Shoulder Bursitis is a common injury that we see in many people visiting the Adore Yoga Therapy Clinic. It’s painful and, if left untreated, can lead to restricted mobility and ongoing shoulder pain. Yoga Therapy can be a very helpful adjunctive treatment - here’s a primer on working with students with shoulder bursitis.Read More
I get cranky when it’s too hot. It starts off with tiredness and feeling like everything’s too hard. Then something flips my switch and I’m off. Raging. Every day occurences suddenly becomes an unbearable provocation and I find myself giving my son a roasting for the terrible crime of spilling pencil shavings on the rug. So what happens to me when the temperature rises? And is there anything I can do to keep calm? The answers can be found in Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science.
Got a chronic health issue that you can't seem to shift? Fed up with visiting doctors and trying alternative treatments that just don't work? Let me introduce you to Pancha Karma, a radical cleansing protocol that could make a big difference. Pancha Karma has it's roots in one of the oldest systems of medicine on earth - Ayurveda. Dating back over 4,000yrs, Ayurveda (meaning ‘Science of Life’ in Sanskrit) is India’s traditional healing system and Pancha Karma is one of it's 'Big Guns'. And it really, REALLY works.Read More
If you’ve ever placed your palms together in 'prayer position', you’ve practiced yoga mudra. Perhaps you’ve sat with your thumb and index finger together during meditation – that’s another mudra. Yoga students all over the world are practicing simple mudras every day, but most of us don’t know how and why these special hand gestures work. It’s time to change all that. Mudras are powerful, enjoyable and accessible to everybody – you don’t need to be fit and flexible to place your hands in a simple gesture. Here’s a rough guide to mudras and how to use them in your yoga practice.Read More
Many people learn to meditate because they hear it's a great stress buster. But, ironically, it’s hard to meditate when you’re stressed. When the body and mind are filled with tension, it can be very uncomfortable to sit still in meditation. This is why many people find meditation challenging or believe they ‘can’t’ meditate. We know that meditation is good for us, but we don’t know how to prepare to meditate. Like all good things, meditation is always better if we add a little preparation.
Read on to discover a simple ritual to prepare for a relaxed and satisfying meditation.Read More
Yoga is the ultimate disruptive technology. The ancient sages teach us that suffering is caused by the dysfunctional patterns and paradigms that we (often unconsciously) cling to. We can change those messed up patterns in our bodies, minds and energy systems by practicing the Eight Limbs of yoga.
The ancient sage Patanjali defined yoga as a state of mind in which all our conscious and unconscious patterns of belief quieten down. It’s the process of letting go of all the things you think (or subconsciously believe) about the world so that you can see things as they truly are.
That’s not something most of us can do at the drop of a hat, which is why Patanjali gives us an 8-step program for moving towards that state of absolute clarity – the Eight Limbs of Yoga.
The first two steps, Yama and Niyama, are guidelines for living a good life with clean living and healthy relationships at the top of the agenda. Next, Patanjali tells us to practice the aspects of yoga that are most familiar to Western students– asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques). We're then asked to switch off from external distractions and move through the three stages of meditation, ending in Samadhi – the state of blissful awareness that we experience when all the mental noise and habits stop.
The first seven steps are all preparation for that final state of transcendent bliss, but we often don’t approach our yoga practice in that way. Asana becomes a form of exercise, novelty or distraction rather than preparation for a practice that promises to deliver the peace and clarity that we’re craving. So how do we approach asana in a way that makes it an effective part of our journey towards Samadhi? By putting the breath at the very heart of every practice.Read More
How many hours yoga teacher training have you done? 200hrs? 350hrs? 500hrs+? There is a seemingly endless array of post-graduate yoga teacher training options. How about a 40hr yin training? Perhaps a weekend course on how to teach kids yoga. What about prenatal, somatics, fascia, acro yoga, adjusting, alignment or a course to help you market your classes? With such a dazzling variety of trainings, there’s one question I’d like to ask. How much yoga teacher training is enough?
I’ll follow that question up with another one. How much of the training you’ve already undergone do you use in your everyday teaching? Actually, how much of it do you even remember?Read More