Fascia is alive and requires certain conditions in order to be able to function optimally. What can you do to keep it supple and healthy?
Yin Yoga is a Functional practice in that it is not alignment-based. It focuses on the purpose of a pose in each individual body structure. Bringing practitioners’ awareness into what they’re feeling in their bodies – ie. a stretch or compression (healthy sensations), or sharp-shooting fiery pain (unhealthy sensations), practitioners are encouraged to experiment with their positions using their limbs, torso, head and gravity, to find the most functional variation of a posture for their bodies.
The mind… The mind can make us believe in things that are not really there, worry about situations that aren’t real, relive events that have been and gone, or live through hypothetical situations that don’t exist. Add to that the day-to-day responsibilities and constant stream of inner chatter that surrounds them, and we move into […]
What is Restorative Yoga? “We have an ancient body subjected to a modern problem: living with chronic stress.” — Judith Hanson Lasater The practice is rooted in Iyengar Yoga, developed by B.K.S. Iyengar who initially experimented with supporting the body with props to create a practice that was more accessible to those with illnesses or […]
Try the following simple restorative sequence before bed for a good night’s sleep or any time during the day when you feel you could do with a little down-time and re-centering during busy periods. The suggested time for each pose is 5 minutes. However, if you have the time, you can stay for up to […]
Today I’m focusing on the physical aspect of the yoga practice – moving a body that was born a particular way, has lived for a certain amount of years, experienced the same habitual patterns through sleep, work and play, and has shaped itself as a result of these different factors. Your body’s life to date […]
Part of my yearly treat is packing myself off to experience one or two weeks of me-time. Since yoga has become integral to my daily life, finding a retreat that incorporates yoga is always my aim. The retreats I choose are typically tailored towards inner work with meditation, energy in the form of asana practice […]
Laparoscopic surgery is one of Western medicine’s marvels, as it enables surgical treatment to be carried out using one or more small incisions without the need to be cut open. As a result, recovery time is less and post-surgery pain isn’t as prolonged or intense. As with any surgery, abdominal laparoscopies still involve bed rest […]
The effects of yoga teacher training can be powerful, and are unique to each participant. Participating in two of Esther Ekhart’s 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, one year apart, has given me the opportunity to see the evolution of my yoga journey, the deep physical, mental and emotional shifts that can take place, and how comforting […]
Mindfulness… Mindfulness has become the latest hot topic since it made it to the top of NHS recommendations for dealing with stress and anxiety. But what is mindfulness? The frenzied rush of day-to-day life, which involves countless to-do lists, multitasking, taking care of ‘real world’ responsibilities such as children, bills, and going to work, as well as newer […]