It is hard to over-estimate the impact that BKS Iyengar, who died aged 95 on 20 August, has had on yoga teaching in the UK and globally. Reported widely in the national and international press and in social media, Iyengar's passing has prompted a global wave of appreciation including from those that never met him.
My top tip for when you are still awake at 3am or woke up at 4am knowing sleep just ain't gonna happen is to practise Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep. It's a bit like a guided relaxation or meditation which allows your mind to be guided free of distractions.
Do fairy lights bring you out in hives? Does the sight of a Christmas tree brightly adorned, bring you out in palpitations and send you delving into the bottom of your hand or man-bag looking for your battered old Christmas list?
Lately, I've had all kinds of run-ins from participants who have illustrated to me common perceptions, ideas and beliefs about a 'proper yoga teacher'. So what exactly is a yoga teacher really supposed to look or behave like!? If it's already accumulated a label, surely, that's taking away the whole ethos of 'yoga' itself.
Hello again. Still super connected?! I thought so. It's funny. When you take the time to stop and think about your life, you might not like what realisations occur. What if, for example, answers to the questions 'what do I want?' 'what makes me happy?' 'what is my life's purpose?' remain unknown?
Overlooking the terraced forests in the cooler central region of Ubud in Bali, Como Shambhala Estate sits within one of the most serene locations I have ever experienced. With forest noises ranging from an evening frog chorus from the lily ponds to the robust chattering of the larger variety of gecko...
Want to wake up on New Year's Day feeling fantastic? Here's my pick of health spas, yoga holidays and wellbeing breaks that will help you start 2015 with a clear head.
As we sat in the middle of our mats, eyes closed, James asked us to picture our 7 year old selves sitting in front of us. And as we breathed our ujjayi breath (ocean breathing) with mouths open, each of us looked into the quizzical face of our 7 year old selves as they looked back and asked, 'How are we doing? How are we doing as an adult?'
When I was a young boy, I wanted to be an archaeologist. I read about the discovery of the ancient cities of Troy, Tiryns and Mycenae, and dreamed of excavating the legendary golden city of Dwarka, lost under the Arabian Sea off the coast of India.
Sleep is the most effective way of renewing, refreshing and healing our bodies and minds. It is an essential part of functioning as a human being and we spend almost one third of our lives in a sleep state. Sleep is without doubt, the best way to improve your health, reduce your stress and make you more effective and alert during the day.
When a consumerist turns away from the shelves of supermarket, with just about how much he/she needs, and does not fall prey to hoarding, the chain collapses to a moderate one. This way, nature won't see an enemy in man. And, that will be the path to earth's redemption.
Autumn is officially upon us and we are more than ready for the falling leaves and unlimited cups of hot tea. As the temperatures shift, so do our internal seasons
When I was twelve, I travelled with my family in a small Volkswagen to Yugoslavia, a few years before the country would erupt into bitter civil war. With its rolling hills of corn fields and Soviet-era cars, it was like a country that had been frozen in time.
The Ferrari Temper. The Fiat temper. The Ford Temper (enhanced by Cosworth of Northampton and beloved by boy racers everywhere and probably, Jeremy Clarkson). Not forgetting the Volvo Temper.
Have you ever worked in a business that looked professional and successful on the outside, but turned out to be dysfunctional on the inside? Maybe there was a destructive culture of office politics and complaining. Maybe the company simply didn't care about its people, or it was a chaotic, high-stress workplace, with low morale and high burn out.
Travelling from state to state can often feel like entering a whole new country. It's food, the people, architecture, the weather, literally everything may seem completely world's away from wherever you might have just been. Though you may have just ventured mere miles in reality.