As some of you know, I recently completed a training on myofascial release (‘MFR’) with the wonderful Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. It was a week of tremendous learning and (I don’t use this word lightly) inspiration, and has left me incredibly excited to incorporate more MFR (e.g. lying on blocks, balls, massage) into TPRYoga… Continue reading What the fascia? – why I love myofascial release work.
Author: Tamara Smith
Sounds to live by: A Balinese Frog Chorus
Because it’s the simple things that say I love you: Here is a recording of the rice paddy field frogs by my house in Bali. It’s still rainy season here, so this is what the evening chorus sounds like when dusk falls. Take a break from today’s activities. Sit back, close your eyes and listen… Continue reading Sounds to live by: A Balinese Frog Chorus
Yoga for Cyclists
As a devoted cyclist, I know only too well the effects a long term relationship with bicycles can have on your body. To counteract these effects, I teamed up with my friends at the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative to bring you: yoga for cyclists. These movements will target your hamstrings, hips and lower back, while the… Continue reading Yoga for Cyclists
2017: New Year, New You.
January is back, and with it the screens that yell “new body new you” philosophies from all sides. Here is a sticky, unwashed post-practise affirmation of the following truth: Your body is perfect. Your body is strong, your body is wise, your body is sacred. Your body deserves gratitude, kindness and respect. Capitalism has no business… Continue reading 2017: New Year, New You.
A 6 minute meditation for busy people & some sacred rituals for sanity
In the past few months I got a new job, kept two old jobs, took on additional volunteer work and parted ways with my lover. I open with this because it has reminded me of something precious: times of crisis and transition teach the potency of self care. In times of change these rituals are… Continue reading A 6 minute meditation for busy people & some sacred rituals for sanity
Yoga Playlists: the Build-It-Yourself Collection
Hey yogis, Welcome to the much-debated topic of yoga playlists. Let me begin with a nod to the counter-argument: Yes. Absolutely, no doubt: yoga does not require a soundtrack. Your self practise does not need music, nor do group lessons. Some practitioners never ever have music, and I wholeheartedly respect that. My self practise often has no… Continue reading Yoga Playlists: the Build-It-Yourself Collection
A love letter to pincha mayurasana.
I am not a patient person. This is a fact in my family. One of my earliest memories is of my thrifty grandfather handing my sister and me a Lindt chocolate square each, and instructing us “nicht kauen!” (“Don’t chew”). My sister, who is supremely patient, followed instructions. In contrast I would rapidly demolish said… Continue reading A love letter to pincha mayurasana.