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Yoga Girl Book Release

Yoga Girl Book Release

Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen has relased her first book. At 26, Rachel Brathen appears to have the perfect life, but it hasn’t always been that way…

Yoga Girl Book Release
Yoga Girl Book Release

The Yoga Girl has over 1.5 million Instagram followers!! Posting pictures of her inpressive yoga postures in exotic places. She is now living in The Caribbean and teaching yoga globally.

However, as a youngster Rachel Brathen was troubled. Her parents broke up at a young age and her Mothers next partner then died in a plane crash. Rachel hit the booze, smoking and stealing.

“I had older boyfriends and started hanging out with the wrong crowd,” Rachel says.

“My mum would try to ground me for months at a time but I’d just jump out of my window,” she says …and if they took my allowance away, I would shoplift even more than I already was.”

After years of abuse Rachel’s mother sought out a Yoga retreat and convinced her to go.

“I don’t know how on earth she convinced me to go but I found myself on a train heading north. I didn’t admit it at the time but I was terrified!’

The retreat transformed her life and when she returned home she decided she needed to be around like minded people and flew out to live in Costa Rica.

Then on a holiday in Aruba she met Dennis who had a surf shop on the Island. They fell in love. Rachel moved in at age just 21 and began building something amazing. A social media sensation with over 1.5 million followers on Instagram.

But more than glamorous shots which can be found all over the internet, Rachel writes very honest and openly underneath her pictures. Talking about suicide attempts and insecurities but also inspiringly about the beautiful things she sees in the world.

“People are looking for something genuine and I don’t hesitate to share the real stuff,” she says. “On social media everyone weighs 100lb, goes to the gym and is fulfilled. But no one’s life is like that really, not even a Victoria’s Secret model.”

 

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‘Yoga Every Damn Day’ – Rachel Brathen

 

India Database Yoga Asanas

India Database Yoga Asanas

India to Database over 1500 Yoga Asanas

The Indian Government has shortlisted over 1500 Yoga Asanas. The Yoga asanas will be put onto a database to prevent Western Patent Claims.

India Database Yoga Asanas
India Database Yoga Asanas

Roughly 300 million people practice yoga across the globe in an industry worth $80 billion. The US is the world’s largest yoga industry turning over $27 billion. To compete with the US on a business level the Indians would need more branding such as brand names and larger training centers. With more than half of the globals yogi’s being Indians, this is entirely possible.

So the Indian government have formed the TKDL Traditional Knowledge Digital Library to protect its inheritance. They are now collecting a digital video database of over 1500 Yoga Asanas.

So every time an individual or an MNC (multi national corporation) files for a patent, the patent offices reffer to the TKDL database.

Originally TKDL was for traditional medical knowledge but has now included Yoga. Yoga is now a Global multi-billion dollar industry.

The TKDL was formed in 2009 and since then has thwarted over 200 claims.

India has just recently fought off two Western Patenting attemps including Tumeric and Green Tea!

 

Global Yoga Magazine

 

 

Childs Pose or Balasana

Childs Pose or Balasana

Childs Pose or Balasana is a basic level yoga pose.

Childs Pose
Childs Pose

How to Perform Child’s Pose

1. Kneel down on your yoga your mat.

2. Knees together and big toes touching. Lengthen through the neck and spine.

3. Separate the knees and spread them to either side of the mat.

4. Inhale placing your hands in front of you.

5. Exhale slowly walking the hands forward while lowering your torso and forehead to the ground. (If the forehead does not yet touch the ground then you can rest your forehead on your forearms).

6. With every exhalation lower yourself more into the pose. Lengthening the tailbone.

7. Relax the shoulders to the ground allowing the shoulder blades to apart softly.

8. Feel your heart center becoming closer to the earth.

9. Hold for as long as you need. Take steady, deep inhalations and slow exhalations.

10. Relax

Balasana
Balasana

Benefits of Child’s Pose

This is a relaxation pose. Enjoy, breath and really take this moment as yours.

