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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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How to Feel Inspired

May 18, 2017 • By

OK, first things first, it is really hard to right a blog post about feeling uninspired when you’re feeling uninspired. That’s the main reason I’m starting this article with such honesty, because the first sentence is always the hardest to write. But, it will get better, I promise…

Ever notice that you go through phases for feeling a bit ‘meh’? I know ‘meh’ isn’t an official adjective but it seem to perfectly describe that feeling a lack of motivation, numbness to creativity and a void of desire. There is an assumption in society that only creative people suffer from this uninspired feeling; a romanticism around struggling writers, artists and musicians looking for muses and instead dapping in opiates to ignite inspirations.

This feeling of being uninspired can also make a person ‘feel lost’, have a lack of direction, an unwillingness to try new things, explore and create.

I have lately been ‘suffering’ with such ‘symptoms’ and have therefore researched and experimented with numerous technical to help pull me out of this lull. I hope what works for me with help you too.

For those that are new to this blog it’s worth noting that I’m a yoga teacher, so my creative outlet is to creative movement in the body to inspire the mind, body and spirit. It’s also my responsibility to inspire others to get on their yoga mat and generally be the greatest versions of themselves. I am also a pieces, which means I have a desire to creative, explore and make imagination reality.

1.      The first step in eradicating this lack of inspiration is to become aware of it. It exists, you’re in the midst of it and acknowledging it is the first step towards moving through it.

2.      Remember why you started. When I was training to be a yoga teacher I was advised to write down the reason I wanted to teach others to do yoga. This is my core teaching value and, whenever I’m feeling slightly uninspired I read what I wrote as a trainee. It takes me back to the root of wanting to do this. So, no matter what your creative expression is write down the reasons why you do it. Then use this in the future to keep the furnace burning.

3.      Take a digital break. So you’ve been strolling Instagram and pInterest and Twitter for inspiration. Something to ignite that fire in your stomach once again, but instead you end up feeling even worse, like everyone else is succeeding and you’re just one big uncreative failure? Social media has this magical way of making everyone else’s life look incredible whilst making you feel inadequate. We must remember that social media accounts are glorified and do not represent a real way of living. So when we need inspiration social media (although sometimes beneficial) is not always the best place to look. So, switch off, take some time out, rest, rejuvenate and relax. You’ll soon get back to your true source of inspiration.

4.      Surround yourself with passionate people. These people don’t have to work in the same field as you or even have the same passions. But being around their ambition will help to boost yours. Take a course or workshop, go to events, meet new inspirational people, go to live talks and find those people to inspire you.

5.      Give yourself time. Inspiration, ambition and passion will naturally ebb and flow throughout the course of a year. We cannot achieve our goals in a day, week or month. Take some time out and evaluate how far you’ve come. Ever notice how the day to day seems the same but at the end of the year everything is completely different? Progression and change take time so cut yourself some slack, appreciate your own hard work and believe in the process of evolution. What’s the rush?