Winter is coming...
(Okay, maybe it's already here)
And with it the cold and flu season. Ick. But yoga can help give your immune system a little extra ammunition against the dreaded lurgy in the colder months. We made a little infographic to show you how.
Down dog here
Child's pose here
Tadasana (Mountain pose) here
Legs up the wall pose here
And we have a giveaway!
We have five copies of the 'Salute the Desk' app for iPhone and iPad to give away.
It's a really cool app - it reminds you to take regular stretch breaks, and you get little goals to work towards (see image below). It's awesome too that the person who finally, finally made a non-sucky yoga app is a local Melbourne lady.
To enter, just leave a comment below, or reply to the newsletter saying 'yes please'.
You have until midnight Sunday 11 May to enter and winners will be announced on Facebook on Tuesday 13 May.
I tell people often how much I hate exercise, and I’ve said it before on this blog (I’m sure..??).
When I think of exercise, I see it as a chore. I don’t feel particularly co-ordinated, my limbs often don’t feel like they follow the command of my brain.
So how do I trick myself into moving more for someone who hates sports and frankly quite enjoys being in a horizontal position?
In the last week alone, FIVE people have enquired about our teacher training and then added that they aren't sure they qualify to join it because they don't think they are bendy enough.
This saddens me.
It means all those instayogis and their fancy, impressive looking poses, have given people the impression that you have to be able to do THAT in order to be a teacher.
But think about it: if someone is good at maths, are they necessarily good at teaching it? No?
Same with yoga.
This is the second in our 'morning rituals' series. We thought you'd enjoy seeing how we walk our talk in terms of trying to live healthy lives! Mostly, it's about adding stuff (aka MOVEMENT) in with the least possible effort.
People often, often ask us whether doing yoga is enough exercise.
There is a simple and short answer: no.
Why? it's got to do with how much you move in your daily life.
We recently made 20-minute video of Nurturing Yoga for our YogAttitude Superheroes. (If you didn't get it, never fear, sign up and I will send it out again tomorrow, Thursday 1 Oct).
It's kinda funny that the poses people asked to have in their nurturing sequence were basically these 5 Yoga Poses for PMS - which work equally well if you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome because the basic idea here is that you are soothing your lower abdomen and helping elimination to happen as it should.
If you garden, Spring is an excellent time to practice getting into all kinds of squats, which are useful for many, many reasons. They build mobility & stability in your lower body, they help you maintain the musculo-skeletal fitness you need to get up and down off the floor, they help your abs and pelvic floor function well...
I am very interested in food and eating well, but not much interested in cooking.
It's a quandary. What about Winter? How much dal soup can one person honestly eat?
Actually, that's a trick question. I could eat the stuff every day. But variety is better for my health.
Which is why I was so excited to find these super easy, super clever, super delicious recipes.
This time of year is bad for depression. And comparing yourself to others makes it worse.
People often tell me how hard they find it not to compare themselves to others. And how, when they DO compare, they always find themselves not good enough. I relate, I really do.
But it's a trap, people.
In our reader survey at the beginning of the year, there were requests for yoga to help with grief/emotional healing, and it's a request that's come up again from several people for the Ask Nadine videos.
There's not (I don't think) a simple answer. But here's a strategy to try:
Practice self-examination. AND stop overthinking.
Earlier this year I had hormonal problems which caused, among other things, a long and severe bout of depression. Until then, I had never really, properly understood the isolation that people with depression feel.
But I do want to tell you, you aren't alone, even though you feel that way. And yoga can help.