Postures

The 8 Limbs of Yoga – Ashtanga

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in Blog, Postures | 0 comments

The 8 Limbs of Yoga – Ashtanga

  Simply explained by Mara Carrico – from our friends at Yoga Journal Patanjali’s eight-fold path offers guidelines for a meaningful and purposeful life. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one’s health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of...

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Tadasana

Posted on May 17, 2013 in Postures | 0 comments

Tadasana

Tadasana, at first sight,  appears to be the simplest and least challenging yoga asana you can practice.  In practice this is possibly one of the most challenging. As we get older we generally become lazy in our stance and harness bad habits like carrying the weight more on the left hip or slouching in the upper back for example.  Incorrect weight distribution can lead to a catalogue of physical injury to our joints and overall alignment as well as restrictions to our energy flow and mental clarity. Your yoga class will often begin with Tadasana,  to direct your awareness to your feet on the...

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5 minute hand & wrist sequence

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 in Blog, Postures, Quick Fix Tip | 0 comments

5 minute hand & wrist sequence

Many yoga asanas like downward facing dog and plank, for example, require weight bearing on the hands and wrists. Upper body and core strength is required for these asanas, but the weakness in the wrists can prove to be more limiting. Try these simple but very effective exercises for the hands and wrists.  They will only take 5 minutes  and if you practice them every day, you’ll notice how much more confident you feel to take your own body weight. Finger Flicks Start by standing with the arms by your side, bend your forearms at the elbow and make a fist with your hands. Open and close...

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Quick Fix Tip – Boost your immune system for Christmas – Part 1

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 in Blog, Postures, Quick Fix Tip | 0 comments

Quick Fix Tip – Boost your immune system for Christmas – Part 1

How many of you fall ill just before or during the Christmas holiday period ? Boost your immune system now so you can enjoy your time off from work this festive season, instead of nursing a cold or flu around the Christmas table. We tend to be vulnerable to picking up colds and coughs, and bugs this time of year. As our internal thermostat works harder to regulate between the cold temperatures outside and the central heating indoors, our coping mechanisms are also tested by the rapidly impeding end of the year pressures to close deals, tie up loose ends and meet deadlines at work ………not to...

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To prop or not to prop ?

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 in Blog, Postures | 0 comments

To prop or not to prop ?

If you are a regular student of mine, you will have noticed that I have introduced the ’Yoga strap’ to class and have become quite ‘creative’ with it. This hasn’t always been the case, in fact, for many years, I chose not to use props, preferring to use my current flexibility, strengths and length of limbs to do the work for me. But …… I have learned to embrace its help to move deeper into postures, safely allowing the body to release, which would otherwise be near impossible to achieve without it. The belt simply bridges the gap between limbs which allows the student to...

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Downward Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog, Postures | 0 comments

Downward Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana

Downward dog is one of those widely known yoga poses and one of the first poses you will encounter in a beginner’s class. It will also be visible in the most advanced classes because it’s variations and opportunities are endless.It can be practiced as a stand alone asana as well as a transitionary asana within a flowing sequence, during a Vinyasa class for example. Pronunciation AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna Translation adho = downward mukha = face svana = dog Anatomical Focus Spine & Hamstrings Category Inversion Step by Step Instruction 1 Come onto the floor on your hands and knees,...

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