It has been said by folks far wiser than me that ‘sitting is the new smoking’ But what does that actually mean? Well, it could mean that the effects on the cardiovascular systems from sitting could increase the risk of illness (or even death?!). Or that sitting too long (indoors) has adverse effects on our mental health. But for me as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, it means that sitting takes us into a posture is mechanically inefficient and likely to cause pain and suffering. At first, this is only a problem while we are actually sitting, BUT, as the days and months roll into years of too much sitting the body can get stuck in a sitting posture. We end up producing a habitual slouch: the lower back curves backward instead of forwards, the upper back curves further back than “normal” and the chin pokes forward. Sound familiar? (more…)
Valentine’s Day is the one day in the year set aside to celebrate romantic love. And boy oh boy, do we need some reasons to be happy at the moment. Politically, things are looking gloomy, but that’s all the more reason for looking to the ones we love and getting all joyful about them. On Valentine’s Day we celebrate our heart’s beloved and shower them with cards and gifts, or even better, are on the receiving end of all the cards and gifts. And the emblem of all this romantic love – sent billions of times as a heart emoticon? The good old heart. (more…)
There are three ways to practice authenticity in yoga. The first is to learn how to connect with your heart. The second is to connect in with your heart every day. And the third is to honour the wisdom of the heart by taking appropriate action. How to do this? Let’s find out.
Breathing. It’s funny how easily we forget to do something we do all the time once we’re on the mat, right? Have we stopped to ask what is actually happening when we breathe and how does yoga affect it? The respiratory system actually has a lot to contribute to your practice — far more than just keeping you alive!
Coronary heart disease is the single biggest killer in the UK. The British Heart foundation fact sheet states that nearly 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women will die from coronary heart disease with most of these deaths caused by heart attacks. (more…)