yoga seeds #19 – Shaping the mind

Michal Lassmann, who participates in my classes, told me the other day that she had noticed how yoga was changing the way her mind worked and had found an interesting article that could explain this phenomenon. There are many ways in which our mind can be shaped by hatha yoga, which really means any physical…Read more yoga seeds #19 – Shaping the mind

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yoga seeds #18 – The right side

Why do we roll onto our right side at the end of savasana to come up to sitting? First of all it makes sense that we all roll onto the same side to avoid collisions. But why the right side? The liver is on the right side of our trunk and it's bigger and heavier…Read more yoga seeds #18 – The right side

yoga seeds #17- The seat of power

The sanskrit name for chair pose is utkatasana, which means powerful or fierce pose. It's not a particularly exciting-looking pose... but it definitely is hard work and that's how it awakens our power! I consider it to be one of the most functional poses, because it brings us benefits in everyday walking, standing and sitting,…Read more yoga seeds #17- The seat of power

yoga seeds #16 – A Goal in life

It was Sunday and, like many Sundays, we stayed behind in the studio for a chat and a cup of tea after the class. Like many Sundays, we bypassed idle chit-chat and the conversation flowed into things that mattered to us. "If there's a goal in life that really makes sense, that must be preserving…Read more yoga seeds #16 – A Goal in life

yoga seeds #15 – We

A couple of weeks ago I had a bike accident and injured my arm, so there were things that I couldn’t demonstrate. The way I do transitions aims at working from the ground up and from inside out and can be disconcerting if you’ve never done it before, so I needed support. I asked the…Read more yoga seeds #15 – We

yoga seeds #14 – Special and subtle: the breath

The most basic pranayama practice is observing the breath. "Basic", as opposed to "simple", because it's the basis upon which we can develop other practices and also because observing the breath is no simple matter. For one thing, as soon as we turn our attention to it, the breath tends to change. The first challenge…Read more yoga seeds #14 – Special and subtle: the breath