Yogalates – Introduction

August 25th, 2011
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Single Leg Oblique

Solomon Yogalates™, developed by Louise Solomon in Australia, is an exercise system which fuses the best of ancient yogic practice with the core stabilising, functional, and regenerative dynamics of Pilates. It is a movement system that stretches and strengthens all the major muscle groups developing a streamlined slenderness rather than bulk. At the same time it has excellent therapeutic value for calming the mind and spirit.
Yogalates is ideal for those needing to strengthen their backs, those suffering from arthritis or osteoporosis as well as post


Yoga – Introduction

August 25th, 2011
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Tree Pose

Yoga, originating around 3000BC in India, is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which aims to achieve harmony in body, mind and spirit. The word “Yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root “Yuj”, which means to join, to unite, or to attach.
Yoga is well-known for its therapeutic properties and a myriad of positive effects such as:

Improving physical and mental health
Increasing vitality and energy
Improving stamina, strength, flexibility and balance
Strengthening the immune system
Reducing stress, tension and pain
Improving blood circulation
Improving posture
Boosting self-confidence and self-awareness
Delaying the ageing process
Creating inner peace and harmony
Helps in


Pilates – Introduction

August 23rd, 2011
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The Hundred (Pilates)

Pilates, a physical fitness and body conditioning system, was developed by the German Joseph Pilates in the 1920s in the United States.
Joseph Pilates called his method “Contrology” because he believed that in his method the mind is used to control the muscles.
Pilates aids in gaining strength and endurance, conditioning the muscles and creating a streamlined physique. The whole body is toned without adding muscle bulk. It is especially well-known for its focus on creating a “strong core” (abdominal area) – strengthening the centre of the

read more... – Basic information

September 15th, 2011
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Yoga, Pilates and Yogalates are great exercise methods with a myriad of health benefits. You not only get fitter, stronger and more flexible, it also boosts your endorphins (“feel good” hormones) and reduces stress and other mental and physical tensions.
The workouts on are for safe for beginners and you don’t have to be fit or flexible to be able to do the exercises. Wanting to be fitter and more flexible are some of the reasons why you should start practicing. You will notice some


Meditation – Introduction

August 25th, 2011
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Meditation Pose

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It has been and still is used as a very effective method for calming the mind and focusing – and it is gaining more and more popularity especially because of its stress-busting properties.
Studies have shown that practicing meditation is great for stress relief, relieving nervous tension, very helpful in managing anxiety levels. It enhances the immune system and can reduce high blood pressure as well as pain. Meditating regularly can also postpone ageing.
There are many different meditation


Relaxation – Introduction

August 25th, 2011
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The term “relaxation” basically means a release of tension. By releasing tension, relaxation contributes to relieving headaches and migraines, stress and anxiety as well as pain (e.g. back pain).
Relaxation should be a part of everyone’s life and especially if you are leading a stressful life. It is very important for your general health and wellbeing to take some time – even if it is just a few minutes each day – to unwind.
There is a variety of relaxation techniques available, such as deep breathing,


Nutrition – Introduction

August 25th, 2011
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Nutrition (also called nourishment) is the provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life.
Proper nutrition in the form of a healthy diet is very important for your health and wellbeing – as the mantra “You are what you eat” dictates. I think everyone has had good and bad experiences with food. After a healthy and nutritious meal, you feel full of vitality and energy while you usually feel sluggish and tired after say, a burger and


Dealing with Anxiety

August 23rd, 2011

Anxiety itself is the body’s natural defence mechanism intended to react to a physical threat or emergency situation. In the event of a physical threat, the brain triggers the “fight-or-flight” response which is often accompanied by some unpleasant physical symptoms such as an increasing heartbeat, rapid and shallow breathing as well as an increase in muscle tension. While this reaction is perfectly normal in the event of an accident or physical threat and very helpful for survival, when it becomes excessive and/or is originating more


Dealing with Stress

August 25th, 2011

The term “stress” refers to any reaction to a physical, mental, social, or emotional stimulus that requires a response or alteration to the way we perform, think, or feel.
Stress is very common in modern society and is affecting nearly all age groups. It is an unavoidable part of life and can cause fatigue, chronic headaches, irritability, changes in appetite, memory loss, low self-esteem, withdrawal, teeth grinding, cold hands, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, nervous twitches, insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders, etc.
Researchers estimate that stress contributes to as


Get a strong and healthy back through exercise

October 12th, 2011
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Chronic back pain is a common problem affecting around 80% of the world’s population at some point in life. That is four out of every five people! There is a high chance that you have suffered previously, are suffering currently or will be suffering from back pain in the future. Anyone who has suffered from back pain knows how limiting this can be when trying to get on with your daily activities.
A major cause of this back pain “epidemic” is our sedentary lifestyle. We

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