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FeetUp® Trainer – The Yoga Inversion Tool

June 9, 2017 • By

Yoga Inversion Tool - Northern Yogi

 

While I was a Yoga beginner I used to watch people float up into headstands like it was the easiest thing in the entire world, and I’d think “that’ll never be me”.

 

Headstands are too scary. I’ll never be strong enough or have that much balance. Is it even safe to stand on your head?

 

 

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The headstand in an Ashtanga practice comes at the end of the primary series. Meaning that if you’re a beginner and you turn up to an ‘all level’ yoga classes the teacher will, no doubt, have headstand in their sequence. A good teacher will set up the foundations of a headstand; the correct arm position, where the strength comes from, etc. Then the rest is up to you, the student. And it’s scary. A lot of teachers won’t let you go up against the wall because frankly there is no point in being against the wall, one day that wall won’t exist so best no to rely on at all. So how is one even suppose to learn what it feels like to be upside down?

Feet Up Trainer - Northern Yogi

If your yearning to lift up into headstand, or want to challenge yourself in inversions, you might like to give the FeetUp Trainer a try. I was lucky enough to be sent this product recently and WOW, game changer!

 

The FeetUp Trainer has been developed to make headstands accessible to everyone. By using this tool yoga students are able to progress with their headstand practice much quicker as it helps to build confidence in those challenging inversions.

 

No weight is placed on the head when using a FeetUp Trainer as the tool evenly distributes the weight across the shoulders. This means and pressure is taken off the neck, and the spine is gently stretched. The hands can be placed onto the handlebars and this helps massively with balance. Over time you can play around with releasing the hands, moving the legs, shifting the weight around and seeing what feels good for you.

 

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I know my students love a good challenge in class and using this tool is fun, challenging yet safe. I’d recommend it to all my students and teacher friends. It really is a fearless way of practising yoga inversions and once fear is removed, anything is possible!

 

Yoga Inversion Trainer - Northern Yogi

 

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Advice, Life, Meditation and Mindfulness

Manifesting Your Dreams

January 10, 2017 • By

New Year YogaIt’s the start of a new year, 2017. It’s a time that we evaluate where we have been and where we aim to go. It’s time to set yourself some goals for the months ahead.

If you follow me on social media you’ll have seen my posts about manifesting your dreams on New Year’s Eve. It’s the ideal time to let the universe know what you want to achieve, thoughts become things after all.

If you managed to peel yourself away from the prosecco for long enough to write your dreams and goals down on paper then you have made the first step towards manifesting your dreams. It’s advised to place these offering in your personal meditation area. This will remind you to meditate on these aspirations each time you sit.

I’m such an advocate for manifesting goals because in 2016 I tried it for the first time, wrote down my goals, offered them out to the universe and by December 2016 I had achieved each one. Don’t get me wrong, it takes hard work, effort, patience but the focus is never lost. Things slowly begin to fall into place, you’ll be amazed that as soon as you make one big change everything else just seems to fit.

If you have not yet decided upon your 2017 goals here are some tips to manifesting your dreams:

  1. Write them down! Writing something down makes it more real somehow.
  1. Place them within your meditation space. Maybe you have an alter at home containing some of your favourite ornaments, sages, sing bowls, inspiring images. By placing them on your alter will remind you to meditate on your dreams each time you sit.
  1. Don’t stop working hard! Just because you have written down your dreams and offered them out don’t mean to can relax for the rest of the year. You have to work hard, you have to take risks, you have to say yes to every opportunity and do the things that scare you.

I hope you had a wonderful welcoming into 2017 and I hope you have many blessings and light in your life for the year ahead.

If you are thinking about making your health and happiness and priority this year be sure to check out my yoga classes. Visit my timetable or get in touch for more information.