Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Yin to the Yang

It took me 3 classes to actually enjoy Yin Yoga! My yoga teacher Amanda Fuzes introduced me to Yin, the first two classes were excruciating! I was restless and impatient and wanted to run away. I didn’t, and after almost two years practicing and teaching this incredible philosophy and practice I have noticed some profound effects.

Yin Yoga works to increase the flow of energy through the body by awakening and enhancing ‘prana’ or ‘chi’. How is this done? In a nutshell, we disengage the muscles in a yin yoga practice; each pose is held for 3-5min, sometimes longer. Each pose works the deep connective tissues along the energy lines related to the meridians (TCM) or nadias (Ayurvedic philosophy).

Along with the physical and energetic benefits Yin also helps our mind. Yin teaches us how to manage our mind off the mat. It teaches us how to relax in uncomfortable and stressful situations and it teaches us how to manage our emotions. It is fantastic for stress management.

Experience the healing energies of Yin Yoga, the complete antidote to everyday life.

Come and try a yin class, cheaper than therapy!

Yoga for digestion

Hippocrates – ‘All disease begins in the gut.’

Did you know the biggest selling drugs in the west are for the gut & mind (antacids & antidepressants). These two areas are connected and both issues can be prevented and healed by diet – good digestion as well as exercise and relaxation.

Ayurveda advises a number of ways to help with digestion, everything from food combining, eating for your dosha to the company you keep while eating. Also, see blog next week on digestive fire.

The only yoga pose that you can safely take after eating is supta virasana (pictured above with blue background and featured in video below), it is also one of the best yoga poses for digestion. It helps to create space in the digestive system allowing for correct integration of our food.

While most yoga poses will assist digestion in one way or another, twists are fabulous! They stimulate the system by allowing fresh blood to flow into our digestive system and its accessory organs. Ardha matsyendrasana* (pictured above top) is a great twist and I try to incorporate it into my practice as often as possible. It’s important to remember to lengthen the spine (extend the crown of the head towards the sky) before you twist to create space between the vertebrae.

*If you have any back or knee issues you will need assistance from your yoga teacher to create a modified version of the pose.

enjoy twisting it out!

Justine

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