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Yoga Me Well Blog Archive

The Pretzel in Me

With yoga on every street corner, you almost feel on the outer if your inner world isn’t being toned. Everyone seems bent on finding the Pretzel inside.

Most depictions of yoga from promo flyers to YouTubes offer the Human Paperclip as inspiration. But where does that leave the lawyer fossilised by 16-hour days or the chronically fatigued mum? How does the average, flex-free, joint-jarred, physically disproportionate student overcome that invocation, to grasp the subtler gifts of yoga? read more…

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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Yoga for Peace, or Pecs?

Athletic yogaContemporary Westernised yoga evolves at a crazy pace, either reforming classical yoga postures by combining them with other practices (acrobatics, Pilates, martial arts, tai chi, theatre and dance), or updating classical posture work by sculpting it to music (Shakti Groove yoga, Punk Rock yoga!), practising in a hot room, or forming signature styles, such as entrepreneur Bikram Choudhury’s trademarked Bikram yoga, and John Friend’s Anusara yoga. The West is overly focused on posture practice, which was only ever a small part… read more…

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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Walk a New Path

Spring WalkOne of my teacher’s decided to enjoy walking, after noting the expressions of determined “power walkers” and identifying herself among them. Hmm, sounded like someone I knew too.

I spent decades push-push-pushing myself to exhaustion and beyond in a misguided effort to live life with “purpose”. Being busy equalled “purpose” in the poorly written script I acted out daily.

Fancy giving yourself permission to relax and enjoy walking! To amble along, drinking in the colours of the day instead of planning next week. To feel the elements on the skin with sensual delight and enjoy rain showers, instead of worrying temporarily damp clothes. To feel the textures of unusual plants in pretty gardens. To draw in the fragrance of the life around, good or bad, and allow it to fill your senses.

Walking has offered me countless moments of beauty ever since, and blessed relief from a hectic day. Spring is definitely the time to See, Hear, Smell, Feel the world around you. Permission granted 😉

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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