blog

Strengthen your breathing & immune functioning

Never has the time been more important to strengthen our immune systems. Often yoga is done with a ‘get fit, lose weight, workout’ sort of attitude. Normally this is great. Just now, with Coronavirus cases rising on a daily basis, our first priority should all be to focus on our immune systems first of all. 

Overall this means gentler yoga. If you are used to 10 rounds of salute to the sun at a speedy pace in the morning soften off to a slower more languid pace. If you are doing ten minutes a day and it’s all quite new, go easy, chill a bit with it. 

Your breath is your guide. Aim for your breathing to feel very easy and very full at all times, and adapt poses so you can achieve this breathing style. 

 Imagine your breathing moving in and out like waves on the edge of the beach. The breath comes in, the breath goes out. It feels rhythmical and easy. Look for your breath moving low into your body. Often you will feel your belly expand forwards or spread to the sides as you breath in. 

By breathing consciously we can expand our lung capacity. This along with exercising and

When you breath really really well you will feel fantastic, it’s inevitable! You will feel energised, very peaceful, quietly alert and it brings with it the most wonderful feeling of wellbeing. Try to breath like this often, it is your most important yoga practice, especially now. 

Here are 2 videos about yoga to support your immune functioning. 

2020 vision for 2020

Well here we are in 2020. A new year and a new decade. I’m thinking of 2020 as the year to focus, focus, focus on what is most important. Here are some ideas on how to embrace a year synonymous with perfect vision.
Warrior 2: past, present & future

Warrior 2, Virabhandasana 2 comes to mind. That steady gaze down the middle finger into the future makes it perfect for starting 2020. I also love it for it’s connection to the past, the present, and the future. Here are 3 versions – centered in the past, present and future.

Back in the Past

Do you see the center line of my torso lies back over towards my back foot? Head juts forward to counterbalance the central slide back. Do you see the weight heavy in my back leg and font knee not over the ankle joint? This pose shows a hanging back in the past, unable to move forwards. 

Present?

This pose is better balanced as a place to stay. Legs working equally, front knee steady. Back of the body soft, chest open…. but my arms give away a veering into the future! My front arm reaches out, my back arm connected, but not yet balanced. Don’t worry, yoga teachers aren’t perfect!

 

Overconfident in the Future

Do you see my front knee overshoot? My chest pressing forwards, head angled back? Front arms very high. This pose is tight, the bit you can’t see is how much I’m pushing into the back of my waist. This is ‘get me to the future now’ I really dont want to stay present.

Focus, focus, focus on 2020

Choose one thing, one specific thing you want to focus on. Whether its play the clarinet in public with joy, or whether it’s spread love and peace at every chance, or whether it’s organise your wardrobe. Don’t have 2 or 3, just one. I laugh when I look back at old resolutions, organise my wardrobe is on every year – its pointless, it’s a life style, not a resolution for me. It’s something I enjoy and do regularly, even though if you looked in my cupboards you’d never know – no KonMari’d my underwear in my drawers ;  ).

  • Think of one thing you’d be happy to have in your awareness every day for 2020.
  • Type up or scribble your resolution and pin it up. In your face, every day, for a year or until you’re satisfied you’re done. Stick it in a frame it it makes it better for you, etch it into the walls it you’re interior deco rebellious.
  • Don’t stress it, don’t try to make it happen, but acknowledge it and do what feels right to you in the moment, the present.
  • If you give up part way through the year, that’s just grand. Some time we make bad plans that’s it’s just self-sabotage to go through with. Write a note to yourself about why it didn’t work, feel the joy of releasing what is not needed.
  • If you get to the end of the year and you’ve tried but not got there, that’s fine too. Make note that your probably of a character who bites of more than you can chew. Note down three things that went well. Enjoy your determination and growth mindset.
  • If you achieve it in the year, lovely. Take it down, celebrate and move on.

This year I couldn’t read the custard instructions, and missed the warning on the linseed oil. My custard was too thin for trifle and the house nearly burnt down (thankfully just a lot of smoke and barely any damage) – so I’m really valuing the importance of sight. Joking apart, I think 2020 visioning is the way forwards.

I hope your year is full of insight, peace and love.
Susannah

New videos: Yoga with an angled roof

I had so much fun in Summer, doing yoga with an angled roof. It changed the way I practiced. Initially I bumped into it and felt the constriction of space, through the couple of weeks I was in Cornwall I grew to love it and found so many ways to play. These videos show how I used the space, so if youre lucky enough to be doing yoga in a a roof space you can make the most of it. 

Yogi Living – Salyic Acid Soap and Lions Mane Mushrooms

Salicylic Acid Scrub Soap

This is a lovely soap Im using at the moment. This is a nicely packaged, healthy soap. The exfoliating grit is just the right amount for me and I like to use it on my legs particularly. I like it’s low toxic qualities, it’s gentle enough to use all over and yet strong enough to clean well. A perfect healthy soap to keep your skin in good condition. Its on deal at the moment too!

Lions Mane Mushroom Supplement

First of all I love the packaging. Lion’s mane has some pretty impressive potential benefits and increasing research behind it. There are no known side effects, but benefits range from increased cognitive functioning and digestive functioning to decreasing anxiety – what’s not to like? A friend suggested I taste the contents of the caplet to see the quality – it tastes great – like slightly savory cinnamon sugar, really lovely. All in all, I really like this product and will keep taking it in times of stress….  I feel it is definitely of benefit.