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 for deep

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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 those who

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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 for deep

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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

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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 mind

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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 building

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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 … practice

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Locust Pose (Salabasana)

Locust Strengthens the entire body

Key Benefits

Strengthens the legs, hips, back and shoulders; as well as the chest, core and neck
Stretches the shoulders, chest and belly and hips

Instructions

Lie 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, especially

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Legs up the Wall – Viparita Karani

Legs up the Wall Restorative; relieves tired legs

Key Benefits

Alleviates tired, cramping legs and feet, and back ache
Calms the mind
Softly opens the backs of the legs

Instructions

Sit 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 Benefits

Stretches the hamstrings and spine
Calms the mind, reduces anxiety
Helps to keep the spine healthy and mobile

Instructions

Sit 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 Benefits

Calms the nervous system and mind
Gently opens the hips
Lengthens the spine
Stretches the thighs and ankles

Instructions

Kneel 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

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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 every

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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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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 a meal

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