26 June 2014

Summer Intensive 4-Week Postnatal Pilates Course



Summer Intensive 4-Week Postnatal Pilates Course

Starts Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 12pm


Rachel will be running a Postnatal Pilates intensive course for new mums wanting to get back in touch with their core, post baby. She is a Pilates teacher and physiotherapist (and mother to baby twin girls), so she can really identify with women's needs.

Postnatal women can attend classes once they have been signed off by their GP/midwife after their 6 week postnatal check.

Babies are welcome but will not participate in the class.

This will be our last postnatal Pilates course until September.

Please note there will be no class on 16th July.

Cost: £56

Bookings


Booking is essential. Please book by Tuesday 1st July. To book, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk, quoting Postnatal Pilates Course as the subject.

19 June 2014

Class timetable for summer 2014



Important information affecting classes at Yoga Mama over the summer period. The summer timetable comes into effect the week starting Monday 23rd June, which means that some classes will be taking a break, but will return in autumn. For full information, see below.

 

What's happening this summer at Yoga Mama

  • Rachel will be running a Postnatal Pilates intensive course for new mums wanting to get back in touch with their core, post baby. She is a Pilates teacher and physiotherapist (and mother to baby twin girls), so she can really identify with women's needs.
  • Laurent will be running the Monday evening Pilates until the end of July.
  • Enid will run Tai Chi into August.
  • Cherie will run the ashtanga yoga until the end of July.
  • Cherie will cover the Saturday Prenatal class from late July.
  • Diane will continue with Wednesday evening prenatal over the summer.
 

Returning in the autumn

  • Yoga and birth preparation with Diane.
  • Mum and baby yoga with Hajni.
  • Core back rehab.


Reduced summer class timetable


 
Day Class Time Dates Duration Cost
Monday Pilates 7pm 23 June - 30 July 6 weeks £84
Weds         Tai Chi 9:30am    25 June - 13 August 8 weeks £112*
Weds Postnatal Pilates    12pm 25 June - 30 July 5 weeks £70**
Friday Ashtanga Led 9am 27 June - 1 August 6 weeks £95
Saturday Prenatal Yoga 10am Continues throughout summer   6 classes   £84***

* Concessions £100.80
** No class on 16 July
*** Combines with Saturday 11:15am class


More information and bookings


For more information about any of the courses running at the Clinic or to you book your place, please call us on 020 8789 3881 or send us an information to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

15 June 2014

Looking at psoriasis the nutritional medicine way




by Fleur Borrelli, nutritionist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy

The skin and the brain are intricately linked. Both produce the same hormones and neurotransmitter substances. In the skin, serotonin should be converted to melatonin which acts as a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. It is no wonder, therefore, that the skin condition psoriasis is linked to both depression and anxiety disorders(1). A lack of nutritional cofactors such as vitamins B6 and B12 may prevent this conversion in a biochemical process known as methylation.

Geographical latitude may also influence incidence of psoriasis as beneficial sunlight is also needed to produce melatonin(2). Overuse of sunscreens and lack of exposure to the sun will also inhibit the production of vitamin D, vitally important for the integrity of the barriers of the body which include the intestinal lining, the blood brain barrier, the synovial lining and of course the skin(3). The function of the barriers is to protect us against pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. They are lined, therefore, with immune cells including B memory cells which remain in communication with each other all over the body. It makes perfect sense, therefore, when treating the skin to also support the gut with probiotic therapy(4).

Another tool in the nutritional medicine toolbox to alleviate psoriasis is the use of adaptogenic herbs. Herbs such as ginseng and rhodiola can be very effective in reducing the detrimental effects of the stress axis. Chronic activation of this axis can be a factor in the over-triggering of the part of the immune system that deals with cellular immunity with the result being the higher cell proliferation that characterises psoriasis(5). As one of a spectrum of autoimmune diseases, it develops when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen and sends out faulty signals that cause the overproduction of skin cells. An epidemiological link has been found between the consumption of beer and the incidence of psoriasis(6). Beer is made from the gluten-grain barley and other anti-nutrients such as saponins and lectins that can damage the gut and have been linked to autoimmunity(7).

