Posts in Health & Wellbeing

Under the Yoga Spotlight – downward facing dogpose

Adho Mukha Svanasana or downward-facing dogpose, is a posture practiced in every Yoga class in most lineages of this ancient art. In Ashtanga Vinyasa it constitutes one of the major building blocks of the practice. Function Most emphasis is placed on AMS (Adho Mukha Svanasana) in the sun-salutations – surya namaskara – where it is… Read more »

What is yoga? Understanding your anatomy

To truly appreciate the benefits of yoga classes, it helps to understand how your body is being affected by the many different asana you learn. Here is a brief overview of the most important and influential parts of your yoga anatomy. Muscles and bones It probably won’t come as a surprise to many that your… Read more »

How can Yoga benefit your studies?

As the school year comes to an end, students across the country are sitting down to their final exams. This can be a busy and stressful time, with the outcome of studies often resting on the performance over the next month. If you’ve found the pressures of university or school are starting to weigh on… Read more »

The vast mental health benefits of yoga

There’s no denying that yoga is one of the few proven fitness trends out there that works wonders for both your body and mind. Not only does it stretch and tone the entire body, but it is an all-natural way to ease many symptoms of various mental health issues. Few sports or fitness methods can… Read more »

How to make meditation a daily habit

The varied benefits of meditation have been well documented, from scientific research through to personal accounts across the world, there’s no denying that meditation is a healthy habit to get into. However, with our busy schedules and constant demands on our time from work, family, partners, and social media, finding the time to switch off… Read more »

Little Yogis: How practicing yoga can benefit children

Little Yogis: How practicing yoga can benefit children Yoga provides countless health benefits for those who practice. Dedicated yogis experience increased flexibility, less stress and overall spiritual, physical and mental improvements. As such, many studios are offering yoga for children, who could also benefit from this ancient practice. North Sydney Yoga is currently offering an… Read more »

How yoga can benefit athletes of any sport

It might surprise a lot of people, but athletes across all sporting disciplines can really benefit by practising yoga regularly. Sports stars like Shaquille O’Neill, LeBron James, and the All Blacks rugby team have credited yoga with improving their overall performance and stamina, but athletes of all abilities can discover the myriad of benefits yoga… Read more »

The Brilliance of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Sequence

There are many different ways to sequence a yoga practice. In Ashtanga Vinyasa we rely on an ancient system, a pre-set and time-tested sequence of postures, which has proven to work in miraculous ways again and again. Its’ beautifully calming, cleansing and strengthening effects quickly become apparent as soon as one delves into the practice…. Read more »

PRANA

PRANA Often prana is understood to be our breath, or simply oxygen – the air we breathe. Although this is an important aspect of prana, there is a lot more to it. A good understanding of what it all entails can greatly enrich and inform our life experiences, and clarify the process of our well-being…. Read more »

How Yoga Changes Your Brain

Even in my teenage years, when for some time before my HSC, I practiced Yoga for ½ hour daily, I noticed already that I slept much better, and felt more aware of my physical state –if I had eaten too late at night, and how it affected my sleep. I developed better concentration, and kept… Read more »