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5 Poses for Super Strong, Sexy Calves

strong sexy calves

Our calf muscles are a great team. Two muscles, gastrocnemius, and soleus, both joined to the heel via the achilles tendon. Gastrocnemius is the powerhouse – propelling us forwards with every step we take. Soleus is a postural muscle – a less flashy chap that works a just a little but for a lot of the time. Soleus is what is working most when we stand still.

Strong calf muscles help us to stay upright and walk, but they also prevent the curse of ‘cankles’. When we are on our feet a lot, particularly in hot weather, our ankles can swell. That swelling is simply fluid called ‘lymph’ that has leaked from the blood vessels in our legs and flowed down to the lowest point. This leakage is a good thing and is supposed to happen. The lymph actually washes through the tissues before being reabsorbed back into the bloodstream.  It only becomes a problem for us when it is slow to be reabsorbed and starts to build up. Strong calf muscles help to pump the lymph out of the tissues and back into the bloodstream – swollen ankles solved! (more…)

Sally Schofield

10 Reasons We Love To Hate Chair Pose

10 Reasons We Love To Hate Chair Pose

You know that feeling you get when you can’t put off cleaning the house anymore? You know it’s going to be hard, you know it is going to be long and it’ll invariably take all your mental willpower not to chuck the tea towel over your shoulder and head for a bubble bath. Once done, however, you feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. (more…)

The Science Of Stretching

The Science Of Stretching

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…)

Sally Schofield

5 Yoga Exercises To Build Your Core

5 Yoga Exercises To Build Your Core

Until about five years ago I lived in Denver, Colorado, a state pretty much in the middle of the USA known for its beautiful landscape and the Rocky Mountain range. Most people I knew there were into the outdoors and being active, whether it was hiking, cycling, or skiing. (more…)