YTF Yoga Day @ Ishta School of Yoga and Health

laughing_nuns Laugther is a melody, a concert from the heart. A tickling by the angles, creative living art. Laughter heals and comforts, it’s sometimes gentle – sometimes bold.  Laughter is a freeing dance performed within the Soul” – S. West

Join the YTF for their annual year end workshop to be held at the Ishta School of Yoga and Health and laugh yourself happy!

PROGRAMME:

11.15am – 1.00pm: Laughing Yoga
Experience the essentials of laughter: health, joy and peace. Janine Grobler, laughter coach, therapist and trainer will lead us from serious to silly, to light-hearted glee. It is for anyone, everyone benefits. The techniques are much like those of pranayama, 20 minutes of this gentle aerobic exercise counteracts stress and increases cope-ability. The child-like innocence of spontaneous laughter bubbling in and through you, revitalises and clarifies body, mind and soul. Continue reading

Beat the Heat -Sitali the Cooling Breath

sitali_breathIt’s hot out there! Practice Sitali breath to cool you down.

Deep in the Himalayas, ancient sages observed and imitated the world around them in the noble attempt to master body, breath, and mind. They noticed the curve of a bird’s lower beak, a new green leaf uncurling, and the hiss of a cobra—and emulated those shapes and sounds in a practice called sitali (the cooling breath). In this pranayama, the inhalation is moistened as it passes through the curl of the tongue (alternately described as a bird’s beak and an uncurling leaf), so that you are “drinking” water-saturated air.

Sitali cools the body, adds moisture to the system, and soothes a pitta imbalance(common in the summer). Besides building breath awareness, this practice is said to calm hunger and thirst and cultivate a love for solitude. In addition, this practice reduces fatigue, bad breath, fevers, and high blood pressure. Continue reading