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Why restorative yoga?

Fifteen years ago I turned up at my yoga teacher's house in London for a one-to-one lesson. 'Ah' she said when she saw me. 'Restorative yoga today I think'. Once inside, she set me up in a restorative savasana. The eye pillow went on. I woke up one hour later. That was my lesson. Someone…
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2-minute check-in: the breath as anchor

I find this quick, simple technique so helpful in everyday life. It's easy to momentarily lose our sense of balance, perspective and calm. To become stressed, anxious or unsettled. If we're not careful, we can find ourselves disappearing down the rabbit hole. The past or the future, comfy habits or not-so-helpful patterns of behaviour, lengthy internal…
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Review: SYC London, jewel in an urban jungle

I love the modesty and unchanging presence of the Satyananda Yoga Centre (SYC), set amid the ever-growing wealth of its surroundings. It's a special place. Located near Clapham South tube station in south London, it faithfully shares a meditative approach and the teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga. If you're a keen yoga student…
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Dhyana mudra meditation for deep peace and serenity

As soon as I take dhyana mudra in meditation - the yogic hand gesture you see above - I feel a coming together and a circle of energy through my hands and around me. I feel grounded and stable. Dhyana mudra is sometimes also referred to as samadhi mudra. It instils calm and elevates our…
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