Standing with Grace and Ease: Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

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 even the nature of your […]

Asana Focus: Balasana, “Child’s Pose”

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.

Build your own Yoga practice

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 in your work, and learning […]

Yoga after the Winter Solstice

We’ve just celebrated the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. With fewer hours of daylight, many of you have said that it seems harder to get out of bed in the morning. Some people miss the sunlight and find that they feel a bit flat at this time of year, while others relish […]

Practising Yoga in Autumn

As the season changes, you may have noticed some different sequences creeping into your Yoga lessons. I’m often adding in more moving sequences that warm and mobilise the body, and following them up with poses that increase awareness of the “fire” chakra (belly centre). We also hold standing poses & balances that are grounding and […]

Breaking 3 Common Myths about Pack Pain

Myth 1: The level of pain is directly related to the injury itself With sophisticated scanning equipment now available, it’s becoming apparent that the severity of the pain can even be totally unrelated to the severity of the original injury. “Our behaviors as well as our emotional state changes the chemistry in our nervous system thus either enhancing or […]

Attending a Yoga Class with a Back Injury

Yoga poses, or asanas, can be absolutely the best thing you can do for back pain, or the worst thing, depending on how you practise them. Now that so many jobs are sedentary and computer-based, many people are coming to yoga with postural aches and pains thinking that some “stretching” will help. However, yoga is […]

Yoga Pose Favourite: Legs Up the Wall

Benefits: – relieves tiredness in the legs – refreshes the brain and heart – improves circulation and releases tight hamstrings when done regularly – thought to be helpful for relieving varicose veins Contraindications: High blood pressure, hypertension, glaucoma. Sounds simple, and it is. If you feel tightness in the backs of your legs at first, […]