Ashtanga Yoga Girl | Travelling the world, one yoga studio at a time!
My name is Nat and I’m delighted to be sharing my yoga journey with you. I am head over heels about Ashtanga yoga and love nothing more than to travel and meet other teachers and practitioners around the world. I’m on a lifelong mission to explore this wonderful practice that has brought me so much joy.
Injuries are the worst. But they can teach us a lot about listening intently to our bodies and how to intelligently modify our practice so that we can heal. These are the injuries I'm currently dealing with and how I'm modifying my practice.
When you first walk into an Ashtanga yoga class, one of the first things you may notice is the sound of the practitioners' breath. You might describe it as "ocean wave meets Darth Vader"...you know what I mean, right?!
In Sanskrit, the word bandha means "lock" or "seal". Yogis use certain muscles to create these seals in order to prevent prana (life force energy) from escaping the body. When performed correctly, they also help to stabilise your core during asana practice and protect you from injury.
I get questions all the time asking me what to pack for yoga travels, yoga teacher trainings and retreats. I have a saved list on my desktop that I usually send to inquisitive readers, but I think it's about time I shared it with the rest of the world.
If you’re on the lookout for Ashtanga yoga retreats this year, I’ve got you covered. Not only am I a serial retreat-er myself, but I’ve also been doing a lot of research for my own upcoming Ashtanga yoga retreat. In the process I’ve come across so many beautiful retreats I couldn’t keep them to myself. Whether you enjoy a luxurious holiday or something more in the wilderness (personally I like a bit of both) these Ashtanga yoga retreats will have you reaching for your passport faster than you can say “Utthitha Hasta Padangushtasana”. If you have any more recommendations for my 2019 wish list, I’d love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below. 1. Eco Yoga in Scotland – various teachers An off-grid eco retreat centre in the Scottish wilderness, surrounded by enchanting lochs, forests and hills. Doesn’t it look and sound like a fairytale? One of the highlights is “forest bathing” – there are baths and hot tubs dotted around by the gorges and rivers! Imagine finishing your asana practice then heading down to the gorge for a relaxing soak… The food is all vegetarian and most of it comes fresh from their own organic produce […]
Being a freelancer yoga & physics teacher in London means I spend a fair amount of time travelling from client to client. Listening to yoga podcasts is my favourite thing to do to stay entertained on the road! This is a list of my favourites podcasts for yogis for 2019: 1. Peter’s Podcast This is an absolute gem of a podcast and I’m so happy I stumbled across it. Peter Ferko is a senior yoga teacher at ISHTA Yoga in NYC, an artist and author. His vast knowledge of yogic scriptures and philosophy shines through in every episode, covering topics like the yamas and niyamas, happiness and meditation. Favourite recent episode: Tantra of the Yoga Sutras with Wendy Newton 2. Ashtanga Yoga Dispatch Peg Mulqueen interviews senior Ashtanga yoga teachers from all over the world. Each one is different and it always feels very authentic. Peg does a great job of playing the student and asking all the questions you’d want to ask an experienced teacher. Favourite recent episode: #42 with Gregor Maehle 3. J. Brown Yoga Talks J. Brown does not shy away from a controversial yoga discussion! He presents real and varied discussions with yogis from many different traditions. Topics could be anything from yoga teachers’ […]
Since I started sharing news of my upcoming yoga retreat in Oxfordshire this year, it struck me just how many myths are out there about yoga retreats!
I decided to do some myth-busting for anyone who feels like their spirit is in need of a retreat but whose mind can't let go of these preconceptions.
Nauli Kriya is a weird and wonderful yogic cleansing technique but it can be confusing for beginners to get their heads around. Believe it or not, this is one of my most requested blog posts!
In this post I’m going to break it down into an easy, step-by-step guide so that beginners can slowly start to incorporate it into their practice.