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Lockdown yoga for a summer-ready body and mind   

08 May 2020

Lockdown yoga for a summer-ready body and mind

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With extra time on our hands, summer fast approaching, and extra stress clouding our brains, it's the perfect opportunity to do some yoga. De-stress and tone your body whilst you have the time. Yoga is the ideal way to calm the mind whilst sculpting a strong and sexy beach body. The following poses will tone the legs, butt, abs and upper body. Perform each pose on the left side then the right, at least three times per week for a summer-ready body and mind. 

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1. Quarter Dog - shoulders, upper back and abs
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Begin in downward facing dog. Lower your forearms to the mat and try to straighten your legs and lower your heels to the floor. Relax your head and direct your gaze towards your belly button. Hold for five breaths.
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2. Balancing Star - arms, shoulders, abs and thighs
Plant the sole of your right food firmly on the mat so your toes are pointing left. Place your right hand flat at the front end of your mat facing forwards. Raise your body up off the mat with your left leg and hand raised into the air. Direct your gaze towards your left hand. Hold for five breaths.
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 3. Knee up plank - abs, upper body and legs
Place both hands on the mat facing forwards and come into a plant position. Straighten your arms and bring your right knee up to your chest. Hold for five breaths.
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4. Burning low lunge - thighs and bum
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Keep your left leg in place and bring your right foot forward to between your hands, coming into a low lunge. Lower your torso and reach your right arm underneath your bent right knee. Interlace both hands in front of your right ankle. Keep all the weight in your legs, resisting the urge to lean into your hands. Hold for five breaths.
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5. Warrior 3 - abs, back and thighs
Stand upright on your mat. Lift your left leg behind you as you lower your chest so that your left leg and torso are parallel to the floor. Reach your arms out in front of you. Hold for five breaths.
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6. Intense East - upper body, bum and thighs
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Sit on the mat between your hands and extend your legs in front of you. Place hands 6-8 inches behind you so that your finger tips are facing towards you. Press into your hands and feet as you lift your hips as high as you can, so your spine is in a long line. Lower your head behind you. Hold for five breaths. 
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Yoga Poses For Beginners   

05 Aug 2019

Yoga Poses For Beginners

Yoga is an extremely helpful practice for a healthy body and mind. It's an ideal way to begin your day, but it's beneficial whenever you can fit it into your day to calm your body and mind. Not sure how to get started? It's always best to practice with a qualified teacher to ensure that you get the poses correct, but here are some easy poses that any beginner can do at home.
 Mountain pose
yoga
Stand with your feet side by side, touching slightly. Hold your hands tightly in a praying position in front of your heart.Stand tall and lift your shoulders to the ceiling. Alternatively you can raise your arms with your hands pointing to the sky.
Tree pose
yoga
From mountain pose, bring your hands back down into prayer position. Bend your left leg, bringing your left foot to rest on your right thigh, with your toes just above the knee. Stand tall and point your shoulders back. You can also raise your hands to the ceiling to tone your core more. 
 Child's pose
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This pose is more about resting and meditation. Kneel down and sit lightly on your feet. Lean forward with your arms outstretched and your forehead touching the ground. 
 Half spinal twist
yoga
Sit down with both knees bent, with your right knee bent above the left leg.  Reach behind you with your right arm, and use your left elbow to steady yourself on your right knee. Gently twist until it feels right on your body - make sure not to push yourself too much. Repeat on the other side. 
 Lotus pose
yoga
Start by bending the knee and placing the top of your left foot just inside the point where your hip creases near the groin. Bend your right knee, and lift your right foot on top of the left leg to rest just inside the point where your other hip creases near the groin.Repeat on the other side. 
A blissful body massage is the perfect accompaniment to your yoga routine for ultimate holistic wellbeing. See our full range of deeply relaxing massages to force you to let you of your stress. 
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Achieve a beach-ready body and mind with yoga   

31 Jul 2019

Achieve a beach-ready body and mind with yoga

It's that time of year again when many of us are thinking about how to get that perfect beach body. However, it's also important to prepare your mind to relax and unwind in order to make the most of your summer holiday. Yoga is the ideal way to calm the mind whilst sculpting a strong and sexy beach body. The following poses will tone the legs, butt, abs and upper body. Perform each pose on the left side then the right, at least three times per week for a beach ready body and mind. 
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1. Quarter Dog - shoulders, upper back and abs
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Begin in downward facing dog. Lower your forearms to the mat and try to straighten your legs and lower your heels to the floor. Relax your head and direct your gaze towards your belly button. Hold for five breaths.
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2. Balancing Star - arms, shoulders, abs and thighs
Plant the sole of your right food firmly on the mat so your toes are pointing left. Place your right hand flat at the front end of your mat facing forwards. Raise your body up off the mat with your left leg and hand raised into the air. Direct your gaze towards your left hand. Hold for five breaths.
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 3. Knee up plank - abs, upper body and legs
Place both hands on the mat facing forwards and come into a plant position. Straighten your arms and bring your right knee up to your chest. Hold for five breaths.
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4. Burning low lunge - thighs and bum
Keep your left leg in place and bring your right foot forward to between your hands, coming into a low lunge. Lower your torso and reach your right arm underneath your bent right knee. Interlace both hands in front of your right ankle. Keep all the weight in your legs, resisting the urge to lean into your hands. Hold for five breaths.
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5. Warrior 3 - abs, back and thighs
Stand upright on your mat. Lift your left leg behind you as you lower your chest so that your left leg and torso are parallel to the floor. Reach your arms out in front of you. Hold for five breaths.
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6. Intense East - upper body, bum and thighs
Sit on the mat between your hands and extend your legs in front of you. Place hands 6-8 inches behind you so that your finger tips are facing towards you. Press into your hands and feet as you lift your hips as high as you can, so your spine is in a long line. Lower your head behind you. Hold for five breaths. 
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 A blissful body massage is the perfect accompaniment to your yoga routine for ultimate holistic wellbeing. See our full range of deeply relaxing massages to force you to let you of your stress. 
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If you've ran out of time to lose weight for your holiday, check out our post on how to lose a few pounds the easy way this summer. 
Bliss Baby  0113 275 2675   
Bliss West Park 0113 230 4305

