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By Claire Evans ‘Yoga isn’t just about how long you can hold a pose, or if you can get your feet behind your head! In fact, of all the sutras, only 1 is about physical practice, the others are about the spiritual being and the mind. The mind has the power to create or destroy.[...]↣ READ MORE

One big yoga family

So there I was,  30 minutes into class and I’m already sweating profusely. My elevated breathing had started my irregular heart off on a crazy jungle beat. This had set my very un-calm mind off worrying, seriously regretting that I forgot to mention ‘arrhythmia’ on the health form. Ah, the joys of Bikram yoga! Even with[...]↣ READ MORE

Jamie Isaac of Fluid Art Pilates, demonstrates how to perform the roll up. Jamie has recently released a Pilates flow DVD with music by Moby and proceeds going to charity. The DVD features a mixture of classical and contemporary exercises that allows you to build on the principles of alignment and centring and is designed to[...]↣ READ MORE

Jamie Isaac of Fluid Art Pilates, demonstrates how to perform the single leg circle. This easy-to-follow how to will give you all the tips you need to perform the exercise in his ‘Pilates Flow’ DVD. About the instructor: Jamie Isaac Jamie enjoys many aspects of the fitness and exercise profession, but his passion is Pilates (closely[...]↣ READ MORE

This December and January, Simon de Burgh will be joining the team at Azul’s Lotus Yoga Lodge to run two special Wellbeing Bootcamps specially designed for both fitness and wellbeing. We find out more… 1. ‘Wellbeing’ and ‘bootcamp’ are two words you don’t often see together. What does the week consist of and how does[...]↣ READ MORE

Getting started with Pilates

Following on from his blog on the history of Pilates and its creator, Joseph Pilates, Jamie Isaac explains why Pilates is so popular today, how to get started and how to get the most from the method… The use of Pilates to keep in shape by numerous famous actors and elite athletes pays testament to its[...]↣ READ MORE

Although not strictly a Pilates exercise, the side plank is a great core stability exercise and utilizes many of the Pilates concepts. It’s a good way to develop the strength needed for the Side Bend or the Twist, and therefore is often found hiding somewhere within Pilates classes. Start by sitting sideways with the upper[...]↣ READ MORE

This quick clip contains a fantastically simple yet powerful exercise for your shoulders, arms and glutes. Retreat tip Remember the best results come when you focus on how you are doing the exercise, as opposed to simply focusing on getting it done and out of the way.

It’s easy to feel relaxed and balanced whilst in a yoga class or on a yoga retreat, but what about when we are at work, with tight deadlines and too much to do? That’s when we really need access to our yoga calm. A combination of work stress, long periods sitting and poor posture constricts[...]↣ READ MORE

The Azul team are excited to be running an extra special retreat week this May: the Yoga, Pilates & Spanish retreat. Guest instructor Noelia Ruiz will be flying in from Dublin to join the team at Villa Azul in hosting this healthy holiday with a language-learning twist. Here she tells us more about her experiences[...]↣ READ MORE