We have a brand new early morning class starting February 3rd called Flow and Meditate by Chantelle. Starting your day with meditation creates an opportunity for you to turn inwards, cultivate awareness and experience how creating this space in your life can really help influence your mindset, energy levels and heart space for your day ahead. This morning meditation class has been carefully crafted to support and nourish you on all levels;Read more ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
Locust Strengthens the entire body
Strengthens the legs, hips, back and shoulders; as well as the chest, core and neck
Stretches the shoulders, chest and belly and hips
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.
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
Legs up the Wall Restorative; relieves tired legs
Alleviates tired, cramping legs and feet, and back ache
Calms the mind
Softly opens the backs of the legs
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.
Seated Forward Fold Stretches the entire back of the body
Stretches the hamstrings and spine
Calms the mind, reduces anxiety
Helps to keep the spine healthy and mobile
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
Child’s Pose & Variations Tones the spine; strengthens the legs
Calms the nervous system and mind
Gently opens the hips
Lengthens the spine
Stretches the thighs and ankles
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.
Fish Opens the chest and throat
Stretches the neck, throat, psoas and muscles of the chest
Strengthens and tones the spine, upper back and buttocks
Stimulates the Thyroid
Activates the digestive system
Lay on your back with your legs straight.
Inhale; press down into your forearms and lift your heart centre upwards to create
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
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
Yoga practices can benefit both boys and men. For example, in India in the late 19th century schools exclusively for boys were set up to offer them a full education, including physical culture. Designed to meet the needs of growing boys, they combined the art of movement with yoga asanas.
IMPROVES BALANCE AND WORKS THE LEGS
Stretches the backs of the legs.
Strengthens the ankles, legs and back.
Improves balance and concentration.
Stand in Mountain pose with your hands on your hips. Fix your gaze and shift your weight to your left leg.
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
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 the muscular