Thinking about really taking my yoga off the mat

Thinking about really taking my yoga off the mat

We move into an asana and hold. We are encouraged and instructed to explore our body, to do the pose ‘better’… Are you pressing down onto the outer edge of...
October 12, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
Modern thoughts on ancient wisdom

Modern thoughts on ancient wisdom

Karma is a bitch… or so the saying goes… We’ve all heard of the word karma. We might even have used it, usually when we find ourselves frustrated by a...
September 17, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
That's what friends are for...

That's what friends are for...

July 30th is the UN’s International Friendship Day and that has started me thinking about concept of friends and the meaning of friendship. And I’ve decided that Facebook has a...
July 30, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
Harnessing the power of essential oils

Harnessing the power of essential oils

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the aromatic compounds of plants to promote physical and emotional well-being. For thousands of years and across many different cultures and peoples aromatic plant extracts...
July 12, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
Why 108? Delving into the mysterious spiritually significant number...

Why 108? Delving into the mysterious spiritually significant number...

The number 108 features extensively in the ritualized practices of Hinduism, Buddhism and what we call Yogic Tradition. It is the number to which most malas conform... But why? Why...
June 20, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
Why do we use crystals in malas?

Why do we use crystals in malas?

Semiprecious gemstones and crystals are becoming more and more popular as mala components. Apart from their natural beauty - why are we using them more and more in malas? The answer...
May 31, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
Composition of a Mala - looking at the parts

Composition of a Mala - looking at the parts

A mala most often will have 109 or 112 beads;  108 counting beads , sometimes 3 marker beads dividing the mala into 27 bead sections and a Guru bead. Let's...
May 30, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
What are Mala Beads?

What are Mala Beads?

The word Mala is Sanskrit for garland and the history of the mala as we know it, is a long and interesting one... A mala is likely one of the...
May 30, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
Re-affirming Affirmations

Re-affirming Affirmations

We have all heard the term affirmations tossed around, maybe even a bit too much. We might have become cynical about what they promise – too many smiling people claiming...
May 16, 2018 by Laurie Piggott
Do we need to learn the Sutras?

Do we need to learn the Sutras?

We might have come to yoga for ‘physical’ reasons – but we know that yoga extends beyond the physical movements. Can we really just sit on the side-lines picking what we want from it – or rather what we think we want? Do we owe it to ‘yoga’ and to ourselves to learn more? These are the questions I am asking myself…

April 04, 2018 by Laurie Piggott