reducing stress

That one time I actually asked for help

That one time I actually asked for help

If you've read this blog for a while - or know me in person - you will know that I am notoriously bad at asking for help, and notoriously bad at resting. As a result, I get sick a lot.

This is quite stupid, really.

But entrenched habits take a long time to break, especially if they are born of trauma, as mine are. 

I'm working on it.

Meet Your Diaphragm

Meet Your Diaphragm

Wondering why there's a picture of a jellyfish for a post about our diaphragms? Well, it's because your diaphragm, tucked up inside the base of your ribcage, is shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet  or like a jellyfish. Its primary action is to lift and open your ribs, making space for breath to happen and it does that by moving much like a jellyfish does.

The best advice I ever received as a yogi

The best advice I ever received as a yogi

I first encountered this radical (hah!) concept in Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar (incidentally, the book had such a big influence on me, that I went to India to train at his yoga school, totally changed the way I taught and practiced yoga, and now use it as a text book in our own yoga teacher training.) Man, it shook my world. Wanna know what it was?