ANDREA - a full time Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi instructor.

I fell in love with yoga over seven years ago, when I got a Nintendo DS and bought a game called Let's Yoga. From then, I began 'playing' yoga everyday, sometimes twice a day. At first, the practice was more physical for me, but after few months I started to really count on yoga to bring me a sense of calm during especially chaotic days. Soon after, I began recognizing the benefits of a regular asana and meditation practice and continued to incorporate yoga daily - not just during times of chaos. I found myself feeling more energized, more compassionate, happier, and with more awareness. Now, I teach full-time and couldn't be happier to do what I love. What began as a physical practice for strength and flexibility quickly became a lifestyle. I teach my students to take their yoga off the mat and apply the principles learned in the class to their lives outside of the studio. I do not only teach my philosophy, I live it.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

1st Official Yoga Workshop in Houghton Regis Leisure Centre 26th APril

Yesterday, Saturday 26th April, 16 of us gathered in Houghton Regis Leisure Centre School Hall and we had a 4 hours of yoga, meditation and healthy food. It was amazing! Great people, relaxed atmosphere and hours of concentration on only our own bodies, breath and inner-self. I am very pleased with my students - they are easy to teach, they can do many many advanced poses (I´m taking pictures - they are in Cobra and when I say ´try to lift your hands of the mat´ - noone moves :) :) ) and crazy sometimes - but thit is what we need - we have to smile and laugh, too! 

Thank you sooo much for attending and hopefully we will have soon another workshop (my next one is in David Lloyd Luton 10th May - for members only unfortunatelly).

Here are some great pics :)

And when we left - there was a rainbow! :)  What a wonderful day!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

HRLC Yoga Workshop 26th April

The Yoga Workshop is in 4 days (there are still 2 spaces left) and I am preparing the 4 poses we will learn in deep. 

There will be a:
- seated pose
- backbend
- standing balance pose
- and a core pose
Cannot wait for SATURDAY!!! 

The Power Yoga Seguence is ready.
The Hatha Yoga Sequence will be ready in an hour.
I am putting together slowly the long meditation, too :) 

It´s going to be AWESOME!!

Parsva Bakasana - Side Crow

Crow pose - which is also known as crane pose or Bakasana - is usually the first arm balance learned by yoga students. Crow pose strengthens the arms, wrists and abdominal muscles in addition to stretching the upper back and opening the groins. It can be a little tricky at first (and you will probably fall on your face at least once!) but once you master it, crow pose is a fun position which helps to build confidence and self-awareness. Here's how you can achieve a perfect crow pose.

Sit straight and tall on your heels - lift the chest
Raise the arm that is further from the mat
Place the hand down to the mat - elbow is close to the knee

Place the other hand down - leave plenty of space between the hands

Walk your feet forward so they will be in the line with your hands
Slowly lean forward - don´t jump your feet up, they will come up  as you lean
Don´t fall ;)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Yoga For Runners

The impact of running can take a toll on your knees, hips and lower back, which can result in tightening of your musculature, limited movement and slower running speeds.

Incorporating Power Yoga as part of your training can support your running performance in several ways:

  • A Power Yoga class involves at least an hour of stretching. The increase in flexibility you will gain will not only reduce your chances of injury but also increase your overall flexibility which means your running strides become longer and your running style more free and flowing.

  • Practicing Power Yoga not only encourages flexibility but also increases strength throughout your body. With a stronger core - in its widest sense - the muscles that are most active in running are better supported, your entire musculature is better able to cope with the impact of running, and your primary running muscles are able to move more freely - uninhibited by weakness of other muscles.

  • The deep, diaphragmatic breathing technique used in a Power Yoga class helps increase lung capacity and regulate your breathing. As an athletic style of yoga, your heart rate rises whilst you practice so you become trained to breathe more deeply and effectively whilst you’re exercising.

  • Runners also say they experience fewer aches and pains after running and find their focus improves. But, there’s only one way to find out the effects of Power Yoga on your running, and that’s to try it!

Do you RUN? Improve your times with YOGA!