Monday, 23 October 2017

and there's more...: Get stretching - Parsva Sukhasana

and there's more...: Get stretching - Parsva Sukhasana: Good morning... its time to stretch  I start with a few gentle breaths to waken the body.. here goes.. Tadasana - mountain pose ...

Get stretching - Parsva Sukhasana



Good morning... its time to stretch
 I start with a few gentle breaths to waken the body.. here goes.. Tadasana - mountain pose

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Inhale through the nose and stretch your arms up and above your head, keeping feet grounded and close together..letting the in breath inflate your chest 
exhale through the mouth, returning the arms back down to the sides of the body, noticing how the chest deflates on the out breath.. repeat this several times making the breath deeper with each breath..filling the lungs with fresh oxygen and expelling the stale breath
focus and keep breath smooth and controlled... try to stretch as tall as possible ( keep upper body soft and legs strong, knee caps lifted  )
A few sun salutations to warm up the body as seen in previous posts...
and onto some side body stretches... ( some of my favourite asanas )

Image result for seated side stretch yoga poseStarting off in an easy seated side stretch- parsva sukhasana.  This is an excellent stretch for the waist and side of the body, including the neck and shoulders.  
I find this beneficial for my obliques and back, a part of the body that I dont usually stretch in my usual day to day movements.
This is one of the asana that I have seen noticeable improvement since i started practising yoga.  I love the lengthening that I feel from doing this pose.  

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A more advanced asana can 
be seen here Parivrtta janu sisasana ( seated side stretch ) it also shows which muscles are being used.This gives the sides of the body a fantastic stretch as seen in the diagrams, it has many benefits including opening and lengthening the side of the body and intercostal muscles between the ribs.
It also massages the abdominal organs improving digestion.

It is important to keep both sitting bones down and to keep lengthening before stretching over to side. 






Friday, 20 October 2017

and there's more...: meno-inconvenience

and there's more...: meno-inconvenience:   well hello... its been a few days hasnt it ? ...and I'm surprised i can remember I even have a blog just lately!! Seriously ...

meno-inconvenience

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well hello... its been a few days hasnt it ? ...and I'm surprised i can remember I even have a blog just lately!!

Seriously ..dont know what it is just lately but I just cannot be bothered with anything, I seem to be in backward mode... 
I have been to the gym once this week.  ( now that is unheard of and YES... i feel s**t )
I'd like to say that In have got loads of my course work done..but ..that would be a lie... 
And it's not for the want of trying, I get the books out , put the computer on, and then..NOTHING.. 
I read the pages but nothing seems to be going in...  ( and yes I think its all to do with the dreaded menopause, and its damned INCONVENIENT ) and I definitely have not got time for this s**t
Funny thing is ...I keep saying to myself 'I will start tomorrow'   and tomorrow comes and goes... and the words still dont register.
And my course work due date is getting closer and closer ( and the really odd thing is ..I dont seemed bothered..usually I would be really stressed.... 
my 'get up and go' and got up and gone!!!!
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What the hell is going on....

Monday, 16 October 2017

and there's more...: Happy Cat

and there's more...: Happy Cat: Not every day is the same and that is also the case with my yoga practice. Today was one such day, I was really looking forward to it, main...

Happy Cat

Not every day is the same and that is also the case with my yoga practice.
Today was one such day, I was really looking forward to it, mainly because I had been feeling a bit run down due to work load etc and I knew it would make me feel better.
Our instructor arrived looking full of 'sun salutation' as usual..she has a way of making me instantly feel fab, she is just so bubbly and full of energy


Practice starts with a gentle flow from  bitilasana ( cow pose ) through to  marjaryasana ( cat pose ),

A lovely gentle stretch to start our practice.


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This warms and stretches my spine and helps me to let go of the stresses of the week, it is an opportunity to open the chest and allow the breath to become slow and calm, inhaling through the nose, filling the lungs with oxygen, at the same time allowing the belly to drop towards the mat and lift the chin and chest and look upwards ( cow pose )... pausing momentarily,  then exhale through the mouth, drawing naval to spine and at the same time rounding the back toward the ceiling, and releasing the head toward the mat gently ( cat pose ). 



This has the effect of bringing me immediately into the moment, focusing on inhaling/exhaling deeply into the asana (poses ) using the breath to flow effortlessly from one to the other.

We repeat this 10 times breathing more deeply/slowly with each move, 
coming to rest, sitting back on heels in an upright position.  
Feeling Purrfect 😻 😉


Benefits of these asana include


  • encourages flexibility to the spine
  • stretches muscles in back, hip, torso, neck, shoulders
  • stimulates internal organs
  • opening lungs



Sunday, 15 October 2017

and there's more...: relaxed and calm Sunday

and there's more...: relaxed and calm Sunday: This is so unusual for me, relaxing is something I never think of doing  ( unless I'm in my yoga class ��) Its non-stop usually.....