yoga thoughts

Original and authentic articles on yoga written by Sarah Swan


I wish you health, peace and happiness in 2019. Have you set any intentions for the coming year? Intentions (or sankalpas as they’re called in yoga) are expressions of our inner will, expressed in the positive (not negative statements as resolutions so often are and which only serve to reinforce […]

have you set your intention for 2019?


          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!



I want to congratulate Melanie Eastwood for all her hard work organising The Money Guardian’s launch in aid of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Cancer Unit. As you’ll see it was a great evening and the total amount raised was £2073 which is fantastic! And, as you’ll see, everyone had a really […]

supporting fundraising for the Royal Berkshire Hospital cancer unit


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


  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!