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How Safe Is Yoga?

In October of last year the British Wheel of Yoga caused controversy in the UK yoga world with the announcement that they are developing  National Occupational Standards to ensure that yoga teachers in the UK are adequately and safely trained. Here Poppy Pickles delves into the stories behind the move and explores what the future of yoga regulation could look like.  While this sounds like a...

Lotus Pose – Will You Ever Arrive?

Lotus pose. The holy grail of ãsana. In so many Instagram pictures and usually showcased on the mat next to you during class.  But will you get there one day? Maybe, maybe not… I Have a Dream Think back to when you started yoga. Which poses did you really want to be able to do? What pose made you feel like a real yogi? I’m betting that Lotus, or Padmāsana, was somewhere in that to-do...

Yoga For Lower Back Pain: It May Be As Good As Physiotherapy

Yoga may be about as good as physiotherapy for treating lower back pain, according to a new study published in a major medical journal. The results of the long-term study, which involved a large and racially diverse group of participants, come as welcome scientific support for using yoga as a therapy for back pain. Whilst yoga is popular within the medical community, so far evidence for its...

Goat Yoga? What’s next?!

Is Yoga At Risk Of Being Turned Into a Fad? Once Doga (yoga for dogs and yoga with dogs) had proved popular – and some clever pooches even perfected their very own Adho Mukha Svanasanas – it was perhaps only a matter of time before other animals made it onto the mat. Having said that, no one quite saw Goat Yoga coming. Domestic pets were one thing, but farm animals? Certainly it’s a zany...

8 Reasons Why Yoga Teachers NEED Retreats

Going on retreat might sound indulgent to some, but getting away and deeper into practice can work wonders for yoga teachers. Whilst it can be difficult to prise ourselves away from hard-won studio classes or a busy schedule that took time and dedication to build up, the self-investment a retreat represents can work hugely to our favour when we return. Here are 8 reasons why you should consider...

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