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Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice

December 29, 2014

Charity Taster Session

People often ask my why I choose to do yoga rather than some other form of exercise.  The problem with answering this question is that I could talk for hours on the numerous benefits.  Here are just a few that come to mind today which may inspire you to take up a regular yoga practice and attend my classes in Wilmslow which start on 5th January 2015.:

  • It uses your own body weight to strengthen bones and muscles, which means you can do it anywhere without any special equipment.
  • Yoga strengthens the core stabilising muscles of the abdomen and back.
  • It increases flexibility and balance.
  • Yoga improves breathing and lung capacity.
  • It improves heart function, reducing blood pressure, easing palpitations.
  • Helps to relieve stress.
  • Yoga helps to detoxify the body.
  • It boosts the immune system.
  • Yoga can alleviate insomnia.
  • It increases willpower to help fight food cravings.
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5 Yoga Tips for Autumn

September 30, 2014

During the autumn you need to keep your yoga practice calming, warming, grounding and consistent.

1. Ensure you are fully grounded in your standing poses, through the base of your big toes, little toes, the sides of your feet and your heels. Garland and Malasana are good grounding poses.

2. Practice at a slow, steady, comfortable pace. Skip Sun Salutations and practice one pose at a time. Standing poses such as the Warrior and the Triangle are beneficial.

3. Hold postures for a shorter time than normal but do multiple repetitions.

4.Hold postures focusing on the breath, keeping it deep and calm as the lungs need a good smooth flow of oxygen. Practice Ujjayi pranayam, this has the benefit of being a warming breath.

5. When meditating use the mantra So Hum (I Am), it is the sound of the breath. It is especially grounding as it takes us out of our minds and connects us with the body and the breath.  You  silently chant “So” on the in breath and “Ham” on the out breath.

 

5 Tips for Healthy Glowing Skin

January 31, 2014

Cold temperatures and dry indoor heat can cause havoc to our skin. Our skin is our largest organ and yoga is one of the best ways to restore our skin at this time of the year. Yoga exercises can improve the circulation and blood flow to the skin. The deep breathing that is used whilst doing yoga boosts cell oxygenation and calms the nervous system. Stress has a detrimental effect on the skin, speeding up the ageing process. The following tips can help you achieve healthy glowing skin.

1. Practice postures that increase blood circulation to the head and face, e.g. Adho Mukha Savasana (Dog) and Halasana (Plough).

2. Practice poses that improve the digestive process and detoxification of the body, e.g. Paschmittonasana (East Back Stretch) and Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Twist).

3. Practice facial yoga exercises to tone the facial muscles, e.g. Simhasana (Lion) and Eye Exercises.

4. Practice relaxation and breathing techniques, e.g.Nadi Shodhana and mantra.

5. Smiling is the best and easiest ways to achieve a natural glow. Practising yoga with friends can help you become positive about yourself and make you glow.

5 Tips to Inspire your Yoga in 2014

December 30, 2013

Happy Hew Year

Hatha Yoga Classes are taking place  in Alderley Edge and Wilmslow and Face Yoga Classes in Alderley Edge.  If you wish to join any of the classes please call me on 01625 585595.

To help inspire your yoga I have detailed below a few tips from webmd.com:

  1. Put the emphasis on your internal experience rather than your outer performance.
  2. Learn to experience the sensation of movement, down to the tiniest micro movement.
  3. Always try to find your “edge” — the place where your body feels challenged, but not overwhelmed. When you achieve this, keep an open, accepting state of mind.  Give yourself permission to rest when you’re tired.
  4. Combine your yoga with positive self-talk. Appreciate your efforts and praise your inner goodness.
  5. Recognize that you are not only working on your body, but are also working to develop qualities like patience, discipline, wisdom, kindness and gratitude.  Realize your efforts are not just inspiring you, but also inspiring others as you become more attuned to who you are, inside and out.