Nutritional medicine offers a multi-system approach to tackling psoriasis. It aims to reduce the damaging effects of stress hormones whilst supporting barrier function and the immune system. Methotrexate is a pharmaceutical drug used in the treatment of autoimmune disease. It inhibits the metabolism of folic acid and so folic acid is often prescribed alongside. Folic acid, routinely used in fortified foods such as bread and supplements, is the synthetic version of the naturally occurring folate. Many of us have a genetic enzyme deficiency that prevents us from being able to convert folic acid into the folate. The result of this is that un-metabolised synthetic folic acid may remain in the bloodstream with undesirable consequences. Nutritional medicine can come to the fore by offering foods forms of folate. Folate is vital for cell division, DNA repair, immune function and cognitive health.


References for 'Looking at psoriasis the nutritional medicine way':

  1. Gunasti S, Marakii SS et al. Clinical and histopathological findings or psoriatic neurodermatitis and of typical lichen simplex chronicus. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereal 2007. July 21 (6): 811-7.
  2. Reiter R.J. The melatonin rhythm: both a clock and a calendar. Experientia 15.8. 1993, Vol 49, Issue 8, pp 654-664.
  3. Kong J. et al. Novel role of vitamin D receptor in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal mucosal barrier. American Journal of Physiology. 1 January 2008 Vol. 294.
  4. Ouwehand AC, Tiihonen K, Lahtinen. The Potential of Probiotics and Prebiotics for Skin Health. Textbook of Aging Sin 2010, pp 799-809
  5. Lowes MA, Kikuchi T et al. Psoriasis Vulgaris Lesions Contains Discrete Populations of Th1 and Th17 T Cells. Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2008) 128, 1207-1211.
  6. Schafer T. Epidemiology of psoriasis. Dermatology Vol 212, No. 4, 2006.
  7. Rook G. Hygiene Hypothesis and Autoimmune Diseases. Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, February 2012, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 5- 15.



For appointments with Fleur at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, call  020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


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14 June 2014

Quote of the day: New beginnings

"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again."
Buddha

13 June 2014

Yoga and stress-related skin conditions



By Cherie Lathey, senior yoga teacher and director of Yoga Mama

Many skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis can be triggered by or, indeed, made worse once an outbreak is present by stress. Some suffers will become self-conscious and even depressed which then causes a circular negative effect on the condition.

Practising yoga and meditation can have a really positive effect on both the mind and body. We know helping to relieve stress can help to alleviate some of the symptoms or aggravating factors of skin conditions brought on by stress. While I am not suggesting yoga and meditation alone will cure psoriasis, it can definitely help.

A gentle yoga practice and breathing techniques can have a profound effect on how we manage stress, and how we perceive ourselves in the world. Helping to balance moods and enabling a positive connection to the body by letting go of the negative feelings that might occur when a skin condition is present.

Gentle poses such as child's pose, short meditations and breathing exercises carried out on a regular basis will have a positive effect on both the mind and body.

For more information about yoga classes currently available at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy and Yoga Mama, visit the Yoga Mama website or email us at info@yogamama.co.uk.

12 June 2014

Quote of the day: Destiny

"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection"
Bhagavad Gita

11 June 2014

Rasa Vinyasa Prana Flow with Shiva Rea

Rasa Vinyasa Prana Flow with Shiva Rea


Venue: Cecil Sharp House*
Date: Sunday 21 to Wednesday 24 September 2014
Time: 8:30am to 5:45pm each day
Cost: £485

About the workshop



The word 'rasa' has many beautiful meanings: in the arts, rasa is the transforming “taste” that brings inner satisfaction to the beauty of dance, music or painting. Within yoga and Ayurveda, rasa is our “inner juice” associated with longevity, joy, devotion, and flexibility. Without rasa, it is said, our experience of yoga and life, becomes “dry, rigid, routine”.

Experience a full-spectrum yoga practice intensive into the art of RasaVinyasa™- an approach to sequencing vinyasa yoga drawing from yogic arts, tantra, and ayurveda.

