Free up your fascias !

The fascias, long little considered, are the envelope of our muscles, our organs and our glands, they are everywhere under the skin.

It is a white, fibrous network of connective tissue that plays both a role of partitioning, transmission of force and tension, sliding and tensegrity.

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3 “cheat sheets” for happiness

Practiced and approved!

Do you know Jonathan Lehmann? He defines himself as an old “dunce of happiness”. He left his career as a lawyer to search for happiness, just like me! He recently participated in the TEDx Valenciennes and presented in 20 minutes three habits that can change your life.

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All you need to know about Omega 3

Omega 3, you surely heard of it? They are lipids, so it is fat. They are called Essential Fatty Acids because they can not be synthesized by the body.

First of all, know that there is no good or bad fat, they are all useful for cellular communication, immunity, skin, brain and eyes especially but also for mood!

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Our fake memories

Did you know ? The most recent scientific research is beginning to show that our memories are mostly biased!

Indeed, the memory of events starts from our sensory experiences. The hippocampus processes this information and distributes it in different areas of the brain, more or less connected, to store them.

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Protect your perineum in everyday life

I am speaking here of situations in which the perineum receives too much pressure. Once it is ok, it is the repetition that can become problematic: the strong pressure repetitively received by the muscles and tissues of the perineum from the organs that are suspended above can with time distort them and make them ineffective.

Some situations causing this kind of pressure?

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Requiem for happiness

Happiness … would it be a state of permanent well-being, where everything would go well in the best of all worlds?

But we can not prevent certain events of life, change people, avoid all breakdowns, illness of our relatives, war, death etc. Happiness is not like the top of a mountain that one could reach (would you stay there anyway?!)

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How to meditate ?

You decide to start to meditate but do not know precisely what to do? No more excuse, here are a few steps to start in the minute! First, choose a place where you can settle without being disturbed during the time you decided to allocate to yourself. Early in the...

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Kitchari, a yogic detox recipe

Kitchari is a relatively simple dish, easy to digest, which warms the body and calms the mind. It cleans the digestive system and suits well for a mono-diet of a few days. In Ayurveda, it is suitable for all doshas. Perfect for the winter months, especially after the holidays to rebalance the body after some abuse 😉

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SANKALPA, the intention

An intention hides behind every of our action, this is what motivates us, animates us every day

In yoga, I often invite my students at the beginning of the session to “settle” internally an intention for our practice, but also for the rest of the day, week, month, year to come.

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What is a mantra ?

A mantra is a sound, a word or a phrase, which is repeated inwardly, with a low or high voice, or singing. There are many of them, each with its own frequency, vibration. Yogis use them to meditate, calm the mind or heal.

“Man” means spirit, “tra” liberate.

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When everything becomes yoga

Stand Up Paddle yoga, flying yoga, acro yoga, yogalates, hardcore yoga and even beer yoga …

Today the types of yoga are almost infinite, integrating various techniques, more or less ancient. And I think this is very good if it helps every single one to find a method, an approach that best suits him to connect to himself.

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Feeling the lower abdominal contraction

The abdominal muscles insert on the pelvis (pubis or iliac crests), but they do not all have a contractile part in this lower zone, between the pubis and three fingers below the navel. Sometimes we lose some of the strength and capacity of contraction in that area.

Nevertheless, this contraction should biomechanically follow that of the perineum to allow abdominal contractions to go upward

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We are all heroes ! My Christmas tale for you

In the tales of our childhood, mythology or literature, the story is often the same, and for a good reason, it is finally the story of human adventure that is traced … to help us to move forward!

It usually begins with suffering (sickness, loss, material opulence that no longer satisfies). Then one undertakes a journey, a quest (external in stories, often internal in life).

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New term trendy those days, orthorexia is the obsession with healthy eating. As its Greek root may indicate to some of you, it is a pathology. A pathology that could well affect the yogi of modern times as well …

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What is a samskara ?

As human living and incarnated beings, we all have samskaras, habitual patterns of thoughts, actions and words, innate or acquired, which may have been useful at some point for our survival but which may not be beneficial anymore to us today.

They may be physical (a way of acting on a daily basis), emotional (a way of reacting to life events), psychological (a tendency to anxiety, depression), immune (tendency to reject what is foreign, to let everything in). They affect all aspects of our being.

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What is a ligament ?

If we focus on the locomotor apparatus, a ligament is a fibrous cord that connects one bone to another. Most of the time, it is a simple thickening of the articular capsule, of which the ligament is therefore part.

