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Benefits of Stretching

Many, if not all of us have been taught that stretching is a good thing to do after we exercise- but how many of us even know why we're doing it? What is happening when we stretch? How is it benefitting our bodies? The purpose of this article is to shed light onto what stretching is and how essential it is to include not only as part of your training routine but also as a form of therapy. Here are five things you didn't know about stretching.1. Stretching is not about muscle! 2. Stretching can have the same effect as a massage... 3. Stretching can make you stronger.

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Thailand, a paradise for birds and yoga lovers

Thailand, a paradise for birds and yoga loversThe beautiful Island of Koh Samui in Thailand is a paradise for birds and bird-watchers. There is a surprisingly wide variety of species, and some of them are very easy to observe and identify. I have been surprised to see some beautiful species around Samahita Retreat, like the Blue Indian Roller and the majestic Greater Coucal. As I sit here writing this article I can hear many birds churping and tweeting, and I wonder if others are aware of the magnificent concert that is going on right now. Going for a walk around the area can be very interesting, and species like the Myna or the Magpie Robin are very easy to spot, as well as a few varieties of sunbirds, the yellow-vented bulbul, swallow or egrets.

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Downward Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Svanasana, or as my teacher, Paul Dallaghan, likes to call it, Adho Mukha Sukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Happy Doggie), is a pose that you will encounter in most yoga classes, Ashtanga and otherwise. It comes in the sun salutations in the beginning of the Ashtanga sequence, as a resting posture and then later on as a transitional pose. It is great for building strength and although it can be labeled as an “easy yoga pose” it can be quite challenging as well! Hopefully with some guidance, your tail will be wagging in this Adho Mukha Sukha Svanasana.

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The Power Of Being Present

In December 2009, I was preparing to leave Australia for a small town in Thailand where one could spend 10 days in silent meditation. The Dharma centre, known as Suan Mokkh, is set in the forest just outside the small town of Chaiya ( Surat Thani).The Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage was founded by the Venerable Ajahn Buddhadasa in 1989. Since then about 50,000 people, coming from all over the world, from many walks of life, between 17 and 70 years of age, have participated in the monthly meditation retreats.

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