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Yoga term of the week: Pranayama

Yoga term of the week: Pranayama

‘Prana’ by itself means ‘life force’ or ‘breath.’ The word in its entirety refers to the freeing flow of breath in various breathing exercises practised in yoga.

by July 25, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Meet Kerry, our yoga holiday instructor in Kalamata, Greece

Meet Kerry, our yoga holiday instructor in Kalamata, Greece

Kerry has been running yoga holidays for the past 13 years, so he has plenty of experience teaching the ancient practice as well as helping people relax and unwind. Serendipity led Kerry to become a yoga teacher — when the scheduled teacher couldn’t make it to a retreat, he stepped […]

Yoga term of the week: Om

Yoga term of the week: Om

Om – a mystic syllable – is considered the most sacred mantra in both Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It is used in yoga during meditation and as a mantra during actual practice. It does not need to have spiritual meaning for you personally to use it in your mantras.

by July 18, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Namaste

Yoga term of the week: Namaste

You’ll frequently hear “namaste” at the end of a yoga class. Originally an Indian greeting, it is said at the end of a class to express gratitude for what you have accomplished and as a way of saying “I am grateful” to the teacher, the class, and yourself.

by July 11, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Mantra

Yoga term of the week: Mantra

A ‘mantra’ is a word or sound that is repeated to aid concentration in meditation or yoga, and was orginally used in Hinduism and Buddhism.

by July 4, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Laya Yoga

Yoga term of the week: Laya Yoga

Laya yoga is simply an advanced form of tantric yoga (which can be found in our yoga dictionary) where the energy in your chakras gradually dissolves.

by June 27, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Krounchasana

Yoga term of the week: Krounchasana

Possibly one of the coolest words of yoga, Krounchasana – or ‘heron pose’ – stimulates your abs and heart. You’ll definitely notice a stretch along your bent leg’s thigh, ankle, and shin.

by June 20, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Janu Sirasana

Yoga term of the week: Janu Sirasana

In a literal sense, this pose is also called the ‘head to knee’ pose. In your practise, it is believed to calm the mind and also stretches the all-important hips, back, and groin.

by June 13, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Inversions

Yoga term of the week: Inversions

In the most basic sense, inversions are all of those poses where your body is ‘inverted’… i.e. upside down. The group of postures includes headstands, shoulder-stands, handstands, etc. Prepare for a headrush, y’all.

by June 6, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: High Chaturanga

Yoga term of the week: High Chaturanga

When you hear this in a yoga class, your innermost self might cry just a bit; the common term for a high chaturanga is a high plank or the ‘plank pose.’ Hence the crying. This pose is ultra beneficial, though, as it strengthens your upper body, arms, wrists, and spine as well as your core and legs. It hurts because it does the most good… you can do it!

by May 30, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Foundation

Yoga term of the week: Foundation

Similar to its non-yoga meaning, your yoga ‘foundation’ is building a strong and solid pose so that the rest of your body is properly aligned. Like in creating a strong foundation for a structure, the rest of your practise hinges on a strong foundation.

by May 23, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
5 reasons why fitness holidays are better than lying on the beach

5 reasons why fitness holidays are better than lying on the beach

While ‘fitness’ may not jump to mind when you think ‘holiday’, the travel world is changing and fitness holidays continue to grow in popularity. Forget images of army sergeant-like figures yelling “get down and give me 50 press ups!” and focus instead on thoughts of meeting other single travellers in […]

by May 21, 2017 Wellbeing holidays
Yoga term of the week: Expansion

Yoga term of the week: Expansion

While a common word in English, in yoga ‘expansion’ has a spiritual meaning. When asked to expand, you are meant to let go of enough unconscious contraction to be completely present and in the moment.

by May 16, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Yoga term of the week: Dharana

Yoga term of the week: Dharana

The first step in meditation, Dharana is translated as “holding” or “concentration”. This essential part of meditation involves deeply concentrating on an object while attempting to hold the mind completely steady without wavering. Believe us, it is easier said than done!

by May 9, 2017 Wellbeing holidays, Yoga dictionary
Chakra – yoga term explained

Chakra – yoga term explained

Welcome to our weekly series dedicated to helping you navigate the confusing lingo of yoga. Beginner or not, this ‘yoga dictionary’ will be here every Tuesday to quench your curiosity about a new, bizarre yogi word. This week’s term: Chakra Referred to as the body’s energy centres, you’ll probably come […]

by May 2, 2017 Yoga dictionary