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 […]

Free Breath Mindfulness recording!

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, or doing anything tricky! Yoga […]

Some practical hints for a healthy back

Learn the art of relaxation. Give yourself a conscious, deliberate 20 minutes minimum deliberate relaxation every day. Pain is “wired in” with fear – it’s a survival technique. Remaining anxious increases pain. Learning to be a calm observer of your pain will help to decrease it. Stress inhibits the body’s natural healing abilities and tightens […]

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 […]