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How To Get Through The Pandemic And Beyond

Back on January 1st 2020 nobody expected the year to roll out the way it is doing.  No-one was prepared for a full on pandemic to hit the world. None of us were ready with the answer to,  how to get through the pandemic and beyond nor do we have ways to deal with the changes it's bringing about. We have all had to draw upon the knowledge and experience we have, so, after practising for the last 25 years, I naturally turn to Yoga. I trust that the many benefits of yoga will get me through the pandemic and take me far beyond it, so I'd like to share with you just what those benefits are and how by practising a little yoga everyday we will all get through the pandemic and beyond.

The Benefits Of Yoga

For The Body

Yoga improves your flexibility, mobility and balance and this is so important.  Good flexibility allows your body to move in whatever way you wish and it helps you to be generally more active.  To quote Bob Harper "yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible". Great balance makes you stronger which means you're less likely to fall and increased mobility means simple tasks like looking over your shoulder whilst driving or lifting patients will be made easier….these benefits are endless.

For The Mind

Yoga has more than just physical benefits for your body: The BBC television programme ‘Trust me I'm a doctor", although not a clinical trial, showed that yoga reduces blood pressure and anxiety in the same way and to the same extent as attending a hard core Gym session.  The most wonderful thing about yoga is that it calms and clears the mind, helping to centre feelings and ground yourself so enabling management of stressful situations. Yoga has been proven to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body, lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
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For Health

Yoga improves your breathing. Yoga helps optimise the performance of your lungs and can lead to improving your lung function. When we focus completely on our breath we tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, letting the body know it's time to relax and enter into total and complete rest. Yoga helps improves sleep quality. Poor sleep has been associated with HBP and depression. Studies show that including a small amount of yoga into your routine will help improve sleep patterns. The more often you access relaxation through yoga the easier it is to access at bedtime, its like working and strengthening your relaxation muscle. Yoga may also reduce inflammation.
My personal experience of yoga is that it enables you to think in a clear and balanced way. I'm able to manage my monthly emotional fluctuations. I'm also strong in my body and in my immunity.  Ok, so now you know what practising a little yoga everyday can do for you, what else can you expect when you join in a yoga class with me.

What Happens To You In A Class -

Stilling of busy minds….again this takes practice but like a muscle strengthening it gets easier.
Physical activity (always to your own level)
Deep considered and controlled stretching
Reducing and easing the physical signs of tension.
Spending a moment in time just for you and to check in that you really are ok today.
Time to explore the amazing things your body can do in the privacy of your own home.
At this time of social distancing and staying at home you may be asking where can I find a class that I can attend whenever I am able. The good news is that you can find one right where you are now,simply by going to the Tabitha Yoga Channel on Youtube.

Welcome To Tabitha Yoga

Join me in my FREE Yoga & Pilates classes, relaxations & meditations too. Whether you want to wake up more and be energised, relax from a busy stressful day and fall asleep faster, gently stretch your body all over and relieve tension, or give yourself a tough all over body workout and strengthen all your muscles, we upload Yoga & Pilates classes for all of these things and more. As well as all this, there's a range of Relaxations and Meditations to focus your mind and calm your anxieties.
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The Key To Getting Through The Pandemic and Beyond

I hope now, by being introduced to the amazing benefits of yoga you can see, and hopefully feel, if you've already started your practice, that yoga works to maintain your overall health, both bodily, mentally and spiritually.  If you continue to practise yoga regularly,  it will help you to guard against illness and guide you on your own journey to get through the pandemic and beyond. By helping yourself you will be able to help those around you too, after all  "You can’t pour from an empty cup"

Fill up the cup kids!!!!

