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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …