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About Marrion Clarke

Marrion is a wise owl, but has no idea why there is a penguin on her doorstep!

1. What is your favorite Yoga style and pose?
This is one of the reasons I will always stay curious about this ancient practice.
There is a variety of styles, and my preferred choice would be dependent on my mood,
and same would go for the asana I prefer….it all depends on where I am on my
personal yogic journey.

2. How did you get interested in Yoga?
I needed to make lifestyle changes in order to find me again…I decided to do my YTT
in this year of slaying those dragons. The change it brought for me keeps me passionate
in sharing the wisdom with like-minded spirits.

3. If you could compare yourself to an animal, which would it be and why?
I have always found myself intrigued by owls. They are widely recognized as observers.
Owls employ their deeper spiritual senses to guide them and have a deeply philosophical
bent.

4. What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time you will find me in nature with my people. Travelling, family, art and music
is my soul food.

5. What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
There have been so many online moments during lockdown where I have had to laugh at
myself. The children’s classes in particular kept the humour going…I continue to learn from
the little people as they show me the lighter side of life.

6. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
I have found humour an excellent therapist during this pandemic, and spent many happy
hours watching “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. Comic Jerry Seinfeld hosts this
unique series that feature vintage cars, hilarious conversations and you guessed it….coffee!

7. What’s your favorite drink?
 A good chai tea and coffee

8. If a penguin wearing a sombrero walks through your front door, what does he say and why is he here?
I have no idea why this penguin made it to my doorstep or how, but after a year like 2020
nothing surprises me anymore….😉

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Purring through the Universe

About Nadya Booyse

Nadya is a serious wolf (who likes comic relief), so keep her fed and she will be your best friend!

Nadya Booyse

1. What is your favorite Yoga style and pose?. My favourite Yoga pose (at the moment) is fish and restorative backbends. My favourite yoga style is just a combination of vinyasa and classic Hatha.

2. How did you get interested in Yoga?
 I found yoga after my eldest was born and on a life long search for strength to be myself, as well as anxiety and anger management. Yoga gave me community, and all the aspects within myself to stand up and step out of things that were no longer serving me. It is an ongoing process

3. If you could compare yourself to an animal, which would it be and why?
A wolf: I am comfortable in both groups and alone; I am willing to both lead and follow (be the teacher or the student); Most people find me scary, but those that know me well, know that as long as I have fed and am not hungry, I will be your best friend and no blood will be shed. Also, it is my spirit animal; it must have chosen me for a reason.

4. What do you like to do in your free time?
Read, write, journal, quiet things that can’t be rushed

5. What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
I deal with my husband every single day. He thinks he is very funny, He is not, and I don’t have a sense of humour. BUT my youngest came to me the other morning to explain to me how she had held her eyes open while she sneezed and they hadn’t popped out, so I must be wrong…

6. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
The Big Bang Theory with my eldest daughter.  A little comic relief and something we could do and watch together. And I am also re-watching Gilmore Girls, which I love. It is completely relatable, that search for self and independence and the not belonging with the people you were born to, being excluded, feeling not heard and rejected, but also finding your people and learning how to belong with yourself. They also talk, read, and drink coffee in copious amounts. When we are anxious, we tend to watch shows or listen to familiar music over and over again. We know it and there are no surprises, so our nervous system gets a chance to relax.

7. What’s your favorite drink?
Water and coffee. Not in the same glass and neither ever cold. 

8. If a penguin wearing a sombrero walks through your front door, what does he say and why is he here?
Hello, peace be on this house. I love your country of sun and shine, but please point me to the nearest holder of ice cubes and tuna

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Purring through the Universe

The dawn of the Digital class

Learning to negotiate COVID-19 imposed measures around the world has shaken most of us to the very foundation. Many of us lost our jobs and had to scramble to find a means of earning a new income stream.  For me, the journey has been positive, allowing me to discover the true potential of what the digital class format can offer.

