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Asana Practise and Wellness Through Movement

International Yoga Day in Platres

June 23, 2017

Since 2015 the 21st June has not only marked Summer Solistice but also the International Day of Yoga, as agreed (by an unprecedented consensus) by the United Nation’s General Assembly in December 2014. The idea to observe Yoga Day came from India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi who at the time stated: “For us in India, respect for nature is an integral part of spiritualism. We treat nature’s bounties…

Yoga Philosophy and Mindfulness

7 Yoga-inspired Tips for Anxiety and Stress

May 14, 2017
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This past week has been the Mental Health Awareness Week. However, mental health is obviously not an issue just for one week a year, just like a good mental health is more than just absence of a mental health problem. Stress and anxiety for instance are issues that touch all of us at least some point in our lives: school or university exams, professional demands and relationship challenges…

Asana Practise and Wellness Through Movement Everyday Life and Thoughts

Social media update and why I use it in the first place.

February 3, 2017

I started this blog because I like writing  and I did not find (m)any blogs about yoga combining the physical and more spritual aspects of it. I’ve been using Instagram for several years because I like taking and looking at photos. Insta also proved to be a great tool when I was recovering from my dislocated shoulder few years back. It allowed me to follow my progress that…

Asana Practise and Wellness Through Movement

What is Yoga Therapy?

December 30, 2016

There is a good article that has been coming up on my Facebook feed a lot lately on how Western health professional are increasingly aware of the benefits yoga therapy can bring to patients. In the recent years there has been more and more clinical research highlighting positive impact yoga can have in alleviating back pain, anxiety, insomnia and cardiovascular diseases. As yoga therapy is inherently holistic, it…

Asana Practise and Wellness Through Movement

Yoga for Pregnancy

December 8, 2016

Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy for several reasons. In addition to the “general” (in the absence of a better word…) benefits I talked about earlier here, here’s a few pregnancy specific points that are interesting: An asana practise can be very grounding both physically and emotionally: It can literally improve balance as the centre of gravity of the body shifts during pregnancy. It also offers hightened…

Asana Practise and Wellness Through Movement Videos and Funny Things

Belly breathing

November 25, 2016

Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure to encounter many people new to yoga. The best part of this, in addition to of course guiding the practise, is all the questions I get, not the least because it gets my brain ticking too. One of the most common questions is about the diaphragmatic breathing, also called belly or abdominal breathing. Whilst this is the most…

Videos and Funny Things

True (Yoga) Inspiration

November 2, 2016

Eileen is 105, fit and healthy. She drives a yellow Mini and practises yoga regularly: She started her classes when she was 75 so she has 30 years of practise behind her. A true inspiration – watch a short clip of her from BBC here. 105-vuotias Eileen ajaa keltaista miniä ja on harrastanut joogaa 30 vuotta. Tästä mallia meille kaikille!  …

Yoga Philosophy and Mindfulness

4 Locks, 4 Keys

October 25, 2016

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.33 offers us an useful – but not always easy to follow – advise on how to cultivate a calm and clear mind, even in challenging situation. Sounds good right? This Sutra is often referred as ”four locks and four keys” Sutra, as it comes in, you guessed it, with four points, or actions to practise. There are various translations of the sutra, but roughly…