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Investigating Warrior 2 (Virabhasana 2)

By Madya Lila | October 21, 2019

Sometimes when I am instructing the class how to move into the Warrior 2 pose I look around the yoga room dotted with yogis of varying flexibility and strength and marvel at how many variations one set of instructions can produce. For example some try to push themselves to reach what they think the pose …

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Warrior 2 (Virabhasana 2)

By Madya Lila | October 21, 2019

Benefits Strengthens the legs, hips, back and shoulders Increases flexibility in the hips and shoulders Calms the nervous system if held with deep slow breathing Cautions Balance – use props like the back heel supported by a wall, chair back for front hand or wall to lean against High blood pressure – don’t hold too …

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Exultant Warrior

By Madya Lila | September 25, 2019

This is an energizing pose which expands our side ribs helping to open spaces in our lungs that might not have been reached for a long time. You can wake up your body by waking up your breath! It also creates space in the sides of our torso releasing pressure from our internal organs. Wake …

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Make the Most of Spring

By Madya Lila | September 18, 2019

Spring and the weather is warming up! I love it when there is a warmth to the atmosphere and the breeze is gentle and caressing, a little delicate snatch before the sun reaches that harsh glare of summer. Spring is the perfect time to take our mat outside and head for the beach. Asanas down …

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Defy Gravity with Yoga

By Madya Lila | August 29, 2019

In our everyday language we talk about being, ‘depressed’,  ‘weighed down’ and  ‘carrying the load of the world on our shoulders’ – all terms we use to describe the feeling of being pulled downwards by gravity when our life gets too much for us. Often our posture manifests this load we are carrying by drooping …

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A Yoga Guide to Winter Wellness

By Madya Lila | July 31, 2019

In our plans about how to keep well for winter how many of us consider the lymphatic system? Many of us don’t really know what it does! Well here’s some info on how lymph fights off the foreign invaders and some techniques to help it along! Lymph is a pale opaque liquid like that found …

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5 Tips for Becoming More Flexible

By Madya Lila | June 27, 2019

You may have noticed that some people are naturally very flexible. They swoop into their lunges with effortless ease, their forward bends are deep folds and their back bends are nearing a full circle. If once, as they might claim, they didn’t have the same degree of flexibility, it certainly didn’t take them long to …

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Hamstring PNF Stretching

By Madya Lila | June 27, 2019

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a way of stretching, which involves both the stretching and contracting of the muscle group being targeted. It is said to be one of the most effective forms of stretching for the improvement of our flexibility and range of movement. The process is to gently take the target muscle or muscles …

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Stay Well This Winter

By Madya Lila | May 27, 2019

Now that winter has officially started we can expect a lot of coughing and sneezing going on around us. In fact there’s a high possibility that someone either in your workplace, or at the supermarket, on public transport or even in your family will be inadvertently sharing their germs. But we don’t need to be …

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Dynamic Extended Mountain

By Madya Lila | May 27, 2019

This exercise is great to do out in the fresh air first thing in the morning or it can be used as an energy recharge throughout the day. It not only charges us with big fresh lungfuls of oxygen but helps to release tension from the shoulders and chest and assist in strengthening our immune …

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