YUNCH: Yoga and Brunch

Sundays can often be a bit depressing. ‘Sunday blues’ as I often call it. What better way to shake them off than to join a Yunch morning. What is Yunch? It’s simple: Yoga and Brunch. Once again the villa in Figari was the perfect venue. Herbal teas and fresh juices were served before the class got…

Mornings with Destination Namaste

  Each morning begins with a gentle wake up, herbal teas are served before your morning Vinyasa Flow class starts. Morning Yoga practice is 90min. Class will begin with some basic breathing exercises, a slow warm up building up towards your Vinyasa Flow practice.   What is Vinyasa Flow Yoga ?   Vinyasa Flow Yoga…

Mudra’s (Hand Gestures)

Mudra’s are an integral part of Yoga practice and philosophy. Actions of the hands and fingers have been known to balance and restore energy and even stimulate both the autonomic and parasympathetic nervous systems. These simple hand gestures can be performed at any time in anyway. While sitting, standing, walking or travelling. You need not…

20 Meditation Tips for Beginners

If you’re new to meditation, then you might feel overwhelmed when trying to keep so many instructions in your head: watch your breathing, calm your mind, keep your back straight… To take the pressure off and allow your practice to unfold more naturally, here are 20 priceless tips to help you get started. As you practice…

BENEFITS OF REGULAR FOAM ROLLING FOR YOGA

I don’t think I could have survived my 200hr intensive teacher trainers course with YogaLondon if it wasn’t for my daily foam rolling exercises. The beauty with foam rollers or rumble rollers is that even 5min can make the world of difference to niggling aches and pains. Twisting and turning your body into new poses…

WHAT IS THERESA’S APPROACH TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOGA

Many yoga manuals define philosophy as something that should not be ‘learnt’ but rather ‘done’ or ‘practiced.’ With the suggestion that philosophy should encourage debate and logic to reach conclusions. Yoga is certainly layered and textured with thoughts, actions, history, questions and for these reasons is open to all kinds of interpretations. The definition of…

What is Restorative Yoga?

Destination Namaste facilitates morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes and evening Restorative sessions during the retreat. But what is Restorative Yoga and what can you expect? Restorative Yoga is exactly that: restorative. The class is focused on centring the breath and body by slowing down your practice so that both the physical and mental elements of…

Stress Management – Your Mind-

The best way to manage your stress is to learn healthy coping strategies. You can start practicing these tips right away. Try one or two until you find a few that work for you. Practice these techniques until they become habits you turn to when you feel stress. You can also use these coping strategies…

Ujjayi Breath

During a Yoga class the instructor will often make reference to Ujjayi breath. Now for a beginner or someone attending a Yoga class purely for the physical benefits, this might sound quite strange. The sanskrit word Ujjayi translated means ‘to become victorious’. It is a heating breath which warms the whole body. Within a Vinyasa…

What is Vinyasa Flow Yoga?

Vinyasa Flow is a style of Yoga based on the principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga. It is a more westernised/modernised version of traditional styles of Yoga. The order of the poses is open to change and interoperation by the teacher. Vinyasa literally translated means ‘to place in a special way’. During a Vinyasa…

What is the True Self Concept

Many people start yoga for the physical practice. A leaner physique, improved flexibility, a better sex life, all of which are relevant attributes to a regular Yoga practice. With time, your practice may become deeper. Questions such as: who or what am I beyond my mind and body? How can I discover my ‘True Self.’…

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras describes the Eight Limbs of Yoga as a path to Samadhi (Enlightenment). The Eight Limbs can be interpreted as an outline to explain how Yoga embodies an external, physical practice and then moves inwards to a deeper practice. Each aspect is vitally important and regardless of the order, each step should be…