Project W.A.S.H, Running the Half Marathon and Raising Money for Charity

A dedicated Yogafurie Student, James Walker, is running the Water of Life Half Marathon! With your help he hopes to build a rainwater harvesting tank in a rural village in Kisoro, Uganda.

The water tank will reduce water stress for a community of over 100 people. It will capture and store rainwater to provide a water source which would otherwise be miles away.

The area “suffers for water”, and it is the job of children to walk miles over mountainous terrain to fetch it and carry heavy 20 litre jerry cans. This means they are often late for school and arrive exhausted. With your donations we can build this simple water solution and reduce water stress to this villagers and their children!

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Learn Warrior 2 with Perfect Postures at Yogafurie!

Kind Heart, Fierce Mind, Brave Spirit

Watch our Warrior video and learn the story behind the posture.

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Warrior 2 helps us become strong and focused whilst also opening us up. We strengthen our legs, core and shoulders. At the same time we find space and flexibility in our thighs, groin, chest and shoulders. This way we can stand tall, open, steady and ready.

This pose has a beautiful story of love and hate. Watch our video above to find out it’s gory history.

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Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose! Perfect Postures Guide.

“First I do the Yoga. Then I do the things.” – Unknown

Hand to big toe pose

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose is a powerful standing posture to practice. In Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose you learn strength, stability and flexibility. You can stand upright, strong and balanced. Your legs and hips can become more flexible whilst your ankles, legs and tummy become stronger. But not to worry if you’re a beginner, props can go a long way here!

Read on to discover how to practice this pose safely at home. Better yet, come to a Yogafurie class and practice it with one of our teachers!

If you have ankle, leg, hip or lower back injuries, perhaps skip this pose.

Preparatory Poses

Uttanasana – Forward Fold

Virabhadrasana 1 – Warrior 1

Trikonasana – Triangle Pose

Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon Pose

Hand to Big Toe Pose

Step by Step Instructions

Step One

From Tadasana, bring your left knee toward your belly.

Step Two

Reach your left arm inside the thigh, cross it over the front ankle, and hold the outside of your left foot, or take your big toe with middle and index finger, and close the loop with your thumb. If your hamstrings are tight, hold a strap looped around the ball of the left foot.

Step Three

Firm the front thigh muscles of the standing leg, and press the outer thigh inward.

Step Four

Inhale and extend the left leg forward. Straighten the knee as much as possible, without hurting or arching your back, and without leaning in with the shoulder. Basically, make sure you stand up straight, even if you can’t straighten the leg that way. You can place one hand on a wall if you’re unsteady.

If your leg and back are both straight, press the mound of the big toe joint in the ball of your foot away. This will lengthen the inside line of your leg, and sometimes then you can lift the leg higher without straining. Pull your shoulder blade down and bend your elbow to take up the movement if the leg does lift.

At all times, your extended knee is a least a little soft. Don’t lock out into the back of your knee. Hold for five good breaths if you can.

Step Five

If you’re steady, swing the leg out to the side. Breathe steadily; breathing takes concentration, but it helps you balance. Keep your left hip lined up over your left heel. You’re aiming to get the inner ankle in line with the top of your inner thigh and your inner ear.

Step Six

Hold for five good breaths if you can, then swing the leg back to centre with an inhale. If you’re tired, lower the foot to the floor with an exhale. Otherwise stand with the leg elevated for up to five good breaths – don’t lean back with your upper body. Repeat on the other side for the same length of time.

Hand to Big Toe Pose

Fancy a lie down after that?

You can practice Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose lying down on your mat. Practice exactly as described above, but lying down on your mat. When you take the leg to the side in Step Five, keep both hips grounded – the leg might not go all the way to the floor.

Related postures

There are other postures that take the same arrangement of arms and legs as Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose Step Five. If you practice Trikonasana for a long time, you’ll eventually hold your own big toe. You can learn about Trikonasana here on the Yogafurie blog. There’s a similar version of Vasisthasana: it’s quite tricky for most people, but you can read about the beginner variations here on the Yogafurie blog also.

