26 November 2013

Practising yoga with injuries. No pain, no gain?



I am out of action at the moment. I have a hip impingement which has been going on for a quite a while. I've seen all the great and good in the London hip scene (pardon the pun) and have continued my yoga practice the best I can whilst working around the injury site and not taking myself into a point of pain. A recent stint which had me sat at a computer for more hours than I care to count has aggravated the impingement and the steroid injection I had in August has started to wear off.

One of the problems I now have is pain and inflammation causes muscle inhibition. As I currently have pain,  I have been advised to rest to see if the pain subsides. Continuing to work through the pain inhibits the muscles around the injury site and stops them from working efficiently; therefore doing more damage than good. Once I  am relatively pain free, I will work the muscles (in this case the glutes and other core stabilisers) in isolation to try and gain back the strength that has been  lost around the pain site. So the old saying "no pain, no gain" definitely does not apply to injuries. It might be worth remembering this if you are practising with pain and inflammation, as you may be adding to the problem.


21 November 2013

Yoga Leg Behind the Head: Eka Pada Sirsasana with Kino



This is a pose I struggle with ( although I do have hip impingement on one side, which doesn't help).
I'm going to try these tips to see if things change :-)

10 November 2013

Nutrition for mothers and babies - Free talk

Free talk with Fleur Borrelli. Tuesday 3 December, 11am to 12:30pm




Our Yoga Mama nutritionist, Fleur Borrelli, will be giving a talk on nutrition for mothers and babies on Tuesday 3 December.The talk is free and is open to new and expectant parents.

Everything you wanted to know about postpartum and pregnancy support but were afraid to ask!

  • What nutrition do we need after the birth and when breastfeeding?
  • How can we avoid post-natal depression through nutrition?
  • Why are the first seven years particularly important for a child's development?
  • What kind of diet should we be eating during pregnancy and afterwards?
  • Should we change our diet at each stage of pregnancy?
  • What lifestyle interventions can we implement to ensure a healthy pregnancy?
To book your space contact 0208 789 3881

04 November 2013

Karandavasana by R. Sharath Jois in Mysore



Great clip of Sharath in the shala in Mysore-amazing how he is able to stay really focused whilst his son plays around a few feet away from him. I also thought it interesting how high he stays on his toes when he jumps back & rolls forward-thoughts on that anyone?

Thank you to Madeleine Warwick for sharing