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Pranayama for well-being and immunity

Most important for our well-being and enlightenment is to have a unified and balanced prana-our life force. Prana upholds the immunity of body and mind. This upholding prana is not simply the breath, with which it is related, but the deeper vital energy that sustains our entire embodied existence. Prana also forms the subtle or energy…

Start your day with Self Care – Because you are worth it!

Are you on your ‘Who I have to take care of list? When I ask my students or clients to make a list of all the people they have to take care of each day, nearly everyone of them do not even put themselves on that list. Self care is something that they struggle with…

Heal our Bodies – Heal our Fascia

Fascia, which means “band” or “bundle” in Latin, surrounds, connects and supports our muscles, organs, bones, tendons, ligaments and other structures of the body. Containing nerves, these tissues also serve as a layer of protection and body awareness……but also so much more! Researchers have identified this previously unknown feature of human anatomy with implications for the…

Still Your Mind – Your Happiness Depends on it!

Behind the veil of your intellect and emotions is your self-image or ego. The ego is not your real self; it is the image of yourself that you have slowly and keenly built over time. It is the mask behind which you hide, but it is not the real you. And because it is not…

Nature, Spirituality and Mental Health

Is the love of Nature connected to our inner Spirituality? The realities explored in science and spirituality are often assumed to be unrelated to one another. Both find their basis in a spirit of inquiry. Modern science is objective analysis, while spirituality is subjective understanding. Science explores the outer world with a series of questions…

Finding your Resolve….Finding your Sankalpa

Almost every New Year’s resolution starts with two words: “I will.” We summon our willpower and pledge to change not just what we do but who we are. We set goals and imagine how happy we will be when we get what we want. But if there’s one thing yoga teaches us, it’s that there’s…

The magic in the yoga asana

As you watch an experienced yoga practitioner flowing in and out of asanas, what is it that makes it seems so graceful, flowing with ease? Is it strength? Is it flexibility? or is it Yoga Magic? What is this internal energy that brings a life to the practice, and how do we tap into it?…

What are we actually stretching in Yoga?

We know that we go to Yoga to become more flexible and stronger, but what are we actually doing? Stretching is a single word that we use to cover what is actually a complicated process with multiple different aspects. A more specific description of what we’re really talking about is increasing range of motion. Range…

Bandhas-deepening our energetic connection

What does it mean to find your energetic connection in an asana? As a yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer I have seen many students just ‘hanging out’ in their asanas. Some checking out other students, some checking their toe polish in forward folds, and others simply just saging in their asanas. So why do…

Stop Shallow Breathing!

Shallow Breathing is Dangerous to our Health! Anyone who has been in one of my classes or retreats will know that I placed a huge amount of emphasis on full yogic breathing. I talk frequently about the importance of breath control in our asanas,  and our ability to really connect to this life giving energy.…

Pelvic Floor….our energy centre!

Why so much talk about the pelvic floor? Well it’s all about harnessing the power of your pelvis, and then unleashing that energy right where you want it. The pelvic floor was designed not to be a muscle you train, but rather a muscle that moves fluidly in connection with the muscles in your lower limbs…

Can Yoga Improve the Immune System?

Does yoga practice improve the immune system? We have all heard about the many positive health effects of a regular yoga practice. But can it actual improve our immune system? Fellow Yogi and Anatomist on my Yoga Teacher Training Course David Keil looks in detail at this very question. Both acute and low-intensity chronic stressors…