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The idea of the counter pose – food for thought.

It is a common cue in Yoga classes to counter pose a back bend with a pose that contracts through the opposite side of your body. A good example is Chakrasana (as pictured here). In Chakrasana (Wheel pose) the whole back line of the body contracts, and in response the whole front line of the …

Yoga cues and alignment. Remembering the goal of Yoga.

The Yoga community seems to be alive with discussion and debate around the word Alignment. It all makes perfect sense to those in the business, but what does it mean to the public that just want to do what is good for their body? There are differing levels of understanding about Alignment and it’s application. …

The body remembers, the bones remember, the joints remember.

The human body and it’s ability to process information, heal, and continue to carry us through life is miraculous.  We forget that our life story is stored in this magical house, and that the process of becoming a whole person involves coming back into the felt experience of living in our bodies, and all that it …

Working on your abdominals is not working on your core.

Strengthening and working your abdominal area into a 6 pack does not mean you are working on your core. The reason The muscles in the abdominal area are in layers.  At the deepest layer, closest to your spine is the Transverse Abdominus (TA) followed by the Internal Obliques, then External Obliques and lastly your Rectus …

What is Mantra and why would you practice it?

The practice of Mantra is the practice of using sound and vibration to return distracted thoughts back to the sensation of who and what we truly are.  The idea that we are much more than our thoughts allows us to get out of our own way and in particular out of the way of destructive …

Why NOT to suck in your stomach

I am so grateful for my students. Not just because they are wonderful people but because of how they continuously challenge me to validate and sometimes completely reconstruct their belief around habitual patterns of belief and movement. And sucking in your stomach to ‘protect your back’ is one of those beliefs. So;  without any further …

Long stretches and when it’s too long.

A Yoga teacher suggesting that a stretch could be too long? If the title of this blog has you puzzled, it may be in part because the physical practice of Yoga is often associated with the stretching & lengthening of muscles;  but maybe the idea of it being possible to stretch too much hadn’t occurred …

Why running away doesnt work.

There are so many ways that we try to run away. It is all the ways we avoid, hide and pretend that something uncomfortable in our lives doesn’t exist.. The reason it doesn’t work is because as soon as you slow down enough to catch your breath you have caught up with yourself. You can …

Sandbags in Yoga class – what to watch for.

Effective placement of Sandbags are a wonderful compliment to your Yoga practice. They are often placed on the pelvis, low back and along the low ribs (above the diaphragm muscle). When used on the pelvis correctly they can offer a more grounded experience that often results in more release and better articulation of the leg …

Why you should re think that tight Yoga top.

Tight fitting Yoga tops seem to be all the rage. Tight, bright and unfortunately quite restrictive Yoga clothing is everywhere. People are practicing Yoga in it, running, riding and taking the dog for a walk in it. They look great! And there is a down side, one that has showed up in more than one …

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