Yoga and Mental Health: How I Overcame Depression and Anxiety

Yoga and Mental Health: How I Overcame Depression and Anxiety

It's not been easy for me to write this. In fact, I started writing it years ago whilst I was in Australia, ironically the thought of posting it made me very anxious, so I didn't and it's been sat in my drafts until now! I hope in sharing my story to wellness it gives hope [...]

Yoga is a Physical Tool You Can Use To Calm The Mind

Yoga is a Physical Tool You Can Use To Calm The Mind

‘Yogas’ citta vrtti nirodhah’ : – ‘The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga’. - Patanjali - 'The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali', 1:2 Hatha Yoga (physical Yoga) is a physical tool you can use to calm the mind. I'm sure if you practise Yoga already this won't be news to you. If you've never [...]

What is Yoga? “I’d be no good at Yoga I can’t touch my toes!”

What is Yoga? “I’d be no good at Yoga I can’t touch my toes!”

One of the most common responses I get from people when I tell them I'm a Yoga Teacher is: "I'd be no good at Yoga I can't touch my toes!", this is often followed by an embarrassed chuckle. My usual reply is: "Yoga isn't really about that.", which is greeted with a look of confusion or a "Yeah right!" kind of look. [...]

Pranayama – Breath Control. Nadi Shodhana – Alternate Nostril Breathing

Pranayama – Breath Control. Nadi Shodhana – Alternate Nostril Breathing

Yoga isn't and has never been just Asana (Physical Postures). In fact all that is said in Patanjali' Yoga Sutras about Asana is: 'Asana is a steady and comfortable posture' (2:46 Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras). This is very different from how we view Asana these days. Anyway I wanted to post about something different, from [...]