  • Steadies your breath
  • Relaxes the mind and body
  • Improves your circulation
  • Relieves stress and fatigue
  • Brings suppleness to the hips
  • Stretches out your thighs, ankles and arms

 

Supported Shoulderstand

Supported Shoulderstand

Supported Shoulderstand is an intermediate level yoga pose.

Supported Shoulderstand
Supported Shoulderstand

How to Perform Supported Shoulderstand

1. Lay flat on your back. Tuck your chin in slightly so the back of your head is on the ground. Point your toes upwards and tuck your arms in down by the sides of your body. Slowly tilt your pelvis upwards so the lower back is on the ground and shift out any weight in the buttocks by gently moving the buttocks to the sides. Then lower to the ground. Now you should be able to feel you are grounded comfortably.

2. Now perform some single leg raises. Inhale lifting your right leg to 90 degrees off the ground or as high as comfortable. Toes flexed and pointing behind you. Then exhale and lower your leg. Repeat this flow 3-5 times and then move to the left leg and repeat this action.

3. Now perfrom some double leg raises. You may want to bring your arms closer to the sides of your body for that extra support in the lower back. Inhale and raise both legs off the ground to 90 degree or as high as possible (no stress or strain), then exhale and lower your legs. Repeat this 3-5 times. Increase with time to 8 reps.

4. Now inhale with a double leg raise this time lifting your buttocks off ground. Then exhale walking your hands down your back untill you are resting on your shoulders. You are now in Supported Shoulderstand. Hold the position for around 30 seconds increasing the length of time as you become more confident. Breath normally with a slow steady breath.

5. To deepen Supported Shoulderstand posture bend and bring your knees to your forehead and walk the hands further down the back. Hold this position and then move back into Supported Shoulderstand by raising both legs back up to a verticle position.

6. To release inhale then exhale and let your knees drop down slowly towards your forehead. Lower your hands to the ground uncurling your back slowly vertebrae by vertebrae to the ground. Then lower your legs together to the ground and relax.

7. Well done 🙂

 

You can move from Supported Shoulderstand into The Plough.

You can move from Shavasana into Supported Shoulderstand.

 

Sanskrit name Salamba Sarvangasana

Sa = With, Lamba = Support, Sarva = All, Anga = Limb, Asana = Pose

 

‘Leave a little sparkle …wherever you go!’

 

Lily Flower Vintage

 

Yoga Workshop September 2015

Yoga Workshop September 2015

Yoga workshop in Anstey at the Anstey United Reform Church on Bradgate Road. Saturday September 12th 2015.

Yoga Workshop Leicester
Yoga Workshop Leicester
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • African Drumming
  • Organic Vegetarian Food

ANSTEY – LEICESTER – CROPSTON – GLENFIELD – QUORN – THURCASTON – GROBY – RATBY – ROTHLEY – MOUNTSORREL – SWITHLAND – WOODHOUSE EAVES – CHARNWOOD – LOUGHBOROUGH – DESFORD

  • Help Weight Loss
  • Improve Body Tone
  • Improve Flexibility
  • Relieve Stress
  • Improve Confidence
  • Feel Happy, Posotive and Relaxed
  • Meet New People

Yoga with Shanti

  • A qualified yoga instructor
  • All ages are welcome
  • All abilites are welcome

Saturday September 12th 2015

Leicester Yoga Workshop

12.00-16.00

£20 only

 

Book now to as spaces go quickly

 

dreamyskies@icloud.com

07763061338

 

‘When in doubt …sweat it out!’

 

Tree Pose or Vrksasana

Tree Pose

Tree Pose or Vrksasana is an intermediate level yoga pose.

Tree Pose
Tree Pose

Tree Pose Sanskrit name is Vrksasana.

