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Parsvakonasana

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Parsvakonasana This is a common pose in lots of yoga classes. But what does “Parsvakonasana” mean ? “Parsva” is Sanskrit for “Side”. “Kon” is Sanskrit for “Angle”. And “Asana” means “Posture” and in this case also “Stretch”. So it is a Side Angle Stretch Posture, designed to get a lovely stretch right down one side of the body. And it builds strength in the legs, especially the thigh muscles. As with every posture, you can look in your yoga book and see the final challenging version – the first picture here. But you should also recognise your own level of…

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Hatha flow and Ashtanga yoga with Davy and Janaki at Champneys Spa – Henley Grange

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During the weekend you can explore a range of approaches to yoga, meditation, and pranayama (breathing), suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike. The programme of Hatha flow, Ashtanga, Yin, and Partner Yoga will stretch both your mind and your body. These will highlight the benefits of yoga, challenging your assumptions about your own capabilities and learning how to practice it safely the rest of your life. The combination of Dynamic Ashtanga practice and Hatha flow make for a fulfilling yoga weekend, suitable for all levels. The venue Henlow has a 50 year history as a health farm and has…

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Positivtea – tea rituals

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Positivitea Yoga and tea are the perfect pairing. The two have connected people for centuries. Our first tea drinking experience often comes through proffered friendship and reassurance to soothe, to revive and to bond – in the same way, the practice of yoga reaches out to us. As we gently adopt the time-honoured yoga rituals of lighting candles, selecting music, burning oils, placing mats and supports, so we often proceed to the comfort of our tea drinking rituals. “Tea is liquid wisdom.” Our two partners in wellbeing are not only truly inspiring but also the main source of our wisdom….

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Ubermummy retreat

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A weekend in rural Kent with Ubermummy retreats promises to be very special and includes plenty of fitness, yoga, countryside walks, friendship, foodie workshops, delicious food and lots of fun.  Three nights full board accommodation sharing either a twin or a king-size double room A goody bag of treats on arrival Delicious, healthy and plentiful plant-based food including smoothies, brunch, afternoon snacks and dinner A plant-based foodie workshop with Nicola from “The Kleen Kitchen”  A pre dinner glass of fizz each evening (or two!) A programme of exercise throughout each day including yoga, HIIT training, meditation and opportunities for country walks and…

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Tips – February’s pose of month – Garudasana

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Also known as Eagle pose, Garudasana is a complex balance and twist.  As with all the yoga asana, modifications can be made.  The full pose involves wrapping a right arm over left and left leg over right, then sinking the hips as you stretch the torso upwards.   Right side, followed by the left side. Powerful, and strong.  Garudasana strengthens and stretches ankles and calves, stretches thighs, hips, shoulders and upper back.  It improves concentration and balance.   The full pose creates a feeling of perfect centredness and strength, as the eagle circles and focusses on its prey, the eyes do not…

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Yoga for Sport

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YOGA FOR SPORT It’s no secret that yoga is widely practiced by Sports star around the World. Andy Murray swears by it along with Djovick often appearing on court in almost the splits pose. Premier league footballers, basketball players and triathletes all understand the benefits of finding a balance between the adrenaline and sweat with the rest and recovery time.     I’m an avid gym goer, past crossfitter, triathlete and love my home HIIT sessions but without my yoga I would defiantly not have my stamina and ability to take on such challenges. Not only do we live in…

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Repping the VGANG for ETHCS

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Repping the VGANG for ETHCS I remember coming across Ethcs a couple of years ago with my boyfriend, back when they were called Ethics and Antics, in my local vegan health food shop in Exeter. Chris, who helps run the shop Seasons and the cafe Rabbit alongside his mum and grandma, was wearing one of the VGANG classic t-shirts that grabbed my attention. Side note: if you ever find yourself in Exeter I urge you to go and check out Seasons and their cafe Rabbit – which is just a couple of doors down! They’re such a lovely group of people…

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Beginners Yoga Workshop- Saturday 16th June

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So you’re considering beginning a yoga practice but don’t know where to start or what to expect? Join a small group of fellow new starters to explore the practice and build confidence in this fun two-hour workshop. This workshop is an ideal way to discover Yoga and connect with yourself in a fun and safe space. Perfect for beginners, those who like to learn sequentially or anyone looking to revisit the fundamentals of Yoga and Mindfulness practice. A focus on healthy alignment and Pranayama (breathing practices) will help cultivate strength and understanding as well as cultivate greater mental clarity and…

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Yoga Photography Workshop- Saturday 9th June

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If you love to capture images of your Yoga to share with your followers on social media, website and other marketing material, but unsure how to develop the quality of your photographs, then this is the workshop for you. Creating great content is not just about the pose of the subject, it’s about understanding which is the best angle in which to capture that moment, what light is best and how to get the most of the colours present without having to overload on filters. With over a decade of experience as a professional photographer and years of teaching yoga….

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Helen’s Top 3 Essentials to Yoga – PART 2 KINDNESS

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Kindness I think we’d all agree that we feel pretty wonderful when someone is kind to us. Kindness has the ability to change our inner and outer worlds, leaving us with the strength to do things differently. Being kind to yourself is the absolute key to a successful yoga practice. If we’re not, we’re missing the gift. I’m not suggesting for one minute that kindness is a replacement for effort. More that being present with a mindful attitude during practice will help us notice those moments where we loose connection with our kindness. Where those harsh thoughts and attacking words…

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