Restorative Yoga

Hi, I’m Helen Vann a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher at ASMY West End. The speed at which we all seem to live our lives these days – rushing to and fro with jobs and family commitments – leaves many of us chronically tired and stressed with very few opportunities to recharge our batteries. This is where Restorative Yoga comes in. It is a deeply relaxing practice – there is no striving to achieve the perfect pose, no ‘working the edge’. It is simply an opportunity

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Restorative Yoga

Hi, I’m Helen Vann a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher at ASMY West End. The speed at which we all seem to live our lives these days – rushing to and fro with jobs and family commitments – leaves many of us chronically tired and stressed with very few opportunities to recharge our batteries. This is where Restorative Yoga comes in. It is a deeply relaxing practice – there is no striving to achieve the perfect pose, no ‘working the edge’. It is simply an opportunity

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30 Day Yoga Challenge – West End Brisbane

How would it feel to practice yoga and meditation every day? To relax, unwind and feel grounded every day, for 30 days? This coming November we invite you to join us for a solid 30 days of practice! This challenge is perfect for anyone who: – Wants to make yoga a healthy habit – Would like to establish a simple and sustainable home practice – Is curious about how yoga practices

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Tribal Flow Yoga/Dance Fusion with Gopali dasi

Tribal Flow is a dynamic, flowing Yoga/ dance fusion practised to the healing vibrations of the Didgeridoo and drumming, guaranteed to boost your energy levels, wipe stress from your body, put a smile on your face and leave you feeling amazing! Join Gopali Dasi and the Tribe for an afternoon of yoga, breathe, dance, amazing live music and sound healing, fun, freedom and flow. This experience is open to all and it can be adapted to whatever you need…. we always encourage all

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Restorative Yoga

Hi, I’m Helen Vann a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher at ASMY West End. The speed at which we all seem to live our lives these days – rushing to and fro with jobs and family commitments – leaves many of us chronically tired and stressed with very few opportunities to recharge our batteries. This is where Restorative Yoga comes in. It is a deeply relaxing practice – there is no striving to achieve the perfect pose, no ‘working the edge’. It is simply an opportunity

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Restorative Yoga

Hi, I’m Helen Vann a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher at ASMY West End. The speed at which we all seem to live our lives these days – rushing to and fro with jobs and family commitments – leaves many of us chronically tired and stressed with very few opportunities to recharge our batteries. This is where Restorative Yoga comes in. It is a deeply relaxing practice – there is no striving to achieve the perfect pose, no ‘working the edge’. It is simply an opportunity

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Restorative Yoga

Hi, I’m Helen Vann a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher at ASMY West End. The speed at which we all seem to live our lives these days – rushing to and fro with jobs and family commitments – leaves many of us chronically tired and stressed with very few opportunities to recharge our batteries. This is where Restorative Yoga comes in. It is a deeply relaxing practice – there is no striving to achieve the perfect pose, no ‘working the edge’. It is simply an opportunity

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Restorative Yoga

Hi, I’m Helen Vann a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher at ASMY West End. The speed at which we all seem to live our lives these days – rushing to and fro with jobs and family commitments – leaves many of us chronically tired and stressed with very few opportunities to recharge our batteries. This is where Restorative Yoga comes in. It is a deeply relaxing practice – there is no striving to achieve the perfect pose, no ‘working the edge’. It is simply an opportunity

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Restorative Yoga

Hi, I’m Helen Vann a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher at ASMY West End. The speed at which we all seem to live our lives these days – rushing to and fro with jobs and family commitments – leaves many of us chronically tired and stressed with very few opportunities to recharge our batteries. This is where Restorative Yoga comes in. It is a deeply relaxing practice – there is no striving to achieve the perfect pose, no ‘working the edge’. It is simply an opportunity

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Winter Deep Peace Retreat

Cosy up around the fire, relax and savour the tranquility at the July Deep Peace Retreat.  On this one day retreat  you can experience a deep rejuvenation as you release layers and layers of  tension. Out in the  rolling hills of the Bilambil country side, just 15 minutes from Coolangatta airport our hosts Maladhar dasi and Saratbihari das have artistically woven a beautiful retreat centre that equals anything you’d

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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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Phases of the Moon Sequence

While the influence of the sun is felt strongly in the change of seasons and in the passing of the daylight from dawn till dusk, the influence of the moon is more subtly felt throughout each monthly phase of the moon. From the time of new beginnings of the freshly dawning new moon to the energy charged full moon and then to the slowly waning of the second phase of the moon we may notice a very subtle change reflected in our energy levels. We often replicate this in our asana practice as a slow

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Cooling Asanas for the Hot Summer Months

Summer is a time of heat and humidity especially here in Queensland. Mostly people try to avoid it by either staying in air conditioning or swimming. The really good thing about practicing asanas in summer is that it softens our muscles and helps us ease into stretches with grace, hence the popularity of ‘hot yoga’.  If, however, you don’t like being all hot and sticky in your yoga practice it’s best to get it happening early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in or …

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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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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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