Shakti Bandha Asanas

In the Stretch and Relax classes we are having a go at the Shakti Bandha Asana (energy block postures). These are exercises that help to improve the flow of energy within the body. They are useful for breaking down neuro-muscular knots especially in the pelvic region where energy tends to stagnate. The postures are veryContinue reading “Shakti Bandha Asanas”

When the going gets tough, the tough team up…

Without a doubt the easiest part of keeping fit is the decision to do it.  Beyond that some begin enthusiastically, some mean to but never get round to it and others find a friend to help motivate them. Teamwork strengthens resolve and builds momentum by pooling struggles and raising spirits when it feels as ifContinue reading “When the going gets tough, the tough team up…”

Yes, You Can Start Yoga In Your 70’s!

I first took up yoga when I was 73!! I found the stretch and relax class at Preston Village Hall (Tuesdays 7 – 8) perfect for me – not too much strenuous exercise. The breathing and gentle exercises helped with my sleeping and relaxation at the same time as strengthening my muscles and bones. MyContinue reading “Yes, You Can Start Yoga In Your 70’s!”

Growing Younger with Yoga

This book by Louise Wiggins is a very accessible book for anyone to pick up and use – in fact it would make a great gift for someone who was thinking about yoga but wasn’t convinced that the practice was for them. It is such a wise book that I can’t help returning to itContinue reading “Growing Younger with Yoga”

Let’s Explore…. PARTNER YOGA

There’s no doubt about it partner yoga has a definite Marmite effect in class – people either really love it or loathe it. No matter, there are very positive gains to working with someone when studying a posture. I like to do it in several ways in class – Observation Encouragement Adjustment/Awareness Working Together forContinue reading “Let’s Explore…. PARTNER YOGA”

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”

Opening Your Heart

Our work in the yoga classes this year will be based upon looking after our hearts.  The work this term involves physical postures to open the chest and strengthen the back – by doing this we are creating more space for the heart to do its’ job.  Often, as a result of sitting for prolongedContinue reading “Opening Your Heart”

Lets Explore… SEATED TWISTS

Twists are great ways to reduce tension in the back muscles and they also help to undo knots in our minds as well… (It’s the yoga magic!) Additional benefits include a wringing action in the soft tissues which squeeze out fluids and then upon release of the twist refill with fresh juices – FEELS GOOD!Continue reading “Lets Explore… SEATED TWISTS”

A Beautiful Verse From The Radiance Sutras

Bathe deeply in that ocean of sound Vibrating with in you, now as always, Resonating softly, Permeating the space of your heart.   The ear that is tuned by rapt listening Learns to hear the song of creation.   First like a hand bell, Then subtler, like a flute, Subtler still as a stringed instrument,Continue reading “A Beautiful Verse From The Radiance Sutras”

Stretch & Relax – September 2017

In our Stretch & Relax classes this year we’ll be going back to basics to remind ourselves of how yoga can help us to live a happier life free from suffering – often this means tackling minor ailments that we simply put up with.  Things like tension headaches, back pain, joint pain and constipation.  AllContinue reading “Stretch & Relax – September 2017”