The gravity-defying arm balances of an advanced yogi are truly magical )and the envy of many less experienced yogi’s). There is no getting around the fact that the flexibility and strength needed to perform pincha mayurāsana (feathered peacock) or tittibhāsana (firefly) are way beyond most of us. But that does not mean that arm balances are off the yoga menu. There is a wonderful selection of accessible arm balances that strengthen the arms and shoulders and are truly perfect as stepping stones on any yogi’s arm balance journey. Here are a few of my absolute favourites. (more…)
Most people wouldn’t regard being a yoga teacher as a particularly taxing or harmful career. But there are pitfalls that many of us fall into as we progress and learn as yoga teachers. (more…)
The topic of warming up is a controversial one in yoga. Let’s delve in and examine the pros and cons of yoga warm ups.
Is It Always Necessary to Warm up Before Yoga?
The short answer is, not necessarily: different forms of yoga require different things from the body. Iyengar or Hatha yoga, for example, are static stretches of the body and usually, by following a set progressive sequence, the poses will naturally warm up your body for you. (more…)
You know when you’ve been to a really great class. You were moved seamlessly through warm up poses, into active invigorating poses, into a really deep peak pose and then smoothly cooled down to the final Śavāsana. You ache the next day in a satisfying, you’ve-worked-in-all-the-right-places kind of way. (more…)