Pure energy on the yoga mat is not limited to physical cleanliness. Ancient philosophy can provide tips and ideas on nutrition, clean eating and lifestyle can have a large impact on your yoga practice on and off the mat and can help your mental clarity.Read More
Well, where do I start on living my tapas? Perhaps by saying that I was more than happy to wave goodbye to 2017 for it gave me a couple of the toughest life lessons so far BUT was also a catalyst for massive change and growth for me, for which I have huuuuge gratitude.
Tapas is the third of the niyamas which tells us that every situation, no matter how uncomfortable allows us to change and grow, making us a better person.
So, with my hand on my heart, I said goodbye to it. Thanks for the lessons.Read More
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali explains svadhyaya is the study of scripture or spiritual books. My own personal understanding of this is that it is also the study of the self, for if the universe or Brahman exists in unity with our individual consciousness, Atman, understanding and learning more about ourself is a way in which we can discover more about life. It seems I’m making my own brain ache.Read More
Tapas encourages us to recognise that every single decision, every choice, every experience shapes the person that we are. It asks us to view mental and physical challenges as an opportunity to grow; learning something else about ourselves along the way.Read More
I’ve been thinking about Santosha this week and I was drawn back to a blog entry that I wrote during my last holiday, which happened to be in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt in October ’16. Indeed, we flew home just one day before the awful news of the Russian airplane crashing into the Sinai desert. I didn’t feel it appropriate to post the blog at the time because I felt so sad but it is a stark reminder of the very reason why it is important to be content and happy with our lives; so many are not.Read More
The niyamas are the must "do's" in order to live a balanced life in harmony with yourself and other beings . The first of the five niyamas is Sauca, which means purity or cleanliness of body, thoughts and actions. Where better to consider this than on a brisk, clean spring morning (image taken Papplewick, Nottinghamshire)Read More