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Covid-19: How to keep your Yoga equipment clean

How to keep your Yoga equipment clean – tips and tricks AWESOME NEWS! Your local gym and yoga studio have re-opened and your favourite yoga class is now back on the timetable. YAY! But let’s not forget the big elephant in the room. COVID-19 is still a massive pain in the proverbial and people are still apprehensive about returning to their in-person yoga classes. My limited research seems to suggest that class attendance is at an all time low with at least 50% of regular attendees choosing to stay away. Studios …

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Virtual Yoga: Why I’m not ready to leave my lockdown bubble

Virtual Yoga: Why I’m not ready to leave my lockdown bubble As lockdown restrictions start to lift, the majority of people are looking forward to getting back to normal, but I’m afraid I’m not one of them. With the gyms able to re-open on 25th July, some are counting the days like an Advent calendar, while others can’t imagine anything worse. I’m one of the cautious ones. I have to say, I can’t help but feel that with the reported deaths from Covid-19 reaching 79 (at time of writing) we …

Virtual Yoga: Why my Zoom classes will never be free

A controversial topic, and no doubt one that will ruffle the feathers of a few students and teachers alike. Screw it, I’m throwing caution to the wind, putting my big girl panties on and ready to face the potential huffs and puffs from the inter web. I’m starting to really despise the phrase ‘these unprecedented times’. Errr no sh*t Sherlock! At the moment, there isn’t a soul that hasn’t been affected in some way by Covid-19. If you haven’t, please let me know what planet you are on and whether I …

Virtual Yoga: Developing a Consistent Home Practice

How do you develop  a consistent yoga practice at home? We are certainly living in extraordinary times right now. Every single one of us has had to adapt to a new temporary way of life as we try and stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of my students work for the NHS. When I catch myself in a grump, frustrated that I can’t see friends for a cheeky vino or attend a family BBQ, I think of them. Staying home really is a small ask in the grand scheme …

Product Review: Liforme Yoga Mat

Choosing a yoga mat is as personal as choosing a watch or a new pair of shoes (in my opinion). A number of factors determine which one you buy, whether that be budget, eco-friendly manufacturing procedures or grip. I look for two main things when purchasing a yoga mat. I need really good grip (I do get my sweat on), and I need it to wear well, although this isn’t as important as grip. My first ‘proper’ yoga mat was a Lululemon mat and I still recommend those mats to …

In a world where you can be anything…don’t judge

‘In a world where you can be anything, don’t judge’ This isn’t another article preaching about how we all need to be kind to one another. In truth, I’ve had enough of it plastered all over my social media. Isn’t this common sense for most people? I actually find it bizarre that we now need to see this phrase in 2020, acting as a reminder of a very simple life lesson we all should have learnt by primary school. However, even though most of us know that we should all …

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The Dark Side of Yoga

Have you experienced any negative side effects to your yoga practice? Eh? What? A downside to yoga? Vic, what are you talking about? Hang up your mat and get out of town! Immediately. Before I lose all credibility, side note necessary. Yoga is AWESOME and is by far the best thing I chose to do with my life. From the wisdom and golden nuggets gleaned from others, to the turbulent path of postures ranging in difficulty (massively), for me the result has been one of deeper self-awareness, power and happiness. However, …

When yoga gets tough: Can’t do, Won’t do

As a yoga teacher I hear and see this all the time; ‘I can’t do that’ or ‘I’m not doing that’ or ‘My legs/torso/arms/(insert other here) are too short/long’. Or, I get the quiet ones who just tend to look at me in horror waiting for the challenge to be over and we move on to something more accessible. Unless you have an injury or a similar reason for not being able to do the posture or challenge, then I always expect my students to at least give it a …

Yoga and sickness: Flunited we stand

So, should  you still head to your regular class if you are feeling under-the-weather?  That would be a hard…no. Let me explain why. Over Christmas, I was bed-ridden with the flu. You know you have the flu if you spot a £50 note on the floor and simply don’t have the capacity to even think about picking it up. I spent most of my time in my pyjamas in bed feeling very sorry for myself. My body ached, my throat was coarse and my ears were beyond painful. Two days into …

New Year’s Resolutions: To Quit or Not to Quit?

