Getting Published Online

write southampton yogaBy Laura Green

You’ve spent hours laboring over your blog post, researching and tweaking.  Taking amazing photos to support your writings. You upload it to your website. Great ! Now what . . . .read further for handy hints on how to get published

Why not extend your reach by sending it off to a couple of publications. Often our own reflections and musings can inspire and help people. What better way to practice Karma Yoga on a Global Scale. Today most magazines have an online presence, I can easily subscribe to a magazine that is in print in Canada or Australia. So, even if you are in Southampton, you can have a global impact due to publications moving to an online platform.

A Few Things to consider when submitting a blog or article to a publication

  • Your topic should be well researched
  • The format must be right for the publication it is being submitted to
  • Write passionately and for the reader
  • Edit, check, and Edit again !

We’ve done the hard work for you on the most popular sites to get published in the Yoga world.

Each link below will take you to the relevant page on the publications article submission requirements and guidelines. Always read the guidelines as each publication is different and unique in their own way, and could be looking for a certain style. I suggest that If you have a topic you are passionate about and want to write for a publication, first check out their guidelines before you start, so that you have a format to follow before you submit. It will save you from having to edit your work too much. Peruse the published articles of the publication you intend to submit to. It will give you a feel for the types of articles and style they are looking for.

Asana Journal

Elephant Journal

Gaia

Om Times

Om Magazine – Head over to the Contact page and get in touch with the editor. When emailing an editor use the subject title – Article for your consideration.

Yoga Digest

Writing Tool Box

In this section you will find some really handy resources to help you on your journey as a writer or blogger. There’s a myraid of resources on the internet that offers support, from Facebook groups to writers Forums. We have chosen a few to help you get started.

Facebook Groups to link in to…

We Blog…A Blogging Community

Blogging Boost

Write On! Online

 

 

 


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Yoga for the Runner

How Yoga gave me my all-round ‘personal best’ as a runner

~ by Gemma Young ~

Yoga Runner Southampton

I have been practicing yoga for many years and as a runner and someone who is fairly competitive, I tend to also have that competitive stance within me, even when on the mat. Not with others but with myself. Always wanting to push myself that little bit more each week, bend that little bit further, breathe that little bit deeper… the same goes for running. I am always striving for my personal best, always wanting to beat my last time.

However, practicing yoga with Laura in Southampton and the family of yogi’s has taught me how it is okay to sometimes enjoy the minimum, not get things perfect, be on the mat not to compete with myself, but to surrender myself to all that yoga has to offer my body, mind and soul. Learning and accepting this has been profound for me. The odd thing about it is that by doing regular yoga practice, learning to breathe deeply and correctly, connecting body and mind, and stretching and strengthening my body, has meant that I now run faster and longer than I ever have done!

The Yoga for Runners workshops comes highly recommended by me to enable runners to learn the basic techniques for breathing and those crucial stretches pre and post runs.

I will be running in the Bournemouth half marathon on Sunday 8th October for the wonderful Children’s charity, the NSPCC. Please feel free to visit my Just Giving page if you wish to make a contribution. Any donations would be very much appreciated and make a difference to this wonderful cause.

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Check out my workshop page for details on our regular monthly Runners Workshop or send me an email me to book.

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Yoga Relief for Neck & Shoulder Tension

Yoga Southampton Neck Shoulder Pain

As a Yoga Teacher in Southampton the most common grumble I hear from my students is neck and shoulder tension plus referred pain such as headaches. I’m always diving into my yoga tool box for the perfect yoga poses and yoga relief for neck and shoulder tension.

Neck and shoulder tension can be a source of much frustration for many of us. So often, especially at the end of a long hard day we really “feel” our neck and shoulders and this is just the time to get yourself to a yoga class in Southampton. The most common cause of neck and shoulder pain is stress, either emotional or physical stress, or sometimes just a combination of both.  With hectic lifestyles and the constant strain of stress our physical bodies often pay the price.

The trapezius muscle group, which runs from your neck to shoulders, carries the most stress of anywhere in your body but what causes this tension?

