The Star: May 30, 2019

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HELEN

SIaN

INDIa

C ommunity inf luencer

My passion is to teach people

simple yoga techniques which they

can then use as tools for their own

mental health support and physical

wellbeing. Originally from the

UK, Helen transplanted to New

Zealand four years ago. She is the

owner of Yoga Live, an online yoga

platform, which enables her clients

to participate in a yoga class from

the comfort of their own home.

Helen’s philosophy is, “In order to

understand ourselves and others

well, it’s important that we calm our

mind down using our bodies. When

we can pause and listen to our

thoughts with movement, we are

able to see life clearly.”

Try these 5 poses and stretches to

bring calm into your mind and

body.

STaNDINg PRayER

Come to stand with your feet

together or slightly apart. Bring

your hands together in-front of your

chest. Gently lift your toes off the

floor, spread them apart and pop

them back down again. Take some

time to focus on your breath and

how it sounds and feels. Notice the

pressure and warmth of your hands.

Be aware of your feet as you use

your muscles to balance. Stay here

for 1 minute.

CHILDS

Come to all fours and open your

knees wide, bring your big toes

together and gently guide your chest

and head to the floor as you reach

your arms over your head onto the

floor. Relax through your hips and

belly and enjoy taking a few deep

breaths. Stay here for 1 minute.

PaLM TREE

Come to stand with your feet under

your hips. As you inhale reach your

arms out and up over your head,

at the same time coming up onto

the balls of your feet. Hold the

breath in at the top. On your exhale,

draw your arms towards each

other behind you, squeezing your

shoulder blades together and lower

your arms back to your side whilst

lowering down onto your heels.

Repeat 6 times.

CaT/COW

Come onto all fours, with your

hands directly under your shoulders

and knees under your hips. If you

have any issues with your knees, pop

a blanket underneath or curl your

toes under. With an inhale, drop

your belly to the floor whilst lifting

your tailbone up to the ceiling and

gazing forward. As you breathe out,

curve your spine up to the ceiling

and tuck your head into your chest.

Push the floor away with your hands

to open up. Repeat 6 times.

SEaTED STRETCH

Come to sit with your legs crossed

and a cushion under your bum.

Reach your arms out to the side and

as you inhale reach your arms up

and over your head. As you breathe

out, lower your arms back down to

your sides. Repeat 6 times.

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