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Brahmacharya originally translates to celibacy. We’re going to translate this a little further, thinking of it as moderation and how you direct your energy instead of total abstinence and we’ll relate it to any sensual activity.

Think of activities that stimulate the senses, for example eating or drinking. Brahmacharaya allows you to enjoy more of life by living it moderately. How can you bring in more balance to your day? How are you going to choose to use and conserve your energy?

Now let’s look at how we can practice Brahmacharya on the mat and the difference between excess and moderation. We’re looking for a sweet spot here where maximum benefit is obtained. This isn’t likely to be found by pushing yourself to excess but by practicing moderation. When moving into a posture it could be more beneficial not to go all out but to hold back a little allowing you to maintain that posture for longer, giving time for the mind and body to connect and explore.

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Asteya is our third yama and means non-stealing. This doesn’t apply only to possessions but also thoughts, ideas and time.

To practice Asteya today, firstly question your needs, then how you fulfil them. Practicing Asteya could be thinking of environmental issues and being aware of what you don’t need, only taking what is essential and what is available from the planet. Alternatively we could twist this around and ensure that no-one steals from you by setting boundaries that limit what you give.

To apply Asteya to you practice on the mat think of respect. Understand your motivations and cravings. If the person next to you is standing on their head, do you really need to do this too?

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The second of our Yamas is Satya or truth, to refrain from lying, eliminating exploitation and manipulation. 

Today, see if you can recognise instances of untruthfulness, not from others but yourself. This isn’t always in the form of speech but can also be how you adopt or portray yourself. Also, listen how you speak to yourself.  Find authenticity and be true to yourself.  

On the mat this can mean listening to your body as we did for Ahimsa yesterday.  Interpreting messages as they are meant, not manipulating them. For example, you feel discomfort in a part of your body.  Do you go ahead with a movement because that’s what you were able to achieve last time or do you adapt because today is a different day with different feelings and abilities?  

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The first and possibly the most important of our Yamas is Ahimsa, which translates into non-violence in our mind, speech and actions. 

Today I ask you to find empathy and compassion in those situations that might benefit from them, maybe even going as far as finding forgiveness, love and at the very least kindness. If at any point during today you find tension building up from something you thought, heard or saw, recognise it and maybe search for compassion.

If you wish to adopt Ahimsa into your Asana (your practice on the mat), listen to your body, listen to where it wants to go, if any parts are asking for attention and only go as far as it feels right. In addition to this, recognise negative thoughts in your practice, work on understanding them so you can maybe let them go.

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The Yamas

Attitude towards our environment

I hope you found your five minutes yesterday.

Over the following 5 days we will take a look at the Yamas. A set of five restrains that can also be thought of as ethical values which can help guide our interaction with the world. 

Before we start on the first one tomorrow, you might want to take today to observe yourself. As hard as it might be, try not to judge yourself. There is no guidance today, simply the invitation to be aware and observe yourself. No need to change anything, just notice.       

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5 minutes for you


Thanks for joining this journey! We’ll take our first day nice and slow. Today I ask you to give yourself five minutes.

Find a position that works for you. This might be the traditional Savasana, laying with your back on the ground, palms up, allowing toes to drop to the outside. Lying in bed is just as good or even sitting in a chair that supports you. Invite silence and stillness. You might find a feeling of nourishment on your inhales and offer some release on your exhales.

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Let the countdown begin

I’ve put together a little treat for you. Whether you want to explore a deeper yoga practice or understand a little about how I tick, I’d love you to be part of this. No mat, props, movement or even set postures are involved. This is accessible to anyone and everyone. It is an introduction to how yoga can support you OFF the mat, although you always have the choice of bringing any of this onto the mat too and I’ll give some options as we go along.

We’ll count through the days of December until the holiday and I will provide you with daily snippets of yoga that you can explore and maybe build into your day ahead.

To get the most out of this I ask that you check in on these post at the beginning of your day. This way if you chose to explore them further you have the whole day ahead to build them into your day. There is absolutely no pressure to run through every one of these so skip any you’re unsure of or maybe don’t feel comfortable with. You can contact me to ask me questions too. Keep in touch! Let me know how you get on and maybe give me a thumbs up if you think you’ll join in.


Keep calm and yoga on

Classes will continue as usual this week. If anything changes, I will update you directly if you regularly attend one of my sessions or let me know that you’re coming. I have always tried to keep my house, props and mats spotless. Whether correct or not, I’ve reluctantly moved to more chemical filled products to do so. You’ve probably already noticed the smell. I’m still very happy to share mats and props. Although I am trying to reduce the need for any props with my class planning. I will also stop any physical assistance.   

I get a huge amount out of sharing my classes with you and feel passionately that yoga can help you find some inner peace amongst the uncertainty surrounding our daily lives. I plan to continue, unless advised otherwise. If you chose to avoid classes or for any reason cannot attend, please remind yourself of the pranayama we’ve practiced and take some time for yourself. Reach out to me if you would like any reminders.  

Sending love x

Self reflection

Confession time

My own practice isn’t where I want it to be.  Does this mean that I’m doing my students a disservice?

I know I’m going to look back and it’ll be hard to remember this time.  I’m a new teacher and it has many positives and some negatives too. Ultimately it all feels right and I’m loving the path that I’m taking and the people that are sharing it with me.  However, there is one area that I’m struggling with right now, my own practice. I think it was one of my first few training modules that covered this. We were warned to keep our self practice very separate from our teaching practice.  Don’t mix the two, we were told. Right now, this is so hard. I’m still able to practice but not like before. It doesn’t seem 100% for me any more. My mind is often on my students, how I can give them the best I can offer, to share as much as possible of this wonderful part of my life.  My teaching is always about my students, which I believe is how it should be but I also need to reserve some of me and it is this that I’m going to have to master some time soon. I have plans. I’ll share them with you soon. In the meantime, I remind myself that yoga is a practice, it is not perfection.  I have also found it really useful to refer to the second limb of yoga, the Niyamas.  

Niyama (observances)

  • Saucha (cleanliness)
    • Looking at this as cleanliness or clarity of the mind, I’m exploring and will continue to explore what is happening to find clarity. 
  • Santosha (contentment)
    • My favourite Niyama.  Whilst I’m aware that a change is needed, it is not urgent and I’m more than OK with where I am right now, whilst still striving for improvement.    
  • Tapas (austerity/discipline)
    • Ah discipline! I have started practicing more discipline, which in turn is helping me to take control of my practice.     
  • Svadhyaya (self-study)
    • My meditation is an excellent way to self study, as is my time on the mat. I’m making an effort to make this time more about me than my teaching.  
  • Ishvara Pranidhana (devotion to a higher power)     
    • I will continue to devote my actions to the best version of myself.              

And if you’re wondering what other negatives there are of me being a new teacher, I don’t know many of the sanskrit names but I don’t lose sleep over this.  I also don’t always know my left from right and on occasion my ups and downs but we smile and move on in class. 

To be continued… 


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