Sequencing for Routine and Variety

I had a great question this week from a recent yoga teacher training graduate about sequencing for her new classes, and it got me to thinking about how we sequence our own home practice each day, week, month, and year.  What informs our decisions about what to practice, when to practice, and how often we should do the same practice or how often we should change it up?  Whethe..read more

Soothing Abdomen Massage

There is not much that is more soothing than a belly rub, especially if you are suffering from anxiety, digestive or elimination problems, or stress. Our abdomen is a storehouse of emotions, tensions, and stress; so massaging the belly is a great way to soothe the emotional body, release held tension, and help improve digestion and elimination. Please note that because the bell..read more

How Hot Should Yoga Be?

There is an ongoing discussion in Yoga as to what temperature the room should be during practice.  Some students swear by their hot yoga practice, while others suffer in the heat.  Some students crave ventilation while others are wearing several layers.  Certainly in our Canberra winters it can be a challenge just to get to room up to ‘room temperature’.  And there are ..read more

Lavender Body Scrub

Lavender Hand Cleanser Recipe

This beautiful and fragrant salt scrub is ideal for soothing overworked hands and feet, or as a full body scrub.  The salt scrubs away dirt, callouses and dead skin cells to rejuvenate the skin, the oil soothes, moisturizes and protects, and  the lavender oil promotes relaxation.  Make it for yourself, or give as a gift in a beautiful jar with a few extra lavender stalks tie..read more

Knee To Shoulder Pose

Also called Vayu Nishkasana - Wind Relieving Pose, this posture is simple to do but very effective in stretching the hips, massaging the internal organs, and relieving excess 'wind' from the body and the mind.  Particularly useful for the Vata constitution (see Ayurveda articles for more on that), this pose is great to settle an overactive mind and soothe gas, bloating, or ten..read more

Ayurvedic Digestive Tea – Ancient Medicine in Your Pantry

Ayurvedic Digestive Tea

Ayurveda, yoga's "sister science" of healing and longevity advises that your digestion is the first place to begin in creating vibrant good health.  And Ayurveda teaches us that our greatest pharmacy is found in the kitchen.  To improve your digestion with simple ingredients from your pantry try this Digestive Tea that will speed up sluggish digestion, improv..read more

Exercising With the Elements

Autumn always leaves me feeling a little nostalgic. I’ve just returned from my daily walk and the colour of the changing season, the smell of drying leaves on the breeze and the sight of squirrels and chipmunks gathering their stores for the winter has left me feeling very connected to the world of nature through the changing of the seasons. It has also left me feeling very r..read more

Ayurvedic Self Care – Garshana Self Massage

Ayurveda – Yoga’s ‘sister science’ of holistic health care – recommends several self-care techniques that not only bring great health, vitality and purification to the body, but also offer an opportunity for compassionate self-care that can bring healing and connection to body, mind and spirit. In a series of Self Care articles, I will share a few of these simpl..read more

Ayurvedic Self Care – Abhyanga Self Massage

Ayurveda – Yoga’s ‘sister science’ of holistic medicine and preventative health care – recommends several self-care techniques that not only bring great health, vitality and purification to the body, but also offer an opportunity for compassionate self-care that can bring healing and connection to body, mind and spirit. In a series of Self Care articles, I will s..read more

Ayurvedic Self Analysis – Vata Dosha

Ayurveda – Yoga’s ‘sister science’ of holistic medicine and preventative health care describes three Doshas or three constitutional types that each of us have in some combination. The Doshas are a system of classification that help us to understand our essential makeup which greatly influences our physical body, the function of our mind, our behav..read more