You know the feeling – when you’re not unwell, just a little off. Maybe you’ve been working too many hours, pushing yourself a little too hard, maybe even dealing with some stuff in your personal life. It happens. In life we ebb and flow and sometimes we burn out. The logical solution is a holiday, but sometimes we don’t have the time, the money, the required full time nanny for the children….
Another day, another study showing the amazing health benefits of yoga. A team of neuroscientists at UCLA have put yoga to the test looking at the effect of a 12 week yoga course on a group of 25 participants aged over 55. They found that the course helped to minimise the emotional and cognitive problems that often precede both Alzeimer’s disease and other related forms of dementia. The findings were simply amazing – yoga has now become the new gold standard for managing mild cognitive impairment showing stronger results than the memory enhancement exercises which have previously been recommended.
Ahh the age-old question that has plagued yogis for centuries (or maybe just the last few years…). Is sleeping in savasana (pronounced sha-VAH-suh-nuh) a small yogic faux pas, or a serious breach of the limbs? Will your teacher kick you out? Are you doing it all wrong? Or are you simply making the most of a well presented opportunity?
When it comes to meditation I’m definitely not an expert. I haven’t reached any kind of enlightened status, many days I can think of around 100 things I would rather do and sometimes my mind is such a jungle I can’t decide whether to laugh at it or cry (or down a bottle of vodka).