Yoga Philosphy 101- The Yamas & Niyamas: AHIMSA

Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा): Nonviolence, non-harming other living beings or simply put “kindness” “Raise your words, not your voice, it is rain that grows flowers, not thunder” -Rumi So this week we are looking at Ahimsa which directly translated means "non-violence" or put more simply means "kindness" and how we can integrate this Yama in to our every day life. I have split this in to small bite sized pieces & illustrated these with a practice or experience from it’s application in my

Yoga Philosophy 101 - The Yamas & Niyamas

So in the last blog here we spoke about Raja Yoga and it’s 8 practices for Self-Realisation/Enlightenment/Samadhi. In this blog we are going to look at the first 2 steps of this 8-fold path in more detail; the Yamas & Niyamas. To re-cap the Yamas are ethical imperatives to enable “Living Right with Others” 1  or a list of Yogic Don’ts. The Niyamas are habits or observances; a framework of how to live your life within your own mind & body or a list of Yogic Do’s. So let’s star

Yoga Philosophy 101 - Origins of Yoga

I should say now that I am definitely no expert in yoga philosophy. I could spend this lifetime & the next studying just yogic philosophy & probably not make a dent in the vast teachings. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld I know there are known knowns; there are things I know I know. I also know there are known unknowns; that is to say I know there are things I do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the things I don't know I don't know. Apologies upfront for any errors

Yoga for good sleep

I love my bed! I have always loved my bed. My mum tells a story of when I was a toddler & slept so deeply she could pull out my bed & vacuum around me without waking me up. My husband thought this was an exaggeration until I was pregnant with our first baby & he did the same one afternoon, while I was napping, without me stirring at all! When I was at University I went through a period of terrible insomnia which resulted in my first foray in to yoga & meditation. Since having

The Vagus Nerve & Yoga

Why do I feel so good after a yoga class? How does yoga help me relax? I know how I feel but what is happening in my body? We all know that yoga can reduce stress levels, improve sleep, digestion, fertility and overall wellbeing. But why is this? It is widely acknowledged that a regular yoga practice helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of our autonomic nervous system responsible for our “rest & digest” & “feed & breed” responses. Recent research sug