September 10, 2018

So many students tell me the same story — they sit at a desk all day, don’t take breaks to walk around and spend most of their working life on a computer. As someone who was once the same, I can really sympathise. I remember the days of agonisingly tense, sore shoulder...

May 3, 2018

Pose of a Child, or Balasana, is often used at start of practice or as a resting pose between more dynamic moves. I wanted to say something about it as it’s often overlooked as a marvellous yoga pose in its own right.

Balasana is sometimes known as Wisdom Pose, as it’s...

February 25, 2018

Joseph Pilates always started his routine with The Hundred, which he considered a warm-up. I rather like to do the same. The Hundred pumps blood through the organs and does, indeed, warm the body. It stretches out the back, stabilises the torso and works the abs.

Take y...

December 8, 2017

Anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you…

IT’S that time of year when we feel pressure from all directions to make things perfect, and often feel inadequate and more than a little stressed as a result. If you’re one plum pudding away fr...

November 12, 2017

PILATES breathing can take a little bit of getting used to. We do Lateral Breathing, which means that we breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Pay attention to your exhalation — you’ll never forget to breathe in!

When we breathe in, we expand the whole...

October 30, 2017

THE EXERCISES known as Pilates were developed by Joseph Pilates, who created his routine in the early 20th century with the aim of improving both the physical and mental health of students. They work — start Pilates and you can change your body plus boost your overall...

October 22, 2017

I WANTED to say something about my favourite ancient yogic breathing technique, Ocean Breath, sometimes also known as Ujjayi breath, or Breath Of Fire. A major part of effective yoga practice is Pranayama — control of the breath. Prana means life force, ayama means to...

October 8, 2017

SOMETIMES people are afraid to come to yoga as they think they won’t be able to do it… This is something that’s only recently come to my attention despite the fact that I’ve been teaching for more than six years.

I had one lady who got frustrated and left before the end...

September 22, 2017

JUST passing the time at Prestwick waiting for my flight to Malaga. Made a wee list of my faves this autumn. I feel a bit reluctant to buy stuff in that I spend most of my life in yoga pants these days. Talking of which, who knew that millions of pairs of yoga pants co...

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