April 15, 2017

Try this - concentrate on your breath, and only your breath, for one full breath – from the moment you begin your inhale, to the moment before your next inhale begins. Notice how other thoughts try to crowd in, even in that short space of time, but instead of getting caught up in those thoughts, stay with the breath. Don’t try to empty the mind (good luck with that!), don’t get frustrated about the other thoughts that keep popping up, but instead gently turn your attention back to the breath each time you notice that you’ve wandered off. That, in a nutshell, is mindfulness. If you managed one breath, try two. Then three. If you can keep your attention on your breath for three full breaths, without allowing yourself to be distrac...

April 15, 2017

We hear a lot in yoga that we should have a daily home practice - so what, exactly, does this mean? A daily practice is a self-driven practice, as opposed to attending a class. The very idea of it can be off-putting for many, as it conjures up images of spending an hour or so on the mat, and it’s easy to think “I don’t have time for that!”. You might also be deterred by believing that you lack the right equipment, or simply that you don’t have enough experience to practice without some guidance.

Here’s some good news for you – a daily practice can be as little as a few minutes, or as long as you want it to be. The benefits come from the commitment of practicing daily, and of taking that time to focus inward, to set an i...

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