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Pelvic Floor Focus #2

Further to my first post regarding this topic [see Pelvic Floor Focus #1], in which the main focus to begin with was on ‘releasing’.

 

We can now turn our attention to strengthening and toning this area. Again, this is always done with the breath, and, more importantly, there isn’t a kegel in sight!

 

The following is a favourite of mine that I teach in both my Women’s Wisdom and Pregnancy yoga classes in Watford.

 

Step 1

Start by sitting back on your heels and place a yoga block mid-way between your knees and your groin. You need to ensure it’s a snug fit.

 

Step 2

Inhaling – lift up onto the knees taking your arms overhead whilst squeezing your inner thigh muscles into the block.

 

Step 3

Exhaling – release the squeeze as you gently and slowly fold forwards, rounding the spine as you take your arms back behind you.

 

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 several times with the breath.

 

Pelvic Floor Focus #2

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News, Views & Tips

Research Suggests Yoga May Ease Symptoms of Prenatal Depression

Yoga U Online

By: B Grace Bullock PhD E-RYT500

 

Prenatal depression can lead to numerous immediate and long-term negative consequences for mothers and their children. Recent research suggests that prenatal depression is a strong predictor of postpartum depression, and is also associated with fetal growth delays, [read original article here]

 

For details of pregnancy yoga classes in Watford, please visit my website

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Shakti

Shakti ~ Divine Power

The state of being with no suffering is Shakti
The state of awakening beyond sleep is Shakti
When love matures and sweetens that is Shakti
The fullness and fulfillment of masculine is Shakti

When the sweetness matures that is Shakti
The divine which resides in the thoughts is Shakti
Whatever work comes before us is Shakti
The state of mukti, the end, is Shakti

The braveness which destroys laziness is Shakti
The flame which is instilled in these words is Shakti
When the best of fruits are eaten that taste is Shakti
When thoughts of divine arise that is Shakti
Shankara who lives on top of the huge mountains, his lovely flame is Shakti

The lap where life flourishes is Shakti
The strength which guards the earth is Shakti
The flame which stops one from falling is Shakti (denotes inner strength that averts fall/defeat)
The tapas that eliminates confusion is Shakti

The finger which stops downfall is Shakti
The one who spans the whole expanse of sky is Shakti
Her highness who eliminates karma is Shakti
The inner flame which shines from within the heart is Shakti

It is a poem by “Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar” written in tamil.The poem is about the energy that makes every aspect of life happen. It summarizes the whole activity that is life as the play of Shakti. The great poet says, “The lap where life flourishes is Shakti.” Shakti also enables us to break the bondages of karma and liberate ourselves.
[Image: Google]
Poem found at: http://hellopoetry.com/poem/882395/divine-power/

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