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The Latest Video Class on Tabitha Yoga YouTube https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/2525-2/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 17:31:36 +0000 https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/?p=2525 The Latest Video Class on Tabitha Yoga YouTube

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The Latest Video Class on Tabitha Yoga YouTube

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Why Should You Add Yoga And Pilates In The Workplace https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/why-should-you-add-yoga-and-pilates-in-the-workplace/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 17:10:36 +0000 https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/?p=2490 In today’s busy lifestyles we know that everyone is trying to fit as much into their hectic schedules as possible. Juggling family commitments, workloads and relationships all take priority. These can be completely time consuming, leaving us with little or no time for ourselves. Yet we all know the phrase “ Place your own mask […]

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In today’s busy lifestyles we know that everyone is trying to fit as much into their hectic schedules as possible. Juggling family commitments, workloads and relationships all take priority. These can be completely time consuming, leaving us with little or no time for ourselves. Yet we all know the phrase “ Place your own mask on and breathe deeply, before helping others”

Take this phrase out of the context of airplane travel and apply it to life, in particular our work life. It highlights the fact that, if we take good care of ourselves first, we can in turn perform our tasks better. We can function well and so be more productive. This is the headline of why we should add Yoga and Pilates in the workplace, but there are far more benefits:

Top 3 Benefits of Yoga & Pilates in The Workplace

1 : STRESS AND ANXIETY RELIEF

Stressed workers take 12.5 million days off in a year as depression and anxiety hit, according to The Mirror https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/stressed-workers-take-125-million-11830417

It’s well documented that the pressure of work creates stress and anxiety. Statistics show that it was the reason given for almost half of all sick days in 2016 - 17 and this number is only growing. For no other reason than increased attendance and therefore productivity this should be the number one reason to add yoga and Pilates in the workplace.

2 : MORALE BOOST

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Over the past few years there has been a trend to move away from the heavily competitive corporate environments.  people have moved to the more inclusive, encouraging and morale boosting workplaces, non more so than Virgin Limited Edition championed by Sir Richard Branson.  Sir Richard believes the better you look after your staff, the better they will look after your clients.

Offering your employees FREE access to feel good activities such as Yoga and Pilates in the workplace makes your team feel more valued.  This results in less staff turnover. Research has shown that companies that regularly offer a range of activities, seemingly just for the benefits of their employees, enjoy more success.  Their workforces are more bonded and tend to work in a more collaborative and trusting manner.

3 : INCREASED FOCUS

The addition of Yoga and Pilates in the workplace, as a feel good activity, is particularly more effective than any other at increasing the ability to focus. A study has shown that just 20 minutes of Yoga a day could help your brain focus better. Researchers found that people did better, both speed-wise and accuracy-wise, on brain functioning tests after just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga.

Neha Gothe, a professor of kinesiology, health and sport studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ran the study when he was a graduate student.  He said in a statement - “The breathing and meditative exercises of Yoga aim at calming the mind and body and keeping distracting thoughts away while you focus on your body, posture or breath. It appears these processes translate beyond yoga practice when you try to perform mental tasks or day-to-day activities," The study was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. The ability to control the mind and focus on the task at hand is a vitally useful skill to have in a fast-paced workplace where multitasking is a way of life. Yet again a superb reason to add yoga and Pilates in the workplace.

Welcome To Tabitha Yoga YouTube

These are just some of the amazing benefits of Yoga and Pilates in the workplace. There are many more and we could write forever but we think you may prefer to see the results for yourselves.

So without further ado let us introduce you to Tabitha Yoga YouTube.  Tabitha Yoga is a FREE YouTube channel offering Yoga and Pilates classes, relaxations and meditations to everyone. We have purposely designed Tabitha Yoga YouTube to be accessible wherever you and your staff are.  There is a large variety of Yoga and Pilates classes in a range of durations that are sorted into different playlists. We've even included a dedicated Yoga and Pilates In the Workplace playlist, so everyone can maximise the time they have, however short, to devote to theirselves.

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The channel can be played continuously, FREE of charge. The only thing we ask is that users hit the subscribe button.  This again is totally FREE and will not incur cost at any stage.  It will, in fact, allow users to find the channel more easily and ensure that they don’t miss any of our regular new class uploads. Subscribers are what allow us to keep our channel up and running on YouTube.  By hitting that subscribe button, users are ensuring the continuation of Tabitha Yoga being able to offer FREE Yoga and Pilates for everyone forever.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Tabitha Yoga Community when you add Yoga and Pilates in the workplace.

