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10 Reasons to Do Yoga on a Grid Mat

Why do you practice yoga? For most people, it’s for the following reasons:  To reduce/manage anxiety and calm "monkey brain"  To increase flexibility   To build strength  To improve balance & stability  For general exercise (cardiac, circulatory, musculoskeletal, nervous system health)  To lose weight  To rehab after an injury "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.", right? Not necessarily. (Personally, I never subscribed to this idea.) Trauma - whether physical, mental, or emotional -can do permanent damage. The point of yoga boils down to this: We are presented with a series of challenges designed to be challenging engough improve our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing but not so difficult that they create injury (acute or repeated strain), damage our self-esteem, or create...

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5 Things Your Yoga Teacher Should Know About You

Besides the obvious info such as your level of experience with yoga, health history, and past injuries, your yoga teacher should know 5 key things before you begin a regular yoga practice.  Why is this important to your practice? Benefits to the student:      Efficiency, performance, and safety: The Gurugrid was designed to help you improve your poses, maximize the benefits from each class, and most importantly, provide you with a guide within which you can perform your poses safely. The lines and numbers on the mat make it simple to determine these measurements, specific to your body. Once you have this information, finding the contact points on the mat is easily done and after a few classes becomes automatic. Benefits...

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Do you Practise Mirror Image Yoga?

I see you are interested....allow me to explain further. Mirror image yoga is the practice of performing your yoga poses identically on both the right and left sides. Now, none of us has a perfectly symmetrical body. We all have one hip or shoulder that is tighter than the other, right? Mirror image yoga can help you in three ways: 1) Identify imbalances 2) Correct imbalances 3) Prevent imbalances from getting worse The Gurugrid was invented with, precisely, this issue in mind.  Identify imbalances Imagine your Warrior pose. Does one side feel easier, stronger, or looser to you? It is not always easy to tell. When we designed the Gurugrid. we had this exact problem in mind. The only way...

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Why Symmetry is Important for Goddess Pose

Aesthetically, Goddess is one of my favourite poses.              Physically, I love it because it offers us the opportunity to work on leg strength, hip flexibility, and balance. Goddess works every muscle in the legs and stretches most of the hip muscles. But what I love most about it is the symmetry. By creating a perfectly symmetrical frame for this pose, we can see and feel imbalances in our hips, shoulders, back, and torso. One of the main reasons for the Gurugrid is to provide you with this symmetrical framework. By placing your feet in mirror image and using the midpoint to centre your torso, any imbalances in your body become immediately evident. Once you have...

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