Tapas New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions, remember those? We’re a month into 2017 already, approaching the point where good intentions might be starting to ebb. So here’s how the yogic practice of tapas, the yogic ethos of ‘fiery cleansing’, can re-energise your efforts to bring your aspirations to fruition, and invigorate you, inside out. Forget New Year’s Resolutions. And maybe allow those small plates of delicious Spanish food to take a side step for a moment… (you can have them back later) while we look at how an ancient yogic practice can help bring you closer to realising your highest self. New Year, Same Old You? The start of a new year is

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: A Beginner’s Guide

The Yoga Sutras were composed nearly 2,000 years ago and have become one of the classic yogic texts. You may have seen it on the bookshelf at your local studio, on the reading list for teacher trainings, or heard it alluded to in class. But it can often remain shrouded in a certain mystery. So, what’s it all about? Are Patanjali’s sutras still relevant to modern yoga? And can following its principles make a difference? What are Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras? The Yoga Sutras is a compilation of short and instructive sentences. Each are designed to explore and explain what yoga is, how it works, how it might be practiced and

How a Beginner’s Mind Can Transform Your Practice

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.” ~Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Monk Mindfulness, meditation, chanting; there is a myriad of ways to bring calm and serenity to our lives.  However, a very simple and useful concept when it comes to our yoga practice is ‘Shoshin’, a Zen Buddhist concept that translates as ‘The Beginner’s Mind’. In practice it means accepting things the way they are, without layering on our own preconceptions. Without Preconceptions Having a preconceived idea about ourselves in our yoga is never going to help. We might be super confident about a certain pose. For example, I happen to think I’m

3 Steps to a More Authentic Yoga Practice

Without connecting to our heart, we too often are being lead by our ego. We can make changes – to our diet, our lifestyle, our yoga practice – but if we’re making these changes with the head (because everyone else is vegan these days, or because ashtanga will make you stronger) that we’re still not being authentic. We think we are, but we are feeling the subtle yet enormous power of energy that comes from an authentic practice. I share three simple steps of how to connect with your heart – and quite possibly change your life.