Yoga backbends and what’s stopping you going deeper.

Let’s talk about yoga backbends As someone with a pretty decent range of motion (ROM) in my back thanks to a combination of the bones god gave me, years of surfing which has made my back nice and strong and a very regular yoga practice through my job; you guessed it as a yoga teacher! backbends have always been enjoyable for me. A great pick me up when I need a boost of energy and an easy go to for an insta star pose! But what’s really going on back there in a backbend and why do some people loathe these poses just as IRead More →

5 yoga props for home practices

5 Yoga props that will become your best friends in your home practice Practising yoga at home is normally a solitary, personal affair. And whilst we often appreciate these moments of solace and me time, it’s also nice to know that you have some on hand home support when you need it in the shape of yoga props. Forget expensive Shopping channelesque keep fit gadgets, these 5 simple props come at a minimal price, accessible to any budget, that’s if you don’t have them in your house already. Whether you use them to relax and restore, or as aids to advance your practice, the followingRead More →

5 secret yoga poses that can be performed anywhere

Undercover yoga for the mild yogaholic! Isn’t it annoying how real life can get in the way of your yoga practice? The commute to work, being stuck in the office, the supermarket run and busy social lives, all get in the way of our precious time on the mat. Don’t you just wish that you could practice yoga everywhere some days, and whenever you needed it? Well with these 5 undercover yoga poses there’s no need to stop your favourite practice just because you can’t get to your mat. And the best thing is the unknowing Jo public will never even know what you’re upRead More →

Knees-chest-chin tutorial

Make vinyasa transitions between Plank and Cobra flow more fluidly with this Knees-chest-chin tutorial. An often challenging pose for beginners, this preparatory pose for Chaturanga dadasana is more about technique and alignment than actual strength to perform correctly. However an engaged core and a degree of shoulder stability gained through strengthening your supporting shoulder muscles, will help you make your way through this vinyasa yoga transition more gracefully Remember to keep those wings in by sliding your elbows along your ribs, which will in turn plug your shoulder blades down onto your back creating more stability when transitioning down to the floor and leaving you setRead More →

5 yoga poses for airport stopovers

Stretch it out on a long haul flight with these 5 yoga poses for airport stopovers Random flight times, passing through a variety of time zones and not knowing whether you’re eating breakfast at dinner time or the other way round! Long haul flying can be trying at the best of times and even more so if you add in a stopover in some far flung airport on route to your final destination. There are of course some basic measures that should be taken to ensure as comfortable a journey as possible; such as wearing loose comfortable clothing and drinking plenty of water. However thisRead More →

Yoga after knee replacement surgery

Yoga after knee replacement surgery Yoga can actually be a very useful tool in the rehabilitation process after knee replacement surgery. Carried out mindfully and with awareness of your limitations at any given point throughout the recovery period, yoga can help to minimise or even eliminate bad postural habits that you may have had prior to surgery and which may have even been a contributing factor to your knee problems. The range of motion in your knee will depend on various factors including: the range of motion you lost prior to surgery, how long ago the surgery was carried out, and if you’ve been followingRead More →

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Chandra namaskar/Moon salutations A wonderful alternative to Sun Salutations, this slightly lesser known yoga sequence has a more grounding effect than its sun counterpart making it great for an evening practice. Working a lot with hip openers, which helps free built up emotional tension that is said to be stored in this area, this series of asanas is also great for toning the legs and glutes. This tutorial takes the first one slowly and then invites you to practice 2 more guided rounds in time with the flow of your breath. Don’t worry too much about your breath pattern, just let if flow freely withRead More →

How to do Downdog

The benefits of Downward facing dog Arguably the most well known yoga pose of non yoga practitioners, Downward facing dog is an important base pose that’s about so much more than just wagging your tail in the air. A full body stretch that creates space all the way up the back of your body releasing: your hamstrings, hips, thoracic spine (mid back), between your shoulder blades and even across your chest; this infamous pose is also an inversion and an entry level arm balance that precedes all of the challenging asanas that come under this heading. Added to this Downdog is also an important transitionalRead More →

Marichyasana c

The benefits of Marichyasana C A wonderful seated twist that gives all your internal organs a massage and wringing out by placing gentle pressure on them. Marichyasana is considered a detoxifying pose as it’s particularly beneficial in massaging your liver and kidneys, which both act as filters for the body. This seated spinal twist is also great fro your digestive system and can help give you more mobility and flexibility in your spine as well as helping you to find more space in your back, which in turn helps with elongation of the spine. Added to this it’s also a hip opener and with theRead More →

Trikonasana - Triangle pose

The benefits of Triangle pose – Trikonasana This strong standing pose is a fantastic way to build strength in the legs and core as well as opening up the chest and hips. Working with your deep internal psoas muscle to hold your torso extended towards to the floor, your legs will also get beautifully toned when practicing this challenging asana. Taking its name from the triangular stance that you put your body into; Triangle pose is easy to get wrong by trying to come too far too soon into the pose.The misconception is that Triangle pose is all about getting your hand down on theRead More →