Archive for the 'Yoga Blog' Category

Sirshasana/Headstand – Why it’s worth the effort

Sirsasana (Headstand) The headstand is considered the king of yoga poses because of its many benefits.  When I mention that we are going to practice them in a class it is usually received with a mixed reaction from the class, with some students preferring to stick to more familiar...

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How to use your breath to help with Labour

In the prenatal yoga classes I teach, I dedicate quite a bit of time to breath awareness. This means that when “labour day” arrives, using the breath to help stay relaxed will be second nature.  The hormone oxytocin has multiple functions in childbirth, one of them is causing the...

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Alternate Nostril Breathing

An interesting fact about your nostrils, is that you don’t breathe through them equally all the time. Right now, you will be favouring either your left nostril or your right nostril. To observe this block one nostril and breath through the other and then switch. When the left nostril...

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How to Develop a Home Yoga Practise

So you’ve been enjoying practising yoga within a group once a week… To truly benefit from your practise, is it time to start practising on you own more regularly? Here are some tips to help: Same time same place every time Start by deciding what time of the day...

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What are the potential health benefits to Hatha yoga?

There are many potential health benefits to hatha yoga. These include: Finding Balance Yoga is about finding balance…and not just on the mat. Our asana practice helps us find balance between our inhale and exhale, effort and rest, right and left.  In times of anxiety and stress, a more restorative...

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Yoga Bandhas

What are yoga Bandhas? Bandha means to bind your attention. It is a way to focus the mind on one point. They are not only a physical action but are a way of containing and channeling the energy within the body. The first bandha is Mula Badha. In Sanskrit...

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