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Author Archive: nikki

Anyone Out There NEVER Had a Sore Neck?

This week I’ve been explaining in a little more detail the importance of “bandha” again – particularly when it comes to your neck and also, if it’s relevant, when/how you breathe in these instances. This is particularly the case when/if you randomly throw your head back, niggling (once again) usually the most niggliest and most vulnerable vertebra in the neck and combine this action with a deep inhale. Seriously, if you happen to be a mouth breather, it could be one of the most dangerous things you ever do.

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On International Women’s Day, Let me just say…

On International Women’s Day can I just state this one, particular digital-age observation; There are tons of amazing (and some not so amazing..) blogs, tips, websites and Facey pages out there written and hosted by women. Some are factual, researched and well written while many are just rubbishy blah blah. But, it is true that […]

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How to Practise Tadasana or Samasthiti (in Daily Life as Well as Class)

Samasthiti or tadasana helps us create awareness of our “normal” posture. It can help us realise the habits we have slipped in to, the strength we have lost; the tension we might naturally hold on to in order to try to keep ourselves upright.

Tadasana translates to mean mountain pose whereas samasthiti means “upright” or “equal”. In other words, to establish a sense of power and relaxation in a dynamic yet soft way. Tadasana and samasthiti represent a kind of “proforma” for all the standing poses. What we do in these poses, we try to recreate in most of the other standing postures in some way.

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Happy 2017: The Importance of “Satsang”

The word “satsang” is a sanskrit word that means something along the lines of community gathering. Satya is the yogic yama meaning truthfulness or honesty and “sanga” means community. Along with the laughs, what I realised after my week in Bellingen, was the importance of community and connection and how the creative arts – and indeed all group activity – is so important on a deep level.

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