 

Yoga Southampton Neck Shoulder Pain

Common Causes for Shoulder and Neck Pain

Stress

We often carry emotional stress which manifests itself in our physical bodies as muscular pain

Pulled muscles

Moving too quickly, or placing undue physical stress on the muscle can cause tears and pain

Bad Posture

Sitting or standing, with the head slightly forward, can cause stress on the trapezius muscle group. We call this the computer chin which juts forward.

Pressure

Carrying an object that puts strain on the muscle can result in aches and pains. Examples are bras, backpacks, or shoulder bags.

Holding positions

Positions that are held for a period, consistently, can cause stress in the trapezius muscle group, computer monitors in the wrong position or sleeping in the wrong position, are a few of the most common reasons.

 Yoga Poses to relieve Shoulder and Neck Pain

Using Yoga as tool to relieve physical and emotional stress is just one of the many ways we can heal ourselves. Taking the time to relieve the stress of shoulder and neck pain can help to feel rejuvenated in the whole body.

Try thYoga Southampton Neck Shoulder Painis short video with yoga poses from Neck & Shoulder Tension. This video is just 6 mins long, try doing it daily for a week and see what happens . . .

If you’d like to learn and experience more I’m teaching a 2 Hour Yoga Workshop for Neck and Shoulder Tension in Southampton on Saturday 7th October at 10am. More information here.


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The Quest for Equilibrium – Yin Yoga Southampton

What is Yin Yoga – by Laura Green | Yin Yoga Southampton

As human beings we are hard wired to instinctively seek out equilibrium; through either the involuntary responses of the body or voluntary actions of the mind. You feel too hot – your body’s involuntary response is perspiration whilst the voluntary action of the mind tells you to open a window; you feel too cold – your body shivers and your mind tells you to get a jumper.  This is an essential necessity for survival. Yet we are finding more ways to override this wisdom of the body for temporary gain with little regard for the long term consequences. Read on to learn more about how yin yoga can help or attend a yin yoga in Southampton with Laura.Yin Yoga Southampton

Example: you’re working long hours under the pressure of deadlines, you feel very tired, involuntarily the sleeping centre of the brain kicks in, your eye lids get heavy, your reactions slow down, your concentration dwindles etc; the voluntary mind should make you go to bed and sleep but instead you get a strong cup of coffee. The caffeine kicks in and overpowers the body’s involuntary response. Short term result – we bravely soldier on and complete the task. This becomes a rinse and repeat cycle of always wanting, doing and achieving more – this is the yang cycle. 

Yang without Yin leads stress, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, burnout, heart attacks, fertility issues, digestive issues etc. Equally Yin without Yang leads to lethargy, depression, isolation, weight gain etc.

Yoga teaches that equilibrium comes from balancing opposites. Yet we live in a world with preferences, likes and dislikes and have lost any sense of equanimity. So time and again we are drawn to the things we like, prioritise, or value highly and disregard the rest, taking us further out of balance. Generally speaking, both society and we as individuals value the Yang over the Yin, the Active over the Passive and the Masculine over the Feminine. Whereas we need to balance these opposites, we need both the Yin and the Yang. It is the practise of embracing equanimity in search of equilibrium.

How Yin Yoga Works to Balance the Body

‘Yin Yoga’ is slow-paced with postures that are held for long periods of time. These long held postures are done when the body is cold and not warmed up.

At first this can seem very unusual but it serves the intention which is to focus less on stretching the muscles and more on working into the joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia of the body. It is less about ‘stretching’ these tissues as they don’t have the same elasticity as muscles, but more about ‘stressing’ them through holding them under tension for longer periods which overtime will improve the length, strength and thickness of the tissues.

Just like Thai Yoga Massage there is a focus on stimulating the movement of prana along the Meridian lines and a close connection to Tradition Chinese Medicine. The golden rule of Yin Yoga through the eyes of Patanjali is sthira sukham asanam – the postures must be steady andYin Yoga Southampton comfortable. Yin Yoga also draws inspiration from Daoism and applies one of its key philosophies ‘Live in harmony with the way and you will benefit. Struggle against the way things are and you will suffer’.

Yin Yoga generally targets the lower body with only around 26 official postures, but the principles can be applied to a variety of postures. It is a deeply healing practise both mentally and physically.
Why not try a Yin Yoga class to experience full balancing effects for yourself?

