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Yoga: The Practice and Philosophy

April 18, 2018
With Yoga becoming more popular, there has been a rapid increase in the number of brands selling products related to it, which include Yoga Mats, Yoga Blocks, Yoga Pants, even Yoga Socks. If we take a deeper look into the origins of the practice, however, we will be surprised to find that all of these, although good additions, have little to do with the real practice and have more to do with making a fashion statement. This article outlines the original philosophy behind the popular workout and asks an important question-“Are these accessories really necessary?” Yoga is believed to have developed in India and other parts of the East many centuries ago, as a means to resolve internal conflict and find peace with the realities of life. It was a means by which the practitioner could eventually realise his or her true nature, which would then make it easier to change negative habits and thought patterns, leading to a richer understanding of human existence. The practice involves physical poses, called asanas and psychological processes in the form of meditation. The practice also involves changing one’s habits in order to perform righteous action in life, thus improving how one lives. The practice was also a means to attain liberation from samsara, or the ancient belief that the soul is constantly reborn to fulfil its karma. Yogis were originally seekers that were searching for a deeper understanding of the world, of god and of nature, trying to learn more about the reasons behind existence on this planet. They are often associated with saintly beings that wandered from place to place, often living solitary lives and dwelling in caves, on mountains and in secluded forests. They believed that the world of material existence is impermanent, an illusion that would end and that desire is what brought about the rebirth of a soul until it had dealt with all of its karmic balance and attained liberation. Modern yoga became popular over time as the practice was learned by spiritual seekers from different parts of the world, who were influenced by religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, which have their roots in the philosophy. As these people were not used to the practice, finding the poses uncomfortable and sitting for long hours a daunting task, they began to come up with ways in which they could make it easier. At the turn of the twentieth century, Yoga became more popular than ever before, due to yogis who travelled to different parts of the world to teach people the benefits of following the yogi lifestyle. As more people followed the philosophy, they began to find ways to make the practice easier for someone who wasn’t used to it, developing special mats made of rubber, which would prevent slipping and injuries during practice. Prior to this, yoga was performed on straw mats and rugs made from animal skin, the tiger in particular and it wasn’t uncommon for a yogi to be seated on tiger skin while meditating. After

The Health Benefits Of Pilates

April 18, 2018
Have you heard about Pilates but still not convinced  as to why you should add it to your weekly fitness routine? here are four great reasons why Pilates is so good for your body and the many benefits thats come with regular practice.   1. Body alignment Pilates exercise ensures that the body is properly aligned and as a result the skeleton is balanced and the muscles are held at their appropriate length without being tensed. If the muscles are tensed due to poor alignment of the body then the ligaments and joints will be pulled and result in pain, aches and limited movement. Pilates helps the body in aligning itself and as a result the muscles become well positioned and work efficiently. The impact of gravity is then reduced, the risks of injury are reduced and the posture of the body improved.   2.Strengthens and conditions the body Pilates helps in strengthening and conditioning the body without the use of any equipment. If you do not like going to the gym or cannot go to the gym for particular reasons then you can use your own body to apply pressure to your muscles and in the process strengthen and tone them up. Your body will feel energised and stronger and you will less likely suffer from muscular and joint aches and pains. Body metabolism will also increase and tension and strain on the body will be eliminated as a result of strong core.   3.Flexibility of the muscles and body Pilates is a good way of relieving muscle tension and eases mobility and flexibility of the muscles and body as a whole. Flexibility is also very important for overall fitness and vitality. Pilates ensure that the body is in and out of stretch repeatedly by use of dynamic stretching. When you are flexible, your muscles will be free from tension, aches and pains and your movement will be unrestricted. Posture will also be improved and blood circulation will be better.   4.Shape, tone and endurance Pilates help muscles tone and the body becomes fit and healthy. After a few weeks of Pilates training, the muscles tone up quickly and the body starts top gain shape. The exercise trains every part of the body and tones the muscles which give the body a good shape and you have defined muscles. Pilates also focus on building endurance by improving concentration and building strength and hence the body will have stamina and immense strength.   Come and join us for a Pilates class at our Loganholme studio by downloading our free Wellwood Health App from the iTunes or Google play stores.

