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Dolphin Pose

  (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana) Level: Medium Benefits: This strengthening inversion helps build up the strength needed for the headstand pose while providing many of its wonderful benefits. Develops strength in shoulders, arms and trunk. Lengthens the back of the legs. Oxygenates the blood and brings extra blood supply to the head. Rests the heart and mind. Cautions: Inversions are not recommended for those with high blood pressure, migraines or

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Cobra

(Bhujangasana) Level: Easy Benefits: Increases flexibility in spine. Opens the lungs and chest. Tones the arms, shoulders and jaw line. Massages the internal organs. Good for menstrual problems. Cautions: Always move slowly and carefully Avoid if you have the following conditions: Pregnancy, Wrist problems, Severe back problems, Peptic ulcer, Hernia, Thyroid. How To

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The Pituitary Gland

The pituitary gland is a shaped like a bean and lies at the base of the skull behind the nose. This small gland relays messages from the hypothalamus to all the endocrine glands of the body therefore it is often called by medical science the master gland of the body. Messages from the hypothalamus coordinate the nervous system with the glandular system, thus it may be said that the pituitary hormones

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Core Support

Core support is a term much used these days especially in the world of Pilates and Yoga. Basically it is the activation of certain muscles that stabilize our joints and hold our bodies upright and prevent injury. These stabilizer muscles lie close to the skeleton and their only job is to stabilize as opposed to other muscles which are associated with movement. There are stabilizer muscles around every

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Yoga and the Skeletal System

Our skeletal system is a series of long and short bones connected to each other by joints. Our body depends on this skeletal framework for shape and movement, without it we would be like a jelly fish – soft and shapeless. The 206 bones which make up the human skeleton also have many other functions. They protect the softer parts of the body like the heart, brain and lungs. Blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and the bones store many minerals like calcium and phosphorous. Although

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Yoga and Muscles

There are more than 640 muscles in our body and these make up more than half of our total weight. We can categorise our muscles as either voluntary or involuntary. As the name suggests we have very little power over the involuntary muscles, therefore it is the voluntary muscles which a yoga practice mostly addresses. The voluntary muscles are called skeletal muscles because without them the skeleton would neither be able to move or stand upright. These muscles effect movement and posture. Postural

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Yoga and Women’s Health – Menstrual Cramps

Cramps come in so many shapes and sizes and for some fortunate women, not at all. They can be sharp or dull, they can be experienced in the lower back or the lower abdomen. Some women may get migraines, nausea, extreme tiredness or bloating. Generally the symptoms last only a day or two and are experienced at the beginning of the period. For some women the symptoms are so severe that they can hardly function

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Yoga and Women’s Health – PMS (Pre Menstrual Syndrome)

What undeniable evidence of how our body influences our moods PMS is! During this time of the month if someone so much as looks at us the wrong way or says something not quite right we may feel hurt, angry or depressed whereas at any other time we wouldn’t even bat an eyelid at it. PMS may also bring about feelings of bloatedness, sugar cravings, moodiness and even acne outbreaks. Most physicians agree that PMS is the result of an imbalance of hormones along with a sluggish

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Yoga and the Immune System

Your immune system protects you in three different ways: as a first line of defence it creates a barrier that prevents bacteria and viruses from entering your body. However if a bacteria or virus does get into the body, the immune system tries to detect and eliminate it before it can make itself at home and reproduce. If the virus or bacteria is able to reproduce and start causing problems,

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Yoga and the Respiratory System

Respiration is a two way process. It is the system of supplying oxygen to every cell in the body and then transporting carbon dioxide, the waste product of respiration out of the body. The lungs have the all important function of drawing in the oxygen, moving it into the blood stream, extracting the carbon dioxide from the blood stream and removing it from the body. Interesting facts:Healthy lungs take in about ½ litre of air about 12-15 times each minute. All

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Posture

How often do those around you complain of a sore back? Look at the way they stand or sit. The pain is more than likely the result of poor posture. Good posture is when all the joints in the body line up, stacked appropriately one on top of the other and there is equal distribution of muscle strength. In this ideal condition the joints all join forces to bear the weight of the body evenly so there is the least amount of wear and tear as we carry out our daily lives. Common

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