Lx

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Why Should You Stretch Your Hips?

Hip Opening Yoga Southampton

Hip opening yoga postures are some of the more requested in class (along with shoulders!). Yet they’re also the postures with the most grunting & groaning. We love to hate them it seems. So why should you practice pigeon pose and similar yoga stretches for the hips?

1) We sit way too long! How many hours have you been sat down for today alone? When we sit our hip flexors and psoas muscle shorten, when we sit for long periods this causes tightness and stiffness in the hips. 

2) Tightness and lack of range of motion in the hips can put too much strain and load on other areas of the body such as the spine and the knees causing pain and discomfort.  

3) Yoga tradition explains that we store negative feelings and pent up emotions in our hips which can create blockages and obstacles in our life. Move and stretch this area to release repressed emotions. 

4) The hips correspond with the Sacral Chakra, Svadhisthana. This chakra represents our creativity and sensuality. When the hips are more open and spacious so we can feel more creative, be inspired to explore new ideas and insights.  

5) Your hips are a full 360° joint with over 20 muscles that cross over them! So it takes some care and attention to really get in there and make some change! You have the inside hip muscles aka adductors, outer thigh muscles aka abductors, hip flexors at the front of the hips and deep rotators. So for a full clear out, include a quad/hip flexor stretch to the front, an inside hip/groin stretch and a variation of pigeon.    

Check out my free online video focusing on hips, quads and glutes.

See you on the mat yogis !

Laura x

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60 Sun Salutes Charity Challenge

. . . ANNOUNCING . . . 

60 SUN SALUTES CHARITY CHALLENGE

Need some renewed focus and motivation this September?

I’ve got just the thing, introducing the ‘60 Sun Salutes Charity Challenge’, in partnership with Solent Mind & supported by the whole Laura Green Yoga Family of Teachers. This is a great opportunity to get fit, get focused and fundraise to support positive mental health.

Our Goal is to raise £3,000 for Solent Mind, a tall order but as they say ‘don’t aim low you’ll miss the mark, aim high and you’ll be on the threshold of bliss’ BKS Iyengar. To hit our mark we need 100 people to participate in this challenge so please join today and encourage your yoga buddies to join with you! Read on for details:

Yoga Sun Salute Southampton Surya Namaskar

What:

Your challenge is to join with 100 other yogis on Saturday 14th October and be guided through 60 Surya Namaskaras aka Sun Salutes. The Sun Salutes will be broken down into rounds of 10, each round being guided by one of the Laura Green Yoga family of teachers. But it’s not just about 1 day:

6 Week Training Programme:

The 60 Sun Salute Charity Challenge also includes a 6 Week Training Programme which you can join anytime from the 4th September – 13th October to build your physical and mental strength and train to complete 60 Sun Salute Challenge.

When:

60 Sun Salute Charity Challenge Event: Saturday 14th October 2017

Time: 13:30 -15:30

Venue: Richard Taunton’s College, Southampton

Why:

The Laura Green Yoga community is committed to a strong yoga practice which supports mental health. We invite you to partake in this challenge to help you get fit, focused and fundraise for a good cause. Experience for yourself how a yoga practice can help to ease stress and anxiety and improve mental health and well being.

About Solent Mind:

Solent Mind supports over 12,000 people each year in Hampshire. They provide information, guidance, advice, and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem in Hampshire. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They refuse to give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

What’s Involved in the 6 Week Training Programme:

To train your body, mind and soul for this challenge:

  • Collect a 60 Sun Salutes Training Tracker card available at class from 4th Sept to keep a track of the classes you attend and receive rewards and incentives to help motivate you.
  • Attend as many yoga classes as possible each week with the Laura Green Yoga Family of Teachers to increase your strength, stamina & learn more about the ancient sequence Surya Namaskara.
  • Commit (try really hard!) to complete 6 Sun Salutes daily, a new video will be available weekly on Facebook and YouTube to guide you through.
  • Watch the weekly 60 seconds interview with Laura Green Yoga Family of Teachers to get the know your challenge hosts better.
  • Book out the challenge event date in your diary Saturday 14th October 13:30. If you can’t make this date of venue, the challenge will also be filmed so you can do it at home!

