AuthorPoppy Pickles

A Yoga Class With The Kids

As part of her yoga and parenting series, Poppy Pickles decided to do a proper kids yoga lesson with her two children. After her daughter’s recent complaint that she didn’t like yoga, because it kept taking her Mummy away from spending time with her, Poppy took a different approach. This is what happened… Over the past six years, yoga has taken me on a journey to myself. Going...

Applying the lessons of pregnancy yoga into our practice

Poppy Pickles recalls her introduction to yoga through antenatal yoga, and reflects that the lessons she learnt then are still useful in her practice today.  From the beginnings of getting to know her body from the inside out, to the practical implications post-pregnancy, many lessons can be learned from pregnancy yoga.  The very first yoga class I ever attended was a pregnancy yoga class. It was...

Let Yoga Take Care of YOU this Christmas

Yoga is a fantastic way to tune back into yourself, especially over the Christmas period when over-indulgence and stress can run high. Here Poppy Pickles delves into some yoga techniques for self-care at Christmas. As the darkness of midwinter encroaches, the barometer plunges and the trees have shed all but a few leaves. We start to feel the natural, animal urge to cosy up, stay indoors and wind...

Yoga and Parenting: Learning from our kids

In this new monthly series on yoga and parenting, Poppy Pickles explores how being a parent affects our yoga and vice versa.  In this blog, Poppy explores how our children’s often irritating behaviour can actually give us a new, helpful perspective on our yoga practice. Most of us mothers are stuck in the role of ‘bad cop’.  In my house I am the one who switches the screens off...

How to Keep Your Sequencing Fresh

The art of sequencing your yoga classes is to make them work for both your students and you, the teacher. As yoga teachers we give of ourselves, and often those that are drawn to teaching yoga are those who naturally want to share and help others. However, this can come at a cost to your own physical and emotional energy reserves. So, how can we sequence a week’s worth of classes while keeping it...

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