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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 …

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Alignment: It’s all about the connection rather than correction

As a ballet dancer, I always thought when it came to alignment in yoga I would nail it, no question. I’d spent years practicing my ‘good toes, naughty toes’ and perfecting my posture in class so figured I had it down.  It wasn’t until I took my first alignment class in Shanghai did I realise that it was so much more than having decent posture and looking pretty. I felt I was taking yoga to another level once I started to understand my body a bit more and could then …