This month, Kirsty Gallagher guides us through the winter solstice – the shortest day and the longest night of the year – with a wealth of tips, exercises and yoga postures to work with the elements of hiberna-tion, stillness and drawing inwards.
And as the winter months draw in, our thoughts turn exotic beaches and sun-kissed locations. So to help you pick a yoga holiday for next year, we preview the Top 10 yoga retreats from across the world, and whether you’re looking to practise in India, the birth-place of yoga or want to combine it with a cruise on the high seas, there’s something for everyone.
We also take a look at the diaphragm – and under-standing how this main muscle of respiration works can help improve our yoga practice and general health and wellbeing.
This month’s guest teacher, Laurella Fox-Pitt leads us through Anahatasana, Kapotasana (Pigeon pose) and Eka Pada Rajkapotasana (Mermaid Clasp varia-tion) before a wonderful ‘Hearts and Hips’ sequence that works on these two areas to help release physi-cal and emotional tension.
Plus we catch up with DJ, actor and musician Goldie, we take a look at how we can develop grace through yoga and there’s a philosophical approach to Ayurve-da, Vastu and Jyotisha.
We hope you have a peaceful and joyful Christmas with your loved ones and look forward to meeting up with you in the New Year.