YOGA :: TO MUSIC OR NOT TO MUSIC ?

Unearth Yoga Article by Maudie Johnson:: Yoga :: to music or not to music?
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Many yogis would say playing music during yoga detracts from what it’s about. Backed up by the fact that you wouldn’t have caught BKS Iyengar listening to music during his practice. Perhaps they have a point I wonder. But what I also know along with many of my students is the lull of a good tune helps free the mind and give you that feel good factor. And isn’t that what yoga is about? Connecting with yourself and your senses by being fully present. Well for me it is. So for now I’m going with that feel good factor and that’s why I wanted to share my favourite playlist with you. Press play and I promise it’ll put you in the mood to get on your mat or simply listen wherever you are and at least trick your senses into believing you are in Savasana…

WHAT YOU DON’T SEE ABOUT YOURSELF THAT YOUR YOGA TEACHER DOES

Unearth Yoga Article by Maudie Johnson:: Things you don't see about yourself that your yoga teacher does
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They always say there are many forms of communication both verbal and nonverbal and practicing yoga is certainly one of them. You may never get the chance to converse with your yoga teacher or really get to know them but I can assure you that they can tell a lot more about you than you might think. Having taught for 6 years I have come to read the signs of body language as a gage to what is going on internally. This mainly falls into 4 categories: Those who find it hard to close their eyes and let go, those that fight battles with themselves when they can’t do the pose that there competitive side so wants to achieve, those who don’t push themselves hard enough and finally those who push too hard. Yoga is about balance and that’s what we try to achieve with our students. So next time your practising yoga perhaps bare that in mind (body and spirit…)

BAD UNDERWEAR FOR SEXY HEALTH ?

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I had heard rumours a couple of years back that wearing underwear made from man-made fibres is not ideal your lady parts as it can disrupt the natural bacteria causing all sorts of problems. I had also heard that the underwire in bras stops the breast’s lymphatic system expelling toxins to the nearest lymph nodes (aka your arm pits) Upon hearing this I immediately made the switch in the knicker department but it took me a while to let go of my trustee underwired bras. Then I discovered the comfiest non underwired bras in M&S: Comfortable, super supportive and bosom enhancing- what’s not to love? So I bought two in each shade. Other studies have also shown that wearing bras all together can damage our health but for now I’m not going to go Charlie Dimmock on you but continue to wear my non underwire bras and ‘mi’ white cotton knickers…

WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS BEST FOR YOU ?

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Having found the style you love (or maybe not, in which case follow the flow chart above) perhaps through many a trail and error ; those times where you’ve found your blissfully ignorant yogi self in some advanced Ashtanga workshop or in a Kirtan lengthy chanting session and you’re the kind of person who can barely bring yourself to murmur a faint Om! Well the truth, and you’re not going to like it, is that the classes that make you feel most uncomfortable, irritable or challenged (mentally more than physically ) are your true remedy. So do what you (don’t) love and check into a class that you’ve been purposefully avoiding. You never know you might start to enjoy it…

AUTUMN IS HERE BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US?

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year with all it’s majestic colours but it is only natural that we are feeling a sense of loss for those summer months. With the closing in of the nights and shedding of layers, we too are feeling the effects that this new season brings. But how can we best navigate our way through this time?  Christian Gentile, Yoga Teacher & Therapist,  explains how to best understand these changes and attune ourselves to get the most out of this time of year… (more…)