Nearly three thousand years ago, Patanjali wrote "Sthira Sukham Asanam". The phrase as a whole is most commonly translated to mean “asana [should be] steady (sthira) and comfortable (sukha).” The premise of the teaching is that we need to strive for the balance between effort and comfort. We’ve talked about it briefly before, but in this article we're diving a little deeper.
In yoga asana, we move through postures with the intention of finding the right alignment of our body. Correct alignment in our yoga postures works to improve our strength and flexibility while preventing injury. But, consideration of our body's alignment isn't just important in our yoga postures, good alignment should be activated in every-day life too.
While it is without a doubt a wonderful thing that so many people today have taken up this ancient practice. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way from India to the West lines have been blurred. The ubiquity of yoga pants as fashion and the proliferation of slender figures in pretzel postures have led to some misunderstandings about yoga.
Our dear feet do cop a bad wrap though or at the very least some moderate neglect. Every day our feet are there for us, walking us around and keeping us upright, but we don't really think about them until they start hurting. Beyond the impact an unhappy foot has on our ability to walk, the implications of misalignment and poor foot health reverberate throughout our body.
Principally, Ayurveda isn't medicine in the sense we know it - that is treating problems only after they've arrived. Rather, Ayurveda is a lifestyle, a way of living.
Yoga helps runners prevent injury and improve performance through strength and flexibility. For all our fellow runners out there, whether you're a veteran pacer, just trying to start a new routine, or have signed up for an upcoming race, here are our favourite asanas for helping out our stride.
Our beautiful hips; bearers of our bodies burden and the sanctuary for over 20 muscles - adductors, abductors, hip flexors in front, deep lateral rotators, and more. Our hips are the powerhouse of moving through life, walking, running, bending and of course, sitting. No to mention, the all-important procreation of our species, childbearing and birth.
Taxes, back pain, death; sometimes it can feel like back pain is just part and parcel of living. While aging is inevitable, sorry, back pain doesn't have to be. Experts agree that routine stretching can both prevent and relieve symptoms.
When what we hear of meditation and mindfulness is that; a) it's really good for us, and b) all we have to do is sit and "clear" our mind; our comprehension of the practice is flawed from the beginning.
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We're here to tell you it absobloodylutely is okay for men to do yoga, and whatever your idea of a "real" man is, we've got proof he does yoga!
Patanjali’s Fifth Limb of Yoga, Pratyahara, is often described as the practice of withdrawal. While this is an accurate translation, it is a somewhat shallow way of describing the intention of Pratyahara.
This notion of turning off our minds, letting thoughts come and go, and just being 'present' is always so much easier to say than do. Here are our 5 top tips to practicing mindfulness every day. It’s worth it.
We're told to seek balance a lot, whether it be in our diets, our exercise, our job, or our pleasure, but what is balance? And what is balance in yogic terms, is it simply being able to hold long balancing asanas? Or is there more to this balance in life thing?
We now use asana most commonly to refer to the physical postures that we assume during the practice of yoga. Beyond the mat, asana can be taken to mean an outlook on life, where challenges are an opportunity to learn.
From stress relief to serotonin increases, emotional adaptability, and flexibility, yoga improves our mental health and wellbeing, and is especially good at helping us combat anxiety, stress, and depression.