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The Importance of Neutral Spine

As a Pilates and Yoga teacher, the alignment and use of the spine is central to my teaching.  Also a personal trainer the use of the spine is important in helping clients work the correct muscles and avoid injury.  Neutral Spine is the alignment of choice for a healthy spine. A quick definition of neutral spine would…

Blankets and Blocks for Shoulderstand and Plough

Many Yoga students have difficulty with getting into and maintaining a comfortable shoulderstand (shavangasana) and plough (halasana).  Often there is a feeling of heaviness, the body drops and there is compression/pain in the neck. The major reasons for these inversions challenging Yoga practitioners lies in the upper spine, neck and tight shoulders.  Most healthy adults can…

Quick Upper Body and Arm Workout

Many people think that whilst not happy with the tone or look of their arms or upper body – there is nothing they can do about it because – They don’t want to bulk up and end up like muscle bound geek, or Women (or older men) cannot effectively strengthen their arms and upper back…

Caffeine and Sleep

Of all the drugs available in the modern World, none is more available, cheap and potentially damaging as caffeine.  We consume caffeine in coffee, teas, energy drinks/soft drinks, over the counter and prescription medications.  Yet little is known of the long term effects on our physical and mental health of caffeine! What we do know…

Why Are We Unhappy – A Yoga Perspective

It can be argued that the mind is chief arbiter of all that happens to us – real and imagined.  Indeed it is often said that the whole of an individual’s life journey is a mental journey. So why do so many appear to suffer so much mentally in their lives – this is a…

Eccentric Exercise for Tendon Pain

Tendon pain (tendonitis) is a very common condition of both younger people who exercise on a regular basis and older people who live a more sedentary life.  Essentially tendonitis is caused by minor rips, tears and disorganisation of the tendonous tissue.  These injuries can occur as the result of sudden trauma (eg lifting a heavier…

Yoga and Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science and wellbeing and is often seen as the sister discipline of Yoga (Ayurvedic practitioners often see Yoga as the exercise arm of their own therapy!).  Ayurveda has much to say about wellness, disease and how these affect the different constitutional or dosha types.  Ayurveda offers lifestyle advice, dietary advice,…

Swara Yoga

Yogis thousands of years ago discovered two kinds of energy within the human being – a positive solar (male) energy and a negative lunar (female) energy – together they govern the whole of our being and when in balance, they provide for harmonious functioning of our mind and body and all its systems. Energy and consciousness, permeate the…

What is Ageing?

Aging is not a simple business. After all – if it were that simple – humankind would have already worked things out and average life expectancy would be around 200 years and rising.  Understanding why we age is a question that keeps some of the best scientific brains in the world fully occupied – and…

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

There has been a huge amount of publicity on the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT) lately – it’s protective against virtually the major diseases of affluence and lifestyle (heart disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia), great as rehab if you are already suffering or poorly, easy to fit into a day (10 to 15 minutes…