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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 artistic ability, creativity and powers of... 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-indications to this... 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 releasing stubborn habit... 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 solutions to life's challenges. On an... 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
Posted on 9 August, 2016
Oh! the joys of looking after the human body! When we are young, it all seems so easy. We hardly seem to have to do anything to keep the body balanced, and can stay up late, eat and drink whatever we want, work hard and play hard. Well, the news is that Newton’s law of cause and affect influences us all. In other words, there is no getting away with anything. Bad habits will catch up with us at some point! Health is not just the absence of disease, it is also about feeling happy, energised and in love with life. What are the symptoms of great health? Here are a few: friendly and happy sleep well and wake up feeling rested and fresh good mental performance low incidence of ill health long life span
So what are the keys to look out for to keep the Anamaya Kosha happy?   Look... more
Posted on 9 August, 2016
What is Prana? It is more than the air we breathe. Prana is the universal principle of energy or force. It is the sum total of all energy manifest in the universe, all forces in nature, and the powers which are hidden in all beings and lie everywhere around us. There are 3 main ways to harness this invisible force. The air we breathe The food we eat Sunlight The word 'pranayama' translates as the science of breath. It is the most powerful way to harness your innate life force.  You can look after this part of your system and keep it fit by being aware of your breathing. Take time to observe your breath as you walk, as you sit, while at work and upon awakening. Practice breathing deeply. It is known that by consciously breathing with depth, you can maintain a calm mind and balanced... more
Posted on 9 August, 2016
We so often feel that we are at the mercy of our emotions. This is not the case! Our circumstances may not always be under our control, but the way we respond to life and how we react emotionally most definitely is.  Like our muscles, however, our emotions need training. We need to observe how we respond or react to circumstances and then find tools to re-train ourselves. When unpleasant events occur, we can either choose to hang onto the pain or else to: Let it go Transform it Address it with confidence, or with the help of a friend One of the most effective tools I have ever come across to help manage my emotions (Manomaya kosha) was given to me by my mentor, Dr Mansukh Patel, over 30 years ago. I have used it every day ever since. It is the process of introspection. It is also a... more
Posted on 9 August, 2016
What a revelation that you can train the intellect and actively learn to choose the way you think from moment to moment. This really puts us in the driving seat of our lives. We are no longer victims of what is happening to us! Fantastic! 

The practice I would like to share to help keep this kosha healthy is that of goal setting. Every evening I set my goals for the next day. It is a great feeling as I re-call the day and tick off what has been achieved and then focus on what is to come. Having a plan creates a feeling of confidence and control. Having a purpose and a vision for our life is key to our ultimate health and harmony! Below I've written some of my thoughts for you to play with when you sit at night with your notebook to plan the day ahead.   This process is how... more

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