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There are four ways you can modify a yoga posture. Firstly, reduce the effort required to move into the posture. This means keep the limbs, arms and legs close to the center of the body. The further you move the limbs away from the body, the greater the effort is required. Modify by keeping the arms and legs close into the body.
Second, reduce the repetitions. Often in yoga the postures are repeated several times. If you find your body is feeling uncomfortable, that means you need to do less. Reducing the repetitions means you may only do one set, rather than three repetitions.
Third, reduce the time you stay in a position. If you find your body is tensing or your breath is labored, these are signs that you need to come out of the hold. The postures should never cause tension, therefore reduce the time you stay in the hold.
Finally, cease the practice all together if your body does not feel comfortable.
Yoga teaches you to pay close attention to your body. As your practice develops you will notice more and more when your body needs to reduce and modify the postures.
Edition Nov 19, 2021
Yoga, "It's like coming home"
It’s been wonderful seeing people return to classes after lockdowns and I’m not the only one who is enjoying the experience. “It’s like coming home”, are words spoken by someone who returned to yoga recently after the lockdowns, and I wholeheartedly agree.
In the days before mobile phones and computers became an integral part of our lives, some people may remember the feeling of coming home, (literally) to your haven, your sanctuary where you could shut the door to the busy and sometimes crazy world. At home you could unload, have mostly uninterrupted rest, and rejuvenate. However, now days many of us have access to mobile phones and computers 24/7. Although this technology has improved our lives and we have seen the benefit especially during lockdowns, it also means it has become harder to gain uninterrupted rest and to switch off completely. For some, the urge to check and respond to notifications means there is little or no down time during waking hours.
But at yoga our sanctuary still awaits us. If you allow it, the minute you come to your mat something begins to shift. It’s like you shut the door to the outside world. Here we can unload the stress and fatigue, here we can take care of our body and mind. On the mat you can rest, rejuvenate, and come home to yourself.
Masks no longer required
As of midnight 18/11/21 masks are no longer mandatory in our yoga room. More information can be found here https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/more-freedoms-come-victoria-hits-90-cent-vax-rate However, if you prefer you are welcome to continue wearing a mask.
Let’s catch up
It’s been a long time since the last social catch up. Please join me for either breakfast and/or lunch, for some well-deserved Christmas cheer. After class on the dates listed below, we will be going to the Bridge Hotel Café Bar in Mordialloc. RSVP if you are planning to attend.
Thursday 12.00 pm 2nd Dec Lunch at noon
Saturday 18h Dec Breakfast Bridge hotel 9.30 am
Our last class for a Christmas break will be Thurs 23rd Dec. Return time TBC
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