Perch Up High and Find Your Balance with Crow Pose. Perfect Postures!

“If you fall, I’ll be there” – Mat

Crow Pose

Crow Pose, or Bakasana, is a fabulous arm balance with which you could start your arm balance journey. It builds strength, body awareness, balance, but most of all, it builds trust in your own power. Once we learn to get our feet off the floor, we learn to trust our balance and our strength, which could lead us on from Crow Pose to a whole host of arm balances such as Side Crow Pose, Flying Pigeon Pose, or even in to Inversion postures. Crow Pose really is a gateway into a whole host of Yoga postures, it helps us step into our power to develop and grow!

Crow Pose, or Bakasana, will strengthen our wrists, arms, shoulders, core and hips. Our balance improves and our confidence grows too!

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What Is Pilates? – Carmen Elvatud Dance Shares Her Knowledge

What is Pilates?

Carmen Elvatud Dance teaches a Pilates class every Tuesday at Yogafurie, she has shared with us below what is Pilates.

Pilates Bristol

Joseph.H. Pilates devoted his entire life to researching and developing an exercise system, which provides a balance between mind and body, strength and elasticity. Some of the movements were inspired by children and cats, also based on observation of the mechanism of the body, to achieve a universal, efficient and practicable method for the majority of people, regardless of age, sex and condition.

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Perfect Postures! Tree Pose

“The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood it’s ground” – Anon

Watch our Video of how to practice here on YouTube

Tree Pose

Tree pose (Vrksasana) is a brilliant asana to include in your daily practice. Tree pose requires balance and focus, and can help us to develop in our balance practice. Just like in Tadasana, we want to feel firmly rooted to the earth, we have the ability to sway with the wind but we stay tall and strong on the ground below. It can become almost a metaphor for balance in daily life, we’re rooted and strong, and can bend to the wind without losing our grounding.

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Ed’s Guide for Starting and Developing an Inversions Practice

What are inversions?

Any pose where the head is below the waist can be counted as an inversions posture. However, most often it’s the poses where the feet are above the head that are called “inversions”.

Inversions

Why do inversions?

Hatha Yoga is an amazing physical practice. If you read into it a little, you soon see that there is no part of the human body that is not targeted for practice. So, of course we would try to stand upside down. Hatha Yoga creates people who are as strong and stable upside down as they are standing upright.

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Perfect Postures! Dancing Shiva Pose

A challenge for your practice. And an even harder to say in Sanskrit.

Parivrtta Utthita Hasta Padangustasana!

Dancing Shiva Pose

Dancing Shiva Pose

Dancing Shiva Pose is both challenging and empowering. It helps to build strength, poise and flexibility. It requires focus and practice. Once you start to feel comfortable in a posture like Dancing Shiva Pose, you can start to experience the energetic effects of a string twist, stretch and balance.

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Perfect Postures! King Pigeon Pose

In a city where pigeons rule the streets, why not join them? And become King Pigeon!

King Pigeon

King Pigeon (Kapotasana) is a strong back bend posture. It can provide a deep stretch to your hip flexors, abdomen, shoulders and upper arms. It also strengthens muscles in the back, abdomen, shoulders and arms whilst helping to improve posture. All of these benefits come if practiced safely! So make sure to warm up and only practice if you feel your body is ready to give it a go.

This article will provide a quick and safe way to practice the posture at home. But as always it’s best to come to class and practice it with a trained Yogafurie instructor!

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Thought and Feeling – Buddhist Philosophy and Hot Yoga

Buddhist philosophy is intensely practical – in a very physical way. This blog tries to explain how you can use your Yogafurie Hot Yoga practice to deepen your understanding of Buddhist ideas.

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Invitation for free thinking

The Kalama Sutta relates a discussion between the Buddha and the peoples of a district in the north east of India. In it, the Buddha encourages people to think for themselves in a reasonable way. What follows is not a translation, because most translations use a sort of Biblical language. I’ve presented a contemporary reading.

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