5 Reasons Yoga Improves Health & Fitness

December 11, 2012

1.  Uses Body Weight. Yoga uses the individual’s own body weight to uniformly strengthen, stretch and tone muscles unlike some regimes which overdevelop particular muscle groups.  Yoga helps to build lean muscle mass.  The metabolic needs of muscles tissue are higher than fat tissue, burning more calories during and after exercise.Yoga uses minimal equipment and can be practised at home.

2.  Core Strength.  Yoga strengthens and conditions the core stabilising muscles of the abdomen and back. Lessons include exercises that strengthen and tone the large and small muscles of the hips, lower back and abdomen. Exercising these muscles improves overall stability of the trunk enabling you to perform various activities that require strength and agility or just enjoy life more fully.

3. Aerobically Challenging.  Sequences such as the Sun Salutations and other continuously linked poses increase the heart rate, making yoga aerobically challenging. Holding poses for longer periods of time also makes them more challenging.

4. Stress Reduction Impacts Body Fat.  Your body releases the hormone cortisol during its ‘fight-or-flight’ response to stress. In turn cortisol can raise blood sugar levels which causes your body to release insulin. Insulin sends a signal to your body that causes food to be stored as fat.  A regular yoga practice helps to relieve stress and thus your cortisol levels and the chain of events that follow.

5. Detoxifies Body.  In yoga the body is lengthened, twisted, turned and inverted whilst breathing deeply.  This facilitates the removal of carbon dioxide, lactic acid and lymphatic fluid from the deep tissues and extremities of the body which a jog or a bike ride don’t reach.

5 Yoga Tips for Eternal Youth (without Botox)

November 9, 2012

1. Yoga improves circulation to the facial tissues helping to smooth and soften your skin and eliminate wrinkles.  Inverted postures flush toxins out of the facial tissues and flood the facial muscles and skin with nutrients helping you look younger. During yoga the throat and neck are stretched, firming and smoothing the skin. The eyes are also stretched and toned, smoothing out eye wrinkles.

2. Yoga activates and stimulates the 7 main chakras which in turn stimulate all the glands within your endocrine system helping to keep you youthful.  The endocrine system is responsible for the overall wellbeing of your body and the ageing process.

3. Whilst in deep sleep 80% of your growth hormones are produced. These hormones heal and repair your body. Incorporating yoga in your life helps you sleep well and assist in slowing down the ageing process.

4. Yoga gives you a youthful and elegant posture by keeping the spine supple and strong. Yoga also stimulates the thyroid gland which regulates your metabolism and helps you stay slim.

5. Yoga encourages deep breathing making more oxygen available to your heart which goes to your blood cells making your skin glow. The breathing and relaxation techniques taught help you deal more effectively with stressful situations keeping your forehead soft and smooth.

The regular practice of yoga can help you look and feel more youthful, vibrant and beautiful throughout your whole life. Yoga keeps you youthful from the inside out, young organs, young joints, young muscles, young nervous system and a young outlook. You glow from the inside out.  With personal tuition a program can be formulated for your specific needs.

5 Reasons Yoga Makes You Happier

June 21, 2012

  1. Yoga relaxes the body and the mind.  It helps you focus on the experience, preventing the mind jumping around and becoming anxious about the future or the past.  It encourages you to focus on the present moment, the most important moment and enjoy it.
  2. It surrounds you with like-minded people, people who are positive and happy, making you feel happier. You have no doubt felt how draining it can be to be in the company of negative people.
  3. The less intense forms of yoga like Hatha yoga give your body the opportunity to restore itself from the stresses and strains of daily life.  Attending just one class a week can help balance your life and make you feel more grounded.
  4. It teaches you how to bring more energy into your day by concentrating on your breathing for a few moments.
  5. Yoga encourages you to be kind to yourself and dedicate a little time towards caring for yourself.  This sense of inner joy can be addictive. Yoga teaches you to  accept you, love yourself and  respect your mind and body.