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Its 3PM and the afternoon slump is starting to slow you down. For some of us, that means feeling irritable, or perhaps having dry skin or dark circles under the eyes. In many cases this dip can also arrive with headaches. Simply curling up under the desk is not an option and more caffeine is not a[...]↣ READ MORE

That is what I love about yoga: no matter where my travels take me, with my yoga mat attached to my backpack I can make my practice part of my adventures. I have managed to find some weird and wonderful yoga spots along my travels so far, from breathtaking beaches at sunrise, balconies with snow[...]↣ READ MORE

The shoulder stand, sarvangasana in Sanskrit, is known to be the ‘queen of all the asanas.’ Sarva translates into ‘all’ or ‘entire’, anga into ‘body’. Therefore sarvangasana literally means ‘the pose of the entire body’. This asana is widely known for its beneficial effects on the body and has been described by BKS Iyengar to be[...]↣ READ MORE

Azul hatha yoga instructor Sally Goldfinger will be going to India to lead a special two week hatha yoga and ayurveda retreat in Kerala this January. Here she tells us more about the ayurveda aspects of the retreat. As many of you know I am deeply passionate about the tradition and spirit of ayurveda and[...]↣ READ MORE

Azul’s hatha yoga instructor, Sally Goldfinger, is soon to make her annual trip to India to further her practice and to run a special hatha and ayurveda retreat in the green and tranquil state of Kerala. We catch up with her to find out more. What is hatha yoga? Hatha yoga is the oldest form[...]↣ READ MORE

When it comes to stress, technology is often portrayed as the baddie. Speeding up our lives and connecting us to everything and everyone but ourselves, it’s easy to see why. But the problem also presents a solution and rather than abandoning the technology we can use it in the quest for relaxation. If you are[...]↣ READ MORE

Sore muscles? Jamie demonstrates a great way to give yourself a self-massage to release tight muscles. If you’re a runner, this is definitely one to watch… About the instructor: Jamie Isaac Jamie enjoys many aspects of the fitness and exercise profession, but his passion is Pilates (closely followed by surfing!) Jamie is currently teaching workshops all[...]↣ READ MORE

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

Cat cow pose is a great way to release morning tension in the neck, spine and lower back, so even if you don’t have a setting quite as lovely as the Corralejo Dunes National Park, you can still have a great start to your day. Start on your hands and knees, knees hip-width apart, shoulders[...]↣ READ MORE