Impassioned by Compassion with Karen Atkinson

In honour of World Mindfulness Day that took place on 12th September, we asked Karen Atkinson, founder of MindfulnessUK, developer of the Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice course and lecturer on the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma, to provide us with more insight in to moving forward with Mindfulness based practices and the observations they bring up, and how Compassion is key to this.

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Helpful or Harmful? The Twin Potential of Yoga for People with Eating Disorders by Lisa Kaley-Isley

Often, the relationship between trauma and eating disorders are interlinked together because of the inability to find comfort in the body and mind. This uncomfortable sensation drives choices to sacrifice a part of ourselves rather than a conscious choice to not live wholly. In this article, Lisa Kaley-Isley - Yoga Therapy Board Member and Clinical Psychologist (US)- discusses how yoga practices can be helpful or harmful. Power lies in the ability to choose which from moment to moment.  

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Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health with Charlotte Watts

In this excerpt from Charlotte Watts upcoming publication, Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018), her own journey with digestive health issues and how she overcame them is discussed, as well as the biochemistry between your gut and mind, how yoga can support the digestive system and practices to improve gut health.

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Living a Life of Balance - Ayurveda for the Soul with Maria Garre 

In a high pressure society driven by over-achievement, trying to find a life of balance and living at peace with ourselves can become a challenge. We often want to be the best version of ourselves, but trying to juggle it all can lead to us to crash and burn.

On this pathway to perfectionism, we can find it is paved with habitual tendencies and 'rituals' – they can either be beneficial to our well-being or, whether we are conscious of it or not, may not be serving us purposefully and contribute to an inability to reach a sattvic (balanced) place. Finding a ‘life of balance’ allows us to live our lives peacefully and should be the goal of practice. The starting point to help attain this is with a bit of svadhyaya (self-study).

Ayurveda is an effective science to turn to as it promotes the consciousness of becoming more self-aware and provides us with an ability to dissect our prakruti (individual's unique constitution), discovering what way we sway more (dosha wise). Once we can see common themes occurring, we are then able to implement practices (self- care, eating, physical, mental activity and so on) to help achieve balance.

Maria Garre, is a great example of this. She is the founder and director of the The New Mexico School of Yoga, who has woven together over 20 years of experience in biomedical sciences, philosophy, yoga and ayurveda to deliver practical and inspirational information that is accessible to all. She is a sought after teacher, educator and innovator that guides practitioners worldwide through lead training courses and retreats. Her Live in Balance courses and wellness consultations are transformational programmes inspired by her 15+ years of study with core teachers, Vasant Lad and Shiva Rea

In this feature, Maria shares a few words about why balance is the goal to achieve, and her own experience along the path. 

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THAT’s Yoga - The Healing Power of Yoga in the NHS by Kate Binnie

In honour of the NHS 70th year of service in the UK, we asked Kate Binnie, a Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Lecturer on Palliative Care, who has done extensive work within the NHS and across hospices and various communities, specialising in therapeutic applications of music, yoga and mindfulness for people living with chronic and life-limiting illness, to give us insight on the current relationship between yoga and modern medicine. 

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Yoga in the NHS: The Importance of PRO’s and How Yoga Can Help by Sherezade Ruano-Santana

In honour of the UK's National Health Service (NHS) 70th birthday, we asked Sherezade Ruano-Santana, Arrhythmia Specialist for the NHS at Imperial College and Yoga Therapist specialising in Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer, to shed some light on the remarkable movement towards integrating hollistic practices with modern medicine, treating the patient as a whole - mind, body and soul.

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Tired of your sleep troubles? Try Super Sleep Yoga with Lisa Sanfilippo

How often do you wake up feeling refreshed and well rested every morning? Do you often get more than 5-6 hours of sleep a night? Does your phone come to bed with you each evening? Have you ever popped a pill in hopes of finding dreamland or relied on coffee to power through exhaustion? Maybe this is you or someone you know.  Between stress, caffeine, poor sleep habits, hormonal changes and work and parenting demands, most of us go sleepless at some point.  Yoga practices and a truly holistic approach offer long term relief and more. Read more about Lisa Sanfilippo, London based master yoga teacher, trained psychotherapist and researcher, who cured her own insomnia, anxiety and over-active stress responses through Sleep Recovery.

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Coming Home to the Body - Managing CFS

Imagine coming down with a flu, then having to run a marathon through treacle, then being forced to take an exam for three hours and then after all this, staying up the whole night without rest. That is how the 17 million people worldwide diagnosed with CFS or ME feel every single day.

M.E. (ME) stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (meaning inflammation of the brain). Those with the condition sometimes prefer this term, although the more recent term is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – a term used to describe unexplained fatigue which lasts longer than 6 months. CFS as a syndrome implies that there are multifaceted causative factors (which may remain unknown) and that cases are individual.

Gentle yoga, pranayama and meditative practices can aid in recovering from symptoms of CFS/ME by calming down the whole of the central nervous system. 

Our resident experts, Charlotte Watts, award-winning nutritionist and yoga therapist specialising in stress, fatigue and burnout related conditions, and Leah Barnett, expert in teaching Yoga for CFS/ME to private clients and those on retreats, have provided a few guidelines for yoga teachers when incorporating practices to their clients suffering with CFS/ME.

