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6:16 PM

Yoga for Colds & Flu

“Yoga has a threefold impact on health. It keeps healthy people healthy, it inhibits the development of diseases, and it aids in recovery from ill health.” – BKS Iyengar, Light on Life (p.60)

Yoga not only delivers physical benefits like improved flexibility and increased strength, but also helps to regulate and boost the body’s immune system – which is pretty handy during the winter months when many of us become less active and more susceptible to colds, flu and other infections!

In his book Yoga – the path to holistic health, BKS Iyengar outlines a number of yoga sequences designed to help recover and manage many health conditions and ailments, including high blood pressure, indigestion, diabetes, headaches, insomnia, colds and many others. 

Colds are viral infections of the mucous membrane that line the upper respiratory tract, including the nose and throat. Common symptoms include nasal discharge, sinusitis, sore throat, sneezing, coughing and headaches.

In Light on Yoga (p.493) – BKS Iyengar recommends the following short sequence to help recover from a cold:

1.  Sirsasana (headstand)

2.  Sarvangasana (shoulderstand)

3.  Uttanasana (standing forward bend)

4.  Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)

5.  Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana (advanced tortoise pose)

6.  Yoganidrasana

7.  Uijayi Pranayama (breathing exercise)

While the inversions and forward bends help relieve the pressure and congestion from the head and sinuses, the breathing at the end (pranayama) helps to reduce stress in the mind and body – which can be a trigger for illnesses like colds and flu.

Here are a few other tips to help manage a cold or flu:

·      Wrap your forehead and eyes with a bandage to relieve tension in the head and sinuses when practicing yoga (this is also great for when you’re generally feeling fatigued or stressed!)

·      Also try the yoga practice for colds in Yoga – the path to holistic health (p.276) - including restorative supine poses like Supta Baddhakonasana, Supta Virasana, Viparita Dandasana and Setubandha Sarvangasana that open and lift the chest.

·      Slow down and take care of yourself! Getting sick can be the body’s way of telling you something isn’t working – pay attention, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and eat lots fresh, healthy food.

Did you know, as a child, BKS Iyengar suffered frequent bouts of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis? At age 14, he went to live with his brother in law in Bangalore and began practicing yoga as a way to help improve his health. He went on to live a long and healthy life, practicing yoga every day right up until he passed away at the age of 95! “Health is not a commodity to be bargained for. It has to be earned…” he said.


Download the infographic Here and send us your yoga questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information about yoga for colds we recommend the following resources.

Books:
Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar p. 493 BUY
Yoga The Path To Holistic Health, BKS Iyengar p. 276 BUY
 
Important note: Remember to always seek the guidance of an experienced and certified yoga teacher, and check with your medical professional if you have any health concerns.

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1:35 AM

Spring Sound Healing

Spring Sound HealingSound Healing for Spring
Saturday September 3rd 2017
5.00-6.30pm

REJUVENATE : REFRESH : RENEW

: Deep Relaxation Sound Healing :
emerge into the sweet sounds of Spring with a healing Soundscape to elevate and enlighten as you become immersed in a sonic landscape of gongs, bronze and crystal singing bowls and sound meditation.

Become transported by the sublime sounds of light filled gongs and singing bowls as you experience deeply restorative relaxation, recalibrating your nervous system, relieving tension, refreshing your mind.

Being immersed in an ocean of sound allows healing to occur at a deep level. 
The sonic vibrations of these ancient instruments of sound help to clear negativity and old habits ... leaving you open for new ideas to emerge with the pure tones of quartz crystal.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Christine 0410 289 519
info@soundboundhealing.com
www.soundboundhealing.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/321340868316274
https://www.stickytickets.com.au/55219/

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5:42 PM

Spotlight on: Baradvajasana I

A simple seated twist, Baradvajasana I can be practiced by people of all ages and abilities, including pregnant women as there is no compression on the abdomen. This pose provides a lateral extension and works the dorsal and lumbar regions of the back, and is greatly beneficial for people who work at a computer or desk all day. Turning to the opposite side that the legs are facing, it’s important to keep the buttocks evenly pressing to the floor. If one buttock lifts up, place a folded blanket or some support underneath it. Read More

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6:43 PM

Yoga for Women

In a world where women can now do just about anything and are busier than ever, yoga has become a great tool for coping with the pressures of modern-day life, while improving overall health and fitness. We know that some of the general benefits include increased flexibility and strength, improved concentration and sleep, relief from stress and anxiety and lots more - but there are many other reasons why women in particular should practice yoga… Read More

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8:12 PM

Winter Solstice - A Time for Clarity & Reflection

Pause as the sun stands still in the sky, be immersed in the sublime sounds of light filled gongs and singing bowls as you experience deeply restorative relaxation, recalibrating your nervous system, relieving tension, refreshing your mind.  Being submerged in an ocean of sound allows healing to occur at a deep level.

