In this article, guest blogger Olivia Hazlitt delves into the science behind the benefits of yoga. While many people know that yoga is good for them, they may not understand the scientific reasons behind it. Olivia explores common notions about what happens during a yoga practice, backed by scientific evidence from neuroscience and other fields. Discover the “why” behind the benefits of yoga in this informative article.[Read more…] about The Science of Yoga: Understanding the Benefits
Somatics and somatic movement are vital components of the yoga learning process. By focusing on the internal feelings of the movement, we can learn new skills more consciously. This is important, as we cannot learn something new if we aren’t aware of what we’re doing. In addition, somatic movement allows us to explore our bodies and activities in a safe and controlled environment. It helps us to develop a better understanding of how our bodies move.
In this article, I will discuss the similarities and differences between these two types of practice.[Read more…] about Somatic Movement: Why it Matters (and How to Do It)
As the sun peeked over the horizon, casting its gentle light upon the world, a figure could be seen out in the open courtyard, performing a sequence of poses known as Surya namaskar. The person was stretching and bending their body in graceful arcs, seeming to commune with the morning sun. It was a beautiful sight to behold.
If you’re a yoga practitioner, or even if you’ve just dabbled in it here and there, you’re probably familiar with Surya Namaskar, or Sun salutation. This foundational sequence of poses is said to trace its origins back thousands of years to the Vedic scriptures. While the details of how this ancient practice has evolved over time can be up for debate, one thing is for sure: Surya Namaskar is a powerful way to open up your body and mind. In this blog post, we’ll explore the history and practice of Surya Namaskar in more detail. Stay tuned!
What exactly is Surya Namaskar
Surya namaskar, or sun salutations, is a series of 12 yoga poses traditionally performed to greet the sun as a symbol of gratitude and reverence. This ancient practice dates back to the Vedic period in India, but it is now widely practised as a modern yoga practice worldwide.[Read more…] about The History and Practice of Surya Namaskar.
The benefits of yoga are many, and when we align ourselves with the right practise, we can reap even more.
My name is Erling, and I have been teaching yoga for 24 years. I am a senior qualified teacher with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN) and a yoga studio owner. My teaching style is inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli, who developed a unique approach to the practise of yoga.
Scaravelli-inspired yoga is a gentle and supportive form of yoga that emphasises the use of the breath to release tension from the body. The focus is on quality over quantity and on moving in a way that feels good for you. This style of yoga is suitable for all levels of ability and can be adapted.[Read more…] about The Benefits of Yoga Part 1: Tried Scaravelli inspired Yoga?
A one to one yoga teaching lesson has the potential of being a profound experience. On the face of it, an exchange of knowledge between student and teacher. But, look more in-depth, and we see it celebrates a deep-rooted need to inform, teach and cultivate wisdom. Thus, helping humankind to prosper in a perpetual process honouring all our teachers and ourselves.Continue reading
Life after lockdown. Is life a reflection of our inner world? Then what we see will have far-reaching consequences if we know what to do with it. I am so pleased my friend Divya agreed to write the guest blog this month. Divya Kolhi is a yoga teacher and author, and she reminds us that the practice of yoga is about noticing. Her insights are very astute; she’s very much about life and the spirit of our humanity. Enjoy.continue reading