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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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The Power of Acceptance

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When I first started practicing yoga, the monkey pose/full splits/hanumanasana was something I wanted to achieve. In addition to attending yoga classes daily, I would work on hip openers and stretches for my hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. I was very eager and desperate to make it happen that I did not realise I was pushing myself too far, until one morning while I was working on the usual stretches, I heard a loud pop at the back of my left leg, which was followed by a sharp pain. The dreadful thought of not being able to walk forever popped into…

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The gift of Restorative Yoga from us to you.

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Restorative Yoga, from us to you. I never even used to like seated asanas. What’s the point? Give me a Vinyasa any day. Then I gave Restorative Yoga a go and, to my surprise, dove into a deeply therapeutic practice that moved more mountains than a Tadasana ; ). Now I can’t get enough of deep, slow flowing movement and long held postures. Some days I feel like a bull in a china shop, and it’s on those days I know I need the practice more than ever. Don’t get me started on the benefits of Yoga, I’ll talk your…

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Yoga Luxe founded by Kirsty Norton

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Friend and local Yoga teacher Kirsty Norton talks to us about her yoga brand and how it helps to support real people. Yoga Luxe was founded by me, Kirsty Norton, I’ve been a yoga teacher since 1994. In 2015 I was feeling frustrated with some of the bigger yoga brands making so much money and not giving back. So instead of moaning about it, I decided to take it into my own hands. I wanted to create a yoga gift site and collaborate with great human beings doing things they love and at the same time give a percentage back…

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Get your honey fix with these tasty recipes

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As we approach hay fever season it’s a good idea to try fight off the symptoms with the age old solution of honey. Particularly beneficial is a local honey so go check out your local grocery store for a honey from your nearby bee keeper. The following recipes can be integrated into your weekly recipes but for a daily honey intake try to get into a routine of having honey, lemon and ginger water when you wake each morning. Nutty fruit smoothie 120ml water 60g soya yoghurt 75g raspberries 1/4 medium banana 2tbsp walnuts 1tbsp blanched almonds 1tbsp honey ice cubes Blend…

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