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 […]

What style of Yoga do you teach?

This is the question I get asked most, and the answer is often not what new students expect. My way of teaching involves choosing from a range of Yoga techniques to suit the participants in my classes. Taking into consideration participants’ daily lives, posture, state of mind, and energy levels, as well as any injuries […]

Are Yoga classes bad for your back?

Thank you for posting “Breaking 3 Common Myths About Back Pain”. Since coming across McGill’s research I’ve started questioning every pose I do and it makes my regular yoga classes quite tricky. Yoga Journal seems to be ignoring his research which is a great shame as I’d like to see responses from the yoga teaching […]