Every now and again it's really nice to give your yoga mat a little TLC and a freshen up - especially if have a 'sweaty' practice or you use 'communal' mats at your local yoga studio / class. I'm not fussy, but you never know who's feet might have been on the mat before you & whether their feet were clean and free of anything contagious! So, having seen the cost of of yoga mat cleaners on various online yoga stores, I did a little investigation & found a great, natural mat cleaner that you can make in minutes & it costs next to nothing. Here it is ....
My Yogi teacher friend makes THE most delicious Chai tea I have EVER tasted! I love to visit her house when she has a 'brew' on the go as the smell from her kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! Chai as you probably know, is the name used for 'tea' in many parts of the World but India, in particular, has a great many Chai recipes where the spices used in the recipe are chosen due to their amazing health benefits. Keep reading for my friend's secret Chai tea recipe & to discover the 'miracle' these spices below .....
If each morning you wake up feeling stiff & heavy like a sack of potatoes, then I challenge you over the next 3 mornings to start your day with 4-6 rounds of the yoga Sun Salutations and notice how much better you feel .. into the morning & beyond.
Ever noticed how
some foods alter your energy? How tired you feel a couple hours
after eating a big meal, or how you "buzz" after a
As a yoga teacher, my diet is an
essential aspect of my daily life. I'm not perfect & do occasionally go off the 'healthy food' radar but, over the years, I've noticed certain foods enhance my yoga
practice, nourish my body and make me feel lighter & more energised whereas other foods can drain my energy, making me feel sluggish and heavy.
You've probably noticed that life doesn't always go to plan .. well, the plan you had in your mind for how you'd like your day/week to turn out.
The trouble is, when plans go adrift because of something out of our control, getting stuck in traffic or a supplier missing a deadline, our immediate response is to feel annoyed or frustrated. But as you know, annoyance & frustration increase our anger levels which in turn creates feelings of stress & tension. So how can Yoga help in these moments? .....
The phone is ringing, you've got a report to write, bills to pay, your children want your attention and you're wondering how you're supposed to find time for yoga amongst it all.
It's exactly during these busy periods that we need a little 'me' time more than ever. So, if you can't get to a yoga class or escape for a few days to a yoga retreat, with a little mindfulness & planning you could be practising yoga all the time.