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Archive for month: July 2021
One of the most amazing things about yoga is that you can move your practice literally anywhere. It is there for you to access whenever and wherever you need it.
This Sunday we are moving our mats once again to the glorious surroundings of Roberts Park. As we flow through an accessible and invigorating vinyasa style yoga class under the gaze of Sir Titus Salt, our ceiling is the sky and our floor is the grass! There is something inherently beautiful about breathing new life into our practice as we experience an enhanced feeling of energised relaxation and internal clarity, enjoying the simplicity of movement whilst being connected with nature.
Join @Heather Yoga on Sunday 25th July at 9.45am-11am for @Yoga and Meditation in the Park. Reserving your spot is essential and our bookings will close on Saturday 24th July at 8pm
Many people understand Somatics to be particular movement sequences/exercises that have an aim to release muscle tension and bring the muscles and nervous system back in to balance. But as teachers, if we only instruct students/clients what to do ("arch your back", "tip your pelvis", "lift the left buttock off the floor") are we really teaching Somatics?
Somatics is about creating a learning environment and allowing each soma to sense, move, learn, choose...this cannot be done by only following instructions.
Sometimes it feels like there are so many different options available in the yoga practice. As a beginner practitioner this can get confusing and even a little daunting. So do you have your feet together or apart in this simple but very key pose?
Having your feet under your hips works well for the majority of people as it's a more natural stance and can help you feel more stable, spacious and secure - compared to feet together which is a narrower base to balance the body weight across. Everyone has a unique anatomy with individual proportions and so the spacing between the feet can look very different across many bodies.
This is a hot topic and tricky one to address, AND there is no one single correct answer which will be suitable for everyone! So how do we respond to this question?.....Well it depends on a couple of considerations including the different situations on the yoga mat and what you are doing & wishing to achieve!
You may have heard Yoga teachers cueing to “step the bottom hand a little forward” as you move into Side Plank. But why is this detail important?
In Side Plank the body is not parallel to the ground (i.e our feet are lower than the line of the shoulder joint) which means when your wrist is directly under the shoulder the angle as the shoulder is less than 90 degrees. The result is a more acute angle and a less stable weight bearing joint.
Should you move your arms “forward and up”, or “out and up” when you start sun salutations?
This is an interesting small detail which can have huge effects on our neck and shoulders. The shoulders are a region of the body where there are many muscles. It’s a very complex and busy area and good health of the shoulders requires a very balanced and diverse approach of strength, mobility and stability.
Both movements are valuable in themselves but what is also important here is that when we move, we do so with intention, presence and awareness.
Delve deeply into the fascinating world of Yoga Anatomy and learn why we move the way we do in our upcoming Yoga Booster: Master Class Series-starting Wednesday 21st July and running until Saturday 28th August at Heather Yoga