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    Is your life a pain in the neck?

    At the beginning of my group hatha yoga classes, I ask my students how they are feeling and what they would like to do. Pretty much every time, most hands are drawn like magnets to their respective necks and shoulders, and relieving tension there is always at the top of the list of things to work on during the session. It’s so common for people to have neck and shoulder pain in our culture that many people have no memory of ever feeling free in that part of their body. The habitual misuse of the neck continues into asana practice, even amongst yoga teachers. Without a doubt, a physical misalignment…

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    Motherly Love

    Once a year, in most countries, we celebrate Mothers. I suspect that one of the reasons that we do so – aside from the commercial enthusiasm of those selling flowers, chocolate and greeting cards – is the tacit recognition that many mothers are under-supported and generally un-celebrated most of the time. With the clarity of hindsight, I have no doubt that the lack of support and appropriate rest during three pregnancies and after childbirth contributed to much of the chronic exhaustion I experienced over the past 15 years, since we can’t easily stop the ball rolling once it starts! As Vinaya Saunders wrote in “How Ayurveda can support a new…