Yoga and Anxiety

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It’s probably quite fair to say to we all go through bouts of anxiety in our lives – whether it’s feeling anxious about something that’s happening at work or home or even an actual panic attack. I don’t know about you but these anxious feelings can leave me feeling pretty useless; a bit out of control.

One way I have always been taught to deal with my anxious feelings is simply by breathing. Deep breath in for one, two, three, four. Deep breath out for one, two, three, four.

By concentrating on breathing I wasn’t allowing myself to concentrate on those horrible little thoughts creeping into my mind.

Another way I’ve found to deal with my anxiety is to take to the yoga mat. Whenever I leave my yoga class I always feel like a weight has been lifted. There’s a couple of poses that are known to help alleviate those anxious feelings and bring you back to the present moment.

Childs Pose
This pose helps to relieve tension in the back, neck and shoulders and is known as a place of rest in your practice. This is an area where a lot of people hold their stress, but when we’re in this pose we concentrate on our breathing which can then help to alleviate that stress.

Cat / Cow pose
This combination can be extremely relaxing. Keep your eyes closed to allow you to focus on connecting each movement to your breath.

Seated Forward Bend
This pose can relieve anxiety and headaches. As you practice this asana your mind calms down and stress and worry can leave your body.

If you feel that things such as breathing, yoga and other forms of exercise which can be great to help anxiety aren’t working then do go visit your Doctor – we aren’t medical professionals here at Sardinia Yoga; just yoga lovers.

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Keep Saluting the Sun

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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:

  1. We salute the sun to give thanks for the new day
  2. The Sun represents our Third Eye centre and Sun Salutations can energise, activate and ultimately balance our seven chakras
  3. 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
  4. Sun Salutations quicken the blood whilst calming our minds
  5. Sun Salutations can bring us more strength, tone to the body and flexibility. It opens hamstrings, shoulders and chest.

That yoga glowing buzz

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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.

Back to life, back to reality – or not!

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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 them all!

 

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!

Dog yoga

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.

Goat yoga

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!

Naked yoga

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!

Beer yoga

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!

All about Ashtanga

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!

Vinyasa Yoga – what is it?

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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.