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Articles and Thoughts from our Teachers and Students

Acceptance … Autoimmune Hepatitis and Yoga

June 25, 2019

Hello, this is Lara. Is this Colleen? Yep, it’s me. What are you doing right now? Not much, just getting ready to go to yoga. How are you feeling? Fine. How are you? Colleen, you need to get yourself to the emergency department. Your liver enzymes levels are off the chart. Can I check myself into hospital after yoga? This…

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Yoga and Anxiety

November 16, 2016

Recently, I have noticed an increase in the number of new students enrolling at our yoga school who suffer with mild or in some cases chronic anxiety. Some students take medication for this condition. I know this because we ask all new students to fill in a health assessment form before starting classes and up to 15% of new students…

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Try Yoga and Get Much More than you Bargained For

May 18, 2016

by Shayna Ogden What is it that you really get when you start going to yoga? Are you just getting some flexibility or is there more to it? When beginner students first start our six week beginner yoga courses, they usually come along looking to improve their flexibility and fitness, or to alleviate stiffness in the joints. Many tell me…

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Why are we concerned about menstruation in Iyengar yoga?

December 2, 2015

by Shayna Ogden An Iyengar yoga teacher will usually enquire as to who is menstruating each class. For some people this can be an awkward or embarrassing question. It is not meant to be. In yoga, it is advised that menstruating women practise a sequence specific to their condition rather than join in with the general class. This is because…

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My Left Leg – Yoga and Injuries

March 6, 2014

Some time ago Shayna mused to me (and to newsletter readers) how swimming was bad for her yoga. While not entirely dismissive I pondered how much 25 minutes (at most) of swimming, crammed in while children were having lessons, could possibly affect your yoga. Now into my second season of soccer with the local seniors I can say that Shayna’s…

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Yoga and Pregnancy

August 13, 2013

By Alyssa McNeilly. Pregnancy, birth and the early stages of motherhood often require women (and men) to stop engaging in certain types of activities and indulgences. Caffeine, camembert, and rollercoasters generally need to take a back seat. Six months ago I gave birth to my second child and although I have reluctantly taken a break from the morning coffee, it…

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Returning to Yoga Practice after Pregnancy – 3 Journeys

November 19, 2010

I am the mother of two delightful boys. They are two and a half and four and a half, as the older one regularly announces to anyone we meet. I am a yoga teacher with a small school in country Victoria.

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