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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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Yoga Cellular Cleansing

It’s amazing how refreshed you feel after you’ve been regularly practicing yoga asanas and deep breathing for some time. This is because of the squeezing and stretching, twisting and flushing processes which rejuvenate deep down into all the cells. I always liken it to the wringing out of a dirty dish sponge followed by saturating it with clean fresh water. Through the different yoga asanas the cells

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Yoga and the Circulatory System

Yoga is such a wonderful form of exercise. Not only does it feel good but it can also produce amazing health benefits for all of the bodily systems. The circulatory system is comprised of the heart (the pumping station) and blood vessels (the conduits). As the heart contracts it sends blood to the lungs where oxygen is picked up. This oxygen enriched blood then travels back to the heart

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Learning to Stretch – Bamboo Yoga

  In this connection there is an old Chinese tale of a proud oak tree and a humble bamboo plant. The oak tree was very, very big and strong and being proud of his strength and grandeur would deride the bamboo plant calling it a weak spindly thing. One day there was a terrible storm with unbelievably strong winds that whipped and thrashed the whole land. The grand oak put up a valiant fight but the storm ripped it out

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Benefits of Yoga

Why should you practice yoga asanas? Why not jog, lift weights, do aerobics. Or maybe you get your exercise skiing, snowboarding or swimming. Of course other forms of exercise work your body in various ways, but yoga asana is a complete, systematic and time-tested form of exercise that complements your other activities. Then again, if you don’t exercise at all,  yoga asana is the perfect way to start.

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Relaxation

Progressive Body Relaxation leads to deep relaxation of both the body and the mind. It is said that 15 minutes of this relaxation may rejuvenate you more than hours of sleep! So if you are feeling rundown and tired and you still have things to complete, practice this relaxation and you will find that it rejuvenates the body and gives you clarity and peace of mind. And of course it is a wonderful way to drift off into a deep and peaceful sleep. Lie down comfortably on

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Preparing for Meditation & Complete Yoga Breathing

Complete yoga breathing is extremely beneficial for the health of the body. A few of the physical benefits are that it tones the lungs, massages the internal organs and allows more oxygen into the body, filling every cell with this life giving energy. Yoga breathing also calms the mind and relaxes the body and these are just a few of the many benefits that this breathing technique has to offer. Choose a quiet place to meditate where you will not be disturbed. Turn off your phone and sit

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Nadi Shodhan Pranayam

  Nadi Shodhan Pranayam or also known as alternate nostril breathing. The nadis are the subtle nerve channels in the body and shodhan means purifying or cleaning, so this pranayama or breathing exercise will help to cleanse the subtle nerve channels within the body allowing the prana or energy to flow freely helping you to maintain good health. Take your right hand and gently rest your index and middle finger between your eyebrows. You will be using your ring finger to close

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Mantra Meditation

  What is a Mantra?Yoga philosophy speaks about the Original Cause or Source of everyone and everything. Mantras are spiritual sound vibration springing from the Original Cause that have the effect of reconnecting us with that source we have all come from. Mantras have no material origin they are eternal and transcendental. They can be found in the Vedas or ancient yoga texts and have been passed down by the self-realised sages in the yoga lineages

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Silent Witness Meditation

  The timeless Mantra Aham Brahmasmi means, I am not the body, I am not the mind, I am the eternal spirit soul, spark of the Supreme Soul.  I am only temporarily in a material body, the body is temporary, but I am eternal.  Silent witness meditation, helps us to come to the realisation that we are not the mind. Bring your hands to chin mudra (palms up with your thumb and forefinger

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