Namaste

Tabitha

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Shape Up For Summer in 6 Weeks + FREE Diet Plan https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/shape-up-for-summer-free-diet-plan/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:19:08 +0000 https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/?p=2441 Shape Up For Summer in 6 Weeks - WEEK 1 STRETCH OUT AND WARM UP. Welcome to the Shape Up For Summer in 6 Weeks Series - I've designed this six week plan to take you from now through to the summer holidays where, if you practise all 6 pilates classes every week you will […]

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SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER IN 6 WEEKS

SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER IN 6 WEEKS SERIES

Shape Up For Summer in 6 Weeks - WEEK 1 STRETCH OUT AND WARM UP. Welcome to the Shape Up For Summer in 6 Weeks Series - I've designed this six week plan to take you from now through to the summer holidays where, if you practise all 6 pilates classes every week you will work every part of your body.

Honing and toning every muscle so you will look and feel amazing in your swimming costume on the beach. This 6 week summer shaper will not only get you beach body ready for summer but it will make you fitter, stronger, healthier and as a result happier.

In each class I will show you how to get in shape for summer with each class building on from the previous class. In week 1 we'll stretch out and warm up all of our muscles preparing them thoroughly for the next 5 workouts to come.

If you're not used to doing regular exercise make sure you do the Shape Up For Summer in 6 Weeks WEEK 1 STRETCH OUT AND WARM UP at least 2-3 times before you move onto the next class in the series. The aim of 6 week summer shape up is to build up to doing all six classes in one go and then repeating them each week until you feel like the best version of yourself and you can go and have the most fabulous summer holiday.

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About Julie Hodgson Nutrition

Hi, my name is Julie and I am a Registered Nutritionist, Health coach and Personal Trainer.  I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Activity for Health and Clinical Nutrition and a 4 year diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.  I work with clients who are struggling to reach their goals of weight loss, increased energy, better wellbeing, managing a specific condition or are suffering annoying symptoms and I offer bespoke wellness packages and 1-2-1 nutritional and lifestyle support, please feel free to get in touch to discuss your concerns and how I can help you improve your health. x

Find Out More About Julie Hodgson Nutrition

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A dietary plan to help you lose belly fat and firm up

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Breast Cancer – I Used Yoga & Pilates To Help Me Recover You Can Too! https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/breast-cancer-i-used-yoga-and-pilates-to-help-me-recover-you-can-too/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 16:00:45 +0000 https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/?p=2282 The Dreaded C Word I remember it like it was yesterday – I sat down with my breast consultant two weeks after having a series of tests, culminating in a biopsy, that had to be sent away to be analysed and I was now going to receive the results.  Although extremely experienced, my consultant seemed […]

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The Dreaded C Word

I remember it like it was yesterday – I sat down with my breast consultant two weeks after having a series of tests, culminating in a biopsy, that had to be sent away to be analysed and I was now going to receive the results.  Although extremely experienced, my consultant seemed a little nervous and spent some time making small talk with me about my holiday.  I noticed and thought it was a little strange.  I wasn’t overly anxious.  I’d told myself the lump in my breast that I’d found was due to hormonal change and was probably nothing, but best to get it checked.  Now I just wanted that to be confirmed so I could get back to my family at home.  Then came the dreaded C word – “I’m terribly sorry but it’s Cancer” he said and from that moment on my life completely changed in an amazingly fast whirlwind of medical treatment, starting with breast surgery then radiation therapy and finally with 6 months of chemotherapy.  That was 2016, arguably the most harrowing year of my life and that of my family.

Why Cancer Chose Me?

I have no idea why Cancer chose me, being a fit, active woman who ate healthily, didn’t smoke and only occasionally drank alcohol, there was no particular reason that we could pin point.  Even though I started from this standpoint the resulting breast surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy left me reeling, feeling week, incredibly ill and quite frankly, at times, like I wasn’t going to get through it. Thankfully I have a great support network in my Husband, family and friends and with their love, positive encouragement and physical help I did get through it.

