Yin and yang theory

The Yin And Yang of exercise; and why both are important! Thousands of years ago the ancient Daoists of China evolved a precise and uncomplicated language in which to explain the universe in dualistic terms. This is known as Yin yang theory. Yang is used to describe the outwardly visible, transient, moving aspects of life; represented by masculinity, light, the Spring and summer. Yin on the other hand manifests as those things which we don’t obviously notice, as the solid and dense aspects of life; represented by the dark and feminine, by the autumn and winter. Yin And Yang are ways of thinking about theRead More →

Yin yoga post trekking

Yoga for post trekking The other day when on holiday in Northern Spain I climbed the iconic mountain looking over Bilbao, Pagassari. Now being in pretty good shape; due to being a yoga instructor with an addiction to outdoor adventure sports, I shot up and down the mountain with relative ease in what amounted to a very enjoyable 4 hour trek. The problems started the next day when I woke up with extremely  stiff calves and what felt like the onset of shin splints that left me walking like a robot for the whole day. Kicking myself for swerving my post trek stretch out inRead 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 →

Dancers pose against a tree

Yoga poses for before, during and after a hike. Nothing quite marries the yoga qualities of mindfulness and being present with the physicality of your body and breath as a trek; where the world opens up into infinity in front of your very eyes, taking your consciousness into a quieter and more primordial headspace as you feel your connectedness with the bigger picture that is the energy of nature all around you. But unfortunately nothing can ruin your down with nature vibe like an injury or tight achy quads and glutes, which leave you walking like a cowboy for days after; with the calves, hamstringsRead More →

supported-bridge-pose

Yoga therapy & sequences for colds So that time of year is here again! The kid’s are back to school and with that comes the trailing back home of all manner of bugs and sniffles. Added to that we’re torn between the regulating of our body temperatures with the do we don’t we put the heating on argument and the constant battle of clothing layers coming on and off between fresh natural environments and stuffy heated interiors such as offices and shops. In spite of the tendency to want to crawl under a blanket and do as little as possible at the first sign ofRead More →

Yin yoga straddle

My experiences with Yin Yoga – From Yinginner to Yinster! So at the beginning of this year in a hot yoga Shala in the Goan jungle, as the scorching sun of the day was just starting to set to the sounds of the serenading monkeys and birds all around us, I was introduced to Yin yoga: a form of yoga which left me somewhat out of my comfort zone in terms of a yoga practice, due to the utter stillness and prolonged sustaining of the poses that contrasted so profoundly with my own style of choice up until then, Vinyasa. But a style that hasRead More →