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The Chakra Series: Manipura (Solar Plexus)

By | Dublin, Ireland, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motivational, Rachelle Hicks, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub

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)

By | Asana, Dublin, Ireland, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motivational, Rachelle Hicks, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub

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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The Chakra Series: Muladhara (Root)

By | Asana, Dublin, Ireland, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motivational, Rachelle Hicks, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub

Where it is: Tailbone, Legs, Bone, Excretory Organs, Adrenal Glands Colour: Red Element: Earth Mantra: LAM Qualities: Groundedness, Basic Needs, Safety, Survival, Health, Animal Instincts, Stability This is the first chakra. It is located at the base of the spine, extending down to our feet, and is associated with bones, the excretory organs and the adrenal glands. The base chakra is all about groundedness and feeling secure. When we have the sense of stability, home, health and security in our…

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The Chakra Series: What Is A Chakra?

By | Asana, Dublin, Ireland, Mindfulness, Motivational, Rachelle Hicks, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub

Years ago, before I started practicing yoga or learning about energy, I went to a chakra-balancing circle with a friend of mine that was aptly held in a hippie commune. I knew the word “chakra” and had a vague understanding of meditation. But no matter how far I stretched my thinking, I couldn’t understand how singing a certain musical note or saying a particular affirmation was going to do something nice for my pancreas, or for my lung, or for…

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Back To The Basics: Yoga Styles

By | Asana, Dublin, Ireland, Meditation, Mindfulness, Rachelle Hicks, Students, Teachers, Yoga, YogaHub

“Which style of yoga do you do?” It’s one of the most common questions asked when someone says they practice or teach yoga. Unless you’re dedicated to a specific lineage or style, chances are your practice fluctuates as much as our Irish weather. To break it down, we can say that mostly all movement and asana-based practices fall under the umbrella of “hatha”. Other practices, like kundalini, fall a bit outside of this umbrella because of the predominant focus on…

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This Is Your Skeleton On Yoga

By | Asana, Dublin, Humour, Ireland, Motivational, Rachelle Hicks, Yoga, YogaHub

We all know what a picture of someone in a yoga posture looks like. But what is the body actually doing? Here is a closer look at the hardware of our asanas to get you in the Halloween spirit. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog) Credit: EveryGirlYoga.Wordpress.com Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I) Credit: YogaDork.com Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) Credit: YogaDawg.blogspot.com Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) Credit: YogaWithPaul.wordpress.com Bakasana (Crow Pose) Credit: YogaDork.com

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YogaHub Teacher Tunes To Meditate To

By | Dublin, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motivational, Music, Rachelle Hicks, Students, Teachers, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub

We’ve been asked by a few students about our teachers’ favourite music to mediate to. While everyone has their own preference, such as silent meditation, sounds of nature, a specific mantra, or a singing bowl, it can be helpful to focus and get in the meditation mood with a song, album, or one of our teacher recommendations. Check the tunes out on our Spotify playlist! Aisling F – Uno by Deuter Aisling VR – A Feeling Of Being Closer by…

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How To Talk To Your Yoga Teacher

By | Asana, Dublin, Ireland, Mindfulness, Rachelle Hicks, Students, Teachers, Yoga, YogaHub

A few years ago, I went to one of my first yoga classes in Dublin. I walked into the studio, out of breath from trying to find the location, and found myself in an oasis of calm and smokey Nag Champa. I was happy to have stepped into this magical space, but I didn’t quite feel like I fit in. I wasn’t as calm as I felt I should be and I was wearing plaid pyjama pants. I shyly borrowed…

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What’s Love Got To Do With Yoga?

By | Asana, Dublin, Ireland, Mindfulness, Motivational, Rachelle Hicks, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub

Firstly, Thank You ALL for your questions and comments about topics you’d like to see covered on the YogaHub blog. There are some really great ones and we’ll aim to answer all that we can. One that really resonated with me was how to bring more compassion and love into our lives on and off the mat. This is a topic that could be explored infinitely. But, to me, yoga is love. Life is love. The breath (prana) is love….

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Oh, How Lucky You Are

By | Dublin, Ireland, Mindfulness, Motivational, Rachelle Hicks, Wellbeing, Yoga, YogaHub

Sometimes we forget the small things. We just do. Life gets hectic. Schedules get busy. Stress affects our close relationships. And we forget how unbelievably lucky we are.  For St. Paddy’s Day, let’s remember how lucky we are to be here. To be breathing. To be able to experience life, in any form that it presents itself. To view challenges as lessons and the happy moments as gifts.  Below are a few quotes to help remind us what a miracle…

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