Yoga Should Be Taught In Schools, Says Fearne Cotton

Keen yogi and former Radio 1 presenter, Fearne Cotton regularly practises yoga with her children, four-year-old Rex, and two-year-old Honey. In addition to frequently posting snaps of them having fun on the mat together, she has called for yoga to be put on the school curriculum to help improve children’s wellbeing. She told London’s Evening Standard: “My son is doing yoga at school, it’s amazing...

How to listen to your body

I wish I had a pound for every time I have told my students to ‘listen to your body’ – it’s just one of those things yoga teachers say, isn’t it? It slips off the tongue so easily, but what does it really mean? Listen through Ahimsa Listening to your body starts with ahimsa – the first of Patanjali’s yamas, or restraints. Ahimsa is usually translated to mean non-violence or non...

The Yogi’s Guide to Self-Care (Without Breaking The Bank)

Do you ever find your yoga practice slipping away from what your instincts tell you is yoga? Are you rushing to class in a frenzy, or feeling like practice is yet another thing to tick off the to-do list? If that feels familiar, chances are you might be in need of a little self-care. But before you google ‘self-care’ and become bamboozled by such articles as ‘45 Simple Practices for a Healthy...

Change Your Diet in 21 Days

Good dietary habits can revolutionize the way we eat and have an impact in our health and quality of life. But why is it so hard to keep them up and what do we need to form them? Think of a dietary habit that you would like to form. Maybe you want to eat more fruits and vegs? Or perhaps quit having an extra biscuit with your tea? The “why” or the reason you’d like to achieve...

The Yoga of New Things: Neophilia for Yogis

Neophilia is the love of the new. It’s not so much focused on love for brand-new, straight-out-of-the-box things, but much more on the seeking out of new experiences. Neophiles are people who love novelty, who seek the thrill of doing things they’ve never done before. And they’re not necessarily adrenaline junkies; you can be a neophile reading a novel you’ve never read, going on a walk somewhere...

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