It's not about the nail - the practice of empathy.

We talk about the importance of family but how much do we really see and hear the people we care about most?

When someone tries to reach out and share a problem with us do we jump in to fix without being asked? Does the discomfort of a possible confrontation or badly timed conversation cause us to run for the hills? What would happen if we stopped what we were doing, sat with our discomfort and gave the person our full attention?

5 steps to getting on the Yoga mat (when it's the last thing you feel like doing)

5 steps to getting on the Yoga mat (when it's the last thing you feel like doing)

As human beings we’re naturally drawn to what makes us feel good and when we start practicing Yoga, it can feel damn good. 

But like anything the honeymoon period can wear off. How many times have you started something with great gusto only to get bored after a while? Think of all those gym memberships that people take up in January and don’t use after March.

So how do we keep showing up when it’s really the last thing we feel like doing?

Is Self Study Selfish?

Is Self Study Selfish?

Swadhyaya or self study is one of the five Niyamas (personal disciplines or observances) from Patanjali’s eightfold path and frankly, the point of Yoga! 

There can be a tendency in the west to refer to self study as selfish, self-involved navel gazing. For others, it can simply be a case of not wanting to go 'there'. 

The Art of Letting Go

The Art of Letting Go

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt from Yoga is the art of letting go. As a typical type A, this has not been easy – indeed it’s an ongoing practice (and sometimes battle!).

For years I had a tendency to say yes to all manner of requests, taking on way more than I could handle and thinking I was somehow superwoman. Prone to regular burnout, I learned the hard way.

15 minute sequence that your hips, hammies and lower back will love

If you suffer from lower back pain, try this 15 minute sequence that my students swear by. It works into the hamstrings, hips and glutes, releasing tension in the lower back and it takes just 15 minutes. What's not to love? Let me know how you get on.

What teacher training taught me about Yoga

What teacher training taught me about Yoga

As I completed the application for the two year Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training, I was excited about two things: 1. Deepening my physical practice and 2. Graduating with the ability to stand on my head. Little did I know that while I’d certainly reach the first goal, I wouldn’t so much ‘stand on my head’ as ‘completely unravel my psyche.’