Yoga for Anxiety – Part 1

Anxiety is something we all experience. It can alert us to danger or to situations in our environment that make us feel uncomfortable. When it does this anxiety can be a useful tool. Occasionally, however, anxiety is experienced with an intensity that undermines our sense of wellbeing, causes us to think obsessively or negatively impacts the health of our bodies. When this is the case anxiety can be far more of a challenge. In addition to this, excessive worry impedes our body’s ability to heal itself effectively.

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Yoga for Healthy Aging – Part 2

Research now shows that a wide range of illnesses including those (like osteoporosis and arthritis) that are associated with aging are caused by, or worsened because of, stress. In this article we will take a look at some of these issues, and also at how yoga can help alleviate them.

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Kinesiology 101

We were lucky enough this week to have a visit from Shades of Yoga’s resident Structural kinesiology and yoga therapy teacher. Queue… a fascinating session with lots of strange hand mudras and leg tapping…(from David not …

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Ayurvedic Yoga Massage

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is an amazing and strong massage technique that brings Ayurveda and Yoga together and was developed by Kusum Modak, a pupil of B.K.S. Iyengar, in Poona, India. Ayurvedic Yoga Massage incorporates various …

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The circle of 5 Elements

The Ayurvedic 5 elementsA key module covered during the Shades of Yoga RYT 200 hour course is the Yoga of Food. The Yoga of Food is 4 hour module/ informative session incorporating the main differences between Eastern and Western approaches to food and nutrition.  One of the topics covered is the Chinese approach to a healthy diet. The Chinese utilize the yin(-)/yang(+)  theory of the 5 Elements to explain the correlation between the organs and the effects on the body’s overall constitution.

 

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Do Auras Exist?

According to Wikipaedia, “an aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object.  It is said that all living things (including humans) and all objects manifest such an aura.” Wether Aura’s actually exist or not, is a topic of much contention largely due to the fact that they are invisible to the naked, or untrained eye. Many people claim to be able to see and ‘read’ aura’s. How? Why can they see them, while most people can’t? More importantly, is there any way to prove that they actually exist?

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