31 July 2015

Supporting Pregnant Students in a regular Yoga Class

SUPPORTING PREGNANT STUDENTS IN A REGULAR YOGA CLASS

 

CPD with Cherie Lathey of Yoga Mama at Yoga at The Space, Studland, Dorset 


SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015, 10AM-4PM

Pregnancy is an amazing personal journey for a woman, both mentally and physically. Practising yoga during pregnancy can help women adapt to these changes in a positive way. Many yoga teachers often feel they do not have enough information or the confidence to integrate pregnant women into their general classes.

This one day CPD workshop will be led by Cherie Lathey, Director and Senior Yoga Teacher of Yoga Mama, and is approved by Yoga Alliance UK. This will be both a discussion and practical workshop. Teachers will leave feeling confident they have the relevant information to safely support their pregnant students.

The workshop will include:
  • General precautions and guidelines
  • How hormones can affect your student both physically and emotionally
  • Common ailments of pregnancy and how to work with these to ease symptoms
  • The importance of transitional poses within a class
  • Suitable asana (poses) and modifications
  • Suitable breath work (pranayama)
  • Suitable rest poses
  • Mula bandha and the pelvic floor
  • Optimal foetal positioning for later stages of pregnancy

 

THE VENUE

Dorset
BH19 3AE

COST AND BOOKINGS



Guruji Lives Here


Guruji lives here. from Yoga Workshop on Vimeo.

In July 1915, one of the world's most respected and revered yoga gurus was born under a full moon in Kowshika, India. The teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois went on to influence infinite practices and practitioners around the world. On what is the 100th anniversary of his birth, we honor his legacy here, with infinite gratitude and humility. Thank you Guruji. Gratitude for one's guru can be a very private experience. However, for those who are comfortable publicly share their experiences with Guruji, we're using hashtag #guruji100 on Instagram so that everyone may contribute whatever content they choose.

23 July 2015

Guruji Lives Here

Guruji Lives Here.




A video of ashtanga yoga students practising around the world, will be released on the full moon day of July 31st 2015. It will show the global influence that Pattabhi Jois has had on so many people; many of whom (including myself), have never even met him

This video will show students simply showing up on their mats and practising yoga. This is a wonderful, moving tribute to Guruji who dedicated his life to Ashtanga yoga. A fitting celebration/dedication to a wonderful man in what would have been his 100th birthday year.

More to information to follow...

http://www.gurujiliveshere.com/



21 July 2015

Experience true Turkish Delight with a yoga holiday.


If your looking for a yoga retreat this summer I could recommend these two teachers...

Experience true Turkish Delight!

Yoga Holiday in Huzur Vadisi, Turkey
Aug 17th – 23rd



With two amazing teachers

Sophie is really excited to be joining her friend and fellow teacher Helen McCabe to teach this week at the beautiful Suleyman’s Gardens in Huzur Vadisi in Southern Turkey.  Join these two wonderful teachers for a week of yoga, meditation, delicious organic vegetarian food and time to explore this stunning location .. or to simply relax!
Set in the tranquility of the mountains in Southern Turkey, Suleyman’s Garden is a very charming, small traditional farm with terraced vegetable fields, orchards and beautiful gardens, with stunning sea views. It is one of Turkey’s most well known and established yoga retreat venues and provides the perfect location in which to retreat from the stresses of daily life. This week is the perfect opportunity for experienced practitioners and those newer to the practice alike to  their yoga practice whilst also providing plenty of opportunity to explore, swim, eat incredible food, sunbathe by the little pool (or on the beach) or relax in the shade.  The weather is always very hot and sunny in August but with a welcome gentle breeze (being up in the hills).