All About Pilates

April 18, 2018
Joseph Pilates created a form of exercise called Pilates. Pilates emphasises the balanced development of the body through flexibility, awareness, and core strength to support graceful and efficient movements. Pilates has become one of the most popular exercise programs in Australia. Everywhere you look, there is someone that is either doing Pilates or is interested in starting Pilates. One of the most important things to know about Pilates is that it works very well for a variety of people. Dancers and athletes participate in Pilates programs, as well as seniors and women who want to get back their pre-pregnancy body. Also, people who are in physical rehabilitation participate in Pilates programs to get their strength and flexibility back after an accident or surgery. People who participate in a Pilates program say that they are much leaner, stronger, and longer and can do almost anything with ease and grace- something that maybe they couldn’t do before. Pilates is Adaptable The key to Pilates program success with a wide range of people is that it can be modified to fit all fitness levels. All of the exercises have been created with modification options that can make a workout challenging, but safe for everyone. Foundation is Core Strength The foundation of a Pilates program is core strength. Your core muscles are those internal muscles deep in your back and abdomen. When your core muscles are nice and strong and able to do their job, they are able to work with your superficial muscles in order to support your spine and movement. As you start to develop your core strength, you begin to develop stability through your entire torso area. This is one of the great ways that Pilates actually helps people to get over back pain. As your torso is stabilized correctly, the pressure on your back will be relieved and you will be able to move much more efficiently and freely. Six Principles The six principles of Pilates are: breath, centering, concentration, control, flow, and precision. These are necessary ingredients in a Pilates workout that is of high quality. This method of exercise emphasises quality instead of quantity, and therefore, there are not a lot of repetitions for each movement. Instead of repetitions, the program focuses on making sure you do each exercise fully, in order to reap significant results in a much shorter time than you’d think. If you are interested in a tailored Pilates program to suit you and your body, why not check out our private Pilates training options located at our Loganholme studio at a time convenient to you.

Akhanda Yoga

March 14, 2018
Life is busy –Too busy most days, almost like time is speeding up.  We want things now. We want things yesterday.  We want things fast. With the evolvement of mobile phones, internet and other modern tools, we are constantly being bombarded with outside stimulus. And when we are not being bombarded, we miss it. Most of us actually start to look for something to occupy our minds, to keep our attention, to fill our time.  Look to Yoga when we are in Yoga – in union, in balance and we adapt to what our mind and body need to keep us in balance. And this is why Akhanda Yoga is such a beautiful practice as it can be strong and gentle and incorporates all of it, the philosophy, asana, pranayama and meditation. When we are whole, in balance, in a holistic practice, then our outlook is a reflection of our inner selves, our true nature, which is loving, awareness. Akhanda means whole, full, unbroken tradition. Practice a path to wholeness. Akhanda Yoga is a traditional & holistic approach to yoga. It is a complete balanced practice of asana (posture), pranayama (breath), meditation, mantra, relaxation and readings on the yogic life style & philosophy. We ask to follow in the tradition of yoga and wear white or at least one item of clothing that is white. The reflective nature of white is not just physical. Wearing white impacts the interface between you and the outside world. It will be easier for you to go within and meditate, and to stay true to yourself. Namaste My Name is Alicia. I was lucky enough to be introduced to yoga at a young age, spending afternoons watching my Mother and Aunties practice yoga in the tropical heat of Darwin in the back yard on old blankets. As an Adult I practiced many styles of yoga for over 9 years to overcome mental health issues. I stumbled into my first Akhanda class and knew this was where I was supposed to be. This holistic practice helped me heal and become whole. I have been practicing for over 7 years and Akhanda yoga is now and will always be, a big part of my life. This has inspired me to go further with my practices and complete my 250 hours of Akhanda teacher training under my teacher and mentor Emmanuelle Brown, which has been life changing. As an Akhanda Yoga teacher, I bring a nurturing, honest and playful teaching style to my classes. After many years of working in Community organisations, I look to bring people closer together in the Community through and beyond my practice. Join me on a journey moving into bliss with a 2 hour sadhana practise of traditional Himalayan Akhanda Yoga,  a yoga perspective from North India.  Straight from Rishikesh the gate way of the Himalayas, were you can grow, explore and immerse yourself in the traditional teachings of Akhanda Yoga. Friday 23rd March 6.30pm – 8.30pm BOOKINGS – Via the free Wellwood Health app or make contact

Self Responsibility

March 14, 2018
  Responsibility the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one’s power, control, or management. an instance of being responsible   Many of us never truly learn this precious truth. Blaming everything and everyone else for our own problems is pretty much what everyone does daily. How many of us use how we were brought up as an excuse. How many times have we blamed others to rationalize not correcting certain habits we see in ourselves? Each of us is born with free-will. Mostly in our early years, we did not have the ability to make major choices in life, but as adults, not only do we have the ability, we also have the responsibility. This includes making choices about the core values we grew to trust from our childhood days, the very same ones we can choose to reject and replace with values that sit well honour hearts. Each one of us is responsible for ourselves—no one else.   Self- Responsibility Workshop In this workshop you will be guided to accept accountability – the first step on your Spiritual journey. You will be given a mirror to hold so as to look yourself squarely in the eye, and say, “I am the only one responsible for my actions.” Sunday March 18  10am – 4pm  $85.00 LOCATION Wellwood Health 3918 Pacific Highway, Loganholme QLD 4129 BOOKINGS Contact Elizabeth : 0488 443 615 sacredacademy777@gmail.com Accepted :  credit card or direct bank Facilitator – Elizabeth Taylor-Wey MHs.B  The Sacred Subconscious Academy