Tag Archives: fitness

Greenwich Yoga Classes

Greenwich Yoga Classes

Greenwich yoga classes on Monday at The Forum.

Greenwich Yoga Classes
Greenwich Yoga Classes

Come and join our Hatha yoga classes. 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

London – Greenwich – The Forum

Yoga with Shanti

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

Every Monday evening

19.00 – 20.15

Forum at Greenwich,
Trafalgar Road,
London,
SE10 9EQ

Coming soon

£10 per class

dreamyskies@icloud.com

07763061338

 

‘Do Yoga …and Enjoy Life!’

 

Shooters Hill Yoga Classes

Shooters Hill Yoga Classes

Shooters Hill Yoga Classes
Shooters Hill Yoga Classes

Shooters Hill Yoga Classes.

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
London – Blackheath – Shooters Hill – South East London

Yoga with Shanti

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

dreamyskies@icloud.com

07763061338

 

Yoga on the NHS

Yoga on the NHS

England’s NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens is to offer Yoga on the NHS to staff to reduce stress and sick leave.

NHS England has 1.3 million staff and sick leave is currently costing the service £2.4 billion a year.

Yoga on the NHS
Yoga on the NHS

Simon Stevens said ‘Health professionals needed better support to look after their own health, given the increasing demands being put on them.’

‘NHS staff have some of the most critical but demanding jobs in the country. When it comes to supporting the health of our own workforce, frankly the NHS needs to put its own house in order.’ Stevens continued.

Stevens lost 20kg through a work-based incentive scheme while employed in the US. He then took the job as top dog at England’s NHS and announced his ambition to give the opportunity for the staff here to improve their health. He is a firm believer that the NHS should lead by example as organisations take their employees’ health more seriously.

The announcement follows an investigation which exposed the scale of the fast food culture within the NHS. Burger King, Greggs and 92 branches of Costa Coffee selling muffins and high sugar drinks were among those criticised by health campaigners.

It is simply unacceptable for the NHS to have contracts with companies who do not meet nutritional standards and promote unhealthy eating!

Stevens will pledge to make the food available on NHS premises healthier and announce the creation of a dedicated occupational health service for GPs who are suffering from burnout and stress.

Stevens health revolution includes Yoga, Zumba, sports clubs and promoting cycling to work.

Lets hope Simon Stevens is the man that he claims to be!

Yoga is proven to boost your immunity, help you sleep at night and make you feel happier.

 

Read more about Yoga.

 

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

 

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.

 

Forward Bend or Uttanasana

Forward Bend or Uttanasana

Forward Bend or Uttanasana is an intermediate level yoga pose.

Uttanasana
Uttanasana

Uttanasana is one of my favourites. I practice Uttanasana everyday. It is part of the sun-salutations . It makes me feel relaxed but yet energises me and brings focus to my mind. Practice this posture everyday too and you will see the benefits as well as feel them. Give yourself a challenge and take photos of your progress everyday to really see and feel the story unfold of how you body breathing and flexibility changes over time with practice. You should not to stress or strain you are to relax and take your time.  It will change your life!!!! Right …so here is my step by step guide…. get practising and let me know how you get on……

Step by step guide

  • First stand in Mountain Pose
  • Slightly bend your knees
  • Inhale deeply and  place your hands on your hips
  • Exhale lowering your torso towards your knees making sure your back and neck are all in line
  • Lower your hands either side of your feet while straightening the legs if your body allows you to with no stress or strain
  • Touch the ground. If you cannot then you can use blocks to aid or keep the knees bent
  • If you want to deepen the posture then hold each ankle  from behind so your forearms are touching your calves
  • Then on every exhalation try easing yourself more into Uttanasana
  • Hold here for a few breaths, whatever is most comfortable for you. then over time building up to one minute

Benefits

  • Lengthens and strengthens the hamstrings calves and the back.
  • Brings a fresh circulation flow to the brain
  • Improves balance
  • Relieves stress, headaches, anxiety, tension and insomnia
  • Lifts your mood
  • Improves digestion and stimulates your kidneys and liver

Do Nots

  • Hypo extend the knees
  • Roll your upper back and shoulders forward
  • Force the torso towards the knees
Forward Bend
Forward Bend

Sandkrit name Uttanasana.

Uttan = Intense stretch, Asana = Pose

 

Uttanasana provides a stretch to the entire back of the body and a good stretch on the hamstrings.

 

‘Sweat …Smile …and Repeat!’

 

Need a Gardener?

 

Private Yoga Classes

Private Yoga Classes

I am available for private yoga classes in the Anstey and Leicester area. If you cant make it down to any of my classes or want to expand on what you have achieved in my classes please contact me. I can spend time with you to help you achieve your goals faster and to work on those specific areas that need more attention. You can ask me questions and I can give you more advice than I can in a class of 20 or more.

Private Yoga Classes
Private Yoga Classes

I can visit you in your own home or you can visit our private yoga studio.

One on one yoga tuition or small groups are available.

Private yoga tuition £40 per hour and fifteen minutes.

Leicester

Private yoga classes in Anstey

Yoga with Shanti

07519568967