Yoga Asana Articles

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The Happy Yogi

By Madya Lila | May 30, 2018

Yoga is more than a great stretch. Much, much more. Let’s look at some of the wonderful benefits of all aspects of yoga and celebrate this wonderful gift we have been given. The health benefits of yoga asanas are wide ranging. Flexibility is of course the most obvious one. Tight muscles can pull on our …

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Warrior 2 Series

By Madya Lila | May 30, 2018

Based on Warrior 2, this series of movements helps to open the hips and chest. It creates space in the lower back and waist and enhances our breathing. It is also strengthening for the legs, hips, spine and shoulders and feels GREAT. Start in Warrior 2                   …

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How You Can Prevent Back Pain with Yoga

By Madya Lila | April 24, 2018

It is estimated that over a lifetime there’s an 80% chance of developing back pain. Some back pain passes quickly never to be seen again but all too often those niggly little twinges develop into a chronic and costly problem. Of course the logical thing to do is prevention! Most lower back pain that doesn’t …

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2 Energizing Bandhas for Core Support

By Madya Lila | April 23, 2018

Bandhas Bandhas are energy locks. They are ways of holding the muscles, so that energy moves in an upwards direction. They can be performed with strength as in some Pranayama (breathing practices) and Kriyas (cleansing practices) but in asana they are generally very lightly engaged. This not only sends the energy upwards but gives us …

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A Well Balanced Yoga Ritual

By Madya Lila | March 26, 2018

Early April and the Commonwealth Games are upon us. Sounds like it could be hard to get anywhere! What about our yoga practice? It’s the perfect time to be disciplined and create our own home practice. For more support and inspiration for building a home yoga ritual, check out our 30 Day Yoga Challenge!   …

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Warrior 1 (Virabhasana 1)

By Madya Lila | March 26, 2018

With Anzac Day coming up let’s honour those who have been and are still involved in the brave task of protecting our country with a Warrior Pose. During the month of April please note that all past and present ADF personnel are invited to any of our meditation and yoga programs free of charge.   …

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Beginners Pendant Staff Pose (Lola-dandasana)

By Madya Lila | February 22, 2018

Here’s a great pose for desk workers, manual labourers, and anyone who is not gifted with great posture. This pose is an anti-slouch recipe that strengthens our arms, upper back and core while encouraging the upper chest to lift and open, giving the neck a chance to sit firmly on top of the shoulders.   …

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Tips & Inspiration for Your Summer Yoga Practice

By Madya Lila | January 24, 2018

Did you start off the year with good yoga intentions which are slowly dwindling? Summer is a time of intense heat and humidity especially here in Queensland, which can make it hard for us to keep up with our practice. However the really good thing about practicing asanas in summer is that the heat softens …

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5 Yoga Poses to Inspire New Beginnings

By Madya Lila | December 29, 2017

2018 HERE WE COME! January is a time of new beginnings. It is the month we make our resolutions, when we try new things, and when we reflect on and evaluate the year past. January is like a breath of fresh air, a month to recuperate from the year before and start making our tentative …

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Simple Mudras for Meditation

By Madya Lila | November 26, 2017

A hand mudra is a gesture usually used in meditation practices to help direct the energy towards the brain. Because each of the fingers are said to symbolise certain aspects of existence, stimulating them will have a subtle effect in these areas. The thumb is said to represent the Supreme Soul and the first finger …

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