Uniyoga Notes

Pandiculation

There’s a simple movement that we’ve all been doing since the beginning of time. It is nature's "re-set" button - a way of restoring full muscle function and length to a muscle. It is far more effective and safer than stretching. It is called pandiculation. It is like a "software update" for your brain: it [...]

The Stretch Reflex

For most major actions in the body, the brain decides what movement must be taken, the nerve impulses are transmitted out of the brain, down the spinal cord and out to the intended receiver. Then when the action is carried out the impulse return back via the reverse pathway to tell the brain it was […]

What Does Yoga Feel Like?

The closest I’ve ever been able to describe what yoga feels like is saying that it feels like stretching as though it were first thing in the morning, much like a yawn. It’s called pandiculation and it’s a universal phenomenon. Animals do it too, extending their paws in a stretch and yawning widely. In yoga, [...]

Effortless Effort

The immediate purpose of Hatha Yoga is to bring about profound relaxation on every level of our being. This, and only this, allows our full potential to ripen, our true nature to express itself unhindered. Tension is so ubiquitous and deep within us that we don’t even notice most of it. Therefore just making ourselves […]

What is Yoga?

As a yoga teacher, I find one of the most difficult questions to answer is ‘What is Yoga?’ If you search online you will find explanations as to what the benefits might be, perhaps a potted history or descriptions of the process but rarely a meaningful definition. The following text from Godfrey Devereux, whose workshops […]

The Anatomy of Letting Go

One of the founding principles behind a ‘Scaravelli inspired’ approach to yoga practise is to apply a level of kindness that allows people to accept and work with the body’s tendencies in order to unravel them. It is a method successfully employed by osteopaths, rolfers, shiatzu practitioners and the like. This, together developing the skill […]

Interest, Attention and Enjoyment

Each breath you take can remind you to be here now, to treat this moment as important, and repeatedly to affirm the fact that right now you are exactly where you want to be, doing exactly what you want to be doing. You will probably be amazed at how much energy is suddenly at your […]

The Autonomic Nervous System

A vivid example of a healthy nervous system can be seen in a cat when it comes face to face with a dog. Immediately the Sympathetic goes on red alert. The whole of its body is mobilised in a fraction of a second. Its fur stands on end, it spreads and straightens its legs, it […]