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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

Remember your sunscreen…and your practice! Summer holiday Primrose Hill Yoga news

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Dear Everyone,

Thirteen years ago my family used to think it very strange that I got up early, rolled out a sticky blue mat and spent 20 minutes or so making strange shapes with my body before breakfast. Now they worry that if I don’t ‘do my yoga’ then all hell will break lose. They are probably right.

My practice has changed a lot over 13 years and varies considerably from one day to the next. Yet the core intention remains fairly constant: to (physically and mentally) balance out the rest of my life, ground me in the present, slow me down, focus my mind and remind me how lucky I am to be alive.

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Play tennis, chop carrots..July Primrose Hill Yoga news

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Dear Everyone,

I recently learnt that human brain makes between 10,000 and 40,000 decisions a day. A taxing task, especially when combined with the effects of internet-induced information overload.

So how do we make sure (most) of our decisions are sound and helpful? How do we navigate a clear, calm path through the thoughts that lead to these decisions, focusing on those that are beneficial and letting those that distract and depress fall away?

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Are you sitting comfortably? Massage, medicine & Primrose Hill Yoga March news

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Dear Everyone,

What do most people in the UK spend nine hours a day doing? Sitting! Research shows that adults of working age in England average 9.5 hours per day of sedentary time.

I know many readers probably fall short of nine hours, but modern social norms make it near impossible for us all not to spend a significant part of the day sitting.

The problem is we evolved to be upright and active, and sitting for long periods can damage both our cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health.  I know I am a frequent culprit of ‘slump-asana’; head tilting forward, spine rounding and shoulders drooping.  Unfortunately, our head gains ten pounds in weight for every inch it moves forwards (!), placing a hefty burden on the muscles in the back, neck and shoulders, and increasing the likelihood of future pain or injury.

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An Invincible Summer? Primrose Hill Yoga March News

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Dear Everyone,

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer” (Albert Camus).

Meteorological mid-winter seems to have fallen on the 1st March this year, and with the daffodils caked in snow and the arctic breeze attacking your skin it’s easy to feel down in the dumps as you ponder what happened to spring.

Yet, as Camus (above) argued, some things, perhaps like the weather at the moment, are just a bit absurd and probably not worth getting too miserable about!

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Breath and Postures, but no Goats! Primrose Hill Yoga February News

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Dear Everyone,

From goats to white supremacy, the media seem to increasingly enjoy linking yoga with the bizarre and the extreme on a fairly regular basis.

Yet despite these stories, the number of people attending yoga classes continues to grow. It is estimated there are now around 300 million practitioners worldwide, equal to the entire population of the US, and it’s been lovely to welcome some new faces to classes this January.

Students often ask me what ‘style’ of yoga they are practising when they come to my class. Hatha? Iyengar? Vinyasa? Yin? Restorative? Scaravelli….?

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