Yoga Asana Series: Paschimottanasana aka Seated Forward Fold

14th August 2021

Full name: PASCHIMOTTANASANA = INTENSE STRETCH OF THE WEST POST
Paschima = West*
Uttana = Intense stretch
Asana = pose
(pronunciation: POSH-ee-moh-tan-AHS-anna)

*West… What? The back of the body is referred to as the west side, and the front of the body is the east side. Legend has it this is because, traditionally, you would practice yoga at the break of day facing the sunrise in the east (think of those Surya Namaskar, or sun salutations), hence the front of the body being the east side. If this is confusing for you, sub out west for ‘back of the body’. Paschimottanasana = intense stretch of the back of the body pose. Or just call it a seated forward fold because that is what it is!

Yoga Asana Series: Tadasana aka Mountain Pose

24th June 2021

Full name: TADASANA = MOUNTAIN POSE
Tada = mountain
Asana = pose
(pronunciation: tad-AHS-anna)

Why You Should Practise Tadasana

tadasana

In yoga, tadasana is your standing pose home base. Also, along with bhujangasana it shows up multiple times in Surya Namaskar (it’s where you start and end all your sun salutations), and throughout your practice. And if I were to add a pose to the yoga asana you should be practising everyday, tadasana would be it!

Yoga Asana Series: Bhujangasana aka Cobra Pose

28th April 2021

Full name: BHUJANGASANA = COBRA POSE
Bhujanga = snake or cobra*
Asana = pose
(pronunciation: booj-ahn-GAHS-anna)

* The direct Sanskrit translation of bhujanga is snake. However, as cobras are common in India, and the form of bhujangasana is said to look like a cobra with a flared hood, it is translated as cobra for the position in yoga.

Why You Should Practise Bhujangasana

Bhujangasana

It Takes Two, Baby: Yoga Poses for Two People

2nd May 2021

Friends, couples, random people you meet in the park — there’s nothing quite like the bonding experience of partner yoga poses. And with a second lockdown looming and people looking for things to do at home, these yoga poses for two people will give you an afternoon of fun and a good stretch. These are also great couple yoga poses for those looking for a new bonding experience. Get yer grabby-grab-grab on for yoga poses for 2!

What is Kriya Yoga?

23rd March 2021

The technique of Kriya Yoga is an ancient practice that was revived in the East in 1861 when Mahavatar Babaji taught the technique to his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya. It was then brought to the West in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda and popularised in his 1946 book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ — which is often cited as one of the most important spiritual books of the 20th Century.

But what exactly is Kriya Yoga?

My Favourite Books About Yoga

26th February 2021

As someone who has read countless books about yoga and watched several yoga movies, I know all too well the positive effect that they can have on your practice and on your daily life.

books about yoga

Yoga is so much more than simply taking classes. It’s about changing our outlook on life and boosting our physical and mental wellbeing. It’s developing harmony between the mind, body and environment. And perhaps, most importantly, it’s a spiritual tradition that dates back thousands of years. So where better to learn about the fascinating history, traditions and practice of yoga than in the pages of a book?