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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…

Nature Heals

If you spend one day in the forest, you have 40 percent more natural killer cells in your blood. — CLEMENS ARVAY, Biologist Nature is free, easy to access and has no side effects! So why are cutting our self off from these healing opportunities? For most of human history, a connection to nature was a…

Tight Hips Tight Emotions!

What do tight hips say about your emotional health? Are you carrying around emotional tension in our pelvis? Often times, people initially come to yoga because of physical pain. It’s only later that they get to enjoy all of the other emotional and spiritual benefits that go along with the practice. In our society, where…

Connecting to the Heart

Open Your Heart for Greater Love and Compassion All healing traditions recognize the crucial role of the heart in sustaining life and energizing the body. To give of yourself requires patience, compassion, and kindness. Living your life from a place of unconditional kindness, for yourself and others, is a key element of managing stress and finding true…

Happy Mahasivaratri Day

Today is Mahāśivarātri, the great night of the celebration of Śiva, which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Śaivas, and Yogis, around the world. Śiva is often conceived as the archetypal yogi, and the great Lord of Yoga (yogeśvara). It is a day of auspiciousness, of contemplative practice and reflection, where the power (śakti) of…

Why we chant OM in a Yoga class

The Question of OM AUM Spiritual traditions from all over the world have grappled with this question, and have recognized the profound role of the Divine Word as the origins, the beginning, of the universe. If at first there was nothing, the very first thing was a sound vibration, and from there everything sprang into…