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Benefits of Tadasana - Mountain Pose!

18-07-2018

Benefits of Mountain Pose - Tadasana - Allow time to stand still!


You don't have to be able to do put your foot behind your head to gain the mental and physical benefits of Yoga.

There is one pose that most of us do during the day anyway, that when practiced with attention and with an awareness of the breath, can bring so many benefits and can give the feeling of slowing down time

Stand with your feet about an inch apart and make contact with the floor. With your toes pointed forward distribute your weight evenly across the soles of your feet. You should be able to lift your toes off the floor. This shows you are distributing your weight correctly and not gripping the floor with your toes. Spread your toes and push down into the floor evenly with both feet to ground yourself. Extend upwards through your spine to the crown of your head, roll your shoulder blades down your back to open through the chest, pull your stomach in and tuck the tailbone under by engaging your thighs towards each other gently. Allow your knee caps to lift but do not lock your knees. Check your chin is parallel to the floor by dipping it slightly and drawing the back of the head slightly backwards. With each breath, extend upwards through the crown of your head and lengthen downwards into your feet simultaneously. Rest your hands down by your side, with fingers touching gently alongside each other, and extending down the outside of your thighs. Feel the centre of the pose from feet to crown.

Stay connected to your breath as it flows up and down the length of the posture. Feeling a connection to your feet as you breath in and a connection to the crown as you breath out. Be aware of the outer parts of your body on the in breath and your core stability on each out breath.

Variations


You can practice this pose in a relaxed way, where you just feel the stillness of being in the moment and do not actively energise the pose.

You can stand with your big toes touching, heels of the feet a whisper apart. 

Bringing your hands to your heart in prayer Mudra, connecting mentally through the palms as the wrists drop to elbow level, brings further balance between the left and right sides of the body.

Sitting on a chair and feeling your back against the back of the chair, while your feet rest firmly on the floor or supported on a block.

Mental Benefits.


This pose promotes stillness in both the mind and the body, you learn to just ‘be’. It is a very upright pose that brings a feeling of strength and confidence. it is also very opening, which frees you from fear. It is a very grounding posture because of the connection to the earth through the soles of the feet. It also connects you to the sky because you are extending upward and standing as tall as you can be. Balance is also an important factor in this posture. As you practice it you are balancing your energy from left to right, from front to back, from earth to sky and the mind and body become united. Through the awareness of all of these things you are freed from fear and your consciousness is raised. You also feel uplifted. This pose teaches awareness of the breath, of the body and of the mind. A mountain is a symbol of strength, stillness and presence. You benefit from all these things when practicing this posture.

Chakras


Tadasana balances the crown, 3rd eye, the heart and the navel chakras. The root chakra is also balanced as a connection to the Earth and the present moment is established. You will get the mental and physical benefits of working these chakras.


Contra-indications.


As with any balance, if you are suffering from any disorder that can affect your balance, it is wise to practice the asana near a wall, chair or table for support. Pregnant women and menstruating women should stand with their feet hip distance apart. People with low blood pressure should be careful when standing still for extended periods of time. 


Enjoy!


Thank you!

31-05-2018

Hello Yogis.

It seems to me that the more safety minded we all become, the more fear seems to creep into daily consciousness.

I have realised that I spend a lot of my time, having to logically plan, think about, check, double check and analyse so many aspects of my day! 

Naturally, I am a bit of a dreamer and I have always chosen to stand back a little from life; choosing not to place myself in the spotlight or to join in with the crowd; instead I preferred to watch and reflect.

Teaching yoga has brought another side out of me. I was so passionate about the benefits, joys and strengths of yoga, I found a voice I didn’t know I had.

I truly value every second I am teaching this wonderful science and I am passionate about rising above the world of fear that is trying so hard to dim the light of individuality and personal choice. There is a movement now towards personal choice and it is welcomed. It is important that we embrace the changes happening in the world but that we do so with full awareness.

While I understand the world is changing at an alarming rate, I feel it is my duty to continue to highlight that there is a higher perspective at work, one that is an all knowing and fully trustworthy perspective. In order to access this wisdom, we need to continue to practice inner reflection. Getting to know what we feel as individuals; what is speaking out to us through our emotions and through the highs and lows of life.

Every day delivers the chance to make a change in the world. It may be a smile at a stranger, or an opportunity to consider honestly whether to say 'yes' or 'no' to something that will eventually contribute to yet another worldly change. 

Your individual thoughts, your actions, and your voice matter to each and every one of us!

Never underestimate the power you have as an individual to bring about a movement of change in this fast actioning world.

I thank you again for staying around and for contributing to my life, each and every time you get in touch or join me in one of my classes.

I am forever grateful.

Carrie-Anne. xx

Fantastic New Yoga Mat

03-05-2018

As it was Kenny's birthday on 1st May, I bought him a shiny new yoga mat.

I was so impressed with it, I thought I would share details incase you wanted to invest in one.

I love it because it is thick but it also sticks well to the ground, so it offers comfort but does not become a surf board along the floor!

It is also very grippy, which is sometimes difficult to find.

The best thing of all is that it is made of Eco-friendly material so it is non toxic.

I purchased it from Amazon directly and it came really quickly.

Full details are here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01MSS4F9K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Carrie-Anne. xx

Make that Change!

04-04-2018


As the world constantly changes around us, we must learn to move inwards to find stability and peace.

It is never going to be the case that all is completely well in the world.