In this four-day teacher training intensive, Shiva will offer the theory and practice of Rasa Vinyasa by exploring three consummate rasas: Vira (strength, potency), Sringara (divine love and sensuality) and Shanti (living peace). We will explore the power of alchemical yoga that is sequenced in harmony with the energetic state of the day for activation, healing and rejuvenation to bring balance and “juice” to your practice, teaching and life.

Areas of focus will include:
  • Rasa Vinyasa: Yoga Alchemy within Tantra, Bhakti and Ayurveda
  • Four Rasa Vinyasa namaskars with the dance of hands-on assists
  • Rasa Vinyasa Sequences to balance and evolve your practice
  • Sringara Rasa Vinyasa: a creative sadhana which cultivates the fluid flow
  • Sringara Rasa Namaskars, transformational wave sequencing for backbending, and deep meditation/relaxation for the flow of love
  • ViraPranaFlow: a dynamic sadhana integrating PranaDandaYoga, an evolutionary form combining standing asanas, which will engage challenging combinations of arm-balances, standing poses and hip openers
  • ShantiPranaFlow: a meditative vinyasa for peace; a complete practice with ritual namaskars, mudra vinyasa, asanas of inner equilibrium: forward bends, hip openers leading to pranayama and meditation
  • Meditation and mudra for Vira, Sringara and Shanti Rasa
  • Cultivation of Bhava (feeling awareness) to enter the natural flow of yoga
  • Poetry in Motion: integration of inner teachings of poetry, music and rhythm in cultivating the "theme of the class"
  • Temple of Rasa: prana flow abhyanga massage and radical relaxation 
  • Sahaja Vinyasa™ and Yoga Trance Dance® - the roots of Sahaja and Rasa Vinyasa as a movement meditation
  • Sringara Rasa visual powerpoint exploration inclding the sublime eros; the physiological and spiritual benefits of embodying the power of love
  • Awakening Vira Rasa through Kalarippayatu (fluid martial art form in the tradition of CVN Kalari in Kerala) and PranaDandaYoga - a unique and powerful mind-body training method that works with a five-foot flexible staff for inner and outer alignment.
* Please note that Cecil Sharp House does not provide yoga mats or props and you will need to bring your own. Thank you for your understanding!

Eligibility for this course


For yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and experienced practitioners of vinyasa yoga.

Certification


You will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Attendance on completing all intensive hours. This Intensive counts as an elective for the Yogacampus Teacher Training Diploma.

Booking


For more information please email info@yogacampus.com or call +44 (0) 20 7042 9900.

About Shiva Rea


Los Angeles based Shiva Rea is a leading teacher of vinyasa flow yoga worldwide. Shiva began exploring yoga at the age of fourteen as a way to understand her name, given to her by her father, a surfer and artist. She has studied in the Krishnamacharya lineage, and explored Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement. Her studies and zest for life infuse her approach to living yoga and to 'embodying the flow'. She is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways. Read Shiva Rea's full biography.

10 June 2014

Quote of the day: Anger

"Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."
Buddha

09 June 2014

The "real" laghuvajasana


Kino makes this look so easy. This is also the way my teacher teaches this pose.

Quote of the day: Peace

"May all become happy. May all be free from illness. May all see what is auspicious. May 'no' one suffer. Om, peace, peace, peace."
The Upanishads

08 June 2014

Prana Flow Teacher Training Day with Shiva Rea

Prana Flow Teacher Training Day with Shiva Rea


Venue: The Study Society*
Date: Saturday 5 July 2014
Time: 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00
Cost: £75

About the workshop


Join us for a full day of teacher training which will be either as a continuation of our Elemental Vinyasa and Body Pilgrimage to Glastonbury or, for those who have already studied with Shiva, a chance to spend a day re-igniting their teaching.

On Saturday morning we will explore Hridaya Namaskar and Sequences. Exploring the Prana Namaskar sequence focusing on the air element and the expansion of the heart region. In this workshop we will study the Hridaya namaskar and sequence including the understanding of Prana Flow® Movement Alchemy, Wave Sequencing™; and including the hands-on assist and underlying energetic alignment.

