Restorative Yoga Asana Workshop

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 Asana Workshop

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 Asana Workshop

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 Asana Workshop

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 Asana Workshop

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 Asana Workshop

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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Headstand Workshop with Helen Vann

Headstand – or Salamba Sirsasana – is widely regarded as the King of all yoga asana. There are so many benefits to be had from doing this pose including:Relieving stress Increasing focus Improving blood flow to the eyes Increasing blood flow to the head and scalp Strengthens shoulders and arms Improving digestion Helping to flush out the adrenal glands And, not in the least, building up lashings

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Restorative Yoga Asana Workshop

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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Restorative Yoga Asana Workshop

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

Read more ...

Restorative Yoga Asana Workshop

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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New Class at West end – 6am Flow and Meditate

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; physically,

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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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CHIEF SEATTLE’S LETTER

According to the ancient yogic texts the earth is our mother. From the material elements our body is made and these material elements are provided by mother earth. At this time of the year when we honour our mothers lets also spare a thought of appreciation for our mother the earth. And nowhere is that appreciation better expressed than in the following letter said to have been written by an American Indian chief in the 1800’s to the then president of the United States.

The President

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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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A Personal Journey from a Yoga Mum

Raising Little Yogis – The Life & Times of a Yogi Mum I first discovered the yummy-ness of yoga asanas early in the 1970’s when I was pregnant with my first child. I loved the feeling of moving my body in all directions and the challenges of strength, fitness and flexibility but I wasn’t as attracted to the relaxation and finer aspects of quietening the mind. That came later. First I had to learn not to be ambitious and push myself beyond the limitations that I was born with or had accumulated

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Eye Exercises

Just like all the other muscles in our body the eye muscles respond very well to a little exercise each day especially if we strain them by spending a lot of time in front of screens.

Most people appreciate a few eye exercises popped into their asana class and after learning them often practice them regularly.

Throughout all the following exercises keep your eyes relaxed, don’t strain.

1. Clock circles

Imagine you are looking at the numbers 1 – 12 on a clock face.

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Mantra Breathing (Gauranga Breathing)

The breath is something we deal with, usually unconsciously, from the moment we pop out into this world grasping at the air with a fresh little set of lungs until we whisper our final goodbyes. Without even thinking about it we go about our lives and the breath comes and goes regulated by sensors in the brain telling the lungs when to breathe deeper to get a bit more oxygen or when to slow down or even when to breathe a bit faster1. It is common knowledge in the world of yoga, however,

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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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