Like most high impact exercise, running puts great strain on the body, invariably causing mid- and long-term damage for those for whom it is a major part of their exercise regime.
Most of my students whose exercise commitments are above average – runners, cyclists, climbers, squash players etc. – come to yoga because they have back or joint pain, recurring injuries, or can simply feel their bodies tightening up to the extent that the exercise they indulge in to get them ‘fit’ is actually working against them.
Centuries ago shepherds of the North Caucasus discovered by accident that fresh milk carried in leather pouches fermented into a rich nutritious food, which contained active yeast grains that could be used again and again to continue to ferment the milk of cows, goats and sheep. Traditional kefir was made in leather bags, hung near a doorway which would be knocked by anyone passing to keep the milk and kefir grains well mixed.
Principal benefits of Kefir
Friendly to the lactose intolerant
A cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your “inner ecosystem”
Easily and cheaply made at home
Tastes similar to ‘friendly bacteria’ yoghurts advertised on TV, but hundreds of times more nutritious and t...
This form of yoga is a powerful aerobic and cardiovascular regime suited to everyone of moderate fitness, as well as those who are very active and involved in sports. Many international athletes and sports stars practice ashtanga.
It is believed to be an ancient traditional practice which was brought to the West in the 70s and 80s by student-teachers of the great Sri Pattabhis Jois (pictured below). It spread throughout the Western world and was adopted by personalities such as Sting and Madonna, who helped to spread it's popularity.
The practice incorporates 'surya namaskaras' (sun salutations) and 'vinyasas' (flowing connections between postures) which keep the whole practice fluid and moving. This soon warms the body from the inside out and...
Wear comfortable, stretchable clothing. T-shirts and track suit bottoms are fine, but you might want something under your T-shirt that fits close to the body for the inverted postures. Yoga is practised with bare feet (unless you have medical restrictions, in which case there are suitable footwear solutions). If you have a yoga mat, please bring it. ‘Community’ yoga mats, blocks and belts are available at the YYC, although ideally if you intend to practice regularly, you should purchase your own. Mat prices range from £10 to more than £50. But you get what you pay for so it’s worth investing. For reasonable practicality and lifespan aim to spend a minimum of £20. I am happy to advise you on this. Bri...
Footballer Ryan Giggs - when asked what accounts for his sporting longevity:
“Yoga. It tests parts of your body that you just don’t use in football. The first time I did it, I was completely knackered. I went home from the training ground and slept for three hours in the afternoon. I actually dreaded yoga for the first year because it made muscles I didn’t know I had ache.”
See his You Tube video below.....
Crewe manager Steve Davis introduced yoga sessions to training:
“If you can help flexibility, you prolong their careers. It will cut down injuries and strengthen areas where they're weak at the moment. It's something different and it will freshen things up." BBC Sport report, Nov 2011
Using the breath and the body’s natural heat, we open up the joints, stretch the muscles and the tendons of the whole body. Not just the external muscles that we can see, but those deep inside us, which we can’t see.
Increased physical strength
Other exercise shortens and ‘bulks’ muscle. Yoga stretches muscle, which contracts more efficiently and strongly than non–stretched muscle.
A gauze-like mesh covers our body under our external skin which helps to hold the muscles and internal organs in place. Through years of incorrect posture and imbalance this fascia is warped and stretched and becomes fixed, according to how we hold ourselves. Yoga practise can help us to reverse this and return to a more efficient and...
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