As the division between work and life blurs and collective stress levels reach an all-time high, it’s hardly surprising that a couple of cheeky drinks are called upon to unwind, connect with colleagues and put office politics back into perspective. Plenty valuable networking is oiled with alcohol and, when the company is paying, there’s even more reason to drink up! The morning after, though, can take on a different tone. Queasy, exhausted, fear that we might have finally told the boss what we really think (I swear he's mad at me this morning) and a general sense of ill-being envelops [...]
A short, simple routine that's great as a warm up before getting in the water, or to stretch the muscles out after a session. Focus the attention inwards, becoming aware of how each movement and transition feels in the body. Slow, steady breathing aids relaxation and body awareness, helping you be ready for whatever the waves present! Let me know what you think!
With a growing body of research uncovering the efficacy of yoga and meditation for improving stress levels, sleep quality and depression, as well as improved flexibility, strength and stamina, it’s unsurprising that more and more of us are stepping onto the yoga mat seeking the antidote to modern living. For those considering taking the plunge, here are 5 things to know before rolling out the mat. 1. Let Go of Competing This may be the first time we’ve been a beginner at anything for a long time. Enjoy the experience with curiosity. We push ourselves in daily life and at [...]
“I’d love to practice yoga, but I am just not flexible enough.” Whenever I hear that, I curiously ask, “Ok, so where else in your life does your inflexibility show up?” Now we have a conversation! This can surprise some people who meant to just talk about their physical body and possibly, only certain parts. There's a reason I ask. Mounting evidence suggests our mental wellbeing affects our physical state and many illnesses manifesting in the body originate in the mind. When the conversation moves beyond the physical, almost everyone feels this truth. The Oxford definition of flexible is: Flexible [...]