Learn more about yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), the effects they have on the body and mind and the many health benefits that can be experienced with regular practice.

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De-stress with Yoga Breathing

Recently a friend confided that he found so many things in life irritating, and his list was extensive. Dripping taps, doors creaking, loud noises, and the list went …

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Taking Your Asanas Outdoors

Isn’t it lovely that the weather is warming up! In Queensland we have a wonderfully mild winter, and the hardy souls only usually drop swimming for a couple …

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Springtime Refresh with Yoga

Spring is seen as a time to detox; of cleansing away the excesses of winter comfort foods and helping the body reach new heights of energy and freshness. …

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Three Reasons to Take up a Yoga Practice

1. Physical Well-being – Yoga asanas (poses or exercises) do so many amazing things to your body, I could be here all day explaining just a few of …

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Are Yoga Asanas Spiritual?

One time a student asked, ‘How can I spiritualise my yoga asana practice? Are yoga asanas and pranayam intrinsically spiritual?’ Yoga asanas are not intrinsically spiritual, but they …

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Boost Your Immunity with Yoga

You always know winter’s here when people start getting sick! In fact my son and his family are wading their way through a stomach flu while my daughter …

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Breathing Exercises

Kapalbhati Breathing

As the weather cools down for the winter months we can use this breath to help warm us up. It also keeps us alert and lifts our energy. …

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Celebrating All Things Yoga

Life is full of ups and downs. Let yoga be one of your ups! Yoga in all of its variety of practices including asana, pranayama, relaxation and meditation …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Yoga Techniques for Anxiety

Find deep peace within with these simple yoga practices for Anxiety. Anxiety is all too common. So common in fact that it is showing up more and more …

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Swap the Morning Coffee with Yoga Asanas for a Natural High!

Do you drag yourself out of bed each morning stiff and grumpy and head straight for the coffee? Yep that used to be me. I was a complete and utter …

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A Yoga Game For Children – Rock/Archway/Bridge

For this game you need 4 or more people and some space. The children get into either one or more groups of four and line up. The first …

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Cooling Asanas for the Hot Summer Months

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 …

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Bow Pose (Dhanurāsana) and Variations

Bow & Variations Stretches the front of the body Key Benefits Opens the chest and shoulders Stimulates the nervous system Stretches the spine Lengthens the entire front of the …

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Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana)

Key Benefits Stretches the thighs, groin and buttocks/glutes Opens the chest and shoulders Stimulates the abdominal organs Instructions From Down Dog, Step your right foot to your left …

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Cobbler Pose (Baddha Konasana)

Key Benefits Stretches the hips and inner thighs Opens the groins Instructions Sit with your spine long and straight. Draw the soles of your feet together and allow …

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Crane Pose – Bakasana

Improves balance and concentration; strengthens the core Key Benefits Improves balance Strengthens the core, shoulders, arms and wrists Opens the hips Stretches the upper back Instructions Come down …

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Chair Pose – Utkatasana

Strengthens the buttocks and legs Key Benefits Strengthens and stretches the ankles Strengthens the thighs, calves and back Stimulates the vital organs, including the heart Works on lifting …

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Yoga at Christmas Time

I have been mulling over what to say about yoga with a Christmas theme. I had ideas of talking about coping with the stress of Christmas with yoga, …

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Chin and Jnana Mudra

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 …

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Yoga When You Are Under The Weather

There are so many ways that yoga can help while suffering from a disability – believe me I’ve just broken an arm and a leg! There are many …

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Shoulders – Safe and Strong

I meet so many people whose asana practice has given them very sore shoulders. More often than not this is from the very popular vinyasa movement where we …

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Locust Pose (Salabasana)

Locust Strengthens the entire body Key Benefits Strengthens the legs, hips, back and shoulders; as well as the chest, core and neck Stretches the shoulders, chest and belly and …

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Yoga Asanas for a Restful, Refreshing Sleep

  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 …

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Legs up the Wall – Viparita Karani

Legs up the Wall Restorative; relieves tired legs Key Benefits Alleviates tired, cramping legs and feet, and back ache Calms the mind Softly opens the backs of the legs …

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Seated Forward Fold – Paschimottanasana

Seated Forward Fold Stretches the entire back of the body Key Benefits Stretches the hamstrings and spine Calms the mind, reduces anxiety Helps to keep the spine healthy and …

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Child’s Pose – Balasana

Child’s Pose & Variations Tones the spine; strengthens the legs Key Benefits Calms the nervous system and mind Gently opens the hips Lengthens the spine Stretches the thighs and …

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Fish Pose – Matsyasana

Fish Opens the chest and throat Key Benefits Stretches the neck, throat, psoas and muscles of the chest Strengthens and tones the spine, upper back and buttocks Stimulates the …

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Boat Pose – Paripurna Navasana

Strengthens the abdominals, back and thighs Key Benefits Strengthens the back, abdominals and quadriceps Improves concentration Aids digestion Instructions Sit with your feet flat on the floor in …

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Plank Pose – Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana

  Works the back and core Key Benefits Strengthens the arms, back, legs and core Stretches the feet and Achilles tendons Instructions Begin on all fours with your …

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Triangle Pose – Trikonasana

Stretches the ankles, knees, hamstrings, thighs, groins, hips, shoulder, chest, spine.
Strengthens the legs and ankles, the sides and abdominals, Increases balance and assists digestion

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Seated Splits – Hanumanasana

  Stretches the hips and legs Key Benefits Stretches the thighs, hamstrings and groin area Can alleviate sciatica Instructions Start in an upright kneeling position. Step your right …

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Side Plank – Vasisthasana

  Works the core, focusing on the side-body Key Benefits Improves balance and body awareness Strengthens the side body; also the ankles, legs, glutes, spine and shoulders Instructions …

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Developing a Home Practice Part 3: Plan Your Practice

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 …

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Developing a Home Practice Part 2: Injury Prevention

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 …

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Developing a Home Practice Part 1: Safety First

  Asana is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘seat’, or ‘comfortable seat’. Keep this in mind throughout your practice! Your asana practice may take you beyond your perceived flexibility …

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Focus on Women, the Reproductive System and Yoga

Interview with Yoga Teacher – Sami Q: Namaste, which yoga practices help support the reproductive system? Sami: All yoga practices and yoga meditation help the reproductive system by lowering …

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Yoga Asana and the Male Reproductive System

  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 …

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