A Close Look at the Immune System

  The immune system is a complex network of armoury that work together to protect our body by identifying, attacking and destroying foreign bacteria, fungus, moulds, microbes, parasites toxins and viruses. If you went to bed tonight and your immune system shut down you’d wake up mouldy and decaying, clearly the immune system is doing something to keep those creatures, moulds and viruses out or crush them if they find a way to get in. The first line of defence protects you

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The Benefits of a Deeper Breath

  We all know we need to breathe. We all know what happens if we don’t. The respiratory system consists of our airways (the nose, mouth, voice box, windpipe and bronchial tubes) and the lungs, muscles and blood vessels connected to them. All the components of this system work together to enable our bodies to breathe. Breathing is a smooth gliding two part motion. Firstly oxygen rich air is inhaled, so that fresh oxygen can be supplied to all parts of the body, and then secondly,

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The Pancreas

The pancreas is about 18-25 cm long and is located behind the stomach sitting close to the small intestine. Said to be about the size and shape of a flattened banana it is connected to the small intestine via a tube called the pancreatic duct. The pancreas has a dual role. Ninety percent of it is devoted to its function as a digestive aid and the other ten percent maintains blood sugar and salt levels in the body. As

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Cat Pose

  Level: Easy Benefits: This pose stretches the back muscles and helps the spine to lengthen and remain flexible. It gently tones the abdominal muscles and is beneficial for our digestion. Cautions: Cat pose may not be appropriate for people with severe wrist, arm or shoulder problems in which case you can try the Standing Cat Sequence. If you have knee problems try padding under your knees. How To

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Downward Facing Dog

  (adho mukha svanasana) Level: Moderate Benefits: Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and is reputed to relieve mild depression. Energises the body. Stretches and strengthens arms, shoulders and legs, improves digestion, relieves back pain and relieves some menopausal symptoms. Cautions: Carpal tunnel syndrome, late term pregnancy, shoulder problems, high blood pressure. How To

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Salute To The Sun

  (Surya Namaskar) Level: Easy Benefits: Increases circulation, oxygenates the whole body, warms the muscles, releases stiffness from joints, increases flexibility in the spine, increases fitness, health and tones and strengthens the back, abdominals, legs and arms. Cautions: High blood pressure, shoulder problems, lower back problems How To

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Abdominal Lock

  (Uddiyana bandha) Level: Moderate Benefits: This exercise strengthens the abdominals, stimulates the digestive organs and tones the lungs. Cautions: It should not be performed if you have eaten recently or are menstruating, pregnant or suffering from heart or circulatory problems or headaches. How ToFrom a standing position, bend your knees and lean forward slightly from the hips, resting

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