The Five Bandhas

Shades of Yoga RYT 200 hour course focuses on teaching the basic principles of Hatha Yoga in order to develop a solid foundation and understanding of how to safely progress through asana’s.  Understanding the bandhas is the primary step to perfecting basic postures such as Tadasana, while creating body awareness and mental focus during practice.

In Sanskrit the word bandha means to lock or tighten. In yoga there are 5 bandhas which, when engaged, lock in prana (energy).  The energy locked in the bandhas is flowed throughout the body to create balance and helps to control various systems in the body such as digestive, sexual, hormonal etc.

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Beach Yoga and Surfing Day

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The numerous benefits of having a regular yoga practice have been written about and expounded on many occasions. Yoga’s ability to calm the mind, create body awareness and aid in the rehabilitation of injuries are second to none. I have found however that one of the great by-products of having a regular yoga practice is that it prepares the body and mind to take on any of the other challenges and physical activities that we choose to attempt through the course of our lives.

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In this regard we at Shades of Yoga offer a day of beach yoga, cross training and surf lessons to the students as a way for them to not only un-plug for a day from the rigours of successfully completing their RYT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, but also as a way for them to truly appreciate the diversity of benefits one can receive from a strong, daily yoga practice. Few can deny the feeling of achievement, the sense of freedom and joy that comes from riding a wave. However, surfing is not an easy sport to get the hang of, as it requires strength, balance, timing and perseverance, but the rewards are substantial.

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