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Yoga Poses for Better Digestion

Yoga Poses for Better Digestion

Healthy gut function and digestion is one of the most important things for overall wellbeing. And while it’s important all year round, it tends to get sluggish during winter as we eat heavier foods and more of it. Here are some of our favourite shapes to create when you need to get your body back on track.

Cat – Cow

This shape is a nice and easy way to warm up the body, but it’s also really beneficial for the digestive system. Come to all fours, tabletop position. On your inhale, drop your belly towards the ground, lifting the heart and the tailbone. Then on your exhale, round the back, tuck your chin to your chest, and drop your tail towards the ground. Continue like this for a few rounds. These forward and back motions compress and then lengthen the intestines, which allows for the body to increase blood flow in that area, helping to maintain healthy gut function.

Puppy Pose   

You can take this shape straight from cat cow. Keeping your hips and knees as they are, walk your arms forward as you start to lower your heart towards the ground. This shape allows the whole front body to lengthen from hips to fingertips. This helps to stretch out the front of the belly and can be very helpful in relieving cramping, especially any discomfort caused from eating a large meal.

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Post Yoga Eats 😋

Post Yoga Eats 😋

After a yoga class, whether you leave feeling calm after yin or energized after vinyasa, the next thing on the agenda can always be food. We are spoilt around our side of town for healthy and tasty eats. Sometimes the hardest thing you’ll do is choosing where to go.

Here are some of our Bayside go-to cafes for that post yoga fuel.

Combi

You can’t really go wrong at Combi. The long list of hearty smoothies is just the beginning. We’re a huge fan of the Greenie, which is a creamy and rich combination of bananas, seasonal greens, Brazil nuts, dates, spirulina, protein powder, and filtered water. If you’re looking for something less green, the peanut butter cup is a meal on its own – organic peanut butter, banana, cacao nibs, coconut flesh, chia, protein, and almond milk. You can also get big plates of avocado toast, raw dishes, acai bowls, and salads. While they do coffee (and well), you can get any other latte as well from matcha to turmeric to beetroot.

The Little Ox

These guys are conveniently right across the road from the studio! Whether you’re going for breakfast or lunch, there will be more than one item on the menu you want. For breakfast you can keep things simple with something like Avo toast, the Green Goddess or the Jerusalem Bowl which is brown rice, hummus, avocado, beetroot, leafy greens and a poached egg. Or for something a little bit more special try the Warrior Acai Bowl, yes the name was inspired by us! And as expected they have delicious chai lattes and the best winter warmer, the Little Ox Tea. Yum!

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Spend a Day with us in the Yarra Valley

Spend a Day with us in the Yarra Valley

You don’t need to take a week away from work and life to get the benefits of a retreat. One of our favourite ways to reset is to spend one day focused on health, yoga, and community. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do on Sunday September 10th and we hope you’ll join us. So what can you expect from this one day retreat with Dustin Brown and Chris Dixon at the beautiful Amarant Retreat?

You’ll get a chance to move and rejuvenate your body

Over the course of the day you’ll be guided through a slow flow with Dustin as well as a restorative yin practice with Chris. The slow flow will allow you to find flexibility and mobility through movement. But then later in the day you’ll get the chance to completely surrender into deep long holds with the restorative yin practice. Both of these classes will also help you quiet down the mind and find more mental rest at the same time.

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Yoga Poses to do Before Bed to help you sleep

Yoga Poses to do Before Bed to help you sleep

There is nothing worse than getting into bed, exhausted, then all of a sudden your mind starts racing and you can’t fall asleep. No matter how tired you are, or what your day has been filled with, sometimes you can have a tricky relationship with sleep. While sometimes there are physiological causes and sometimes psychological, here are four yoga poses that can help you calm both the body and the mind to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Paschimottanasana (forward fold)

Forward folds are really calming on the system and allow everything to really slow down. Paschimottanasana is one of the simplest and most common forward folds you can do seated. With the legs together out in front of you (you can take a bend in the knees if that feels better) simply fold softly over the legs without force. If you have trouble folding here, sit up on a block or a cushion, or anything soft that can elevate the hips slightly. Try to relax into the shape, approaching it in a soft yin style rather than staying active.

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25-Hour Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Training

25-Hour Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Training

We’re excited to announce that this October, Dustin Brown and Phoebe Cole will be coming together to present a comprehensive 25-hour training that will bring together both yin yoga and myofascial release techniques using our loved Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls as well as foam rollers. This training is perfect for teachers wanting to share this knowledge with their students, or simply students who want to deepen their understanding and knowledge in the area to better their home and studio practice.

Some of the key things this training will deliver:

A deeper understanding of the physical body

This training is delivered by Dustin who is a certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher and Phoebe Cole who is not only a yoga teacher but also a Myo-Therapist with a deep understanding of the human body and how we can heal it ourselves. You will leave with a deeper understanding of fascia, anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics in a really applicable way.

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Five Yoga Poses for a Hangover

Five Yoga Poses for a Hangover

While moderation is usually the best way of operating, sometimes you enjoy yourself a little too much and wake up with a sore head and a case of dehydration. But never fear yogis, our yoga practice is here to support us whatever we’re doing and whatever it is that we might need.

So when it comes to Sunday morning and we’re feeling a little worse for wear, these are the poses we go to, to fix us right up. You’re welcome.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This pose is a nice place to start, no matter what you’re feeling. But it’s even more nourishing when you’re not feeling your best. It allows you to be still, supported, and relaxed. But it also gently compresses the abdomen. This helps to stimulate digestion and also get lymph circulating. This all helps you to get rid of the waste products that the body has built up from that one too many glasses of wine.

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Why we see indulgence as part of a healthy lifestyle

Why we see indulgence as part of a healthy lifestyle

Yin and yang go together perfectly because they balance each other out. And that’s how we feel about lazy days with good wine, good food, and good company. It balances out a life of constantly working and often working out hard on the mat. Here are some of our main reasons we love to sip that glass of wine.

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What is Fascia?

What is Fascia?

While a lot of us think about tightness, pain, and stress in the body coming from just our muscles and joints, there is a third party we need to address. And that’s our fascia. It can be thought of as a giant onesie within our body. We use our Yoga Tune Up classes and workshops to help you understand how to release tension in the fascia tissue, but we thought we’d share a little more insight for you to take away with you.

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Things that Happen in Acro Yoga that aren’t the poses

Things that Happen in Acro Yoga that aren’t the poses

We’re big fans of acro-yoga here at Warrior One. And while it can get you into amazing shapes and very interesting and even challenging transitions, a lot of what we love about this practice goes beyond just the physical, and certainly past what the shapes look like. This practice asks you to take what’s usually a very personal practice and make it a group activity.

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How Yin Balances and Restores

How Yin Balances and Restores

Light and dark, the sun and the moon, yin and yang. We need both sides of the coin in everything we do. And that includes our yoga practice. We can use our practice to help us balance our lives, our tendencies, and our other activities. Most of us tend to lean towards more heat, strength, and stress, whether we mean to or not. Yin is the perfect antidote to a stressful life.

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