One of the ways that yoga can help to alleviate pain and ward off injury is that it counteracts many of the issues we cause ourselves with poor posture and repetitive stress. The joint-by-joint theory, popular amongst the Functional Movement community, highlights some common issues.Read More
Here are 6 simple yoga poses that have some real superpowers. Often in yoga, it is not necessarily the more advanced postures that have the greatest benefits. These poses are especially effective for people who sit for much of the day and for athletes in all disciplines. I’d love to hear which poses you’d add to the list.Read More
Modern life has got us all bent out of shape. We sit too often on comfortable chairs instead of standing up or sitting on the floor, and get hooked on sports like cycling, surfing and golf, that ask us to generate speed and power from “unnatural” positions. Over time, our bodies adapt to make our favourite activities easier, but these biomechanical adjustments come at a high price, often leading to pain, injury and reduced performance.Read More
The primacy of the breath is one of the main ways that yoga distinguishes itself from stretching, gymnastics and other forms of exercise. In yoga, we synchronise breath and movement, aim to make use of our full breathing capacity and learn how to adjust our breathing patterns to affect our internal state.Read More
Maintaining good posture affects how you see the world and how the world sees you. When you stand up straight with your shoulders back, you feel confident, self-assured, energetic. You’re literally taller. People see you as strong, athletic and attractive. You catch their eye. They assume you mean business. Good posture is a clear signal of physical and mental health. Of youth, fitness and vitality.Read More
Yoga is no one-trick pony.
When you get into the rhythm of a regular practice, you’ll find that morning stiffness is a thing of the past and that your mind is a much friendlier neighbourhood to spend time in but it can also provide you with challenges if that is what you need. After all, a challenge is just something you don’t know that you can do yet.Read More
A morning yoga session sets you up for the day, feeling supple, energised and clear-headed. You may have other morning rituals that you enjoy—drinking coffee, working out, journalling, or spending time with your family. If possible, try to steal your 15 minutes on the mat before your day starts to get either stressful or unpredictable.Read More
Carving out 15 minutes of your day to practice yoga isn’t selfish or self-indulgent. On the contrary, it’s smart and responsible. You need to put your own oxygen mask on first so that you can be strong, focused and present for your loved ones, colleagues and the strangers you haven’t even met yet.
It’s your job to start the day with a clear head and energy to burn, before you launch into the chaos and unknown.Read More
I started going to regular yoga classes when I was working as a personal trainer in Mexico. At the time, I was lifting weights several times a week, training every day at the boxing gym and teaching high-intensity abs classes in the evenings. Yoga provided the perfect balance to my heavy training schedule and I immediately fell in love with it.Read More
Tight hips are ubiquitous amongst athletes. However, it can get confusing, because your hips don’t move in just one direction. This means that you can have epically open hips in one position and experience significant discomfort in another. Here are 6 tests you can do to assess the extent of your flexibility in the various different planes of motion, and the relevant poses for each.Read More