About  Power Yoga 


In my classes I aim to teach people to learn a new, healthier way of living, way of thinking and way of being in the world, becoming super fit and healthy in both body and mind. Power yoga can benefit everyone whether they are just starting a fitness regime or wishing to improve upon an existing fitness routine.  

Power Yoga is designed to challenge you and allow you to become stronger in both body and mind, to relax into who you are, expand your boundaries and find your limits.  Power Yoga will help you become more centred and be able to deal better with life events. 

Power Yoga is a state of mind.  Stilling the mind is very challenging, during yoga we learn to think and become more aware of our breath, ailment, posture and accomplishing a certain pose instead of thinking of distractions, thoughts and any stresses, as you open your body and mind with yoga postures and breathing you become receptive to the wonderful experience of inner stillness.

If you are looking for an all over body workout, to become stronger, fitter, healthier, more balanced, more flexible, a more happier and energised person then Power Yoga is for you!

Some of the many benefits of all the types of Power Yoga can be felt almost immediately and these include:
 

Improved circulation
Reduced stress levels
An aid to detoxification
Relief from muscle tension
Improved flexibility, strength and stamina
Improved posture
Improved spinal health
Strengthened and lubricated joints
Boosted the immune system
Improved skin tone and complexion
Increased lung capacity
Improved digestion
Increase in energy
Improved sleep patterns
Relief from anxiety and depression

Yoga has been used to help heal many health concerns, a few of which are listed here.

Anxiety - conscious breathing helps shift your thoughts away from your concerns and brings you right back to the present moment.


Arthritis - helps to loosen and lubricate the joints

Asthma - many people have used yoga to cure their asthma.  Backbends are useful as they lift and open the chest encouraging fuller breathing

Back pain -  through yoga we will strengthen the core which will help support and protect the back.  Gentle back bends and twists will encourage blood flow and nutrients to the spine.

Cancer - yoga can help us to adapt to a more natural and healthy approach to our lives, sticking to a non chemical, low stress lifestyle and choosing a yoga practice that nurtures you to bring a healthy body and mind.

Confidence building - standing and balancing postures give us confidence in standing our ground and meditation allows us to get to know ourselves.

Constipation - forward folds and twists will help to massage and compress the digestive organs and encourage elimination.

Diabetes - twists and back bends tone the pancreas and supports the central nervous system
Hormonal imbalance. Healthy menstruation depends on proper functioning of endocrine glands, e.g., pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and ovaries together with organs such as liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, intestines and reproductive organs.  Yoga postures improve circulation, relieve pelvic congestion, massage and tone different organs and stimulate ovaries.  Psychological tension is reduced and a person develops a positive mental attitude.  Forward bends, cobra, locust and boat improve circulation and massage the lower abdominal area.  The squatting pose strengthens pubic muscles and pelvic floor.  Spinal twists improve circulation and massage the liver and spleen.  All postures are good and daily yoga practice will re-establish regular menstrual cycles.


Hypertension - exercise dilates the blood vessels, which in turn lowers the blood pressure


Immune support - yoga and exercise boosts the immune system by stimulating all the internal organs such as the kidneys, liver, spleen, the central nervous system and the thymus gland.

Indigestion - yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach so only eat lightly 2-3 hours before as twists and forward folds, etc tone the digestive system and organs.

Insomnia - fully working both body and mind will allow both to settle in to deep rest more easily.  Ensure to completely focus on the practice without distractions entering our mind, this will teach our mind to switch off completely and bring focus.

Obesity - yoga helps burn energy with calories and also helps the body to normalise a healthy body weight and speeds up the metabolism therefore burning more calories

Posture - yoga is fantastic for correcting bad posture by helping to strengthen the alignment of our body

Varicose veins - by boosting the body's circulation yoga will help prevent future varicose veins and also help to decrease the symptoms of existing ones.


Postures and Poses

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Mountain Pose

In many yoga exercises this pose is a position used at the beginning, middle and end, in which you pay attention to your position, your concentration and your breathing. During intensive yoga sessions the Mountain Pose makes it easier for you to maintain your meditative focus, as well as to increase and regain it.  Whenever you do this exercise do it with care and always try to increase your focus and your relaxation.

Tree Pose

This Pose increases balance, focus, concentration and will strengthen the knees, ankles, shoulders and inner thighs

Tree PoseFour Limbed Staff PoseDownward Facing DogForward Lunge

 

Four Limbed Staff Pose

Four Limbed Staff Pose Strengthens the arms, wrists and abdomen. It is  good preparation for more challenging arm balances.

Downward Facing Dog

This pose will build up strength in the upper arms and give you space and opening in the back, neck, chest, hips and shoulders. In Yoga, this pose is often used as an exercise in between other exercises, but it is in fact an exercise in itself.

Forward Lunge

Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, ankles and waist....................

Extended Side Angle Pose

Extended Side Angle Pose strengthens the arms and spine. ................

Extended Side Angle PoseWheel PoseDancer PoseLunge Pose

Wheel Pose

One of the more challenging poses in yoga. It requires great upper body and leg strength, as well as flexibility in the upper back muscles, hamstrings, shoulder and hip joints. As a deep backbend it is important to do the preparation work in smaller back bending poses to safely create extension and length along the spine.  You should work slowly to complete this postition

Dancer Pose

This pose develops concentration and balance. It tones and lengthens the leg and hip muscles. It will stimulate a full range of motion in the shoulders. The chest expands fully.

