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This is my blog to share with you bits and bobs about me, yoga and life!
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The importance of breath - If you have control of your breath, you have control of your mind. Breath in Sanskrit is Prana and yoga actually incorporates “breath control” which is called Pranayama. The basis of this is that it channels and releases the body’s internal energy. Life incorporates so many things that we just cannot control. Traffic, weather, general stressors, …

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Why is wrist care important in yoga? - Wrists are not made to carry the whole weight of your body. So without the proper prep, it is possible that with a lot of weight being placed on them, you may injure them. In the modern workplace, being in front of a computer typing on a keyboard, it’s likely that you don’t use your wrists …

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My hunt for a new yoga mat - I’ve had my yoga mat for quite a few years now, and I don’t want to say its falling apart, but, it certainly isn’t in perfect condition (and yeah, it is kinda falling apart). Now that I practice yoga, pretty much every day, I need a new mat that is going to be good for …

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What do I love about yoga? - Calm & focus This might sound a bit typical, but yoga really does calm me. It’s got a reputation for a reason. Certain poses you can relax into, like child’s pose, or puppy pose (that I’ve shown above.) However, also when I’m flowing from one pose to another, I don’t concentrate on anything else. Any …

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My travels to: Chile - In July 2016 I travelled to Chile, South America with my university as part of a Scholarship. The purpose of this was to have an ‘intensive Spanish course’, where the other selected students and I had to attend one of the university’s there during the day to learn and then we had the weekends and evenings to …

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The story of me and my dog - I love dogs. I’ve grown up around them my entire life and the only time when I haven’t had one at home is after my dog Herbie passed away (I was a big Herbie the car fan) and my home felt empty for months before we rescued my current dog, Teddy. For those of you …

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Yoga quote: being loyal to your practice - “Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and eventually the joy inside will look out to see who is there.” – Rumi I really like this quote. It personalises a benefit of yoga and I think the style of it makes it more encouraging and might …

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Yoga props! What they are and how they can help - Today I’d like to give some insight into the makings of a yoga pose. It’s not always possible to do certain poses straight away, some require a lot of flexibility and openness in different places that not everyone has. But don’t worry! Flexibility comes with practice, not just naturally. Yoga props will help you work on your …

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Which kind of yoga is for you? - If you are interested in starting yoga but you’re unsure as to which different kinds of yoga are out there and what they are all about then hopefully this will help you! As there are so many different kinds of yoga, I have given you a little list of a few that are out there. …

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What is yoga? - Yoga is a philosophy that is said to have been around for 5,000 years! I have found two interesting quotes that best describe what yoga is. The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India. It means union, integration, or wholeness. It is an approach to health that promotes the harmonious collaboration of …

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