quietening the mind

Information on quietening the mind


  Tuesday, 21 June, is International Day of Yoga celebrated since its designation by the UN General Assembly in 2015.  Its purpose is to spread awareness about the importance of yoga and its beneficial effects for health. Patañjali, the ancient Indian teacher, set out the classical path of yoga in […]

international yoga day 2022


The pandemic continues to affect our lives and our physical and mental health, so it’s great to know that yoga can positively impact and improve your physical and mental wellbeing.   Whilst you can’t control the world around you, you can influence how you feel and deal with difficult situations, people […]

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Whilst our individual states of health and wellbeing may differ, we all share one thing in common: we breathe.   You may not think about your breathing very much.  In fact, you don’t need to think about your breath at all as your nervous system controls your breathing.  However, awareness […]

the power of YOUR breath



          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


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 ...


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



  If you follow what I write, you’ll have seen this picture before and then I linked St Valentine’s day and yoga.  A red heart in that context can been seen a symbol of romantic love.   In reality, this red heart actually hangs on a wall in our home and I’ve decided to use the picture again […]

the head or the heart?


  How do you make your decisions?   You may consider yourself a decisive person making quick, snap decisions.  Or perhaps you like to take your time and weigh up the options available to you,  Or you may want to “sleep” on it, so you feel really comfortable with the decision you’re in the process of making.   Perhaps you worry about things and […]

how do you decide? yoga can help you


  Today, in the beautiful sunshine, spring is truly here.  From  the colour of the sky and the water, we might even think summer has arrived.  It is the budding of the trees and the cool  breeze that reminds us of the season. Spring is a time of growth and renewal,  when […]

renew and seize the moment – you too can practise ...



  We have met Roger before!  He’s a keen yoga cat and, last time, we saw him working on his relaxation techniques.  (If you didn’t catch the last post, you might like to take a look at the link.)  In his spare time, his interests include cookery and horticulture.  He’s an intelligent and independent feline, who knows his […]

cat yoga – meditation with the “black pear”!