April is nearly here and with it, the fourth of my yoga pose clinics! This time around it’s Trikonasana that takes centre stage…
Our good old friend triangle pose might well be one of the first poses you were ever acquainted with, but whatever tradition of yoga you practice the chances are that you’ve been taught it in a few different ways. I know I have been, and it’s led me to explore this particular pose in great detail over the years. The fourth yoga pose clinic will take a good hard look at the pose in a functional way; how can we practice the pose in a way that supports our bodies today and avoids injury both now and in the future? How can we make it strong, safe and accessible for all?
We will build the pose from the ground up before exploring some variations, including Revolved Trikonasana and binds, before moving into a flow that will allow us to explore coming into, and out of, the pose fluidly and with ease.
The clinic takes place at Down To Earth London in Tufnell Park on Sunday 17th April, from 3.30pm – 6pm.
Hope to see you there!
It’s almost time for the second of mine and Clive Fogelman‘s Spring Yoga Retreat in Italy! Last year we had an absolutely amazing time with the most fantastic group of yogis and we can’t wait to return this year. From the 7th – 14th May 2016 we’ll be staying once again in the stunning Masseria della Zingara, a place that offers the perfect escape from a busy life and the ideal opportunity to re-energise and reconnect. It’s a charming 18th century farmhouse with a private pool, set in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves only 7km from the unspoilt Puglian coastline.
Led by Clive & Clare, the retreat offers a truly dedicated teaching experience with a variety of yoga styles including; vinyasa, alignment-based flow, yin, restorative, candlelit meditation by the fireside and yoga nidra. A variety of massage treatments will also be available on request (given by Clare).
Every morning we will meet for a morning meditation to set intentions for the day ahead. This will be followed by an uplifting
vinyasa practice held either in the stunning yoga shala, or outside surrounded by the beautiful environment of the Masseria. After the morning practice we will enjoy a delicious breakfast together on the terrace. The day will then be yours to enjoy however you wish whether it’s reading a book by the pool, treating yourself to a massage, or exploring the local countryside and towns. On a few of the days we will arrange optional excursions – last year we went to a market, visited a local town and had a beautiful day at the beach, and some afternoons we will offer yoga workshops to explore and play. In the early evening we will meet again to enjoy a more relaxing class focused around yin and restorative, before enjoying a beautiful dinner together. After dinner some nights we will offer a guided candlelight meditation session in the studio, warmed by a log fire. All the yoga and excursions are optional and you may join in with as much or as little as you like throughout the week. The retreat is yours to enjoy as you choose! Continue reading
The third of my yoga pose clinics is here! Good ol’ downward dog, it gets so taken for granted sometimes, so it seemed only right that my third clinic focused on it.
Downward facing dog is a staple ingredient of any yoga class yet rarely do we give it the attention it deserves. When we are beginners on the journey we break it down but often not enough to consider modifications and injuries, and then once we are familiar with it we forget to check in with what’s actually happening in the pose. Downward dog can become a bad dog pretty quickly!
This 3rd Yoga Pose Clinic will break the pose down completely and look at what is really going on in the body within this asana and how we can continually keep it fresh. We will explore a variety of modifications and variations of the pose, some practical and some fun and even play with a little bit of partner yoga.
The workshop is happening at Down To Earth London on Sunday 21st February from 3pm – 5.30pm.
Hope to see you on the mat
The best things in life are unplanned and spontaneous aren’t they? So why not do something crazy and book to come to Costa Rica in a fortnight with me and Adam Hocke for a week of yoga from the 27th February to the 5th March!
Beautiful Blue Spirit nestled in the stunning nature of Costa Rica
I’m so excited to be joining Adam to teach this wonderful Costa Rica Yoga Retreat where we will be inspired by the natural rhythms and waves of our beautiful setting at the Blue Spirit Retreat Centre. We’ll find freedom and joy through mornings of energising vinyasa flow yoga, afternoons of tropical adventures and excursions, and evenings of guided relaxation. Supported by mine and Adam’s hands-on adjustments and individualized modifications for your body in every class, find a personal yoga practice over the course of a healing, invigorating, and fun week. Whether you need a challenge to deepen your practice or an opportunity to de-stress and let go, we’ll ride the waves together and help you find the yoga that works for you. The retreat is open to all levels.
This could be you…
Blue Spirit Costa Rica yoga retreat is a centre of the highest calibre, frequently hosting internationally prominent teachers and attracting students from around the world. Located on the Southern end of Guiones Beach in Nosara, on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the centre is perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge – Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned beaches.
