Yoga

This week we are looking at the Chakras. We practiced the chakra warm up which is great for quickly balancing all the energy centres. Then there was a more in-depth look at the different postures associated with each chakra. I encouraged students to use the image of a ball of coloured light at each chakra point, explaining that it is a point of focus – stops you thinking about what’s for tea or what happened this morning. We finished the session with a chakra relaxation, using visual images and thinking about the qualities of each chakra.

I particularly like the quality of the throat chakra. It’s ‘purifying’ –  in the sense of being mindful of what you say. I once heard another yoga teacher say she uses the following quote:

“Think- Is it necessary? Is it truthful? Is it kind? These three things go through my head before I speak my mind.”

Talk

Attended a talk about the menopause yesterday. Interestingly, it said yoga was beneficial- it provides gentle exercise, maintains joint health (and can promote bone density) and can help stabilise the mood swings caused by fluctuating hormones.

Other tips were to wear a variety of loose cotton layers to deal with hot flushes (and use a Dyson mini fan!).

As fruit has a high sugar content it was recommended that we only eat two pieces of fruit as part of our ‘five a day’. Sugar and refined carbs can add to the weight gain commonly associated with the menopause and excess weight can exacerbate the symptoms of the change. Hummus and carrot were suggested as an alternative to fruit snacks.

Laughter

A lovely session on Saturday, enjoyed by all who came. Lots of positive feedback! It was a Halloween themed session with headless greetings laughs,  plenty of cackles, witchy laughs and mwa ha has!

Pranayama course

Finished the 6 month Pranayama foundation course the other week. It’s been a progressive self-development course, covering the mechanics of breath, the rhythms –

(E.g. breathing in for a count of 4, holding for 16, breathing out for 8, holding for 4…Gasp! Only not gasping, because we built up to it over the course of several months…)

Plus practising the classic breathing exercises of nadi shodan (alternate nostril breathing), ujjayi (the ocean breath or psychic breath) and brahmari (bee breath), along with the bandhas (physical locks) that really stoke the internal energy of all the different practices.

Thanks to Philip Xerri for teaching us and improving our knowledge and skills.

Yoga

Had a cow doing a headstand in class last week! Someone’s brooch on their cardigan was upside down all lesson.

Yoga 4 Faces

Yoga 4 Faces will be on this Saturday. Come along for something different to do on a Saturday afternoon. Relax face, body and mind.