How Yoga can Help with Sciatica


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

Silent Day


Silent Day As part of our yoga teacher training at Sampoorna, my group was offered the chance to have a Silent Day as part of the course. Initially, led by an apparent lack of study time, the answer from the group was riddled with panicky ‘no’s. But a few of us were thinking, ‘I bet this is going to be one of the most profound experiences of the whole thing’ and backed the plan. In the end we agreed to go for it and I’m so, so glad we did. One of the five ‘Niyamas’ or personal practices, in Sage [...]

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A DAY in my LIFE at SAMPOORNA YOGA Our first VLOG from our 500 hr (200 hr + 300 hr) Graduate Naki. She took out the time out of our busy schedule and filmed a beautiful video on her day life when she was pursuing her 300 hour advanced Vinyasa flow teacher training in Feb - Mar 2019. She says : I loved filming and editing it, so many beautiful memories. Her mission in Life is spreading love and kindness through hugs and big smiles. Naki discovered Yoga a few years ago and completely fell in love with [...]

A DAY in my LIFE at SAMPOORNA YOGA2019-07-03T03:53:26+00:00

How Yoga can Help with Shin Splints


How Yoga can Help with Shin Splints Shin splints are pain in the shin bones. This pain is brought on by exercise, particularly that involves repetitive weight or impact on the legs such as running. What causes Shin Splints? Sufferers are usually runners or people who have a sudden change in activity level that causes more weight being placed on the legs. It is more likely if you are running on hard or uneven surfaces, wearing shoes that do not cushion the impact enough, being overweight, having flat feet or if you have tight calf muscles, weak ankles, tight achilles, [...]

How Yoga can Help with Shin Splints2019-07-03T03:59:52+00:00

How Yoga can help with Stress


How Yoga can help with Stress Our bodies are designed to deal with stress and to protect us in stressful situations. When we are faced with a threat our body goes into a fight or flight response to help us protect ourselves from the perceived danger. The heart will beat faster, breathing quickens, muscles tense and you might sweat. These physical effects fade when the threat disappears but if you are constantly under pressure then the body stays in this alerted state and it can be harmful for the body. Physically affects such as headaches, muscle tension or sleep problems [...]

How Yoga can help with Stress2019-07-03T03:59:27+00:00

Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)


Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) Asana Type: Backbends Level: Intermediate Steps: Take plank pose. Bend arms, lowering pelvis and thighs. Arch the back upwards, keeps arms straight and try to keep the legs straight without knees touching the mat. Only the top of the feet are on the mat. Props & Assistance: It can be difficult to keep the legs off the floor. Before getting into the pose you can position a rolled up blanked below the tops of the thighs so that you can rest on this. Variation: Cobra is a similar pose with legs on the ground. The [...]

Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)2019-07-03T03:59:36+00:00

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)


Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) Asana Type: Standing Level: Beginner Steps: Begin on your hands and knees. Spread your fingers wide and press firmly through the palms. Exhale has you tuck your toes and lift your knees of the floor. Press the floor away from you as you lift through your pelvis. Props & Assistance: Stand on the toes if it is difficult to get the heels to the ground. Variation: Options for the arms: Touching the ground in front of you First two fingers hook the big toes Reversed prayer Clasped behind the back and lifting the arms up [...]

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)2019-07-03T03:59:22+00:00

Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana)


Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) Type: Inversion Level: Advanced Steps: Stand up on your knees and place the hands on the mat. Lower your head on the mat and move your legs closer to your torso. Find your balance before lifting the feet and then gradually lift the feet off the ground, straightening your legs up. Balance on your head with your arms supporting your balance. Props & Assistance: Practice against a wall to help until you are comfortable with the balance. Variation: Hands clasped with forearms around the head Tripod with palms at either side of the head and elbows bent [...]

Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana)2019-07-03T03:59:16+00:00

Your First Yoga Class


Your First Yoga Class There is nothing to fear about your first yoga class and very little preparation needed. Here are a few useful things to note. 1. What to wear Wear comfortable clothing such as leggings and a sports top. You will need to take off your shoes and socks for the class. You can get quite warm during the practice so something that is cool to wear is recommended. There will be a few minutes of relaxation at the end when you will cool down so you might want to bring a jumper or blanket so that you [...]

Your First Yoga Class2019-07-03T03:57:03+00:00

Benefits of Yoga for Runners


Benefits of Yoga for Runners We are familiar with the many benefits of yoga for the mind and body. Here we look at how this can help with running, particularly how incorporating yoga practice with a training plan for a challenging run such as a marathon can be incredibly effective.Balance Level: 1. Intention, focus, concentration, practice and patience If you are planning on running a long run such as a marathon, it is important to stay focused on the goal. This will help you keep motivated through training and when things get tough in the race itself. This is similar [...]

Benefits of Yoga for Runners2019-07-03T03:57:41+00:00