Mysore the social leveller

Just back from a great session of Mysore-style self-practice at my local yoga studio (the wonderful Stonemonkey) after a bit of time away from group classes and I was musing about why I love the Mysore approach so much. For those who don’t know, ashtanga yoga originated in the city of Mysore in India, and wasContinue reading “Mysore the social leveller”

Anatomy Focus – how do we engage moola bandha?

Hmmm, where to start?! Moola bandha is a vast subject, much debated and discussed in the yoga world at every level, from its purely physical uses to its energetic functions and beyond. It even has its own well-known book written all about it. When you’re new to yoga it can be a difficult concept to getContinue reading “Anatomy Focus – how do we engage moola bandha?”

Mindfulness: why ‘coming back down to earth’ is a good thing

“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh All too often we live in our heads: in our fantasies of how we would likeContinue reading “Mindfulness: why ‘coming back down to earth’ is a good thing”

Posture breakdown – tadasana (mountain pose)

Tadasana teaches us how to stand properly, and therefore also how to breathe properly, and is arguably one of the most important postures in yoga. It teaches us body-awareness, improves strength and balance and allows us to explore energy flow through the body. It is also a wonderful opportunity to connect with your breath and the earthContinue reading “Posture breakdown – tadasana (mountain pose)”

Anatomy focus – how back-bending is also chest opening

It is an anatomical rule that when certain muscles in the body contract to achieve a particular action, another group of ‘antagonistic’ muscles will stretch; you cannot have one action without the other occurring. In back-bending, muscles in the back, such as the erector spinae and trapezius, contract, meaning muscles on the front of theContinue reading “Anatomy focus – how back-bending is also chest opening”

Why is opening up so hard?

There is a lovely saying, which I often find myself using: “We are as young as our spines are flexible.” This is so true – you see it in those who have practised yoga their whole lives and seem to defy age (this is what I’m holding out for!). Really, much of their ‘youthfulness’ isContinue reading “Why is opening up so hard?”

Posture breakdown – utrasana (camel)

Utrasana (camel) is a deep back-bend that appears in ashtanga second series.  It’s not to be taken lightly, so go steady and listen to your body as always, and use the modifications suggested below if you’re new to it. Tips: To avoid over-using the lumbar (lower) spine, it’s important to extend upwards through the spineContinue reading “Posture breakdown – utrasana (camel)”

Joey Miles workshop notes

Don’t worry, this blog will not solely constitute my cobbled together and somewhat tardy notes from yoga workshops. However, seeing as I have a bit of time on my hands during the day this week, whilst running my yoga retreat in Turkey, I decided to catch up on a number of long-standing jobs, one ofContinue reading “Joey Miles workshop notes”

Anthony ‘Grimley’ Hall workshop notes

I recently attended a workshop with Anthony ‘Grimley’ Hall, who has become increasingly well-known in the yoga world through his blog, which began as a means to chart the development of his own yoga home practice and share his findings with others. What’s interesting about Anthony is that, at least to begin with, he didn’t have theContinue reading “Anthony ‘Grimley’ Hall workshop notes”

Welcome to the frond yoga blog!

Welcome to the first frond yoga blog post! I have been blogging for a couple of years now under the name of beckymayhem – it started as a travel blog in 2012 as I meandered round NZ, Oz and Thailand on a bit of a mission of self-discovery (oh, the middle-class cliche!) but, when I returnedContinue reading “Welcome to the frond yoga blog!”