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By Salute to the Sun Yoga, Aug 8 2017 05:30PM



An 8 minute tune called 'Weightless' is scientifically claimed to be the most relaxing tune ever.


Listen to the tune by clicking here.



The music was engineered, by scientists and Manchester based band 'Marconi Union', to slow down the heart rate to 50 beats per minute which helps to reduce blood pressure and ease anxiety. Supposedly more relaxing than a massage, a walk or a cup of tea, it's advised that you don't play this tune whilst driving.


Founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, Liz Cooper, says: 

"Weightless is ideal for putting on at the end of a stressful day and unwinding."


Liz Cooper goes on to explain: “The harmonic intervals – or gaps between notes – have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort. And there is no repeating melody, which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next … Instead, there are random chimes, which helps to induce a deeper sense of relaxation. The final element is the low, whooshing sounds and hums that are like Buddhist chants [that] put you in a trance-like state.”



According to The Telegraph, the top ten most relaxing tracks (not necessarily for yoga) are:


1. Marconi Union - Weightless

2. Airstream - Electra

3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac Chill Out Mix

4. Enya - Watermark

5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing

6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go

7. All Saints - Pure Shores

8. Adele - Someone Like You

9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria

10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly.




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By Salute to the Sun Yoga, May 15 2017 02:30PM


Super brain yoga is a fun and easy 3 minute technique to help maximise your brain power.


Based on research by Dr. Joie P. Jones of the Dept. of Radiological Sciences at the University of California, the exercise works using the body’s energy centres (major accupuncture points) which absorb, digest, and distribute energy to different parts of the body.


After doing the squat exercise that's synchronised with the breath, an EEG scan shows the right and left hemispheres of the brain have synchronised, according to Dr. Jones. It's claimed that the habit of practising Superbrain Yoga makes you smarter and more psychologically balanced. Is it worth a try for just 3 minutes a day?


Click on the links below to find out more:


The Science Behind Superbrain Yoga


Superbrain Yoga Instructions








By Salute to the Sun Yoga, Mar 27 2017 09:52PM


Try a yoga class and then try another and another until you find one that's just right. There are several styles of yoga to choose from so it's very likley that you'll find one that suits you. You don't have to be strong or flexible to do yoga. Simply start practising yoga and over time your body will become stronger and more flexible. You'll also feel more confident , focused and better able to deal with stress and strain of daily life. Yoga is the 'science of wellbeing', and as such, all yoga styles create a feeling of ease and relaxation. Each variation or style of yoga may then focus on a different aspect of yoga postures, breathing techniques or mindfulness. Each teacher will also be unique in their approach, personality and possibly creativity depending on where and who they've trained with.


The following is an excerpt from the Guardian's helpful article on the different styles of yoga.


"... to get the most benefit and the most enjoyment, you need to find a yoga style and a teacher that suits you. For example, if you're already doing lots of strength training your best choice is likely to be a yoga style that focuses more on flexibility... Perhaps try yin or hatha yoga. Those who have ...arthritis might want to try Iyengar yoga, or one-to-one sessions with a teacher where you will be able to focus on alignment and your unique needs. If you are drawn to experience the spiritual side, you could try jivamukti. And for those who are relatively healthy and want a challenge, ashtanga vinyasa or vinyasa flow might be a good choice."




By Salute to the Sun Yoga, Mar 4 2017 02:48PM

Yoga poses when performed slowly and mindfully can help prevent knee problems as well as help you strengthen and improve flexibility.


Strengthening the vastus medialis, a muscle that's on the inner side of the knee, helps to keep the knee healthy and correctly aligned. Physiotherapists recommend exercises that strengthen this neglected muscle as a key consideration in the rehabilitation of knees. The yoga warrior poses help to improve your body awarenes and alignment of the knees in relation to your ankles, hips and shoulders. Gentle squat (goddess pose) and bound angle pose (seated butterfly) are hip openers which also help to counteract a lot of sitting but also help to realign the hips in relation to the knees.


Here are some links to some great tips on how to strengthen your knees:


https://yogainternational.com/article/view/yoga-therapy-for-your-knees1


https://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/fitness/8-yoga-moves-to-strengthen-knees


http://www.yinyoga.com/newsletter7_yinyoga_knees.php


https://www.artofliving.org/uk-en/yoga-knees


http://www.gaiam.com/discover/571/article/4-yoga-mistakes-can-cause-knee-pain/





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