What style of yoga do mm...Yoga! teach?

Good question. We teach what can really be best described as 'corporate yoga'. I.e. people will get challenged, but the pace isn't too fast as it's silly to expect folks to come straight out of work mode & meetings and into a very fast moving yoga class where the risk of injury exists.

 We sometimes call it 'slow power yoga' so that people know they will be doing lots of lunges, squats, and planks, but that they won't be moving as fast as in a traditional vinyasa class.

We do a lot of strength and postural work, too, so people can get through their daily lives feeling more physically comfortable and calmer.

 Here's a sample of how a mm...Yoga! class might look:

  • Start in savasana (lying on your back) with breath awareness
  • shoulder warm ups
  • cat-cow
  • down dog (where we asess what people’s shoulder girdles are doing and their hamstring mobility)
karen down dog
karen down dog
squatting is good for you ass-ana!
squatting is good for you ass-ana!
  • short rest on back, then core work, bridge pose, maybe side plank if appropriate:
  • reclining twist
reclining twist
reclining twist
  • savasana (guided relaxation)

If you can sit + stand up from the floor, you will live longer.

Have you noticed the very strong squatting theme round here lately? Here's (another reason) why. Squatting develops musculo-skeletal fitness, in a way that, say, walking, doesn't.

When you are strong, supple, and balanced, things like sitting down on the floor and then getting back up are easy.

And there is evidence to suggest that this particular kind of fitness decreases your risk of mortality from ALL causes! Yeah, eventually we are all gonna die, but there's nothing wrong with putting that off as long as possible.

So, could you stand up from here?
So, could you stand up from here?

According to this article:

The test was a simple assessment of the subjects' ability to sit and then rise unaided from the floor. The assessment was performed in 2002 adults of both sexes and with ages ranging from 51 to 80 years. The subjects were followed-up from the date of the baseline test until the date of death or 31 October 2011, a median follow-up of 6.3 years.


Over the study period 159 subjects died, a mortality rate of 7.9%. The majority of these deaths occurred in people with low test scores - indeed, only two of the deaths were in subjects who gained a composite score of 10. Analysis found that survival in each of the four categories differed with high statistical significance. These differences persisted when results were controlled for age, gender and body mass index, suggesting that the sitting-rising test score is a significant predictor of all-cause mortality; indeed, subjects in the lower score range (C1) had a 5-6 times higher risk of death than those in the reference group (C4).


It is well known that aerobic fitness is strongly related to survival, but our study also shows that maintaining high levels of body flexibility, muscle strength, power-to-body weight ratio and co-ordination are not only good for performing daily activities but have a favourable influence on life expectancy.


Yeah. Time to get squatting. And yoga-ing in general, actually.

Have a great week. Finance Conference - Yoga in Pictures

The good people of have been loyal mm...Yogis for some time now. We provide yoga as part of their corporate health & wellness strategy, and this year, they amped things up a notch. They got mm...Yoga! in to teach a meditation class at the HR Team's annual strategy session, and a morning yoga, breathing and meditation session at the finance team conference too. How awesome are they?

I was even more impressed because the entire finance team - 70+ people - turned up. Despite it being, you know, early in the morning. And you know how those conference dinners go. A lot of people were feeling...under the weather.

Yet there they all were, cracking jokes, stretching gamely, even if they'd never done yoga before, and focusing on their breathing.

Afterwards, they told me it was a really great way to start their morning, and that they felt calm and energised. Love it!

Photos courtesy of Aaron Yong.

REA Group Finance Conference_20121116_10
REA Group Finance Conference_20121116_04
REA Group Finance Conference_20121116_01

Shoulder Pain?

Yeah, sitting at a desk will do that. And sometimes, you don’t have time/don’t want to do a full yoga practice, which you KNOW will help those aching shoulders, right? I get it. So, without further ado, I present to you…

The Lazy-Pants guide to Yoga for Your Shoulders.



Free download: Yoga for Runners

This free, downloadable yoga practice for runners is targeted at all those spots that tend to get tight when you run: glutes, hamstrings, quads, and iliotibial band. Regular stretching (preferably post rather than pre-run) can improve your run times and significantly reduce knee pain, shin splints, and the risk of other injury. Click this link or the image to download your copy. Use and enjoy – I’d love to hear your feedback & questions.


This is a snazzy free  yoga resource for runners. April is Freeeester Month, so stay tuned for loads of free downloads, giveaways and community classes.

Speaking of free stuff & community classes, you can find me teaching free classes at the lululemon on Chapel St every Thursday in April from 6.30 – 7.30pm. On the final Thursday of the month, I will be giving everyone in the class two yogAttitude cards to keep. I will also be giving away one full set of cards and one DVD!

Safety note: it’s always best to learn yoga from a qualified teacher before you start practicing at home, and never over-stretch!