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Fancy a challenge? How about Koundinyasana A!

Although this posture is in the Ashtanga Advanced A series I think it is reasonably doable if you have the hamstring length, strength, balance, focus, determination, and natural ability that is required Joking apart I think it’s worth having a shot at as the flexibility constraints are really limited to hamstrings and thoracic rotation. However maybe start with the easier...

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Juicy January

Do you want to have glowing skin, boundless energy and practically zero washing up? Juicing a rainbow of colourful veggies and fruits daily is the key. Nourish and shower your body with protective antioxidants, alkalize your Ph and stock up on all the vitamins and minerals you need in one glass. Juicing unlocks the energizing nutrients in plants and extracts...

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Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Squares

Base 2 cups raw almonds 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 ½ cups pitted medjool dates, chopped Caramel 1 cup pitted medjool dates, chopped 1 T melted raw coconut oil ¼ cup filtered water 1 vanilla pod de-seeded/ 1 t Madagascar vanilla extract/ .5 t vanilla powder ½ t himalayan rock salt Minted Chocolate Ganache 4 T melted raw virgin organic...

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Food of the Gods

I hear all the time “I cannot afford the time, money or ingredients for raw/wholefoods lifestyle”. Really? If you have time to stand in-line and order an extra skinny-soya-double-shot-frappucino-with-hazelnut-syrup before work and a chicken mayonnaise baguette at lunch-time, then not only do you have the money, patience and time to make a protein-packed smoothie for breakfast, and a hearty nutritious...

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What is That Popping Sound? NEW RESEARCH!!!

One of the common questions asked by yoga students is ‘what’s that popping sound from my joints?’ quickly followed by ‘is it safe?’ and ‘does it mean I’m going to get arthritis or injure myself?’ The answer depends – If it’s a grating or crunching sound and/or it’s accompanied by pain – then it is either a bone or a...

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Tips for Developing Arm and Core Strength for Arm-Balancing Postures and Push-up Positions

Arm balancing postures and positions such as the Cataranga Dandasana (the push-up) can be very exhilarating. They can energise you by increasing your circulation and they are also good at developing chest, arm and core strength. When done correctly they can really help relieve and prevent back and neck pain and can give direct stimulation to the heart and lungs. Click...

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Being Flexible about Flexibility

These are my modest and provisional notes on the subject of hypermobility, the issues of flexibility in yoga, being able to sustain a yoga practice and specifically practicing Yin yoga. When I first taught yoga in 2001, I did not know what hypermobility or being too flexible meant. I remember Richard Freeman saying in June 2005, “the curse of flexibility...

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The Role of the Adductors in Backbends

Many yoga practitioners instinctually know to engage their inner thigh muscles (adductors) in backbends to prevent their knees from falling out to the sides. Let’s examine how we can utilise this action to ignite our core, expand our backward arch and experience simultaneously more stability and spaciousness in backbends. The adductor muscles of the inner thigh are part of our...