Having been previously deeply entrenched in the physical – I lived for the daily personal interaction of working with people – I expected to really struggle with transitioning to presenting classes in a digital format.  Yet, as with many things, perception (and more importantly preconceived notions) did not equal reality.  I quickly realised that it is all about mindset – how open you allow yourself to be to change.  Is this not the very pinnacle of yoga practice – to not limit yourself, to keep yourself receptive to change and growth?

Instead of trying to cram as many classes into one day as I could manage, just so I could get to all my students (often leading to intermittent burnout), I find myself much happier and  better balanced now that I can focus energy on class content and delivery.  While physical proximity and touch are fundamental for many of us, the digital format has definitely opened up a host of other alternatives and possibilities.

Even prior to the world-wide COVID-19 crisis, many people struggled getting to a studio to attend physical classes – time commitments, travel considerations, lack of budget, being self-conscious and often simply lazy, being just a few of the reasons.

In the aftermath of lockdown restrictions abating in many countries, people are still currently facing a host of new challenges thrown in the path of physical classes:

  • Having to be health scanned before even being allowed to enter a studio.
  • Facilities having to restrict the number of people they can accommodate at any one time.
  • Class rosters being severely cut to allow for deep cleaning rituals between classes.
  • Class capacity slashed to accommodate new social distancing measures.
  • Having to wear a mask the whole time you’re in public (even when exercising).
  • Equipment having to be continuously sterilized before and after each use, not only leaving sometimes soggy, tacky surfaces (this in itself opening up a host of potential liability issues), but also resulting in many people developing skin allergies to all the sterilizing sprays being utilised.
  • Fear of exposure to the virus, and possible contraction.
  • Loss of income suffered by many during (and even post) lockdown.

This makes the whole current physical class experience less than ideal for many.

I believe the digital class is the way of the future.  It’s convenient in that it allows you to exercise at any time of the day, when it suits you best, even when travelling (so trying to accommodate class rosters becomes void).  You eliminate travel and parking considerations, as you can exercise wherever you are (just find a quiet spot and roll out your mat).  The cost is usually a fraction of physical classes.  Even once the world goes back to “normal” you still have the convenience of always having a class on hand – pop in your earbuds, hook up your phone (or device of your choice) and you’re good to go.

For me, the live-stream format has made it possible to provide a unique class DAILY to multiple individuals (all over the world) at the same time – this is just not possible in the physical world.  I am enjoying so much creative fun.  As a small business entity (literally a one-woman show) creating something new daily takes time, planning and resources. Yet, I firmly believe that the cost versus value proposition of “Yoga with Louise Live Stream” is currently pretty unique in terms of what it actually offers: something new each day (who wants to keep doing the same routine over and over) to keep you inspired, motivated and moving forward.  My live-stream daily classes will undoubtedly be my key focus moving forward.

That’s it for now – see you all for playtime on the mat😉

Till next time – Keep it Light😘

You can contact Louise directly on https://yogawithlouise.pro

Yoga Time To reset

Time to reset and restore. Legs up the wall. An excellent way to de-stress at the end of a long day. It benefits the kidneys, pelvis, lower back and reduces water retention in the legs. Is excellent for stress and anxiety.

Lay on your back, shimmy your butt along the floor until its fairly close to the wall, place your legs against the wall.

Options:
• Blanket under the lower back
• Knees bent
• Arms beside you, hands to your belly or arms overhead
• Butterfly pose with soles of the feet together and knees out to the sides.

If you enjoyed this sequence and found it beneficial please feel free to make a donation at paypal.me/pennysleinyoga Music by: Beautiful Chorus Song: Breathe It In Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel, you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

Yoga for Bikers

PSY yoga is for everyone but this sequence is particularly good for bikers because it allows for more mobility in the IT band, piriformis, lower back, hip flexors, quads, iliopsoas, whole chest and shoulders.

Time to get off your bike 😉 for a moment and do some dynamic stretches before or after your ride or on rest days.