Things are in a constant state of flux. Light and dark battle each other for dominance and the winds of change can leave devastation in their midsts. Because of this the only stability that can be found, is within the hearts and minds of those who are witnessing this dance called life. 

Faster and Faster

As life spins faster and faster and with the constant demand of work stresses, personal expectations and the seemingly endless demands of society in general, it can be increasingly difficult to close off from the mind’s desires and worries and to really feel peaceful and a true sense of happiness.

The physical effects of stress are free to wreak havoc on the body, and on all other aspects of life; such as the relationships we hold with friends, loved ones and colleagues. 

I feel so saddened by the way we are lead to believe that striving in life is the key to happiness. With the message being for us to work harder, for longer and to want more and more. All that will happen in the end is a complete burn out.

Burnout

Burnout happens when the demands above find us constantly living from the fight and flight response, blindly following the leader into battle.

When burnout happens, dis-ease is already closing in; as the body loses it’s delicate balance and begins to struggle to maintain the fine communication needed to keep it healthy and strong.

The mind-body connection is huge, whatever you think you feel, whatever you feel you then think. This leads to becoming what we think and feel and so the cycle goes around. Over time, a habit is formed and we become the pattern known as fear, anger, frustration, or guilt and the body takes over as it learns from you; the teacher!

If you feel you can relate to the above, I want you to know that change is easier than you may think. 

It does however take time and dedication but the rewards are endless. 

The art is in becoming conscious of this pattern within ourselves and to begin to bring changes in thought, attitude and daily life that will begin to move you towards a much more harmonious way of being.

I hear so many people say they are not flexible enough to do yoga, or there is not enough time in the day to dedicate time to this practice. 

If you are reading this, you are already interested in making lasting changes that will enrich your life.

I recently started doing a regular hour long meditation each day, rather than the usual 15 minutes and I have found the effects to be beneficial beyond belief. (Going to bed earlier and getting up earlier is all it took!)

Joy

Each day will feel completely different. I promise! But most of all, you will get to know how you work. Most importantly you will begin to recognise the control you have had in your life so far, that has lead you to feel the way you do and the control you have, to put your life back on track, and where you want it to be.

Last month I dedicated an hour of free meditation tuition to whomever wished to join me and this was greeted with great interest.

I have decided to run another of these free sessions on: 

Wednesday 11th April 8.00-9.00pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 6PQ. Full details can be found here.

In addition to this, I am starting another Beginners Yoga Mini Course on 

Tuesday 17th April 2018, 7.00-8.15pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 6PQ. Full details can be found here.

I see so many people struggling with the demands of this life and I so wish to help them to find a more peaceful centre from which they are then free to fly into the life they wish to create.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With warmest wishes.

Carrie-Anne xx

Moving Forwards Together - Complementary Sessions

02-03-2018

Hello Yogis.

What you may have been looking for

As you are reading this blog, you may have, in the past, contacted me to receive news and advice about the ancient science that is ‘Yoga’.

You may have wanted help achieving better health, a fitter and stronger physical body, or a happier and calmer mind; all of which lead you towards a much more productive and fulfilled day to day existence. 

You may have a deeper calling to find out more about why you are here and what this life is all about.

What it all means

The philosophical goal of yoga, according to the Sutras of Patanjali, Sutra 2, Book 1 is, “Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah”.

Yogas = Yoga, 
Chitta = of the mind-stuff; 
Viitti = Modifications; 
Nirodhah = Restraint. 

Translated this means “The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga” (taken from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sri Swami Satchidananda).

In theory, all the other aspects of yoga, such as the physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation practices, are designed to lead you towards this destination. 

Today's Stress

With all the stress in the world today, making life hard; if we could each achieve this clarity, the world would be happier, healthier, calmer, and more productive. The world would also be kinder and more compassionate. Moving into this space leads to a passion towards giving rather than receiving, allowing us to be more at peace with whatever is experienced in this lifetime.

Does this sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t.

One of the struggles modern society has with this goal, is giving it time to flourish. Yoga is a practice that takes time to master. It is like anything, if you want to do well at it, you have to invest the time to do so.

I am really lucky because I have managed to work towards a way of life that is filled with a passion for and a deep interest in, all that I practice myself every day.

How I want to help move this forward

In order to help society along the way, I have decided to dedicate one hour a week complementary tuition for the study of meditation, breath work (pranayama), gentle asana and deep relaxation. I will also be touching on aspects of Yoga Philosophy, such as that listed above to encourage you on your journey.

In return, all I ask is that you dedicate a few minutes each day to taking the teaching and putting it into practice. There is a saying that if something is free, it is not valued. You can add value to this by dedicating time and attention.

I will help you to manage the chatter of the mind and to help you to become aware of when you are self-sabotaging your own efforts.

If you would like to join us, the complementary one hour session will take place once a month on a Wednesday evening in Kingsthorpe, for 3 months, initially.

Booking is essential as this class is designed to encourage a continued and dedicated practice. 

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. 

The first session will be on 14th March 

The Second Session will be on 11th April

Moving Forwards Together - Complementary Meditation and Philosophy Evening 

8.00pm-9.00pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
Balmoral Road
Kingsthorpe
Northampton
NN26PQ

As this is not yet bookable online, do let me know if you wish to attend by contacting me here. You can also book via text or calling 07984191016.

Yoga Freedom reserves the right to cease the delivery of these sessions at any time. Sessions are subject to the completion of a short health questionnaire.


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