On Saturday afternoon we will explore the Akash (Sacred Space) Namaskar sequence Exploring the Prana Namaskar sequence focusing on the space element and the expansion of the heart region. In this workshop, we will study the Akash (Sacred Space) Namaskar sequence including the understanding of Prana Flow® Movement Alchemy, Wave Sequencing™; and including the hands-on assist and underlying energetic alignment.

* Please note that The Study Society does not provide yoga mats or props and you will need to bring your own. Thank you for your understanding.

Eligibility for this workshop


Open to those on the Glastonbury retreat and to anyone who has done prior training with Shiva.

Booking


For more information or to book, please email info@yogacampus.com or call +44 (0) 20 7042 9900.

About Shiva Rea


Los Angeles based Shiva Rea is a leading teacher of vinyasa flow yoga worldwide. Shiva began exploring yoga at the age of fourteen as a way to understand her name, given to her by her father, a surfer and artist. She has studied in the Krishnamacharya lineage, and explored Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement. Her studies and zest for life infuse her approach to living yoga and to 'embodying the flow'. She is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways. Read Shiva Rea's full biography.

07 June 2014

Quote of the day: Darkness

"Before you can see the light, you have to deal with the darkness."
Dan Millman

06 June 2014

Mindfulness through Yoga with A.G. and Indra Mohan

Venue: Yogacampus Training Centre
Date: Sunday 22 June 2014
Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm (with a break for lunch)
Cost: £55

It is a great honour and pleasure to welcome A.G. and Indra Mohan, two of the few surviving senior students of Krishnamacarya, to Yogacampus for a special one day workshop.

Yoga today is primarily viewed as a system of physical fitness. However, the core text on yoga - The Yogasutras of Patanjali - contains invaluable insights into mental health and well-being.

This practical workshop will enable participants better to understand the workings of the mind and will introduce the application of mindfulness in practices of yoga.

Eligibility


This workshop is open to all.

Booking


For more information please email info@yogacampus.com or call +44 (0) 20 7042 9900.

About A.G. And Indra Mohan


A.G. Mohan and his wife Indra are among the few surviving personal students of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. A.G. Mohan co-founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai in 1976, and is a hugely respected writer on, and teacher of, yoga for personal development and therapy. Indra Mohan is one of the few people who received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya. Known for her serene demeanour, she is a source of support and wisdom to her many students. Read A.G. and Indra Mohan's full biography.

Quote of the day: Hollow words

"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."
Buddha

05 June 2014

David Keil 5 Day Mysore Self-Practice Intensive

 

David Keil 5 Day Mysore Self-Practice Intensive



Venue: Stillpoint Yoga London
Dates: Monday 21st to Friday 25th July 2014

We welcome David Keil on his fourth visit to SYL as he again brings his insightful and inspiring touch and wisdom to the mysore self practice space. Take this opportunity to practice with one of the brightest ashtanga yoga teachers on the scene for over 5 days of classes.

  • Self-practice session 1: 06:30 - 08:00
  • Self-practice session 2: 08:00 - 09:30
  • Self-practice session 3: 09:30 - 11:00

Each class will have only 12 practitioners

Price for this intensive course: £130


For more information or to book, click here

"Self-Practice is what yoga is all about. Yoga, for thousands of years has been taught from teacher to student on a one-to-one basis taking a student through his or her own development at an appropriate pace. This method is still used in Mysore, India where the “Guru” of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teaches in this method. This is why this type of practice is also called “Mysore” style or class."

"With this method the group of students each practice at their own pace without being guided through each pose by the teacher throughout the class. It’s not a led or guided class where everyone is doing the same pose at the very same moment. Everyone still does the same poses, just at his or her own pace. This allows for a deeper connection to develop between teacher, student, and the practice. With only four students in the room there is plenty of individual attention that is given to each student. It’s almost like having a private lesson in a group setting. Over five days of daily practice the student begins to go through a process and grows within their practice, this comes from the amount of attention, the discipline and the dedication of practicing daily, the effects will encourage and inspire you. Knowing the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is not a requirement, only being open minded and receptive to learning is required."
David Keil on self-practice

Why we need to help our detoxification systems



By Fleur Borrelli, nutritionist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy

It is a relatively unknown fact that our body produces its own toxins as part of our normal metabolism. Our intestinal bacteria may also release by-products from metabolism that can be damaging to our health. This is before we even consider the toxins that come in from the environment.

