calming the body and mind

Information about calming the body and mind through yoga


          Coming home from holiday to find the sunshine is a novelty we don’t always enjoy in this country.  In fact, it’s fair to say that it’s currently hotter here than it was where I’ve been, sunny Funchal!    In coming back, like the rest of us, I’ve also had to […]

take your yoga outside


I’ve just come back from holiday, some time to relax and renew.  I was lucky to find a wonderful yoga teacher in Funchal and did a couple of classes while I was there, a mix of hatha, mantra and meditation, which I really enjoyed.  I also did a lot of […]

mindfulness colouring for fun and more!


If you suffer from back pain, please read this! (In case you’re wondering, I snapped this dog in India doing this lovely back stretch and have been waiting for an opportunity to use it.  As I’m talking about backs, I thought it might be appropriate.) Did you see the various articles […]

if you suffer from back pain, please read this…



A very interesting experience a couple of weeks ago after my weekly lunchtime class at the Nuffield Health gym at Deloitte in Reading.  A chance conversation gave me the opportunity to use my growing yoga therapy skills to offer some help and suggestions to a lovely young man who was about […]

running a half marathon and improving our health with a ...


Yoga teaches us many things, including acceptance. Acceptance of how our body feels and will move on any particular day, but also to be aware of and accept our feelings and emotions, perhaps something many of us find hard to do.   Acceptance can be on many levels. I don’t […]

yoga teaches acceptance – let it be your teacher


  Hello, I send love and warm greetings on a freezing, snowy day! It’s been a while since I posted as I’ve been focusing on my teaching my lovely yogis at the various classes I take each week and staying focused on my yoga therapy studies, which are about the […]

yoga as therapy – how yoga can help you



  The cold weather and the snow and ice of the last week may intensify the darkness and dreariness of the short days.  However, the shortest day of the year beckons next week which means that the days will again slowly start to lengthen.  Good news! However tempting it may […]

at Christmas time, receive the gift of the present! 


While her Mum was preparing for today’s classes at Piggott Nuffield Health and Deloitte, yoga cat, Mrs T, was engaged in continuing her yoga practice, using Swan Yoga lesson plan notes as her drishti or focus. Her physical practice these days is less strenuous, as she’s a senior cat these days […]

cat yoga – Mrs T and the inner teacher


Yesterday I came face to face (well, almost) with this beautiful swan which, while I was again taking a meditative walk around the local lake, swam over the bank to see me.  I am fascinated by swans and not just because I bear their name.  To me, they epitomise grace and calm, […]

finding balance and harmony in everyday life



We’ve had the most glorious weekend here in Berkshire and I’ve been wandering around “our” lake.  It’s actually a nature reserve very close to where I live.   It’s a place that’s very close to my heart and I have walked there a great deal over the years.  I’ve also taken many […]

how is the path you travel?