Winter Solstice PetershamBeing immersed in an ocean of sound allows healing to occur at a deep level. The sonic vibrations of these ancient instruments of sound help to clear negativity and old habits, leaving you open for new ideas to emerge with the pure tones of quartz crystal.


Breath and gentle movement will help you open to the healing effects of the sound, supporting you in your journey through specific therapeutic sequences delivered by a qualified sound therapist.

Please bring a shawl or blanket to cover yourself during deep relaxation and water to drink ~ whatever you need to be completely comfortable.

MIRRORS & CRYSTAL
Winter Solstice Sound Healing Relaxation
Yoga To Go Studio in Petersham

Sunday 18 June 4.00-5.30pm
$25 purchased in advance or $30 at the door 

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Christine 0410 289 519
info@soundboundhealing.com
www.soundboundhealing.com
www.facebook.com/events/1769007600094689/
www.stickytickets.com.au

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6:34 PM

Beginners Yoga – Home Practice

Getting a regular home yoga practice going is not easy. Yet it’s one of the best ways to develop and grow your practice and understanding of yoga. There are distractions, chores to be done and social media to scroll through. Then you have to work out which poses you should do – which can be daunting if you’re not a yoga teacher or regularly putting together class sequences. Read More

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5:13 PM

Yoga for Emotional Stability

The physical health benefits of yoga, like increased strength, flexibility and balance have long been known and accepted. However, in recent years scientists and researchers have also begun looking at the affect that yoga can have on our mental and emotional health.   Their studies have since shown that yoga is also helpful in managing stress, anxiety and improving overall mood. Yoga is now even being used in prisons and to help people suffering from PTSD to recover and manage symptoms. Read More

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5:43 PM

Autumn Equinox Sound Healing

A TIME TO BALANCE DARKNESS & LIGHT
Celebrate the transition of equal day and night when you can harvest your successes, clear the space and come to ground.  Preparing you for a period of reflection and restoration before planting the seeds of your future.

Gong Autumn EquinoxBathe in the sublime sounds of bronze gongs and singing bowls as you experience deeply restorative relaxation, recalibrating your nervous system, relieving tension, refreshing your mind.

Being submerged in an ocean of sound allows healing to occur at a deep level. The sonic vibrations of these ancient instruments of sound help to clear negativity and old habits leaving you open for new ideas to emerge.

Please bring a light shawl to cover yourself during deep relaxation and water to drink ~ whatever you need to be completely comfortable

GONG BATH Autumn Equinox Sound Healing
at Yoga To Go Studio in Petersham
Sunday 19 March
4.00-5.30pm
$25 purchased in advance
$30 at the door


BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Christine 0410 289 519
info@soundboundhealing.com
www.soundboundhealing.com

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5:37 PM

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

Join qualified yoga therapist Alex Ivetic over a one-day workshop as she delves into yogic techniques for optimum mental and physical Well-being.

Alex
• Discover why the mind-body connection is the key to inner happiness and stability
• Experience breathing, mindfulness and relaxation techniques that build awareness, steadiness and stillness
• Engage in therapeutic yoga postures that will help you release stress, feel calm and grounded
• A tool-kit of skills that can be used when needed in daily life that is sustainable And transformative


Course date: Sunday 2 April 2017
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Yoga to Go. 106-108 Crystal Street, Petersham
Cost: $285

Your booking is essential. Call for more info.
RSVP Alex 0414 638 680
e: move@innersenseyoga.com.au

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6:20 PM

Breathworks Mindfulness for Health & Stress

8 week course in mindfulness for pain and stress.

BreathworksBreathworks Mindfulness practices, including meditation, help us make better choices about the way we respond to our experiences, even the difficult ones. Choice brings freedom as we realise we no longer need to automatically respond from habit.

Course Dates for 2017:
- 5th February - 26th March
- 7th May - July 2nd
- 8th October - November 26th

Weekly 2.5 hour sessions will be conducted at Yoga To Go Studio in Petersham, Cost $500 including CD's, workbook and support throughout the course (concessions available)

For More information contact Jenny on 0403 916 778 or visit

www.breathworks-mindfulness.com.au

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