Why You Should Start Pilates!

THE EXERCISES known as Pilates were developed by Joseph Pilates, who created his routine in the early 20th century with the aim of improving both the physical and mental health of students. They work — start Pilates and you can change your body plus boost your overall wellbeing with fairly rapid results. Pilates is a great full body workout, gentle enough to be suitable for all ages and abilities yet so effective in strengthening your core and lifting your butt (low-slung bums be gone, regular practice will lift and tone!). It puts minimum stress on the joints and can help with back pain. Recent studies suggested that four weeks of Pilates can give more relief with niggling back pain than vi

Just Breathe!

I WANTED to say something about my favourite ancient yogic breathing technique, Ocean Breath, sometimes also known as Ujjayi breath, or Breath Of Fire. A major part of effective yoga practice is Pranayama — control of the breath. Prana means life force, ayama means to regulate or lengthen. Do your yoga without effective breathing and it will still be a great workout — incorporate correct breathing and your physical and mental benefits will be intensified. Ocean breath is easy — just take a slow, deep breath through the nose and exhale violently, also through the nose, making a deep, throaty noise. You’ll sound like a gorilla who’s being throttled. I like to breathe normally while moving thro

Let's Get Bendy!

SOMETIMES people are afraid to come to yoga as they think they won’t be able to do it… This is something that’s only recently come to my attention despite the fact that I’ve been teaching for more than six years. I had one lady who got frustrated and left before the end of her first session recently, with the parting words, ‘I can’t do it. I’m just not flexible enough!’ Really disappointing, for me as well as her, and she was gone before I could convince her that flexibility comes with practice. I attended a Pilates class recently too where a woman legged it after ten minutes. It was all I could do to restrain myself from running after her and saying, ‘Just give it a try!’ Saying you’re not

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