With A Little Help From My Friends

One of those friends’ is Tabitha Wright, Yoga & Pilates Teacher and Owner at Tabitha Yoga in Derbyshire. Upon hearing of my diagnosis, she rallied round very quickly to offer me her support.  After sharing with her some of the things I was experiencing like the constant anxiety – due to thoughts about my own mortality, the nausea – caused by the rounds of chemotherapy every 3 weeks, the gut inflammation and bloating – caused by the toxic poison I was filling my body with and the overwhelming sadness – caused by watching the painful stress I was putting my family through on a daily basis, she recommended that I start practicing Yoga.

Tabitha told me that, what has made a significant difference to her, is her introduction and subsequent experience with the practice of Yoga over the past 15 years. She said “Yoga and Pilates have quite literally transformed my life and I would like to help transform your life too.”

Tabitha Wright – Yoga & Pilates teacher

Tabitha first started the practice of Yoga at the age of 24 and she often recounts the story of being in ‘Warrior’ pose, feeling the strength and foundation it provided and knowing intuitively that Yoga was something she must explore and be a part of. Nearly two decades on, marriage, a successful ‘first’ career and 3 children later she now practices and teaches Yoga and Pilates in Derbyshire and Online, having qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2007 and with Pilates in 2014.

“I find the physicality and depth of connection with core strength enables a renewed and refreshed outlook on life, whether it be some of the big things in life or just some of those daily challenges; this is what I endeavour to bring to my students of Yoga and Pilates in my classes at Tabitha Yoga.”

Yoga Got me Moving in the Middle of My Fight With Cancer

Although I was in the middle of my battle with Cancer, Tabitha designed a yoga class for me that I could do in the comfort of my home.  It was designed to get me moving gently and specifically to ease my digestion and to aid my gut inflammation. She also recorded some relaxations and meditations to calm my anxiety and to lift my spirits.  These were a godsend, I practised all of them as often as I could, particularly in my good weeks between my rounds of chemotherapy.  They really did help. I felt stronger, less anxious and much more positive after I’d done a class and relaxation.  I knew then, Yoga was something that I was going to continue doing all my life.

Tabitha Yoga YouTube Was Born

My Cancer treatment came to an end just before Christmas 2016 and I was determined I was going to work on getting better every day until such time that I was fighting fit and healthy again.  I began going to Tabitha’s Yoga classes and her Pilates classes on a weekly basis.  Working on my physical core strength and stamina and my spiritual being to get me in a much better place in both body and mind.  Over the last year and a half that has continued and the bond between Tabitha and I has grown even stronger, so much so that, a little over a year ago, we teamed up together to bring Tabitha’s classes online so that many more people could enjoy practising them in their own time and space whatever their situation. Tabitha Yoga YouTube was born.

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Tabitha Yoga YouTube – FREE Video classes, Any Time You Want, Wherever You Are.

We are building a YouTube Channel that includes a growing gallery of yoga classes, Pilates classes, meditations and relaxations that everyone can join in with completely FREE.  When you Go To Tabitha Yoga YouTube, not only do you become a part of our growing community, but you get unlimited access to all of these things too:-

  • A growing range of Yoga Online classes from beginners through to advance yogi to choose from.
  • A growing range of Pilates Online classes designed to suit beginners to higher fitness levels to choose from.
  • An extensive range of soothing Online Relaxations and Meditations to ease away everyday stresses
  • Unlimited access to all Online Yoga and Pilates classes, Meditations and Relaxations
  • A Guarantee that all Online Classes are always taught by an experienced, certified Yoga and Pilates teacher.
  • ALL CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE TOTALLY FREE

Yoga & Pilates For Everyone

We’re very excited about this new venture as we feel we can really open up access to Yoga and Pilates to everyone, no matter what their circumstances.  We are especially hopeful of being able to help people who are either dealing with Cancer or those who have dealt with it and are now in recovery.  With yet another date set in the diary for filming and adding more classes, Tabitha is designing some classes specifically to aid rehabilitation and to boost morale and to create a feeling of connection.

What Are We doing To Help Cancer Fighters Now?

We want to try and tell as many people as possible about Tabitha Yoga YouTube and invite everyone who has been touched by Cancer to Go To Tabitha Yoga YouTube .  This invitation is also extended to all the wonderful husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends and carers of those who are battling Cancer.  We know only too well that this horrible disease affects all of you too and we would like to offer you the chance to build your strength, calm your anxiety and to lift your spirits too.

