Yoga

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

Great for encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower our levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, it can lower our blood pressure and heart rate, improve digestion and strengthen the immune system.

uplifting yoga sequence to relieve muscle tension

LINDSAY BARCHAN

Lindsay has been studying, practising and teaching various styles of Yoga for over 16 years including Ashtanga Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.

In 2008, she started dedicating her focus to the Iyengar method, due to the difference in the substance of learning. Iyengar yoga allowed her to experience yoga on a completely different level.

WHAT IS IYENGAR YOGA?

Iyengar Yoga is suitable and accessible for everyone. It is adaptable, and suits persons of any age, with any range of movement, flexibility, and condition of health.

This video was produced to help people at home under lockdown restrictions with Covid-19. Lindsay teaches a sequence of yoga postures, designed to stretch our legs, arms and spine, to relieve tension from sitting at home all day.

This 25 minute sequence also relieves low mood, with postures such as this, Ustrasana (Camel pose). Enjoy!*

Yoga Flow for Healthy, Happy Hips

Jennifer Presland

Key Wellbeing partner Jennifer Presland's love of yoga started 10 years ago after taking a “power yoga” class in Japan. Over the years, she has practiced all forms of yoga including Hatha, Bikram, Yin and Vinyasa.

She completed her 200hr yoga alliance accredited teacher training course in Sydney and went on to do pre and post natal training. After having her second child, she went on to complete a yoga alliance course on children’s yoga.

In response to our call for specific support for you throughout this time, Jennifer has put together a 40 minute class focusing on our Hips!

We often focus on our flexibility when it comes to the hips, but strength is just as important. With strength comes stability and with flexibility comes mobility which equals healthy happy hips.

It is thought by some that our emotional energy can be stored in our hips. Working on letting go tension in this area can help to release any emotions that you may be holding onto that no longer serve you.

So grab your mat, or something comfortable to lie on. You may also find it helpful to have blocks or books to help elevate you and get ready to breathe and let go!*

Easy morning yoga sequence

Michele Maselli

World explorer, Michele Maselli, aka 'Mickey Space', has spent much time traveling India and Thailand amongst his many destinations and has studied Yoga with several inspiring teachers worldwide. In 2007 he graduated with a 900 hour in depth teacher's diploma at Gita International and has been teaching classes, running in-depth retreats and immersed in full time teaching.

Currently Melbourne based, Mickey teaches the full gamut of Yoga styles from Vinyasa to Yin Yoga and sound healing. His style is eclectic due to his diverse experience and background, incorporating all aspects of Yoga in a class. Mickey's style will challenge students physically, educate them anatomically and inspire them spiritually, always with a sense of lightness, humour and joy.

In less than 30 minutes, this Quick morning flow yoga will get your day started right.

During this practice you will have time to set an intention for today, this intention has the ability to shape the rest of your day, and will give you a focus throughout the hours that follow.

The movements demonstrated will help to lengthen and stretch our tight bodies, preparing us for movement throughout the day.

Practicing yoga in the morning will warm up your digestive system and help nutrients to move more easily through the body. Why not check out the Nutrition section for some great smoothie recipes for a healthy breakfast.

Grab your mat, or something comfortable to lie on and let's start the day well!*

Yoga for resetting the nervous system

Cadia Belate

Cadia Belate's yoga journey began in 2011, and it has been a part of her life ever since. Discovering a great sense of peace through the practice, this carried over from the mat into her daily life. After completing her Hatha yoga & yoga Nidra teacher training with Ojashvi Yoga Shala in India in 2017, she began to feel a deep desire to share her passion of yoga with others. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, Cadia teachers her classes from the heart and believes that everyone should practice yoga!

Acknowledging that all students are unique, she encourages students to create a tailored practice to their own body and needs. Cadia believes that the mind, body and soul connection is a sacred one and should be nurtured; she is continually inspired by yoga's transformative power - both on a physical and internal level, so let's come together in the practice to discover the most peaceful and authentic versions of ourselves!

This Resetting the nervous system Yoga practice, using a combination of mindfulness, breath work, movement and gratitude and will help reduce pressure on the sympathetic nervous system and increase the parasympathetic nervous system.

All of us will have times in our lives, such as our current challenges, when our sympathetic nervous system will be highly active.

When the parasympathetic system is stimulated, muscles become less tense while the heart rate and blood pressure lower. The parasympathetic system cancels out the sympathetic system and has a calming effect on the body.

So grab your mat, or something comfy to lie on, set your intention for resetting the nervous system and lets bring a sense of calm into our lives today.*

*Key Wellbeing Ltd recommends that you consult your physician regarding the applicability of any recommendations and follow all safety instructions before beginning any exercise program. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. You can view our full notice here.

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