Ujjayi Breath – a beginners guide

  Ujjayi Breath is a great practice for relaxation – calming for the mind and soothing for the body.  It is also great treatment for anxiety and insomnia. Please be patient with yourself when learning this practice as it’s not the easiest practice to do. Sit in a comfortable position, the spine erect and theContinue reading “Ujjayi Breath – a beginners guide”

Understanding Your Own Breath

Sitting still and simply observing your own breath or working with a Pranayama (Ujjayi – for example) are calming exercises that will help you to get to know your breath. Simple practices such as these help to relax us – body and mind –  a relaxed body breathes better; a relaxed mind thinks clearer. I’dContinue reading “Understanding Your Own Breath”

Nurture yourself to Keep Healthy…

In these trying times it’s very easy to be short tempered with our housemates. It’s very easy to sit for hours on end binging on a Netflix serial. It’s also very easy to keep on pouring the wine/gin/beer. Try your very best to resist. Taking half an hour out for deep relaxation will make allContinue reading “Nurture yourself to Keep Healthy…”

Nurture yourself to Keep Healthy…

I know that it’s sometimes hard to stay awake during our deep relaxations! But you should try to… when we relax the body and mind for about 15 minutes we have a chance to truly nurture ourselves. The ancient yogis said that this type of stilling the body and mind is equivalent to 4 hourContinue reading “Nurture yourself to Keep Healthy…”

Go away – I’m busy relaxing!

Do you find it almost impossible to relax because you feel guilty when you’re not busy? We increasingly live under constant pressure to be productive – doing something every moment of the day; multi-tasking; maximising every second. The increase of mobile phones means we have messages coming at us 24/7 – there is never aContinue reading “Go away – I’m busy relaxing!”

Stretch & Relax – September 2018

In this year’s Stretch & Relax classes we’ll be taking a tour around the body seeing how each part feels for us on a personal level and also how improvements with one area can often alleviate issues in others… We will begin with our FEET which form the foundation o f our standing postures andContinue reading “Stretch & Relax – September 2018”

Next term – 19th February to 30th March 2018 – Stretch & Relax Classes at Tinwell and Preston

    The work for this half term will focus on some standing postures – the Warriors. These are great for stretching and  strengthening the legs whilst also developing the core and back muscles. We’ll continue to improve our breathing with the stepped breath – great for relaxation too.

Nada Yoga – The Yoga of Sound

Last Saturday I was at an ‘In Service Training’ day with the British Wheel of Yoga. The topic was Nada Yoga – which translates loosely to the yoga of sound. It was taught by Rajesh David, yogi and musician – you will have heard his melodies if you have been to one of our classes.Continue reading “Nada Yoga – The Yoga of Sound”

Beginners Yoga – June 17

We’ll be focusing our practice on relaxing the spine and the breath this term with a view to soothing the nervous system. The nervous system controls and regulates all the other systems of the body – we have this year looked at the skeletal, muscular, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The nervous system carries messagesContinue reading “Beginners Yoga – June 17”

Understanding Your Own Breath

Sitting still and simply observing your own breath or working with a Pranayama (Ujjayi, abdominal breathing, 3 part breath etc) are all calming exercises that will help you to get to know your own breath. Simple practices such as these help to relax us – body and mind –  a relaxed body breathes better; aContinue reading “Understanding Your Own Breath”