An essential guide to yoga: its history, philosophy and how to incorporate the practice into your everyday life.
yoga illustrations by emilia franchini
“The breath is central to the practice of yoga, whether it is physical or meditative […] we can manipulate it to help us improve our health and wellbeing”.
“Mudras and bandhas are techniques used to manage energy in the yogic body. Mudras are hand gestures and seals […]”.
“Half Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
This looks like a shoulder stand, but isn’t quite: less pressure rests through the neck, and the upper back also helps to support the weight of the legs”.
“Pose for Anahata: Camel Pose. This backbend stretches the entire front of the body: the ankles, thighs, groin, spine and shoulders. It is a chest-opener and works on the Manipura, Anahata and Vishuddha chakras”.
“Inversions can be deeply restorative, so they are a wonderful way to wind down a practice”.
“The fascia or connective tissue in the body means that everything is connected […] it’s helpful to think about these intra-body connections and what activates through the chain of muscles”.
“ […] the legs and feet support our entire body and take our weight whenever we stand, walk or run. Understanding these connections can have a real impact on functional movement in life, and in our yoga asana practice.”
“Our hips and pelvis are crucial in most everyday functional movement, including walking, bending down and balancing. The purpose of the hips is to keep us moving and they need to be stable and balanced”.