Gina Hardy's Blog – September 2014 Archive (8)

Bring your Mind to the Yoga Mat

You will often hear Yoga teachers saying that the body, breath and mind is the important combination for wholesome practise and it’s true for me too. I believe your breath is the energetic bridge that develops a relationship between your mind and your body and opens a strong life long dialogue that encourages happiness and true health.

But of the triangle of 3, the mind is the trickiest thing to stay with you on the mat during your practise. It is often embedded in your thoughts…

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Added by Gina Hardy on September 27, 2014 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Yoga the Ultimate Stretch

I have done a whole heap of exercise in my life time. I started with team sports at school (loathed it!) then into my 20s and 30s I was a gym bunny on and off and latterly it’s just Yoga, Yoga and more Yoga.

An intrinsic  part of exercise is stretching muscles effectively so you can keep your muscles long lean and knot free.

The mechanics of effective stretching for me is focused on the ligaments and tendons that join muscles to bones. I am not going to blind you with…

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Added by Gina Hardy on September 27, 2014 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Yoga and your joints

I am fierce advocate for doing Yoga with healthy joint alignment because I am a firm believer that Yoga can and will over stress your body if you don’t learn to understand how it works and do postures that feel right to you. And as Yoga is something you can do right up to when you pass into the next world, it’s worth being mindful of how you practice from day 1!

Our bodies are designed (well that is until we evolve further!) to move in certain directions and within a range…

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Added by Gina Hardy on September 27, 2014 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

Reasons to do Yoga - part 3 - Live in Balance

I love the word balance. It seems after this many years on the planet that true happiness really does lie in a balanced life. In balance we can see and run our lives with ease and from that, comes abundant happiness.

Many people have said to me “it’s all about balance” when discussing food, exercise, relationships or whatever.

Balance is the common thread underpinning our lives.

Yoga will bring balance into your life. When I hit my mat, especially if my day is…

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Added by Gina Hardy on September 27, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Reasons to do Yoga - part 2 - True Integrated Exercise

I totally believe, after 20 years of practicing, that Yoga gives you mental and emotional strength first which then translates into a healthy strong body and not the other way round. An unhealthy mind leads to an unhealthy body eventually. It’s that simple.

Many people focus on the aesthetic qualities of their bodies but their minds are left unobserved and very distracted. I was one of those people until I discovered Yoga.

The last time I went to the gym was only last…

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Added by Gina Hardy on September 27, 2014 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Reasons to do Yoga - part 1 - The Best Relationship of your Life

Yoga is becoming more and more main stream these days (music to my ears!) and even the medical profession are recommending Yoga to their patients beyond conventional treatments to rehabilitate and restore. But why take it up in the first place? In this 3 part blog I will give you my perspective on it all and why you may want to give it a go.

I stumbled across my first yoga class in 1994 when my marriage collapsed. I had gone for reasons of finding some inner peace through the…

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Added by Gina Hardy on September 27, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments

10 Top Yoga Tips

Hi lovely reader. If you are thinking of starting Yoga or have been practising for a long time, here are my precious experience morsels!

  1. BREATH IS EVERYTHING! - any good teacher will tell you that letting your breath lead your practise is the key. Your ability to connect deeply to yourself is through your breath. Your breath tells you everything about your bodily state from stress to peace. Learn breath work well!

  2. POSTURE WORK (ASANA)…

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Added by Gina Hardy on September 27, 2014 at 2:23pm — 1 Comment

Guru'itis' A modern Yoga teachers ailment

I feel quite nauseous these days and quite uneasy about the way Yoga is portrayed in world  by people who act like small Gods. They have a huge following but at their heart, bless em, they pretend it’s about their students but really they love ‘Yoga posing’ and love to be adored. To me these people have “guruitis’ and need to take a rain check. Just saying.

Definition of a Guru : A person who some people regard as an expert or leader. …

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Added by Gina Hardy on September 27, 2014 at 2:19pm — No Comments

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