Go To Tabitha Yoga YouTube Now And Get Your Free  Cancer Recovery Underway

Go to Tabitha Yoga YouTube now and you can start your road to recovery as soon as you would like.  All the classes are totally FREE and we advise that you start with the Take Care Of Yourself Restorative Yoga Class  It’s a gentle yoga class that will allow you to slowly stretch and achieve deep relaxation. Not only is it yoga for relaxation and stress relief but it is a wonderful way to devote a little self care to you whenever you need it.  We look forward to helping you in your recovery from Cancer and in making you stronger, healthier and happier.

Namaste

Tabitha & Jackie

This is a guest blog Written By Jackie Lowery ( Cancer Warrior)

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Transform Your Body, Mind & Soul https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/transform-your-body-mind-soul/ Mon, 21 May 2018 16:16:51 +0000 https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/?p=2014 Transform Your Body, Mind And Soul With Yoga To find out how to transform your body, mind and soul you need to start at the beginning.  Where did yoga come from? Yoga is a branch of Indian Philosophy and can be traced back to the Vedic culture around 2000BCE. It is closely entwined with Hindu […]

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Transform Your Body, Mind And Soul With Yoga

To find out how to transform your body, mind and soul you need to start at the beginning.  Where did yoga come from? Yoga is a branch of Indian Philosophy and can be traced back to the Vedic culture around 2000BCE. It is closely entwined with Hindu Religion and is associated with other traditions like Buddhism and Jainism.  Today it is more suitably described as a spiritual practice rather than a religious one. This means anyone can practice yoga and it means that you can follow a spiritual path. In Yoga terms this is known as a path of ‘Good living’.  It can help you live a balanced and healthy lifestyle which will transform your body. 

What Is Yoga

Over time different schools and different styles of yoga have been practiced.  All are designed to, as Patanjali says ‘Chitta Vritti nirodha’  .  This means, the cessation of the turning of the mind, which will transform your mind and soul.  Westerners today usually think that yoga is simply a variety of physical postures.  The name yoga, itself, translates to ‘Union or unite’.  Therefore through yoga we can rebalanec,  bring harmony and connect not just our body but our mind and soul also.

How Does Yoga Transform Your Body,Mind And Soul

During your yoga practice you open your body and mind with yoga postures (Asana) and breathing (Pranayama).  Through this you become receptive to the delightful and profound experience of inner stillness. This is why yoga is so powerful and able to transform your body, mind and soul. For one moment, there is the reality of just that time, where we can dip a toe into a place of magic and peace. Eventually that moment becomes a minute.  Then, with practice, we learn to have control over our emotions and stress reactions. Like all disciplines yoga requires training.  It's rather like ‘life training’, the more you do it, the better you become at letting go. It is a fabulous tool to transform your body, mind and soul, in-fact your whole life.

Why Practice Yoga

So why should we practice yoga? Well any practice that centres yourself is important.  This way it is easier to be calm and focussed in all that we do, especially as so many people suffer from being in a constant state of anxiety or stress. It would seem that the modern world rewards behaviour that results in chronic stress. In 1974 RH Rosenman led a study in America to try and define behaviour that contributed to Coronary Heart Disease. The patterns of behaviour are ‘hard driving’ effort or striving for achievement, competitiveness, aggressiveness, impatience. People who had these characteristics were twice as likely to have CHD than those that didn’t, yet many see these behavioural traits as desirable in the workplace. If we continually subject ourselves to high levels of stress in an effort to overachieve then we are liable to cause physical and mental injury.

How To Cope With Modern Day Life With Yoga

If this is the way of the world, we need to teach ourselves ‘tools’ to deal with it. Most students start their yoga class feeling restless. Most students leave the class feeling like they have been brought towards a ‘Sattvic state’(A feeling of balance, peace and clarity).  Through yoga we can influence our own reactions to stress and find a means of eliciting a more appropriate response to modern life. Yoga helps you bring focus, it enables you to de-stress and ease. It unwinds you, gives you joy and it enables your body to move freely and slows down our ageing. If your yoga class gives you all of these things you will indeed transform your body, mind and soul and it is the right yoga for you.

