Autumn Equinox

Autumn officially begins on 22 September with the Autumnal Equinox so our classes in the week following this will be a Seasonal Yoga practice. Seasonal Yoga takes account of the energy of each season to help us adjust to the change in the year. We work on energy channels and yoga poses that are linked Continue reading »

Late Summer

There is an extra season in Chinese Medicine – Late Summer. It begins late August through to the Autumn equinox. It is an important transitional season, a time to re-centre, create stability, balance and comfort, in preparation for the cooler seasons of autumn and winter. You may struggle with bouts of fatigue as a response Continue reading »

Crown Chakra

Chakra 7: Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) Location: The very top of the head What it controls: Inner and outer beauty, spiritual connection Colour: Violet or white Element: Divine consciousness Stone: Clear quartz When it develops: 43-49 years old Mantra: “I am a vessel for love and light” Yoga poses: Easy Pose; Tree Pose; Savasana Relaxation The Continue reading »

Third Eye Chakra

Chakra 6: Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna) Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra) What it controls: Intuition, imagination and wisdom Colour: Dark blue, purple Element: Light Stone: Amethyst When it develops: 36-42 years old Mantra: “My inner vision is clear” or “My intuition can be trusted” Yoga Poses: Child Pose, Easy Pose, Reclined Continue reading »

Throat Chakra

Chakra 5: Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) Location: Throat What it controls: Communication, self-expression and truth Colour: Light blue or turquoise Element: Sound or music Stone: Aquamarine or other blue gemstones When it develops: 29-35 years old Mantra: “I speak my truth, always” or “I express myself clearly and with ease” or “My voice matters” Yoga Poses: Continue reading »

Heart Chakra

Chakra 4: Heart Chakra (Anahata) Location: Centre of chest, just above the heart What it controls: Love, joy and inner peace Colour: Green – symbolises health, love, abundance Element: Air Stone: Jade, rose quartz, peridot When it develops: 21 to 28 years old Mantra: “I am open to giving and receiving love” Yoga Poses: Camel; Continue reading »

Solar Plexus Chakra

Chakra 3: Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area What it controls: Self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem Colour: Yellow Element: Fire Stone: Amber, citrine or topaz When it develops: 14-21 years old Mantra: “I accept all parts of myself” or “I use my power in healthy ways”. Yoga poses: Boat Pose or Continue reading »

Sacral Chakra

Chakra 2: Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana) Location: lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel What it controls: your sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure Colour: orange Element: water Stone: Tiger’s Eye When develops: 8-14 years old Mantra: “I am radiant, healthy, beautiful and strong.” Yoga Poses: e.g. Butterfly; Bound Angle; Cow Pose; Frog Have you ever Continue reading »

Root Chakra

Chakra 1: Root Chakra (Muladhara) Location: Base of spine, tailbone area What it controls: Survival issues such as finance and independence Colour: Red Element: Earth Stone: Hematite, Garnet or Red Jasper When develops: 1-7 years old Mantra: “I connect and I am fully supported” Yoga Poses: Tree, Mountain, Seated Forward Fold This is the first Continue reading »

Chakras

A full yoga practice combines physical, mental and spiritual health but to combine these there needs to be a connection. Mind and body makes sense: take care of your body and you will notice that you feel more mentally alert and are able to focus better. The connection between the spiritual and the physical is Continue reading »