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How Yoga Can Improve Your Foot Health

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Many people are having issues with their feet from standing, and it seems to be becoming a growing problem in today's world. Orthopedic doctors, Podiatrists, physical therapists and chiropractors will all give different opinions on techniques or practices that can be very helpful. And another source of information if you have foot problems, is to explore an ancient tradition of health - Yoga - for solutions and approaches. Yoga is a centuries-old practice that has been proven to improve foot health and alleviate symptoms of standing. If you're looking to increase your foot health, yoga should definitely be on your list of options. When we practice yoga, we take a holistic approach to the body and its systems. One of these systems are the feet and ankles, which take a lot of the strain when standing for a long time. When someone comes to me and tells me they are having feet issues, and perhaps they stand all day, I also ask  if they have had an injury, surgery, or a heredit

10 Tips To Find The Right Yoga Teacher For You

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  Whatever stage of yoga you are at:   never tried yoga before, or used to practice but stopped, or even a seasoned yoga practioner, we all need a good yoga teacher. I'm really aware that not everyone who tries a class with me will enjoy my style, or my methods.  Not everyone wants a class that has an emphasis on biomechanical health, on calming the nervous system and rejuvenating the joints.    Not everyone will like my voice, my British accent.  And just like in life, some people are your people and others are not.  Thank goodness for that!  Otherwise life would be so boring.  H ere are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a teacher.   10 Tips To Find The Right Yoga Teacher For You When looking for a yoga teacher, it is important to consider your level of experience and skill. If you are just starting out, it may be helpful to seek out a yoga teacher who is beginner-friendly however, a really good teacher,  with more experience,  should be able to provide a class tha

5 Ways To Fix Stiff Hips Naturally

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  The problem with hip stiffness, is that when we focus only on one particular joint, we are in danger of falling into a reductionist mindset.  To only look at that issue as if it was the start and the end of the problem. This is how our  medical system tends to view things.  However, that said, here are  5 ways you can fix stiff hips naturally   If you have a stiff hip, and it's painful, you could treat it with a joint pain cream or ointment. If you have a stiff hip, and it feels better after walking, you should walk more.  If you have a stiff hip and it feels worse after driving or sitting, you could try putting your legs up the wall after you drive or sit for long periods of time.  Some people find supplements that help relax muscles, such as magnesium or ashwagandha helpful when it comes to hip stiffness.  If you have a stiff hip, and it feels locked, you could treat it with a yoga hip flexor exercise (keep on reading for the pelvic pump).  And what we need to be very carefu

Earth Day: How To Celebrate with Yoga

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4 simple yoga moves for Earth Day Earth day 2022 is Friday 22nd April.  Earth Day is a global initiative It was created to promote environmental awareness and to celebrate the natural environment. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated annually with events around the world. As the world faces more and more climate change issues and challenges,  yoga is able to give great benefit for the Earth.  Yoga is Ecological Many people don't think of yoga as particularly ecological, however I believe it is a fundamental practice we need for tacking these pressing environmental challenges that we currently face on Earth.   Yoga helps people to be more mindful of their bodies and their surroundings. Because we are approaching and practicing in a mindful way, yoga increases awareness of the breath, movements, and postures. With increased awareness there is more consciousness.  More consciousness is needed now more than ever for every single person, to ask themselves

Mindfulness Yoga of Thich Nhat Hanh

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   I have been spending a lot of time recently listening to recordings of a Vietnamese Zen Master - one of the great teachers of mindfulness -  The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.  He passed away on Janurary 22nd 2022. It's not just recently that I have known Thay (the word teacher that is often give to  Thich Nhat Hanh).  I have been following him for many, many years.  Sometimes quite intensely.  During the three years my husband and I lived in Edinburgh from 2001, we were part of an interbeing sangha (community) and would meet weekly and also periodically for retreats to do meditations based on his teachings.  I write this post as a dedication to Thay's life and how his legacy for interbeing lives on (a cloud never dies)  in me and influences how I teach yoga. What is so beautiful to me about Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings and how I can apply them to my yoga practice is firstly the incredible sense of presence that he invites us to, he does this  by reminding us always to gently

How Yoga Can Help Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain is a common health problem that can affect people of all ages. The pain can be very severe and make it difficult to carry on with everyday activities. Low back pain can also lead to other health problems, such as depression and fatigue. Yoga has been shown to be an effective treatment for lower back pain, and most people believe it is because it helps improve flexibility and strength in the lower back muscles. However, most yoga approaches will keep the issue to your low back.  A teacher will say, here are some poses that will work that specific joint or area.  This is true of other physical therapies.   What I have found with my approach to yoga for joint renewal is that a holistic approach to ALL the joints in the body (not just the problem area) helps give more awareness and calm to the overall nervous system for health and healing and this  is the best route for long term health and mobility.  The tricky part of just focusing in on the 'problem' area wh
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  How to Help Arthritis In Knees   Introduction: Arthritis is a common problem that can cause pain and inflammation in the knees. Luckily, there are many ways to help manage arthritis and reduce pain. In this post, we will discuss is one of the best ways to help arthritis in knees. Section 1: What is Arthritis? Section 2: What are the Symptoms and Causes of Arthritis? Section 3: How to help arthritis in the knees Section 4: What kind of yoga helps arthritis in knees Conclusion: Arthritis can be a debilitating condition, but there are many ways to help manage it and reduce pain. If you are struggling with arthritis in your knees, this post will give you a better understanding of the condition and why yoga is a perfect solution. You may be surprised at how much better you feel by doing just a little mindful yoga. What is Arthritis? Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints. The joints are the places where two bones meet. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body,