The Benefits Of Yoga

Yoga is associated with not just benefits of the subtle body but has boundless physical benefits too. Often benefits can be immediate and life changing. Obvious benefits like increased strength, suppleness and stamina. Unlike many sports, yoga works on all of your body's muscles and enhances balance, improves posture and grace. One of the most magic benefits of yoga is that it cleanses and conditions your internal systems.  It enhances your body's natural processes like, digestion, elimination and detoxification. Regular practice of yoga can alleviate symptoms of asthma, backache, headaches, high and low blood pressure and Coronary Heart Disease.

Yoga is a system that is of benefit to everyone, regardless of their age, religion and experience.  If practised regularly yoga will transform your body, mind and soul

 

 

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Top Six Yoga Postures & Poses That Really Will Transform Your Body

Regular yoga practise offers a mountain of physical benefits as well as the emotional and spiritual ones previously mentioned. Each posture has its own individual benefits and a complete yoga class should include a variety of postures so your body gets the full effects. Which ever posture you choose, know that the practice alone will improve not just your strength but your balance and posture too and this will stay with you all day long.

Standing Postures                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Tabitha Wright, yoga teacher at Tabitha Yoga standing in Warrior 1 yoga pose designed to transform your bodyMountain, Warrier I, II and III, Dancers Pose, Tree and Triangle are just a few of the standing poses.  All have amazing benefits for our bodies. Quite literally these postures will transform your body.  In addition to correcting and realigning skeletal imbalances safely, standing postures stand alone in providing a concise and balanced approach to self care.  With regular practice we can see increase in strength and balance. These postures work in a more subtle way too. Standing poses help you gain inner strength and courage. They help you to open yourself up to others and they remind us that we need to feel strong from the inside-out and take up space in the world.

Inverted Postures

Why are inversions important? Inversions like head stands, shoulder stands, downward dog or bridges (actually anything that brings the hips above the head) activate the parasympathetic nervous systemTabithaWright yoga teacher at Tabitha Yoga practising a headstand yoga pose designed to transform your body. They stimulate our rest and digest response. They also give our body's system time to rest. Gravity is reversed and venus return is encouraged.  This just basically means everything moves back into place and your heart gets a little bit of a rest. Inversions greatly improve your core strength, balance and focus and by being upside down we reverse the ageing process and improve troublesome varicose vines

Detoxifying Twists

Tabitha Wright yoga teacher at Tabitha Yoga standing in an upper body twist yoga pose designed to transform your bodyTwists are my favourite as you can feel them working, its palpable. Twists improve your digestive function. In a twist you are literally compressing your digestive organs. Once you relieve your twist, freshly oxygenated blood quickly returns to your organs, filling them with a fresh life force. This increases their ability to function well, whilst cleansing your body of impurities. This is what Iyengar called the “squeeze and soak”. Not only do twists work on the inside but they have obvious benefits to the spine. Gently rotating the spine under controlled conditions will keep you subtle and moving freely right through to your old age. This is why it's my favourite, so many essential benefits in a simple and manageable collection of postures.

 

Forward bends

I love these restorative postures, especially Uttanasana (Standing forward bend).  The benefits are bountiful and the ability to transform your body, mind and soul is enormous,  yet the posture is effortless. On a physical level,  forward bends reduce stress, anxiety, Tabitha Wright yoga teacher at Tabitha Yoga standing in a forward bend yoga pose designed to transform your bodydepression and tiredness.  A simple forward fold can relieve tension in your upper back and neck. It calms your mind and soothes your nerves. Not only do forward folds work on an emotional level but a physical level too. Your whole spine from tail to crown will get a beautiful stretch and will keep it long and flexible. You will stretch the whole posterior side to your body, hamstrings, hips and calves will also get a deep yet,  safe stretch.