There’s still some spaces left so if you fancy throwing caution to the wind let me know! And in the meantime if you’d like more info you can take a look on Adams website:
Costa Rica Yoga Retreat 2016
Go on, you know you want to!
My last glute-focused workshop was so popular that I’ve decided to run another, very similar one at the lovely Yoga On The Lane this month. Taking place on Sunday 31st January from 3-5.30pm, Stepping Into Strength is a workshop that will teach you all you’ve ever wanted and needed to know about your ‘behind’.
It’s likely that you sit on your glutes every day but never give these stabiliser muscles a second thought, and yet they play such a hugely important role in our overall core strength. When they’re under utilised it means you are left to pick up the slack elsewhere and over time this will effect you in your daily life, leaving you with poor posture and performance both on and off the yoga mat.
This workshop is designed to teach you how to properly activate the glutes and re-pattern bad habits so that you can start to use them effectively and with more awareness. Physically this workshop will be strong but mindful, giving you tools to cultivate power from within. Energetically, the physical practice will also reflect the ability to step forward through obstacles in our life, perfect for keeping your motivation up and your fears and anxiety down as you take these wonderful and initial steps into 2016!
Hope to see you there!
I’m really looking forward to this weekend and the second instalment of my Yoga Pose Clinic workshops! This time around it’s the Warrior group of poses that will be getting a good looking at.
1, 2, 3, humble, flying, reverse… is there any end to all the possibilities that come from the warrior group of poses? The warriors frequently make up a good portion of any vinyasa flow class and there are so many options within each one that it can be hard to know all the breakdowns and options, never mind know whether you’re doing the basics correctly. This workshop will explore the poses in detail and look at the some of the benefits and modifications that are available within each one. We will also look at how best to flow in and out of each pose with strength and ease, giving you the opportunity to concentrate on being able to enjoy the breath and move more confidently through your practice.
This is going to be a fun one! Plenty of learning, exploring and moving! Taking place on Sunday 13th December from 3.30 – 6pm at Down To Earth.
Hope to see you there!
On Saturday 28th November I did my first workshop at Yoga On The Lane in Dalston. Winter Warrior explored a little of the link between chinese medicine and our yoga practice and looked at ways to improve immunity and energy levels over the winter period.
Throughout pretty much my whole life I have personally struggled with my immune system. It was this struggle that led me to my own yoga practice years ago so it was a wonderful privilege to be able to share some of the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years that has helped me.
We melted into the body with a yin practice designed to stimulate the bladder and kidney meridians, before moving into an intelligently sequenced vinyasa flow designed to build fire from within and help empower the mind. Finally we explored some pranayama and kriya practices to help combat winter blues, bring balance to the energy channels of the body and hopefully, awaken our inner glow!
A massive thank you to all who came! I really hope to be able to share this workshop with more of you soon!
Happy winter warming to you all!
It’s been a long time coming but finally my new series of workshops – Yoga Pose Clinic – are starting with the first one taking place on Sunday 25th October at Down To Earth London.
Our yoga practice is not solely about the body, in fact our physical yoga (asana) practice is only talked about in 1 of the 8 limbs of yoga, and yet for most of us it plays a very big role. Because of this it is important that we understand our options and how to build strength efficiently. The ‘Yoga Pose Clinic’ will break down key poses and elements commonly found in a vinyasa flow practice to help us learn how to progress and practice safely. Each ‘clinic’ will last 2.5 hours and will be focused around a different yoga pose or technique. It will be an opportunity to delve into the detail, ask questions, learn variations, and even discuss injury modifications if you have anything that you are particularly working with. The groups will be kept quite small so I can give you more dedicated time and we can really get to grips with as much knowledge as we can.
Yoga Pose Clinic number 1 is…Chaturanga! Continue reading
I am a big lover of massage balms and regularly use balms and soothers in a variety of my yoga classes as I find they can really encourage deep breathing and a sense of relaxation in the body. Recently I’ve had quite a few people ask me what my favourite one is, so I thought I’d write a little review on one of my absolute favourites, Gwdihw Muscle Soother.
Gwdiwho!? I hear you cry! Yes, precisely. Gwdihw is pronounced Goody Hoo (it means ‘owl’ in Welsh, hence the branding!) and they very helpfully put this on their products to try and save confusion. They’re from North Wales, so they are throughly entitled to have a brand name that nobody can pronounce. I personally adore the fact that they stay true to their roots and use a Welsh name for their products. I’m a little biased since I’ve some Welsh blood running through my veins and therefore I do tend to have soft spot for all things from the land of rain, sheep and words without vowels.
