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Advice from a Tree – Oct/Nov Primrose Hill Yoga News

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“Advice from a Tree: Stand tall and proud. Go out on a limb. Remember your roots. Drink plenty of water. Be content with your natural beauty. Enjoy the view.” Ilan Shamir

Dear All,

Strong, steady, calm, focused… Vrksasana (Tree pose (Picture) embodies many of the qualities we seek to cultivate in yoga. It’s a wonderful pose for strengthening the legs and feet, opening the hips and creating a sense of lightness and flexibility in the upper body. Like all the balancing asanas it requires focus and commitment, with little room left for the ego or busy thoughts. A calmer, quieter state of mind tends to result.

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Time for some Tapas? Primrose Hill Yoga August/September News

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Every morning I get up, have a glass of water and a dollop of peanut butter and start my pre-breakfast yoga practice. Except that some mornings it’s not so simple. I get side-tracked by my emails. The dishwasher. Or I just can’t really be bothered..…

On days like this I need an extra injection of oomph to get me on to my mat, even if just for 15 minutes. I know that if I fail to do so I am much more likely to a) find it harder to focus throughout the day b) and b) feel irritable and stiff!

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A Tiger Skin Mat? Primrose Hill Yoga June/July News

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Dear All,

“A tiger’s skin brings success in all things; a deer skin is for mastery over location; a mat of cloth destroys illness; one made of cane increases prosperity; a silk mat is nourishing and a woollen one alleviates suffering.”

We might have Angela Farmer’s clever use of carpet padding (in 1967) to thank for the sticky mats that don the floor of yoga classes today, but this detailed prescription for their use appeared in the 15thC Puraścaraṇacandrikā. In fact, yoga mats have been prescribed as far back as the Bhagavadgītā (2nd – 3rd century CE), which advised yoga was practiced on a steady seat that was not too high nor too low, and was covered with cloth, antelope skin or grass.

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The Ultimate Cross Training? Primrose Hill Yoga April/May News

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Dear Everyone,

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” Arthur Rache

Frustration. Confusion. Worry. These are just some of the emotions I have encountered since the start of 2019. I don’t think I’m alone.

Topsy-turvy events in SW1, combined with disturbing facts about the level of carbon dioxide already in the air have led my brain into some uncomfortable mental gymnastics recently.

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Why Wait? Primrose Hill Yoga February/March News

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Dear Everyone,

As someone who chooses not to own a car, I seem to spend a lot of time waiting for buses, long distance trains and other modes of public transport.

I expect we all feel we spend a lot of time waiting; at the till, in the doctors or for a friend who is running late. However, a bit of googling reveals that the average time spent waiting in a supermarket queue is less than two minutes, with the tube platform equivalent at roughly 30 seconds.

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Scrooge, Patanjali & Winter Retreat Day – Primrose Hill December Yoga News

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Dear Everyone,

Ebeneezer Scrooge learnt the hard way, but now we know that generosity is good for us! Studies show that handing out Christmas treats wrapped in cheerful paper, taking tins to the local food bank, or helping out at charity events makes us feel happier and supports our overall health and wellbeing.

The winter season in general tends to bring about a big burst of generosity, with other activities we might not immediately label as ‘giving’, such as nursing a poorly relative, supporting a friend through a challenging period, or even helping out with a problem at work, often peaking as the Christmas season gets underway.

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Dear Everyone,

October always seems like an opportune month to recharge my yoga practice, the cooler temperatures and lengthening evenings more conducive to spending time indoors and on my yoga mat. It’s the time of year too when I am reminded how helpful a regular practice is in staying (relatively!) calm and focused, the changeable weather and the ‘lets-get-everything-done-before Christmas’ mentality leading to generally higher levels of stress and anxiety.

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August euphoria to warming winter retreat – Primrose Hill Yoga September news

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Dear Everyone,

August often arrives with a sense of europhia. Relief! Freedom! Holidays, exciting travels, long days out of town and away from work..…100% enjoyment, peace and relaxation.

Hmmm. Not quite the whole story perhaps! I doubt I am alone in being able to recount several mad dashes for long distance trains, the odd trip to an isolated medical centre and getting on the wrong boat as part of my holiday experiences.

Maintaining some sort of regular yoga practice over the summer can help us to keep a relatively calm head in these moments of panic and also to stay fully engaged with all the fun and games that come our way. Read More