What exactly is Yin yoga – and why should you practice it?

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Yin yoga is a unique style of yoga that works your body and mind in a totally different way from other classes. Find out why you should try it out! What exactly is Yin yoga? In a general flow yoga class, we target our muscles. Yin yoga goes deeper to target deep connective tissue in the body including ligaments, bones, and joints. As opposed to a more active flow class, yin yoga involves passive stretching – most of which happens…

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A Mindfulness List For The Holidays

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Whether the end of the year for you means planning and preparing for celebrations, or if it’s simply a time to wind things down, it’s always good to check your to-do list and see where you can add mindful practices. Be present. If a lot of your energy is focused on purchasing presents, take time to Be Present too. Reach out. Whichever way you spend your winter months, it’s always a good time at the turning of the year to…

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What Does “Namaste” Mean?

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You hear it after every yoga class. You might even say it. But do you know what it means? Namaste is a Sanskrit word which literally translates to “Salutation To You,” or an elaborated version, “The Divine In Me Bows To The Divine In You.” In its essence, it is a salutation. An acknowledgement of another. But it goes even deeper than that. Namaste is more than just saying “hello”. When someone says Namaste, the word itself carries the vibration of…

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5 reasons why Savasana might be the most important part of your yoga practice.

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Savasanahhhh. Or the slightly more creepy English translation, Corpse Pose. That 5 or so minutes at the end of a yoga practice where you just let go. Lying down long on the mat, covered and cosy, arms and legs spread out, eyes closed, totally relaxed. Or sometimes maybe thinking about what you’re going to make for dinner when you get home. Hey, we’ve all been there. Sometimes Savasana is the pose in which we experience the most impatience or frustration….

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5 Ways To Open Your Heart Chakra

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The heart chakra is the space of love. This is where you nurture, where you practice compassion, where you give and receive. While there are many physical ways to open the heart chakra in a yoga class, there are many other ways you can nurture and treat your heart off the mat. Practice heart-centred breathing. Be aware of the breath in your chest. Imagine that every breath you take is massaging the space around your heart. Take 5 full breaths…

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5 Times Yoga Saved The Day

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Have you ever had a particularly crazy day when yoga saved your sanity? Here are a couple of examples we can remember and relate to when things get a bit wild. Those days when your balance is off. Even standing on your own two feet feels a bit strange and curious. You might find that yoga saves the day by bringing you back into balance… or even better, you might find a space to laugh with yourself as your poise…

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8 amazing ways that yoga can make you a better runner.

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They might seem worlds apart, but I think that running and yoga have a really special connection. They both help us move our body in a healthy way, connect deeply to our breath, and find that elusive state of flow. And there are some ways that yoga can make your performance as a runner even better! Let’s check ‘em out. You breathe better   As a species, humans have kind of…forgotten how to breathe. It’s sad but it’s true! Notice…

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Top 5 Books Every Yogi Should Read

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For many people, reading is an integral part of learning about anything we are interested in. I believe every yogi should read the following books to learn more about this practice that we all love. These books are for everyone and not just for those who are doing their yoga teacher training, just click on the pictures for a direct link to buy the books. Light on Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar In each chapter, Iyengar digs a little deeper into…

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Having trouble speaking your truth? Your throat chakra could need some tuning up. Here’s how.

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The throat chakra The throat chakra – or Vishuddha – is home to our communication – both speaking and listening – and self-expression. It extends from our throat to include our neck, jaw muscles, and thyroid, and physical ailments in these areas can be the result of a blocked throat chakra. When our throat chakra is blocked, we find it difficult to speak our truth, maybe out of fear. We also have a harder time actually realising what our truth even is….

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Yoga and Mental Health

Yoga Asanas To Improve Mental Health

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I hope you are all having a wonderful week this week. This week’s post is the second part of our yoga and mental health series. You can check out last week’s post here. As you might remember I discussed my own personal struggles with depression and anxiety and I explained how much yoga helped me, even if I wasn’t going to classes, I did several Asanas (poses) before bed to help me feel more grounded and happy. Of course, one…

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