Quitters Day is looming….fear not, it has nothing to do with a P45 but apparently, it’s the day when we are most likely to give up on our New Year’s Resolutions. There are conflicting theories as to when it is exactly, some suggest it’s the second Friday in January which would have been last Friday on the 10th, and others suggest it is actually this coming Sunday (the 19th). Whether you believe in Quitter’s Day or not, there is often a slump around this time and a feeling of dejection that …

Yoga teacher away? Get on and play…

GO YOU! You’ve finally found a yoga class that you love and a teacher you connect with and have gotten into a routine of getting that cute butt on your mat as often as possible. And then what? Your yoga teacher only goes and buggers off on holiday/yoga retreat/teacher training/insert other here. How bloody annoying! Now what are you supposed to do? Sit on the sofa, twiddle one’s thumbs and maybe see what’s new on Netflix. Well here’s another idea… Roll out that mat and develop a wonderful self-practice of …

Happy International Yoga Day

It’s here!!!!! It’s International Yoga Day! For most people its the start of summer being the longest day of the year and all, but for those that regularly roll out their mat it’s a day the yoga community come together and mark the occasion with special classes and events. This special day has been recognised since 2015 and was first proposed by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address in September 2014 and is recognised as a way of promoting peace, harmony and of course health all over …

Yoga and exams: Stuck in a study rut!

My palms are sweaty, my heart is in my throat, my brain isn’t working and I feel quite sick. I’m surrounded by the sound of hundreds of pens scribbling furiously, while I stare blankly at the paper in front of me that only has my name and the date, and I am not entirely sure I’ve written that correctly. Question 1 is an essay question and I’m pretty sure of the subject but can’t recall any facts to back up my answer despite cramming the night before on this very …

Summer Yoga: Beat the Heat

It’s getting hot in here….so take off all your clothes! While I have full respect for the naked yogis out there, I don’t really want my wobbly bits on show when I’m practising even if it is 100 degrees outside. My practise these days feels different. Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Rocket and Power yoga are not just a challenge but feel practically impossible. My mat needs a daily clean from my sweat and I’m chugging through more water than I ever thought possible….Ah, it must be Summer. I love pushing myself in …

Gym versus Studio classes

So you have joined a gym? Awesome and what a great step towards a new and improved you. The equipment is state-of-the art and the space is wonderfully air conditioned, but what really swayed it for you during your membership joining spiel was the packed class schedule – unlimited with lots of choice including yoga! Fabulous 🙂 You are now technically SAVING money as you no longer need to join the yoga studio down the street. That’s hard earned pennies back in the pocket. Or is it? Admittedly this post …

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Charity Work: Spread The Love

The first 10 minutes of every morning is usually the same, unless of course I am frantically rushing around to catch sunrise for a photography workshop and then its a case of finding pants rather than looking at my phone. I wake up and after a few curses to the alarm clock I check my emails and catch up with the national news. My standard precursor to ensure I get at least another few moments in my cosy bed.  I often question why I even bother to read the news. It only …

An American Road Trip

One of the great things about working with my best friend and the fact that he is a photographer means we get to visit some incredible places. Most of our time is photograph-focused but if I get the chance I love to check out some of the local yoga studios during our travels. Last November took us to Chicago Illinois, Jackson Wyoming, Las Vegas Nevada and Pismo Beach California where I was lucky enough to squeeze in some stretchy time in some seriously wonderful studios. Classes I was very grateful …

Emotions in Yoga: Feel it to Heal it

Yoga can be really intimidating for some people, then add in the fact that you might burst into tears during a class and it’s not surprising many people are put off.  I am talking about emotions and yoga. This takes me back to a workshop I attended a few years ago when I was living in Shanghai. During the class I remember a Pranayama (breathing) exercise and I could hear someone in the class sniffling. My first thought was the poor girl was probably struggling with a nasty cold and blocked up nose, but it …

Get your Zen on for Summer

What can often happen with blogs, and has done here, is sometimes there can be large gaps since the previous post. Firstly, I apologise profusely and I promise you I haven’t been slacking. A mammoth photography trip to New Zealand has kept me rather busy for the last month and therefore a tad rubbish in the blog department. Although I did manage to squeeze in some excellent yoga classes on my trip despite the countless sunrise shoots I had to wake up for.  New Zealand is truly a fantastic place though. …

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Yoga Preparation: Start as you mean to go on

I recently got asked by a good friend of mine in America what he should wear to a yoga class and what to buy to take with him. After a good hour of chatting online, I realised this would actually be a useful blog post for anyone starting their yoga journey. For some people, their first yoga class can be incredibly daunting. The fear that everyone there will be far more advanced, balancing on every part of their body except their feet. It’s also common to feel intimidated by all the poses and wishing you …