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Click on the link below for your downloadable PDF of easy breathing techniques, for you or for your whole family – these are kid-friendly practices. (To download, just right-click and save). […]
The blessing of having an abundance of Kale in the garden led me to discover two new delicious quick and easy snacks. 1. Kale and Sweet Potato Balls This is adapted […]
We practise Mountain pose, or Tadasana, a lot in Huon Valley Yoga classes and private sessions. How you stand and sit isn’t just about the health of your back and the potential wear on your joints. Your posture profoundly affects the way you feel emotionally, the way others perceive you, and […]
Freshly brewed, home made chai recipe.
I really struggled with breathing before Yoga. I didn’t even realise I wasn’t breathing properly until I began practising Yoga. Then I realised that years of mental stress and back pain had led to me only ever taking half-breaths. Or no breaths at all, if I was concentrating, thinking hard, […]
I’ve never been a naturally good sleeper. I was a child who yelled and sleep-walked and dreamed of interesting monsters, growing up to an adult who has super-powered ear-drums even when unconscious (my husband says a mouse farting would wake me up). Hence my interest in Yoga tools that can […]
Balasana has many benefits, helping to: relieve stiffness in the back; settle a busy or stressed mind; maintain mobility in the knees, hips and ankles; facilitate deeper breathing by encouraging breath into the back of the body rather than just the front of the chest; create rest for the eyes and front brain
; and prepare us for other more complex Yoga asanas requiring the knees & hips to fold deeply
You won’t feel any of these benefits though if the pose is causing strong discomfort in your body, and most people find Balasana quite difficult at first. You should never allow your knees to feel pain in Yoga, but if you’ve mainly sat in chairs rather than on the floor and are not used to kneeling, then your knees, hips and ankles may take patience and time to work toward this position. Using some simple supported variations with awareness and sensitivity can help enormously, allowing you to relax properly into Balasana and reap the full benefits of the pose.
While it’s very beneficial to come to a class regularly, there is nothing like having your very own Yoga practice to really reap the benefits of Yoga in the most practical way; getting in tune with your own body & intuition, using poses that can help you balance what you do physically […]
These are my Christmas version of my favourite easy snack, Bliss Balls! Scrumptious, Christmassy and healthy sweet treats that are so easy to make – just whack everything into a food processor and then shape into bite-sized balls. I’ve been taking them along to end-of-year gatherings and they disappear very […]