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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: 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 …

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 …