Challenge Hosts:

This programme is hosted by Laura Green Yoga and the full family of Laura Green Yoga Teachers:

Laura Green Yoga Teachers Southampton

Join the challenge today for a £30 donation, all money raised  goes directly to Solent Mind.

Email laura@lauragreenyoga.co.uk to sign up for this challenge and you’ll be emailed a Just Giving link to donate.

Get Fit, Focus your Mind, Fundraise for Charity

 


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Saluting the Sun ~ Surya Namaskar

Yoga Sun Salute Southampton Surya Namaskar

That most familiar of asana sequences, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is as rich in symbolic and mythic overtones as it is in physical benefits. In many cultures, light has long been a symbol of consciousness and self-illumination. Our primary source of light is, of course, the sun. Moreover, since everything that exists originates from the sun, as Alain Danizlou wrote in The Myths and Gods of India, it “must contain the potentiality of all that is to be known.”

One of the means of honouring the sun is through the dynamic asana sequence Surya Namaskar (better known as Sun Salutation). The Sanskrit word namaskar stems from namas, which means “to bow to” or “to adore.” Each Sun Salutation begins and ends with the joined-hands mudra (gesture) touched to the heart. This placement is no accident; only the heart can know the truth.

History Surya Namaskar

There’s some disagreement among authorities over the origins of the Sun Salutations. Traditionalists contend that the sequence is at least 2,500 years old, that it originated during Vedic times as a ritual prostration to the dawn. Skeptics of this dating maintain that Sun Salutation was invented by the Raja of Aundh in the early 20th century. However old the Sun Salutation is, and whatever it may originally have looked like, many variations have evolved over the years including the most well known variations of Surya Namaskar A and Surya Namaskar B as popularised by Pattabhi Jois in his system of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

A Daily Practice

Success with Sun Salutation, as with all aspects of yoga practice, depends on commitment and regularity. An everyday practice would be best, but you might at first aim for four times a week. Sun Salutations can be used as a warm up before the main bulk of your asanas but if time is short practicing Sun Salutations followed by savasana can be a complete yoga practice. You can practice anywhere for 3 – 108 rounds.

You can pace the sequence briskly to generate heat and cleanse the body-mind, or more moderately to create a moving meditation. Since the sequence is, in essence, a humble adoration of the light and insight of the self, it’s essential to practice Sun Salutation in a spirit of devotion and with your awareness turned always inward toward the heart. Make each movement as mindful and precise as possible, especially as you near the end of your rounds, when fatigue can lead to sloppiness.

Benefits of Surya Namaskar

The practice of Surya Namaskar has a myriad of benefits both in the long term and the immediate. In truth, the best way to understand these benefits is to discover them for yourself through a regular practice and reflection. Yet to summarise the commonly accepted benefits include:

  • Stretch and strengthen the entire body improving posture and easing muscular problems.
  • Boost the immune system through improving blood and lymphatic fluid circulation and respiration.
  • The controlled rhythmic breathing throughout strengthens the lungs and pulmonary function improving general levels of fitness.
  • Improving cardiovascular fitness for long term heart health.
  • The weight baring postures improve bone health and density helping to prevent disorders such as Osteoporosis.
  • Boosts the endocrine system, central nervous system and autonomic nervous system.
  • Improved strength and flexibility of the spine. There is a saying in Yoga: “you’re as young as your spine is healthy”.
  • Reduces feelings of fatigue and lethargy developing a more optimistic and positive mindset.
  • The subtle energy channels (nadis) are unblocked, allowing energy to flow freely throughout the body, re-establishing the balance of energies.
  • Builds internal heat (agni) which boosts the metabolism and digestive fire.
  • Becomes a movement meditation with both focuses and calms the mind.
  • Eases anxiety and reduces stress levels.

To help you get started with an easy daily practice or warm up sequence, follow my video on Sun Salutes.

 


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How often should I practice yoga?

yoga southamptonThe question of “How Often Should I Practice Yoga” comes up a lot and as usual there will be different answers depending on your goals and lifestyle. Explore this handy guide to help you decide what is right for you and how often you could be practicing yoga.

