The Sun Salutation is a very ancient technique of paying respect and expressing our gratitude to the Sun, which is the source of all forms of life on the planet.
We often run through them on auto pilot and see them as just a warm up; but here’s 5 reasons why you need to make the most of your next round of sun salutations:
- We salute the sun to give thanks for the new day
- The Sun represents our Third Eye centre and Sun Salutations can energise, activate and ultimately balance our seven chakras
- Sun Salutations can be a form of meditation while we’re moving – being able to focus on the breathing means we can build mental focus and concentration
- Sun Salutations quicken the blood whilst calming our minds
- Sun Salutations can bring us more strength, tone to the body and flexibility. It opens hamstrings, shoulders and chest.
I’ve recently taken quite the hiatus from yoga – about 10 months to be exact. I used to make my way to the yoga mat 3 -5 times a week but for one reason (excuse) or another I managed to avoid that mat for 10 whole months. I had decided that yoga wasn’t giving me what I needed from a work out, it wasn’t hard enough, I wasn’t sweating enough. That limited time I allotted to exercise in my diary was making way instead to weight training, HIIT workouts or body pump.
I kept meaning to get back to yoga but the summer months absolutely flew by, my work days were gone in a flash, weekends were over before they even began and we’ve rolled into Autumn without any real warning whatsoever; so I needed the quick hard workouts to fit around everything else in the diary.
But this week, as things are starting to slow down I got myself back into the yoga studio and oh I was glad I did! What took me so long to get back there?! I went to a hot yoga class and for 75 minutes I stretched, I took deep breaths and I sweated – boy did I sweat!! And it was glorious!
I left the session feeling happier, more relaxed and glowing (however there’s every chance the glow was just sweat!) than I’d felt in a while and that ‘yoga glowing buzz’ reminded me just why I fell in love with yoga in the first place.
The summer holidays may be over and ‘real life’’ may well have resumed somewhat but we’re still offering the ultimate relaxation get away at all three of our destinations…In case you need a holiday after your holiday!
- In sunny Sardinia we’re open until 30th September
- We’re still accepting guests in Croatia until the 7th October
- In the beautiful town of Cala d’Or you’re still welcome from the 30th September until the 4th November
So, if a few days of yoga, sunshine and wonderful company is just the tonic then get in touch with us today and we can help you plan the perfect getaway!
You thought you’d tried all the different types of yoga – bikram, kundalini or ashtanga but what about the new yoga trends that are popping up? We’ve gone in search of some of the slightly crazier forms of yoga out there, let us know in the comments below if you’d like to give any of these quirky forms of yoga a go!
Also known as Doga – This kind of yoga uses dogs as as props. Pet owners practice yoga with their dogs through acts of meditation, stretching and gentle massage.
This is a class where people do the regular yoga asanas with adorable baby goats wandering around and climbing on their backs! The idea behind this class founded by Lainey Morse, a yoga instructor from Oregon introduced ‘Goat Yoga’ to the world to spread happiness and to feel joy, especially when there’s adorable goats jumping everywhere!
This one pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin – people practice the asanas completely naked. The idea is to accept the imperfections of your body and to love yourself to the maximum!
A group called ‘BierYoga’ (Beer Yoga) from Germany calls itself “the marriage of two great loves — beer and yoga”. For people who loves their beer but are fitness experts too!
Ashtanga yoga is a very structured vinyasa- style class. This type of yoga is not for the faint hearted and is more for advanced students rather than brand new yogis, as you may want to learn the basic poses before you start on an Ashtanga practice. This practice is challenging and quick paced and can be just the remedy for tight hamstrings or hips and it’s great if you love to follow a set routine and structure.
The purpose of Ashtanga is to purify the mind and body and doing so by moving powerfully and quickly through the poses. It involves a set sequence of poses that you follow in the exact same order every time. The beauty of this means that you can practice it at any studio anywhere in the world; and once you’ve memorised the sequence yourself you can practice it anywhere you take your yoga mat! So for some people it might be a bit boring but for others it’s another form of meditation – this time though, a moving one.
Ashtanga yoga classes will always start with 10 Sun Salutations to get you warmed up and then move into either Primary Series or Intermediate Series. So after your sun salutations the primary sequence includes a standing sequence, seated postures and a closing sequence, you’ll constantly be using your ujjayi breath to connect your movements with every inhale and exhale.
Be prepared to get hot and sweaty in this demanding class, especially as some instructors will encourage you not to drink water while you’re practicing – to keep that fire burning in your belly!
Last week we started taking a deeper look at the different types of yoga, we started off with Hatha and this week is vinyasa.
Vinyasa is one of the most popular styles of yoga and is favored by beginners and seasoned yogis alike! Vinyasa simply means ‘breath-synchronised movement’. Vinyasa flow means moving from asana to asana (pose to pose) and linking each pose with an inhale and an exhale. The flow of movement is continuous and smooth which helps you stay present during your class.
There are no rules when it comes to vinyasa, no set sequence that the teacher must stick to so you’ll never be bored as each session is different.
The great thing about vinyasa is that it can be pretty challenging and you’ll often be pushed to the limits, the continuous sequence of vinyasa gets your heart pumping too, so it’s a pretty good form of cardio!
Next week we’ll be getting a better understanding of ashtanga yoga.
If you’re just starting out on your yoga journey it might seem like there are lots of different types of yoga and trying to decide which one to start with can be a bit of a minefield. So, over the next few weeks we will be sharing some bite size information about all the different types of yoga – a bit about their history, why they’re great and what you’ll get from them!
The word “hatha” can be translated in a few different ways: as “wilful” or “forceful,” and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to calm and align your mind, body and spirit.
In the western world of yoga that most of us are used to hatha is usually used to describe gentle, basic yoga classes without a flow between poses. These type of classes will be filled with slower paced stretches and basic breathing exercises.
Hatha classes are a good place to start your yoga journey – you can work on your alignment, learn some great relaxation techniques and build up your strength and flexibility. But bear in mind that it shouldn’t be ‘easy’ – you should still challenge yourself physically and mentally in the class.