Holiday Reading

I know it’s usual to read a trashy novel while you are on your holibobs…

But maybe this year try something new? Why not settle down to a bit of yoga reading? You never know you might find it motivates you to do a bit of summer yoga.

 

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My trusty yoga bible – if you only get one yoga book in your life, make it this one. It really does include everything you need to know. Some (about 10 percent) is a little bit bonkers, and really only for those having been brought up in the East with yoga since they were a kid – but the majority is sensible stuff giving plenty of background reading to the topics we cover in class. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Sw Satyanada Saraswati

Pain free

Not a yoga book but this is a must for anyone living with a pain in the (insert your area here). Pete Egoscue has a fantastic, down to earth approach to pain – really that you have caused it by your own health and habits and that you can cure it by altering your ways… It’s not exactly yoga but uses many of the principles and asanas with a matter of fact ‘get off your butt’ manner. Please let me know if you get a copy and follow the advice, I’m always curious to find out how people have got on. Pain Free by Pete Egoscue

Mudras book

This book is a fabulous course in yoga for the hands and shows all the various mudras and asana practices for overcoming lifes ups and downs. It’s an enjoyable read to pick up and put down besides being a great guide for mudra and meditation. Yoga in you Hands by Gertrud Hirschi.

How fit are we???

In our classes over the winter we’ve spent a few minutes each week practising Utkatasana – the Chair pose. This is a high squat with parallel feet with and arms either at shoulder height or overhead.

Utkatasana_Chair_Pose_Yoga_Asana

It’s very good for us as it uses the large muscles of the legs and bottom to get the circulation moving around. Adding in the arms uses the shoulders and if you lift them overhead this uses the core muscles of the abdomen and back. So a really good all rounder exercise.

But did you know that you can measure your fitness using the same kind sitting and standing up exercise? Watch the video below to find out how to test your fitness. As you will see experts agree that the Utkatasana-style movement is a great way to improve your fitness, especially strengthening your legs and lower back.

So maybe have a count up? Let me know in class if you want to!

Photo Competition Winners

A HUGE BIG LOVELY thank you to all of those who entered out photo competition. The judging panel of 6 was made up of both yogis, photographers and people who didn’t have a clue about either. The judges we unanimous about the overall winner but felt 3 other entries were deserving of a prize. If you weren’t lucky this time, don’t worry I’ll run the competition again – so keep on yoga-snapping xxx

Our overall winner is “Tree-Rific” Tree Pose at Worth Matravers, Dorset by Nicky from the Wednesday evening class. The judges thought that the setting and pose worked really well.

A special prize for best caption was awarded to Sarah H from the Wednesday evening class “Coffee and Cake this Way” taken in the Lake District. 

Sarah from the Monday 7.15 class was awarded the prize for Best Seaside Pose

Caroline from the Preston 6 o’clock class was awarded the prize for the Best Back Shot.

Well done to all yogis, photographers and judges, thank you for taking part. 

LOTS OF MONEY RAISED AT OUR YOGA PARTY : )

A HUGE BIG SMILEY THANK YOU to everyone who cooked, donated, photographed and joined in the ‘community’ yoga for our Yoga Party. We raised a whopping £492 for the Leicester based charity Hope Against Cancer.

For those that couldn’t attend, here’s a flavour of the evening…

Firstly, we did about an hour of yoga – mostly with chairs and then worked with a standing balance ‘Vrksasana’ (tree pose) both individually and as a group…

While we waited for the food to heat up Prof. Raghu Raghavan (Trustee of Hope Against Cancer) told us about the work of the charity – how it helps buy equipment, sponsors the work of PhD students and collaborates with other charities to do larger projects.

Then we ate a lovely feast of lasagne and salad (there was a choice of 4 different types and all were delicious)…

Afterwards we had a selection of homemade/grown desserts (of course I had to try them all)…

Finally we all kept our fingers crossed as the raffle was drawn… prizes included a photo shoot and print by Daniel McClean, vouchers for Cook, lots of wine, chocolates and candles. Everyone went home with a treat!

