It is widely-accepted that stress and tension can lead to health problems – high blood pressure and heart rate, high cortisol (stress hormone) levels, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, anxiety, depression, memory loss, irritability, confusion, abnormal weight flucuations, poor sleep, decreased libido, and poor concentration Continue reading
Most people are aware of tension, especially when it causes unpleasant sensations like pain and aching, but they don’t always attribute this pain and aching to mental fatigue/tension. This is extremely important, as emotional stress and mental tension can be just as debilitating as physical fatigue and tension. Continue reading
It is awesome to just STOP, draw your attention to the tense muscles in my body, and let it all go. You could try it now, it’s simple and free – close your eyes and draw your attention to your forehead, your face and neck, your shoulders, draw attention the the muscles, and then, let it all go. Let yourself relax! Relax your forehead, your face, your neck, your shoulders. Relax your brain! This is my favourite way to relax, and I love to sit, and just feel the relief. I love to move inward and listen. I love to let the thoughts just float away – I acknowledge each one as important, but not right now. Right now, I am relaxing. Right now, this is important. The benefits are almost instantaneous! When I open my eyes, i am composed, I am focused, and I am ready to go back to the thoughts that popped up and address each one. I love to relax! When I remember to, of course. Continue reading
This morning’s practice was a 30 minute sequence focusing on taking flight into side crow, Parsva Bakasana.
That’s not me, by the way. My feet didn’t get nearly as high!
I’ve lapsed in my practice and this was a flying leap back into it (pun absolutely intended). The sequence left my legs tingling and a little shaky, which is a sign of a great practice for me – it tells me that my body worked hard waking up muscles that have been asleep! After a broken start, thanks to three little girls who wanted to join in too, I was able to get into it. Continue reading
The Eight Limbs are like ‘guidelines’ for living; they set out the lifestlye of a Yogi. The Eight Limbs of Yoga details not only asana, pranayama and meditation practices, but also describes the intentions and behaviours that Yogi’s should enact when they are making choices. The Eight Limbs are not necessarily meant as a step-by-step sequence; none of the limbs are more important than any other, all elements should be practiced in order to achieve harmony and union with the divine. In recent times, focus has shifted to asana, or the physical poses, as ‘doing yoga’, however this is only one component of Yoga. Continue reading
I explored the concepts of Samsara and Nirvana this week – I had heard the terms before, when I was studying the beliefs and traditions of Buddhism. Continue reading
The core concepts of yoga align with Eastern philosophy, and particularly Buddhist philosophy. The following is a brief outline of the six core concepts of Yoga. Continue reading