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David Swenson Yoga Workshop

November 21, 2017 • By
Yoga Weekend London

Wearing:
KINDFOLK YOGA MAT BACKPACK WITH TWO STRAPS (JUBILEE)

 

I spent this past weekend in London at a yoga workshop with David Swenson (the world renowned Ashtanga yoga teacher for those that don’t know). It’s a workshop I’ve wanted to do for many, many months now but David travels the globe sharing yoga so it’s a challenge practice with him here in the UK.

Fortunately for me he visited Triyoga in London this weekend, which is only about 200 miles from my house (accessible, right!), so I was able to attend this not to be missed workshop!

Saturday kicked off bright and early with a full primary series practise. There were 100 people moving, flowing and breathing in unison and it was magical, and very sweaty. David has this way of teaching that brings a sense of calm to the most challenging of postures. He is relaxed, and in turn makes you more relaxed. He makes this fiery practice kind and accessible. He makes you become even more aware of the breath than ever before and he believes every student is able to achieve their yoga goals.

After morning practise we moved on to ‘flying, floating and jumping through. A workshop that taught us balance, control, patience, strength and how to jump back and through. We spend a lot of time on our hands throughout the entire weekend and David shared his years of yoga knowledge with us, giving us all his tips and tricks to enable us to achieve what we once though was impossible.

Yoga Arm Balance

We spend the next few sessions looking intensely at inversion, headstands, lifted headstands, arm balances and handstands. Every inversion possible! David believe everyone should be given the opportunity to give 2nd and 3rd series a try because it’s fun and yoga should be fun!

He tells incredible stories of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Mysore, how Ashtanga has changed over the years and what he has learned during his 30+ years of practice. He is approachable and you can ask him the silliest of questions which he will answer with sincerity. He makes the Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence approachable too, not matter which series you practice.

I highly recommend every yoga student take one of David’s workshops, even if you are really new to the practice or don’t practise Ashtanga at all you will still benefit from his teachings. He is hilarious, sincere, kind, and knowledgeable plus knows every yoga trick in the book.

David Swenson Yoga Workshop

David Swenson Yoga Workshop

Thank you to David for sharing his wisdom.


Yoga & Meditation

What Is Fascia?

October 12, 2017 • By

Fascia has had a bit of a popularity surge in the physical wellbeing industry of late with many scientists, physiotherapists, yoga teachers and even beauticians jumping on the fascia train.

But what is fascia? And why all of a sudden are people so interested in it?

 

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a protective web within the human body that keeps everything safe, protected, in place and ticking over nicely. It’s like those net bags your oranges come in at the supermarket. That netted bag keeps all the oranges together, in place. It protects them from rolling off the shelf and bruising on the floor.

Maybe that’s a bad analogy.

Your fascia is present all over your body. It protects individual muscle groups, organs, nerves, blood and soft tissue. It covers everything from the soles of your feet all the way up to the top of your head.

 

What happens if your fascia isn’t working as it should?

Pain

I have a lot of students that experience pain in their feet when transitioning from Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Muka Svanasana) to Downward Facing Dog (Arho Muka Svanasana) and this is often due to tightness in the fascia of the soles of the feet, around the ankles or up into the calves.

TOP TIP: If you experience this discomfort roll a massage ball (or tennis ball/ golf ball) under the soles of the feet before you practice, after you practice, heck any time you can! This will help to loosen that tight fascia and BINGO! Pain gone.

This tight, painful fascia can occur anywhere in the body, you will be able to distinguish it from muscle pain as it, most likely, won’t be sore to touch.

Your fascia can also be responsible for skin issues such as cellulite, sagging, sallow and drained looking skin. Supple and healthy fascia will keep you looking younger for longer (if that’s what you’re into). This is why beauticians and beauty therapists are so interested in fascia lately. It’s big business!

 

Fascia and Yoga

Every time we step on our yoga mat, whether we are aware of it or not, the fascia benefits. Fascia has a memory, it remembers the 23 hours each day we spend limiting our movement, sitting behind and desk or watch TV. It dries up and begins to become restricted. When we step on our yoga mat this fascia begins to hydrate, to loosen and overtime will begin to remember how good yoga feels.

If your body feels heavy, slow, tired and stiff try some simple slow stretches. Begin to loosen and hydrate your fascia and you’ll soon begin to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

The fascia really is magical, it not only protects but also brings an awareness to our physical body. It allows us to feel energy moving through our body during a yoga practice and, with time, you will become more intuitive of your body’s needs.