Entries by yoga-health

Strengthening abdominal muscles

To strengthen the abdominal muscles is important for stabilizing the pelvis and providing a solid base for the rest of the spine to sit on. The following movement works on strengthening the abdominal muscles and it is also known as a heat inducing movement (so it is good for warming up the body). Start by lying […]

Locust pose to strengthen your back

  Practicing Locust pose is one of the quickest ways to strengthen the lower back muscles. How to practice: Lie on your tummy. Have the arms beside you and hands tucked underneath your hips or thighs for support. Explore a bit and find a comfortable position for your hands – maybe making your hands into […]

Open up your heart

In some yogic traditions, it is said that by opening the heart centre, all other chakras open. It is at the heart that we begin to experience unconditional love and compassion. On a physical level, the heart centre relates to the upper and mid back. The nervous system connects through the physical heart at T4 […]

Threading the needle shoulder release

A lot of shoulder, neck and back problems are due to poor posture, lack of exercise, poor muscle tone, as well as lack of awareness when performing day to day activities. The following movement work on releasing the tension around neck, shoulders and upper back, as well as opening up the breathing. The best results are […]

Moolabandha – not just pelvic floor exercise

According to yogic physiology, one of the fastest ways of quickly bringing about yoga, which really is balance of breath, body and mind, in the present moment, is through moolabandha – tightening of the pelvic floor muscles. By contracting or pulling up on the pelvic floor muscles you bring about a realignment of the physical, […]

Why do we come back to Shavasana?

Traditionally yoga classes finish with resting in Shavasana. We also start the classes by checking in while resting on the backs in Shavasana and include short periods of Shavasana throughout the class. Shavasana is breath and pose of assimilation. When we come back to the balance of Shavasana, any changes we have made during the […]

Yoga Nidra relaxation

Yoga Nidra is a simple yet very effective practice that reduces the effects of stress on the body and mind, providing deep relaxation and rejuvenation. It is often called psychic sleep because it’s as though you are sleeping, yet you remain conscious (aware) at a subtle level. The main feature of Yoga Nidra is the […]

Yoga for improving metabolism

Metabolism is understood as the body’s ability to change food into energy, or store it as fat. The higher the number of muscle fibres in your body, the more food is used as fuel. Hence the emphasis on having an active lifestyle, or a muscle building fitness programme. Yet we see many wielding big muscles […]

Yoga is beneficial for your heart

Recent scientific research has found that yoga can be beneficial for heart conditions. The data from 37 studies shows that people who practice yoga have lower blood pressure, lower levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol and improved HDL or “good” cholesterol – all factors that can lower the risk of heart disease. How does it work? Most […]

5 Tibetans

Five Tibetans is a set of movements that stimulate and rejuvenate the entire psycho-physio network, and are rumoured to be the source of the fountain of youth! They stimulate full energy flow through the chakras and enliven corresponding nerves, organs, and glands. These exercises also tone and strengthen the major muscle groups, contributing to a […]

The secrets of the world’s oldest yoga teacher

  “I don’t want to know what I can’t do. I’m only interested in what I can do.” Meet Tao Porchon-Lynch, the 96-year-old Guinness World Records-certified oldest yoga teacher in the world who still teaches regular classes in Westchester County, New York. She is truly an inspiration for young and old. Read the full story about […]

Metta meditation

Metta is a basic Tibetan practice of cultivating loving kindness (sending wishes of well-being) towards oneself and others.  Focus your awareness on breathing into the heart for a few moments…. Bring into your heart a picture or image of someone that you care for, a loved one. And holding this person in your heart, start […]