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Basic Yoga for Beginners

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Basic Yoga for Beginners Are you  looking for a Yoga practice that is suitable for beginners?  Here are some keys to starting a successful yoga practice that will get your body humming, your mind quiet and your spirit soaring in no time at all!  Yoga Modifications for Beginners Doing yoga safely Drop the comparing Mind Find the right teacher for you  Yoga is about going deeper Keep on practicing Motivation Joint Renewal System(TM) Yoga that meets you Yoga Modifications for Beginners Most people believe that yoga is a practice that has levels of difficulty.  And it can be helpful sometimes to attend a "beginner" yoga class.  However, that gets your mind thinking right away that you start at place A (the beginner place)  in your practice eventually you must get to place Z (the expert). And in between A and B there is discipline and hard work. Hours on your mat.  Slogging away. Pushing, sweating, struggling and working. Want to give up already? As a beginner to yoga

Yoga and Plantar Fasciitis

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  Yoga and Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis* is a condition that lots of people suffer from but don't know quite what to do about it. You know, some doctors recommend surgery or injections or painkillers which are all fine but I believe that those kind of extreme interventions could possibly be avoided if you are willing to invest the time and effort to do some regular and consistent foot yoga that will help you in working your feet and understanding your feet better.   So if you want to understand your feet better and possibly avoid having to go down those routes read on...   So first of all, you need to know for yourself where and how you're using your feet. Most of us, since we were very little, have worn shoes and socks for most of our lives.  Save a few short months in the summer when maybe we go barefoot our feet have been closeted and contained for decades.   And by containing them we are limiting their potential.  We just don't use them in the way they we

How meditation improves your mental clarity and wellbeing

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  Yoga is moving meditation How it can improve your mental clarity and wellbeing I've been meditating for many years.  Having had the priviledge of being on meditation retreats and workshops with many wonderful teachers including Adyashanti, Gangaji, Jack Kornfield, Jeff Foster, Byron Katie and even spent a weekend with the Dalai Lama in London many years ago.  I have to say though that with HH The Dalai Lama,  I didn't meditate much as I kept falling asleep!  For me yoga and meditation are one and the same.  Yoga is a moving meditation. For all the ways in which meditation can help are added to the fact that you move (slowly) too.  As we age however, it becomes increasingly more and more difficult to sit in meditation for some people, especially if they have joint pain.  This makes them unable to cross their legs, in constant pain, such a busy mind.   That's why a yoga practice that is mindful movements of body and mind is so helpful. Many modern yoga practices are more li

Forest Yoga - Doing Yoga Outdoors in Nature

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  Forest Yoga   Doing Yoga Outdoors in Nature Trees are living, breathing partners to humanity. Our inhale and exhale are in rhythm with each other and spending time in the forest, amidst the towering trees; is a wonderful way to reconnect to your own nature.  Forest bathing, also called shinrin-yoku,  a practice that originated in Japan in the 1980's, is becoming more and more popular as a way to go back to our roots.  Reconnecting us to a time when we lived in the forests, spent more time in nature and were more in tune to the rhythm and cycles of life.  How do you do yoga outdoors in nature?  Taking your yoga mat into the garden or a park is a possiblity.  In the summers  teach yoga in my garden and a class for our local municipality in a local park.  I teach about taking time, exploring the body and especially the joints in order to rejuvenate and restore function and mobility.  And if you feel a little more adventurous you could venture further into the woods and try your own

The Problem If You Are Hypermobile and Doing Yoga.

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The Problem If You Are Hypermobile and Doing Yoga. Top Tips for Hypermobile People   The main problem of hypermobility and yoga is rooted in the misconception that yoga is about stretching.  It's not.  WHHHAAAAT ?   Yoga is not about stretching?    No. it's about connection.  The root of the word yoga means joining, union and connection.  Where in our body do we connect to ourselves?   Through our JOINts.   Often why I refer to my work as the JOINT RENEWAL SYSTEM (TM) is because when I call it YOGA people get all sorts of images in their minds...  There is absolutely NO NEED for anyone to move their body this way in order to stay healthy, active and go about their lives feeling good, relaxed and easy in their body.    I totally respect the young flexible women and men who want to play and explore these advanced poses.  But as most of my students and clients are not looking to do fancy poses, it's very unhelpful to think of yoga with images like these.  When I have a studen

Knee Pain During Yoga: Six adjustments to keep your knees safe

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If you have knee pain, first of all you will need to check it out with your Dr. and check that you have the go ahead to practice yoga.     This blog in no way is a substitute for any medical advice. Okay medical disclaimer done. The thing about knee pain during yoga is that you need to be very vigilant to see if the yoga is causing the pain, or if is highlighting pain that is already there.  There is a big difference.  If your knee has already some restrictions, some injury or tightness, then a Joint Renewal (TM) practice will help highlight those issues. It will bring a focus and spotlight onto the knee and the knee pain, but in a good way. It will show itself to you more clearly.     Then your practice can help you address the knee pain in a holistic and healing way.   However,   there are lots of yoga practices that you will need to avoid, because unfortunately they can actually create more pain,   even injure your knees and I know many people stop practicing yoga

Fires at Findhorn... From Ashes to Ashes

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 A few days ago a friend called me.  It was only 8pm on Vancouver Island, but she was calling from Findhorn, Scotland - I knew it was the middle of the night there and immediately thought something must have happened.  "Kathy!" she said,   "I have some terrible news, the CC and the Sanctuary have been burnt down.  It appears to have been arson, the fires are still raging, there are six fire fighter crews here, but there's nothing to do to save them".  The Findhorn Community was my home for over twenty years.  I met my husband there.  We raised our two children there. We build an eco-home there.   My connections and friendships go long and deep.  So many beautiful happy memories.  These two buildings that were torched were the hub of community life.  Social gatherings (pre-covid days) and meals and parties were all in the Community Centre (or the CC as it was affectionately known).  And the main Santuary, a simple humble structure - built in 1968 when there were