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Wasu Yoga & Pilates Retreat 4th March ( 4 days 3 nights at £450 ) – Malaga, Spain.

Wasu Yoga & Pilates Retreat in a gorgeous Andalusian villa, with gorgeous 7.5 meter diameter pool + separate chill pool. The Yoga Retreat is located in the heart of Andalusia just 20 minutes from Malaga Airport on the sunny Costa Del Sol, Spain. Wasu Yoga & Pilates Retreat 4th March ( 4 days 3 nights at £450 ) – Malaga, Spain. £450 per person on sharing basis. Wasu Yoga & Pilates Retreat Spain If you do yoga or you want to start, then you are in good hands with Wasu Yoga Retreats Malaga.  Wasu Yoga Retreats Malaga is pleased to welcome you to their retreats in Spain where they will be offering you to a relaxing and inspiring experience in an enchanting location. Highlights: Daily one 90mins yoga sessions & one 45mins pilates sessions. Daily guided meditation sessions. Leisure time for own relaxation and exploration. Daily healthy organic brunch and dinner Transfers to and from the airport 3 nights of accommodation Skill level: Beginner Intermediate Advanced Good to know: All ages are welcome as participants. Wasu …

Definition of “Yoga”

ˈyōɡə Defining Yoga Defining yoga in the western world has been transformed from the original meaning. The meaning of yoga is considered as a word symbolizing a challenging workout that only some may participate. However, this definition does not provide justice to the actual meaning of the word yoga. Here we will break down the literal translation and discuss ones likely experience with the term: YOGA. Defining yoga and it’s word origin: Translating the word yoga from Sanskrit, yoga is a verb used to define yoke (couple). The literal translation in Latin is jungere, also a verb but the literal translation defines yoga as to join. At The Pursuit of Yoga we have taken the literal translation and used this as our definition throughout. In the western world yoga carries a smorgasbord of meanings. Other cultures define yoga as a state of being, a way of living and a practice of communication. Along with this yoga is also defined as a religion and some consider yoga a spiritual path. Our intention is to define yoga …

What a Good Yoga Teacher will Tell You

What a Good Yoga Teacher will Tell You! A good teacher will tell you that yoga is the journey toward finding the inner you. Yoga is only yoga, so long as it is yours. So long as it brings you to a deeper understanding of yourself. A good teacher will tell you not to idealize or imitate him; to learn his methods and then over time make it yours. A good teacher will show you the way toward yourself, not to being codependent on their wisdom and expertise. Your yoga practice is your own. It’s not about idealizing, fantasizing, or romanticizing the practice of another teacher. Stay on your own path. Half the work is staying true to ourselves, in spite of the distraction of the spiritual marketplace around us. Be in your body, in your mind, in your heart––and care for yourself wisely. Be self-assured that you are as brilliant and magnificant as anyone else, and that your journey is equally worthy of love. Know that yours is a story worth telling. Believe in …

Stretching: The Truth.

WHEN DUANE KNUDSON, a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Chico, looks around campus at athletes warming up before practice, he sees one dangerous mistake after another. “They’re stretching, touching their toes. . . . ” He sighs. “It’s discouraging.” If you’re like most of us, you were taught the importance of warm-up exercises back in grade school, and you’ve likely continued with pretty much the same routine ever since. Science, however, has moved on. Researchers now believe that some of the more entrenched elements of many athletes’ warm-up regimens are not only a waste of time but actually bad for you. The old presumption that holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds — known as static stretching — primes muscles for a workout is dead wrong. It actually weakens them. In a recent study conducted at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, athletes generated less force from their leg muscles after static stretching than they did after not stretching at all. Other studies have found that this stretching decreases muscle strength by …

Hyperextended Knee in Yoga!

Hyperextended Knee Many yoga students are quite surprised to learn that joints can become too flexible. But in many joints, ligaments and tendons play a major role in preventing excessive motion; if those tissues become too loose, the joint can move in ways that cause damage or set the stage for injury. A joint with such laxity is said to be hypermobile, and the knee is particularly vulnerable to this problem. In fact, this joint is more or less just one long bone (the femur, or thighbone) stacked on top of another long bone (the tibia, or shinbone). Ligaments and tendons are all that holds these bones together. Most people are all too aware of how easily and dramatically the knee’s connective tissues can be injured by twisting. But fewer people are aware that knee hyperextension—too much opening at the back of the knee—also creates misalignment and bad movement habits that can pave the way for arthritis and more serious knee injuries. Do You Hyperextend? Wearing minimal or tight-fitting clothes so you can clearly discern …

Why You Shouldn’t Hyperextend In Yoga

by: Stephen Ewashkiw As a travelling yoga teacher I like to make an attempt at teaching part of my class in the local language, even if it’s just a few words. It’s always good for a laugh, and people appreciate my attempt at taking part in the local culture. I have been teaching regularly in China for the past couple of years, but one of the few phrases I have learned to say in Mandarin (a notoriously difficult language) is: I do not want hyperextension of the elbow. I do not want hyperextension of the knee. In Mandarin that’s 不要 手肘超伸. 不要 膝盖超伸. (Bùyào shǒu zhǒu chāo shēn. Bùyào xigai chāo shēn.), in case you’re interested. Most of my Chinese students have long, thin bones, covered in long, lean muscles. This body shape, but not only this body shape, lends itself to the tendency to hyperextend elbows and knees. Most of these students don’t know they hyperextend, they don’t know they shouldn’t hyperextend, and they don’t know how to not hyperextend. Though it’s possible to hyperextend …