My journey into yoga seemed to happen so quickly! After graduating from Napier University in 2013 with a music degree, needless to say, I suddenly felt pretty lost. Thrown into the world of self-employment, I now had some important choices to make, and many responsibilities I had never known before. It was overwhelming, and I secretly didn’t handle it well at all.[Read more…]
New Year’s Resolutions – we make them, we break them, we guilt ourselves about them – but what if this year we made a resolution that we could feel good about and actually keep?
The truth of the matter is that you can make and re-make resolutions at any time – not just in January! For example, I like to establish or re-affirm my intentions in tune with the lunar cycle, which allows me to continually assess what is and isn’t working for me throughout the year. [Read more…]
Need a pick-me-up? Something that will brighten up your day, make you feel happy and give you more energy? Just book into Yoga Express at the View on Friday lunch times 12.00 – 12.45pm! Just 45 minutes can help transform your mood (and your health) in more ways than you can imagine. [Read more…]
Can YOGA really be classed as cardio exercise?
Traditionally this has always been up for debate, but according to a new study the answer is categorically ‘Yes’, as long as you do it fast enough, it is possible for you to burn serious calories equivalent to a light aerobics’ workout. [Read more…]
There is a huge debate going on regarding the integrity of modern Yoga and what it is evolving into. Documentaries, social media posts, articles and even in discussion amongst yoga teachers and those who practice yoga. Who is in the right? As a fairly recently qualified Yoga Teacher I can testify how easy it is to train and gain insurance to enable one to teach what is termed ‘Yoga’. The course that enabled me to teach was, I felt, lacking somewhat in philosophy & spirituality and so I sought out another course that is now offering what I seek as, firstly a lifetime student and hopefully an effective teacher. [Read more…]
There are many answers like drinking hot drinks and adding additional layers but why not consider stoking your inner fire by practicing some yoga.
Our circulation decreases in the cold and in turn this slows the effectiveness of the organs which causes a further decrease in our body’s temperature. [Read more…]
Should we or shouldn’t we plank?
Planks are a phenomenal exercise for core strengthening, but only if done correctly. Holding a plank will engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and in doing so will work more than just your core, by also working the glutes and hamstrings. A plank supports correct posture and improves balance. [Read more…]
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la! As the festive adverts paint a perfect family Christmas, for some the pressures at this time of year can be all too much.
The reality of endless shopping whether trawling the high streets or plugging in and purchasing online, cooking, dealing with relatives, excited children and trying to cram in a very hectic social calendar can result in a stress overload. Beware anxiety is likely to occur. [Read more…]
Your decision on how you manage stress can have a massive impact.
Did you know that stress is actually a fight or flight response? It is automatically activated when we sense that we are threatened by someone or something. The response causes our bodies to increase both heart rate and blood pressure. As a result, our reactions are faster and our strength and agility increase.
Stress is not the perceived threats or demands made on you but rather your response to those perceived threats or demands. [Read more…]
Keep those tootsies cosy this Autumn.
That special something in the air at this time of year definitely indicates that autumn is upon us. A crisp breeze, crackling logs on the fire and the bristling colourful leaves rustling under foot. The amazing array of colours and picturesque scenes inspire many.
Autumn brings tradition with Harvest Festivals, dressing up ready to trick or treat with Halloween and all to be followed by the thrill and excitement of Guy Fawkes’ Bonfire Night.
The perfect excuse to sneak a hot chocolate (topped with marshmallows and cream!!!), the amazing aromas of scented candles, snuggles under the duvet, the return of fluffy onesies and the joy of hearty comforting food makes autumn a dream.
As with everything in life, there are always draw backs and in Autumn it has to be the start of the return of ice-blocks for feet. [Read more…]