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Here is a collection of useful videos Leanne has provided over the years, she hopes you find them useful.
Please contact if you would like help with a specific area of your yoga practise
The Forward BEND is not intended to be a HINGE or FOLD
What are we trying to acheive with our forward bends? Instead of tugging your lower back and hammies distribute the stretch evenly through the while back of your body. This has changed my practise and made me softer, more supple and less stiff afterwards. Be mind to your body and let it open naturally in a well set up position. I hope you enjoy my video! Inspired by brilliant teachings
Pelvis in Peak Primary Poses
A little helpful video to explain the round shape and space we need in the lower back and hips for poses such as Bhujapidasana, Bakasana, Tittibasana, Kurmasanas and Garba poses. For a long time my focus was on axial extension, that is the straightening of the spine, everywhere and so these poses were inaccessible and made no sense until I reversed my built in habits. I hope this helps! This is of course only one aspect of these poses. Hip opening and bandha control are others. slowly slowly!
BODY PROPORTION IN YOGA PRACTISE
This one has been a long time coming! Instead of the usual blog I have decided to put my findings from my recent investigations directly into a IGTV for you 😁😁😁 I would REALLLY LOVE YOU TO WATCH. These findings have changed how I handle my physical practise not just bodily but psychologically, intelligent comparisons can lead us to better understand our bodies and find and accept the most appropriate and beneficial modifications, challenges or things to let go of yearning for! Big thank you to all if you who took the time to respond to my weird survey and especially those who provided me measurements 🙏🙏🙏 #yogabody #bodyproportion #bodysize #bodylength #bodytype #yogaforthebody #yogaposes #yogaasana #yogapostures #understandyourbody #hathayoga #ashtangayoga #yogateacher #yogastudent #wiseyogi #theory #safety #practicality #realist #intellect #curiosity #discernment
Chaturanga Tips Part 3 Keeping the chest wide open
As we struggle with moving down into the push we often forget to move forward and instead crumple into our chest and lose the power of the body and the ease of the posture. Here is my Ashtanga Geek SUPER TIP- lead with your nose to keep the chest free! Trust me on this one. Also remember heads weigh a lot! Don't look down or even think downwards !
Chaturanga Tips Part 1 Stabilising the entry
I have naturally altered the way I transition between positions the forward fold and chaturanga to stabilise and smooth out the work making it safer, less tiring and even enjoyable! It's all about the set up which is Uttanasana B, or the 'head up position' . I use the lift and buoyancy of the huge inhale harnessed in Uttanasana B to keep me strong and stable and pushing into my back / shoulder muscles as I move to my high plank by stepping or high chaturanga by jumping. This way I also have plenty of time to engage and iron out the plank and arrange my chest, throat and chin forward to lower down with more space and ease and actually hold and enjoy the exhale in Chaturanga position.
Periods and Yoga Practise
As promised here are my thoughts and advice regarding this. It is important to remember that Hatha Yoga ( physical yoga) works to raise up the energy of the body, we raise our physical anatomy by pulling on the pelvic floor and abdomen which gives against nature's monthly cycle. I really hope you find it useful and relevant, especially those of you with a bandha focussed practise! ❤ #periodyoga #yogaforwomen #rajas #bindu #apana #mulabandha #uddiyanabandha #ujjayi #muladhara #listentoyourbody #bodyknowsbest #wiseyogi #safeyogi #knowwhatyoudo #slowly #relax #takeiteasy #soft
Mula bandha as the centre
Awareness of Mula Bandha as the centre of the practise, of the breath, of the body, of the pose or transition is the way to acheive stability, strength and control. Working in thos way the yogi becomes calm, smooth and efficient through a heightened and sensitive deep inner awareness.