Back bends

Tabitha Wright yoga teacher at Tabitha Yoga laying in an Upward Dog back bend yoga pose designed to transform your bodyTough but an essential part of your yoga practice. Back bends such as Upward Dog, boost your mood and inject energy into your body. Ustrasana (camel) opens the heart/chest which improves respiration.  It expands the abdominal area to help regulate digestion. It improves your posture and helps eliminate lower back pain. So many excellent benefits, its worth persevering which these challenging postures.

Strengthening Planks

Perhaps one of the simplest poses to practise.  Phalakasana (PlankPose), is not to be underestimated.  Whether you choose a conventional front facing plank or a reverse plank, this pose Tabitha Wright yoga teacher at Tabitha Yoga practising a reverse plank yoga pose designed to transform your bodystrengthens, tones and transforms your body throughout. By literally holding your body in a horizontal straight line you are developing core strength and stability.  As you rest on either straight or bent arms and only your toes,  you are increasing the flexibility in your feet.   You are also improving your balance through your arms and shoulders.

 

 

 

 

If You Want To Transform Your Body, Mind And Soul - Make Yoga A Regular Part of Your Life

As you can see from just this short blog, yoga can encompass many things.  It's not just a series of stretches.  It's an activity that will positively transform your body, mind and soul.  You get out of yoga, what you put in and that's not meant to be a competitive statement.  You don't have to execute perfect poses and you don't have to compete with the person next to you to get the best from your practice.  Remember it's YOUR yoga so practise your yoga in a way that feels good for you.  In addition, all I would say is, that if you want to transform your body, mind and soul you need to practise your yoga regularly and make it part of your life. I know by doing this yoga transformed my life.

 

Where To Access Yoga

Nowadays yoga is accessible in so many ways at any time of day or night: local studio classes, one on one sessions with teachers and FREE Online Classes on YouTube are to name but a few.  You can practise it alone or with other like minded people.   The main thing is that you do it.  So why roll out your mat wherever you are and start to transform your body, mind and soul today.

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Body Cleansing With a Little Spring Cleaning https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/body-cleansing/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:09:39 +0000 http://tabithayoga.apps-1and1.net/?p=513 Your Body Reflects What You Eat Body Cleansing – the art of creating a beautiful body and glowing complexion isn’t about applying expensive products on to your skin.  Although advertising would have us believe so.  How we treat our bodies effects how we look and feel. We have no more precious a commodity than our […]

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Your Body Reflects What You Eat

Body Cleansing – the art of creating a beautiful body and glowing complexion isn’t about applying expensive products on to your skin.  Although advertising would have us believe so.  How we treat our bodies effects how we look and feel. We have no more precious a commodity than our bodies. Surprisingly though we often treat our cars with more TLC. I am a firm believer in feeding my body well, all the time, not just when I am doing a body cleansing routine. If I over do things, have a late night or feel burnt out it shows in my skin and my eyes. It also definitely affects my mood.
It’s obvious really isn’t it? I try and balance out my body cleansing with tasty immune boosting food and plenty of water.

I’m always going to practice yoga, meditate and run.  They are my breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In truth what do I actually feed my body? What should I concentrate on not only when I am body cleansing but on a daily basis? Recent Research suggests that eating at least ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day (no more that two fruit) is more effective in improving health and preventing disease.  So just so you’re clear, it’s no longer 5  a day!

The Dirty Dozen – The cleanest food choices for your Body Cleansing

Here is a list of the cleanest choices for your fruit and veg, it’s known as the dirty dozen and clean fifteen…..
Eat them raw, juice them or make them into smoothies. But as you can see from the list choose your food wisely. A great way of doing this and supporting your local economy is to buy locally or from your local farmers markets.  They all sell a wide variety of Vegetables, fruit, meat and cheese.  Even if they are not organic, you can talk to the source, the grower and find out where your food comes from. You can ask questions like – what was it fed and how long has it been stored. Not to mention that farmers markets are a great morning out, hustle and bustle, beautiful aromas and a cornucopia of delicious foods to try (and give your body a vitamin D boost too)
List of clean and dirty organic foods for body cleansing

Whilst out running in Wales I got talking to my local farmers about their produce.  I asked them where it’s sold and where our food comes from. It so good to hear how passionately these farmers care about producing quality produce for the consumer.  Go and find a farmer or a grower, I hope they are as nice and helpful as these guys.

farmers standing in an organic food farm the grows food good for body cleansing

Detox Your Body With Yoga & Pilates

After all that clean healthy organic eating the next best thing you can do in your body cleansing routine is to give it a good detoxification Yoga or Pilates practice.  I have included one of each in my one on one online FREE video classes at Tabitha Yoga YouTube  So why not join me online and start your body cleansing, Spring cleaning right now and get that beautiful body both inside and out.

