Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Introducing Hot Power Yoga

The practice of yoga has long been associated with improved physical and mental health and more and more people are taking up the practice of yoga as a way to de-stress and increase energy. But what happens when the words “power” and “hot” are added to yoga? In this guest blog entry for the Octagon Chiropractic Clinic, Elina and Ari from the newly opened Lumi Power Yoga in Hammersmith share their views about Hot Power Yoga.

At Lumi Power Yoga, we teach Hot Power Yoga aligned with Baptiste Yoga methodology. Each class follows a standard structure with each teacher adding her / his twist to the practice. In a class poses are synchronised with deep breathing, creating a flowing style of yoga that delivers a full body and mind workout. The power element comes from the action of working the muscles (it’s a squeeze!) and breathing in a way that strengthens the body.

Classes take place in a heated studio where the temperature hovers around 32 to 35 degrees. The specially designed ventilation and humidity system will make sure that the heat is pleasant with plenty of fresh air circulating around. The heat allows the body to be more supple and increases joint lubrication and flexibility in the muscles. We find that practicing in a hot studio emphasises the cleansing, rinsing and energising impacts of a yoga practice. And yes, you will sweat!

The practice delivers results in a short amount of time starting from the first class. The yoga poses strengthen and stretch you, the heat rinses out toxins and activates the cardiovascular system, and the breathing oxygenates the body and creates space – the combination creates energy and calm in all areas of your life. Often our students share how the practice has profound impacts on their lives as they break through physical and emotional barriers into more freedom and joy*.

Starting hot power yoga is easy; you don’t need to be flexible, strong, lean or anything but yourself, just the way you are. The only thing you need to do is to turn up, have an open mind and be prepared for physical and mental transformation!

Ari and Elina demonstrate a tandem high plank!

Lumi Power Yoga is the creation of Chiswick residents Ari and Elina Iso-Rautio. You will find Lumi Power Yoga at 121 King Street, W6 9JG-walking distance from the Octagon Clinic! Check the website at for the latest class schedule and workshops.

Octagon Chiropractor Hazel Dillon will be giving a 'Care for Your Back' Workshop at Lumi Power Yoga on Friday the 22nd of November 7.15-8.15 pm where she will be giving advice on how to keep your spine healthy. Hazel will take you through some basic anatomy to help you understand why you may be suffering from pain and discomfort and what you can do to get your body functioning at its best. She'll conclude with some practical tips on posture, movement patterns and some stretches. Lumi yogis will also be on hand to show you how Chiropractic and Yoga can compliment one another to bring about optimum holistic health! The workshop costs £15 and participants are entitled to a discount on their first appointment with Hazel. Click here for more information and to sign up!

*Editors Note: I recently took a class at Lumi and can testify to its benefits! I have tried various classes, styles and teachers of yoga over a period of five or so years and found Elina's class to be one of the most enjoyable and rejuvenating yet. It really resonated with me-Emma Silverthorn Receptionist and Marketing Manager at Octagon Clinic

Friday, 1 November 2013

Hamstring Stretch

Hamstrings - the muscle group at the back of your thigh - are a very important group of muscles to stretch as they attach to the bottom of your pelvis and so have an effect on stabilising your pelvis and back.

If you have short or tight hamstrings it can affect how you walk and run. If you play sport you may find a hamstring strain can easily occur if they are tight.

Children and Teenagers can develop tight hamstrings as their bodies grow - the bones grow 1st and then the muscles need to catch up.

You can see from the picture that the hamstrings attach at the pelvis and then on the leg below the knee - so we need a straight leg to stretch the hamstrings effectively.

There are several ways that you can stretch this muscle group by straightening your leg and bending forward which tips the pelvis.
Chiropractor Rachel Hodson demonstrates the hamstring stretch
The easiest way that I have found to perform a hamstring stretch is to stand with your feet apart with the leg you wish to stretch in front. Bend your back leg at the knee keeping the front leg straight and bending forwards at the hips (see our previous post hip hinge). You can lean back and down at the same time to increase the stretch as if you were going to sit on something behind you.

Hazel Dillon is a Chiropractor at the Octagon Clinic