Empowering Your Family with Family Yoga

Written by Ayala Homossany, Founder of Enchanted Wonders Ltd.

It is well understood that that yoga has a tremendous effect on our well being.  Understanding this notion invites us to look at how the yoga practice can be extended to the entire family and become a bonding step towards increasing the family’s physical and mental health. Continue reading “Empowering Your Family with Family Yoga”

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”

YAP Interviews: Avani Yoga Academy

avani yoga academy

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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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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“Why Fit In, When you were Born to Stand Out?” – Dr Seuss

Yoga for Autism and ADHD

It was a warm day in London, on Harley Street and I remembered a vague recollection of knowing this was where people came for cosmetic transformation.  I found that word ‘transformation’ a little ironic today, and far removed from the cosmetic sense, since I was here to learn about how yoga can be used as a method of transforming the lives of people with autism and ADHD – or at the very least how it can help manage the symptoms of these conditions.     Continue reading ““Why Fit In, When you were Born to Stand Out?” – Dr Seuss”

My Experience as a Yoga Teacher Trainee

I first attended a yoga class when I was a teenager. It was not that popular at that time, especially in a small town in southern Italy where I am from. I went only to accompany my friend, who had been told yoga was a good way to defeat anxiety. It was by chance, and it was an absolute disaster. I could not stop thinking that everything we were doing was completely non-sensical and awkward. My friend and I spent the whole time looking at each other, laughing and annoying everyone else around us, until we had been asked to leave the room. It was not love at first sight! Continue reading “My Experience as a Yoga Teacher Trainee”

‘Hop’ on the bandwagon

People are attracted to the beautiful simplicity of yoga. When you enter a yoga class you leave the stress-filled manic world behind. Some come for the physical side, some for the meditational side, and many have found the strength to deal with their problems, physical, emotional and psychological. This simplicity is constantly under threat from a bombardment of products from the latest leggings to detox diets. And now yet another product has arrived on the yoga scene: beer yoga. To say that drinking beer while doing yoga ‘makes it less intimidating’ as one teacher stated, questions that teachers understanding of yoga. But the main issue, and one that YAP takes a stand on, is that many students come to yoga to help with addictions, including alcohol. Yoga is seen as a means to freedom, a means to find a deeper meaning to life. Adding alcohol to yoga blurs this boundary and instead of taking us inside, we are back endlessly chasing the myth of being able to buy happiness.

 

Useful Links;

The Times Article

The Daily Mail Article

A Year of Teaching – By Louise Wallace

I have always preferred meditating to asana practice. The state of stillness appeals to me.  My meditation practice teaches me to observe.  Learning to observe my ‘self’ in the newness of the morning naturally leads to observing other areas of my life – which I suppose is the point of meditation. Observing things just as they are.

So one year into teaching yoga, where am I?   What is it that I am observing? Continue reading “A Year of Teaching – By Louise Wallace”