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Yoga & Meditation

How to Start a Self-Yoga Practice

January 30, 2019 • By

Self Yoga Practice

 

For a long time now having a self-yoga practice has been associated with devout practitioners, yoga teachers and those with super advanced practices. Whilst it may be true that teachers and long-time yogis have a committed self-practice it is also true that practising yoga in the comfort of your own home has never been easier.

If you are a self-conscious beginner you may feel more confident trying out a few moves at home before heading out into the big world of yoga classes. Maybe you are short of time, a full time parent or shift worker who just cannot physically get to a class, why should you have to miss out on that juicy yoga high?

You shouldn’t. And that is why it is perfectly okay to practice your yoga at home.

A few bits of advice if you are new to yoga but want to practice by yourself:

– Listen to your body: Your yoga practice may be challenging but it should never be painful. If at any point you feel pain, stop.

– Find a video to follow. There are lots of beginner’s yoga classes on YouTube now. Find one you relate to and practice using it as your guide.

– Don’t give up. Yoga is a beautiful, life changing practice but, like all the good things in life, it can take time to reap the rewards. Keep going, flowing and I promise you’ll soon be floating around on a cloud of good vibes.

If you already have a steady yoga practice and regularly attend classes but want more yoga in your life (who doesn’t), here are a few tips on starting to practice at home:

– Try and get a designated space. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a yoga room at home but if you can find a quiet area to do your yoga in then keep that same space continuously. If possible keep your mat rolled out, if you see it you’re more likely to practice. If the space is inviting you will want to spend time there. Add candles or little trinkets that you like. Make the area as peaceful as possible so every time you step on your mat to instantly feel calmer.

– Find an online video that introduces you to things that aren’t generally included in your weekly class. Try a handstand or new balancing pose without the pressure of a big group ‘watching’ you. Make it fun and challenge yourself.

– Continue to practice the poses your teacher gives you. You will advance further if you spend more time perfecting the poses done in class. Your body will become more comfortable and therefore reap more benefits from the practice.

– Give yourself a really long Savasana. Don’t you just hate it when you’re super comfortable in your final relaxation pose and then, in no time at all, the teacher is bringing you back to reality. One of the many perks of a self-yoga practice is you can take as long as you like in your Savasana. Bliss!

Remember to always practice safely. Learn to listen to your body and never go beyond your limitations by yourself.

If you would like to practice in your own home with me, for free then meet me over on my YouTube channel. CLICK THE BUTTON! Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

Keep on practising!


Wellness & Lifestyle

Living the Yoga Lifestyle: Lisbon

November 20, 2018 • By

Yoga & Meditation Lisbon

For a very long time now Lisbon has been in my top ten must see places to visit and last month I was lucky enough to take my first trip. We spent 5 day, 4 nights exploring all the city has to offer. I’m already planning my next trip!

When to Go:

Apparently the best time of the year to visit Lisbon is either early Spring or late Autumn as the heat and prices are both very high June – September. We opted for autumn and were not disappointed with the weather. In the day it reached 31 degrees but at nighttime fell to a lovely 17 degrees. Although 31 degrees is still very hot to be wandering around the city it’s really easy to stay in the shade. Lisbon is famous for it’s winding streets and aside from creating a beautiful landscape they also provide much needed shade.

Yoga in Lisbon

Where to Stay:

We stayed at Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa because I wanted somewhere with a pool so we could have one afternoon of lazing around. It’s a beautiful hotel with the most amazing roof bar. Head up there around sunset for the most incredible views of the city and a great cocktail! 

Where to Stay Lisbon

What to Eat:

Eating Vegan is Lisbon was actually really easy. You’ll find with most major cities nowadays there are always vegan cafes and vegan options on the menu. I downloaded Happy Cow, the app that helps vegans find eateries around the globe, I was never more than a few KM aware from somewhere I could eat. A few notable places:

  • Zenith – The ideal breakfast or lunch place for both meat eaters and vegans. They have pancakes, toasts, acai bowls, smoothies and vegan options of most things.
  • Foodprintz – By far one of the best eateries I visited whilst in Lisbon. It’s 100% vegan and hosts yoga classes too. I have to avocado on rye with a green warrior juice and cappuccino.  This place has a lovely, peaceful atmosphere, friendly staff and great food.

Foodprintz Vegan Cafe Lisbon

Juice Cafe Lisbon

Eat Vegan in Lisbon

What to Do:

One of my favourite places was the Botanical Gardens which was like visiting a tropical oasis in the middle of a busy city. The air felt cleaner, there was space to move and space to be still, to breathe, to meditate to relax. It was tranquil and contained the most amazing collection of tropical plants, most I had never seen before. A tropical oasis of clam that is definitely worth the trip.

Surrounding the botanical gardens are cute and kooky shops selling everything from handmade stationary to bags, shoes, jewellery and shampoo. Across the road there is a small tree lined park, in which there is a cafe where you can sit and watch the world go by whilst eating chip butties. Absolute perfection!

Street Yoga Lisbon

If visiting Lisbon for the first time you must take a trip on the funicular that takes you to the top of one of Lisbon’s many hilltops, on which you will find lots of market stalls, sangria and live bands for dancing the night away.

We also took a trip on the oldest tram in the city (number 24) which takes you up to the castle via the little winding streets of Lisbon, it’s classic and you get to see the real Lisbon, complete with washing lines across the roads!

Lisbon really is a wonderful city, it has the perfect balance of ambitious city and laid back cool. It’s charming yet modern. It caters to vegans and there is always something to do or see, even if that means just sitting with a coffee and watching the day pass you by.