Pip & Silvie showing great form in Padottanasana

This wide legged standing forward bend and its many modified versions is great for strengthening and stretching the back, the inner and back of the legs. Tones abdominal organs, relieves back tension and has a calming affect on the mind.

Pip and Silvie are both long has time practitioners of yoga and collectively have decades of experience.  Pip has been practicing with me for over 10 years and Silvie for 2 years. These ladies are inspirational and the investment they’ve made to their own wellness is to be commended. At 75 years (plus) they’re in great physical and mental shape. Age is no barrier to yoga!

Mums and Bubs yoga classes with Amanda Reynolds

Mums and Bubs return for 2017 at 10 am on Tuesday the 14th of February!!!

Classes are baby friendly and designed for new mums and their bubs, 6 weeks old to 12 months. This class focuses on yoga postures to help your body regain strength and tone safely in the post natal months, with the aim to reduce fatigue and increase relaxation.

Yoga postures are aimed to help release tension in the shoulders, neck and arms. Improve circulation, posture and strengthen the pelvic floor, abdomen, legs and back.

 

Yoga De-Mystified

 

Are you interested in trying out a Yoga class? Did you make a New Years resolution to get healthier in 2017. If yoga is on your bucket list let me demystify a few things for you.

Your age is no barrier, the age of my clients ranges from 15 to 101. Your level of fitness, flexibility, balance and strength is irrelevant, there is a class suitable for you. Yoga will compliment other sporting and fitness modalities. Yoga is not a religion or gender specific. There is no particular body shape required, no special language has to be learnt, you don’t have to chant, burn incense, eat mung beans or have to be born under a relevant star sign. If you want to deepen your knowledge beyond asana (exercise) you will be given that opportunity but it won’t be forced. There is no special yoga clothing or shoes, practice is done in bare feet.

What you do need is a desire to improve your wellness through structured movement and intelligent movement (Yoga) the formula is simple, move your body, focus your mind and tune into your breath.

 

 

Nadi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breathing)

Over the past two weeks we’ve been practicing a pranayama method, Nadi Shodhana. Prana means life force or vital energy and Ayama means control. Pranayama means “control of the breath” Nadhi Shodhana means “Alternate nostril breathing”.

The method is quite simple to practice. I won’t go into the “how” we’ve already had a practical application in class but I will explain a bit more about the benefits.

Alternate nostril breathing is balancing, it synchronises the hemispheres of the brain and clears blocked energy. De-stressing, calming and releases accumulated mind tension and fatigue. This method lowers the heart rate and it’s calming affect makes it a great pre-sleep technique and stress management tool.

Best to be practiced at the start of class or pre-savasana.

Important to end on the left nostril.