Sian Rule Yoga

Creative, inclusive and friendly Yoga classes for your health and well-being.


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Yoga for Pregnancy

pregnant womenPregnancy is enhanced by the practice of gentle yoga poses, quiet periods of bringing the awareness to the breath and the growing baby within. The Daily Mail online has published an article about Hilaria Baldwin’s favourite poses for preventing back-ache during pregnancy.

The Spanish born yoga teacher has produced a video on WhatToExpect.com but as some commentators mention she only suggests physical aspects of yoga and omits to mention some of the other aspects of yoga such as meditation and breathing practices which help to calm the mind and connect within. Another says she needs to go through the whole experience before she advises others.

What do you think?  Read the whole article at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2331814/The-expecting-childs-pose-Hilaria-Baldwin-reveals-favorite-prenatal-yoga-stretches-relieving-pain.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

TO ADD (02/06/13):

Always go to an experienced teacher to guide you through this special time. Specialised classes will bring another dimension to your pregnancy, but always listen to advice to stretch gently to avoid stressing joints and over-stretching ligaments which are so much more pliable during pregnancy.

To read further, try any book by Wendy Teasdill.  Yoga in Pregnancy, published by Gaia books gives excellent advise on the body and mind at this time, the changes women go through, suitable stretches and short meditative practices, tips for the best birth possible and how to attune to each other and move on through life together and with your baby.

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NEXT WORKSHOP

Sunday 19th May 9.30am – 1pm

REDWICK VILLAGE HALL

Redwick Hall

Get your body moving through flowing yoga moves, increase your stamina through strengthening exercises and feel fit as you prepare for summer days and long evenings outside.
Tone your body for the beach and enjoy your summer adventures, whether it’s hiking the hills, canoeing the rivers or badminton at the campsite!
Learn techniques to get rid of the long winter blues and lighten the mood for relaxed, chilled days ahead. (See ‘Beat the Blues’ on the ‘Home’ page). Finishing with a lovely relaxing Yoga Nidra, you’ll be in top form for more than the week ahead!

£25 each, or £20 if you bring a friend along.
Don’t miss out, book with Sian to get you on the road for a fit and healthy Summer.


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BEAT THE BLUES

Woman in splits Mar 13If you’re feeling blue after a long winter, psychiatrists advise heading for a yoga class.

Science has now proven that yoga can help people suffering from mental illnesses; depression and anxiety, post traumatic stress, alcohol dependency, eating disorders, ADHD and epilepsy.

The Yoga, The Brain and Mental Health Conference in November 2012 brought psychiatrists, scientists and yoga teachers from all over the world to share findings on how yoga improves people’s state of mind and health.

MRI scans show that the amygdala (area of the brain responsible for the fight or flight response) reduces in size after regular meditations. Practising yoga works through its holistic approach affecting the physical body, the mind and the breath and the emotions together. For people with emotional regulation difficulties, starting with a physical approach can be easier and quicker than beginning with specific behavioural training.


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Keep on Practising!

yoga woman Mar 13Have you ever looked at someone doing yoga and thought they were born that bendy and that’s why they are able to do yoga?

Research and a recent book by Malcolm Gladwell assert that even people who we think of as ‘clever’ or ‘gifted’ have only got to their level of achievement because they have been putting in the hours, day in, day out.

Neurologist Daniel Levitin says “the emerging picture from such studies is that 10,000 hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert-in anything. In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again… No one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time..”

However, in his book Deceived Wisdom, David Bradley disagrees saying it was based on research by psychologist Anders Ericsson of Florida State University who never mentioned it. Bradley maintains “It (practice) can make you perfectly competent – but not necessarily excellent”.

Nevertheless if we want to progress and develop in body, mind and spirit through yoga, as with anything, putting in the practice means we reap rewards and create a healthy discipline in our lives.  I don’t agree with Huffington Post writer, Kino MacGregor’s single-minded view that we have to keep going back to the mat in order to practise. There are many other ways to practise yoga too, especially if we are not so physically flexible and strong. The following are just a few:

– bringing the attention to the breath,

– feeling the feet on the ground, and our posture, as we stand and walk,

– listening to someone with complete attention

– treating ourselves and others with ‘ahimsa’ (non violence)

If you’d like to know more, read the article in the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kino-macgregor/yoga-practice_b_2870247.html or put in the hours and read the books!


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NEXT YOGA WORKSHOP

         

Desk workers’ 9 to 5 – Restore and Revive! Eliminate neck, shoulder and back ache.

Sunday 17th March 2 -5.30pm

Office Worker with Mountain of PaperworkRedwick  Hall

Do you sit at a desk for hours, hunched over the computer? Does neck pain, back ache or headaches make you miserable? Do you suffer from stress and find it difficult to relax?

Learn techniques to use at work to eliminate those aches and pains. Sink into that perfect stretch and safely ease out tensions. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting upright and your body breathing a thank you…it’s at ease again.

Book and find out more by contacting Sian on sian@sianruleyoga.com.

£25 per person or take advantage of our bring a friend offer at £20 each.


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STRENGTH IN YOGA

Man Flexing BicepsSaturday saw a group of yoga teachers in south east Wales having a brilliant yoga day’s training on how to bring strength into yoga, and why it’s so important. We all know yoga is great for increasing our flexibility, but without strength, flexibility can mean joints aren’t protected and injuries can happen.

Our experienced teacher, Zoe Knott, gave us simple yet effective exercises based on anatomy, to help strengthen thighs, feet, arms, abdominals and wrists. With these areas strengthened, the whole body is covered!

And unlike muscle building exercises that build just the middle part of the muscle, yoga strengthens the whole of the muscle right down to the connective tissue, which protect joints so effectively.  Zoe also covered ways in which we can enter and exit yoga poses safely and strongly, keeping the back in neutral and protecting the sacro-iliac joints which often suffer from general wear and tear.

Yoga classes around Wales will be benefitting from safe, strong yoga at the same time as getting flexible – and when you know that strength in body also means strength in the mind, just imagine what we’ll be able to achieve!


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Make your Choice!

Group of Young People at a Party Sitting on a Couch with ChampagneThe average party goer puts on over 10lb over Christmas, so now party-time is over, be ruthless and say ‘no’ to all those left over naughty nibbles and half empty bottles of spirits.  Keep up your resolve to get your fitness back by choosing an activity that suits you. If you don’t enjoy what you do, you won’t stick at it.

Buddha said: Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

If you choose yoga, it will take you along a path that helps you feel better not just in body but in mind and spirit too – not just for 2013.

And for a full list of all the benefits of yoga (there are plenty!) see the About Yoga page – and you’ll know you’ve made the right choice.