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…

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…

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,…

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…

My end-of-class ritual

Whenever I teach a yoga class or do a practice myself I always end with three final stretches. It’s become a ritual because I find it really works for me to signal it’s the end of the practice. It prepares me to move on to the next thing: whether it’s off to bed or back…

Putting your feet up

As soon as my baby is asleep, I close the door to the nursery there’s only one thing I want to do – put my feet up! Instead of going straight downstairs to flop on the sofa, I like to take five minutes to lie down with my feet up the wall. It feels so…

Tighten your tummy

This isn’t about losing weight it’s a pose to help bring your stomach muscles together if they’ve separated as a result of being pregnant. When I first became interested in pregnancy and post-natal yoga, I was lucky enough to enrol on the British Wheel of Yoga’s pregnancy module taught by the totally brilliant Wendy Teasdill….

If you’ve been staring at a computer all day, this is for you

Here are two simple stretches which make a big difference to your neck and shoulders. Perfect if you’ve been staring at a screen or if you’re tense from a stressful day. Neck stretch You can do this stretch standing or sitting which makes it a good one to do at your desk: Make sure your shoulders…

Recognising signs of stress (& what to do next)

Do you find that when something stressful happens it can set the tone for the whole day? I really noticed it this week: I got frustrated on the phone to customer services and it set the tone for the next hour or so. It would have wrecked the whole day if I hadn’t taken the…

Fancy sitting in a different way?

I spend a lot of time sitting on the floor now whether it’s on the carpet playing with my son in the house or at the library singing nursery rhymes. I always sit in the same way – legs crossed – and always my left leg tucked under my right. I’ve been making a real…

Lovely gentle massage for lower back ache

I found myself looking forward to this stretch today as I could feel my back suffering. We had been out all afternoon making the most of the sunshine and I carried my 9 month old son around in his baby carrier. The baby carrier is pretty comfortable and I like using it but we ended…