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How Yin Balances and Restores

How Yin Balances and Restores

Light and dark, the sun and the moon, yin and yang. We need both sides of the coin in everything we do. And that includes our yoga practice. We can use our practice to help us balance our lives, our tendencies, and our other activities. Most of us tend to lean towards more heat, strength, and stress, whether we mean to or not. Yin is the perfect antidote to a stressful life.

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How Meditation Can Translate into Everyday Life

How Meditation Can Translate into Everyday Life

People often think that to have a regular meditation practice, they need to be yogis, or living a slow off-the-grid life. Yoga postures and meditation are two different things. While they go perfectly hand in hand and can help each other grow and develop, you can have a meditation practice without stepping into a yoga class. And you will see just as many benefits as any yoga asana practitioner.

Here are some of the ways anyone and everyone can benefit from a regular meditation practice.

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How to Take Your Practice to the Next Level

How to Take Your Practice to the Next Level

“The goal is not necessarily to think of progress in your practice as ‘moving up’ to the next level. Instead, we encourage you to find what inspires, challenges, and allows you to feel good.”

A lot of yogis will say, the more you know, the less you know. Often the more yoga we do, the harder the practice gets and the more room we feel we have to grow and develop. The beautiful thing about this practice is it’s constantly growing and evolving. In different ways and rates for each and every one of us. There are times at all stages of this growth where we can feel like we’ve hit a plateau. And it’s at those moments that we can look to deepen and expand where we currently are. Here’s how we move out of those plateaus.

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Five things to Know about Surya Namaskara

Five things to Know about Surya Namaskara

Sun salutations, flows, vinyasa flows, surya namaskara. Heard these phrases before? They can all mean the same or similar things depending on the yoga class you’re in. It usually refers to a series of poses completed one breath per movement towards the beginning of a yoga class. Why do we practice it? And where does it come from? Here are a few facts about the surya namaskara.

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Why We Should Never Skip Savasana

Why We Should Never Skip Savasana

While some of us would never dream of skipping out on those five minutes of rest and stillness at the end of class, it’s not uncommon for people to leave early, in a rush, to get back to their day. But what we need to remember is that savasana is just as important as every other shape we create in our yoga practice, perhaps more so.

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How to Take Care of Yourself in Times of Stress

How to Take Care of Yourself in Times of Stress

We’re all familiar with feelings of stress and even anxiety. These feelings can often come and go, but sometimes they linger for a little longer than we’d like. Often when we get stressed, we can become less likely to do things to prevent stress. While that doesn’t make sense logically, stress often isn’t logical. It’s nice to remember that we can help ourselves feel better, we just have to remember in the moment. Here are some of our tried and tested ways to look after ourselves in times of stress.

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A Balanced Autumn with Ayurveda

A Balanced Autumn with Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient art of medicine, which began in India. Now practised all over the world, Ayurveda translates to the science of life. It’s a holistic approach to health and wellbeing that consists of three primary doshas (constitutions); the fiery pitta, earthy kapha, and the airy vata. These characteristics are found in people, seasons, foods, yoga poses, and most other things we do. Ayurveda says that in order to be healthy, we need to be balanced.

Autumn is the vata season of the year; with cold dry winds. Vata is characterised by fast, cold, light, dry, rough, thin, brittle, and subtle. This is why sometimes we wake up in autumn with stiff and tight joints and muscles, crave more dense and heavy foods, have dry hair and skin, or even suffer from more stress and anxiety. These are all signs we’ve become out of balance due to the vata qualities in the air.

So what can we do in autumn to try and balance those airy vata characteristics?

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A Yogi Life Starts with You

A Yogi Life Starts with You

Living the yoga life sounds like doing a lot of yoga, right? Well, if we look to yoga philosophy, we find that yoga starts with our relationship to ourselves and our relationships with those around us. It’s not until we have those things sorted that we make our way to the postures or asana. While we often do it the other way around these days, it’s still important to look at these fundamental ways of being. To do that, we look to the eight limbs of yoga.

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Let’s Talk Chakras

Let’s Talk Chakras

Sometimes the yogi world can seem a little left of centre. The world of chakras, meditation, and essential oils. But when you allow yourself to dive right in, you learn that all of these things have real life application. And can make a huge impact to our everyday lives. The chakra system is certainly one of those things. With our upcoming chakra balancing workshop, we thought we’d give you an insight.

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Four Yoga Poses for Flexibility

Four Yoga Poses for Flexibility

Flexibility is one of the most commonly talked about benefits of a regular yoga practice. While there are a lot more – think strength, stability, mindfulness, and overall increased wellbeing, flexibility is very important and not just to look good on the yoga mat. Increased flexibility and mobility in our muscles and connective tissue allows us to reduce our chances of injury and pain. Here are a handful of poses to help you increase your overall level of flexibility.

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