Here you can SEE a collection of videos of Leanne teaching and exploring the practises of Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Check out Leanne's Instagram and IGTV Library for much more!
Tips for the physical 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
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
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
Personal practise 10/2/2021
This is a recording of my actual personal practise. I am sharing this to show that what really happens when you are in your own practise and not being led by a teacher, which is much more truthful and honest and perhaps ‘uglier’ ! For the most part of 5 years I have practised Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, but after lots of spiritual awakening and also complaints within my body from repeated movements I am learning to create a practise that does not sit in the confines of the traditional counted method but that still adheres to the practicality of the sequence and precision of movements and still remains strongly breath- bandha led. This is how I have adapted Primary and Secondary sequences to suit MY body and MY circumstances. By that I mean we all have different body types, proportions and patterns and varying degrees of mobility and flexibility too, not to mention injuries and postural habits. I have come to understand where I need to open, where I need to strengthen and where there are limitations, some are skeletal and some are not, this is important to remember as you design your own personal practise.... what are we trying to achieve? What is realistic ? What goals must we let go of? Which are worth working on? I really hope this video inspires newer yogis to self practise, discover and learn about their bodies and understand yoga is not supposed to ever be pretty, completed or polished... I hope it inspires existing practitioners to share the actual process instead of the finished product so that the world view of yoga being beautiful and pretty may change, the real work is confrontational, truth making and transformational! Note Ashtangis I have not rejected the traditional method, I still practise that regularly too, it was the vehicle that led me to understand the state of yoga and where i learnt the techniques to handle myself, my senses and my world. How I modify- I know which poses are my peak or struggle postures and I plan a strategy from the start to incorporate movements and variations to help with those by adapting warm up, surya namaskar and standing poses I don’t overdo it or push too hard so to keep a steady breath and mind I don’t get too creative or fancy I don’t attempt hard stuff more than 3 times I spend more time on hips and get intelligent with variations I use props if they help I skip vinyasa or use knees chest chin to not overwork shoulders , especially if I will be working KAPOTASANA I don’t get frustrated and keep going calmly I practise to music it seems to help quieten the mind I vary the things I do a lot ie surya namaskar, vinyasa, standing poses to avoid tightness or compression I always integrate counterposes as I go I give myself permission to try but also to fail, each day is different. Some days nothing you planned comes out and so you must be ok with having a simple practise if you are just not up to more! Feel free to get in touch and check out my Website www.Leannenatkaniecyoga.com and social media channels for blogs, musings, practise tips, philosophy and classes are available on Zoom as I write this! Happy practise!