A Yoga Journey

Written by Julia Morton, Founder of StarSparks Stonehaven

One of the greatest misconceptions of yoga is that it only happens on a mat. Yes, yoga takes you inwards but eventually, like any real growth, it will transform your outer world too. At least that has always been the case for me. When I embrace an asana I am exploring the uncomfortable boundaries and edges of the hidden potential in my mind, breath and body. It is a place of liminality. This also holds true for the world off the mat; knowing when to gently push into the unmoveable places but with the wisdom of knowing when to let go. Always breathing patiently for a subtle shift of change.  Continue reading “A Yoga Journey”

The Future of Yoga Therapy

Written by Noeleen Tyrrell, Director of Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat & Yoga School

When YAP asked us its members for our opinion on yoga therapy, its definition, personal experience and proposed training etc.  the first thing that came to my mind was the sticky fudgy question –  how do we define yoga today?  It would be easy to define it by traditional or classic standards but that does not answer to the reality of what is happening in the yoga industry today.   The variance in how yoga itself is taught and practised, the intention and goals of both teacher and student, the depth and quality of study and application, adherence to tradition plus openness to new scientific research and many more factors make it very tricky to put a ‘true’ modern definition of what yoga means in 2018.  Many people practice yoga asana simply as a physical exercise that makes them feel good and keeps them fit while others use all the various yoga practices, tools and meditation as a life path towards spiritual growth and freedom.  Each has its place, each is worthy. Continue reading “The Future of Yoga Therapy”

It is Never Too Late to Do Yoga

Written by Gopala Amir Yaffa, Founder of Rainbow Yoga

Many people with hectic schedules only find the time for activities like yoga in retirement. Though the tendency is to become more sedentary, retirement is the perfect time to pick up healthy habits that will promote longevity.

Our senior population is growing rapidly as is their interest in leading active, fit lives. On the whole, we live longer than we used to, and we all want high-quality living and good health to be a part of our older years. 

As we grow older, however, we typically become more susceptible to ailments that are linked to ageing, and, as a result, we tend to move less. The less we move, the more susceptible we become to a variety of ailments, and so it becomes a truly vicious cycle.

Although many of us feel that we should follow the advice of “taking it easy” as we grow older, that is actually what we shouldn’t do. Extended periods of sitting lead to muscular shortening, tightening and weakening. Lack of weight-bearing activity contributes to osteoporosis. Lack of movement and stretching leads to joint deterioration and loss of flexibility.  Continue reading “It is Never Too Late to Do Yoga”

August Updates 2018

Another month has come and gone in the blink of an eye! August has been a very busy month at YAP as we have been making some exciting changes to the website, these changes have started to be rolled out and we will continue releasing new features for the next couple of months. You may remember the blog we released in late June about the results of a survey we sent out (find this blog here!), all of these changes are based on the feedback from that! Everyone in the office is very excited for all of the new things to come and we are testing everything out for you so that it is perfect when we introduce these features to the website!

To find out more about what we have released so far and all the other exciting things that happened, keep on reading…

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YAP Interviews: Avani Yoga Academy

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Have you ever wondered how Teacher Training Courses can be different from one another?

We interviewed Debbie from Avani Yoga Academy (Trainer Plus) to find out more about what makes their Yoga Teacher Training Course unique. Continue Reading if you ‘d like to find out more!

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Facebook For Your Yoga Business (Part 2)

This blog is the second part of this series. If you missed the first one, you can read it here!

In this part, I will sharing with you my top 6 recommendations on where to start with your Facebook Business Page. It’s important that you set everything up correctly and ensure that any potential new students know exactly what you do and who you are. If you’d like to know these 6 tips, keep reading…

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Facebook For Your Yoga Business (Part 1)

As I’m sure most of you will know, Facebook is a social media network that allows you to connect with friends, family and your favourite brands all in one place. You may not like Facebook for personal use (especially after the data issues earlier in the year) but there is no denying that it is a powerful tool for your business. 

Facebook was founded in 2004, its original purpose was very different to the platform we use today – Facebook was originally called ‘The Facebook’ and it was exclusively for Harvard University Students. Due to its popularity the platform became available to other Ivy League Schools, US Universities and eventually High School Students when the Network was renamed Facebook. These days, Facebook is the largest social media network, with a staggering 2.23 Billion active monthly users*. If you don’t promote your business on Facebook, you could be missing out on a huge portion of your target market.

I know that Facebook (and social media in general) can be quite intimidating but we’re here to help! To learn more about Facebook and how this platform can help you then keep on reading… Continue reading “Facebook For Your Yoga Business (Part 1)”

July Updates 2018

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July has been a beautiful month with the lovely warm weather! The sun in Edinburgh has been just the right temperature! We’ve certainly enjoyed it at YAP headquarters, a great excuse to eat ice cream. Not only has the UK seen a heatwave, there was also a Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse AND Mars could be seen on the 31st (of course, these were the nights that were cloudy so we didn’t see them ourselves)!!

There were so many member articles on the YAP website again (you’re all amazing) and there were a few exciting courses registered! This month, we published a blog about the British Wheel of Yoga situation, organised a new YAPTA with Tara Lee, congratulated our employee of the quarter and there were 3 team birthdays! To find out more about what we got up to in July, keep reading… Continue reading “July Updates 2018”

Renew BWY, and Recreate Past Mistakes? – Written By Mat Witts

Pitched up almost overnight under the giant digital canvas of Facebook, a small group of yoga tutors are redoubling their efforts to satisfy the likes of OfQual, SkillsActive and Sport England, and rededicating themselves to the ongoing ‘bureaucratization’ of yoga tutoring.

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June Updates 2018

Summer is finally here! The days are longer and the sun has come out to play. It’s fair to say that June has been a very exciting month, from World Oceans Day to International Yoga Day! We feel like we say this every month, but seriously, where has the month gone?!

YAP started a new blog series (to help you negotiate social media). Two successful YAPTAs took place this month too. Our members have been busy publishing their own articles (thank you) and we’ve enjoyed reading them! Continue reading to find out more details (and a picture of our dog on his first birthday!)

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