 

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Easy Yoga Poses For Beginners   

11 Jun 2018

Easy Yoga Poses For Beginners

 Yoga is an extremely helpful practice for a healthy body and mind. It's an ideal way to begin your day, but it's beneficial whenever you can fit it into your day to calm your body and mind. Not sure how to get started? It's always best to practice with a qualified teacher to ensure that you get the poses correct, but here are some easy poses that any beginner can do at home.

 Mountain pose

yoga

Stand with your feet side by side, touching slightly. Hold your hands tightly in a praying position in front of your heart.Stand tall and lift your shoulders to the ceiling. Alternatively you can raise your arms with your hands pointing to the sky.

Tree pose

yoga

From mountain pose, bring your hands back down into prayer position. Bend your left leg, bringing your left foot to rest on your right thigh, with your toes just above the knee. Stand tall and point your shoulders back. You can also raise your hands to the ceiling to tone your core more. 

 Child's pose

yoga

This pose is more about resting and meditation. Kneel down and sit lightly on your feet. Lean forward with your arms outstretched and your forehead touching the ground. 

 Half spinal twist

yoga

Sit down with both knees bent, with your right knee bent above the left leg.  Reach behind you with your right arm, and use your left elbow to steady yourself on your right knee. Gently twist until it feels right on your body - make sure not to push yourself too much. Repeat on the other side. 

 Lotus pose

yoga

Start by bending the knee and placing the top of your left foot just inside the point where your hip creases near the groin. Bend your right knee, and lift your right foot on top of the left leg to rest just inside the point where your other hip creases near the groin.Repeat on the other side. 

A blissful body massage is the perfect accompaniment to your yoga routine for ultimate holistic wellbeing. See our full range of deeply relaxing massages to force you to let you of your stress. 

massage

Bliss Baby  0113 275 2675   

Bliss West Park 0113 230 4305

Bliss Retreat 0113 258 8425

Bliss Street Lane 0113 269 8522

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Yoga Poses For a Beach-Ready Body and Mind   

18 May 2018

Yoga Poses For a Beach-Ready Body and Mind

 

It's that time of year again when many of us are thinking about how to get that perfect beach body. However, it's also important to prepare your mind to relax and unwind in order to make the most of your summer holiday. Yoga is the ideal way to calm the mind whilst sculpting a strong and sexy beach body. The following poses will tone the legs, butt, abs and upper body. Perform each pose on the left side then the right, at least three times per week for a beach ready body and mind. 

1. Quarter Dog - shoulders, upper back and abs

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Begin in downward facing dog. Lower your forearms to the mat and try to straighten your legs and lower your heels to the floor. Relax your head and direct your gaze towards your belly button. Hold for five breaths.

2. Balancing Star - arms, shoulders, abs and thighs

Plant the sole of your right food firmly on the mat so your toes are pointing left. Place your right hand flat at the front end of your mat facing forwards. Raise your body up off the mat with your left leg and hand raised into the air. Direct your gaze towards your left hand. Hold for five breaths.

 3. Knee up plank - abs, upper body and legs

Place both hands on the mat facing forwards and come into a plant position. Straighten your arms and bring your right knee up to your chest. Hold for five breaths.

4. Burning low lunge - thighs and bum

Keep your left leg in place and bring your right foot forward to between your hands, coming into a low lunge. Lower your torso and reach your right arm underneath your bent right knee. Interlace both hands in front of your right ankle. Keep all the weight in your legs, resisting the urge to lean into your hands. Hold for five breaths.

5. Warrior 3 - abs, back and thighs

Stand upright on your mat. Lift your left leg behind you as you lower your chest so that your left leg and torso are parallel to the floor. Reach your arms out in front of you. Hold for five breaths.

6. Intense East - upper body, bum and thighs

Sit on the mat between your hands and extend your legs in front of you. Place hands 6-8 inches behind you so that your finger tips are facing towards you. Press into your hands and feet as you lift your hips as high as you can, so your spine is in a long line. Lower your head behind you. Hold for five breaths. 

 A blissful body massage is the perfect accompaniment to your yoga routine for ultimate holistic wellbeing. See our full range of deeply relaxing massages to force you to let you of your stress. 

massage

If you've ran out of time to lose weight for your holiday, check out our post on how to lose a few pounds the easy way this summer. 

Bliss Baby  0113 275 2675   

Bliss West Park 0113 230 4305

Bliss Retreat 0113 258 8425

Bliss Street Lane 0113 269 8522

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