What we water with our attention grows: cultivating friendliness, compassion and happiness through meditation

Have you ever sat quietly long enough to observe your thoughts, perhaps to meditate, and noticed that many of them are negative?  Or maybe when you’ve come to be still for long enough you’ve noticed an inner monologue which might be distinctly unfriendly towards you, perhaps judgemental or critical?  Knowing that we might encounter negative […]

Learning to stay out of the water: why I practice mindfulness meditation (+ how you can too)

In his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’, Viktor Frankl says ‘between stimulus and response is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.’  Take a moment to read that again and consider it fully: ‘between stimulus and response is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.’ […]

The simple power of standing quietly on one leg: Vrksasana (tree pose)

I remember my first Vrksasana fondly.  Somewhat careworn and stressed, but having proclaimed myself ‘too busy’ to go to Yoga class, my wise and wonderful friend bought me two private sessions with her Yoga teacher as a birthday present.  Balancing in my Vrksasana in the first of those sessions, I felt that wonderful kind of […]

Self-care snacks: 7 powerful 5 minute practices to boost your well-being

We all know how great we feel after that long Yoga class – refreshed, relaxed, restored – but how can we get more of that feeling into our everyday lives?  Since the arrival of my son at the end of October, there has been little opportunity for long periods of practice on my mat and […]

What does a Yoga teacher need to know and what do you know about your Yoga teacher?

When you decide to take a Yoga class, whether online or face-to-face, to some degree you are putting yourself in your teacher’s hands.  And as Yoga is a holistic practice, it is your whole self – mind, body and soul – that you bring to the class, it makes sense that you want your teacher […]