Scotland's Yoga Website
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Yoga Bhoga is all about Yoga in Scotland. It is a place where you can find a yoga teacher or a yoga place to learn and practice.
We maintain a list of resources about all things yoga in Scotland, as well as yoga articles covering all aspects of yoga, from the joys of yoga to the stresses of life and how yoga can help. We also have interviews with yoga teachers and others in the Scottish Yoga Scene discussing everything from meditation to favorite yoga poses.
We cover all areas of Scotland from Edinburgh and the Lothians, Glasgow and Strathclyde, the Highlands and Islands, through Aberdeen and Grampian, Dundee and Tayside, and down to Dumfries and Galloway.
Recent Yoga Articles
Jennifer Ryan's experiences as she travels to the Sivananda Ashram in India and how the experience changed her.
The World Mental Health Survey estimates that 118,000 adults have showed signs of PTSD at some point in their lifetime. Most individuals using medication and therapy had no significant decrease in their symptoms. A ground breaking study reveals that yoga practice actually changes core physiology related to PTSD.
Beginning Yoga can be an important step in improving your physical and emotional health. Yoga's benefits include greater emotional equanimity and physical stamina as well as amelioration of common health concerns such as insomnia and high blood pressure. Yoga is also effective in combating stress and its negative effects on the body.
Why would anyone want to take up learning Yoga during pregnancy? I mean, aren’t the utterly amazing yet often difficult transformations that this time brings enough of a challenge in themselves. If Yoga is specifically adapted to the needs of pregnant women, it has some pretty amazing benefits to offer mums-to-be without adding to their already-full plate. In simple, I feel that for many women Prenatal Yoga gives them an accessible way to enjoy the various stages of your pregnancy to the full, helping them connect with their your baby as he or she grows, and preparing for their birthing experience.
“Whist Yoga centres the energy in our body; Feng Shui centres the energy in the environment around us, ensuring it is comfortable and nurturing. Whilst Yoga strengthens our limbs and focuses our minds, feng shui strengthens the positive energy, or Chi, around us, and can be focused on an element that balances the areas of life we are working on.”
Featured Yoga Articles
“Yoga is essential to help you lose weight! Without it I would be an overweight blob. Celia Hawe is the author of Yoga for Weightloss and used her own experience around the issue of weight gain, inappropriate over eating, and despair around body image, to develop a system of weight loss which uses yoga as the anchor in which to reframe the mind to think positively, to combat stress and therefore emotional eating. She believes that sustainable and enjoyable weight management needs a body - mind - spirit approach. ”
“Yoga, meditation and deep breathing practices have been shown to calm the mind, relax the body and strengthan the immune system - all powerful benefits, when you consider that many medical studies pinpoint emotional stresses as a major cause of physical illness. ”
“Beginning Yoga can be an important step in improving your physical and emotional health. Yoga's benefits include greater emotional equanimity and physical stamina as well as amelioration of common health concerns such as insomnia and high blood pressure. Yoga is also effective in combating stress and its negative effects on the body. ”
Yoga in the News
Yoga Guru Ramdev to Preach Pranayam, Ayurveda in Scotland - Come Sep 27 and there will be an Indian style 'havan' ritual led by Indian yoga guru Swami Ramdev in Scotland. Thousands of devotees cutting across caste, colour, race, religion and geography will breathe in unison on a green little uninhabited isle off northern Scotland in the midst of the blue waters of the Firth of Clyde. Link to Yoga Guru Ramdev to Preach Pranayam, Ayurveda in Scotland.
Baba Ramdev Plans to Set Up Yoga Retreat on Remote Scottish Island - Ramdev, a bearded yogi who claims his branch of pranayama yoga cures everything from Alzheimer's to acne, attracts up to a 20 million viewers to his yoga show broadcast every lunchtime on India TV. The Scottish owners of Little Cumbrae plan to transform it into a centre for yoga and traditional teaching under the guru's direction, reports have suggested. Link to Baba Ramdev Plans to Set Up Yoga Retreat on Remote Scottish Island.
Stepping up schools' PE provision - We have been doing body attack classes, body combat, aerobics and yoga. It is knackering, but it's good fun. Link to Stepping up schools' PE provision.
Yoga Gains Respect Among Doctors - The ancient practice of yoga is finding a new following - among doctors and medical researchers who work to discover its benefits for a variety of illnesses. Link to Yoga Gains Respect Among Doctors.
Yoga for marathon runners - Lockhart, who teaches yoga for runners in classes in and around Glasgow, adds: Ashtanga-style yoga is credited with being a way to prevent injuries, and improve cardiovascular performance. It really lives up to its other name as the 'athlete's yoga'. Link to Yoga for marathon runners.
Is Yoga evil? - Yoga - is it religion or exercise? And should Christians do it? Link to Is Yoga evil?.
Bikram Yoga (Hot Yoga) Comes to Scotland - It is practised across the world and, finally, it has reached Scotland. Everything you think you know about yoga goes out the window when you try Bikram. The idea of doing hot yoga sounds very appealing in our Scottish climate but it is unlike any yoga I have experienced. Link to Bikram Yoga (Hot Yoga) Comes to Scotland.
Border yoga event stretches boundaries at U.S.-Mexico fence - The international group stretched and meditated together before exchanging hugs through the fence bars. Link to Border yoga event stretches boundaries at U.S.-Mexico fence.
Vegan diet and yoga fight cancer - A vegan low fat diet combined with yoga and exercise can help fight prostate cancer, new findings show. Researchers found that combining a diet low in fat and rich in fruit and vegetables with regular moderate exercise seems to switch on genes that fight disease, while effectively turning off others that can promote cancer. Link to Vegan diet and yoga fight cancer.
Effects of Iyengar Yoga on Measures of Cognition, Fatigue, Quality of Life, Flexibility, and Balance in Breast Cancer Survivors - Studies have revealed the benefits derived from yoga which includes improvements in quality of life (QOL) and decreased symptoms for women with breast cancer. Link to Effects of Iyengar Yoga on Measures of Cognition, Fatigue, Quality of Life, Flexibility, and Balance in Breast Cancer Survivors.
Trialling yoga technique on people with chronic illness - Mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing are not mutually exclusive, say three Gisborne doctors who have set out to discover whether Sudarshan Kriya yoga can help people with chronic illnesses. Link to Trialling yoga technique on people with chronic illness.
Krishna Das is to perform in Edinburgh - INDIAN Yoga singer Krishna Das is to perform in Edinburgh next month. The US-based singer, who has been described as "the chant master of American Yoga", will appear at the Queen's Hall for the only Scottish date on his upcoming tour. Link to Krishna Das is to perform in Edinburgh.
Bikram yoga for sport - A lot of athletes are turning to Bikram yoga because it undoes the wear and tear, said Michele Pernetta, who introduced Bikram yoga to the UK, told BBC Sport. Link to Bikram yoga for sport.
Andy Murray Reveals Yoga Secret Behind Defeat Of Roger Federer - Tennis star Andy Murray has revealed bending it like Bikram helped him beat world No1 Roger Federer. The Scots ace said hot and sweaty yoga sessions boosted his fitness. Link to Andy Murray Reveals Yoga Secret Behind Defeat Of Roger Federer.
10 Minute Yoga Practice - No time to exercise? Too busy to relax? In her new column, Nikki Page highlights low-maintenance routines to survive the working week. Link to 10 Minute Yoga Practice.
Please contact us if you want have any information about Yoga in Scotland. We are always looking to feature more about Scottish Yoga.
If you would like to submit an article or be interviewed, or just let us know about things happening in the Scottish yoga scene, please contact us.