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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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Brighton Yoga Foundation Events

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Brighton Yoga Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to taking yoga to those who would benefit from it the most. We work with others in organising year-round yoga community outreach programmes. Currently, these include: yoga for women recovering from trauma and abuse, yoga for mental health, yoga in schools, yoga for stressed teenagers, yoga for the police. And we are in discussion with key NHS doctors and managers about the possibility of yoga being a key part of its “social prescribing” agenda. We are just about to launch our second grants programme – offering to fund a few innovative local…

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Yoga Week retreat at La Roane with Davy and Janaki

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La Roane is peaceful and secluded with wonderful woodland walks to explore, paradise for nature lovers. Guests are housed in three beautiful buildings surrounding a large oval-shaped eco-pool. Accommodation is in comfortably furnished single and double rooms. The sauna and table tennis table are nearby with a luxury tree house and two labyrinths in the woods. The area around La Roane is perfect for walking and cycling (bikes are available free of charge) with spectacular Gorge de l’Averyron one mile away. Our local town is St Antonin, a magical medieval town, the scene of two Hollywood films, ‘Charlotte Grey’, staring…

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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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Tips – January’s pose of the month Utthita Hasta Padangustasana B

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Getting into the pose1. First of all come into Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, by bending the right knee and drawing it into the body, with the left hand on the left hip. 2. Then take the peace grip around the big toe (index and middle finger bind around the big toe, thumb pops on top), and slowly start to extend the leg out straight in front of you (it doesn’t matter how bent or straight the leg is, as long as the body is in an upright position). 3. When comfortably balanced, begin to open the right leg to the right-hand side. Notice how…

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Why children’s yoga is important in schools

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This month we have supported Children’s Mental Health Week. We have supported and donated to TeenYoga Foundation. We believe children’s health matters and would love to encourage parents to bring their teenagers to classes at Studio iO and see more spaces in Brighton offering children and teen yoga. Yoga for children is becoming more and more popular. We would love it to become mainstream on schools’ curriculum, as well as a lunchtime or after school club. Louise Cunnane, qualified yoga teacher, with Children Do Yoga explains how yoga can improve a child’s self-esteem, confidence and ability to channel their negative emotions…

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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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