It is composed of connective tissue, the fibers of which, essentially made of collagen, all have the same direction.

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Why meditate? Neuroplasticity !

I often compare meditation as a kind of mental hygiene: you clean your body physically every day, for me meditation has the same effect on the mind … of course, there are “cat cleaning day” (it’s a French expression, I hope it speaks to you !) when one is in a hurry, and the days of long and big baths when one can afford the luxury.

But beyond this daily “mental dusting”, researches have shown that contemplative sciences, including meditation, lead the mind to positive and socio-responsible behaviors.

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What is “happy food” ?

I have already told you that we become what we eat, no? Happy food, happy mood. But what do you mean by “happy food”?

For the yogi, it is the food filled with Prana, the one that has been fed by nature, sun, natural water, rich soil etc.

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The Prana

For the yogi, Prana is the vital energy. It is the equivalent of qi or chi. “Pra” means “before”, “na” “breathing”. Prana is the energy that precedes all life according to yogic tradition.

Without Prana, no life then.

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What is a chakra?

Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit. According to the yogic philosophy, they are centers of junction between the different channels of energy through the body. We would have thousands.

The 7 main ones are the the most well-known. They allow the circulation of the lunar and solar energies (ida and pingala) but also of the Kundalini which circulates through our main channel (sushumna).

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Jyoti Tratak, the candle meditation

Have you ever let your thoughts wander on the flames’ rhythm? Fire has something fascinating, hypnotic, right? Yogis, all explorers of the body, mind and soul that they are, use this element as a focal point for meditation. Old scriptures say that this practice also...

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What is the perineum?

Physically, it is a kind of muscular hammock that forms the floor of our pelvis, and therefore of the trunk. It contains the viscera. Contrary to preconceived ideas, the perineum is not the prerogative of women, men also are endowed with this muscular set.

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Should one be a vegetarian to be a yogi?

When one moves along the path of yoga, one day the question of vegetarianism arises. For some, it is unthinkable, for others it comes naturally.

Indeed, yoga makes the practicioner progressively more compassionate. We become more inclined to follow one of yoga’s essential principles

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Our emotions, companions of life

Fear, joy, sadness, anger, frustration, wonder … Life is a succession of emotions. Some are unpleasant, others pleasant, we live them with more or less intensity (joy or anger manifests physically, depression, sadness or serenity leads us to the opposite sometimes away from any physical sensation) .

Omnipresent, they occupy an important part of our lives.

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“We become what we eat”

Think about it for a moment: what are we made of? Bones, muscles, organs, tissues … all made up of billions of cells. These cells are alive: they need energy, vitamins and minerals to grow, function and communicate. And their source of nourishment comes from the process of digestion.

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What is a yogi ?

In the feminine, yogini! It is a yoga practitioner who knows or is seeking this experience of union, of yoga.

No need to be Hindu, you just need to have a soul.

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The abdominal muscles

It is a group of 4 muscles at the front of the body. They act both on the skeleton (relationship between the pelvis and the rib cage) and on the abdominal viscera (in particular in “forced” exhalation).

Arranged in layers, they are, from the deepest to the most superficial:

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“Know thyself !”

My first contact with philosophy happened in my final year of high school. I had a teacher who started the year writing in ancient Greek : “Gnothi seauton ῶνῶθι σεαυτόν”. Then he digressed until the end of the year !

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Yoga & health

According to the World Health Organization, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

And I have 2 good news…

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“Breath through the nose”

In yoga, we usually breathe through the nose. But why do teachers insist on this point? When we inhale through the nose, the air enters through the nostrils and then pass through the nasal mucous membranes, inside which there are dozens of small hairs, like eyelashes....

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Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation comes from the Buddhist ancestral tradition. Refined from its religious aspects, it integrates the latest advances in neurosciences to provide a quality of being to practitioners of the modern Western world.

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Yoga nidrâ

"Nidrâ" means sleep in Sanskrit, yoga nidrâ is thus the yogic sleep. It is a technique of physical, emotional and mental relaxation, tant can improve the quality of sleep, but also relaxation and better stress  and emotion management. In a state between awakening and...

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Yoga for children

Presented in entertaining and educational way, each yoga session alternates around a theme, dynamic and soothing postures, breathing techniques, concentration exercises and mindfulness. Children are also invited to interact in order to stimulate their creativity.

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