Three Ways to Incorporate Sanskrit in Yoga Classes

A friend of mine is in the middle of a teacher training course at the moment, and he’s having a hard time memorising the Sanskrit names of the asanas – largely because he doesn’t see any point to them. From his perspective, English names are easier on him and easier on his students, so why…

Gratitude Meditation for a Happier Life

Gratitude has become such a buzz word that I fear it’s at risk of losing its meaning for some people. I hope I’m wrong, because implementing a daily gratitude practice has been life changing for me. The more I focus on all the things I have to be thankful for, the more I realise how…

6 Keys to Becoming a Great Yoga Teacher

I’ve practiced yoga with many, many teachers over the years. I’ve been lucky enough to have lots of good teachers, and a few really spectacularly amazing teachers. I’ve thought a lot about what makes the difference. What makes a great yoga teacher? How we can we teachers elevate our teaching from good to great? I…

Safe, Effective, Joyful Backbends

Back-bending postures can trigger strong emotions – for some people, the experience of lifting into a full wheel is one of pure, unadulterated freedom and joy. For others, the act of exposing the heart and vital organs brings on a sense of vulnerability. Whichever camp you fall into, these tips will support you to move…

8 Books to Improve your Yoga Teaching

Quite a few people (mostly yoga teachers) have asked me recently about yoga books I recommend, so I thought I’d share some of my favourites. I’ve deliberately left out the super-obvious ones such as the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and Iyengar’s Light on Yoga; I’m hoping to give you at least a few suggestions…

Give Your Quads Some Love with this Deep Stretch

In a typical asana practice, we stretch our hamstrings a lot. The opposing muscle group, our quadriceps, don’t receive nearly as much stretchy love. Many of us yogis would benefit a whole lot from stretching our quads and strengthening our hammies more. This is my favourite quad stretch. You’ll need a wall and a blanket…

Summer Berry Mousse

Look what I made for you! Scrumptious, sumptuous, pink, fluffy, berry mousse. It’s vegan (obviously), gluten-free, and free from refined sugars, so everyone can have some. As some of you know, I was booked into a raw vegan dessert chef’s course in Barcelona which was due to take place last month. The course was sadly…

Define your Niche as a Yoga Teacher

Teaching yoga can be a pretty tough way to make a living. I know teachers who teach 18-20 classes per week and make just enough money to make ends meet. (I’ve been there myself). One way to earn a more stable living as a yoga teacher – and to make your heart soar with love…

Effective Yoga Cueing for Different Learners

Some people process and retain information most effectively through verbal cues; others rely more on visuals, and others again learn best by doing and feeling. This is totally applicable to our yoga students. Are you catering to all three types of learners? If you’re not sure, this short video will give you tips on how…

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes (The Best Pancakes Ever)

The first time I made these pancakes, my boyfriend said they were some of the best pancakes he’d ever eaten. I don’t generally think of myself as a competitive person, but in his compliment I heard a challenge – some of the best pancakes? Instantly, I wanted to make The Best Pancakes Ever. All it took…