I would absolutely love it if you spared 13minutes if your day to watch my corker of a tutorial on Trikonasana aka Triangle Pose. It's an amazing and important three dimensional, always giving posture but many people miss out on getting it feeling sweet and stable. My key points are not the usual, I talk about -Leg stance -Breaking the perfect image -Pelvis antics- anteversion/retroversion -Hip opening -Hip rotation I really hope you find this beneficial, it may just change your Triangle forever! -Wearing the Conscious Jumpsuit in organic bamboo made by me 🥰 Let me know if you'd like one! #trikonasana #trianglepose #yogaposture #yogasana #yogatips #yogatutorials #hipopening #standingpostures #standingsequence #ashtangayoga #vinyasayoga #hathayoga #fundamentalpostures #sthira #sukham #steady #peaceful #expansion #grounding #waistworkout #hips #spine
Does anyone actually like this posture? 😆 My tips of course work well for my body type, perhaps you could find something useful. The goal of my teaching is always to provide you with more stability and ease so you can breathe into the state of the asana more comfortable and of course relax the mind.
Respecting natural changes in practise
Practise is a microcosm of life outside our skin and our yoga mats. The natural world changes and flows through cycles. We should observe these changing phases, accept them and experience them with openness and interest instead of always expecting a certain practise. This way we respect ourselves, our moods and the changing nature of reality. Suffering or disappointment arises when we get stuck or rigid in our expectations or ideas of practise.
Non- attachment in practise
A small talk from my notes on the Bhagavad Gita and non-attachment in practise. In class instead of trying to forcibly stay unattached to outcome we instead find the way through our open mind and our ability to greet each moment through our breath, our drishti and our forward moving flow... Find more philosophy talks on my IGTV @ashtanga_geek #nonattachment #freedom #soft #open #sattva #noexpectations #resilient #welcoming #streadfast #equanimity #eightlimbs #surrender #skillinaction #renunciation #joy #contentment #samadhi
Bhujapidasana Advice, tips, benefits, common errors and Mula bandha
Grab a cup of tea and listen up as I discuss this weird posture and why we might get ‘stuck’ here( or face plant 🤣 )by arriving into the posture with the weight too far forward or not held between the bandhas and the hands. I discuss: -common mistakes of getting into the asana are placement of shoulders/ throat/ elbows -why it's so challenging -physical benefits -Mula Bandha relationship to pose and Primary Seried NOTE I do not include the elaborate transition as I believe that only comes when we understand the more complex asanas of Bakasana, Kurmasana and Tittibasana (and has more in common with third series! 🤭) The fruit of this section of the sequence is the State of the Asana, find peace there first! All of these tutorials get stored in my IGTV Library under Practise Tips so you can come back to them :) I’m wearing my handmade leopard recycled racer and sustainable lyocell (plant pulp) leggings 😃 #bhujapidasana #asana #primaryseries #ashtangayoga #mulabandha #armbalance #skill #technique #control #balance #proprioception #throat #chin #chest #annanalla #protraction #retraction #hamstrings #pull #push #lift #lever #lower
Yoga for colds and congestion and headache
Yoga for colds and congestion Here it is! I hope it helps you breathe and feel better. Focus is on: -Relieving muscle ache and tension -Decongesting head -Opening Chest -Breathing deeper My top choices are: -Rabbit -Shoulderstand type posture -Dangling -Supported Matsyasana/ Setu Bandasana / Supta Vhirasana -Nadi Shodana #yogahealing #yogahelp #yogaforcolds #yogaforcongestion #painrelief #feelbetter #breathe #healthy #relax #rest #open # #selfhelp #chestopeners #headache #yogaforheadache #yogaforneckpain
Femininity in Ashtanga
A chat about my notes from the amazing discussion of female Ashtanga practitioners from different ages, cultures and locations around the world. I weave in my own thoughts and hope you find this useful. Thanks to Adam and Theresa Keen for organising the event the actual recording of the discussion can be found on the website KeenonYoga.com Topics discussed include what it means to be female, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause bandhas, aging, female form, counter practises, adapting the practise, the female form and anatomy, shame, guilt, pressure, intuition and wisdom and how the practise and the world is dominated by masculine energy and ideals.
Modernity meets Tradition, my quest to be an authentic yet useful yoga teacher in today's world
Am I a new generation of Ashtanga teacher???? Here I talk about the teaching style I have evolved through my experience and study as a practitioner, student and teacher, and more importantly how the yoga applied to us now in our current society with its array of people coming to the mat. Here about what moves me the most as I seek to find the balance beteeen respecting lineage and classic techniques whilst teaching multi level group led classes.
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