Saturday, May 9, 2015

Banana Tropics smoothie


1 cup of almond coconut milk 
1 whole banana
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1/2 cup of frozen mangoes
1 tsp of cinnamon
add ice cubes and blend
garnish with pineapple and cinnamon
ENJOY :) 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

april pose: forearm plank

ardha phalakasana
How to do it:

1. Start lying down on your belly. Bring your forearms onto the mat, aligning that your elbows are directly underneath your shoulders.
2. Spread out through your fingers, and start to engage your core, by pulling up from your belly
3. Curl your toes under and lift your knees off the floor
4. Tuck your tailbone under and create a long line from the crown of your head all the way to your heels

Engage your thighs, push out through your heels and hold for 5 to 10 breaths. Release by dropping your knees and sit back into child's pose.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the arms, legs and core
  • Calms the brain
  • Tones abdominals and glutes

Monday, March 30, 2015

march pose: reverse prayer

pashchima namaskarasana
How to do it:

1. Ensuring you have a nice long spine, bring your arms behind you. Bend the elbows and slowly start to rotate your wrists as you bring your palm togethers (modification: you may grab opposite elbows or place your palms flat on your back, one on top of each other)
2. Keep your collarbones broad, spine long and breath steady.

Stay for 5-10 breathes, then come out slightly.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the wrists and forearms
  • Stretches elbows and shoulders
  • Expands the chest, allowing for deeper breath 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

february pose: revolved side angle

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
How to do it:

1. Start by standing tall at the top of your mat with your hands on your hips
2. Bend your knees and step your left leg back towards the back of your mat coming into a high lunge
3. Ensure that your front knee is bent 90 degrees and your knee is directly over your ankle
4. Keep your back leg strong, lift up from your thigh and push back through your heel, staying on the ball of your foot. *modification: you may bring your back knee down
5. On an inhale, raise your arms up (crescent pose). On an exhale, bring your palms together and down to the centre on your chest as you twist to the right, bringing your left elbow to the outside of your front knee.
6. Press into your palms, lift the heart up and look over your right shoulder

Stay for 5-10 breaths, then release and repeat on the other side.

Benefits:

  • Stretches and stretches the legs, knees and ankles
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Increases stamina and improves balance 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January pose: reclining bound angle

Supta Baddha Konasana
How to do it:

1. Start lying down on your back.
2. Bend your knees bringing the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall to the side
3. Depending on how open or tight you are, your heels can come closer towards you or further away.
4. For support, you may place blocks under your thighs

Relax and breathe. Settle into the pose anywhere from five to ten minutes. To come out, slowly draw your knees together and hug them into your chest, rocking side to side.

Benefits:

  • Stretches the inner thighs, groins and knees
  • Stimulates abdominal organs 
  • Calms the mind and helps relieve stress 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year everyone! As we embark on a new year, here is something to reflect on everyday of your life. Be inspired from the Be the Breath mantra:


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas pose: wheel

Urdhva Dhanurasana
How to do it:

1. Start lying on your back with your knees bent. Separate your feet hip distance apart and start to walk them back towards your hips so you can touch the back of your heels.
2.  Bring your hands behind you, bend your elbows back, palms flat on the floor, and fingers pointing towards your shoulders.
3. Press into your palms as you lift your hips to bring the crown of your head to the floor
4. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale firm your legs, press into your feet and hands to lift your head off the floor then straighten the arms.

Relax the head, soften your glutes and keep your feet parallel to the mat. Stay for 5-10 breaths then slowing tuck your chin in, bend your elbows and slowly lower down to the floor. Hug your knees into your chest and rock side to side to massage your low back.

Modification: bridge pose

Benefits:
  • Strengthens the arms, legs, abdomen and spine
  • Stretches the chest and lungs 
  • Increases energy