The Yoga

With two experienced teachers and a small group, this retreat is suitable for everyone from longterm practitioners to complete beginners.  Helen and Sophie love to work closely with their students, whatever their level of practice so that each person will receive a lot of personal attention, particularly in the morning guided self practice classes.  There will also be the opportunity for complete beginners or those less familiar with ‘self practice’ to attend a led class in the mornings. Helen and Sophie both share a warm, fun and passionate approach to teaching Ashtanga Yoga.
The newly built shaded yoga shala is set amid the vegetable gardens and fruit trees, with lovely sea views and has space for 20. It is fully equipped with mats, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets.

A Typical Day

  • Mornings yoga sessions will be followed by a delicious brunch
  • After brunch the day is yours to explore or relax by the pool or on the beach
  • Book a massage with the excellent on site therapist (not included)
  • optional gentle late afternoon sessions are available in which we will explore techniques of the practice or a guided meditation
  • We will gather for a relaxed dinner each night

 Food and Accommodation

Huzur Vadisi is famous for its amazing food. They even have their own cookbook! The local owners grow all their own organic vegetables and fruit for the kitchen to make the truly delicious meals. It is the food as much as the location, which helped us to decide this was the place to bring our guests. Suleyman and his family, who cook, clean and garden, are very welcoming and helpful.  Turkish village cooking is mainly vegetarian, so there are many unusual and varied vegetarian dishes from the local repertoire. Based on fresh, local, seasonal produce – fruit, vegetables, pulses, grains, nuts, cheeses, eggs and yoghurt.  Special diets can be accommodated to on request.
The accommodation is in simple, comfortable wooden cabins with verandas, and traditional stone and thatched huts, set amid lovely flowery gardens. There is room for groups of between 15-18 people, including teachers, in double, twin and single accommodation. Bathrooms facilities are shared, and conveniently located around the site, with ample showers, toilets and hot water.  There are also a few ensuite rooms too, available at a small supplement.  Staying at Suleyman’s Garden is very much like being a houseguest – it’s a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, particularly welcoming for people holidaying on their own. There is also plenty of space to be by yourself and be quiet if you wish.

14 July 2015

Anti-aging benefits of yoga

The anti-ageing benefits of yoga

Regardless of what may happen, we are all going to age. However, it is how we age both mentally and physically that will affect our quality of life. According to yoga philosophy it is the flexibility of the spine that determines the age. You only have to look at yoga gurus - both past and present - to see that a regular yoga practice has a huge effect on the ageing process.

The body is supple and mobile and the brain remains active well into old age. Many yoga teachers look more youthful than their birth age and remain “young at heart”, living active lives well into their 90's. The current trend for a quick fix under the surgeons scalpel is just that; a “quick fix” to make one look youthful on the outside, while the rest of the body is degenerating in the usual way. Yoga and a yogic lifestyle allows the body to slow the ageing process down.

How?

Stress is a major factor in ageing. By learning to control and use your breath (pranayama) to help control stressful situations, you are able to breathe more deeply and remain calm. BKS Iyengar puts this beautifully:

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured”

A yoga practice is about finding a different way to deal with stress through postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. A good diet will often follow a regular yoga routine. Once a student develops more control through the yoga practice healthier, choices seem to come naturally.

Yoga can be taken up at any age and takes many forms. Even after many years of a sedentary lifestyle you can take up and enjoy yoga.

Deep breathing (pranayama) fills every cell in the body with fresh oxygenated blood. Inversions, where the head is lower than the heart, have a relaxing effect on the heart and lungs; once again bringing fresh blood to the upper body and massaging the thyroid and parathyroid glands, thus soothing the nervous system. Twists and forward bends are very good for detoxifying for the body. Internal organs such as the liver, spleen and pancreas are toned and massaged. A sluggish digestive system (constipation) will hang onto waste matter. Many yoga poses encourage elimination, therefore freeing up the bowel and keeping it healthy and free from disease.

The skin and the eyes look more radiant, the body moves more freely, the mind is active, but not on alert... All of this without stepping inside a doctor's practice!

05 July 2015

Too Clever-The Tibetan book of living and dying

"If you are too clever you could miss the point completely "
Pautrul Rinpoche
The Tibetan book of living and dying