Tension gets a bad rap, even though it underpins so much of what makes our lives vibrant and meaningful. Muscular tension creates the stored energy we need to run fast, jump high and scamper up trees. And excitement, attraction, anticipation and passion are all highly pleasurable forms of emotional tension.Read More
Maintaining good posture affects how you see the world and how the world sees you. When you stand up straight with your shoulders back, you feel confident, self-assured, energetic. You’re literally taller. People see you as strong, athletic and attractive. You catch their eye. They assume you mean business. Good posture is a clear signal of physical and mental health. Of youth, fitness and vitality.Read More
Yoga is no one-trick pony.
When you get into the rhythm of a regular practice, you’ll find that morning stiffness is a thing of the past and that your mind is a much friendlier neighbourhood to spend time in but it can also provide you with challenges if that is what you need. After all, a challenge is just something you don’t know that you can do yet.Read More
A morning yoga session sets you up for the day, feeling supple, energised and clear-headed. You may have other morning rituals that you enjoy—drinking coffee, working out, journalling, or spending time with your family. If possible, try to steal your 15 minutes on the mat before your day starts to get either stressful or unpredictable.Read More
Carving out 15 minutes of your day to practice yoga isn’t selfish or self-indulgent. On the contrary, it’s smart and responsible. You need to put your own oxygen mask on first so that you can be strong, focused and present for your loved ones, colleagues and the strangers you haven’t even met yet.
It’s your job to start the day with a clear head and energy to burn, before you launch into the chaos and unknown.Read More
I started going to regular yoga classes when I was working as a personal trainer in Mexico. At the time, I was lifting weights several times a week, training every day at the boxing gym and teaching high-intensity abs classes in the evenings. Yoga provided the perfect balance to my heavy training schedule and I immediately fell in love with it.Read More
Tight hips are ubiquitous amongst athletes. However, it can get confusing, because your hips don’t move in just one direction. This means that you can have epically open hips in one position and experience significant discomfort in another. Here are 6 tests you can do to assess the extent of your flexibility in the various different planes of motion, and the relevant poses for each.Read More
“I am a 40 year old father of 4. I enjoy getting out on my bike and enter the odd sportive and time trial. For years, I have been using the Sufferfest workouts to help maintain my fitness. I often found that after longer rides, I would suffer from back pain, which would keep me off the bike and stop me from doing what I love.”Read More
As a sportsman, I would describe myself as a golfer who does triathlon to keep fit. These two sports give me considerable discomfort in my mid-to-lower back during the summer months as I train and compete in both. It’s something I learned to live with when I was ignorant about how to fix it. A football injury effectively removed the ACL in my right knee and prohibited me from contact sports, so I stepped up the triathlon.Read More
While the type of yoga I teach and practice has a significant flexibility component, my goal is functional rather than absolute flexibility. I’m far less interested in perfecting Standing Splits than in maintaining a level of flexibility that prevents aches and pains, increases suppleness in the body and reduces risk of injury.Read More