Vrksa = Tree, Asana = Pose

How to Perform Tree Pose

1. Start off standing in Mountain Pose.

2. Focus on something that does not move and steady your breathe.

4. Shifting your weight onto the left foot while raising the right foot into a comfortable position. Your right foot should now be resting lightly against your left leg. The higher the better, but no stress or strain. Start out at your anckle or calf and work your way up. You can use your hands to guide you.

5. Use your hand to guide the right knee to the side to open up the hip area. While making sure that your hips are square and to the front.

6. Check in with your alignment. Lengthening through the neck, spine and crown as if being pulled up to the sky. Shoudlers down and away from the ears with no tension. Abdominals tucked in. Tailbone tucked under.

7. Bringing your hands into prayer, into heart centre, pressing together with forearms parallel to the ground.

8. Inhale stretching your arms and hands still in prayer position above the head.

9. With every inhalation reach further towards the sky.

10. Hold for 5-10 breaths and increase when your body progresses.

11. Exhale releasing the prayer to the heart centre. Then release your foot down to the ground and dropping your hands back to the side into Mountain Pose.

12. Peddle out the feet.

13. Repeat on the opposite side.

Vrksasana
Vrksasana

 

You can move from Mountain Pose into Tree Pose.

 

Benefits of Tree pose

  • Feeling grounded makes one feel strong and routed in the earth
  • Improves your balance and coordination
  • Helps one to focus
  • Strengthens your legs, ankles and feet
  • Opens up your hips
  • Tones your buttocks and thighs

 

‘Breathe with me…’

 

Anstey Magazine

 

Plank Pose

Plank Pose

Plank Pose is a basic level yoga pose.

Plank Pose
Plank Pose

How to Perform Plank Pose

1. Starting from Table Top position, flat back neck and spine inline. Making sure the hands are directly under the shoulders and knees under the hips. Feet inline and toes pointing back.

2. Step the right foot back followed by the left making sure the toes are grounded. Lengthen out both legs.

3. Pull in the abdominals to the back of the spine. Straighten out a firm hold in the legs. Draw back the heels. Gaze is to the mat.

4. Pushing through the arms so they are straight and hands are evenly spread so all fingers are supporting you on the mat to make a good foundation. Neck and spine inline.

5. Buttocks down.

6. Drawing the shoulders away from the ears.

7. Hold for 5-7 breaths. Build up the holding time to your own liking.

8. Release your self into Downward Facing Dog peddle out the feet or lower into Extended Childs Pose for 5-7 breaths.

9. Relax.

 

You can move from Plank Pose into Downward Facing Dog.

You can move from Table Top into Plank Pose.

 

Benefits

  • Core strength
  • Body tone
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Strengthens your arms, wrists, spine, back, abdominals and quads
  • Centers the mind
  • Brings awareness of breath

 

‘Do Yoga and Enjoy Life!’

 

 

King Pigeon Pose

King Pigeon Pose

King Pigeon Pose or Raja Kapotasana is an advanced level pose.

King Pigeon Pose
King Pigeon Pose

King Pigeon Pose Sanskrit name is Raja Kapotasana.

Raja = King, Kapot = Pigeon, Asana = Pose.

 

How to Perform King Pigeon Pose

1. Starting from Downward Facing Dog or Table Top. Gaze forward slowly and mindfully slide the right leg forward between both hands bringing in the right foot close to the left side of the body. Slide the left leg back lowing your hips to the ground.

2. Inhaling deeply push your palms or fingertips into the earth to lengthen through your spine, neck and head (Crown Charka).

3. Exhale slowly and let your hips stink to the earth then roll your shoulders down and back while leaning forward with your chest creating that space for the lungs so you can ease yourself into this position.

4. Take your time to ease yourself into this position with every exhale deepen the pose to feel more grounded. Hold in this position for 3-6 breaths or whatever feels most comfortable for you. No stress or strain. You are now in Pigeon Pose.

5. Bend the left knee.

6. Inhale take a hold of the left toes with the left hand while meeting the right hand to hold the left toes while letting both elbows point to the celling. Exhale and allow the head to drop back onto the foot or close to the foot. Hold for 3-6 breaths in King Pigeon Pose.

