Seaworthy vessels (& yogis) know that Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose) strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, & spine; tones the leg & arm muscles;stimulates the kidneys, thyroid, prostate glands, & intestines; helps relieve stress; improves digestion; & relieves stress. Core strengthening variations include doing knee in & out motions or lowering & raising the legs while in this pose. To make this pose less intense, yogis can lean back on their elbows & keep knees bent. Whatever you choose, there´s a boat for everyone!
Monday, 29 September 2014
Sunday, 28 September 2014
You don’t need to be a civil engineer to build a proper bridge.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
I´ve never had a student who, during “kneeling-twisted thread-the-needle pose”, did not emit the most blissful ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. For a deeper twist - and a deeper ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - enter the pose lying on your belly, with your top leg bent (your legs will look like a figure 4), & letting the top arm drop, spiralling, blossoming your chest open. (Am ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhing just thinking about it.)
Friday, 26 September 2014
Achieving a state of internal stillness during physical movement is challenging, especially when your monkey mind is given free rein to battle with judgement, anxiety, fear, boredom, that stressful situation at work, finding time to do the laundry, what to make for dinner, where you put the shopping list - all while trying to move your body into an asana. Try focusing your eyes on one spot in the mirror, or the ceiling. When the eyes wander, the mind begins to wander.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Ever wonder why goddesses have great legs? It´s their not very secret superpower: Utkata Konasana. Goddess Pose (or Fiery Angle Pose) is a dynamic heat-creating standing pose that, along with the benefits listed below, strengthens their quadriceps & inner thigh muscles. Call it a squat if you will, but do so at your own peril.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Laid-back Buddhas (& yogis) know that Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose) is a deep passive back-bend that targets the whole front body. It stretches the abdomen, thighs, deep hip flexors (psoas), knees, & ankles; strengthens the arches; lengthens & relaxes the spine; relieves tired legs; improves digestion; helps relieve the symptoms of menstrual pain of our yogi-heroines; & calms the whole body. You can be a hero *&* kick back - now what´s better than that?
Monday, 22 September 2014
When we learn to let go, we are limitless.
Sunday, 21 September 2014
In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so that we can hold poses longer, allowing us to open your body through passive stretching. These postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, & blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining. Need more convincing? Not only do our organ systems benefit, but there´s also a reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides, & blood sugar levels in the blood, an increase in “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia, & generalized fatigue. What are you waiting for? - grab those pillows!
Saturday, 20 September 2014
Yogis (especially the windy ones) know that Apanasana (Knees-to-Chest Pose) is a simple posture that relieves tension & pressure in the digestive system & back. It removes gastro-intestinal pain, wind, the physical pain associated with menstruation; relieves constipation; reduces tension in the lower back & aids in removing sciatic nerve pain; & helps resolve Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Yoga holds that the seat of the mind is in the digestion, so for whatever ails you “down there”, get on your backs!
Friday, 19 September 2014
Funky chairs (& yogis) know that Pavivrtta Utkatasana (Revolved/Twisted Chair Pose) strengthens their thighs, hip flexors, & calves; opens their chest, upper back, & shoulders; improves the ankles’ range of motion; helps with circulation; & that the twisting motion stimulates their abdominal organs. And whoever heard of a chair with weak ankles or indigestion?
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Monday, 15 September 2014
Do I need to outline the benefits of *this* inversion?