A challenge for your practice. And an even harder to say in Sanskrit.
Parivrtta Utthita Hasta Padangustasana!
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.
In a city where pigeons rule the streets, why not join them? And become 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!
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.
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.
Yogafurie offers a challenge in your home practice!
Very similar in appearance, and nearly similar in effort. Boat pose (sanskrit Navasana) and Both Big Toe Pose (sanskrit Ubhaya Padangusthasana) are brilliant additions to your practice to help you feel grounded, stable, strong and flexible.
“Be still like a mountain, and flow like a great river” – Lao Tzu
These are fantastic asanas (postures) for cultivating a sense of stillness and strength. They help us to discover alignment anomalies we may have hidden under the surface in our own bodies, and they help us to work with them to find more functional movement. These two asanas form the basis for all standing postures in Yoga.
There is fear of death because there is a part of us that dies. It’s very important for living things to die – because then their compounds are available for re-use by other living beings. Gardeners create compost heaps to exploit this – as things rot, they release their raw material which is then available for new life. People say that death is inevitable: in fact, life is inevitable. No matter how many things die and rot away, more springs up. Our minds exist to manage our lives, so our minds are uncomfortable with the idea that life must end. When the body dies, so does the mind.
Yoga texts suggest there is a part of us that doesn’t die. They go on to say that we mis-identify, and assume that our mind is our life: that because it dies, then all is over. And, of course, all is over for that individual. But the part that lives on is in all people, and is the same in all people. Its presence is required for the physical process we call life to occur. When it leaves, that process ends.
Marcus Rendle has been attending Yogafurie Hot Yoga for 8+ months to help him train in his run up the Marathon Des Sables. Below he explains how Hot Yoga has helped him.
Taking care of yourself is so important when you regularly push your mind and body to the limits.
A lot of athletes see the value in hot yoga for all it’s health benefits like:
● Building strength and flexibility
● Injury prevention and promoting long term health
● The focus on breathing helps keep your mind steady and strengthens your cardiovascular system
Our Yogafurie member Marcus Rendle finds it especially useful in order to get him ready for running marathons in the desert as the studio is a similar heat, let’s hear about how it has helped him with his training…