7. To release exhale while releasing the right hand towards the ground then the left foot down towards the ground mindfully and slowly. Placing the left hand back to the earth and into Pigeon Pose.

8. Use your hands to support your weight, inhaling push away from the earth while taking the right leg straight back into Downward Dog.

9. Peddle out the feet then repeat on the left side.

Benefits

  • Gives you a full body stretch
  • Opens up the chest and heart centre which will activate your thymus glands
  • Brings focus
  • Helps balance and coordination
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves the digestive system
  • Improves your posture
  • Strengthens the back muscles, joints and stimulates abdominal organs

 

‘Namaste’

 

See more health benefits at eatlivegreen.

 

Pigeon Pose or Kapotasana

Pigeon Pose

Pigeon Pose or Kapotasana is an intermediate level yoga pose.

Pigeon Pose
Pigeon Pose

Sanskrit name Kapotasana.

Kapot = Pigeon, Asana = Pose

 

Upright Half Pigeon Pose

Upright Half Pigeon Pose is an intermediate level yoga pose.

Upright Half Pigeon
Upright Half Pigeon

Sanskrit name Urdhva Ardha Kapotasana.

Urdhva = Upright, Ardha = Half, Kapot = Pigeon, Asana = Pose

 

How to Perform

1. Starting from Downward Facing dog. Gaze forward slowly and mindfully slide the right leg forward between both hands. Then bring in the right foot close to the left side of the body. Slide the left leg back and lower your hips to the ground.

2. Inhaling deeply push your palms or fingertips into the earth to lengthen through your spine, neck and head (Crown Chakra).

3. Exhale slowly and let your hips sink to the earth. Then roll your shoulders down and back while leaning forward with your chest creating that space for the lungs so you can ease yourself into this position.

4. Take your time to ease yourself into this position with every exhale deepen the pose to feel more grounded. Hold in this position for 3-6 breaths or whatever feels most comfortable for you. No stress or strain. You are now in Pigeon Pose.

5. Inhale deeply sliding your hands forward, up and above your head. With a slight back bend and your arms lenghtened. Gaze comes up to look at your finger tips. You are now in Upright Half Pigeon Pose.  Hold here for 3-6 breaths.

6. Exhale sliding the hands forward, down to the earth and back into Pigeon Pose. Then using your hands to support your weight, inhale and push away from the earth while taking the right leg straight back into downward dog.

7. Peddle out the feet then repeat on the left side.

Benefits

  • Stretches through all the thigh muscle groups
  • Ballances and improves coordination
  • Opens up the hips
  • Opens up the chest to deepen the breath and open up the heart centre
  • Centers the mind
  • Stimulates the nerves and brings all around flexibility to the body

 

‘Breathe …Believe …Recieve!’

 

See more health benefits at eatlivegreen.

 

Kids Yoga Leicester

Kids Yoga Leicester

Kids Yoga Leicester. Coming soon! Please contact for more information.

Shanti

dreamyskies@icloud.com

07519568967

 

ANSTEY – LEICESTER – CROPSTON – GLENFIELD – BEAUMONT LEYS – THURCASTON – GROBY – RATBY – DESFORD – ROTHLEY – MOUNTSORREL – SWITHLAND – WOODHOUSE EAVES – CHARNWOOD – LOUGHBOROUGH

 

Kids Yoga Leicester
Kids Yoga Leicester

 

Come and join our Hatha Yoga class. Improve your health, fitness and flexibility. Reduce your stress and feel thoroughly relaxed.

  • Help Weight Loss
  • Improve Body Tone
  • Improve Flexibility
  • Relieve Stress
  • Improve Confidence
  • Feel Relaxed
  • Feel Positive
  • Feel Happy
  • Meet New People

Yoga with Shanti

  • A qualified yoga instructor
  • All abilites are welcome
‘WARNING! …Yoga has been known to bring health and happiness’