Yoga for Peace: where do you start?


lady practicing child's pose for self-care and peace

Chaos in the World, Chaos in the Mind


Whether you are living through chaos, know somebody who is or feel the pain from afar, know that there is something you can do to help. Yoga teaches us that by taking care of ourselves we are better able to take care of others. My yoga teacher and my yoga practice has taught me that we are all connected, and by doing good for ourselves we are doing good.


If this is your reminder to put down your phone and take 5 minutes to breathe then follow your intuition. If you already practice yoga, then roll out your mat and move how your body wants you to move, if you don't, then there's a short practice you can follow along with just below.


It's no wonder that when there's chaos outside that we feel the chaos inside, but the magical thing is, we can control what's going on inside. Sure, it isn't easy, but it is possible. Here are some ideas below.


Self-care isn't Selfish


My biggest suggestion would be to follow your gut on this one. However small it may be, do something for you. Idea's may include:


  1. Taking a moment to connect with a person that you love and share a hug, a message or any other special moment

  2. Get outdoors if you can and take in some big breaths of fresh air

  3. Move alone, with a friend or as part of a community (this could be yoga, simply a walk, or anything else at all)

  4. Meditate on love and kindness (see below for a guided practice)


Yoga Poses for Peace


Here's a simple 10 minute practice that you can do to promote inner and outer peace. With a focus on forward folding and head low positions, we are giving our body and mind the chance to let go. In Sandskrit this is called Vairagya which refers to the art of surrender and release.


With our heads below our hearts, our bodies and minds are pacified relatively quickly. It is easier to refrain from thought or the things that are worrying us, and brings us into the present moment. And it is when we are here in this present moment that we are able to better cultivate feelings of peace within.



If you enjoyed this and would like to join us for a live Self-Care Special on Saturday March 12th please check out our Yoga to Nourish & Restore class.


Loving Kindness Meditation


Loving Kindness Meditation is also known as Metta Meditation as it is a wonderfully powerful practice that promotes self love and love to all sentient beings. You don't need to have any previous experience of meditation to take part. All you need to do is find a comfortable space to sit or to lie down, make sure you are warm and that you won't be disturbed for 10 minutes.



If you enjoyed this and would like to join us for a live Loving Kindness Meditation on Monday March 21st please join our donation based live class as we raise money to support the people of the Ukraine. For more information on how to take part please click here.





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Carrie Froggett





Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, teacher trainer, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.

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