Breathe Easy Yoga

Would you like to improve your breathing? Most of us could have better breathing habits and, when you think about how important our breath is to our health we should all really try to improve. This video shows 2 exercises that can help to strengthen the diaphragm – our main muscle used for breathing. ByContinue reading “Breathe Easy Yoga”

8 anti-aging benefits of regular yoga practice

Age means nothing in yoga. Our bodies, if kept healthy and happy will go on and on, it’s something that even scientists are coming to agree with. The practice of yoga doesn’t have to take over your life, make you eat vegetarian or grow your hair long. Whilst there are some things that improve with ageContinue reading “8 anti-aging benefits of regular yoga practice”

Is Your Posture Getting On Your Nerves?

Did your know that your posture effects the alignment of the spine and this can have a knock-on effect on the nervous system? As the nerves travel through the spine – down the central cavity and in between the vertebrae – it stands to reason that any misalignment due to injury or bad posture will haveContinue reading “Is Your Posture Getting On Your Nerves?”

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!”

Stepping Off the Christmas Merry-Go-Round

With the count-down to Christmas now in full swing – juggling who’s going where, what to buy for so-and-so and fitting everyone in over the festive period – things get frantic for the body, mind and soul. At these times our heads are jam packed with to-do lists and our bodies are tense holding ontoContinue reading “Stepping Off the Christmas Merry-Go-Round”

Let’s Explore… VAJRASANA

Sit in a kneeling position with the heals rolling outwards and your bottom in the hollow of your feet. Place the hands on the knees, soften the gaze and breath gently through the nose. Vajrasana is useful to stretch out the tops of the feet. There are many benefits gained in the pelvis and pelvicContinue reading “Let’s Explore… VAJRASANA”

I’ve heard that opening the hips can help my backache – how is this so?

In the Yogafit classes this term we have been developing a pose called Anjaneyasana – a deep lunge which sinks the hips down and stretches the groin. Ooh-er Mrs! This is extremely beneficial for us all to have a go at – obviously when suitably warmed up and when the time is right – don’tContinue reading “I’ve heard that opening the hips can help my backache – how is this so?”

Learn to Relax

Our relaxation exercises in the Beginners Yoga last term were inspired by the book ‘Learn to Relax’ by Mike George. It is a very readable book interspersed with exercises to help reduce stress, live in the moment and relax. As you go further into the book there are sections on finding harmony in the relationshipsContinue reading “Learn to Relax”

MUDRA AND THEIR HEALING BENEFITS

The term mudra Means gesture or seal. Most Mudras use the hands but there are also Mudras for the whole body, mouth and eyes. When we sit still in class, either to calm ourselves at the beginning of practice or to rest in between asana (postures), I often suggest a Mudra for your hands. MudrasContinue reading “MUDRA AND THEIR HEALING BENEFITS”