Taking the pressure off the N.H.S.

It’s so wonderful to see medical staff beginning to endorse yoga practise as a benefit to health! Yoga supports all age groups, but more and more folk in the last quarter of their lives are realising it’s potency.

Check out ‘Home for OM – the last yoga retreat’. This book is the best summer reading – make time for healthy reading as well as healthy living!

‘Home for OM’ is available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle version. (£7.99/£2.50).

A dogged look at downward-dog!

The special treat for the last class of the term is to have Savasana as our challenge pose! But then we’re going to spend some time with the faithful dog. Just like having a real dog who needs two good walks a day, the downward-dog pose encourages us to stretch our legs. It’s a pose that is, like dogs, beloved of some and disliked by others. I LOVE it!

Let’s start with cat stretch and breath. Then take a good long look at the dog. We’ll stretch out the hind legs and also practise ‘shake-a-leg’, looking just like a dog who has come in from the rain. Back to all fours and we’ll count the breath, checking that we’re using all three parts of the body evenly. (Mahat Pranayama.)

Now on to the ‘dog and lamp-post pose’!

Let’s spend some more time talking to our dog. We’ll be gentle and caring, working with the breath to encourage obedience from the hamstrings.

Using the dog as a transition pose, we’ll stand and call out the seed sounds: LAM, VAM, RAM, YAM, HAM, OM, SO-HAM. With the chakras well-balanced, we’ll work gently with swan – cat – dog sequence.

Let’s chant OM MANI PADME HUM for meditation. It means the jewel in the heart of the lotus, and we”ll set it to the jolly tune of ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’!

Relaxation will feature the top part of Kaya Kriya, where we gently move the head with the breath.

This is our last class this term and the last class of the yoga year. I look forward to seeing some of you at the annual retreat on July 22nd. It is also, very sadly, my last class on a Monday in Cosham. It is very hard to say goodbye to my Cosham family after 31 years, but night-driving has become too big an issue for my poorly left eye. I will always miss you all, but I know that I’m leaving you in Andy’s capable and loving hands.

Love, light and blessings,

Carole xxx

OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI

Summer reading solved!

It’s the last class this week for the Thursday and Friday groups, but your summer reading is solved! ‘Home from OM – the last yoga retreat’ is available from Amazon, paperback and kindle version. Buy now! (You can also purchase it from this blog!)

This week, as a special end of term treat, we’re having Savasana as our challenge pose. Yes, it is actually possible to do relaxation pose incorrectly! I shall enjoy checking you all…

We’ll begin our asana practice with the shoulderstand, then onto the plough. We’ll progress to the fish, the nose-to-knee poses, the bridges and then the lying twists. After sitting up through the boat, we’ll do seated forward bend, backward bend and twists.

The meditation is a visualisation of the little white temple on the hill. Then the relaxation is the first part of Kaya Kriya, (I had such good feedback after this last week!)

Our focus will be on the challenge pose, Savasana, preparing us for a beautiful relaxed summer break!

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti