being present and mindful

Being present and mindful – how this can help you


          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!


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



  Have you set any New Year’s resolutions for 2018?   Many of us often do.  If you have, I wish you success, but, sadly, it seems that many of our resolutions often fall by the wayside.  We promise ourselves that we’re going to give up this or not do that.  We’re […]

setting your intention for the new year


  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?


My Thursday evening class has started again after the summer holidays and, as the nights are drawing in, I’ve had my candles out again so that the light for our practice is soft and conducive to a relaxing practice rather than have the harsh glare of overhead lights! It’s nearly two […]

yoga by candlelight



I teach a weekly lunchtime yoga class for employees at the Horticultural Trades Association who are based at Chilton.  If you’re interested in seeing why they benefit, have a look here.   I took this picture of these beautiful tall trees in their grounds. What a lovely setting it is! We can do […]

let yoga help you feel grounded and strong, tall and ...