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Yoga for Men

June 8th, 2007


Yoga is becoming more popular among men, and for good reason. Besides getting rid of stress and increasing flexibility, it may lower the risk of heart disease, depression, and high blood pressure.

Everyone experiences stress almost everyday, and men are not exempt from this reality. The contemporary man is expected to be physically and mentally strong and fit to cope with stress and to meet the demands of everyday life, together with sports activities. They usually see the gym as a way to achieve a fitter body, and often only do exercises like weight training. Some may do classes but many will run or cycle for the aerobic aspect of training . Continue Reading »

Yoga and Pregnancy – Why Do Yoga At This Time?

June 8th, 2007


Yoga is for everyone, any age, men, women and children but is especially helpful at times of change in our lives. Pregnancy is a time when extra care should be taken not only in exercise classes but in all activities and living. Yoga will help maintain a healthy and strong body during all stages of pregnancy and help women to deliver their babies in a confident way.

Pregnancy is a natural time for taking care of yourself. For a first time mother a yoga class will offer a chance to be comfortable in the changes taking place both physically and mentally. A chance to take a break, relax into the pregnancy and make contact with her baby. Yoga will also help prevent all kinds of back problems. It will help to keep blood pressure low, prevent cramps, varicose veins, it will improve circulation and prevent swelling of the joints. Breathing will improve and tiredness will be overcome, good sleep will be induced. Continue Reading »

Detoxing And The Luna Energy

June 8th, 2007

This traditional time for dieting has in recent times become a time of media hype around the benefits of detoxing. The benefits of raw fruit and vegetables stare at us from the magazines at the supermarket check out whilst in our basket we have a pile of comfort foods and a feeling inside that we will try start the detoxing next week. Well it’s better to wait until spring or a more traditional and natural time would be Easter.

It’s not to say that you can not shift a few pounds and feel better in January through eating the right food for the time of year and fresh fruit and vegetables are still on the top of the list for good health and vitality. They can be eaten in soups and warm fruit drinks, stews, risottos or steamed and grilled. It’s just not appealing to start eating summer fruits and salad in winter. Foods should be eaten in the correct season. Think winter root vegetables, stewed apples and blackberries, warm food that is filling not light food that is unsatisfying. All that said if you are determined to have a go at detoxing I would recommend a light fast around the time of the New Moon. Continue Reading »

10 Yoga Tips for Everyday Living

June 8th, 2007

by Lisa Askem Platinum Quality Author

1. Check your posture. Observe how you stand, sit and walk at all times. Being aware of yourself is a reminder of who you are.

2. Use your pelvic floor and stomach muscles at all times. Not only will this strengthen the spine and tone the abdominals but you will feel up lifted all day long. You will also reduce any need to do stomach exercises as the transverse stomach muscles will be working all day long.

3. Pelvic floor muscles this needs repeating, no-one wants to be an incontinent old lady – that’s enough to make everyone lift them high. It’s said in classical yoga that those who have control over the pelvic floor (Mulha Bandha) will regain the vitality of a youth of 16!

4. Moderation. Eat, drink, play, work in moderation. Do not do things to excess.

5. Blessed are those who live without expectation. Learn to let go of what your trying to control. You’ll be surprised by the outcome.

6. Breathe well. learn to let go of your breath. Do not hold on to it. Be aware of your breathing rate and how it changes in different situations, especially when under stress.

7. Take time to be still and quiet. Next time when sitting in traffic observe your breathing whist waiting for the traffic lights to change. If you relax your face muscles and take long out-breaths you will arrive at your destination relaxed and happy.

8. Learn to relax. 20mins of relaxation is as beneficial as 5 hours deep sleep. Lie on the floor in a quiet warm space. Give your mind a rest.

9. Look at everything in a positive way. Work out your profit and loss in all situations.

10. Don’t be afraid to stop. It’s only when we are still that we can really move.

Lisa Askem, Yoga Teacher

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