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Teacher of the month – Louise Yu

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What is Yoga? Yoga is meditation. Yoga is stretching. Yoga is a good workout. Yoga is relaxing. The above statements are some of the most frequent answers I have come across when a person attempts to explain what yoga is. Etymologically, the word yoga is derived from the Hindu word yuj, which means to yoke or bond and very often it is being interpreted as a “union”. Personally, I believe there is not an exact definition for yoga and it could be interpreted in many ways by different people. When I first started practicing yoga, I thought yoga was a…

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The Power of Asking & Daily Mantras – Jen Klinkigt

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  I’ve always been a person who thought I’d have to do everything by myself and that I would get through it, which I always have. But during the last few weeks and months I’ve wondered why I never asked for help and feel like I have to do it all by myself. But not just that, I’ve hardly ever asked anything from other people or the universe. So, I’ve started asking…   I’ve asked companies if they’d be happy to help me with events, asked other people if they’d like to collaborate, asked the universe and they all delivered….

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Davy Jones: Dad, Ashtangi, Green Party Candidate and Founder of The Brighton Yoga Foundation

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Davy Jones has been teaching yoga for ten years and practising for eighteen. He is chair of the Brighton Yoga Foundation / Festival and was the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown in the last two elections. Here is his story…..   There is a famous Zen Buddhist saying: ‘When the student is ready, the master appears’. How true for me! If you had told me 25 years ago that I would be a yoga teacher from 2007, I would have simply laughed. Back then I was working at a senior level at the Audit Commission in London, living in Hackney in a long-term relationship with two daughters….

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Our Teacher of the Month, Jen Klinkigt Shares Her Yoga Journey

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  Where it all began… I started practicing Yoga six years ago to give myself some me time and help me through a tough time.  I started practicing to some Youtube videos, first only occasionally and then more regularly. Eventually I started going to a studio for a weekly beginners course. I absolutely loved the way I felt every time after I practiced Yoga. So much calmer; it helped me deal with my emotions and also to bring my body into shape. On top of the weekly classes in the studio I started to practice at home in between classes….

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Yoga Teacher, Ilana Kateb, sheds light on the first limb of Yoga

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The World of Yoga Beyond Asana For many people today, the word ‘yoga’ conjures up images of lycra-clad students in an exercise class bending themselves into seemingly impossible shapes. While there are many physical and mental benefits to stretching, balancing, strength building and breathing mindfully, this represents just one small part of the vast world of yoga.   The word yoga, meaning to “yoke” or “unite”, first surfaced in around 1500 BC in India. Over the next few thousand years, many classic yogic texts were written, describing various philosophical approaches to living that lead to freedom from suffering. One of…

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Teacher of the Month: Ilana Kateb

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Welcome to my very first blog and thank you for taking the time to read this and get to know me a little better! I first came here as a student and immediately fell in love with this beautiful calm space, with a lovely friendly community of teachers and students.   Although I’m originally from London, I moved down to Brighton a couple of years ago and I’m so glad to be able to call this vibrant (and slightly wacky!) city of ours my home. There’s nothing better than living by the seaside, going walking in the South Downs, and all the opportunities to practice yoga…

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Ellie’s Top 10 Feel Good Products!

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If you read my previous article and you found the tips helpful then you must be feeling better already! In this article I will share with you my top products that I use in my daily life. I love them because simply: they make me feel good, my skin glow(ier), my hair shinier and my nails stronger. So of course, I highly recommend you trying some of these if you want to get more glow and sparkle in your life. And, who doesn’t want that?   Origins – Drink Up I have dry skin so I love this rich hydrating overnight…

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What is Tai Chi and why should people learn it?

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Senior Teacher Matthew Ward sheds light on what Tai Chi is and why people should practice it    Invented by Taoist monks, Tai Chi is a martial art developed from the much older health systems of Taoist meditation, Qigong (Chinese yoga) and Taoist Longevity breathing. Today it is used mainly as a health practise and is easily recognised by its slow sequence of movements. The Chinese Government recommends that all older people take up this art and so millions of Chinese people fill parks everyday making it the most popular form of exercise in the world. Practising Tai Chi improves…

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Meet Ellie and Find Out How She Stays Her Healthiest Self.

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About Ellie And Find Out How She Stays Her Healthiest Self. Ellie is the founder of Brighton Pilates. Her Pilates journey started initially from her love of dance and from this stemmed her interest in movement, theory and exercise. Ellie became very passionate about the Pilates method at a young age as she used Pilates to supplement her dance training. It was during her years of studying Dance at Roehampton University that she discovered her love for teaching and the more scientific aspect of dance/movement. It was after graduating at University that she went onto study Pilates at Body Control Pilates…

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Moving Stretch what is it?

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First of all let us take a look at what Moving Stretch actually is – Moving Stretch is a form of resistance stretching which is unique, differing from other stretching techniques, as we concentrate on the actual movement of the stretch while engaging the muscle throughout the whole range of motion. By resisting against the stretch we are not only engaging the muscle, we are also engaging the fascia. Fascia is the dense connective tissue that runs throughout our body making us the shape in which we are. Ideally the fibres in the fascia should be aligned but these fibres…

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