Remember Always make sure not to over stretch. You can do this by listening to the body. When you feel it naturally pausing…then pause. Foam rolling is also excellent for those tight muscles! (More about that later)

Start with a few repetitions and once you’re familiar with the poses increase according to your body’s needs.
• Arm swings
• Standing side stretch
• Standing bow
• Shoulder stretches
• 1 legged quad stretch
• Alternating knee to chest
• Alternating leg lifts
• Standing figure 4
• Hip flexor stretch
• Wide legged forward fold
• Side lunges
• Warrior 2
• High lunge
• Crescent moon
• Childs pose
• Prone twisted scorpion
• Upward facing dog
• Cow and cat
• Half happy baby
• Figure 4
• Twisted figure 4
• Side stretch
• Sacral massage
• Savasana

If you enjoyed this sequence and found it beneficial please feel free to make a donation at paypal.me/pennysleinyoga Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

Office, Plane or Chair Yoga

Yoga is good for your immune system. When the body is in a state of stress it produces cortisol which lowers the immune system. A few minutes of yoga every day lowers stress levels, increases circulation and boosts immune system.

Chair yoga is perfect for times when you’re in the office, having to sit for long periods of time or even on a plane. See what space you have around you or what space you can create. Use the furniture or equipment, move your body and get the circulation going.

• Head tilts side to side
• Wrist rolls • Side bend
• Shoulder rolls
• Torso twists
• Cat stretch
• Thoracic rotation with bend
• Chest fly • Eagle arms
• Figure 4 • Ankle rolls
• L-shape
• Calf raises
• L- shape twist and toe touch

Make the sequence longer by repeating each pose a few more times. Always listening to messages the body is giving you. Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa book into a PSY class! Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

Penny Slein Yoga Sun salutation For Beginners

Strengthen your body with dynamic mindful movement, speed up metabolism and increase circulation. Excellent warm up for runners.

Reach up towards the sun and bring its power and warmth into your body. Surya Namaskar is energizing so best practiced in the morning prior to eating breakfast.
• Mountain Pose
• High Mountain
• Forward Fold
• Lunge
• Downward Dog
• Extended Child’s Pose
• Upward Facing Dog
• Downward Dog
• Lunge
• Forward Fold
• High Mountain
• Mountain

Go at your own pace. Begin with two sun salutations then increase to four, six etc. You can hold each pose for a few breaths or transition with each inhale and exhale. Allow it to become a moving meditation. Let it flow naturally. Listen to your body. If you feel you need more intensity move faster, if you feel you need to slow it down then slow it down, if you feel you need to rest then rest. Remember you create your own sunshine 😉 Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa book into a PSY class!
Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you,
Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel, you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

 

Penny Slein Yoga – Wrist and Shoulder Warm Up

Simple, quick mindful movements for wrists, arms and shoulders. Aiming to mobilize and strengthen the joints and ease pain

Start slowly, increasing the number of repetitions and increase the range of motion accordingly. If you feel any pain then stop. This 5min clip includes wrist rotation, extension and flexion in seated and tabletop positions.

Like, share, save, comment and subscribe. Let me know what aspects of yoga you would like to focus on. Love, light, blessings to you and namaste Pen Xx

Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa book into a PSY class! Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

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DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

Penny Slein Yoga – 10 min Yoga Abs

Begin with a few repetitions then slowly build up to more.

There are so many ways to strengthen and tone your core and here are a few to get you to make the mind body connection, begin to engage your lower abdominals and whole body. * Pelvic rocks * Crunches * Figure 4 * Figure 4 crunches * Low boat pose * Supine tree * Eagle legs * Plank * Forearm plank * Sphinx * Crocodile – restore and rest Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa book into a PSY class! Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

 

Penny Slein Yoga – 5 Min Yoga Standing Warm Up

Quick simple 5min yoga warm up and mindful movement for the entire body. This standing warm up includes: * Dynamic chair pose * Forward fold * Rag Doll * L-shape * Chair pose with crossed arms * Warrior 1 * High Lunge * Warrior 2 * Extended Angle I will post a variety of warm ups, sequences and meditations to get you started on your yoga journey.

Subscribe, save, like, share and comment. Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga or if you’re in Durban, South Africa come join me for a class. Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.