Yoga & Sleep

I often wish I could attend my own yoga classes. Why? Because my students often report that they sleep so well after attending.

 

Many of us have no trouble sleeping - you know, head hits the pillow and that's it until the alarm goes off the following morning.

 

For a few of us, sleep can become something of a nemesis. We want / need it desperately, but it escapes us like water trickling through our fingertips.

 

There are many reasons for sleep being something of an issue: anxiety, issues at work, new baby, illness, menopause...

 

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Yoga really does work to calm & soothe (fact)

Ask anyone why they practice yoga or why they may be considering starting and you will get an array of responses from - "I was told it was good for me", "keeping my sanity", "staying fit"... the list goes on.

 

One thing that is definite is that the practice of yoga increases brain GABA levels. (GABA = gamma-aminobutyric acid - our calming transmitter).

 

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Self-care: Before & After Birth

Taking time for ourselves is tricky, especially when we find ourselves multi-tasking most of the day. Considering our own needs can become something of a distant memory.

 

Set yourself up for the day with a really nutritious breakfast - it can be made in advance and the good thing is the quantities you make can keep you going for several days.

 

No more grabbing an unexciting piece of toast or a handful of biscuits, this will really boost you on many levels.

 

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Removing Obstacles

In last night’s yoga class, at the start we started with Ganesha mudra – this is offered in order to lift the spirits and to also help you keep going, even when life gets a little challenging around the edges.

(It’s also great for the chest muscles, shoulders and arms too!)

 

See the video below to get an idea…

 

Ganesh Mudra Video

 

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108 Minutes of Meditation

Today, Saturday 02 July, I was joined by a team of very wonderful and generous people in order to sit and meditate for a total of 108 minutes.

 

For anyone who has ever tried meditation, or meditates regularly, you will know that this is no easy feat.

 

Why 108? As our endeavours were undertaken to raise funds for the Tibet Relief Fund, the 108 is significant to the number of beads found on a mala.

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Gift Vouchers

To make life a little easier, I have had gift vouchers printed. So, you can now drop big hints to friends and family or vice versa, why not treat someone you know to gift of yoga or meditation?

 

There’s a choice of classes for everyone within the Watford area from baby and pregnancy yoga, through to women’s yoga for health and of course, meditation.

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Be sure of your pelvic floor

Open up any women's magazine and generally you will find advertisements for discreet help with incontinence all the way up to 'gadgets' that can help strengthen and improve the tone of your pelvic floor muscles.

 

 

All sounds 'ok'...but is it? How much does any woman generally know about this vital part of her body and more importantly, know what's the best approach once things go a little wonky?

 

 

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Looking at life through a coloured lens

In this week's Meditation & More session, our focus was turned to the Lojong slogan - "Three objects, three poisons, three seeds of virtue", and for this, I used some coloured masks to convey the teaching as though we are looking at life through a coloured lens. As a visual learner, I'm always looking for ways to support this, even in meditation.

 

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