Developing a Home Practice Part 1: Safety First

  Asana is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘seat’, or ‘comfortable seat’. Keep this in mind throughout your practice! Your asana practice may take you beyond your perceived flexibility limitations, and sometimes it may even cause you to break a sweat. Always remember that any physical movement practiced without care and consideration has the potential to do harm. The general rule is to listen to your body and only go as far as you can without straining. It is imperative to know

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Gardening with Stu – Improving Soil

  This month let’s dig a little into the exciting world of soil. This elemental foundation of our material existence is very much under appreciated and even has negative connotations, what parent wants to see their child soiled or treated like dirt. The health and vitality of our bodies is directly connected to the foods we consume and soils which those plants are grown in. That’s why a lot of people have been keen to re-establish a more direct connection between themselves and

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Hamstring Stretches to Release the Body

  The spine and knees are notorious for copping stretching injuries. This is predominantly due to lack of strength and flexibility in other areas of the body. Tight hamstrings and weakness in the core muscles can place strain on the muscles of the back, therefore encouraging overstretching of the spinal muscles in effort to carry out a stretch. The knees can become affected by being ‘locked’ or hyper extended, which can be detrimental to the knee joints, as they are

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Sprouts – The Fast Food Garden

  The possibilities for growing sprouts seem endless, just about anything that is an unprocessed seed will sprout. Some of my favourites are chickpeas, lentils, sunflower seeds, almonds and mung beans. When we consume plants at this stage of their life cycle we’re often getting the greatest concentration of nutritional value and over-all health benefits including but not limited to anti-aging, anti-inflammation, alkalization, anti-oxidation, increased amount of and bio-availability

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Gardening with Stu – The Virtues of Comfrey

  This month, let’s cast our eyes over the wonderful virtues of Comfrey (Symphytum officinale). This poster girl of the permaculturists has a lengthy history of use throughout Europe, esteemed by gardeners and herbalists as far back as western history can be traced. It has also been embraced by the modern nutracueCcal movement and you would have no trouble finding some sort of comfrey ointment or cream in the aisles of Woolies or Coles. With recent interest in the plant as a marketable

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Yoga Q & A’s – Easing Pressure in The Lower Back

Arm Garland Pose – Malasana Every now and then heavily pregnant ladies come to our classes wanting to ease the pressure in their backs. This squatting pose helps relieve pressure in the lower back and is also great for opening the hips for an easier birth. Although usually confined to the gyms in the western countries, throughout the Asian countries you will see people squatting while they are cooking, waiting for a bus or even reading. It is suggested that

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Balance Your Dosha With Ayurveda

  The great thing about Ayurveda is that when it comes to nutrition, you generally receive information regarding which individual foods and spices are best for your dosha type, as opposed to a strict or rigid diet. This allows us the freedom to choose meals that appeal to our taste preferences, and we also have the ability to select foods that suit our ethnic and spiritual preferences. Taste is your ‘Key’ to Nutrition Did you know that taste has a

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The Act of Breathing

  The respiratory system is a collection of passageways thats function is to filter and carry air into the lungs via the unconscious and instinctive act of breathing. It has been suggested by physicians that Hatha yoga unites the conscious mind with the instinctive areas of the brain, thus allowing for the unconscious breath to become conscious, deliberate and complete. During our asana practice, this connection is accessed by coordinating expansive movements with inhalations, and

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Focus on the Digestive System

An Interview with ASMY Yoga Teacher Amby on Yoga Asanas and Digestion Q: Namaste, can yoga practice help digestive functioning and if so, how? Ambi: Yes, yoga asanas can help support digestion. For example, bending forward restricts the blood flow to the digestive area and when you release the pose the digestive tract is supplied with new, fresh blood and oxygen, which is good for the digestive

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5 Poses To Keep You Cool

  Beat the heat this summer with this calm and cooling yin flow.Heart Opening Camel:Kneel on the floor with your knees aligned under your hips and your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Your spine is neutral and your head is lifting. Inhale; lift your spine and slowly lower your hands back to hold your heels. Exhale; maintain length in your neck as you lower your head back. Keep your hips working forwards and your spine lengthening

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Camel Pose – Ustrasana

  Camel Pose Stretches the entire front of the body Key BenefitsOpens the chest and shoulders Stimulates the nervous system Stretches and strengthens the spine Lengthens the entire front of the body Relieves nervous tensionInstructions Kneel on the floor with your knees aligned under your hips and your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Your spine is neutral and your head is

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When and What to Eat Before a Yoga Asana Class

  The digestive system is in charge of absorbing and transporting all the nutrients your body needs in order to thrive and to get rid of all the waste your body doesn’t need. It consists of a number of hollow passageways that start at the mouth and end at the anus. Enzymes and hydrochloric acid are being secreted, micro villi are busy being attracted to specific nutrients, our stomach is contracting frequently and waste is being prepared for our next trip to the toilet. After

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Ayurveda and Mental Health

  Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. However stress isn’t always bad, in small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best, but when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. You can protect yourself by recognising the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. Ayurvedic

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Musculo-Skeletal System and Yoga Asanas

  The musculo-skeletal system consists of bones, skeletal muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage. It is designed to provide a frame with which to support the body and enable it to move. As both the skeletal and muscular systems support each other, if there is any injury to any part of either system then this has an immediate effect upon the other system. With over 206 separate bones and more than 600 muscles there are innumerable inter-connections between

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Focus on the Respiratory System

  Interview with ASMY Yoga Teacher, Kalindi Q: Namaste, which yoga practices assist respiratory functioning and why? Kalindi: Pranayama techniques help, especially complete yoga breathing, three part yoga breath. This is because you are using the full capacity of the lungs by inhaling firstly into the abdomen, then the rib cage and lastly up into the chest. On the exhalation air is expelled firstly rom the chest, then the ribcage, and

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