Yoga Articles

 

By Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool)

 

Monday 30th March 2015

 

Post-workout yoga stretches

 

by Jennie


There is a little more to yoga than simply being bendy and flexing into some weird and wonderful postures. However, if connecting with your breath as you journey through the self seems a little “out there” for you then there is still much to be gained by adding elements of the physical expression of yoga (“the asana practice”) to your regular workout sessions.

 

 

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Wednesday 25th February 2015

 

Using Yoga to Find Balance off the Mat

 

by Jennie

 

How doing a different kind of yoga can help you to achieve your health and fitness goals…

 

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Thursday 1st January 2015

 

Gentle Yoga Stretches for Beginners

 

by Jennie

 

 

If trying yoga is on your New Year’s bucket list then gives these gentle yoga stretches a go…

 

 

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Wednesday 10th December 2014

 

Dealing with a Yoga High Hamstring Tendon Injury

 

by Jennie

 

 

 

pain 2In the previous article by Absolute Yoga (Liverpool) we looked at hamstring tendon injuries which are common amongst yoga teachers and students. This article looks at suggested treatment methods for such injuries. However, if you have moderate to severe pain, or pain that persists despite a period of rest then you need to seek treatment from your GP or physio before proceeding with the following recommendations.

 

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Friday 5th December 2014

 

Yoga and Hamstring Pain

 

by Jennie

 

 

The hamstrings are three muscles (the semimembranosus, the semitendinosus and the bicep femoris) which run through the back of the thighs. The hamstrings function to flex the knee and assist in hip extension and so are active at multiple points of the yoga asana practice. Accordingly, hamstring injuries are common amongst yoga students due to the excessive repetition of hamstring contraction. Hamstring injuries suffered on the yoga mat are usually high tendon injuries at the point of the hamstring origin (the sit bones). Such injuries are usually referred to as “hamstring tendonitis”. However, the name “hamstring tendinopathy” may be a more accurate description of high hamstring tendon injuries as research suggests that this injury is more a degenerative than inflammatory process. 

 

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Monday 1st December 2014

 

Yogi Knee

 

by Jennie

 

 

The knees, unlike the hips (which are a ball and socket joint with a large range of motion), are a hinge joint capable of two main movements: flexion and extension. When the knee is extended, no active rotation of this joint is possible. However, when in a flexed position a certain degree of rotation is possible. The knee joint is comprised of the epiphyses of two long bones (the femur and tibia) in addition to the patella. The knee joint, unlike the hip joint, has poor boney stability because there is relatively little contact between the bones of the knee. This makes the knee more vulnerable to acute injuries involving ligaments, tendons and cartilage because they play a bigger role in holding this particular joint together. 

 

 

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Sunday 30th November 2014

 

Bone compression – the reason you may never get into certain yoga poses

 

by Jennie

 

Can you get your hips to face forward in Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)? Are you able to place your shin parallel to the top of the mat in Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)? Perhaps you find it difficult to lower your hand down your forward leg in Triangle (Utthita Trikonasana) or bring your feet up to the opposite thighs in Lotus (Padmasana)?Trying to obtain “perfect aligment” in an asana can be an exercise in futility because the ability to move the body through a yoga pose is not just about the flexibility of the muscles, tendons and fascia in and around the joint.

 

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Monday 24th November 2014

 

You Don’t “Do” Yoga: You Live It

 

by Jennie

It is getting to that time of year again where Christmas is just around the corner and we are all getting busier and busier by the day. Soon we will be finishing work and then heading straight out to do some Christmas shopping, watch Christmas plays and/or catch up with friends for festive drinks and good food. The routine goes out the window and suddenly it is difficult to find your way to the yoga mat. Indeed, it is common at this time of year to hear the yoga students at Absolute Yoga (Liverpool) say “I feel terrible, I haven’t done any yoga for weeks”. However, talking about yoga as something that you “do” is very much construct of Western society.