~ By Gemma Witcombe

Once a week

It’s really great to develop a weekly yoga practice and if you roll out your mat once every 7 days you will definitely start to feel the benefits over time. You will notice that it gives you a break from the busyness of your week, allows you to switch off and relax the mind whilst opening and strengthening the body. Once a week also works well if you take other forms of exercise in the week and you may find it a brilliant form cross training for other sports like running.

Weekly is really the minimum you should practice, if you are inconsistent and don’t make it regularly to class, you will find you are starting from scratch every time you come. You won’t notice much progress in your strength and flexibility and you may find it more difficult to focus your mind and concentrate on your breath. This can lead to frustration with yourself and a feeling that you are just not getting anywhere.

We all get better at what we do, so regularity and repetition are really important if you want to experience yoga’s many benefits.

Twice a week

Now we’re talking! Try upping your practice to twice a week, the difference will be amazing!! You will notice that your body feels stronger and that your normal aches and pains feel better. You may also start to notice that your mind is calmer and more focused when you are not at yoga. It becomes easier to take the lessons of yoga into your day to day.

You could attend another class with the same teacher or try a different teacher for variety. Or you could use an online class. There are loads of subscription services out there like Yoga Glo, Gaia and Yoga International and youtube also has quite a few free classes.

Just try it for a few weeks and see how you feel!

3-4 times a week

You may be wondering if it’s safe to practice this often and I would say yes, if you listen to your body! If you have been practicing for a while you will know that every time you step onto the mat is different, you have different energy levels and your body needs different things. Be wary of pushing yourself so hard that you feel tired or depleted, you might want to mix up styles of yoga so that some days you take a gentler hatha or yin class, or do a 30-minute practice instead of an hour. Be aware of any pain from repetitive stress on the body, like wrists from down ward dogs. There are always modifications you can do so ask your yoga teacher what they advise.

At this stage, you may feel experienced enough to develop your own home practice, some pranayama (breathing exercises), sun salutes, standing postures like balances and Warrior postures, seated postures, and relaxation. Mix it up a bit depending on what you feel your body needs. Pay attention to proper alignment and always practice with a sense of kindness and patience towards yourself.

Daily

Yoga can be a daily ritual and an important part of your day. There is no set time limit or way to practice and it will depend on how much time you have available. You may find a daily meditation practice and a few sun salutes in the morning, really sets you up for the day or an evening pranayama and gentle restorative postures a great way to transition from your day to bedtime.

We are all different and our yoga practice will serve a different purpose for each of us but the more you make yoga a part of your life, the more you will feel the benefits in your life. Wouldn’t it be great to feel as god as you feel at the end of savasana every day?!

 

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Mon 19:30 | Turnpike Pav. Hedge End | SO30 4RR 

Thurs 09:30 | Turnpike Pav. Hedge End | SO30 4RR

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Are you Online?

Yoga Teachers Are You Online

When we come to our mat so often we hear the words “switching off” and that’s the magic of yoga, it gives us the time, space and permission to do just that. To move from being busy to mindful. From fast paced to slow and measured. However, as a yoga teacher, we need students to connect with us and come to our classes and other offerings, so being “Present” online is a matter of course.

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, “Multiple studies confirm that consumers report using the Internet first (80% of the time) when they need a new product or service.”

 

Google is the 21st century yellow pages. Any time I want to find out something, or find a product or service, my go to solution is pulling up Google Search. Before I even think about making a call to enquire about the product or service, I first find out as much about you as I can, either through your website, if you have clickable links to Facebook or Instagram.  So if you haven’t set yourself online yet, see my quick step guide below to getting started and building your online presence.

Creating your own website

There are many free sites available to you to set up your own website. Check out Squarespace  or Wix

Having a simple website with your details, sign up to newsletter options, contact and about details is all you need to get started. As you have more time and money to invest you can start to fluff out your website.

Google Business Listing

Google for business has two main objectives:

  • help business owners increase their online visibility.
  • help people find and review businesses in their local area.

