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9 simple yoga poses to do every day

9 simple yoga poses to do every day

Short on time but still want to fit in a practice? Try this simple daily yoga sequence for optimum mobility, strength, energy and balance.   1a. Cat pose / Majaryasana This pose stretches the spine, back muscles and neck, stimulates blood flow in the wrists and...

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Yoga Sequence For Shoulder Health

Yoga Sequence For Shoulder Health

A simple shoulder sequence to release tension and ensure the longevity of your functional movement. Includes free class and downloadable pdf.   This set of exercises takes your shoulders through their full range of rotation, which is important to do regularly to...

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5 Tibetan Rites

5 Tibetan Rites

5 dynamic yoga exercises for health, energy and strength. Great for keeping your body in shape when you have limited time or space.   What are the 5 Tibetan Rites? The 5 Tibetan Rites are a form of Tibetan yoga said to be more than 2,500 years old, which were...

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Breath of Joy!

Breath of Joy!

Try this stimulating, energising 3-part breath and movement exercise which will uplift you every day. Joy in just 3 minutes!   The breath of joy gets your energy flowing, wakes your entire system and will help you start your day off in a wonderful way! How to do...

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Detox Yoga Sequence

Detox Yoga Sequence

If the holiday season has left you feeling more saggy than sparkly, try this detox sequence from Esther Ekhart and get the energy flowing again.   Swaying arms Stand with your feet a little wider than hip-distance apart, knees soft. Swing your arms from side to...

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Core Strength Yoga Sequence

Core Strength Yoga Sequence

Strengthen your core, free your hips, work on your balance and open your heart in this creative yoga sequence by Esther Ekhart   1) Child's pose with extended arms Come into Child’s pose, either with the knees together or a little apart. Rest your forehead on the...

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5 Life Hacks to Beat the Blues

5 Life Hacks to Beat the Blues

When you're feeling blue, try Esther's personal tips for boosting your mood   We all know those moments or days, when we just feel off kilter. Of course nobody enjoys these times. Our reaction can vary between one of acceptance, knowing this too shall pass, to...

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Self-Help Advice for Difficult Times

Self-Help Advice for Difficult Times

During our lives, it’s inevitable that we will experience suffering at some point. Here, I share my insight into how we can work with the mind to enable us to move beyond the stories we create around our suffering.   The first of the four noble truths of Buddhism...

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5 Yoga Poses for a Strong and Flexible Spine

5 Yoga Poses for a Strong and Flexible Spine

Here are some poses that will help improve and maintain healthy movement, flexibility and strength of the spine. Includes a 6 min yoga video.   There is this saying that you are only as young as your spine is flexible. If that is the case, the question arises...

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Tension vs Compression in Yoga

Tension vs Compression in Yoga

Have you ever wondered why, after years of dedicated yoga practice, you are still not able to realise that elusive pose?   Have you ever considered that this may be more to do with the structure of your body and less to do with lack of ‘effort’ on your behalf?...

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7-Day Gentle Detox Plan

7-Day Gentle Detox Plan

If you are looking to make changes to your diet start off with this simple seven-day detox plan. It is gentle and cleansing for your digestive system and will help you eat more mindfully...   This detox plan is not about strict fasting or skipping out food...

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How to Train Your Willpower Muscle

How to Train Your Willpower Muscle

Willpower is like a muscle, the more you train it, the stronger it gets!   Defining willpower Lets define willpower for a moment. There are a few words coming to mind thinking of willpower, words like: self control, determination, self-discipline, drive and...

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The Benefits of Yin Yoga

The Benefits of Yin Yoga

Have you tried Yin Yoga yet?   My motivation for writing this article is to get everyone who hasn’t tried Yin Yoga, or isn’t convinced of its benefits yet, to try it! Why? Because the feeling that you are left with after you have gone through a Yin Yoga session...

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Body Mind Connection

Body Mind Connection

Lately I’ve been talking a bit about how the mind influences the body and how the body influences the mind   I think it’s nice to have a deeper look at this, because there are more aspects to this than there may seem. Mind-body connection The mind influences the...

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What Is Yoga?

What Is Yoga?

What is Yoga? It's a big question and one that I can answer only from my own perspective.   For many people, Yoga is thought of as a class you go to that lasts an hour, or an hour and a half, in which you perform postures (asanas). It is supposed to make you feel...

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Safe Knees and Feet in Yoga

Safe Knees and Feet in Yoga

Do you know how to align your feet and knees in yoga poses to be safe and avoid injury?   In this article, I will explain some foot and knee anatomy, alignment tips and key principles to practise yoga safely with particular attention to standing and seated poses....

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Dealing with the Pain of Grief

Dealing with the Pain of Grief

Although hard to hear and believe when you are in the midst of it, pain has the potential to make you grow to the heights of your ability. However, to do this, you have to go through the grief or pain.   The poem below talks about the rigour required to carry on...

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The Play of the Three Gunas

The Play of the Three Gunas

What can we learn about balance from Yoga Philosophy? Esther Ekhart explains the interplay of the three Gunas.   The Three Gunas The ancient teachings of yoga, like the Samkhya Philosophy and also the Bhagavad Gita, talk about three essential aspects of nature....

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Getting to Know Yourself

Getting to Know Yourself

Esther Ekhart explains how yoga is more than just an exercise, and the importance of getting to know yourself   "Yoga is not about getting to know the postures. It is about getting to know yourself." - Gary Kraftsow   Physical practice What we know as...

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Anatomy of the Core

Anatomy of the Core

The core is what supports us; it’s connected to our vital life force...   With a strong core you improve almost every yoga pose, and the whole practice of yoga becomes much easier and safer. Your balance and ease in the practice will increase. On a spiritual...

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Why Restorative Yoga?

Why Restorative Yoga?

Restorative Yoga balances a fast lifestyle and has an enormous capacity to heal physical and mental symptoms that are stress related, and as we know, many diseases these days are stress related.   When the pace of life is fast, our minds move fast, too. When we...

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Yoga and Truth

Yoga and Truth

Sometimes when it’s late at night, you find the peace and quiet to tap into your creativity, to connect some dots. To have a moment to rethink life. To think about what is important right now.   Connection with existence To me what is important — and I hope...

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