Sunday looks like we could have beach weather, hope you get out there and have a fabulous long weekend <3.
For a long time, people believed that the ribcage was like a stiff, static barrel. Maybe you feel that way about yours, but really, I hope not! A much more useful ( and body-friendly) way of relating to your rib- basket is that its a bit like a mobile, dynamic stack of rings that functions more like a slinky or a spring. Imbalances between muscles around the ribs are super common amongst bike riders and these can lock down and restrict the full natural movement of our ribs. When we’re riding we use abdominals, pectoral muscles and lats to steady and support us over the bars. Spend hours in the saddle without releasing the chest and arms in the opposite direction afterwards and the connective tissues remember the position your challenged it in- you become tighter in your shoulders and chest unless you release those tissues.
Your breath is your best friend for releasing the chest region.The 136 joints in the thoracic region exist to give your breath space and power.
Through warming up, moving and releasing the connective tissues of the chest area, the joints of the chest can do their job better.
Your diaphragm, the key muscle of power in your body is freed up to make every breath you take more efficient. Your breath feels more free, your shoulders feel better, and you’ll feel the power of your body on hill climbs as you get over the bike more easily and for longer before fatigue sets in. Becoming more aware of our breathing helps set us up with an open chest and great alignment for weights and whatever other training you do- in fact alignment becomes less of an issue when you breath into a more symmetrical, balanced rib- basket because your breath shape is able to adapt better to maintain length and stability right through your centre or “ core”.
Dynamic yoga that over challenges your breath doesn’t allow you the time to feel, or truly release your breathing, especially those tight, persistent spots around your shoulders that really need your time and mental attention to let go.
Bike yoga isn’t gym yoga- we use the tools of yoga, breath awareness, asana and awareness in sequences and practices especially for riders, by a yoga teacher/physiotherapist who rides.
Come to Sukha Bike Yoga at 7:30- 8:30pm every Monday for a practice that will free your breath. Your body will love you for it.
Yoga connects us to bring awareness and understanding of our true nature, which is why I’m choosing to share an open letter to women from Trina Bawden Smith, whose Divine Feminine events I am finding increasingly relevant and precious for women today. Feminine power is often suppressed and divided, this is undeniable- look at the world around us. Women have always shared wisdom by coming together and talking. We evolve, we heal through connection.
We also gather power.
So I’d be really pleased if, by sharing this event, some more women are inspired to join the event. Last year i regretted not bringing friends and family. The speaker line up this year promises to be similarly inspiring, so do it, commit a few days to connecting with other women and reminding ourselves what is truly important.
I hope you are well.
In a few weeks women will be gathering together at Divine Feminine. Please join us!
So often we focus on light and love and chose to ignore the shadow. Yet for us to be truly whole, we must integrate the dark. The dark feminine teaches us how to fiercely speak our truth, find our inner authority, and strengthen our boundaries.
At Divine Feminine, seasoned psychotherapist, relationship counsellor, soul life coach, teacher of women’s psychology and spirituality, and author of international best-seller Puberty Girl, Shushann Movsessian will present The Kiss of Kali – The Transformative Power of the Dark Feminine. The Dark Feminine helps us bring to light those parts of us that are in shadow that we need to integrate so we can live out the power and potential of our wholeness.
The dark feminine is radiant, she is the dark comfort of the womb, she is generative, fecund, passionate, fierce, just and full of life.
Kali is the Dark Goddess not just in Hindu mythology but as an archetype of mother in the world. She is the awakening of the evolution of feminine consciousness happening around the planet today. Kali is called the Goddess of Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Kali helps us transform and be free of those fears and ‘inner demons’ that limit our full potential. Transformation requires nothing more than a shift in perception, releasing things that block or limit our growth.
Kali’s gift is freedom to realise the fullness of our being and the fullness of our potential. Opening to the power of the dark feminine allows us to look at our lives in a way that empowers us rather than disempowers us. She wakes us up to those disavowed aspects of ourselves that many of us tend to push down and don’t identify with or can more readily see in others. There is no greater love than the one that allows us to shine a light on the aspects of ourselves that we have judged and made wrong and have kept in the dark.
At Divine Feminine, you will learn to identify and release your limiting beliefs and inner judgements so you can step into your inner authority and creative expression and you will experience a guided exercise that takes us on a journey of connection with the dark goddess in our own empowerment and creative expression.
This is what Mandy from Queensland wrote after attending Divine Feminine last year – “If you can only do one thing for yourself, attend Divine Feminine. It has the potential to change your life. Simply being at the event is transformational . Trust your intuition and show up for yourself – I promise you won’t be disappointed.”
Booking and more information http://enlightenedevents.com.au/events/divine-feminine-2016
Truly hope to see you there!
This June Long Weekend is an opportunity to relax re-balance and make an investment in your wellbeing.
To help you make the most of the extra time out, we are running two of our usual classes this Monday.
