“I am Healthy, I am Healed” – Sarah Swindlehurst

This article was written by Sarah Swindlehurst for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine.


Although my client has agreed for me to write this article; I will keep the personal details about his case confidential. 

The first time I met George in early 2011, he had suffered ME symptoms for the past 8 years and had already sought help through the medical profession and was still at the very start of his recovery.  Continue reading ““I am Healthy, I am Healed” – Sarah Swindlehurst”

If it doesn’t include asana is it still yoga? – Sarah Ramsden

This article was written by Sarah Ramsden for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine.


I’ve taught yoga for over 15 years, I’ve taught in Professional Football for 13 years so I figure that should make me a yoga teacher. But here is my worry: I don’t think I teach asana any more. Looking at my classes you would see me teaching stuff that kind of looks like a Warrior One, or a Triangle. But this isn’t asana – or at least not as we know it.

And yet this is also my inspiration: To me this is the radical evolution rippling through yoga making yoga – and our teaching – more relevant and more necessary to 21st Century Western life. Continue reading “If it doesn’t include asana is it still yoga? – Sarah Ramsden”

What Makes a Yoga Therapist? – Jude Murray

This article was written by Jude Murray for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine.


In 2010, a friend and fellow Yoga teacher came to me and said “I want to learn to do what you do, can you teach me?”

She was talking about my work with people living with cancer. At that time, I was working for a large cancer charity and developing Yoga for patients in a clinical setting.  Was I using Yoga therapeutically? Most definitely. Was I a Yoga Therapist? Well, that is debatable.  I was then, and am even more so now, a skilled and experienced Yoga teacher, with several additional therapeutic qualifications. And I have considerable experience of working with people living with cancer in clinical and non-clinical settings. But I don’t have a separate Yoga Therapy qualification.  Continue reading “What Makes a Yoga Therapist? – Jude Murray”

Out of Line – Chris Norris

This article was written by Chris Norris for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine.


Scoliosis – what every yoga teacher should know

Scoliosis is a side (lateral) curvature of the spine, usually associated with a twisted appearance on forward bending movements in yoga.  Normally the spinal bones are stacked on top of each other to form a column.  From the side, there is an inward curve (lordosis) in the low back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine), and an outward curve (kyphosis) in the ribcage region (thoracic spine).  These natural curves give the spine is normal spring as we walk and run.  From behind, the spine should appear straight, with the small visible bone prominences (spinous processes) lining up vertically.  In scoliosis however, the vertical appearance visible from behind changes to form a C curve, and the ribcage appearance is often changed. Continue reading “Out of Line – Chris Norris”

A Key for Life – Sue Heron

This article was written by Sue Heron for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine.


It is awe-inspiring to witness the incredible development of physical skills over childhood. Within two decades, the human infant progresses from barely being able to lift their head from the floor through to an independent adult, able to physically adapt to a vast range of situations. Perhaps, what is not fully appreciated, is the acquisition of postural and movement skills is founded on the development of an intricate mechanism called ‘postural control’.  Continue reading “A Key for Life – Sue Heron”

Mindstate – Prostate – Wayne Lèal

This article was written by Wayne Lèal for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine


When it comes to physical exercise I know a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t work, having injured every major joint in my body and had several invasive surgeries.  Continue reading “Mindstate – Prostate – Wayne Lèal”

The Rejuvenation of Pandit Malaviya – Adapted from Suzanne Newcombe

This article is adapted from Suzanne Newcombe for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine.


Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861–1946) was a high-profile Indian educationist and politician, notable for his role in the Indian independence movement.  Continue reading “The Rejuvenation of Pandit Malaviya – Adapted from Suzanne Newcombe”

Vipassana: The Dance of Para and Apara – Devi Deyna

This article was written by Devi Deyna for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine.


Why commit to 10 days of silent contemplation, with up to 10 hours sitting meditation a day, although this is variable between institutions and there may be some moving meditation included?   Continue reading “Vipassana: The Dance of Para and Apara – Devi Deyna”

An Interview with Tara Stiles

This article was written by Tara Stiles for the 4th issue of Amrita Magazine.


Do you believe that yoga is a philosophy before a physical practice?  How do you integrate yoga philosophy into your teaching?  Continue reading “An Interview with Tara Stiles”

September Updates

September was an exciting month, we finished everything for Amrita and are now just awaiting the launch! We also published a few blogs that some of our members wrote for us, they are very interesting and we recommend giving them a read!

For more information on the above, and what else we achieved in the last month then keep on reading… Continue reading “September Updates”