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5:13 PM

Yoga for Emotional Stability

Emotianal StabilityThe 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.

Unfortunately, stress is an unavoidable part of modern day life, and we may never be able to completely eliminate it. So making sure that we get enough quiet time to truly rest and relax has never been more needed!

In his book Light on Life, BKS Iyengar explains that in yoga, “our aim is to be able to deal with stress as and when it arises, and not to imprint and accumulate it in the body’s various systems.” (Page 62)

He goes on to say, “because of this fast life, we are neglecting the body and the mind. The body and the mind are beginning to pull each other in opposite directing, dissipating our energy. We do not know how to recharge our batteries of energy. As a result, we become careless and callous.” (Page 62)

“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” (Page 9)

A restorative Iyengar yoga practice is a great way to calm the mind and nervous system, and manage stress and emotional disturbances. A restorative yoga sequence usually involves fewer poses that are fully supported by props to allow students of all levels and abilities to rest comfortably for longer periods of time – about 5 minutes or more. This allows the body and mind to settle, soften and become quiet.

Join our NEW 6-week Rest and Restore course starting at 7:30pm on Wednesday 12 April or simply drop in to these weekly classes when you can and experience the soothing benefits of a restorative yoga practice for yourself.

If you’d like to try a restorative practice at home, download BKS Iyengar’s Asanas for Emotional Stability sequence HERE and send us any of your restorative yoga questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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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