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Spotlight on: Janu Sirsasana

Janu – knee, Sirsa – head, Asana – pose

Janu SirsasanaJanu Sirsasana is a seated forward bend that is practiced regularly in all our classes and is highly beneficial for students of all levels from absolute beginners to more advanced practitioners. 

Despite its name, which suggests that the head should rest on the knee, the real aim of this pose is to extend the abdomen, spine and torso fully forward along the extended leg, keeping the chest and front body broad and open.

Don’t worry if you can’t reach your toes! In Iyengar yoga, the use of a belt around the foot of straight leg, and blankets or height under the buttocks allows even the most inflexible person to begin experiencing the soothing benefits of this pose.

Forward bends can help to calm and quiet-en the brain after a long busy day, sending our attention inward and encouraging time for reflection. Janu Sirsasana is also known to help relieve mild depression, insomnia, sinusitis, high blood pressure and symptoms experienced during menstruation and menopause - among other benefits.

      Stretches: spine, shoulders, hamstrings and groins

      Stimulates: liver, spleen and kidneys

      Helps with: digestion, stress and anxiety, fatigue and headaches

Download our infographic here for some basic instructions and don’t forget to send us your Janu Sirsasana questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information about Janu Sirsasana check out the following resources.

Video: Janu Sirsasana with Lois Steinberg – 3.48 minutes
 
Books: Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar p. 148 BUY
            Yoga The Path To Wholistic Health, BKS Iyengar p. 114 - 17 BUY
            A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar p. 142 - 4 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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8:08 PM

Summer Sound Healing

Bathe in a sound bath of subline bliss, deep relaxation, achieve deep relaxation, release and healing on Sound Healing Summer Petersham A4all levels, experience the sonic resonance of gongs, bronze and crystal singing bowls and sound meditation.

Summer Sound Healing at Yoga To Go Studio
Saturday December 3rd 2016
6 - 7:30pm
$25 purchased in advance
$30 at the door

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL, contact Christine 0410 289 519 or via email at info@soundboundhealing.com
www.soundboundhealing.com

Tickets can be purchased at Sticky Tickets prior to the event, Facebook Event

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6:08 PM

Yoga for Back, Shoulder & Neck Care

We spend so much time sitting – at work, at home and in our leisure time, and we’re increasingly attached to our smart phones, tablets and other electronic devices.

BackcareThis is having a significant and negative impact on the health of our spine, shoulders and neck!

The problem has become so common, the term ‘Text Neck’ has been coined to explain the damage being caused. Sitting has also been described as the ‘new smoking’ thanks to research which found that every hour of (seated) TV watching cuts about 22 minutes from our life span…  

But not all back, shoulder and neck issues are cause by sitting and smart phones. Accidents, injuries and a range of genetic conditions are also to blame.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey shows that about 3 million Australians (13.6% of the population) have back problems, and an estimated 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives.

So what can you do to prevent and relieve back, shoulder and neck problems?

Keep active: get up regularly - stretch (use our info-graphic below), take a walk, grab a glass of water or a cup of tea, and talk face-to-face instead of sending an email!
Try yoga and Pilates: strengthen the spine, improve posture and learn how to manage any existing injuries and issues with the guidance of an experienced teacher.
Natural Therapies: we’re fortunate to have Crystal Street Family Chiropractic at our studio, and our Saturday morning yoga teacher Scott Read is also an Osteopath with 13 years experience.
 
Talk to us, if you’re experiencing back, shoulder or neck pain – we’ll take the time to understand your concerns and design a program to address your specific needs, including private or Remedial Yoga classes if needed.

Download the info-graphic for some simple stretches you can do at your desk and don’t forget to send us your 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 back, shoulder and neck health try the following resources.

Books:
Yoga The Path To Wholistic Health, BKS Iyengar – Yoga sequence for Lower, Middle & Upper Backaches p. 319 - 325 BUY
Yoga and Scoliosis 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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5:29 PM

Spotlight on: Salamba Sirsasana


Salamba – with support, Sirsa – head, Asana – pose

Salamba SirsasanaKnown as ‘King of all Asanas’, Salamba Sirsasana (or supported headstand) is an advanced yoga pose that is described by BKS Iyengar as one of the most important poses.

Taught to students only after they have mastered Salamba Sarvangasana  (supported shoulder stand) - Salamba Sirsasana can have a highly stimulating, energizing and refreshing affect on the body and the mind!

In A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar says upside-down poses like Sirsasana help counteract the effects of our normal upright position and refresh the internal organs, which have a tendency to sag and become sluggish.

On the mind, inverted poses can bring about more focus, new perspectives and increase feeling of courage and self-esteem. It’s even been said to help relieve cold, flu and sinus issues and symptoms among many other benefits.

·      Strengthens: shoulders, arms, the spine and core

·      Increases: blood flow to the brain, scalp and eyes

·      Helps with: digestion, stress and anxiety

Sirsasana will literally turn your world upside-down! It can feel scary at first but BKS Iyengar reminds us that falling is OK and part of life and the learning process…

Please only try this asana under the guidance and supervision of a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher. Beginners should use the support of a wall until they can balance freestanding. Props such as sticks and blocks can also be used to support beginners and help build strength and stability.

Salamba Sirsasana and all inversions should be avoided during menstruation but can be performed throughout pregnancy (using support, until one becomes too uncomfortable or heavy) - if it was being practiced regularly before conception.

Download our infographic for some simple instructions and don’t forget to send us your Salamba Sirsasana questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information about Salamba Sirsasana we recommend the following resources.

Video:
John Schumacher teaches Salamba Sirsasana – 7 minutes

Books:
Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar p. 179 BUY
Yoga The Path To Wholistic Health, BKS Iyengar p. 138 BUY
A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar p. 180 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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10:23 PM

Breathworks Mindfulness for Health & Stress

8 week course in mindfulness for pain and stress.Breathworks

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 2016:
- 25th September - 20th November (excluding 9th October)

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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5:39 PM

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Working with Alex Ivetic a qualified Yoga Therapist to assist you in developing a greater sense of mental and physical well-being. You will learn and experience:Alex

• Specific breath awareness, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation techniques and yoga postures that help bring about more calmness, steadiness, stillness and presence

• How to use your mind-body connection, as a key to your inner stability and well-being

• How to move, yet quieten the body and mind, both inwardly and outwardly

• How to integrate these techniques in your daily life with a more refined and skillful approach.

Course Dates: Sunday 16, 23, 30 October, 6, 13 November 
Time: 8am - 9am
Location: Yoga To Go Studio, 106-108 Crystal Street, Petersham
Cost: $150 for 5 weeks
Bookings required move@innersenseyoga.com.au. Bookings essential. Call Alex: 0414 638 680

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2:39 AM

Yoga for Men

Father’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, so we’re looking at men’s yoga!

Until recently, yoga has been perceived as very much a ‘girly’ activity, even though for thousands of years in India it was practiced exclusively by men!

Traditionally, the aim of yoga was to achieve spiritual enlightenment and it’s because of this emphasis that many guys avoid it. A lack of flexibility has been another common reason.

Today, however - millions of people around the world are practicing yoga including an increasing number of men. Research shows there are many physical and mental benefits, so yoga has become a very popular tool for coping with the pressures of modern-day life, while also improving overall health and fitness.

Benefits of practicing yoga include increased flexibility and strength, improved concentration and sleep, and relief from stress and anxiety. Iyengar yoga has the added benefit of using props - making the yoga poses accessible for people of all ages and abilities, including the boys!

For the guys, a regular yoga practice can also help:

Increase productivity and creativity at work
Boost the metabolism and immune system
Stretch tight areas like hamstrings and shoulders
Prevent and help recover from sports and other injuries
Improve your tennis or golf swing!
 
We asked some of ‘the boys of Yoga To Go’ why they keep coming back:

JamesJames, 28 - Annadale

I’m not very flexible and I cycle, so yoga really helps me. The props let me adjust the poses for my body and the practice helps quieten my mind after a busy day at work. I’m gaining a better awareness of what’s happening in my body, I pay more attention and look after myself better.


DanielDaniel 32 - Annandale

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 10 years. I was introduced to Yoga to Go by my partner about two years ago. And we sometimes attend class together. My work can get pretty busy, so yoga helps take the focus off that at the end of the day. ‘

 

ScottScott, 37 - Stanmore

I’m an Osteopath and yoga teacher. I stand over a treatment table most of the day so practicing yoga helps relieve back and shoulders pains. I first came to yoga for the physical benefits, but I’ve been practicing for 10 years and teaching for 4 years now, and it’s become spiritual practice too. Yoga has brought me back into my body and into myself – back to who I really am.

WillemWillem, 45 - Summer Hill

I always feel great after a yoga class and I’m much more relaxed and balanced at work the next day. I sit behind a desk, so yoga makes a world of difference for my back and shoulders. I started practicing about 15 months ago and I’m not as tight in my body now. Yoga helps me focus my mind and reconnect with my body.


DougDoug, 56 - Newtown

My daughter bought me a 10-class pass for Christmas about 3.5 years ago and I’ve been coming ever since. I like the structure of Iyengar yoga, and I’m becoming more aware of the different sensations in my body. I’ve noticed a steady improvement in my flexibility and strength, but it’s not just a physical practice - yoga is internal too.

Do you practice yoga? What are some of the benefits that you have experienced? Share your thoughts, comments and pictures with us via info@yogatogo.com.au or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. And Happy Father’s Day to all the dads – come try a yoga class with us soon!

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6:19 PM

New Moon Sound Healing September 3rd

Emerge into Sound Healing NM Petershamthe sweet sound of spring with a healing soundscape, for the New Moon in Virgo. Bathe in a sound bath of subline bliss, deep relaxation, achieve deep relaxation, release and healing on all levels, experience the sonic resonance of gongs, bronze and crystal singing bowls and sound meditation.

Please bring an extra blanket if you need to and water to drink, whatever you need to be completely comfortable

September New Moon Soundhealing at Yoga To Go Studio
Saturday 3rd September 2016
5.00-6.30pm
$25 purchased in advance
$30 at the door

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL, contact Christine 0410 289 519 or via email at info@soundboundhealing.com
www.soundboundhealing.com

Tickets can be purchased at Sticky Tickets prior to the event

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11:37 PM

Spotlight On: Utthita Trikonasana


Utthita - extended, Trikona – triangle, Asana – pose


Utthitha Trikonasana is one of the first standing poses taught to beginners in yoga. It may appear simple but it’s not an easy pose to master, nor should it be overlooked by more experienced practitioners.

More commonly called Trikonasana or ‘triangle pose’, with continued practice this asana can bring many ongoing benefits for new and skilled students alike. 

As we learn to find stability and balance on our feet, stretch the spine and open the chest, we are also strengthening and stretching many other areas of our body – and mind!
Triikonasana
·      Strengthens: legs, knees, ankles, arms and chest

·      Stretches & opens: hips, groins, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine

·      Helps with: digestion, stress, anxiety and some lower back pain

Trikonasana can be safely practiced by almost everyone, including pregnant women and seniors. If balance is unsteady or there’s a heart condition, take your back to a wall for support and keep the top hand on the hip. Students with neck issues should look ahead and not turn the head upward.

Download our infographic for some simple instructions and don’t forget to send us your Trikonasana questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For more information about Trikonasana we recommend the following resources.

Videos:
John Schumacher teaches Utthita Trikonasana – 3 minutes
Trikonasana with Dr. Geeta Iyengar - 26 minutes
 
Books:
Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar p. 63 BUY
Yoga The Path To Wholistic Health, BKS Iyengar p. 72 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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6:16 PM

Be Passionately Curious - Anthropic Skin

We are happy to advise that over the coming week we will commence taking orders for the Anthropic Skin range of leggings, find out more about the brand and the team behind the range by reading on.

Anthropic Skin is an ethical, boutique active-wear designer collaboration between Mathew Bergan and Clare Lovelace based in Sydney, Australia. Garments feature bold and unique placement print, wearable art - designed by local artists, tattooists & graffiti artists.

Garments are 100% sweatshop free and made within Sydney, Australia. They handle the urban terrain with style and sophistication - they look hot and are comfortable to wear. They are perfect for yoga, running, cycling, gym-anthropic skin-113 website homewear, street wear and evening wear.

We are yoga teachers living with passion, yogic consciousness and sustainable, environmental lifestyles. Our mission is to raise awareness & provide support for disadvantaged animals and humans living in inhumane conditions throughout the world.  By purchasing our garments you are directly supporting those who do not have a voice.
 
Our aim is to remind people about worldly causes and to consider aligning their consciousness through the clothes they wear.

We believe that our karma (action) relates directly to the changes we wish to see in the world. We consciously live in accordance with the 8 limbs of yoga (morals, ethics, good health, breath, contentment, happiness) and we want this ancient wisdom to be reflected in our business model.

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