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Ayurvedic Self-Care Practice with Maria Garre

Self-care rituals are an important part of our practice and an essential part of becoming your best self. Ayurveda, the ancient sister science of Yoga, teaches us that nourishing our unique constitution through diet, herbal treatments, asana sequencing and pranayama, and ultimately balancing bodily systems is the key to living a more sattvic life.
A maintained routine, whether daily, weekly or seasonally, is essential for self-care practices to be effective as it brings about radical changes to the body, mind and consciousness by helping balance one's unique prakriti. There are powerful psychological effects on the mind and biological body clock when routine is well kept, and furthermore assists in digestive processes, and boosts positive emotions such as self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. 

As part of the Eight Limbs, Saucha (or cleanliness) has a whole branch dedicated within the Niyamas, asking us to incorporate healthy habits for better living and spiritual existence. 
We asked Maria Garre, Ayurvedic Specialist and Yoga Therapist and Prana Vinyasa Trainer from New Mexico, USA, to guide us through the steps of an Ayurvedic cleansing ritual, Abhyanga or self body massage.

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The Heart of Practice

An estimated 7 million people in the UK are living with some form of cardiovascular disease and over 25% of deaths are a result of this. This umbrella term refers to conditions that affect the heart and circulation, including inherited diseases and developed conditions, such as coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and stroke. 

If you were to discuss the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, the topics of dyslipidaemia, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity and stress would mosy definitely be present in conversation as they are considered to be a chain of events that initiate related CDV diseases. 

Sherezade Ruano, yoga therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in arrhythmias, holds a MSc in Cardiac Nursing and has extensive experience in the Research Field working with highly renowned medical professionals in areas such as interventional cardiology, nuclear medicine, and electrophysiology. Sherezade is the Founder of The Breathing Practice programme and The Breath Method.

We asked her to tell us a little bit more about yoga's ability to heal our heart. 

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Katrina Repka: Becoming One with yourself through personal transformation and self-realisation

Yogiraj (Yoga Master) Katrina Repka has been studying yoga since 1990 and teaching since 2001. Her early training in her hometown of Calgary, Canada, was in the Ashtanga style, but she moved to New York in 2001 and became immersed in the study of ISHTA Yoga under the guidance of Alan Finger. Katrina teaches ISHTA workshops and retreats all over the world, but is based in London, UK where she leads teacher trainings, classes, and workshops. Katrina holds a BA and MSC (Communications), and is the co-author (with Alan Finger) and featured model of Chakra Yoga: Balancing Energy for Physical, Spiritual, and Mental Well-being, and Breathing Space: Twelve Lessons for the Modern Woman. She has been featured in numerous publications including Vogue, Elle, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and as a yoga expert on BBC TV and radio.

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Becoming a Marketing Warrior with Kelly McHugh

As the founder of two yoga businesses, Kelly McHugh is not only living her dharma by bringing a modern touch to the London yoga scene through her business Good Yoga Life, but she’s also combined her passion for marketing and yoga to help support yoga teachers live their dharma too by turning their passion and expertise into a successful yoga business.

She is a pioneer of yoga business and marketing education, founding Digital Yoga Academy - an online platform that enhances the business and marketing skills of yoga teachers worldwide. Kelly spent over 15 years working in global businesses, agencies and start-ups managing marketing teams and multi million pound budgets.

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Why I developed the “Integrating Mindfulness & Compassion In Professional Practice” Course…

Karen’s journey into Mindfulness began in her early twenties after having completed a nursing degree and working alongside psychologists she specialised in teaching Mindfulness and Compassion to patients suffering with chronic pain, trauma and distress. For several years Karen had witnessed the growing need for Mindfulness and Compassion in our society and in tandem with that the rise in people offering Mindfulness to vulnerable people. Karen sat with her concerns that many people delivering Mindfulness were untrained and did not have the skills or expertise to asses and teach Mindfulness competently, safely and appropriately and then decided she needed to do something to change this. So, she drew on her years of experience and sat down to write and develop a suitable and unique course that addressed this situation and thus “Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practise” was born. Read on to find out more.

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Sound Healing … a Journey Into the Heart of Sacred Sound … Anne Malone’s Story

Have you ever asked yourself why that song or piece of music moves you so much … or why you happily spend hundreds of pounds on tickets to your favourite Band or Singer when you could buy a new Sound System for the same price? That's because live music fills your body and soul in a way that recorded music doesn’t… it’s all about the Vibe!

Meet Anne Malone who's passion is to demystify the world of Music and Sound and prove to you that we all have the ability to play music, sing, and heal ourselves and others through it. 

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Yoga for Special People with Richard Kravetz

Richard, a certified Yoga for Special People therapist and Chair Yoga instructor, developed an interest in teaching Special Needs Yoga when his second son was born with Global Developmental Delay. Working with these groups has enabled Richard to explore the potential of yoga to enrich their lives.

