Join us for this soothing and calming practice to wind down your weekend. You will be guided through a gentle yoga sequence, followed by supine (lying down) poses. You will gently stretch and relax in to each pose, supported by props.
Yoga Kurunta, or yoga ropes was invented by BKS Iyengar and is one of the lesser known props. The use of the ropes reverses gravity and allows the spine to gently decompress, which has major benefits for your spine.
This method promotes proper spinal alignment, deepens access into poses, and takes the pressure off your spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine. A negative pressure is created in the discs, that allows bulging or herniated disks to retract, and thus takes the pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn promotes your bodies own healing potential; the space created allows the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.
Doctors have recognised this method and use inverted suspension tables in order to suspend their patients upside down. You can use this method to treat various ailments, including:
Back/neck pain or sciatica (pain or tingling that extends down the leg)
Bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease
Headstand is one of my top favourite poses. It leaves me feeling invigorated and inspired, clear and somewhat more alive, rejuvenated and clean. I practice headstand every single day, sometimes for a whole 10minutes. Here are two of my personal favourite benefits of headstand:
Being upside down stimulates and replenishes the pituitary, pineal and hypothalamus glands in the brain. These are the “master glands” that regulate all other glands in the body, and are therefore vital for overall wellbeing. Hormones by definition are chemical messengers that regulate our physiological and psychological behaviour. Just think about that for a second – physiological and psychological. That’s basically all of you. And headstand helps regulate all your hormones, therefore all of you! This is huge. Headstand has been proven to alleviate diseases associated with hormonal imbalance such as diabetes and depression.
My other favourite benefit of headstand is that it brings you in to the present moment because you have to balance. The moment your mind wanders, you fall. In our increasingly crazy busy world, this simple mental exercise is profoundly important for our mental health.
Other benefits of headstand are:
It draws your attention inwards Helps releives stress, anxiety and fear Relieves insomnia Keeps mind sharp and clear Relaxes and simultaneously strengthens the blood vessels in the brain which prevents migraines Increased blood supply to the brain which improves mental function Improves digestion Rids water retention in legs Stimulates the lymphatic system which helps rid the body of unwanted toxins Takes strain off the heart Assists venous blood return, allowing un-oxygenated blood that may be “stuck” at your extremities to return to the heart and be replenished Lessened risk of ischemic stroke
Join me for group yoga in Kalk Bay, or book a private yoga class to sharpen your headstand practice!
We are already heading into 2019 full steam ahead, and during this busy time we can easily be side-tracked away from our yoga practice. Here are some reminders of why keeping up your home practice is so important.
Classes vs home practice? Yoga is ultimately your practice. Attending classes helps you start and hone your skills, while giving new inspiration and challenges. Classes help spark new sequencing ideas, build different focuses and give us a disciplined environment in which to practice. This is the foundation for practicing yoga.
Going to classes is fundamental to keeping on track, and one should always seek new knowledge, however a home practice is crucial in its own way. A home practice is where you explore what you’ve learnt in class and cement it into your own understanding. It’s helps you realise what you might need further clarity on. So when you come back to class, you’re coming with in with questions. In your home practice you can begin to explore what works for your specific body and needs, and focus on those aspects.
Our lives get busy fast. However, we need to prioritise things that contribute to our mental and physical wellbeing. I always say that yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time! The time you sacrificed to do your yoga will come back tenfold; because yoga gives mental clarity and makes one more productive. Yoga gives you something back, some new energy, some extra quietness, something that is just for you.
Pranayama is the 4th limb of yoga, and is the science of breath. Prana means breath, respiration, life, vitality, energy or strength. Ayama means extension, expansion and ascension. Pranayama means breath extension or regulation. Regular practice of pranayama is as essential as a regular asana (pose) practice. We access the mind through the body and the breath. Emotional excitement affects the rate of breathing; equally, deliberate regulation of breathing checks emotional excitement. Through breath regulation we can begin to calm the nerves, soothe the body and ultimately control the mind.
This workshop will begin with a restorative yoga sequence to quieten the mind and nerves, followed by guided pranayama. The fireplace will be lit and the room nice and warm to accommodate relaxation.
Simple, soft, soothing restorative asanas to wind down your Sunday evening, and get your ready for the week ahead. We will start with a gentle yoga sequence, followed by supine (lying down) poses. Many of the supported poses will be held for long durations, allowing you to settle into deep relaxation. The fireplace will be lit and the room nice and warm to accommodate relaxation.
Having strong abdominals goes way beyond a flat tummy or a six pack. We NEED our abdominal muscles for everyday life, for simple things such as rolling out of bed, or reaching over to pick up something.
When your abdominals are weak, the body uses other muscles to compensate and the over use of these muscles leads to back ache, prolapses etc. Introducing just one or two abdominal asanas into your daily yoga practice will have a huge impact on your overall abdominal strength, reduce back pain and increase digestive health.
In this workshop you will:
Find and understand where your abdominals are and how to get them working
Learn about abdominal asanas and how to include them in your daily practice
Look at how the abdominals play a role in everything we do and why they are so important to strengthen
Learn some ‘can do’ abdominal sequences
Explore variations and supported ways to practice abdominals
Find your the pelvic floor for fully integrated core support
I’m excited to announce my weekly classes in Constantia!
WHEN: Thursdays 4:15-5:30pm
WHERE: 24a Belair Dr, Constantia. (when you come up Belair Dr, continue past 22a and 24, then 24a is on your right with a wooden gate)
FEES: 450/month for once a week | R140 drop in
BRING: Your mat, and your friends!
ABOUT THE CLASSES:
They will be aimed at all levels, beginners are welcome. Iyengar yoga gives an alignment focus to give deeper and safer access to poses, while ensuring maximum benefit. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions.