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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 …

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, …

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 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 …

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 …