Fortunately we have evolved a complex network of systems to get rid of toxins that have been created internally. The antioxidant system cleverly destroys free radicals during chemical reactions in our cells before they can damage the cell itself.

The liver, amongst its multitude of tasks, will take a toxic molecule which is generally fat soluble and transforms it into a water soluble molecule to be excreted out of the body in urine via the kidneys. Even fat soluble molecules can be shifted into bile which is then squirted into the intestine and ejected from the body in faeces. Sweating can lose any heavy metals lurking about, not to mention the shedding of toxins via skin, hair and nails.

This is what happens when all is working well... But we now live in a modern environment where we are being overloaded with toxins We have plastics in our toothpaste, heavy metals in our deodorant, herbicides in the air we breathe, additives in our foods, synthetic hormones in our drinking water, harmful electromagnetic radiation in our homes and the list goes on.

We may reach a point where we have adapted to this environment of chemicals that are foreign to our body but we haven’t got there yet. We are succumbing more and more to symptoms produced by compromised detoxification systems such as poor digestion, headaches, depression and chronic fatigue.

'Tired all the time' (TATT) is one of the major reasons why people visit their doctor... We need to help our detoxification systems. We can do that by consciously reducing our toxin exposure, being mindful of everything we put into our mouth or on our skin. Indeed a good rule of thumb would be not to put anything onto our skin that we are not prepared to put into our mouth! Nourishing the body as well will provide those systems with the raw materials they need to perform their tasks. Food is our medicine.

Fleur and Cherie will be holding a detox and revitalise your body workshop on Saturday 21 June, from 1-4pm. Early bird offer of £40, if booked before 15 June (normal price £45).


For appointments with Fleur at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send us an email at info@putneyclinic.co.uk.



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Quote of the day: The soul

"What is the soul? The soul is consciousness.
It shines as the light within the heart."
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 

03 June 2014

Workshop: 'Hands on adjustment' with David Keil


'Hands on adjustment workshop' with David Keil

Venue: Stillpoint Yoga London
Date: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014
Time: 09:00 - 17:00 (both days)

David Keil, returning to SYL for the fourth time, brings his hands on adjustment workshop to London for the first time. It coincides with the release last year of his highly popular DVD ‘Hands On Adjustments’. For yoga teachers and serious students alike this workshop will shine a light on the deeper aspects of asana practice and how the body relates to asana and their adjustments. The weekend will consist of a full 13 hours of tuition.

Adjustments to yoga poses come in a variety of forms including physical, verbal, and even energetic. The basic workshop and the observation workshop support good intelligent adjustments that address the individual as just that, an individual in the moment and what they need to be aware of or adjust in their practice.

Safe and intelligent adjustments should always begin with a good experience of actually doing the pose, followed by an understanding of what the intention or quality of the pose is. where the student is in their journey of understanding and experiencing the pose, and finally what level of information they can absorb from whatever method of delivery of an adjustment you decide to give.

Outline of the adjustment workshop 

  • Why do we do an adjustment in the first place?
  • What makes a good adjustment?
  • Learn to see the adjustment first, where do they need length or space in their body or breath
  • Learn to use the variety of tools (body parts) that you have available
  • Use your own weight, good body mechanics to both feel and keep you safe
  • Build confidence through different exercises and practice
  • Play with the balance between the student working and you working

Knowing anatomy and function of joints helps us to understand more clearly what physical aspects of the persons body are allowing or restricting the ability to do a pose. Observation allows us to see more clearly the physical aspect of the pose and what needs to change.

The adjustment then delivers the feedback of what is observed so that the student can further explore the pose and its physical, energetic, mental or psycho-spiritual aspects. Therefore adjustments are tailored to the individual in the moment.


Price of the workshop
  • £140 early bird price (pay by 8th June)
  • £160 (after 8th June)


For more information or to book, click here.

02 June 2014

Yoga guru, R. Sharath Jois


Lovely soft energy in the shala. I do believe I may have been in the led class :-) So many familiar faces and Sharath doing a wonderful job with his students.