POWER YOGA ...... mind and body in harmony.....

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Yoga for kids!!

I recently had the pleasure of teaching yoga to a 6 year old boy. His Mum approached me and explained she thought it would really help with improving his concentration and balance. I was a little nervous at first as I have not much previous experience with children, but he was adorable and we had such good fun.  Not once did he lose his concentration or focus and performed the poses wonderfully! His Mum was so proud of him and I was so pleased and honoured I could help in that way.
Yoga is amazing for children, not only improving there balance, flexibility, co-ordination and strength but also it helps with building their confidence.  If we become strong and centred in a pose it helps us become strong and confident in everyday life and life situations. Children have so much pressure on them from school and fitting in with other children, etc., and yoga can help children cope with these pressures and help build there self esteem.
I was so touched that the little boy's Mum asked me to do such a thing for her son. If I ever one day have my own children I will definately do the same for them.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


We have finally set the date for the yoga session on the beach!! It will be held on Sunday, 27th Febuary at 5.30pm-6.30pm whilst the sun sets and it will be amazing! The cost is 35dhs and if you don't own a mat please let me know in advance. The location is as follows:- Take Exit 47 off Sheikh Zyeed Road, take first right down towards Choitrams, get in left hand lane and turn right at the light. Take next left at Lloyds Tsb Bank, continue towards the beach.  Make a left at the beach road, stay in right hand lane, take next right to the beach, get on the sand and bear right and you will see the car park. I have room in my car for 4 more people and I will be leaving the Trade Centre Apartments at 5pm if anyone would like a lift. My contact number is 05084 38681. The photos used for the website were taken at this location so you can see how beautiful and amazing the experience will be!
Take care and hope to see lots of yogis at the beach on sunday. 
Namaste x

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Live one day at a time!

A to ZEN of life!!

Avoid negative sources, people, places and habits   
Believe in yourself
Consider things from every angle
Don,t give up and don,t give in
Everything you are looking for lies behind the mask you wear
Family and friends are hidden treasures
Give more than you planned too
Hang onto your dreams
If opportunity does,nt knock, build a door
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it
Keep trying no matter how hard it seems
Love yourself
Make it happen
Never lie, steal or cheat
Open your arms to change but don,t let go of your values
Pratice makes perfect
Quality not quantity in all you do
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer
Stop procrastinating
Take control of your own destiny
Understand yourself in order to better understand others
Visualise it
When you lose, don,t lose the lesson
Xcellence in all your efforts
You are unique, nothing can replace you
Zero in on your target and go for it!

This was brought for me recently as a poster by a close friend of mine. I plan on framing it and placing it in my yoga studio back in the Uk!
Love and hugs, Lucy x

Yoga for Sciatica

Many people often suffer from sciatica, which is a painful condition affecting the lower back and behind the thigh, travelling down to behind the knee area. It is a result of irritation of the sciatic nerve which is the largest nerve within the body and begins from the nerve roots in the lumber spinal cord in the lower back. Through yoga we can help heal and ease the pain of sciatica, by strengthening the lower back muscles through specific poses and boosting circulation in that area. I would recommend the following poses to pratice daily.

LOCUST POSE - This pose will strengthen the lower back muscles and boost circulation in the lower back area, the spinal cord receives fresh blood and nutrients. Simply lie on your tummy, bring your legs together and arms out stretched in front of you. Inhale and lift the chest and legs off the floor so all the weight is on your abdominal.  Hold for 3-5 breaths then lower and repeat a further 4-5 times.

CHILDS POSE - Kneel on the floor with the knees wide apart, the wider the knees, the deeper the stretch. Bring the big toes together and sit the buttocks back on the heels. Keep the spine long and lengthened and outstretch the arms forwards, resting the hands and the forehead on the floor. Stay here for 10 breaths.
Not only will this pose help to ease sciatic pain  by stretching the lower back muscles but it also stretches out the lungs and opens tight shoulder joints.

BRIDGE POSE - Lie on the floor and bring the feet up close to the hips, hip distance apart and feet parallel. Lengthen the neck, keeping the gaze forward, never look left or right whilst in this pose to ensure the neck stays in line with the spine. Keep the heels and hands pressed down into the floor tucking the chin slightly in. Engage the core muscles then lift the pelvis off the floor, continue to lift the spine, vertabrae by vertabrae, off the floor. Engage the glutes keeping the knees in line with the ankles. Stay here for 5 breaths then lower the spine slowly and repeat
5 -10 times.

DOWN DOG - Come onto your hands and knees, place your knees hip distance apart, hands shoulder width apart spreading the fingers wide.  Lift your knees away from the floor, gently push back into the heels, lifting up through the hips and keeping the back flat, relaxing the head and shoulders. Stay for 10 breaths and repeat.

PIGEON POSE - This beautiful pose stretches and strengthens the lower back and also the entire vertebral column. It also helps regulate hormonal secretions paticually those of the thyroid. From Down Dog pose bring the left leg forward to place the foot behind the right hand. Slide the right leg back behind you as you lower your hips to the floor, your buttock and outer left thigh will be resting on the floor. For a deeper stretch draw your chest down towards the floor resting your forehead on the back of your hands. Hold and breath for 10 breaths.

Remember to continue these poses even when symptoms dissapear to ensure the spine and back stay strong and healthy. Many of these poses are demonstrated on my website.

TIP!  Just breathe! The breath is our most important part of yoga, if we can breathe we can do yoga! When we become stressed or angry or anxious it effects our breathing immediately. It becomes shallow and erratic and we hold on to the breath bringing more tension and stress to the body. Next time we feel ourselves becoming tense or stressed in all our day to day and life experiences, or when we re experiencing painful events try and remember to come back to your breath.  Take a deep breath and notice immediately how calm is restored to the body and mind. It is a fact our breath can help regulate pain which is why women who become pregnant are taught how to breathe to prepare them for child birth. The breath helps to calm our body and emotions.
So next time your in a stressful situation whether it be someone arguing with you or hearing bad news on the television, simply turn the television off, block out the person who is shouting at you.  Chances are the argument isn't really that important anyway and simply breathe!  
Think well, stay positive and pratice kindness daily.  
Love and hugs, Lucy x

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Valentine's Day

I had an amazing experience last week during one of my classes.  It's so nice when someone new joins my classes, especially if they have never experienced yoga before and I've come to realise that yoga always leaves you with such an open heart afterwards, therefore, I always stress to everyone after class that when they go home afterwards to ensure loved ones, friends and family are very gentle towards them for a while.  You become so open and vunerable and this is because yoga helps open your chakras, releases any blockages within the body.  This is a good thing and should be embraced.  So last week after class one of my fellow yogis approached me very concerned and asked me why during a quite challenging pose named THE WHEEL (this can be seen on my yoga page) they were brought to tears.  This is what I call an emotional release.  This particular pose completely opens the chest and heart area and helps release any blockages within the heart.  For someone to experience this after it being their first ever yoga session is amazing and fills me with such warmth.  I went on to explain that they should not feel alarmed, in fact embrace it and that no one will judge and it is completely normal.  Everyone experiences different sensations during yoga, everyone is in their own zone.  That person left my class with an open heart and that makes me so so happy!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Lucy xx

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Yoga on the beach!

Yoga on the Beach!

I am holding a power yoga class on the beach one evening within the next few weeks.  No date has been set as yet but it will be on a Friday about 4.30pm so we can all experience the sun setting!  It will be amazing and you can see from the photo's on the website how tranquil it will be. 
If anyone is interested please contact me so that I can put your name down.
Lucy x