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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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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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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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