Beginners Yoga

Yoga for Young Athletes

Yoga works on strength and flexibility and ease of movement this helps range of motion. Yoga also increases your body awareness so that you notice warning signs in the body and this can make you less susceptible to injury.

The sequence of poses shown below work to relive tightness and give a good stretch for young athletes.
Pigeon

 

Why it’s good

This is a great hip opener, the front leg is externally rotating and the back leg is stretching out the psoas muscle (deep seated core muscle). This pose will therefore increases hip mobility as it stretches inner and outer hip muscles.

How to do it

Start on all fours, slide your right knee forward to the back of your right wrist; at the same time angle your right shin under your torso and bring your right foot to the front of your left knee. Your left leg slides back as you straighten the knee.

Take a deep breath and as you exhale lay your torso down on the inner right thigh for a few breaths. You may stretch your arms forward.
Downward Dog

Why it’s good

Elongates the shoulders and stretches and strengthens hands, wrists, low back, hamstrings, calves, foot arches and achilles tendons

How to do it

Come onto all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Look at your hands and spread your fingers evenly with the palms pressed down into the floor.

Take a deep breath and as you exhale lift your knees away from the floor.
Warrior 2 

Why it’s good

This pose is all about being a ‘peaceful warrior’, it’s about bringing balance and getting centered. It is a strong pose designed to develop stamina and commitment. It opens your heart and lungs and is also a […]

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    Autumn Wellness and Yoga Retreat at Paperbark Camp 2019 :: Gratitude

Autumn Wellness and Yoga Retreat at Paperbark Camp 2019 :: Gratitude

The invitation for this nourishing retreat was to slow down and listen to the bodies natural intelligence. We inhaled the lemon scented air, we exhaled and released into the spaciousness of the bush surrounds. We explored the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda through movement and meditation. We swam in the crystal clear water at Hyams beach and relaxed by the fire in the evening gazing at the stars in the night sky.

Thank you to all the fabulous, gracious and powerful women who showed up with open minds and hearts we had a magical experience. Thank you also to Camilla at Paperbark Camp and to Mother Nature for again providing such perfect weather.

Please get in touch if you are interested in future retreats justine@triveda.com.au

 

Yoga in Bondi Beach Park

Welcome to Spring!

I’m excited to announce that my beach permit is on the way and I’ll be teaching in the freshly renovated Beach Park for Summer.

Come and practice yoga in the Park (starting November 1), relax and revitalise with yoga under the trees, feel the summer breeze on your skin as you inhale the oceanic energy.

All classes 1 hour.

See timetable here.

Nameste
Justine
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Ujjayi Pranayama – Victorious Breath

Each yoga class begins by bringing our awareness to the breath. We concentrate on deliberately linking breath and movement. It is through the breath that we are able to start to connect to the subtle body and the deeper energy reserves in the body.

The breath we use mostly in a Hatha Yoga class as we move through the asanas (poses) is called Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai) Breath. Ujjayi Breath can be translated as Victorious Breath. It is where we inhale and exhale through the nostrils while slightly contracting the back of the throat. This makes an ocean like sound.

Here are some of the many benefits of this type of breathing :
• Slows the breath down.
• Calms the mind.
• Strengthens the nervous system.
• Strengthens the digestive system.
• Improves concentration and brings awareness to the physical movement.
• Warms the body.
• Directing the ujjayi breath to certain parts of the body can release tension and tightness in specific areas.

How to do it:
• Find a comfortable seat
• Begin by exhaling through the nose
• Inhale through the nose, partially narrowing the passageway through the throat.
• Exhale through an open mouth as though you were trying to fog a mirror, making a ‘hhhhaaa’ sound.
• Try this a couple of times.
• Now repeat but close the mouth as you exhale.
• Repeat a few times allowing the breath to flow smoothly and softly like waves in the ocean. You can place your hands over your ears to hear the sound more clearly.

Relax and enjoy this deep smooth breathing as you feel the prana circulate around the body.

Justine
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Clear the Mind with ‘Nadi Shodana Pranayama’

 

 

Pranayama means breathing technique. One of my all time favorites is Nadi Shoda (Alternate Nostril Breathing). I include it in almost every Yin class I teach as it helps to calm the mind. You can practice this technique at anytime throughout the day and it is a great one to do if you are experiencing stress at work or if you are stuck in traffic!

How to do it

Sit comfortably, keeping the head and spine upright.
Close your eyes or keep your gaze low.
Take Vishnu Mudra (hand gesture) as shown in the diagram. Use your thumb to block the right nostril and use your ring finger to block the left.
Start by blocking the left nostril, slowly inhale through the right nostril, then block the right and exhale left. Inhale through the left nostril, then block the left, and exhale right.
This technique uses the ration of 1:1 inhale to exhale, as you progress you may use 1:2 extending the exhalation. For more advanced versions using breath retention, please work with your yoga instructor.

Benefits

Calms the mind, creates a feeling of peace and happiness.
Increases vitality
Reduces stress levels
Fantastic to do a few rounds of this breathing if you suffer from insomnia.
Improves concentration

Why this works

This pranayama (breathing technique) clears out blocked energy channels in the body. It works on the subtle energy channels (nadis), hence the name. Nadi = subtle energy channels Shodana = cleaning/clearing