The 8 limbs of yoga refers to the work of Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras. This text was designed to act as guidelines on how to live a life of purpose, following a step-by-step path to enlightenment. It includes how to act morally and ethically with self-discipline and towards a spiritual existence. These 8 limbs of…

The Ashtanga yoga primary series is the first of six Ashtanga yoga series. It’s Sanskrit name “Chikitsa” can be broadly translated as Yoga Therapy. The aim of this primary series is to heal and purify the body and prepare your mind for the more advanced levels of Ashtanga. Whilst postures in the other five series…

Bikram yoga has received a lot of interest in the last few decades as yogis take their practice to the sauna-style yoga studio. Bikram Choudhury first experimented using heaters in his studios whilst teaching in Japan in the 1970’s but it was a decade later that hot yoga really boomed, starting in Hollywood. What is…

Whilst hot yoga has become somewhat of a craze in London and the rest of the western world in recent years, with hot yoga classes popping up everywhere, the practice of yoga in hot conditions is not modern. Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, created this “heated” style of practice, in efforts to meet the climate in India, where yoga originated around 5,000 years ago.

Ashtanga yoga, or as it is also referred to, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, is considered one of the traditional yogas as it’s roots can be traced back to Indian tradition. It was founded by K. Pattabhi Jois, and his students have since infiltrated the corners of the globe teaching his yoga philosophy and methodology. Ashtanga literally…

Bikram yoga is a relatively new style of yoga, compared to more traditional types, although it is based on Hatha yoga. This 90 minute sequence consists of 26 postures, each repeated twice and it is performed in a yoga studio, heated to roughly 40C, 105F. The added temperature is designed to allow greater range of…

Ashtanga yoga is made up of six series or sequences, each with 25 asanas (poses). The sequence is always practiced in the same order to enable students to build up their technique and focus wholly on the accuracy of their alignment. This in turn allows deeper stretches and clears the mind of idle or negative…

Which types of yoga best suit you? There are many types of yoga to choose from, and it makes sense to practice one that suits your personality, your current fitness level and your personal goals. This isn’t to say that sticking to just one style is necessary. Many yogis variate between different types of yoga…