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How to set up your yoga practice at home

Nothing feels as good as starting or ending the day with a restorative posture, a few sun salutations or 10 minutes of pranayama (breathing exercises). However hard we try, sometimes life gets in the way and we can’t make it into the studio (we’ve all been there!). On these days, an at-home yoga practice can…

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Questions from a newbie…

Why do we say ‘Om’ sometimes, not all the time? Why chant it all together? What do the other words such as shanti mean that are also sometimes chanted? The chant of “Om” represents the vibration made by the universe, the primordial sound or energy. When we chant it together, we acknowledge our interconnectedness with…

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Why Hanna Somatics?

Hanna Somatics Classes in Bristol

We asked Siobhan McGinnis, a regular student of Hanna Somatics how she has experienced the practice and what to expect as a beginner. How long have you been coming to hanna somatics classes? I first went to Cat for a Bengali massage back in 2012! She told me about somatics and how I would benefit…

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Voice of a beginner

Always a beginner… When I first started yoga there were things that I didn’t know – like don’t walk across the studio with shoes on!! (q: lots of guilt as I had just done something terribly bad to something sacred) Initially I found yoga hard, not necessarily the postures as that’s not what it’s all…

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A Grounding Meditation

Yin Yoga Classes Bristol

At this time of year when the world is in a state of renewal, it is helpful to set aside some time to reflect on what is truly serving us. Time to see what is needed and what needs to be cut away in order for new growth to emerge. It’s often difficult to find…

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A journey into Self-Compassion

Interview with Karen Atkinson On a wet and windy Wednesday, Amanda King from Bristol City Yoga, had the privilege of interviewing Karen Atkinson – founder of Mindfulness UK. Mindfulness UK is a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations. AK: How long have you been teaching Mindfulness? KA: I’ve been teaching mindful…

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The Power of Prana

by Laura Gilmore Have you ever wondered why asana practice (yoga postures) is so powerful?  You simply make some movements, focus on the breath and then lo and behold- you feel like a new person. All rearranged, reconfigured and the whole world looks better! The simple answer is: prana.   Our mind and body is…

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