Home Practice Tools
In this section you will find downloads including helpful illustrated worksheets and short videos for you to follow at home, as well as suggested further reading. Enjoy!
Joint-freeing series (a sequence to increase joint mobility – a great beginners practice):
Gentle warm up and Yoga Therapy flows:
- Download the Palm Tree Vinyasa
- Download the Warrior Vinyasa
- Download the Bridge Vinyasa
- Download Breathing Mudras
- Download beginners Sun Salutation
Sacral stabilising exercise for back pain:
- Download Sacral Stabilising PDF
A 10 minute Yoga Nidra relaxation, focusing on heartfelt desires, body sensing and resting in awareness
- Download 10 minute Yoga Nidra, the prefect ending to your home practice sessions!
Ultimately, you learn about Yoga only by rolling out your mat and practicing some poses, or sitting quietly and meditating. However, the following are some good books that might just teach you a bit more about how to do that! I have included links to Amazon but they may go out of date, so you might want to Google the title or simply use these suggestions as a starting point from which to make your own discoveries.
- Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
This is a great read for all of those who are interested in the spiritual path. Warm, inclusive of all the shadow as well as the light and honest to the bone. I loved this book.
- Yoga: Mind, Body and Spirit by Donna Farhi
A brilliant read if you are interested in the mechanics of Yoga and want to learn a little bit about practicing poses in the context of lovely, clear writing. Remember, the reason why people go to Yoga classes is because you can't learn it all by reading a book…
- Yoga Nidra by Richard Millar
Richard is my teacher and writes a brilliant description of the Koshas and how we unveil and unravel ourselves as the witness of various states of being. Yoga Nidra is such a deeply powerful and transformational tool. A great read for anybody interested in meditation or what happens to them when they go through Yoga Nidra practice.
- Structural Yoga Therapy by Mukunda Stiles
Mukunda was my teacher for two years and in this book he skillfully explains how to use simple Yoga Therapy moves to recover from injuries, illness and trauma. It's a great read for the aspiring teacher or anybody interested in learning more about how to heal themselves.
- Soul Food (Nourishing Poems for Starved Minds)
Such a wonderful selection of inspiring poems. I often pull this book out when feeling a little bleak or out of touch with my heart...
- The Curly Pyjama Letters by Michael Leunig
Such an incredible, heart-warming read. To read and to wonder at the grace of life! Download an extract taken from this book.
I filmed the following to give a flavour of the different levels of practice and styles of Yoga I teach, and a sense of how I teach them.
Core Stability and Leg Raises
A beginners practice aimed at increasing core strength and tone the hip flexors. Strength and flexibility are equally challenged. In class you'll earn how to time the movements with a certain type of breathing which will make your mind tranquil and calm.
A flowing practice aimed at developing core stability within a back bend. Over time the spine and back muscles receive tone and strength, and core stability increases. An important aspect of practicing this correctly is the use of abdominal strength in certain places. You will learn all about this in class if you take the Introduction to Hatha Yoga courses or Tri Yoga courses
So now you understand a little of the postures, I'll look forward to seeing you in class...