Yoga – A Healing Practice

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How does the practice of yoga serve to heal the human body, mind and spirit?

The great sages, spiritual leaders and ancient yogis have explored and revered the deeply healing and transformative effects of yoga through the ages. Yoga has survived and revived to serve humankind from east to west, as a physically and spiritually developmental practice. Patanajli explains, ‘By dedicated practice of the various aspects of yoga, impurities are destroyed: the crown of wisdom radiates in glory’ (sutra 2.28), on which B.K.S Iyengar reflects that ‘yoga can cure or lessen physical, mental, moral or spiritual suffering’. This essay will consider how sadhana creates this process of healing and purification in the body, spirit and mind.

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Radiance Juice Cleanse

image-1Every equinox, every change of season, our body, mind and spirit flow with the natural changing cycle of our beautiful world. It is a perfect time to cleanse our system so that it is open and fresh to embrace the new phase of the planet.

I completed a three day juice cleanse, whilst on an Intensive Yoga study retreat and I can thoroughly recommend the Radiance Juice Cleanse. It provided every nutrient and nourishment my body needed, allowing me to do intense physical practice and mental concentration, whilst cleansing my physical body, digestive system and organs. Read More…

The Psoas

imageI was delighted when I first came across Liz Koch’s amazing work because it confirmed much of what I’d been intuiting on my own. I had begun to open and close my yoga practise with hip opening poses with the specific intention of releasing tension in my psoas and hip flexors. I’d breathe and imagine tension flowing out of constricted muscles to be released as energy into the torso.

It worked, I’d feel my body soften yet somehow grow stronger.

Reading Liz Koch I instantly realised what I was doing – by learning to relax my psoas I was literally energising my deepest core by reconnecting with the powerful energy of the earth. According to Koch, the psoas is far more than a core stabilising muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.” Read More…