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Take Action And Try New Things In Your Life https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/take-action-try-new-things/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:53:34 +0000 https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/?p=1847 Why take action and try new things? Walt Disney beautifully says – “We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths “In my world the number of times I hear: “I can’t do yoga, I can’t even touch my own toes”. Or […]

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Why take action and try new things? Walt Disney beautifully says – “We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths

In my world the number of times I hear: “I can’t do yoga, I can’t even touch my own toes”. Or “Yoga isn’t for me, it’s not physical enough”.  Or “I don’t want to be the only man”. So what’s stopping you? Why can’t you take action and try new things? I have recently discovered the work of Erin Hanson and she encapsulates how I try to reframe my thoughts…..you may have heard the quote:

“What if I fall?” “Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”

What Can Happen When You Take Action And Try New Things?

Deciding to take action and trying new things and actually doing them, provides liberation and freedom. In addition, you are suddenly in the driving seat, making things happen in your life. Whether it be trying new things or maybe doing something you’ve always wanted to do but something always got in the way. Just in this act alone we become more positive in our outlook.  Suddenly self worth and self esteem are triggered and we all know how often those things are sapped by modern living.
I was never taught dance as a child, but I have always loved the flow and freedom that seems to emanate from tap dancers so I have decided to take action and try new things and I have started taking lessons.  It’s much harder than it looks and I feel very exposed learning a new skill.  I have to say I’m really enjoying it. Maybe I’ll uncover my hidden talent for tap and go on to win loads of competitions. Maybe I’ll just feel like I am starting to flow and move and continue to enjoy the experience. Either way I feel good about getting on with it.
As March begins and Spring doesn’t seem so far away, give yourself a lift and top up those self esteem reservoirs.  Decide on what you want to do (or maybe need to do), but most of all – take action and try new things! Why not start by joining me now on your yoga journey?
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” Lao Tzu.

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Embracing Change In Your Life This Autumn https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/embracing-change-in-your-life-autumn/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:05:10 +0000 https://tabitha-yoga.co.uk/?p=1778 “Click”, I’ve reset my watch and time has changed for winter and it makes me think how easy it is to see what is bad about change; the evenings are darker, the weather is getting colder, we have the whole of winter ahead of us. But without change in your life nothing gets better, nothing […]

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“Click”, I’ve reset my watch and time has changed for winter and it makes me think how easy it is to see what is bad about change; the evenings are darker, the weather is getting colder, we have the whole of winter ahead of us. But without change in your life nothing gets better, nothing grows; no one can fulfil his or her potential without the change that this brings.

Do The Seasons Bring About Change in Your Life?

I tend to enter Autumn in a more reflective state having spent time over the summer doing less teaching and spending more time with my family. It allows me to meditate or just relish the moments we find ourselves in and this gives me space in my head.  My teacher used to say, “physics doesn’t like vacuums and so into that space come thoughts”. What is it about the change of seasons that brings about change in your life? It makes me want to hunt out my place where I work things out (a beach in Wales) to make sense of the world and enable me to focus on what’s next.

“Change in your life is not something that we should fear. Rather it is something that we should welcome, for without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they are meant to be” – BKS Iyengar

Working out what’s next is one of the ways I develop a positive approach to life.  It gives me focus. It gives me direction and it gives me hope. All the things that are important to me. The other thing it does, it makes me feel as though change in your life is for me, it’s mine and that means change is good. Take some time to reflect how the change in seasons make you feel, particularly at this time of year.  Try and draw the positives from these feelings, move forward and you will find change in your life is good for you too.

Why not use this time for change and development of positive feelings to start your journey to A Healthier Lifestyle

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