It’s quite possibly the most comprehensive and accessible business directory ever created.
Anyone using a Google search function which Google determines to have local area intent, such as ‘yoga teachers Southampton’ or ‘chiropractor Winchester’, links to 3 Google My Business listings will be displayed below a map of the local area.  When clicking on a business’s Google My Business listing, people can see the following:

  • The business’s name, address and phone number.
  • The business’s location on a map.
  • The business’s opening hours.
  • A link to the business’s website.
  • Photos related to the business.
  • Reviews of the business left by previous customers.
  • A rating out of 5 for the business (based on scores given by previous customers).

If you haven’t yet added your business to the Google Business listing, I suggest you visit the Create Page and look for the option to create a Google+ Page and get started! Follow the wizard (it’s much like Facebook’s Pagewizard), and choose the most appropriate option to classify your business. You’ll be able to select from the following options: Local Business or Place.

Facebook Business Account

This one is an easy win, who Doesn’t have Facebook these days. Make sure to set up an account that is separate from your personal Facebook account, and that isn’t a group. There is limited functionality using a personal account or group.

From your Facebook profile page, click the Pages header in the left-side navigation. Or head over here Create a Page.  Next, click the Create a Page button, and select the type of page. You’ll see a number of fields to fill out, such as your business category, name, and address.

Engage your followers with information about your class schedules, what’s on, and fun pictures of workshops or offers you have running. Think about how to engage your audience, and how to interact with them. Facebooks algorithm works in such a way that the more Likes and shares you have the more visible your content will be in a subscribers news feed.

Instagram

Instagram has over 700 million monthly active users, less competition and a more engaged audience than other social media giants like Facebook or Twitter

Head over to  Instagram to get started! Having quality photos, and relevant #Hashtags will raise your profile. Go check out people who inspire you, who have a huge following and see what they are doing. Is it photos, video or what hashtags they are using. The more likes you have to your post, the more you will raise your profile and presence.  Be creative, Instagram is more about selling a lifestyle rather than a product.

Tip: Use your personal work email address. Assuming you save your clients email addresses, clients have your address saved in their phones or have their email connected to their address books. So, when one of your contacts uses Instagram’s “Find Friends” feature, you should show up on that list. Therefore, your direct work email address will get you the most hits

Twitter

Using Twitter is an easy quick way to market yourself. Limited to 140 characters per tweet you have to be word savvy, but it’s also a great way to establish yourself in your field with fun bursts of knowledge, tips or offerings. Click here to set up a free account and get tweeting!

YouTube

YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world and 1 billion people visit YouTube each month. Marketing your business on YouTube will help you get found on google due to Google Search function. Videos, images, news, books and local searches are combined together in Google’s search results. If you enjoy being creative in front of a camera then perhaps YouTube is another platform to extend your creative content. Youtube is owned by Google, so any google search will also bring your video !

Tip: Don’t forget to also include call-to-actions inside your videos, with annotations that link to:

  • Other videos
  • Content on your website
  • Email auto-responder series
  • Products and services on offer

You can use a Brand Account to create a channel that has a different name but that’s still managed from your Google Account. Learn more about about Brand Accounts.

Snap Chat

Snap Chat has two very useful functions.

  • Story telling
  • Providing value added content, with helpful information, hints and tips.

Using the video function you can give your audience great insight to yourself and your business. Consumers buy from trusted businesses and using snapchat as a platform to engage your clients is an easy way to engage them. Remember, using social media is about selling a lifestyle.

I’ve linked two useful articles below, the first is, what is the point of snapchat anyway and how does it work?

And this one is a very handy guide to see if Snapchat is going to add value to your business.

Download the app on your phone and get started.

Pinterest

OK, so you might be thinking, NOT ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA website.

However, Pinterest is the fastest growing social media platform with over 75 billion ideas and 10 million unique visitors. Sharing, liking and commenting on users pins is an easy way to increase your visibility on the net. Linking your blog or website photos to Pinterest creates an easy cross platform access for various users. Use Canva, or any other collage maker to create fun and informative picture pins.

Visit website to get started.

Below is a list of Yoga websites for advertising your services. These pages get a lot of traffic, some of them are free to use, however it’s worth considering investing in a monthly subscription.

Yoga Near By

Find yoga classes, workshops and holidays all over the world.

