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beginning 3

beginning 3

an idea for starting your practice sitting down

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beginning 2

beginning 2

an idea for starting your practice lying down

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beginning 1

beginning 1

if your body feels stiff and you aren't certain how to begin.... here are some ideas for making a slow, sensitive start to your practice

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meditating

meditating

Billy Collins, finding truth about meditation

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renewal

renewal

a poem of promise

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grace

grace

'Pratiloma Ujjayi is a gentle and gracious pranayama technique' Paul Harvey.

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gravity

gravity

'Gravity is like a magnet attracting us to the earth, but this attraction is not limited to pulling us down, it also allows us to stretch in the opposite direction towards the sky.' Vanda Scaravelli Awakening the Spine

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true yoga

true yoga

definitions for the modern yogi

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circle of life

circle of life

joy for a troubled world

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cool

cool

summer breathing

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comfort

comfort

a non-yoga yoga book

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practising together

practising together

it's been a while...

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our land

our land

a poem written in New York by Langston Hughes 1902-1967

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meditation

meditation

a simple technique

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opening

opening

suggestions for your practice

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gentleness

gentleness

an approach to presence

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potential

potential

refocussing on personal practice

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paying attention

paying attention

endless work of life and yoga

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resting up

resting up

a refreshing and restful posture to try

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earthrise

earthrise

for a weekend of space travel

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buzzard

buzzard

inspiration for feet

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spring

spring

a meditation

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curiosity

curiosity

and practising yoga

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forget everything

forget everything

life is short, break the rules. mark twain

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simple practice – part 2

simple practice – part 2

the second part of the practice

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simple practice – part 1

simple practice – part 1

the first part of a practice

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green sprung spine

green sprung spine

a poem about yoga

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listening

listening

a lament

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seeing

seeing

'...yoga practices lead to seeing things as they are.' donna farhi

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quiet

quiet

a simple breathing practice

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how to begin

how to begin

in case you have forgotten how to begin...

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daylight

daylight

music by max richter

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bless the space between us

bless the space between us

'blushed with beginning'

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an invitation

an invitation

an invitation to practise together/apart on saturday 19th december 2020

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in praise of the earth

in praise of the earth

finding the earth in dog pose

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for one exhausted

for one exhausted

the first in a short series of yoga for December inspired by the poems of John O'Donohue in aid of FareShare.

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perfect pair

perfect pair

the last in this mini series of posture pairs to try

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another pair

another pair

another pair for you to try

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yoga shorts

yoga shorts

reviving the 'yoga shorts' series - for short, sweet, lockdown practice ideas

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golden

golden

a Zen koan to inspire your autumn practice

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blessing the space between us

blessing the space between us

'The circle of love that unites us' John O’Donohue

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uncomplicated

uncomplicated

i breathe in the morning breeze - i breathe out with the leaves falling to earth

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vast

vast

leave nothing out

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autumn

autumn

'Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree.' Emily Brontë

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floating

floating

a beautiful act of letting go

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surfing lesson 1

surfing lesson 1

first lesson in surfing when the sea's not there!

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free

free

free breathing in posture practice

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loose

loose

are you holding on too tightly?

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swans

swans

something to do in the bath

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evening footwork

evening footwork

when you've been on your feet all day

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opening

opening

the yoga studio is re-opening

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this evening

this evening

ideas for evening practice

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poem

poem

the peace of wild things

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sun dance

sun dance

sun salutation - refreshed

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midsummer

midsummer

a poem - by james wright

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experimenting

experimenting

adding more postures to your starfish practice

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starfish

starfish

an idea for your practice

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tidal

tidal

wave work

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deep peace

deep peace

a blessing

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sitting

sitting

an invitation to explore dandasana - staff or rod pose

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shining

shining

skull shining breath

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release

release

letting go - finding space

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breath

breath

yoga offers us an important prompt to focus on the breath

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blessing

blessing

a blessing for our times by John O'Donohue

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forearm dog pose

forearm dog pose

a challenging posture

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guided meditation

guided meditation

an invitation to breathe

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practice

practice

following on from saturday's post - here is a very short practice including dog pose.

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dog pose

dog pose

finding the ground in turbulent times

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springy

springy

enjoying free movement in practice

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us

us

special - not special

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mat matters

mat matters

getting on the mat

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love

love

a simple practice using the hands

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family

family

yoga wisdom for today

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longer

longer

taking a longer practice

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still raining

still raining

a winter poem

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more than listening…

more than listening…

... ceasing to listen

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listening

listening

in the silence

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solstice

solstice

practice for the darkest days of winter

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raining

raining

winter movement

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relaxation

relaxation

20 minutes peace

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wave

wave

wave energy in practice

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autumn review

autumn review

autumn - a time of change

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warrior 2

warrior 2

earth and space in warrior pose

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dancing

dancing

celebrating dance and yoga for world ballet day

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responsibility

responsibility

words and yoga for our times

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problems

problems

...and how yoga can help.

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body

body

tuning in to your body in practice

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autumn

autumn

listen to seamus heaney reading his poem postscript

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peace

peace

today is International Day of Peace.

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after a while

after a while

as the year moves on, we can use the breath to help us prepare for autumn. thank you to Sandra Sabatini for inspiring this practice.

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this morning

this morning

ideas for a morning practice

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book

book

a new book suggestion.

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when you pause

when you pause

pools of silence

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when you breathe out

when you breathe out

breath bathing and a short reading from J Krishnamurti

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when you breathe in

when you breathe in

a small and certain resurrection

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silences

silences

noticing the silent spaces in your breath

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experiment

experiment

welcome back to the journal - it's good to be in touch with you again.

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