8 Books to Improve your Yoga Teaching

Quite a few people (mostly yoga teachers) have asked me recently about yoga books I recommend, so I thought I’d share some of my favourites. I’ve deliberately left out the super-obvious ones such as the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and Iyengar’s Light on Yoga; I’m hoping to give you at least a few suggestions…

Give Your Quads Some Love with this Deep Stretch

In a typical asana practice, we stretch our hamstrings a lot. The opposing muscle group, our quadsriceps, don’t receive nearly as much stretchy love. Many of us yogis would benefit a whole lot from stretching our quads and strengthening our hammies more. This is my favourite quad stretch. You’ll need a wall and a blanket…

Summer Berry Mousse

Look what I made for you! Scrumptious, sumptuous, pink, fluffy, berry mousse. It’s vegan (obviously), gluten-free, and free from refined sugars, so everyone can have some. As some of you know, I was booked into a raw vegan dessert chef’s course in Barcelona which was due to take place last month. The course was sadly…

Define your Niche as a Yoga Teacher

Teaching yoga can be a pretty tough way to make a living. I know teachers who teach 18-20 classes per week and make just enough money to make ends meet. (I’ve been there myself). One way to earn a more stable living as a yoga teacher – and to make your heart soar with love…

Effective Yoga Cueing for Different Learners

Some people process and retain information most effectively through verbal cues; others rely more on visuals, and others again learn best by doing and feeling. This is totally applicable to our yoga students. Are you catering to all three types of learners? If you’re not sure, this short video will give you tips on how…

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes (The Best Pancakes Ever)

The first time I made these pancakes, my boyfriend said they were some of the best pancakes he’d ever eaten. I don’t generally think of myself as a competitive person, but in his compliment I heard a challenge – some of the best pancakes? Instantly, I wanted to make The Best Pancakes Ever. All it took…

Self-Promotion for Yoga Teachers

(Hint: It’s not about you) Is self-promotion necessary for yoga teachers today? Does making a living as a yoga teacher mean you need to invest in professional photo shoots; post on Instagram daily; and find every opportunity to sell yourself? I certainly don’t believe that having more followers on Instagram makes you a better yoga…

Meditation: Benefits and Advice for Beginners

I was recently invited to contribute my top piece of advice for people new to meditation to an article on cleveryoga.com. As well as my input, the article contains advice by Tara Stiles, Erin Motz, Rachel Scott and others. From the 15 of us who contributed, a clear theme emerged: start simple. Just do it….

Sprouted Lentil & Watermelon Salad

I try to travel light, but one thing that always comes with me is a nut milk bag. Not because I’m likely to be making nut milk (oh, to have a blender…) but because a nut milk bag is a super compact, light vessel for sprouting legumes. Sprouts are so vital, so full of prana,…

Wrist Conditioning for Yogis

During yoga we spend a lot of time weight-bearing on our hands. A traditional yoga practice doesn’t offer much to build strength the wrists and the supporting muscles of our forearms, and our wrists are vulnerable to injury. By incorporating these quick wrist conditioning exercises into your yoga practice you can strengthen and protect your…