Claire Marie Doyle//what’s your story

follow Claire Marie Doyle on IG what’s your story? I’m originally from south west Ireland but moved to London to train as an actor, singer&dancer. I spent eight years performing as a singer in the West End in some of the biggest shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels aswell as featuring in numerous tv commercials etc however I found myself searching for some deeper meaning in life and being drawn to teaching yoga for many years before finally deciding to get my qualification in Bali last summer. how and when did you get started with yoga and meditation? I’d practiced yoga on&off for the best part of 10years but it wasn’t until I took my first Ashtanga vinyasa class about 5 years ago that I really got hooked. As an ex professional dancer I’ve always had a deep connection to my body but I never truly understood the mind/body connection until I discovered Ashtanga. Over time with practice I learned to truly connect my breath to movement through the Tristana method - (unjayi breath, bandhas and dristi). I love the physicality of the practice but it goes way beyond the physical and gives me a much deeper understanding of my true self. It’s a beautiful moving meditation. if you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be? Advice I would give my younger self - let go of the idea of perfection, there really is…

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CAN’T SLEEP? – YOGA FOR INSOMNIA

You are lying down, because you are tired. You are closing your eyes and trying to relax your muscles, but all you might hear is a racing heart. Maybe you have something in your mind that you cannot stop thinking about. Or maybe your neighbours are throwing the loudest party ever and you already have to get up soon. Being sleepless is taking a lot of energy out of our bodies, especially if we are being sleepless over a longer period of time. But there is good yoga that helps against insomnia and here are some advices for restorative, calming yoga poses that will help you to wind down a good night’s sleep.  LEGS-UP-THE-WALL POSE / VIPARITA KARANI Passive, supported variation of a shoulderstand viparita karani. You'll need one or two thickly folded blankets or a firm round bolster. Rest your legs vertically on a wall or on another upright support.  Step 1 - Before performing the pose, determine two things about your support: its height and its distance from the wall. If you're stiffer, the support should be lower and placed farther from the wall; if you're more flexible, use a higher support that is closer to the wall. Your distance from the wall also depends on your height: if you're shorter move closer to the wall, if taller move farther from the wall. Experiment with the position of your support until you find the placement that works for you.  Step 2 -…

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The 4 Basics of Yoga

Yoga is a proven method of maintaining physical and mental health. There are numerous techniques and each one has its special effect on our health. It is impossible to discuss all those techniques here in this small article, but a short discussion about the yoga basics can be helpful for individuals who are starting with practices.  Although there is a host of health benefits of it, if you are not doing those movements and positions with proper procedure you may not gain the exact benefit of practicing it. Hence, the basics discussed in this article is about the basic sitting position and their positive effect on the physical and mental health of the practitioner.  Perfect posture: Posture is the first and foremost aspect of yoga: whether sitting or standing. The asanas and yogas can be effective if you practice it with right posture. Keep your back and neck straight so that your vertebral column remains perpendicular to the ground. After that you can bend forward, backward or sidewise to attain different positions. The straight and upright posture allows perfect breathing and blood circulation.  Correct placement of foot: Apart from correct sitting position, the correct placement of foot is crucial for the yoga parishioners to get proper benefit of it. After sitting in a perfect posture, bend your knees and place your feet in such a position that the heels touch the groin and the front of the feet reaches high. Turn your food so…

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Can This Online Yoga Class Help You Progress?

Why online? There are numerous online health portals that allow people to perform various your exercises in spite of their tight work schedule. In today’s busy life and hectic work schedule, it is almost impossible to spare time for some sort of yoga exercise. In such cases, internet comes as a boon to these people by offering advanced yoga sessions to people.  Performing yoga exercises is not only meant to get rid of a particular disease but achieving overall health and wellness. The concept of yoga is based on the holistic approach towards health. One not only gains capability of facing various diseases but attains good health in total. According to a study, it has been found the people performing yoga on a regular basis are less prone to common diseases like arthritis, flu, respiratory problems, and eczema etc. These online health portals work on the basis of providing online videos which in turn help the end user to follow the basic and advanced yoga steps shown in the particular video. Further more, online yoga poses support diversity and assortment. This is the reason why many people choose this new medium to learn advanced yoga poses. One can fix the yoga schedule depending on his or her time availability and convenience. One thing that one needs to ensure that there should be proper clean and peaceful environment in the area. Divine wellness is a leading online health portal that aims at helping people learn…

