yoga breathing and fear

Yoga Bubbles and Fear

I started beginners swimming lessons last week and was so excited! I’ve tried to take to swimming several times before but have never had good experiences. Time passes and I thought, yes, let’s do this! Our first class involved placing our faces in water and blowing bubbles. Sounds simple, right? Yes, well…. as soon as I did it, the exhale came out super fast, panic and anxiety set in and fearful thoughts set off like colourful exploding fireworks. The worse being “I can’t breathe.” I came up, and thought… “This is about breathing, I understand breathing.” A big inhale and then…

Letting go of Entitlement in Relationships

Wisdom lies in finding your own truth – series 3 When you hear a voice inside say that ‘he or she’ doesn’t love you, ask yourself – do you love you? When you hear a voice inside say that ‘he or she’ doesn’t respect you, ask yourself – do you respect you? Entitlement – so much of our communication and interaction with others is based upon this belief.  There are two sides to this coin – both impact upon our behaviour, relationships and feelings of happiness and self- worth.  When I refer to relationships, these can be adult relationships with…

BKS Iyengar Dies Aged 95

BKS Iyengar passed away early this morning, he had been unwell for several weeks and was admitted to hospital last week.  He suffered Kidney failure and a heart attack.  I pay respect to Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar and his loved ones. In writing about him I am filled with joy, a light from within for all he achieved in sharing and spreading the teachings of yoga across the world.  This is a phenominal feat of achievement which has touched, helped to improve and heal the lives of many. I pay respect and gratitude to a man who lived and devoted his life to…

Navasana – Boat Posture (Modified)

Pronounced NAH-VAHS-anna, nava means boat.  This is boat posture (modified). This posture is found in the seated sequence of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (primary series). It is recommended to seek the guidance and supervision of a qualified yoga teacher when practicing yoga postures. Sitting on a yoga mat, pull the flesh away from under the sit bones.  Lift the pelvic floor up.  Lift in the lower back.  Lengthen the spine vertebrae by vertebra with the top of the head reaching towards the sky.  The shoulders are broad, with the shoulder blades reaching down the back towards the waist. Inhale, drawing the navel up…

Asana Explored

Raja yoga is the science of the mind and its primary text, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali provides that the goal of yoga is ‘chitta vritti nirodhah’.  Translated from Sanscript this means ‘restraint of the modifications of the mind stuff.’ Patanjali divides yoga practice into 8 stages or limbs, known as Ashtanga or eight –limbed yoga.  Each are of equal value, are necessary and should be maintained in yoga. The 3rd limb is called ‘asana’, which Patanjali defines as ‘comfortable and steady posture’.  This can be any posture, whether standing, sitting or lying down that one can maintain in comfort for…

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Crispy Cornflake Cookies – Morish delight

A very good morning to you. Thought I would start the day by sharing one of my favourite biscuit recipes with you.  These take about 20 minutes to prepare.  So what will you need?  The Ingredients are: Butter 125g, Sugar 75g, Sultanas/raisins 110g, 1 Egg (beaten), Self Raising flour 150g (sifted), Cornflakes 120g (crushed), Greased baking tray Putting it all together: Mix the butter and sugar, and cream together with an electric mixer or wooden spoon.  Add a lightly beaten egg and mix until combined.  Stir in the flour and sultanas/dried fruit. Place the (crushed) cornflakes in a separate bowl. …

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves, Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Listen to and trust in you, your instinct – The Wild Woman – La Loba

‘How does Wild Woman affect women? With her as ally, as leader, model, teacher, we see not through two eyes, but through the eyes of intuition which is many-eyed. When we assert intuition, we are therefore like the stary night: we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes.’ Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype