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Swimming, breath and Yoga – Parallels between moving meditations Swimming has always been a form of moving meditation to me, an escape into the cooling depths of my subconscious and a way to unblock creative flows. Ever since I can remember, everything from wild swimming in the sea to the rhythmic pacing up and down of swimming pool lanes monotonously counting the times I touch each end of the pool, has played an important role in my mental and physical well-being. When I was younger and suffering with a bad bout of depression I used swimming as a natural way to lift my mood andRead More →

Food and fitness diary of a yoga instructor

10 Day Food, Fitness & Work diary of a full time Yoga Instructor: 2 Being a full time yoga instructor has so many plus sides; I get to do what I love everyday and share my passion with the world, meeting some amazing souls along the way and helping people to connect with their bodies and minds in a positive way. I also have time in the day that others maybe wouldn’t to pursue my love of outdoor activities such as surfing, Paddle boarding and generally having the opportunity to get out in the fresh air if the weather permits. Office jobs never did suitRead More →

Meditation for autumn

A meditation for letting go this autumn Meditation for seasonal effective disorder/anxiety/depression/acceptance Close your eyes and take a moment to reflect on the happenings of the summer season, cultivating a sense of gratitude for all the joys of this past season and the experiences that it brought with it. Become aware of your breath and the temperature of the air as it enters and leaves your nose…your lungs…sit quietly without judgement, without expectations, for a few more breaths simply observing the air as it enters and leaves your nose…your lungs. Now welcome your body into this new season of inward looking; into autumn, when weRead More →

5 best yoga poises for a surf warm up

The 5 best yoga poses for a surf warm up These 5 simple yoga stretches are perfect for an all round warm up pre surf. Focusing on stretching out your back body before hours of paddling about in a what is essentially a sustained backbend. It also works with hip and shoulder mobility, which are both key players in obtaining peak performance when out surfing. You will begin to build a bit of heat in your quads and core, as well as releasing built up tension in your neck and upper back that may be left over from the day before’s session. Rag doll swings:Read More →

Alpine_Retreat_Yoga-river-meditation

Flowing river meditation Breath consciousness, 2nd chakra, letting go of worries, nature visualisation, water element, accepting the flow of life/going with the flow, the senses. Start in a comfortable seated or lying down position, closing your eyes and settling into your breath. Notice the gentle inward and outward flow of your breath as it enters and leaves your body. Notice how your chest and your abdomen gently rise and fall as your breath flows through you. Now imagine that you can see a river in front of you…slowly walk towards the river until you’re standing on the bank of the river, at the river’s edge.Read More →

5 yoga props for home practices

5 Yoga props that will become your best friends in your home practice Practising yoga at home is normally a solitary, personal affair. And whilst we often appreciate these moments of solace and me time, it’s also nice to know that you have some on hand home support when you need it in the shape of yoga props. Forget expensive Shopping channelesque keep fit gadgets, these 5 simple props come at a minimal price, accessible to any budget, that’s if you don’t have them in your house already. Whether you use them to relax and restore, or as aids to advance your practice, the followingRead More →