Writing

Musings on yoga, breath, motherhood and more…

On red hair and belonging A personal reflection on red hair, geography, history and myth… Elementum Journal, Edition Three…

Our stories of owls and ourselves What do our myths of the beautiful, nocturnal hunter tell us about ourselves? Elementum Journal, Edition Two…

Backcountry Yosemite: On the trail with Mama Bear Recollections of travelling in the Wilderness with my husband and 9 month old daughter. Read more in Elementum Journal, Edition One…

What my 18-Month old Taught me about Yoga. I caught my 18-month old daughter doing eka pada adho mukha svanasana (or one-legged downward dog) the other day. This made me smile. Okay, most things she does make me smile, but as a yoga teacher, this tickled me… READ MORE ON ELEPHANT JOURNAL…

Why practise yoga? There are so many reasons to practise yoga. In fact you might get a different reason from everyone in a room full of yogis. Some might come to stretch and balance out strength gained through other exercise, others for relaxation or to manage stress. Some might be drawn to the mindfulness or meditative aspect and for others, perhaps they just feel better after class. But if you are still unsure whether yoga is for you… READ MORE…

Ujjayi, the Victorious breath. Have you ever been asked to start ‘Ujjayi breathing’ in a yoga class and wondered what that was? Or perhaps you’ve heard students around you breathing like Darth Vader and wondered why? Ujjayi is a staple Pranayama (breathing) technique and often used in vinyasa or Ashtanga yoga classes, but what is it and how do you do it? READ MORE…

Five reasons to try Yin yoga. Yin yoga evolved from Daoist Yoga and draws on the wisdom of Chinese medicine. It is a quiet, still, passive practice that complements a more dynamic or active ‘Yang’ style of yoga (or other activities). Seated or supine (lying down) poses are held for several minutes at a time to allow the body to come to stillness, open up and relax. READ MORE…

Fancy starting pre-natal yoga? What do you need to know…? Midwives often recommend yoga to mums-to-be, but what are the benefits? READ MORE…

Setting an intention for the year ahead. Still unsure about your New Year’s resolutions? Why not take advantage of the New Year to set intentions instead…Sacred Indian text and Gandhi’s favourite book, the Bhagavad Gita (translation: celestial song), advises yoga practitioners not to be attached to the outcomes of their actions, but to focus on honest effort in the present moment instead. READ MORE…

Like beads on a string: Flow, thinking about the journey. What does the term flow mean, in relation to yoga? Vinyasa is often translated from the Sanskrit to mean ‘place in a special way’, but when used to describe a style of yoga, it’s more than that… READ MORE…

Never tried yoga before? Apparently it takes an average of two years for someone to go from ‘thinking about’ trying yoga until they walk into their first class. That’s a lot of thinking! But it’s actually not that scary. Here are some answers I often give people who are unsure about their first class. READ MORE…

Saluting the sun: Surya Namaskar. Many styles of yoga start the class with a flowing series of postures called Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations. In Sanskrit, Surya means sun, or divine light, and Namaskar (from the same linguistic root as the greeting Namaste), means to greet or bow to. READ MORE…

What is Hatha Yoga? On yoga class timetables, Hatha yoga is often used to describe a classical, more meditative  style of yoga based around holding yoga postures, or asanas, and focusing on the breath, or pranayama. However all physical yoga styles as we know them today, such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow, come under the umbrella of hatha yoga. READ MORE…