I’ve added a couple of new reviews to the Vegan Guide to Melbourne, these quinoa pancakes are from Admiral Cheng-Ho, but I’ve also recently been to Soul Seoul and Loving Hut in Northcote. So much vegan deliciousness!!
Our theme this week is inversions!
There are lots of benefits to turning upside down. When the heart is above the head, the brain receives extra oxygenated blood, helping us think clearly, the pineal and pituitary glands also benefit from this extra circulation helping the whole endocrine system function well. Our respiratory and digestive systems also benefit and it’s a powerful mental shake up, seeing the world from a whole new perspective!
There are a few contraindications that apply to inversions, especially if you have neck issues, but there are gentler options as well as stronger ones, even downwards facing dog and setu bandhasana qualify as inversions, so you don’t have be able to practice headstand to get the benefits.
Thanks to Vanessa and Julia, for hanging out in the studio with me and Lauren Lederman for taking our photo.
This week we’ll be exploring pulsing movements in our practice. I’ve been inspired by Jarlo Ilano, and his approach to enhancing flexibility by working with the nervous system. In my own practice I’ve found the process of alternating pulsing movements and deeper stretches has really allowed my body release more deeply, and helped my mind stay present, it feels gentle, but very productive. As though the mind and body are working together in a new way.
Have a great week Yogis!
Yoshitoshi Kanemaki born 1972 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan is a sculptor who chisels and morphs dual characters from blocks of life-sized camphor wood.
My sculpture questions “What is life?” “What is death?”
I know there is no clear answer, but again today I carve while asking, “Memento mori?”
I used Japanese wood carving techniques to express the western theme of “Memento mori”.
Harness the Power of Muscle Memory to Improve Your Flow by Heather Hughes for hooping.org.
A great article about movement, flow, muscle memory and the trust that develops when you practice.
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