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Yoga: Instant 10-minute Yoga – New Form of Yoga

Yoga began in India 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit language and means, to join or integrate, or simply union. Yoga started, as far as we know, as part of India's philosophical system, but not everyone practiced yoga, and it has never been a religion. About 5 million people in the United States do some yoga. Dance and stretching exercise classes usually have parts and pieces that come directly from yoga. If you ever go to a physical therapist, he or she may give you therapeutic exercises that are yoga postures. There are several types of yoga. The yoga you may have seen on TV or taught at your local Y or an adult education class is called hatha yoga, or physical yoga. Sometimes it's known as the yoga for health. You may also find yoga being taught in a hospital or medical setting. Many health professionals today feel yoga can be part of a treatment plan. Hatha yoga has three parts: a series of exercises or movements called asana (poses or postures in English), breathing techniques of all kinds, and relaxation. Do you drag yourself out of bed on Monday mornings, exhausted before you've even begun the week. Or maybe you can't enjoy your evenings, because work drains you of every ounce of energy. Don't worry, you can boost your energy levels and balance your body with a new form of yoga - dynamic yoga. Its simplicity…

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Does Yoga and Meditation help with breast cancer?!

Yoga to meditation: A look at the complementary methods for breast cancer patients to treat the whole person originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com When Teri Richardson was given the diagnosis of breast cancer, she said she felt like her breath was taken away. "I didn't believe it. I thought they were looking at somebody else's chart. It must be a mistake," she told "GMA." An avid yogi, Richardson said her doctors told her that she wouldn't be able to practice yoga for at least a year. "I was just like, 'that's not really going to work for me,'" she recalled. Richardson found Yoga4cancer, a specialized yoga practice "designed to deal with the side effects from cancer treatments," according to Yoga4cancer founder Tari Prinster. Prinster developed modified yoga poses for cancer patients, such as no downward-facing dog since patients can't be upside down after surgery, and teaches them how to get their breath back. It became Richardson's lifeline. Yoga was different for her after cancer. "It caused me to meditate a little bit more, really focus on my breath. You know when you're waiting for doctors' appointments, even in the MRI machine, it was my breath that helped me keep calm," she said. (MORE: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What to know about the latest developments in breast cancer research, treatment and prevention) Many breast cancer survivors want to be proactive about decreasing their chance of breast cancer recurrence and want to find alternative or…

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The 8 Fundamentals Of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Interview of a Yogi on Fundamentals of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga An interview with a Yogi reveals the honest and real facets of yoga. This one on one is an insight into the famed yogic practices and postures known as “Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga”, and is famous as Ashtanga yoga in India. Can we classify or differentiate yoga? Yes, we can. There are different types of yoga, yogic practices, and branch. However, all yogic practices lead to a common goal of achieving harmony of “body, mind, and soul”. The ultimate purpose of every branch or type of yoga is attainment of supreme consciousness. The two primary types or form of yoga are “Ashtanga Yoga and Iyengar Yogic practices”. There are also 6 other branches or types of yoga, which are significant in their own practices. Explain the meaning and conceptualization of Ashtanga Yoga? Ashtanga is derived from two words “Ashta and Anga”. These two words finds its origin in “Sanskrit” one of world’s oldest language, in which all secret sciences, mythology and epics of Hinduism is written by sages many thousand years ago. In English “Ashta” means eight and “Anga” means limb. Thus, Ashtanga together resembles in English ~ eight limbs path. Therefore, “Ashtanga Yoga” is concept is about the eight limbs fundamentals based on yoga philosophy of Patanjali.   Ashtanga yoga teacher training in India is based on many Vinyasas, and is helpful in developing core strength of body, toning of muscle, potency of mind, and powerfulness of…

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