Yoga Throughout your Cycle

Nothing is lost by taking time and enquiring into you cycle, actually you’ll achieve a greater understanding of yourself and gain an ability to work with your natural cycle for better holistic wellbeing[1]. I encourage you to have an open mind as you read and start to feel the changes each week in your cycle. Don’t doubt anything you feel, trust your intuition.   When I first heard about what a woman should and shouldn’t do during her cycle, I was twenty years younger and thought it was archaic and out of touch with my sassy life. As I’ve matured in age and experience, insight and love, I’ve come to realise the beauty in my cycle as it gives me insight [...]


Yoga and Stress

The occurrence of stress and awareness of stress is now widespread.  Most of us feel stress of varying degrees at some time in our day.  Stress is a natural process of our human physiology, and one which we need. Stress helps us to adapt to our changing environments and plays a necessary role in helping us cope with danger. Our bodies respond perfectly to stress by creating a chain reactions to release various hormones - most notably epinephrine ("adrenaline"), norepinephrine, and cortisol - from the adrenal glands above each kidney.  These hormones increase the heart rate, increases respiration, increases the availability of glucose and thus regulating metabolism.  They also act as anti-inflammatory hormones, influencing memory formation, controlling salt and water balance, influencing [...]


6 Benefits of Abdominal Breathing

Abdominal breathing regenerates our cells and organs. It reduces stress in the body. It maintains our blood PH levels. It positively influences our heart rate. It reduces inflammation in the body. And it improves our mental clarity. Breath quite literally sustains life. Western medical research has shown that our health can be influenced by how well we breathe. Thoracic and Abdominal breathing are the two types of breathing that occur automatically based upon the metabolic demands of the body. Thoracic refers to the area of the body encased by the ribs, which runs up to the clavicle whilst abdominal breathing relies upon a strong and important muscle called the diaphragm that extends across the base of the thoracic cavity. These two [...]


How to do – Balasana

Balasana - Childs Pose Sitting on the heels, fold forward and lower the body over the thighs, extending the arms forward and lower the head down. Variations: Arms alongside body, palms facing up, relaxing the shoulders down. Knees wide to give space in the belly area Forehead/arms on bolster if coming forward isn't comfortable Uses: As a sequence start pose to ground and connect with the breath As a counterpose to a back bend To encourage the breath to settle and slow during a strong sequence When held for some time in a Yin class this pose compresses the Stomach and Spleen meridian and the stretches the Kidney and Urinary Bladder Meridian. Benefits: A healing, calming pose Gently stretches the spine [...]