Do’s of AtréYoga Studio


1. DO arrive 10 minutes early. New students can get to know the class and talk to the instructor. Arriving early also gives you time to lay out your mat, stretch and catch up with teachers and participants.

2. DO let your teacher know about any injuries or pains. Let the teacher know if any medical conditions may affect your practice. Talk to the teacher before and after the class and let them know if any pains arise.

3. DO remove your shoes as soon as you enter the room and leave them at the entrance in the appropriate space to ensure maximum hygiene and comfort to all the participants.

4. DO turn off mobile phones and other distractions. Enjoy the yoga class in full awareness while at the studio. Leave work, home and other thoughts behind.

5. DO maintain silence. Talking during the class distracts your yoga practice and others’.

6. DO bring your own mat. Feel free to use AtréYoga mats as a base layer. Top layer mats are also available, but you are advised to bring your mat for hygiene reasons.

7. DO expect adjustments. One of the precepts of AtréYoga is adjustments, and teachers are expected to guide you gently with appropriate touch.

8. DO what you easily can. There is no competition. You are expected to move at your own pace. Listen to your body and do not push yourself.

9. DO put mats away neatly. Roll up mats neatly after the class, and put them in the appropriate slots for top and base layer mats.

10. DO share your feedback. Do talk to the teacher after the class about your experience.

Which power nap is for you?


power-naps-and-effects-infographicA power nap takes 10-20 minutes of sleep, when the brain releases theta waves, and falls into a relaxed state of mind. This state ends before the occurrence of deep sleep (or slow wave sleep).A power nap gives you an instant flow of energy as it increases alertness, stamina, motor learning and motor performance. It also improves muscle memory and it clears the brain from unnecessary built-up information, which helps long-term memory. Avoid nonetheless napping for longer than 30 minutes: after that time your sleep state will progress to the second stage of sleep in which one feels sleep inertia. It would take you more efforts to shake that off.

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Back pain, neck pain? Could these be trigger point issues? Let’s yoga it out!

As this video by Michiel Akkerman beautifully illustrates, many pains in the upper back and between the shoulder blades are a result of “trigger points”. Some of the chronic conditions caused by trigger points include frozen shoulder, muscle spasms, chronic neck stiffness and migraine. This video shows how people could treat trigger points themselves. The example given here is self-massage using a ball agains the wall.
Yoga is another effective way of dealing with trigger points on your own. Certain yoga asanas performed with appropriate breathing techniques help stretch the muscles affecting trigger points. Practicing these asanas regularly dissolves the knots.
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