Yoga

Eight Angle (Astavakrasana)

2019-09-19T07:07:59+00:00

Eight Angle (Astavakrasana) Type: Arm balance Level: Advance Steps: From seated pose with the legs stretched out in front, bend the right knee to the chest and bring your right arm to the inside of the bent right leg. Take hold of the right foot or ankle with both hands and begin to snuggle the underside of your right knee behind your right shoulder. Hook the right leg firmly behind the right shoulder. Place the palms down either side of your hips and spread the fingers wide. Keep the chest lifted and collarbone wide. Pick up the left leg and cross [...]

Eight Angle (Astavakrasana)2019-09-19T07:07:59+00:00

Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)

2019-08-22T05:40:53+00:00

Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana) Type: Standing Level: Intermediate Steps: Stand tall. Lean over to the side to bring your hand to the ground slightly ahead of the foot on the same side of the body. Raise the back leg and start to raise the other arm up to the ceilng. Try to place the gaze at the hand raised above you. Props & Assistance: •You can perform the pose with your back leaning against a wall •Rest your hand on a block if you struggle to reach the ground •Keep the gaze looking down to the floor if that helps the [...]

Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)2019-08-22T05:40:53+00:00

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana)

2019-09-08T08:19:14+00:00

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana) Type: Standing Balance Level: Intermediate Steps: Take mountain pose. Lift and bend one leg and grab the toe with the two first fingers of the the opposite hand. Start to straighten up the leg as much as the hamstring allows. Put your other hand on your hip. Open your chest and stand tall. Props & Assistance: •You can keep a bend in the knee instead of fully straightening •Use strap looped around the sole of the foot •Use a wall or chair for balance. Preparatory poses: •Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose •Reclining Hero [...]

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana)2019-09-08T08:19:14+00:00

Boat (Navasana)

2019-07-11T02:50:49+00:00

Boat Pose (Navasana) Type: Seated pose Level: Intermediate Steps: Sit straight with legs bent and hands behind your head. Raise the half bent legs with the shins parallel to the floor and then straighten them out, keeping the angle between the legs and floor at 45 degrees. Keep the back straight. Props & Assistance: If difficult to straighten the raised legs, bend your knees and loop a strap around the soles of your feet, gripping it firmly in your hands. Inhale, lean the torso back, then exhale and lift and straighten your legs, adjusting the strap to keep it taut. Push [...]

Boat (Navasana)2019-07-11T02:50:49+00:00

How Yoga can Help with Sciatica

2019-07-06T05:52:59+00:00

How Yoga can Help with Sciatica Sciatica refers to pain that is experienced along the sciatic nerve which travels from the lower back and down each leg. Symptoms Common symptoms include: • Pain in the lower back, back of the leg, hip, rear and the severity of the pain can be different from person to person. It usually occurs at one side of the body. • Burning/tingling down the leg • Numbness in the leg or the foot • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot. What causes Sciatica? The sciatic nerve is a long nerve that travels [...]

How Yoga can Help with Sciatica2019-07-06T05:52:59+00:00

You’re the Voice

2019-07-03T04:01:43+00:00

You’re the Voice Slowly, slowly, I have started to find the words, and the clarity and the volume needed to communicate effectively. I almost feel like I’ve had to learn to speak again. I’ve had to learn to look people in the eye again and talk to them from the heart. These have been the hardest things.. Continue Reading → Lisa Edwards is 52 years old and originally from North Wales, where she taught ballet. She is a publisher, writer and now a newly graduated yoga teacher, living in north-west London. You can connect with more stories about her life [...]

You’re the Voice2019-07-03T04:01:43+00:00

Agonda, Goa, India

2019-09-10T11:24:26+00:00

Agonda, Goa, India My 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training course brought me to Goa in India. The course was run by Sampoorna Yoga who are based in Agonda. Agonda is a large village in South Goa. I had completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training course 2 years previously in Rishikesh in the north of India near the Himalayas. That was my first time to India and I had such a positive experience that I was keen to return to India for my next teacher training. I would have happily gone back to Rishikesh but I was interested to see more [...]

Agonda, Goa, India2019-09-10T11:24:26+00:00

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Final Thoughts

2019-09-06T11:36:51+00:00

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Final Thoughts and reflecting on my experience This is a write up of my experience on the 300 hour yoga teacher training with Sampoorna Yoga in Goa India. If you haven’t already you might want to take a look the first blogs in this series. This article follows on from the previous articles which wrote about my experience in weeks 1-4 of the course. There are also an earlier articles in the series that looked at considerations and advice I would give before committing to a yoga teacher training and my preparation before the course. [...]

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Final Thoughts2019-09-06T11:36:51+00:00

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Week 4

2019-07-03T03:44:55+00:00

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Week 4 This is a write up of my experience of week 4 of the 300 hour yoga teacher training with Sampoorna Yoga in Goa India. If you haven’t already you might want to take a look the first blogs in this series. This article follows on from the previous articles which wrote up my experience in weeks 1-3. There are also earlier articles in the series that looked at considerations and advice I would give before committing to a yoga teacher training and my preparation before the course. Classes in week 4: We have [...]

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Week 42019-07-03T03:44:55+00:00

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Week 3

2019-07-03T03:45:09+00:00

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Week 3 This is a write up of my experience in week 3 of the 300 hour yoga teacher training with Sampoorna Yoga in Goa India. If you haven’t already you might want to take a look the first blogs in this series. This article follows on from the previous articles which were a write up of my experience in weeks 1 and 2. There are also earlier articles in the series that looked at considerations and advice I would give before committing to a yoga teacher training and my preparation before the course. Theory [...]

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Week 32019-07-03T03:45:09+00:00
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