 

 

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Wednesday 19th November 2014

 

“The thicker and deeper the mud, the more beautiful the lotus blooms”

 

by Jennie

 

LotusMost yoga students are aware that “Lotus” (Padmasana) is a seated posture which opens up the hips and strengthens the spine. The posture is often performed during the practice of pranayama techniques and also meditation. Indeed, one of the original purposes of the asana practice, limb three of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yogawas to strengthen the spine and open up the hips so that the physical body of the yogi (Annamaya Kosha) could be still and silent throughout the journey through limbs five, six, seven and eight: pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and Samadhi.

 

 

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Wednesday 5th November 2014

 

Acid and Alkaline Eating

 

by Rose Long

 

So, what’s the deal with acid and alkaline foods? There’s a growing trend that’s encouraging us to eat an alkaline diet…. is it just another fad? Well I’m sure it won’t be long before it’s eclipsed by the next hot health craze, but before it’s out of fashion it’s worth recognising the value at the heart of the trend. After all, recognising the importance of acid and alkaline foods is nothing new – traditional Chinese medicine was talking about it over two thousand years ago, and the Ayurvedic tradition was passing on this wisdom over 5,000 years ago.

 

 

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Sunday 21st September 2014

 

Updating Your Relationship to Food

 

by Rose Long

 

Our relationship to food is as complex as any relationship that lasts a lifetime and, just like any healthy relationship, it’s good to update every once in a while. What we eat and why we eat can be based on past conditioning and habits; we’re often unconscious as to why we reach for that slice of toast, crave a morning coffee or dive into a plate of pasta. 

 

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Sunday 21st September 2014

 

Meet Rose: Yogini, Health Coach and Guest Blogger

 

 by Rose Long

 


RoseToday I’m passionate about natural food and learning how the body utilises what Mother Nature provides for us.  To me it is miraculous to discover just how much we benefit from eating clean.  Mind you, I don’t have a clean track record!  In my younger years I ate well when I was recovering from a weekend of partying, but otherwise my choices were largely governed by my environment and my conditioning – eat on the go, eat what’s convenient, eat for quick energy,  snacks at the computer, treats with friends, excess at weekends. 

 

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Thursday 18th September 2014

 

Hip Stretches for Back Pain

 

by Jennie

 

AnjaneyasanaIf you suffer from back pain then it is easy to assume that the discomfort that you are experiencing is a result of strain or injury localised to the spine. However, the muscles, ligaments and joints of your body do not work in isolation. Instead, there is great interdependence between these components and a weakness in one part of your body can have a huge impact on another part of your body. The connection of the human body from the crown of your head to the tips of your toes is known as the kinetic chain. 

 

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Saturday 12th July 2014

 

Hamstring Stretches for Back Pain

 

by Jennie

 

Back pain can be caused by many things, such as lifting something that is too heavy, an awkward posture, physical trauma or poor fitness/physical inactivity. In our last article we looked at yoga poses which mobilise the spine and can, when performed regularly, alleviate back pain. However, back pain, especially lower back pain, can also be caused by tightness in the hips and the hamstrings and, so, alternative yoga postures are needed to address pain associated with these areas. This article will look at the hamstrings and their relationship to back pain.
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Thursday 10th July 2014

 

Yoga for Back Pain

 

by Jennie

 

Cat  (Marjaryasana)Back pain is a common feature of modern living which is estimated to cost the NHS many millions each year treating this condition. For some, the problem is short term and may be resolved without requiring any medical treatment. However, many others experience chronic back pain which causes them significant pain and discomfort in their day to day activities.

 

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Friday 18th April 2014

 

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

 

by Jennie

 

Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward Facing Dog, is probably one of the most well known yoga postures throughout the world. Even if you have never taken a yoga class in your life then the chances are that you have still heard of this pose.

 

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Friday 18th April 2014

 

Anatomy trains in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog).

