How to lie down

I’ve often heard yoga teachers say the hardest posture is the one where you lie down at the end. The official name in Sanskrit for the lying down pose is ‘savasana’ which is pronounced ‘shav-ass-anna’. You might be more familiar with name ‘corpse pose’. It might sound ludicrous, given the amazing positions yoga can get…

Can’t sleep? Yoga can help…

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been up in the night, desperately tired, to eventually creep back to bed and find I can’t sleep. It’s so frustrating! My mind is wide away even though I need and want to sleep. This is where yoga can help. There’s a technique called ‘progressive relaxation’ which aims to…

5 ways to practice yoga wherever you are

If you travel regularly it can be a real deterrent to maintaining a regular yoga practice. Don’t give up hope – you don’t have to skip your yoga practice just because you’re away from home. There are several ways to practice even if you can’t fit your mat in your bag. Here are my top tips:…

How to sit comfortably at work

Whether you’re pregnant or not it can be really hard to sit at work without back ache. If you’re office-based you can be sitting for hours without getting up. Also, if your workplace has hot-desking, you might be in different chairs, with varying levels of comfort, depending which desk you’re sitting at.  Neither of these…

I’m pregnant. When can I do yoga?

We had some great family news this week! My cousin is pregnant so there will be a new baby in the family next year. This reminded me, it can be around the time many people start to share their news that they also start to think about pregnancy yoga. enjoy flowing movements and reflecting on…

Top yoga tip for pregnancy & birth

Whenever I ask my friends which part of their yoga practice helped them the most during pregnancy and birth – the answer is always the same, ‘the breathing’. a great technique to practise ahead of time The technique that comes out top is golden thread breathing. It’s great in later pregnancy and during labour for…

A cure for sore hips

Around 7 months pregnant I had such sore hips that sleeping was really uncomfortable. I tried everything, sleeping on two mattresses (didn’t work), sleeping with a pillow under one hip (didn’t work), in fact the only thing that seemed to make any difference was doing this variation of cat pose. practice pregnancy yoga from 16…

Forgetful? Put your hands together…

I wanted to share this hand position with you as it’s renowned for helping with concentration and especially good if you need to remember something you’ve forgotten. I know it sounds a bit crazy to think the shape your hands make can help your memory but I think it really does work! Have a go…

Quick tip to improve your balance

The secret of good balance is concentration. If you can try and shut out the chatter from your head and really focus on your balance posture I guarantee you it will feel easier than coming to a balance cold. That’s why often in a yoga class the teacher will suggest you find a spot ahead…

Easy ideas for doing yoga at home

Do you ever feel as if you have so many things to do that you don’t know where to start? I know I can sometimes feel that way with yoga. I suddenly get the opportunity to have some time on the mat, then I think – where do I start? Now I have a baby,…

Book Review: A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington

I’ve just finished reading ‘A Life Without Limits’ by Chrissie Wellington and I wanted to recommend the book to you. Chrissie is a world champion and world record holder in ironman triathlon and the book charts her life from joining the local swimming team aged nine, right up to winning her 13th ironman competition. an inspiration…

4 ways to instantly improve your posture

I’ve been spending a lot more time standing-up over the last few weeks. Mostly because my baby has decided I HAVE to be standing so he can fall asleep in my arms. Holding him close and padding round his bedroom in the dark gets me thinking about my posture – and what I can do…