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Do You Breathe Through Your Nose?

May 19, 2020 7:55:33 AM / by Charlotte Hatto posted in COVID-19

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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.

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Warrior 2 and Side Bends

Apr 12, 2020 6:01:00 PM / by Charlotte Hatto posted in COVID-19

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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!

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Warrior 1 and Lunge

Apr 11, 2020 6:03:00 PM / by Charlotte Hatto posted in COVID-19

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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!

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Cat Posture

Apr 10, 2020 5:08:00 PM / by Charlotte Hatto posted in COVID-19

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This is a sequence based on the cat posture and aims to get the spine moving, increasing its flexibility in all directions of motion while stretching and strengthening back muscles. It will also strengthen shoulder muscles, glutes and hamstrings.   As with all yoga practice listen to your body, look after it and work within your limits.  As this is a kneeling sequence you might like to have some extra cushioning under your knees, particularly if your mat is on a hard floor.
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Yoga warm-up sequence

Apr 2, 2020 5:17:00 PM / by Charlotte Hatto posted in COVID-19

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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.

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Yoga for Stress

Mar 31, 2020 5:18:00 PM / by Charlotte Hatto

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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.

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Yoga for climbing 2 - chair sequence

Mar 30, 2020 6:07:00 PM / by Charlotte Hatto posted in COVID-19

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'This sequence is good for warming you as it uses the core and big leg muscles. As always if it is your first exercise of the day, begin gently gradually increasing the effort. The sequence works with the breath and you can extend it by holding each position for several breaths.'
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Yoga for Climbing 1

Mar 29, 2020 1:53:21 PM / by Charlotte Hatto posted in COVID-19

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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.

This is my version of the Sun Salutation sequence. You can use Sun Salutation as a warm up sequence by working gently to start with and gradually increasing the effort with each round. In the video we go through the sequence twice but you can do just one if that's what works for you, as I step back into lunge on the same foot as stepping forward from dog head down into lunge giving you fairly balanced sequence. You can of course repeat it as many times as you like. The sequence is worked moving with the breath. If this doesn't work for you just breath as you need to but try to work towards moving with your breath.
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