Lunge Pose

Legs and knees are strengthened with this pose.

Triangle Pose

Has stress-busting properties, stretches and lengthens the legs from ankle to thigh as well as the hips, groin, hamstrings, shoulders, chest, and spine.
It can aid digestion, and stimulate the abdominal organs, and it can aid in menopause, as well as relieving backache, even when pregnant! Other benefits include helping prevent flat feet, infertility and osteoporosis.


Triangle PosePigeon PoseCrane PoseSide Crane PoseDancer pose

Pigeon Pose 

Revitalizes internal organs  and gives an extended stretch for the thighs, hips, and groins. Advanced practice also opens the chest and releases shoulder tension.

 

 Crane Pose (also called Crow Pose)

Strengthens the arms and wrists, tones the belly and spine and improves a sense of balance

Side Crane Pose

An advancement of Crane, Side Crane strengthens the arms and wrists, tones the belly and spine and improves a sense of balance

Standing Half Bow Pose

Expands the chest and mobilizes the whole spinal column.  It will improve posture and strengthen the back muscles

Chakra's

A chakra is a vortex of energy and there are seven main chakra points on the body.  They start at the base of the spine and finish at the crown of the head.  They vibrate to create the body's electro-magnetic field, or aura, and each aura has a colour.  Everyday we stimulate our chakras in one way or another, through the different thoughts we have or physically through our senses.  Everyday we energise our centres, either consciously or unconsciously, in different ways:
Through our thoughts. Thought is an energy form and a positive thought allows our energy to flow freely, whereas negative thoughts will decrease energy within our body, and every thought is connected to a chakra.

Through the Sun. 

This is our most important energy source.  Humans, animals, plants, minerals, water and our chakras all receive energy from the sun's light. 

Through our Food. 

A plant absorbs energy from the sun and to balance our chakras we should eat a plate of different coloured foods, one for each chakra colour, every day.  This will ensure our bodies receive the correct nutritional, balanced values it needs.

Through Visualisation.

  Thought is an energy form and our chakras can be stimulated through meditation, visualisation and breathing energy into our various chakra centres.  

Chakras are entry gates of the Aura. 

They absorb and transmit energies to and from the universe, nature, celestial entities, from people and even things.  They are responsible for a person's physical, mental and spiritual requirements.  In all there are 88,000 chakras in the human body, most of them small and insignificant.  Only 40 have a significant function and they are to be found in the hands, feet, fingertips and shoulders.  The seven main chakras are found along the central line of the body, from the base of the spine to the top of the head and they express the spiritual energy.

1. Root Chakra.  Found at the base of the spine, it represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.  It deals with emotional issues such as financial independence, money and food.

2. Splenic chakra.  Found in the lower abdomen about 2" below the naval and 2" in, it represents our feeling of well-being, pleasure and sexuality and our ability to accept others and new experiences.

3. Solar plexus chakra.  Located in the upper abdomen in the stomach area, it represents our self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem and the control we have over our lives.

4. Heart chakra.  Located in the centre of the chest just above the heart and it represents our ability to love, feel joy and inner peace.

5. Throat chakra Its location is the throat area and deals with our ability to communicate, express our feelings and truth.

6. Third eye chakra.  Situated on the forehead, between the eyes.  This controls our ability to think and make decisions, to focus and see the whole picture as well as use our imagination and wisdom.

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7. Crown chakra.  This chakra is located at the very top of the head and is the most important chakra.  It represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

When someone experiences optimal health, all chakras will vibrate at a healthy rate.  This rate creates a complete rainbow of colour which surrounds the body.  When one experiences emotional trauma or stress the aura will lack the vital energy to maintain its healthy frequency. 

The colours will then appear muddy and will eventually lead to physical illness.  Unless the healing process addresses the emotional cause the physical symptoms will persist.  Conventional healing methods act only to cure the physical ailments, while the emotional and spiritual body remain ignored.  The need for chakra balancing becomes eminent as the body cannot heal without the necessary tools. 

A person who is fully balanced can expect to feel :

In good health and vitality
Aware of their feelings without being ruled by them
Well grounded and in touch with their body
Sexually content without being driven
Confident without dominating others
Communicate clearly and freely and be able to listen to others
The heart would be loving, feel centred and peaceful
Feel a personal connection with their spirit

This is the ideal we all hope for, and we all have the means to achieve it, given time, patience and dedication. Power Yoga can help us to achieve this ideal, through exercise, concentration, mediation and visualization, by harnessing the mind and the body.

The 2012 Festival of Sport  - The Severals, Newmarket

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The festival brought together many sporting activities in the local area, raising funds for St Louis Primary School in Newmarket and I was lucky enough to have a stall at this festival.  The aim of the day was to involve the whole community in a sports promotion event and showcase the huge variety of sports and activities that are available to the local community.

Along with my Stand I also did a 20 minute Power Yoga demonstration in which anyone could take part, even if they had not experienced Power Yoga before.  I am very glad I was given this opportunity to promote my own sport.  Thanks to all those who helped on the day and participated in the demonstration.