I make no secret of the fact that I am a total bookworm. With the nights now drawing in, is there any greater pleasure than curling up on the sofa under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book? So I thought I would share some of the best books to read whether you are looking to delve a little deeper into Yoga, have been practicing for some time and could use a little inspiration, or as a gift idea for the yogi in your life!

1. Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

A key text on many Yoga Teacher Trainings, Light on Yoga covers the philosophy of yoga, asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), and bandha (energy locks). There are step by step instructions on how to get into each asana, and its benefits for the body. Iyengar also details which as...

Since developing a yoga practice in which I have noticed countless benefits for my body and mind, and then training as a yoga teacher so that I could share this with others, I sometimes forget the mystery that yoga holds for people. So for those who might be wondering if yoga is for them, and for those already practicing, I wanted to share some of the many benefits that yoga offers for the body and mind.

1. It is accessible

You don't need fancy yoga leggings or expensive studio passes in order to be able to practice yoga. It is just fine to wear clothes that you are comfortable in (pyjamas used to be a firm favourite of mine!), following along to a Youtube video on any non-slip surface. You can make your yoga as dynamic or relaxing as you like, an...

So I think it is safe to say that Autumn is well and truly upon us - the nights are drawing in, the mornings are crisp, and ground is strewn with crunchy, golden leaves. Without a doubt, Autumn is a beautiful season and is definitely one to be enjoyed with all of the senses. However, for some of us, the darker mornings and cooler temperatures can lower our mood and motivation, and have us yearning for the feel of the warm summer sunshine on our skin again. So as we move through Autumn and into the Winter months, taking a bit of extra time to look after ourselves is more important than ever.

Ayurveda, the sister science to Yoga, believes that everything is made up of certain qualities, or doshas. Autumn is governed by the Vata dosha, and it's qual...

We are all familiar with the concept of the New Year's Resolution - we promise ourselves that we will hit the gym daily, drop a dress size and start meditating. We start with good intentions, and inevitably end up in a pile of Quality Street wrappers, full of chocolate and self-loathing. 

However, this doesn't mean that we should give up entirely on our goals and aims. We all have things that we wish to strive for, and the practice of setting and working towards goals can be a hugely positive and beneficial practice. During my studies to become a yoga teacher we spent some time discussing the concept of San kalpa - the practice of setting heartfelt intentions as a powerful tool for transformation.

San kalpa roughly translates from Sanskrit to mean...

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