evepostappleOnce upon a time, there was a woman named Eve, who, unable to resist the luring temptation of a fragrant orchard, took a bite of forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Perhaps Eve was bored. Perhaps she was ovulating and had a desperate craving for something sweet. Perhaps life in the little garden was becoming stressful or claustrophobic. Perhaps she felt out of control or lacked passion in her life and in order to numb her emotions or soothe herself from Adam's lack of attention or his ambivalence in starting a family, she chose to indulge. Perhaps Eve was an emotional eater. But as Eve soon discovered, neither the bite, nor the whole fruit fulfilled her as she had hoped. Not only did she realize she was naked but that she had contempt for the way she looked. Perhaps Eve suffered with body dismorphia. Eve tried to stop eating the forbidden fruit and eventually avoided eating altogether but that didn't work and she ended up eating until she could no longer breathe. The point of this is that Eve lost her intuitive ability to nourish herself. She no longer had balance in her life and was willing to do any and everything to get that back.

Maybe Eve didn't exist. Maybe the stories that were told are not as important as the stories we tell ourselves.

This blog is dedicated to creating new stories based on the philosophies of whole body nutrition, self-love, intuition, fitness and yoga.

In my journey I have sought to uncover the knowledge and balance which have brought me to a greater awareness of health and this is what I wish to share with you.

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    Asana Of The Week: Salabhasana 
The Grasshopper or Locust Pose
Salabhasana is a deep lower-back strengthener and is wonderful for releasing the abdomen from any type of gastrointestinal discomfort such as indigestion, gas or bloating.  
The pose strengthens muscles of the spine, back, bum, hamstrings, triceps and legs whilst opening the heart chakra. This is an excellent asana for stress release.
The basic pose does not include supporting one leg as shown in the photograph but rather the upper back, neck and legs lifted.  The version in the photograph shows a supported locust with the neck relaxed.  Either option provides the same therapeutic benefits:
Therapeutic Applications

Fatigue
Flatulence
Constipation
Indigestion
Lower-back pain

Step by Step
For this pose you might want to pad the floor below your pelvis and ribs with a folded blanket. Lie on your belly with your arms along the sides of your torso, palms up, forehead resting on the floor. Turn your big toes toward each other to inwardly rotate your thighs, and firm your buttocks so your coccyx presses toward your pubis.
Exhale and lift your head, upper torso, arms, and legs away from the floor. You’ll be resting on your lower ribs, belly, and front pelvis. Firm your buttocks and reach strongly through your legs, first through the heels to lengthen the back legs, then through the bases of the big toes. Keep the big toes turned toward each other.
Raise your arms parallel to the floor and stretch back actively through your fingertips. Imagine there’s a weight pressing down on the backs of the upper arms, and push up toward the ceiling against this resistance. Press your scapulas firmly into your back.
Gaze forward or slightly upward, being careful not to jut your chin forward and crunch the back of your neck. Keep the base of the skull lifted and the back of the neck long.  If you experience any neck or upper back stiffness or soreness, keep your cheek to the mat.  You may also support one leg with the other (as shown in the picture) if your neck is rested.
Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation. Take a few breaths and repeat 1 or 2 times more if you like.

    Asana Of The Week: Salabhasana

    The Grasshopper or Locust Pose

    Salabhasana is a deep lower-back strengthener and is wonderful for releasing the abdomen from any type of gastrointestinal discomfort such as indigestion, gas or bloating.  

    The pose strengthens muscles of the spine, back, bum, hamstrings, triceps and legs whilst opening the heart chakra. This is an excellent asana for stress release.

    The basic pose does not include supporting one leg as shown in the photograph but rather the upper back, neck and legs lifted.  The version in the photograph shows a supported locust with the neck relaxed.  Either option provides the same therapeutic benefits:

    Therapeutic Applications

    • Fatigue
    • Flatulence
    • Constipation
    • Indigestion
    • Lower-back pain

    Step by Step

    For this pose you might want to pad the floor below your pelvis and ribs with a folded blanket. Lie on your belly with your arms along the sides of your torso, palms up, forehead resting on the floor. Turn your big toes toward each other to inwardly rotate your thighs, and firm your buttocks so your coccyx presses toward your pubis.

    Exhale and lift your head, upper torso, arms, and legs away from the floor. You’ll be resting on your lower ribs, belly, and front pelvis. Firm your buttocks and reach strongly through your legs, first through the heels to lengthen the back legs, then through the bases of the big toes. Keep the big toes turned toward each other.

    Raise your arms parallel to the floor and stretch back actively through your fingertips. Imagine there’s a weight pressing down on the backs of the upper arms, and push up toward the ceiling against this resistance. Press your scapulas firmly into your back.

    Gaze forward or slightly upward, being careful not to jut your chin forward and crunch the back of your neck. Keep the base of the skull lifted and the back of the neck long.  If you experience any neck or upper back stiffness or soreness, keep your cheek to the mat.  You may also support one leg with the other (as shown in the picture) if your neck is rested.

    Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation. Take a few breaths and repeat 1 or 2 times more if you like.

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