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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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The 7 Main Influences of Modern ‘Yoga Flow’.

By | Laura Linehan, Students, Teachers, Yoga | No Comments

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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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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Digital Detoxing with Yoga and Meditation

By | Laura Linehan, Meditation, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Teachers, Wellbeing, Yoga | No Comments

I got on the bus on Friday evening for what would be a 45 minute journey – and my phone battery was nearly out. I got this minor sense of panic – what would I do with 45 minutes without podcasts, WhatsApp, email and all the other entertainments I could fill the time with? Was there a charging port on the bus? Why didn’t I charge it earlier? What would I do for the time? My brain was lit up…

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The Integrity of Yin

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“I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it” I taught a yin yoga class recently, and at the end one of the first-timers came to ask me about the difference between yin yoga and restorative yoga. She had been practising yin for a while but was a wee bit surprised because the other yin classes she had done were ‘very different’ and ‘much…

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Sunny Backbends

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Grand openings There is something about long, bright, sunny days that make backbends feel like the perfect asana to incorporate into your summer practice. We spend many months of the year curled in on ourselves in self protection against the elements. When the sun finally comes out we naturally feel the urge to open up and reach for the sky – making us feels more in tune with nature. Backbends are energising, stimulate the nervous system, aid digestion and constipation,…

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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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