Vipassana Meditation & How Science Is Catching Up With Meditation

yoga+aula+particular+personal+yoga+porto+alegre+porto+alegre+rs+brasil__798AAB_3Matt Quigley interviewed me yesterday on his Radiomade show.  I come in at approx 1:25.  The previous interview is with Fiona Maloney about yoga and sports.

Before you listen I would like to make a correction:  At some point I say “All philosophies around the world say that the world is interconnected”.   Not all philosophies state that.  I meant to say most ancient philosophies such as Sufism, Buddhism, Christian, Yoga, Tibetan, all state that everything in the universe is interconnected, everything from the stars in the skies to the birds in the treas, the atmosphere, you and I.

http://radiomade.ie/podcasts/144

Hope you enjoy the interview and that it will encourage you to meditate.

Peace,
Sinead.

Contact Yoga Flow

Contact Yoga Flow

I really like this contact flowing sequence. Would love to do this or similar some time in class or a workshop. Let me know if it floats your boat. We can work together to make up a sequence to an entire song so we dance through the moves. Not before warming up with meditation, sun-salutations and some deep stretching. Hit the like button on Facebook or e-mail me if you’d like to do a contact flow workshop.

Namaste,

Sinead

Flowing from Parsvottanasana to Trikonansan to Ardh Chandrasna

Flowing from Parsvottanasana to Trikonansan to Ardh Chandrasna

Enjoy this really lovely sequence, one of my favourite’s. This is a part of a standing sequence which warms the body up in preparation for the deeper postures that are done sitting on the mat. However it is still important to warm the body up before you practice this sequence. Below are some links to useful warm up blogs.

Enjoy, come to class so I can give you some helpful tips to get to the place to fully enjoy this flowing sequence, finding and feeling freedom in your movement.

Om Shanti,
Sinead

Yoga Warm Up

Sun Salutation

Core Strength for Yoga and Other Activities

Core Strength for Yoga and Other Activities

 

Here are 3 exercises to strengthen your core centre.  When you do these exercises you must draw your navel back to your spine and lift your pelvic floor muscles.  In yoga this is Udhihana and Mula Bhanda, in Pilates it’s called The Connection to Centre.  These exercises will support any physical activity such as yoga, dance, football, swimming etc.

This sequence of movements will strengthen the deeper abdominal muscles which will support the spine and sacrum while enhancing your yoga practice.  A strong core is especially important for people who want to attempt challenging postures such as arm balances and inversions.

On an energetical level, it is of utmost importance to have a strong core centre.  Kundulini energy lies dormant at the base of the spine.  Strengthening deeper core muscles can be the first step towards releasing this spiritual energy.  These exercises, along with a disciplined yoga practice can deepen awareness of how emotions are held in the physical body. Then we can begin another journey, one that feels the body instead of reacting to the mind. There’s a whole other blog in that, I’ll write more soon.

Practice, enjoy and don’t forget to breathe.

Shanti, Shanti,

Sinead.

Yoga For Piriformis Syndrome

Yoga For Piriformis Syndrome

 

Being a lover of both dance classes and high heal shoes my body is often thrown out of balance.  I mainly suffer from Piriformis Syndrome which is an ongoing battle for me.  I don’t intend on giving up either high healed shoes or dance so yoga comes to my aid, yet again 🙂 .  These 3 simple postures will help relieve any pain or pinching you are feeling deep in the buttock and pain that may extend from there down the leg.  It will only take a few minutes to do both sides.  I promise you will feel relief. Regardless of pain this is a great sequence to keep the glutes and i.t ban flexible.

If you have one side tighter than the other, hold that side for twice as many breaths as the more open side, until you feel the body is moving to balance. Then you can hold for even breaths on both side.

Enjoy, relieve your pain, be  happy!

Sinead.

Move info about Piriformis Syndrome:

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or otherwise irritated by the piriformis musclecausing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg.

The sciatic nerve may then piercee the piriformis muscle, split the piriformis muscle, or both, predisposing  individuals to piriformis syndrome.

Surya Namasakar (Sun Salutation)

Surya Namasakar (Sun Salutation)

Surya Namasakar is one of the most important sections of the yoga class. The sequence of postures combines breath and movement while alternating between stretching the spine forwards and backwards. It warms up the body and sets the pace for a vinyasa yoga practice.

There are many interpretations of the Sun Salutation. This is a mix of a few I have learned down through the years. For the first round, the body flows continuously from pose to pose. In the following rounds hold Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) for 5 breaths while drawing the shins and lower arms towards each other (energetically), lengthening from the hips through the spine and limb and focus on deepening uddiyana and mula bandha (core centre muscles & energy locks). I normally do 3 fulls set of Surya Namasakar. The video clip is one complete set.

I also guide a more advanced version of Surya Namasakar, taught in Level 2 classes.

Practicing a few Sun Salutations alone at home, between getting to yoga classes,is enough to keep your body strong, flexible and energised.

Enjoy!

Peace, love, happiness 🙂
Sinead.

Shanti Yoga Flow

Shanti Yoga Flow

Hello Yoga Friends,

This is a sequence I love doing to music, especially at this time of year. You can mix up the sequence and add your own music. Play around, have fun with it. Come to class, we’ll be doing more of this in the coming weeks.

You could copy and paste this sequence, then print and lay it beside your yoga mat so you know what’s coming next. Watch it a few times first so you have an idea of the transitions.

1. Ardha Mukha Savasana – Downward Dog
2. Plank Pose
3. Chataranga – Push up pose
4. Bhujangasana – Cobra
5. High Lunge Pose – Right Leg
6. Trikonasana – Triangle Pose
7. Dancing Warrior – A Warrrior ii Variation
8 Ardha Mukha Savasana – Downward Dob.
…..
Repeat Sequence Changing sides. i.e. Step left leg forward for high lunge.
……
Add Vashistasana both sides at the end.

Shanti, Shanti,

Enjoy!

Sinead.

Breath and Movement for Vinayasa (flowing) Yoga

Breath and Movement for Vinayasa (flowing) Yoga

When doing a flowing yoga sequence, called Vinyasa Yoga, it is important to combine breath and movement. The movement always follows the breath. I like to describe breath in a yoga practice as a dancers music. You wait for the very beginning of the breath, your movement happens a mili-second after, barely noticing the space between the initial breath and the following flow of the body.

Practice, enjoy, use it on the yoga mat 🙂

Peace,
Sinead.

Ujjayi Pranayama for Beginners

Ujjayi Pranayama for Beginners

This weeks video blog focuses on Ujjayi Pranayma (breathing) for beginners.

Ujjayi breath is used continuously throughout a flowing yoga practice. This breath enables the practitioner to maintain a steady inhalation and exhalation. Practicing this technique one takes in enough oxygen. The breath also helps to build energy to maintain a strong flowing practice, while clearing toxins out of the bodily system. This breath is especially important during transition into and out of asana (poses) as it helps practitioners to stay present, self-aware and grounded in the practice. This lends itself to a meditative quality.

It would really benefit beginners to practice this breathing technique between classes to get the most out of the asana(posture) practice.

Enjoy!

P.s the sound is a bit off in this video clip. I can’t figure out why. Sorry for inconvenience. It will be back to normal next week 🙂

Yoga Warm Up

Yoga Warm Up

Warming up the body is most important. In this video clip I guide you through one of the warm ups I use. You could do it before starting Sun Salutations or before you go into deeper yoga postures. If you are struggling to start a home yoga practice this warm up could help you along the way. Even repeating this sequence a few times every day for the next week would, on its own, be a great start.

I hope you enjoy it and find the mini video beneficial.

Om Shanti,

Sinead.