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Yoga for Cardiovascular Health

Sherezade works closely with high standard medical practitioners and trained as a Hatha Yoga Cardiac and Cancer Therapist in the US. Here she talks about how she developed a programme on Yoga for Cardiovascular Health. 

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Jeanne Heileman: Founder of Tantra Flow Yoga

Jeanne Heileman, MA, 500-ERYT, ParaYoga Level II Certified, was introduced to yoga as a dancer and actress. Facing ongoing pain from scoliosis, yoga provided tools for physical realignment and acceptance of difficulties.  She studied extensively in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, ParaYoga, Vini and Tantra Yoga; each adding a deeper element of meaning to her practice and teachings. 

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Sam Loe: from Devon to Nelson (NZ)

In this series, we catch up with some of our inspiring Teacher Training graduates to see where life has taken them since the start of their Yogacampus journey.  Here, we talk to Sam Loe, who was on the first ever intake of the Yogacampus Teacher Training and now runs a successful studio in New Zealand.

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Zephyr Wildman: Healing Yourself Through Others

Zephyr has been teaching yoga in London since 2002, having trained with the very first intake of Yogacampus trainees. Here, she shares her yoga journey which led her from her home town of Boise in Idaho to her now home; London.

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Simone Brandao: yoga to fulfil your dreams

In this series, we catch up with some of our inspiring Teacher Training graduates to see where life has taken them since the start of their Yogacampus journey.  Here, we talk to the lovely Simone Brandao, a Hebden Bridge graduate who is passionate about making a difference in her students' lives.

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Lisa Kaley-Isley: Yoga for the Human Condition

Lisa Kaley-Isley is an experienced Para Yoga teacher and Viniyoga trained yoga therapist enabled to design personalised prescriptive practices for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and the effects of trauma. Here she explains how we are untapped potential waiting to be awakened; the features we seek are already built in.

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Kay Manby: recognising yoga as a way of life

In this series, we catch up with some of our inspiring Teacher Training graduates to see where life has taken them since the start of their Yogacampus journey.  Here, we talk to the inspiring Kay Manby who gave up her job in Advertising to teach the elderly, women on remand, and for Social Services in Harrogate.

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Monique Fryer: bringing yoga to the East Midlands

In this series, we catch up with some of our inspiring Teacher Training graduates to see where life has taken them since the start of their Yogacampus journey.  Here, we talk to Monique Fryer who has been bringing yoga to the East Midlands since graduating a decaded ago.

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Emma Townley: helping people find a greater sense of ease

In this series, we catch up with some of our inspiring Teacher Training graduates to see where life has taken them since the start of their Yogacampus journey.  Here, we talk to Emma Townley, whose life has transformed since embarking on her yoga journey.

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Clare Kerrigan: Graduate turned Studio Manager

In this series, we catch up with some of our inspiring Teacher Training graduates to see where life has taken them since the start of their Yogacampus journey.  Here, we talk to Clare Kerrigan, yoga teacher and Studio Manager of Yoga Kula in Leeds, who found a constant companion in yoga and has recently taken a group of students to the Himalayas on her first yoga retreat. 

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Lisa Kaley-Isley: Yoga and Mental Health

Lisa Kaley-Isley is a PhD Clinical Psychologist, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. Here she talks about developing the Yogacampus Mental Health Basics course for yoga teachers in order to offer support and compassion to students suffering from pain, anxiety or depression and to help individuals to shift out of these conditions.

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Charlotta Martinus: yoga in schools

Having taught languages at high school in the UK as a part time job to see her through university, Charlotta found that she had a talent and fascination with this age group, which has continued throughout her life. Here she talks of her transition from teaching languages to teaching yoga to teens.

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Celtic Yoga: Rooted in Ancient Mythology

Have you ever wondered if yoga’s roots could be traced to any place other than India? Has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason yoga is so globally popular, is simply that it belongs to everyone; that it is not just the property of the Indian subcontinent? Introducing the Celtic School of Yoga; a 21st Century vision rooted in ancient mythology.

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Tias Little: the educator

Tias Little reveals his passion for yoga; a great mystery to that which is outside language, yet always somehow available inside. 

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Janine Hurley: pregnancy and beyond

Following her own pregnancy, Janine became passionate about the benefits that yoga can bring to pregnant women to help ease the transition into motherhood and beyond. Here, she talks about the benefits of offering a suite of classes, from prenatal and hypnobirthing, through to mother and baby, and baby massage.

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Roger Cole: from Aikido to Yoga

Roger Cole shares his story on living in a big co-op house at University and offering big “mellowing out” sessions to his peers to help everyone relax.

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Yogacampus Teacher Training Diploma: Meet the Board

The Yogacampus Teacher Training Diploma has become established as one of the UK's top yoga teacher training courses since its inception 12 years ago. Here, we talk to the brains behind the course that has successfully trained over 600 teachers.

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Graham Burns: the technology of yoga

Graham Burns gives a unique perspective on how yoga can help with the stresses of daily life: as a technology for quietening the mind and understanding our real purpose.

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Roots of Yoga

One of the most interesting and exciting developments currently going on in the world of yoga is the amount of serious academic research being done into the murky origins of our contemporary yoga practice. Take this posture for example:

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