Helen’s Top 3 Essentials to Yoga – PART 2 KINDNESS

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Kindness I think we’d all agree that we feel pretty wonderful when someone is kind to us. Kindness has the ability to change our inner and outer worlds, leaving us with the strength to do things differently. Being kind to yourself is the absolute key to a successful yoga practice. If we’re not, we’re missing the gift. I’m not suggesting for one minute that kindness is a replacement for effort. More that being present with a mindful attitude during practice will help us notice those moments where we loose connection with our kindness. Where those harsh thoughts and attacking words…

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New Ethical clothing brand launches.

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Featuring Brighton girl and regular at Studio iO, Danielle Timms and her new ethical clothing brand. Active Therapy is a luxury ethical clothing brand handmade with organic fabrics. From dance, yoga to high sport the brand aims to give you daily strength. The brand was formed from the love of being active and the joy it can bring (therapy). All garments are handmade locally and fabrics are sourced ethically to create sustainable products. The designer worked in fashion production for many years before completing MA (Master of the Arts) at the London College of Fashion in innovation. This manifested into…

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Helen’s TOP 3 essentials for a yoga practice PART 1

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Breath We all know breathing is part of yoga. But did you know breathing IS yoga. So if there’s one practice you can do on and off your mat all the time, it’s breathe. We breathe in on average 11,000 litres of air a day. We breathe more than we do anything else. If we can learn to breathe well, we can improve our health more quickly than we could by changing our movement, eating, sleeping or living habits. We’re doing it anyway so we may as well do it well. So how do you know if you’re breathing well?…

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Quinoa chocolate bites

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I had a moment on Monday when all I craved was something sweet and as I was still recovering from one too many drinks on the weekend I needed to reach for the healthy alternative as the shop brought sweets would have been gone in seconds. Luckily my house was empty of such naughty treats. So I had to go about making something sweet for myself. After looking through some Pinterest ideas and seeing some quinoa protein bars I decided to make some up of my own. I didn’t have all the ingredients I had seen on posts so I…

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Yoga, Travel & Gratitude PT 2

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After completing my yoga teacher training in India, I travelled inland to Hampi, south to Kerala and eventually north to Rajasthan, but in-between these trips I was offered an opportunity to teach daily yoga classes where I was staying in Goa. This was a really beautiful experience, especially being so fresh from teacher training, I got to teach Vinyasa, Hatha flow and even a few Yin classes. My daily life centred around yoga and cake. What a lovely existence. When I returned home in Spring I was excited to plan my next trip and had decided it was the right…

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Yoga, Travel & Gratitude

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Yoga, Travel & Gratitude My first trip with the sole purpose of yoga/AcroYoga/movement was to Greece in September 2016. I only booked a place at a course and my flights a few days before I had to arrive. I had an unexpected week off of work, and suddenly I felt like Greece was the right place to be. Going to Greece was one of my best decisions, a whole week of practice at beautiful Sunshine House, and like every trip since, it opened many doors. I met a wonderful woman called Jenny who was a teacher at a yoga school…

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Yin. Yoga. Love

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Yin. Yoga. Love. By Mary Rose Dias “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen Life is beautiful. And challenging and painful and euphoric and totally crazy. Sometimes agonising. But so, so beautiful. We all have our broken bits. Our cracks. And these bits are our homework, our personal assignments and our life lessons. When we commit to our homework and we show up for ourselves, that is when the magic truly happens. That is when we flourish and really learn to love and show compassion for ourselves and others. I love teaching…

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Why learn to engage your bandhas?

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Why learn to engage your bandhas? You may have been in a yoga class and heard the teacher give the instruction to ‘engage your bandhas’, and been a bit unsure as to what they’re really talking about. So what are the bandhas and how can they help us in our yoga practice? Put simply, the bandhas are internal muscular ‘locks’, which you can voluntarily engage to control the flow of energy within the body, and enhance your yoga practice. Named Mula Bandha (or sometimes Moola Bandha), Uddiyana Bandha and Jalandhara Bandha, the main locks run along the sushumna of the…

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Teacher of the month – Lauren Hellicar

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Finding yoga For some, yoga practice is about maintaining mobility, reducing physical pain or recovering from injury. Others find yoga for its incredible emotional health benefits, from managing depression and anxiety to finding better ways to cope with whatever life throws at them. Some simply enjoy the chance to move their bodies and detach from the outside world for a while. The reason I found yoga probably has a bit to do with all three of these things. I’ve never really been what you’d call sporty, although at primary school I loved all of the races we took part in…

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Remedies for Stiff Shoulders & Upper Back Pain

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Remedies for Stiff Shoulders & Upper Back Pain Nowadays, more and more people find themselves sitting for a long period of time. The difficulty to maintain an upright and correct sitting posture makes stiff shoulders and upper back pain become some of the most common problems that people experience. In some serious cases, these problems might even prevent people from getting a good night sleep. If you are one of those people who constantly experience these problems, feel free to give the following simple stretches and home remedies a try! Tools needed: Yoga block – if you do not have…

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