5 Things I've Learned from Yoga

When you first start out with yoga you may not appreciate how important the simple act of breathing is. When your breath is out of whack, your whole practise suffers and you feel out of step. Poses that should be easy seem hard, your body feels slow and off balance. Steady, deep and rhythmic breath makes your body move effortlessly, assists in deepening poses, balancing blood pressure, providing a soundtrack to your time on the mat and far beyond.

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Sasha Hutchinson
The 8 Limbs of Yoga

Patanjali wrote about the 8 Limbs of Yoga roughly 1,700 years ago as a path and way of living to follow towards enlightenment. They were composed of other ancient texts and were later almost forgotten until the revival of yoga hundreds of years later. The 8 Limbs teach us about mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Note that the physical practise (asana) is just one element!

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Sasha Hutchinson
Pranayama: Breath in Yoga

Pranayama relates to the extension and expansion breath or more literally ‘life force’. Other translations mention ‘spirit energy’, ‘vital air’ and ‘extension of the breath’. We tend to think of it as ‘breath control’ which allows us to sink more deeply into our practise and assist in concentration.

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Sasha Hutchinson
Yoga with the Changing Seasons

Many cultures recognise five key elements in their traditional spiritual practise. Each culture varies slightly but are remarkably similar. The Chinese list wood, fire, earth, metal/air and water as key energies that constantly change and evolve throughout the year and greatly influence their daily lives. Today, we artificially grow or import our food in all seasons, control our climate and remove ourselves from this natural process as much as possible, deepening our disconnect from the earth and ourselves.

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Luna Yoga: how the moon may influence your yoga practise

In this modern age we have cleverly devised a whole realm of entertainment and distractions that prevent us taking even a moment to look inside ourselves, or outside into nature. Where once we trusted in ourselves, we now trust in Google. We are glued to our technology; walking around with our eyes fixed on either our phones or our feet. We are driven to succeed at work, distracted by passing trends and all the time losing touch with even the simplest of things – the pleasure of a simple meal, a smile from a stranger, the sun on our skin. So while we rush onwards without noticing the changing of the seasons or the cycle of the moon, what are we rushing towards? If we cannot enjoy the present, why do we rush headlong into the future?

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10 Minute Yoga Sequence for Surfers & Kitesurfers

I’ve created this 10 minute flowing yoga sequence that will strengthen and stretch all the areas we need most for watersports. Adding this to you daily routine in the weeks and months leading up to a trip will ensure your body is primed and ready. Because there’s nothing worse than being limited to short sessions when the surf is pumping on your holiday.

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