (better known as Sun Salutation). The Sanskrit word namaskarstems from namas, means “to bow to”, “to adore” or “to salute” and Surya is a Sanskrit word that means the Sun. There’s some disagreement over the origins…

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Weekly Challenge to Counteract ‘Sitting Disease’.

By | Asana, Healthy, Laura Linehan, Motivational, Wellbeing | No Comments

If you haven’t heard of ‘sitting disease’, it is a scientific term for the sedentary lifestyle a lot of us live nowadays. Long hours in front of computers, or jobs that require sitting for long periods can contribute to the hours you spend sitting down each day. I realised recently that I spend a lot of my time seated – sounds weird for a yoga teacher, right? But with a lot of admin / marketing work moving online, many of…

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How to Get the Most Out of Hot Yoga

By | Asana, Hot Yoga, Laura Linehan, Yoga | No Comments

Hot yoga is really popular at the moment and a lot of people are trying it out as a way to work up more sweat in their yoga practice and get some heat into their day. I teach hot yoga and I really enjoy the feeling of a total workout along with tension-release. I love the satisfaction I feel when I walk out of a hot yoga class – my muscles are physically more relaxed from the heat, but they’ve…

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