Stay safe and well!
Do you need yoga to help recover from injuries and old problems, but you didn’t feel safe in the yoga classes you’ve tried?
Yoga can be safe for everyone in the right environment. The key to life-changing yoga is finding a class and teacher supportive and right for you.
Breathing and moving better is available to everyone. We help people learn to release stress from their body and mind.
Experience the difference of yoga therapist and physiotherapist led yoga classes where attention is paid to your body in each posture, in a small group class with a maximum of 8 people. These classes are especially suitable for beginners and older adults too.
Our yoga space is calm and un-intimidating, no bright lights, no mirrors and no ” being out of place”.
We don’t push our students beyond their limits, we encourage mindful pain-free movements and awareness of the body, which studies have shown to be more beneficial in management of injuries and return to quality of life.
6 week courses in North Sydney at Physio Body and Sole 9 Myrtle St North Sydney.
6 week course $180. Casual classes are available on request.
For bookings and enquiries on these classes, call reception at Physio Body and Sole on 90998087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details here
Gentle Yoga & Esoteric Yoga Workshop
with Donna Gianniotis & Fiona Lotherington
Sunday May 29th | 9am – 11.30am
This workshop will be presented in two parts. First of all, Donna will be presenting a gentle yoga practise encouraging participants to re-connect to their bodies and enjoy gentle movements to stretch and strengthen in a way that supports and cares for the whole of the body. This is an opportunity to learn to move in a quality of connection that is deeply nourishing and healing that you can take beyond the mat into your day to day movements.
The second part of the workshop will be an Esoteric Yoga practise, a simple yet profund self-healing modality that supports you to choose a gentle and connected way of being in life. It offers the opportunity to stop, feel the body from within and allow yourself to ‘just be’. This inner stillness deeply rests and rejuvenates the body and allows you to know the true you.
Your Investment: $50
Bookings and enquiries: Donna 0408 783187, email@example.com
Did you know there is a weekly Pilates class at the SLSC on Friday mornings?
Pilates on Friday mornings is now in its second year!
Haven’t tried a class yet?
We’d like you Yogis to consider balancing out your exercise with a new form of movement for 2016. I have been teaching Pilates since 2003 and have found that Pilates and Yoga are the most perfect meld. Put very simply, Pilates builds a foundation of inner body to outer body strength, from which you can move into Yoga poses with more awareness of where to be stable from.
Mat Pilates exercises can break the body down into muscle group areas, firstly targeting the deeper layers of muscle that hold our skeleton together, the stability component of your movements. Pilates connects you to the stability and control from within, from there you build strength in joint and muscle areas that are under working, and learn to befriend and release the muscle areas that are overworking. For many of my clients the glutes are an area of underworking and the upper shoulder muscles are an area of tension and overworking, can you relate?
If you know where your inner stability comes from and are evenly using the muscle groups around your joints, thanks to the Pilates focus, your yoga poses have a strong frame from which to take shape, opening out from a foundation you are consciously connected to. I commonly see clients in Yoga classes stiffening the body and trying to hold poses from the outer body, not taking advantage of the support and stability from within. That’s where Pilates knowledge can help.
I personally practice and teach both Pilates and Yoga and can definitively say that my Yoga practice is made lighter and more centred from my Pilates understanding. I have spent time helping Yoga teachers recover from injuries utilising the Pilates approach and have found great success.
The Friday class involves core work, standing exercises, balance work, glutes and back strength. I fuse a little Yoga in here and there as appropriate and sometimes use props like therabands, blocks or Pilates resistance rings. We go for an hour and then the joy of a quick dip awaits you.
So if your interest is piqued and you are ready to try a new approach, or have just been absent from the Pilates mat for a while, I warmly invite you to come along to my Friday Pilates class at the Warriewood SLSC from 9:30-10:30am.
My website is www.Pittwaterpilates.com.au if you’d like to read more about this approach, and I invite you to check out the client feedback.
0414 452 152
APMA Level Three member
YA Level One teacher
Turmeric, the vibrant yellow powder that comes from the root of the perennial Curcuma longa plant, has been used for centuries throughout Asia.
It is used to support a number of systems and functions in the body:
Potent antioxidant activity keeps cells functioning optimally
Supports the brain and nervous system
Maintains comfortable joint movement
Supports proper functioning of the liver
Bolsters the immune system
Jamu – Balinese health tonic.A Turmeric recipe idea for keeping colds away this Autumn
Grate turmeric and ginger together then add to water a saucepan and simmer on a low heat for 10 or so minutes. You can add galangal or tamarind or lime juice, but I would recommend starting simply. Add honey to taste. This concentrated turmeric tonic keeps for up to a week in the fridge.
You can also add turmeric to pesto rather than using parmesan cheese. The tang adds an anti-oxidant rich edge to your pesto and works beautifully with kale in an omelette, or with veggies!