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Helen’s TOP 3 essentials for a yoga practice PART 1

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Breath We all know breathing is part of yoga. But did you know breathing IS yoga. So if there’s one practice you can do on and off your mat all the time, it’s breathe. We breathe in on average 11,000 litres of air a day. We breathe more than we do anything else. If we can learn to breathe well, we can improve our health more quickly than we could by changing our movement, eating, sleeping or living habits. We’re doing it anyway so we may as well do it well. So how do you know if you’re breathing well?…

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Why learn to engage your bandhas?

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Why learn to engage your bandhas? You may have been in a yoga class and heard the teacher give the instruction to ‘engage your bandhas’, and been a bit unsure as to what they’re really talking about. So what are the bandhas and how can they help us in our yoga practice? Put simply, the bandhas are internal muscular ‘locks’, which you can voluntarily engage to control the flow of energy within the body, and enhance your yoga practice. Named Mula Bandha (or sometimes Moola Bandha), Uddiyana Bandha and Jalandhara Bandha, the main locks run along the sushumna of the…

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