It’s FREE to join

  • Add all your yoga classes
  • Add your yoga workshops and holidays
  • Upload your yoga images

Visite website to get started.

Yoga Hub

Yoga Hub is an online community for Yoga, its also an online directory of Yoga Teachers, Yoga Classes and Yoga Courses.

Visit website to get started.

Yoga Classes Near You

Find A Local Yoga Class Near You

Our yoga class search allows you to access a database of thousands of yoga classes all run by qualified yoga teachers in local venues, yoga studios, health clubs and spas around the UK.

Visit website to get started.

Yoga Trail

YogaTrail is where yoga providers can communicate with their students and keep them in the loop about classes, workshops, news, and events.

Yogis: simply follow your yoga providers to get all their classes in one simple place. No more scouring tons of websites and Facebook pages for schedule info!

Yoga Teacher? Studio owner? Join YogaTrail. It’s free.

Visit website to get started.

Yoga Village UK

The aim of the Yoga Village UK website is to use the wonderful potential of the internet to put yoga people in the UK in touch with each other – internet interactions hopefully leading to fruitful meetings and enlightening student-teacher relationships and friendships.

Visit website to get started.

Annual Fee £35

Independent Yoga Network

In 2004, a number of independently-minded teacher trainers in the UK decided to get together and offer a creative response to the fitness industry’s ill-informed attempt to define acceptable Yoga training.

Visit website to get started.

Yoga Finder

A business listing site for classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training.

Visit website to get started.

Subscription from $23

Yell.com

Be seen in local Google searches. 84% of Yell customers say Yell.com helps their business to be found on Google. Adding your business to Yell.com is the first step to appearing in your local Yellow Pages – the UK’s leading print directory found in over 76% of UK homes

Visit website to get started.


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Yoga for Lefties: Are Lefties Left Out In Yoga?

Yoga for leftiesAre you are left handed? What’s your experience of attending yoga classes as a leftie and why does everything yoga seem to favour the right? Let’s explore yoga for lefties.

“Roll over to your right hand side” the Yoga Teacher instructs at the end of Savasana.

“Place your right hand on top of your left in Dyana Mudra” this is a hand position used in meditation that can feel quite odd if you’re left handed and it is clearly instructed that you can’t just swap it to feel more comfortable.

95% of the time all of the sequences seem to start with the right side, step your right leg forward into Warrior II.

Then it gets super complicated when you add in some of the Pranayama (breathing exercises) such as Nadi Shodana (alternate nostril breathing) which have complicated hand positions.

So why is this? And how can you adapt your yoga practice to feel more natural as leftie? There are some good reasons why yoga practices emphasises the right, then there is myth, legend & laziness.

~ LUNAR/SOLAR: The left side represents the lunar / moon energy which is soothing and calming and the right side represents the solar / sun energy which is energising and activating. If you want to honour this in your yoga practice, begin your stimulating morning yoga practice with your right side and in a tranquil evening practice start with the left side. This is one of the reasons given for rolling to the right side after Savasana, to awaken the energy after the deep relaxation.

~ FEMININE / MASCULINE: The left side represents the feminine energy. It is the subtle, intuitive, feeling side and should be cared for, and not overused to prevent it from losing this subtly. The right side represents the masculine energy and is used more for function, action and everyday transactions.

~ HEMISPHERES OF THE BRAIN: Many of the Pranayama exercises (breathing exercises) have an effect on balancing the hemispheres of the brain. Surya Bhedana (solar breath), you inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the left using your right hand to block and release the nostrils. If, as a left hander, you just swapped this you’d have a very different experience and would actually being doing the sleeping, calming breath. You could swap your hands over and use your left hand to block off the nostrils but you’d then need to swap over all of the instructions as well. If you have a clear understanding of these pranayama practices you can do this but for a complete beginner it would be confusing.

~ A RIGHT HANDED WORLD: Being a leftie is a minority group, 90% of the world of right handed, so it’s highly likely that your yoga teacher is right handed and just hasn’t considered what your experience is like. So tell your teacher that your left handed and that’s is more comfortable for you to modify certain things. After all yoga is about connecting with and honouring your body, working with it not against it.


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