ESSENTIAL YOGA BY SARAH HERRINGTON
This is the ultimate guide for people on the go, as it provides time busting solutions for yoga practitioners who want to make the most out of their limited time and prefect their practice at their own pace, breaking down all the skills and techniques in 48 poses in a one hour session. A wonderful step-by-step guide accompanied by photos, with an added section once readers have mastered the lesson – 21 ‘yoga fixes’ designed to help lower back muscles, reduce stress and many others. £12-99 (Fairwinds Press)
YIN: YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB
Experience an astonishing blend of devotion and delicious dance grooves with Canadian songstress Parvati’s compelling debut album. Her angelic vocals float above an adventuresome exploration of traditional Sanskrit chants and delightfully refreshing pop songs. It is no wonder that Parvati is topping the charts in her homeland. Available from iTunes
YOGA AND MINDFULNESS
Nourish, energise and relax this summer on a retreat in the heart of rural Devon at an exclusive private location just 10-miles from the sea. Providing daily morning classes and evening meditation, and children are entertained with art and yoga whilst you focus on your practice. Prices 1.375 Per adult, 95 Per child, under 5’s 50-Full details available from http://bit.ly/Zpsrlv or contact Hugh via yogaunlimited.co.uk or call 01869 340335
Mudras are sacred gestures of the hands and body and have been used for thousands of years in Hinduism and Buddhism to energise the sexual organs, increase libido, enhance pleasure, and improve overall health. Sex Mudras: Energy Movement Exercises For Sexual Vitality by Serge Villecroix
This complete illustrated guide to Pilates is for both beginners and more advanced practitioners. The book is designed in an easy step by step guide for anyone to follow and contains more than 100 mat and standing exercises.
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Additionally there are special workouts for people suffering from injuries, the elderly and pregnant women and a comprehensive section on the principles and concepts of Pilates.
An inspiring introduction to the world of raw food, with more than fifty delicious, nutrient-rich recipes. Whitfield, a naturopath and herbalist, has travelled the world in search of powerful natural remedies and recipes. This book contains everything you need to begin your own personal journey towards raw health, vitality, and a more
Chaturanga Dandasana is commonly known as Chaturanga, and is usually called by its English name, the “Four-Limbed Staff Pose. The full name comes from four Sanskrit words: “Chatur (four), Anga” (limb), Danda (staff) and Asana (pose).
Chaturanga is a symmetrical exercise that is also known as a Low Plank, and to perform requires inner strength as much as muscle strength. The primary muscles used in Chaturanga involve the Pectorals, Triceps and Deltoids, but there are many more that are activated as stabilisers. These include the Rhomboids, Erector Spinae. Rotator Cuff, Serratus Anterior, Rectus and Transverse Abdominus. Gluteus Maximus, internal and external obliques, multifidus. Quadriceps and the diaphragm.
The asana resembles a rod or staff, with the spine in one straight line. Albeit simple in appearance it’s a very demanding full-body toner that requires time and discipline to learn correctly and avoid injury. You won’t be able to breathe as fully as you would in a more restful pose because the activated core muscles will slightly inhibit the diaphragm’s movement.
Do not try to use muscle strength alone to execute this pose. Yoga is a process of learning to flow like water finding its own path. When your muscles are in balance with one another, you will have amazing union of dynamic, mind and body awareness.