Yoga, Energy and Information

I’ve enjoyed New Scientist  for many years, and I thoroughly recommend getting yourself a subscription. It really is news without bias – albeit science-related news. But, there are verifiable facts to be read, whereas pretty much every other news source has its own bias.

Anyway, lately I’ve been reading some very interesting articles about energy and information, and I think that they a direct relationship to our Yoga and Hot Yoga practice here in Bristol, and worldwide.

It turns out that information is energy. That’s right: you can convert information into energy. Recent research suggests that tiny devices could one day be powered by information alone, and some speculate that this is how life is different from things that aren’t alive: that life has long exploited tricks to convert information into energy and vice-versa. Information is a kind of energy storage. Crazy, right?

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Mental health for self-employed Yoga teachers

We live in a dangerous world! It’s called self-employment. And it is dangerous: up to 30% of new ventures fail within the first year, and 60% or more have folded within three years[1]. There’s a tremendous amount of pressure to do well as a teacher – in part, to be recognised by our peers, but also to pay the bills every month. Being a teacher is a great lifestyle, and we’re all grateful to have this wonderful opportunity to help and share with people. And at the same time, it really isn’t easy for Yoga and Hot Yoga teachers – especially in Bristol, because Bristol is so well-served with studios and teachers (and that’s a good thing for Bristol).

We all know how important it is to take time out for health and well-being. But often, we don’t, because there are pressing matters to attend to all day long. Let’s reflect on that for a moment. As Yoga and Hot Yoga teachers in Bristol, we often help people who have injuries. It’s not uncommon to be told: “My neck|shoulder|wrist|back|hip|etc was fine… I wasn’t even doing anything. One day, it just went, and I’ve been in pain since.” And we’re probably thinking to ourselves that the injured part wasn’t fine, and it may have been trying to say that it wasn’t fine for a long time. But for whatever reason, it didn’t catch the students’ attention until lasting damage actually occurred.

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Why are more and more Yoga studios using heat?

Heated Yoga classes really are a thing. For instance, Forrest Yoga classes run at 29oC, and have done for a long time. Yogafurie classes (in Bristol) run at between 30oC and 42oC, depending on which of our seven class styles is running. In this blog, we’ll talk about why heat works for Yoga, and what this means for today’s Yoga teachers.

Yoga is Breath…

…or so many people would say. As it happens, good breathing is the first thing a student learns in well-led Hot Yoga classes. If students do not breathe well, then they will struggle to relax into practise. A fit person could go through years of room-temperature Yoga practise, and never really learn to breathe – their strength and fitness carries them. But fitness does not make any difference in elevated temperatures: the body-mind is under a distinct load, and the only way to relax into that load is to breathe well. In this sense, each Hot Yoga class is an opportunity to help students understand and realise the power of their own breath to influence their mood, their energy and their day. At Yogafurie, we understand and want to make the most of the opportunity in our Bristol classes.

Here to stay

It’s unfortunate that many schools of Yoga have been hit by scandal in recent years. Sadly, many of the most senior figures have been discredited. However, despite the problems, Hot Yoga is here to stay. It delivers unique results – we’ve spoken about breath already. There are other, measurable benefits too. For instance, due to a property called thixotropy, Hot Yoga can help our bodies to better manage the waste products that our cells produce.

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Don’t snooze the alarm…

I’ve always been a morning person. That’s useful these days, because my life is quite busy. Often, the only chance to get a Yoga practice in is first thing in the morning. It’s not uncommon for me to get up at 4AM. This is very early – and it feels very early at the time! – but it does mean that I can get a really good Yoga practice, perhaps even go to an early Hot Yoga class, and still do a day of work and family life. I just find I go to bed earlier.

Discussing this with someone recently, they said: “If my alarm went off at 4AM, I’d just snooze it”. And I just thought: well, nothing changes if we snooze the alarm all the time.

People come to Yoga and Hot Yoga for a variety of reasons: they want to be stronger, they want to recover from injury, they need to relax and de-stress, and many more. Most boil down to a feeling that something is not right at the moment, and that Hot Yoga can help remedy things.

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8 Reasons Why You Would Love a Yoga Holiday

Who doesn’t like taking a break? Whether we take city breaks, week long beach holidays, staycations, extended travel, or anything that gets us out of the routine of life, they are an essential part of staying happy and healthy throughout our lives.

Often we go on holiday so that we can take a break from work, family, responsibilities. We dedicate time to see somewhere new, learn something new, remind ourselves what life is about. And yes you know it – life isn’t about the grind!

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Research finds Mudra Practice can Reduce Stress and Increase Sense of Well-Being

Feeling anxious, depressed, stressed, low, lethargic, demotivated. We’ve all been there, and some of us suffer more than others.

In the UK it feels natural for us to turn to our doctors, who are likely to prescribe medication to chemically alter our moods. We might also turn to friends, family, loved ones, who want to fix it as best they can. Often both of these solutions aren’t the cure all. Somehow or another we might find ourselves still feeling this way, or perhaps worse than before.

So what other options are there?

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What did the Gloucestershire Cricket Team really think of their training with Yogafurie Hot Yoga?

As part of a busy pre-season training schedule, the Gloucestershire Cricket team joined forces with Yogafurie Hot Yoga. The team have been practicing hot yoga in 35-42 degree heat, working on flexibility, balance, strength and control with the instruction and help of Lead Instructor Ed Wood.

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Daphne’s story – how hot yoga has helped with the menopause

Daphne has found many benefits from hot yoga in her previous 2 years practicing with Yogafurie. Most especially Daphne has found that her regular practice of hot yoga has helped her to manage her symptoms throughout the menopause.

Daphne, 53, attended a Yogafurie hot yoga class 2 years ago and became hooked. That same time starting hot yoga was also when she noticed her menopause and its symptoms kicking in. “I was noticing symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes and insomnia where I would wake up lots of times in the night and couldn’t get back to sleep.”

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Laura’s story of physical, mental and family benefits gained from Yogafurie Hot Yoga

Laura has found so many benefits in her life from Yogafurie Hot yoga that she is now celebrating her 500th class in 3 years.

Laura, 41, reports she is the strongest she has ever been, as well as enjoying both physical and mental health benefits thanks to her regularly attending Yogafurie Hot Yoga.

“I was looking for an exercise, something physical that would benefit me instead of having a gym membership”.

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Warming to the idea of change as a teacher?

As a teacher, I love concluding a class knowing that I really reached the students. Some kind of magic happened, and there’s a palpable feeling in the air – the things that were said, the things they did, it all landed. They feel great, and so do I. It doesn’t happen every time! So, it’s special when it does.

Yoga teachers reading this will know that same, special feeling. In a way, it’s a call to action: to go outside our teaching comfort zones and reach new groups with different needs and wants. I say that because it’s wonderful to work with the people and methods we already connect with. It’s great then to reach out and extend that connection to new methods and groups whenever we can.

Many Hatha and Vinyasa teachers will never have taught in heat. Often, they have very valid reasons – usually, an unpleasant experience in a studio that perhaps didn’t embody the values of Yoga. Well, it doesn’t have to be like that – all studios are not the same. There are studios that live the tradition with authenticity and use heat. And they have buzzing communities of engaged students, who all share the teacher’s love of Yoga.

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