Practicing yoga when pregnant can be a wonderful choice of physical exercise. Yoga helps improve strength and flexibility required for childbirth, it’s infinitely relaxing for both the mother and the growing baby, and can help prepare for the birthing process with a focus on breathing techniques. A pregnancy yoga class is also a great way to…

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…

Meditation and mindfulness are both tools to help you to access inner peace. Although practicing meditation and mindfulness are essentially working towards the same goals, there are differences too. Mindfulness is generally an awareness of our outer life and meditation is awareness of our inner life. Combining the skills of mindfulness with meditation on a…

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…

Yoga is a fun and creative way for kids to stay healthy, get to know their bodies and interact with other children their age. Some yoga poses for kids will even be recognised by them from their natural play. Bridge pose, Cat pose and Happy Baby pose are just a few yoga moves that are seen regularly…

A common question from beginners before their first class is regarding what yoga clothes to wear. Can I use something I already have in my wardrobe, or do I need to buy something specific? Here are a few DOs and DON’Ts for what to wear for maximum comfort and effectiveness during practice.

There are a lot of people out there looking to take up yoga and everyone has to start somewhere. The good news is that yoga classes are very welcoming and friendly environments for beginners – generally most people want to help, not hinder. Second piece of good news, there isn’t much you need to do or buy…

There are the many well-known health benefits of yoga. These include improving flexibility and balance, building strength and endurance, developing focus and concentration, de-stressing and helping with sleep as well as maintaining a strong, healthy spine through a better posture. However, there are a whole host of hidden health benefits of yoga too. Here are…

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…

Patanjali is one of the most recognised names in yoga history. Whilst there isn’t a huge amount of available information about Patanjali himself, he is known to have been responsible for compiling The Yoga Sutras – a collection of Indian traditions, presented in 195 short verses. This text holds significant value in the history of yoga, as the first structured record of yoga practice as a way of life, which Patanjali took from many different past practices at the time.