We have five different parts to our incredible nervous system: the brain and spinal cord (also called the central nervous system), the peripheral nerves, the enteric nervous supply and our autonomic nervous system . They are all made up of nerves that carry electrical messages around the body to control it’s various functions but each has a specific role and yoga can affect each in a different way. (more…)
The human body is a truly incredible thing. It has so many different systems working away 24/7 to keep us alive and well. And most of the time we are completely unaware of what is going on behind the scenes. But what keeps it all running smoothly? If you will, what is the conductor for this incredible performance? (more…)
Of the 12 systems of the body, the skeletal system is probably one of the best known. We’ve all seen X-Rays, skeletons in the doctor’s surgery and ‘spooky’ Halloween costumes. Bones are rigid and don’t generally change unless we break one, right? What is there to know about the skeletal system and yoga that could possibly be worth writing a whole article about? (more…)
Yoga makes us stronger – fact. Yoga increases flexibility – also fact. But how?
Going From Strength To Strength
Yoga poses, or āsana, are a wonderfully effective form of strength training. It is easy to strengthen muscles, you just need to work them harder than they are used to and they will get stronger. “Which poses build strength?” I hear you ask. Answer: all those that make your muscles work hard, be it sun salutes, balances, standing poses, vinyasa… the list goes on. (more…)