I discovered their products after using China Gel for quite sometime and then realising that it had an awful lot of things in it that I didn’t want to put on my body, or anyone else’s for that matter. And so the search begun. Continue reading
Christmas. Whether you celebrate or not, this time of year can be hectic to say the least. If you practice yoga it’s probably the one time that your body and mind need the practice the most, and yet somehow it always seems to be the thing that drops to the bottom of the list below shopping, organising, festive drinks (hangovers!) etc. And then comes the guilt, which invariably leads to stress, which is one extra emotion that you really don’t need right now! The good news is that you can continue your yoga practice away from the mat. I don’t usually like to mention this, as I love to see people on their mat practicing with me! But sometimes life gets in the way so it’s important to remember that there are small tools you can use to ensure that you keep your calm all the way into the New Year.
I’m excited to announce that on Sunday 21st December I will be running my last workshop of 2014 at Down To Earth in Tufnell Park, North London. The winter period and all its festivities is a busy time that can sometimes result in us feeling like we’ve no time for ourselves. Yet this is the one time of the year when we probably need to dedicate time to ourself more than any other as our bodily functions often have to work harder than normal and our routine often disappears out the window without us even having the time to realise! The 2 hour workshop, Move Mindfully & Restore Balance, is designed to provide a sense of stability and get you back to feeling like you can take on the world again.
Over 2 hours we will explore a deep slow flow designed to help you reconnect with your body and your breath. We’ll experience some balancing vinyasa flow and break down the alignment of some of the key poses to help build up the relationship between body and mind once again. All the sequences will be designed to recharge the body from the inside out and we will practice some pranayama flows in order to awaken our energy and find our inner calm.
We’ll finish by relaxing completely with a blissful restorative practice to balance and calm the senses, and give us time to set good intentions for the forthcoming new year.
You can see more information on the Down To Earth website and book in there. Really hope to see you on the mat to end the year with some fluid flow and nice long exhales!
I’ve been keeping this under wraps for a while but I am excited to finally announce that I will be running a very special yoga retreat next year with fellow yoga teacher Clive Fogelman, in the beautiful Pugliese countryside of southern Italy. Taking place from Saturday 16th May to Saturday 23rd May 2015, the retreat will be held in the stunning Masseria della Zingara, a charming 18th century farmhouse situated in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves only 7km from the unspoilt Puglian coastline.
Each day will begin with an uplifting practice focused around setting good intentions for the day ahead, and this will be held either in the stunning yoga shala, or outside surrounded by the beautiful environment of the Masseria. After the morning practice we will enjoy a delicious breakfast together on the terrace. The day will then be yours to enjoy, and in the early evening we will meet again to enjoy a more relaxing class.
The retreat will offer a variety of yoga styles, including vinyasa, alignment-based flow, yin and yoga nidra, restorative and meditation. Each day will include at least two opportunities to practice but both are entirely optional. For those wanting an extra challenge, there will also be a few fun workshop-style opportunities to practice some more advanced poses. The classes will be suitable for all levels of yoga, and options and alternatives will be offered. One of the rare benefits to the trip will be having two teachers dedicated to delivering you a very special yoga programme. This means that adjustments will feature highly and you will receive a truly focused teaching experience.
I’m excited to announce that you can now find me teaching at the excellent Hiitgirl studios in North London. As a yoga teacher, sports therapist and consultant who understands the need to juggle a million things at once, it’s always been really important to me that yoga is accessible to even the busiest of people. Sometimes we simply don’t have 90 minutes to spare to dedicate to a yoga class, or to getting our bodies healthy, plus, not everybody is up for delving into yoga in it’s entirety which, in my book, is totally a-ok. Something is always better than nothing!
Hiitgirl, created by the lovely Susan Dyson (you can find her working her Hiitgirl magic with Sweaty Betty on their 30-day challenge right now!), is designed with one aim in mind – to give busy women the best possible results without the need to camp out at the gym. To achieve this they combine kickass intensity with a huge variety of different moves so that no part of you gets left behind. Most of the Hiitgirl sessions last for 30 minutes, though there are some 60 minute ones too, including Jagati Yoga, which is where I come in.
Jagati Yoga is aimed at women who simply don’t have the time for 90 minute yoga classes and serves as a gateway to yoga, easing women into the practice and introducing them to the core postures. We work through flowing sun salutations and key poses, to ensure that you get to experience a balanced physical practice with every class.
Catch me at the gorgeous Crouch End studio every Wednesday morning at 10am for an hour of Jagati Yoga.
Hope to see you on the mat!