Sattva Cafe Opening 9th April at ASMY West End

Sattva – A Yoga cafe based on Yoga principles  Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness (Sattva) increase the duration of life, purify one’s existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing to the heart. BG17.8 At Sattva we will help you to extend your yoga practice to the table by applying yoga principles to keep your body nourished and your mind clear. Take

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Mantra Meditation & Self Realisation

The practice of mantra meditation  is very simple. But first let me give you a summary of the science of identity, of which mantra meditation is a part. “Science” means “truth”; therefore the science of identity means the truth of our identity. The first question regarding our identity is: what are we in essence? Am I My Body? In today’s world, the most widespread concept is that we are chemicals.

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Shoulder Stand for Restoration

What is a great pose this month for Mums? Gosh every pose is wonderful! Mums need to be strong and flexible and relaxed. Everything that the whole gamut of yoga poses offer in a great class. But some mums are run off their feet managing a family and a house and a job. So what pose incorporates everything mums need in a nutshell? That’s a hard one! But I must say my all time favourite is Shoulderstand. It strengthens the back, the core support muscles and breathing muscles, it relaxes the

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Yoga When You Are Under The Weather

There are so many ways that yoga can help while suffering from a disability – believe me I’ve just broken an arm and a leg! There are many tools that I have been taught in yoga that help me to stay sane and content while I’m out of action. For example, meditation calmed me down before the operation, and during the hospital stay it helped me to cope with the pain. Yoga breathing helped raise my waning oxygen levels and give me energy. Joint mobilisations kept the circulation moving, and chair

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Locust Pose (Salabasana)

Locust Strengthens the entire body Key BenefitsStrengthens the legs, hips, back and shoulders; as well as the chest, core and neck Stretches the shoulders, chest and belly and hipsInstructionsLie face down on the floor with your arms alongside your body, palms up. Rest your forehead on the floor. Inhale; lift your head, shoulders and chest while simultaneously lifting your legs off the floor.

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Yoga Asanas for a Restful, Refreshing Sleep

  We all want a good nights sleep, but it doesn’t always happen spontaneously as we’d like it to.  Sometimes it takes some effort to wind down from a stressful day at work and create some calmness of mind and relaxation of body.  If we go to bed tight and stressed, chances are we’ll take quite a while to get to sleep, and even if we do eventually fall to sleep it most probably won’t be that restful, deeply peaceful sleep that we are all craving for. During the day,

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Legs up the Wall – Viparita Karani

Legs up the Wall Restorative; relieves tired legs Key BenefitsAlleviates tired, cramping legs and feet, and back ache Calms the mind Softly opens the backs of the legsInstructionsSit on the floor facing a wall. Move your buttocks in as close as you can to the skirting board. Lower your back to the floor and straighten your legs up the wall. Allow your feet to fall out to the sides. Relax completely.

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Seated Forward Fold – Paschimottanasana

Seated Forward Fold Stretches the entire back of the body Key BenefitsStretches the hamstrings and spine Calms the mind, reduces anxiety Helps to keep the spine healthy and mobileInstructionsSit with your legs extended; feet are flexed, thighs squeezing towards each other. You may want to place a folded blanket under your buttocks if your hamstrings are tight or there is strain in your lower back. Lengthen

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Child’s Pose – Balasana

Child’s Pose & Variations Tones the spine; strengthens the legs Key BenefitsCalms the nervous system and mind Gently opens the hips Lengthens the spine Stretches the thighs and anklesInstructionsKneel on the floor with your arms by your sides. Inhale; draw your navel in and slowly fold forward. Rest your torso on your thighs. Exhale; lower your forehead to the floor. Stay in

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Boat Pose – Paripurna Navasana

Strengthens the abdominals, back and thighs Key BenefitsStrengthens the back, abdominals and quadriceps Improves concentration Aids digestionInstructions Sit with your feet flat on the floor in front of you with your knees bent into your chest. Inhale; draw your navel in towards your spine and work your low back forwards. Hold your outer ankles with a firm grip. Lengthen your spine as you lift your toes slightly

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Plank Pose – Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana

  Works the back and core Key BenefitsStrengthens the arms, back, legs and core Stretches the feet and Achilles tendonsInstructions Begin on all fours with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Take your feet out wider than your hips for stability.  Tuck your toes under, draw your navel in towards your spine and relax in between your shoulder blades. Lengthen back into your

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Triangle Pose – Trikonasana

  Strengthens the legs; opens the hips; offers a lateral stretch  Key BenefitsStretches the ankles, knees, hamstrings, thighs, groins, hips, shoulder, chest, spine. Strengthens the legs and ankles, the sides and abdominals Increases balance and assists digestionInstructions Jump or step your feet 3-4 ft apart. Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and your left foot in slightly- the heel of your

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Seated Splits – Hanumanasana

  Stretches the hips and legs Key BenefitsStretches the thighs, hamstrings and groin area Can alleviate sciaticaInstructions Start in an upright kneeling position. Step your right foot forward and place your hands on the floor either side of your front leg.  Slowly continue to slide the front foot forwards until you feel a pleasant sensation of tension in the hamstrings and/or groin. Keep your hips square, with

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Side Plank – Vasisthasana

  Works the core, focusing on the side-body Key BenefitsImproves balance and body awareness Strengthens the side body; also the ankles, legs, glutes, spine and shouldersInstructions Lie on your side with your legs extended and your toes flexing back towards you. Stack your ankles, knees, hips and shoulders. Place your elbow under your shoulder and with a tight body (squeeze your legs, buttocks and belly; strong

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Developing a Home Practice Part 3: Plan Your Practice

A great way to get your home practice started is to follow a set program. It doesn’t have to be a complicated one! Five poses a day is enough for you to feel the benefits and a great way to get started without it feeling like a burden. You can use the guide listed below, or set up your own weekly plan with poses best suited to your personal preference. Guidelines/Inspiration: practice with integrity; in a time frame that suits you. ‘Integrity’ meaning that you give each and

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Developing a Home Practice Part 2: Injury Prevention

Preventing Injury During Practice: The most common areas for injury are in the knees, lumbar spine and neck. When movement in the major joints above and below these areas are inhibited, the body naturally recruits the next major muscle group/joint in the fascial line to facilitate the movement that the brain has directed.  This law of compensation is what causes most injuries in physical movements- whether it is during exercise, or carrying out daily activities. Prevent unnecessary injuries

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