Post Script: The Classic Yoga Bible – Christina Brown

The Classic Yoga Bible

The Classic Yoga Bible

Christina Brown

Hachette Australia

Godsfield

ISBN: 9781841813684

 

Description:

Yoga brings not only a suppleness to the body but also a sense of spiritual and physical well-being to those who practice it. Featuring over 170 postures from the main schools of yoga, The Yoga Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practicing yoga and finding a mental and physical balance in life. The book encourages yoga beginners and experts alike to find a yoga sequence that suits their personal needs and abilities.

 

 

My View:

A great resource for those at any stage of their yoga practice journey.  I have recently (in the past few months) started yoga – I practice with a lovely group of people who are all carrying injuries of various types, yoga poses can be adapted ( lightened) so that most people can participate regardless of fitness. This book defines the poses, has photographic guides to achieving the pose and also lists the Gaze, the Build- Up Pose, the Counter Pose, discusses how to lighten the pose and the Effect of the pose e.g.  centreing, calming, balancing… I love the calming effect and the ability I now have to relax my breathing when under pressure…the section “yoga for destressing” is a must read.

 

“Over time you will find ways to undo less than perfect posture.  With a balanced practice, your week areas will grow stronger, and your tight areas will become more flexible. General vitality and energy levels will improve, and, as you unwind your bodymind, you’ll drop into relaxation more easily. Yoga develops coordination, flexibility, stamina, balance, mental clarity, increased concentration and overall health. Yoga is an all-round life enhancer” p. 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pause: How to Press Pause Before Life Does For You: Deep Breathing Exercise

How to press pause

Pause: How to press pause before life does it for you by Danielle Marchant ($19.99), published by Hachette Australia.

 

I have found deep breathing to be  particularly useful practice whenever I am feeling tense or overwhelmed, or having my blood pressure measured, trying to fall asleep etc  I hope it assists you too.

 

Deep breathing exercise (p196)

 

This simple breathing exercise is very relaxing for the body and mind, so it is particularly helpful before you go to sleep – you can do it lying down in bed.

 

  • Let your arms relax on either side of your body and keep your legs about hip-width apart. Initially, just take a few gentle deep breaths, inhaling through your nose

and exhaling through your mouth, mindful of filling and emptying your lungs fully.

 

  • Now take a deep inhale through your nose for a count of four. You might create a soft sound as you do so that also helps to soothe and relax you. Hold the breath at the top of the inhale for a count of four, then exhale through your nose for a count of four.

 

  • On the next breath, inhale for a count of six, hold for a count of six and exhale for a count of six. And the breath after that, inhale, hold and exhale for counts of eight. If you can, try building up to counts of 10 and 12.

 

  • To complete the exercise, start reducing the count by two for each breath until you finish with a count of four.

 

  • Now just let go and breathe normally…

A Time To Pause

There are times in our life we we need to pause, to stop for reflection, to work out a new or maybe different path, a time to slow things down and work out what is important. Endless lists, social media updates, work, meetings, deadlines…all a priority – or are they? It is time to pause.

 

 


How to press pause

Pause: How to press pause before life does it for you by Danielle Marchant ($19.99), published by Hachette Australia.

More soon.

Om….and the Art of Bread Making

Ommmmmm….there is nothing like bread making to ground you, to relax you, to develop your sense of patience. I am rediscovering the art of relaxation, deep breathing, yoga and…sour dough bread making.

Bread making and in particular using wild fermented yeast (sour dough) is an art that develops your patience and attunes you to the local environment – favourable weather conditions are a must – a too cold a house equals bread bricks 🙂   I am guilty of rushing…and sour dough will not be rushed!

Mother Nature has fooled me into thinking that it is a good time to start making bread – the skies have been blue, the roses are budding, the veggie patch is looking good.

spring garden

But I have been fooled- the sun may shine but it is not that warm (16 degrees maximums this week) and each time I have started the bread making process I have reached a particular stage and then the temperature has dropped and …the yeast has returned to dormancy.

Ferment cover

However I have had some success and have learnt alot this week, about  bread making and fermenting in general thanks to the assistance of Holly Davis’s new book Ferment.   This book provides recipes and lots of information relating to the various methods of fermenting ( Activate, Capture, Steep, Infuse, Incubate and Cure). One of the most useful things I learnt this week was the  “float test” to check if your leaven mix is active and ready to go. Getting this right makes such a difference to the success (or not) of your sough dough bread making.

The Float Test

Successful float test and I was ready for action..then the weather changed…it cooled down, rapidly…my sough dough sunflower and rye loaf became a a delicious sunflower and rye brick 🙂  The crumb is great. The flavour is awesome but it needed a few more degrees of warmth to have risen that bit more …I will not give up, I will just have to wait a few weeks for the temperature to increase a few degrees and all will be fine. I’ll let you know how I get on.

sunflower and rye bread

Back to the deep breathing exercises….Ommmmmm…..