Bloom a Mississippi based brand may be using Algae to produce Yoga mats as soon as next year!
Bloom has worked hard to create a Yoga mat from a suitable algae biomass that doesn’t affect performance.
Bloom are producing under eco-friendly manufacturing companies Algix and Effekt.
Algae doesn’t require any pesticides to grow productively, as it is in abundance globally, and is so far GMO free.
Foams are usually created synthetically which is not sustainable nor is it eco friendly.
Algae produces 80% of the worlds oxygen
Algae can live in boiling water
Algae can live in snow
Algae can be used to make dynamite
Algae can be turned into bio-fuel powering cars and planes
Thanks to global warming the algae population is increasing
Algae is now used to produce the foam in Yoga mats, footwear and other gym products.
Once harvested, the algae is drained, dried and turned into polymer-like pellets. Then it is mixed with other materials to create the Bloom foam. Depending on what it is to be used for, the foam can be as much as 60 percent algae, which will reduce the demand for petroleum based ingredients.
Over the last year, 15 million people regularly participated in yoga in the US. They spent more than $27 billion on yoga products. Over the last five years, spending on yoga products has soared almost 90%. The average annual increase of the number of people who practice yoga is expanding at a rate of 20% making Yoga mats a lucrative business.
Bloom Algae Yoga mats will come in colours other than Green!
Supported Shoulderstand is an intermediate level yoga pose.
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
Tree Pose or Vrksasana is an intermediate level yoga 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.
You can move from Mountain Pose into Tree Pose.
Benefits of Tree pose
Feeling grounded makes one feel strong and routed in the earth
King Pigeon Pose or Raja Kapotasana is an advanced level 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.
Gives you a full body stretch
Opens up the chest and heart centre which will activate your thymus glands
Helps balance and coordination
Improves blood circulation
Improves the digestive system
Improves your posture
Strengthens the back muscles, joints and stimulates abdominal organs
Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose is an intermediate level yoga pose.
Like with most poses Hanumanasana takes time and I’m still working on it myself. It makes me feel focused, strong and at one with the earth all around and below me. All the energy and steady breath flowing through my body and up my spine awakening my kundalini chakra and making its way up to my crown through my finger tips and up to the sky above. Uplifting and in tune with mother nature and the center of my own universe.
Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose or The Splits
Start in a kneeling position with the thighs perpendicular to the floor.
Bring your right leg straight out in front of you with your heel on the floor.
Begin to slide your right heel forward, keeping the right leg straight. Then bring the left leg as straight as possible extending behind you.
Keep your hips in a parallel position and facing forward.
On your way out bend the right leg and draw it back towards the body.
Hold the pose for 5 breaths. Then repeat on the other side.
Hanumam was a divine entity in Hinduism who looked like a Monkey. The pose portrays the leap Lord Hanuman made from mainland India to the Lankan Islands.
You can move from Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose) into Hanumanasana.
You can move from Hanumanasana into Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon Pose).
Hanumanasana has a number of health benefits…
Strengthened abdomen… your core will become stronger and have more control.
Monkey Pose improves blood flow to all parts of your body and skin. This will help to get rid of the toxins in your body and keep you looking young.
Performing the Hanumanasana regularly will help to prevent sciatica.
Monkey Pose can ease insomnia by helping your body re establish its normal rhythm. It also relieves stress.
Hanumanasana stretches thehamstrings, thighs and groin. Regular practice will improve the flexibility of your hips.
‘Yoga means addition …addition of energy, strength and beauty …to body, mind and soul.’