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Family with no back pain

How Yin yoga can ease back pain

The lifetime prevalence of low back pain is reported to be as high as 84%.   

In cases of non-specific low back pain, GPs and physiotherapists generally recommend a programme of gentle stretching and strengthening exercises to ease the pain. 

For this reason, it is understandable that many people suffering from back pain turn to yoga for assistance. 

Personally, I would recommend yin yoga as a gentle way to create space in the body.

Read on to find out more.

The number 108: Curiosity or coincidence?

When taking a deep-dive into this week’s theme of Sun Salutations (or Surya Namaskar in traditional Sanskrit), I was reminded of the mysteries of the number 108. 

Since time immemorial, scientists, mystics and yogis have been intrigued by the number 108. Here are a few of my favourite facts about this celebrated number. Read on to decide whether these curiosities are merely a string of entertaining coincidences or whether the number 108 really has some mystical power and meaning.

Yoga & weight loss: why you’ll never diet again

Type ‘yoga for weight loss’ into your search bar and you’ll be greeted with pages of research-based studies suggesting that yoga can help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This research focuses on anything from the benefits of the physical practice to how reducing stress through yoga and mindfulness affects eating behaviours.

But, what about the Yamas and Niyamas?

What if adopting just ONE of the Yamas could help us to be healthier and happier? Is that even possible? Well, I think it is!