We all had such a good time that plans are already in motion to have another Yoga-Social in September…  a picnic at Rutland water. Keep an eye out in the newsletter for further information.

 

Yoga Party – 23rd June 2018 – in aid of Hope Against Cancer

YOGA PARTY IN AID OF HOPE AGAINST CANCER

Come along for a fun evening of gentle yoga, a meal and a raffle. This is a fabulous opportunity to meet properly the people who you practice yoga with. And you can bring your husband/wife/friends too! Everyone is welcome! We all have been touched by cancer – friends, relatives and fellow students…. so why not raise the roof and raise some funds at the same time with this summer evening event in Preston.

Hope Against Cancer is a local charity with a focus on clinical trials in Leicestershire and Rutland. Prof. Raghu Raghaven (Preston 6.00 class) is involved directly with this charity and will give us a bit more information about their work and how the money raised will be used. You can look at their website here.

SATURDAY 23rd JUNE 7 – 10pm at  PRESTON VILLAGE HALL

1 hour class of simple no-mat yoga including postures, breath work and moving meditation.

followed by lasagne and salad, then a sumptuous pudding table

raffle – tickets sold and prize draw on the night

 

How can you help?

Make a lasagne/salad/pudding. Grow some salad leaves;) Donate a raffle prize.

Come along and bring your friends!

You can pledge a contribution on the clipboard at registration or email me deb@do-yoga.co.uk

 

TICKETS £20 – LIMITED DUE TO NUMBER OF CHAIRS!

Available from classes 21st May onward

All I want for Christmas…

As Christmas is coming up I thought you might like to see a selection of the books I draw inspiration from… they may make an excellent stocking filler for yourself or perhaps for a loved one –

Pain free

This book is a must for anyone living with a pain in the (insert your area here). Pete Egoscue has a fantastic, down to earth approach to pain – really that you have caused it by your own health and habits and that you can cure it by altering your ways… It’s not exactly yoga but uses many of the principles and asanas with a matter of fact ‘get off your butt’ manner. Please let me know if you get a copy and follow the advice, I’m always curious to find out how people have got on. Pain Free by Pete Egoscue

apmb

My trusty yoga bible – if you only get one yoga book in your life, make it this one. It really does include everything you need to know. Some (about) 10 percent is a little bit bonkers, and really only for those having been brought up in the East with yoga since they were a kid – but the majority is sensible stuff giving plenty of background reading to the topics we cover in class. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Sw Satyanada Saraswati

Mudras book

If you have enjoyed the mudras we have been working on this year – then this is the one for you. This book is a fabulous course in yoga for the hands and shows all the various mudras and asana practices for overcoming lifes ups and downs. It’s an enjoyable read to pick up and put down besides being a great guide for mudra and meditation. Yoga in you Hands by Gertrud Hirschi

mudras cards

Again by Gertrud Hirschi, this is a pack of 68 cards each containing a mudra and practice – if you have enjoyed these in class then this is a perfect gift for you! I would recommend sorting the cards into the different themes so that you can select a calming practice, for example at night and a more recharging practice in the morning. On the other hand, you could always just chose one and work on that for a month or so… or chose the one that is offering the healing that you require at that time. Endless possibilities! Enjoy Mudras for your body, mind and spirit by Gertrud Hirschi

 

Do Yoga! Top 10 Asana

Thanks to everyone who voted in my “Favourite Asana” poll at the end of last term.

It made interesting counting and I’ll try to include all mentioned postures in the classes we do over the coming year.

So for the Top 10 Results.  In reverse order…

Number 10 – Shashankasana

childs pose

Number 9 – Universal Twist

Universal twist

Number 8 – Malasana

malasana

Number 7 – Cactus

cactus

Number 6 – Uttanasana

Uttanasana - Standing forward bend

Number 5 – Shavasana

Shavasana

Number 4 – Vrksasana

tree

Number 3 – Virabhadrasana (1 & 2)

Warrior with hair

Number 2 – Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Baby Pigeon)

eka pada rajaka

Number 1 – Elephant Salutation (Surya Namaskara variation)

elephant f bend