OM – What’s it all about?

We chant OM at the beginning and end of every class. The symbol is everywhere, and although many of you enjoy the feeling and the unity that comes from a group chanting OM together, you’re probably also wondering what its all about!! Here’s some information to help deepen your understanding and connect your heart to this ancient sacred syllable.  AUM …

Is it useful to use props

Is it useful to use props when practising yoga asanas?

Props can be very useful for some people, and if used correctly they can have many positive effects on not just a musculoskeletal level (muscles, joints and bones), but also on a physiological (energetic) level. Unfortunately, its easy to get it wrong when using props in your practice and thus they can end up being neither safe nor effective. There …

Niyamas – Sauca, Santosha, Tapas, Svādhyāya, Ishvara Pranidhana

NIYAMAS by Claudia Blaxell Once we begin practising yama, we can strengthen these behavioural restraints with five specific actions that constitute the second limb of yoga, niyama. In niyama, Patañjali gives us tools to help us refine ourselves, so we can live more happily and wisely. Sauca means purity. You are practising sauca if you have pure food, pure intentions …

Yamas – Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Bramacharya, Aparigraha

YAMA by Claudia Blaxell Yama, the first limb of yoga, is a code of behaviour designed to build moral conduct. In the Yoga Sutras Patañjali names five actions that must be restrained if we wish to act for the right ends. These restraints are the yamas, and they are as relevant today (if not more) as they were to humans …

Patañjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga

   The Eight Limbs of Yoga  by Claudia Blaxell There is no better place to discover the wisdom of the body-mind connection than on our yoga mats, where the physical postures or āsanas we do cultivate strength, flexibility and vibrant health, as well as an awareness of the psychological effects of the practice. However, yoga entails much more than stretching, …