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What happens when you can’t do the thing you love?
13 weeks ago I broke my ankle. I had just returned home from my Wednesday morning yoga class at Merchant City and opened the back door.
I would like to tell you that something made me trip but in fact I just tripped over my own feet. The first thing I thought was, stand up, get a coffee and brush it off, but as soon as I tried to put pressure on my right leg I could feel straight away that something was wrong.
One trip to Hairmyres Hospital later, and it was confirmed that I had broken my Lateral Malleolus (essentially the side of my right ankle), I was given a ‘moon boot’, a pair of crutches and told to rest.
After my 10 days of keeping completely off my ankle, I started to gradually build up my strength again. At this point I was lucky enough to receive some help and advice from Antony Daffurn, a Sports Injury Therapist. He gave me a variety of exercises, and he also crucially helped me to build up my confidence about actually using my ankle again. And through his guidance, my confidence and my yoga postures and flexibility has improved, and still continues to improve.
I’m really grateful to Antony for his help, and am especially thankful to have such a supportive family behind me. It is due to their support, I was able to continue to teach Yoga throughout this time.
Trying to stay positive in a situation like this was hard. I’m self employed and yoga is my life. Having a broken ankle would have stopped me doing my job, hobby and my passion. But did I let it? No.
Life is what you make it, it’s not about how many times you fall down, it’s about how many times you get back up again. Literally.
Back to doing my Back Bends now, as you can see below!
Backbending workshop Sunday 22nd April
10am to 12noon Yoga 1pm to 3pm Back Bending
Our spines are an incredible combination of strength and flexibility – of Sthira and Sukha. Strong bones and large muscles give us structure and protect sensitive nerves while flexible ligaments and tendons allow the spine to move in all different planes.
With regular backbends we can help to protect this wonderful balance by increasing mobility while strengthening the supporting muscles around the skeleton.
Where the body is bending with gravity and the muscles on the front of the body are active, helping to control the range and rate of movement. These are poses such as Camel Pose (Ustrasana) or dropping back to Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana).
Where the strength of the arms or legs are used to deepen the backbend, Poses like Bow (Danurasana) or Cobra (Bhujangasana).
Where the muscles on the back contract to overcome gravity. These are generally poses where you are lying on your front such as Locust (Salabhasana).
The workshop will give and enhance a strong foundation to explore back bending. Whatever your level of mobility or experience you’ll find this workshop really useful!
Hurry and book now for just £45 – there’s just a few spaces left!
Rose Ann is renowned for her dynamic and approachable style, her caring guidance and most of all her sense of FUN – book your place now!
Hip Opener course Sunday 18th February
For most of us, the groin muscles (adductors) tend to be tight, pulling the heads of the thighbones into the sockets. The thighbones are meant to be centered in the socket and stabilized by the abductors, which oppose the groin muscles. But when these abductors are weak and stressed, as they often are, the resulting imbalance causes grinding, deterioration in the joints and the hip pain you may be experiencing.
Yoga gives us the tools and the understanding, not just for the sake of our spiritual lives, but also for the health of our hip joints and the graceful aging of our bodies. Yoga aims for balance and harmony at every level of life, can help us stabilize and revitalize our hip, and to prevent hip pain and injury.
There are two sets of adductors or “groin” muscles. The shorter set extends from the pubic bone to the inner thigh, and is often injured. These muscles tighten from prolonged periods of sitting, driving, or postural stress. This tightness is increased by activities that torque the pelvis, such as running with bad form, carrying a growing child on one hip, or performing asymmetrical yoga postures improperly. This tension can also be brought on by emotional stress, which causes us to contract and huddle the thighs together.
The resulting injury is the classic groin pull. Sudden or forceful stretching, especially when muscles have not been warmed up, causes muscle fibres and tendons to tear. When a runner’s forward leg crosses over the mid-line, for example, the short adductor muscles tighten and strain. The stress increases when running uphill—including when running on a treadmill.
This course of Yoga helps with the balancing of these muscles Looking to assist with hip pain and preventing further stress.
Exploring postures for yoga students who want to develop their practice whether in the primary or second series. We will be covering postures including
We will have blocks and straps supplied to help with these positions.