 

by Jennie

 

If you practice yoga regularly then by now you are probably very familiar with the instructions that accompany postures such as Downward Facing Dog (DFD). However, you may not be aware of the associated anatomical action which accompanies each alignment point. For example, when in Adho Mukha Svanasana you are asked to “turn the upper thighs inwards” because performing this action causes the femoral neck to press the pelvis back.  

 

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Friday 18th April 2014

 

Dealing with Wrist Pain in Downward Facing Dog

 

by Jennie

 

Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward Facing Dog, is a yoga posture which has many benefits to offer the yoga practitioner such as stretching out the hamstrings, back, shoulders and calves and generally strengthening the arms and legs. However, some people find that they are unable to reap the rewards associated with Downward Facing Dog (DFD) because they are unable to hold this posture with comfort due to the wrist pain that they experience whilst in the pose.

 

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Wednesday 16th April 2014

 

The Bandhas

 

by Jennie

 

In Sanskrit, Bandha means to lock, to hold or to tighten. There are three main Bandhas in the body: Mula, Uddiyanna and Jalandhara (the combination of all three of these is referred to as Maha Bandha). Learning to use the Bandhas in your asana practice will really help you to create the energy that you need to hold a posture for longer with comfort, to push further into stretches and/or to advance into the more challenging postures such as Sirsasana (headstand). 

 

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The Eight Limbs of Yoga

 

by Jennie

 

Most people first book into a yoga class because they have heard that yoga is great for losing weight and toning up. Whilst it is true that the regular practice of the physical aspect of yoga is a great way to stay fit and healthy, the performance of the “asanas” is only a tiny component of yoga.

 

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The Story Behind Virabhadrasana I, II and III

 

by Jennie

 

It may seem odd that the peaceful practice of yoga includes a posture known as “The Warrior” or “Virabhadrasana”(veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna). This is a yoga pose with which most yoga students are familiar. However, perhaps you are not familiar with the tragic love story behind this posture. The story is one of love, hate, rage, violence, sadness, wrath, compassion and forgiveness which begins with the marriage between Lord Shiva and his bride Sati.

 

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Sunday 5th January 2014

The Thigh Gap Factor

 

by Jennie

 

Jennie in Prasarita Padottanasana CI am publishing this blog deliberately on Sunday 5th January because I know that women and men everywhere will be sitting in front of the TV right now, eating the last of the Christmas cheese and crackers and savouring the taste of their last glass of wine because “the diet starts tomorrow”.  Monday has always been the time to wipe the slate clean and begin the new diet thinking that “this one will be different, this time I will stick to it and finally be skinny”. However, the first Monday after New Year is when we don’t wipe the diet slate clean so much as pop a speed based slimming pill and use our bare hands to give it a good scrub with bleach. Shit’s about to get real…

 

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Wednesday 16th October 2012

 

Hot or Not? By Paula, Pilates Teacher

 

PaulaFor those of you who enjoy getting hot and sweaty during a strenuous Bikram yoga class, there’s a relatively new kid in town. Hot Pilates offers similar flexible gymnastics in a room heated to 35 degrees Celsius 110 Fahrenheit but this time classes are less focused on practicing calmly meditative Downward Dog poses, and more intent on developing core strength and muscle tone, and banishing chronic aches and pains. 

 

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Monday 2nd September 2013

Yin Yoga by Niamh Kavanagh

 

NiamhYin yoga – the physical, emotional & mental healer – how? With stress a common ailment of modern living, let’s start here: When under too much pressure, the mental field shuts down preceding the ‘will’ to continue. Hence the expressions …under stress, a strain putting our innate wisdom out of reach. 

 

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 Information for New Students at Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool)

 

  • Please see here for a list of classes which we recommend for your first time on the mat with us
  • You may also wish to read our FAQ on yoga and Pilates 
  • Your first class is free and then you can choose from one of the new member introductory offers: £30 for 30 days or £40 for 40 days

  • See here to book a class

 

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