Rest & Relax


One of the problems with modern living is that we feel that we need to be constantly busy AND we are.  Many people feel that the busier they are the more important they seem.  We are constantly connected to the outside world and all that is going on. We have all the information we could ever need available at our fingertips, Think google, youtube facebook.  We no longer even have to wait to go to a bookshop or library to read the latest book or paper, we simply download it.  Many people In my classes are complaining of poor memory or lack of concentration.  I attribute a lot of this to the fact that we have forgotten how to just BE.  We have lost the art of sitting still.  Sitting still is very important to allow the mind and body to rest and repair.  It is most important for the mind.  Active relaxation and mindfulness can help with this.  Relearn how to focus on one activity that you enjoy, it could be running, walking, painting, sewing, knitting.  Concentrate on that alone.

Savasana pose looks like the easiest pose and is perhaps one of the hardest to hold.  Try it and see.  Give me a handstand or a warrior 2 anyday.  Remember we need to take care of our bodies and our mind and this means both exercise and rest.  Let us take some time out each day, there are many great meditations that can be downloaded and listen to that can help you.  Or simply get comfortable close your eyes and breathe!

Plank Pose

in both yoga and Pilates practice. plank and sideways plank are one of my favourites. Plank is one of these poses that can be adapted to suit almost anyone. There are also so many variations of it, that you won’t get bored. Plank Plank tones all the core muscles, including the abdomen, chest, and low back. It strengthens the arms, wrists, and shoulders, and is often used to prepare the body for more challenging arm balances. Plank also strengthens the muscles surrounding the spine, which improves posture. downward dog to plank as shown below can help improve shoulder stability and also get the blood flowing. This is great to warm up the body and fire up the core at the start of a Pilates routine. Try 5-10 to start with IMG_2719

Little and Often

We choose a goal and decide to go for it. then life as usual gets a little crazy and we don t get to do the 3 hrs yoga we planned for everyday or the 5 mile run every evening. Life happens events get in the way we go on holidays or take a few days off for a little Easter Break. Don t despair this is not the end, you have not failed. pick a way of meeting your goals that is achievable. I find that little and often works for me. Between college, work, 2 teenage daughters and a husband it can be a challenge to everything in. I can do 20 mins Pilates in the morning, walk instead of driving, use my down time before bed for some yoga. Find what works for you. 5 mins a day is better than nothing. When planing your day remember that you are worth that 30 mins to an hour of me time. It is your body and mind, your choice as to how to look after it.

Inversions

One of my goals is to improve my inversions but as with many things in life the best way to go about this is with a slow and steady process. Inversions literally turn your world upside down and give you a different perspective on life. Inversions can also provide many physical benefits including improving circulation, stimulating the endocrine system, strengthening the core, eliminating toxins, improving lymphatic circulation. 

Legs up the wall is one of the easiest ways to start inversions. Legs up the wall can be performed by most people. It can be useful for many things including, insomnia, swollen ankles, poor circulation, stretching lower back and hamstrings and alleviating headaches. Try for 5 mins every day and see how you feel afterwards.

How to get in to legs up the wall

Sit close to the wall side on. Swing around placing the legs up the wall. Rest legs against the wall. Stretch arms out to side to open chest.

Stay in this position for 5 mins before returning back to a seated position. 

Goal Setting

Hello and welcome to my first blog post. I will be posting information on yoga, Pilates, nutrition and wellbeing. 

We all generally start something new like joining a gym or starting a yoga class with a goal in mind. If you are starting think about what your goal is and let your instructor know. It could be getting fit to run 5k, improving back pain, toning your core muscles or general mobility, it may be learning to destress from the pressures of everyday life. Not everyone can go to the gym everyday, but finding something you can do at home on a daily basis to achieve your goal will help you achieve your goal and aim higher. Remember when setting your goal to set SMART goals.

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic

Timely

Goodluck with your goals