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Headstands… totally do-able


…with practice.

In class I usually will offer a headstand or two but I’ve found that some people might shy away from this pose. Salamba Sirsasana (Sanskrit name) offers many benefits that can help your body and mind. (I do want to point on that if you are pregnant,  have high blood pressure, or glaucoma headstand might not be the best option for you.)

Support headstands can be best achieved by starting in dolphin, with your forearms on the mat and hands interlaced. Once you have walked your feet in as close to your head as you can, bring you legs together, engage your core, and slowly bring both feet up together. Here are some key things to remember in headstand: 1- more pressure should be on your arms and shoulders then on your neck and head. 2-allowing your breath to flow freely is always recommended and 3- have fun, don’t take headstand too serious and smile.

Yoga Journal has a good breakdown of all things headstand at their web page.

Falling is a part of yoga too, so don’t be discouraged or frustrated, all things come in time and with practice!

I wanted to thank everyone on Facebook for “liking” my status on Zobha‘s page. Thanks to everyone I will be heading to the Yoga Journal Conference and taking some AMAZING classes with great teachers. I cannot wait to share it with everyone!

Namaste.

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Yoga style #2… Vinyasa


Let’s dive into the wonderful world of Vinyasa yoga!

Vinyasa is sequential movement that interlinks postures to form a continuous flow. It creates a movement meditation that reveals all forms as being impermanent and for this reason are not held on to.

Most yoga styles focus on the breath and this style just takes this idea and uses it in a flow to create a practice. A vinyasa sequence would be something like a Sun Salutation.  Here is a video that I found that explains in depth a sun salutation. [howcast url=’http://www.howcast.com/videos/249-How-To-Do-a-Basic-Sun-Salutation’ height=’240′ width=’360′] The guy might be a little too touchy, but his narration is good and detailed.

Following your breath to the movement is beneficial for many reasons. It can be used to reduce stress, improve lung capacity, and so much more, but that’s a whole new post. For now just follow your breath and hope to see you on the mat.

Namaste.

Benefits for Runners…(cont.)


So a while ago I posted about some benefits that runners and athletes can gain from practicing yoga. I just wanted to add some more…
So if you’re a runner, you know the kind of pressure that the impact of pressing your feet into the ground can put on your knees, back, ankles, etc. When the muscles are constantly getting strain on them, they do get stronger but if the same action is being done over and over, the muscle on the re-action side might not be getting as much attention and therefore can create an imbalance…
Yoga for balance! Runners can benefit from yoga this way because it allows you to practice from the inside and working your way out. The most common yoga combination, a sun salutation, works on evening out the opposing actions creating a balance within your muscles, breath, and your self.
Here are a few ideas to get an equal balance to body:
Cow-face fold (Gomukhasana) Benefits:
Stretch out your glutes and hips–including the hard-to-reach deep muscles–and your IT band.

 

Half lord of the fishes twist (Ardha matseyendrasana)

Benefits:
Opens the shoulders, neck and hips, stretches the IT band.

Child’s pose (Balasana)

Benefits:
Stretches hips, thighs and ankles gently; can help alleviate back pain.

Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani):
Benefits:
Stretches the hamstrings gently, allows blood that has accumulated in the feet and legs to re-circulate in the body. Offers a gentle release for the low back.

Also a reminder: Yoga for The Hoyt Foundation is happening Feb 4th! Please come and support a great cause. Check out my last post for all the info.

Yoga Benefit!


Hey yogis,
We are putting together a yoga class/benefit for The Hoyt Foundation! Here is the information:

Yoga for a Cause

Please join us in raising awareness and donations for Team Hoyt!

The Hoyt Foundation strives to help those who are physically disabled become active members of

the community.

February 5th, 2011 10:30 AM (2 sessions if first fills)

At Synergy Physical Therapy. (Route 6 in Fairhaven, behind Mermaids)

$10 Donation (minimum), please sign up by contacting:

Lindsay Wilkinson @  LindsayLWilkinson@gmail.com

Pam Teves @ southcoastyoga@gmail.com