Somatic walking enquiry

You can read through this before you go for a walk and trust that you will remember what is important. It is different to a meditation  in that you are observing and noticing what is happening in your body and your movement.  You will remain alert and awake throughout.  You might want to repeat this […]

Your pace is the right pace

Spring is signalling a change in the air   And not only with the  longer days and daffodils.   The end of lockdown  is looking like it will soon become a much awaited reality, and hopefully we will all be emerging out of our enforced hibernation soon.   I’m looking forward to spending time with family and […]

Concessionary pricing for group classes

I offer discretionary concessionary pricing for my Wednesday Mindful Yoga and Monday Yoga for Women classes in Chorlton for those whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from attending classes at the full price. Concessions are £36 for the class pass and £7 for a single class – discount accessed via coupon code on the […]

Conscious Calm Yoga Online Class update

It’s been almost 4 months since I stopped face to face yoga classes due to COVID-19…as I’ve said before, I never imagined I would be teaching online yoga, and here we are, 12 weeks of online classes later – mindful yoga and yoga for runners! ⠀ There is no Mindful Yoga class tomorrow but I […]

Asana of the month: Bridge pose

Bridge pose, (or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) is a gentle inversion that has many benefits, including:  Releasing the chest and shoulders Easing lower back pain and preventing further flares of back pain Glute activation and strengthening (great for runners!) Calming stress and anxiety symptoms  I often teach this pose in my classes and therapeutic yoga for […]

Yoga for wellbeing – why yoga works!

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I first started doing yoga in 2007 and for me, and lots of other people, I know that it “works”. There is a large body of evidence that supports the efficacy of yoga for wellbeing, particularly for stress, musculoskeletal problems and pain management, amongst other health issues.  As a GP, I’m often recommending it to […]

Grounding Breath Meditation

Grounding Breath Meditation This simple breathing meditation is perfect for whenever you need to feel present and grounded…..you can do this anywhere or anytime that you need, or use it as a more formal meditation for a longer period of time. Become aware of the sensations of your body, your connection with the ground, your […]

Being vs doing

Being vs doing One of the aims of yoga and mindfulness is that we begin to become aware of automatic patterns of the mind, and recognise different thoughts and modes of thinking.  The brain performs many hundreds of processes and activities everyday.  We can simplify these neurocognitive tasks down to two main modes of functioning […]

Book of the moment: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book has been a complete game changer for me.  I’ve recently re-read parts of it (and I rarely re-read books!) Since reading this I’ve gone from someone who had no time for creativity and saw it as a waste of time, to making my own candles, designing my own Christmas cards and learning how […]

I’m not flexible, can I do yoga?

Only a small number of people are naturally flexible and being flexible is certainly not a prerequisite to practising yoga.   Yoga can help improve flexibility if practised regularly; however this isn’t necessarily the goal  – although it is certainly a reason people want to take up yoga.  Flexibility is generally understood to mean having a […]