Do you breathe through your nose all the time or just some of the time or maybe rarely? Do you even know? Since breathing is an automatic process most of us don’t notice how we do it. Even when we are out of breath what we notice is that we are breathing hard more than how we are breathing. As a human being we are designed, if designed is the right word, to breathe through our nose; that’s what it is there for. It’s not just decoration. There are lots of things about our noses which give us good reasons to breathe through our noses in preference to breathing though our mouths.
This sequence is full of sideways movements including warrior 2 - it's great for moving your spine in a different plane to normal and stretching out your sides as well as stretching out your hips and legs; also pretty good for balance!
Warrior 1 and lunge sequence - this is a great sequence for working into tight hip flexors and strengthening the quads - excellent for all you bikers and runners out there!
Often people think of yoga as a nice gentle stretching session that finishes with lying on the floor with your eyes closed. It's not actually often like that.
Yoga has many health benefits, in this article I will focus on stress relief. Everyone gets stressed; sometimes it’s positive – an exciting challenge, other times negative. Both put your body into an excited state where it has to work hard. Short bursts of this aren’t a problem and can be helpful. Your body’s ‘fight or flight’ mechanism is able to deal with this, but long periods of stress begin to tire your body’s system. You only have a limited supply of energy and the more continuous the stress the sooner your body runs out. Damage is caused when stress dominates relaxation; ideally you need a balance between the two.
Yoga is a great activity that doesn't need a lot of space or equipment - an ideal way to add movement and some personal time into your daily life, now especially - when gyms and leisure centres are closed and everyone is in the house together. All you need is 10 minutes and a quiet corner. We've created some videos with the help of our friendly yoga teacher to bring you some great sequences to to keep you supple and give you some down time.