Don’t Lock Your Core … Move From Your Core

Be firm but calm. Move from your ‘core’. Breathe from your ‘core’. Open your ‘heart’ from your ‘core’. In this blog we discuss how to move towards advanced postures safely and effectively. More importantly, we discuss how, if you learn to move in the way described here, you don’t need to do advanced postures to get the main benefits of yoga on …

The Risks and Benefits of Chest Breathing

Chest breathing can be extremely beneficially if done correctly but can also cause problems if done in a way that overstimulates the nervous system. Many people teach and practice to inhale into the chest, and to exhale from the lower abdomen, but clinical research using Real Time Ultrasound (RTU) has shown that about 90% of the average adult population cannot really breathe …

Ten things to do that can improve your life

Here are ten great reminders for the day that have been shown to have a positive effect on your life. This is inspired by an article by Eric Barker but I have adapted it to be more inclusive of Yoga practitioners. 1. Get out in nature – bare feet on the earth if best and in the water if you …

How to Monitor and Reduce Your Stress Levels

In this blog I will be discussing how to monitor and reduce your stress levels by using your heart rate, some simple berthing exercises and some other ‘tricks’. You can very simply improve you overall internal health, especially that of your nervous system and your immune system by increasing your heart rate variability (HRV). This can be most easily done if …

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Is it Correct to ‘Pull the Navel towards the Spine’? Answer: Yes and No!

Many people in the world of yoga, Pilates and fitness tell their clients and students to do something like ‘pull the navel to the spine’. If you google this expression you find articles that give a flurry of controversy on whether on not it is a good idea to ‘pull the navel to the spine’.   In this video, exercise-based physiotherapist …

Pranayama at its highest level in the practical sense: William Truebridge’s world record free dive to 124 metres with only one breath

by Simon Borg-Olivier A few days ago my inspirational friend, amazing freediver and inspirational yogi William Trubridge has just broken his own world record twice in two days by diving down 124 metres and coming back up with just one breath. This article describes the event and lets you hear from William himself. You can see two short videos of this below. In the …

Starting a Daily Practice

Posted on our facebook site by Robin Young on February 25, 2010 at 6:46am Hi – I’m looking to cultivate a daily practice and what can happen is that I end up talking myself out of it or finding a distraction; I know that the practice will be good for me on many levels… Are there some key aspects you suggest …

Fasting and Yoga

The following article was written by John McWhorter in 2007 after he interviewed a number of Australia’s leading Yoga authorities on the relationship between yoga and fasting. John interviewed me after I had just completed a 35 day juice fast around the time of the birth of my son in 2007. in 2011 I completed a 56 day juice fast. …

A day in the life of a yoga mum – A balancing act

Vanita Connery interviewed me for Australian Natural Health Magazine – maybe some of you can relate to the balancing act of having munchkins and working! A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A YOGA MUM – A Balancing Act Written by Vanita Connery, Published in Australian Natural Health Magazine Feb 2009 A co-director of YogaSynergy, Bianca Machliss manages to run a …