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Posted on 11 August, 2016
The sitting forward bend, is great for releasing back tension as it stretches the hamstrings and lower back muscles. It also stimulates the digestive and reproductive systems by massaging the abdominal area. It activates the kidneys, liver, pancreas and adrenal glands and it can help improve diabetes.   yoga-pose-sitting-forward-bendThis posture helps us by calming the nerves, releasing fears and amplifying courage. It also helps bring control over our desire-dominated senses. Paschimottanasana a very powerful asana for... more
Posted on 11 August, 2016
This posture brings flexion and extension to the entire length of the spine. yoga-pose-tigerVyaghrasana is especially beneficial for those people who sit a lot as it strengthens the lower back, abdominal and gluteus maximus and medius muscles, which are all important for good posture. It is also good for women after childbirth as it tones the female reproductive organs. On the mental and emotional level it brings a stronger sense of willpower and determination and the ability to be more flexible in facing life’s challenges is nurtured. On the... more
Posted on 10 August, 2016
The Bhima is a great side stretch, as well as an excellent toner for the quads, glutes and abdominals. yoga-pose-bhima This posture is an extension of the lateral triangle: Utthita Trikonasana and it gives you a long side stretch, opening the intercostal muscles, the lungs and therefore the heart. It provides a much needed alignment between the crown of the head and the lower energy centres. This posture, particularly if used as part of a sequence such as the Inner Fire Sequence or the Vitality Sequence, really helps shift energy up through the spine... more
Posted on 10 August, 2016
There are many ways to work with this posture to gain long term health benefits. Here are some of them!  yoga-pose-extended-runner This posture is used within the Sun Sequence and also as a great body preparation for the illiopsoas muscle for postures like the Lord of the Dance (Natarajasana ), the Camel and the Bow. Dru Sun Salute Come into the extended runner position (see image) and fold your upper body over the thigh, then as you breathe in engage your core stability and begin to raise the torso to... more
Posted on 10 August, 2016
Dhanurasana or the Bow gives a complete activation of the whole spine, helping maintain both its suppleness and strength and also of the hips. It is an amazing backward bend, which opens the chest and stretches the pecs and the quads. In the final stage the bow gives a gentle massage to the abdominal organs, obviously aiding digestion. yoga-pose-bow In this posture the Manipura chakra (the solar centre) and Vishuddhi chakra (the throat centre) are activated. As a result, we find that on a mental and emotional level this posture helps you to express... more
Posted on 10 August, 2016
This posture is invaluable for developing strength and flexibility in the trunk and thighs. It mobilises the pelvic girdle, extends the spine and tones the abdominal, upper back and shoulder muscles. yoga-pos-triangle When you feel stuck in life and finding it hard to let go of old habits, this posture is excellent for releasing that stuck energy from the sides of the torso. The result is that we can perceive a wider picture in our lives. On an energetic and emotional level this posture activates the earth energies in the base chakra, encouraging it to raise upward, enhancing our... more
Posted on 10 August, 2016
The child pose, helps to free tension in the area between the shoulder blades and along the whole length of the spine and is a calming posture. yoga-pose-child Energetically, this posture allows for a resting phase on the earth, creating a wonderful circle of energy flowing over the top of the head and neck, shoulders, arms and hands to the feet, legs and over the back. On a mental and emotional level you may sense a feeling of security and inner peace, as well as experiencing feelings of humility. Contra-indications There are no recognised contra-... more
Posted on 10 August, 2016
  yoga-pose-craneBakasana helps to strengthen the spine, the pelvic girdle and the legs and it also helps with physical balance. It also helps the circulation of the blood to the head as it falls into the inversion set of postures. By performing this posture it allows lots of muscles to be in use at the same time - the hamstrings are both stretched and contracted, the forearm flexor muscles are stretched, the gluteus maximus muscle and the core stability muscles are also contracted. As an inversion it helps on the mental and emotional level by... more
Posted on 10 August, 2016
                    The triangle posture is a great tonic for the digestion and with the twisting movement around the abdomen it helps to prevent constipation too. yoga-pose-rotated-triangleThis posture and the Extended triangle (Utthita Trikonasana) is perfect for anyone suffering from scoliosis of the spine. Perform a combination of both regularly to gain the benefits. This is a refreshing and invigorating posture and can help you let go of frustrations and irritations, helping you find creative... more
Posted on 9 August, 2016
The Kosha model is an ancient model of health that has been the foundation stone for most of those which exist today.   What are the Koshas and why are they important for your health picture? ‘Kosha’ is a word for ‘layer’ or ‘sheath’. It refers to the different aspects of our humanness, as well as the understanding that to create health in all of them is synonymous with absolute radiant and successful living! I was a physical education teacher in my younger days and was really interested in keeping fit. Yoga took my understanding to a whole new level. Fitness is not just a process of toning, stretching and strengthening muscles, it also requires your energy levels, emotions, intellect and inner peace to be 'fit'. It was a fantastic revelation!   The 5 Koshas: Annamaya Kosha - the... more

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