Merryfield became a certified teacher with the Iyengar Yoga Association of
Canada in 2001. She teaches through the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria and at the YMCA in Victoria, BC, Canada. Jeannette also has a private practice Merryfield Wellness where she teaches yoga and provides massages. Jeannette offers retreats in Mexico at the Mayan Riveria.
She has instructed at retreats in Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Peurto Muerollos, and Negril
Yoga means union of the individual soul with the universal spirit, union of the mind , body and soul. Summer asana practice, the body is more receptive to stretching because of the heat.
This pose balances the systems and calms and supports stability within.
This pose works to cool the body by allowing it to relax, this is also an inversion which has a cooling effect on the body. To move into the pose take both legs up the wall. Move the hips close into the wall so the legs do not have to work to stay up. If the hamstrings( back muscles of the thighs) are tight move the hips far enough away so as not to strain. Close eyes. Rest 5 minutes.
To come out of pose, draw knees into chest and roll to one side to press up to be seated.
Recline pose benefits digestion, opens the chest, improves respiration and circulation.
3 blankets, strap
Bolster is placed lengthwise on the floor, sit in front of the bolster, mindfully place body onto bolster, blanket under head for support, blanket rolled on either side of upper legs for hip support, strap overhead ,around sacrum and inner thighs, ankles.
Forward bends are beneficial for digestion, massages and strengthens abdominal organs, beneficial for high blood pressure and toning thyroid.
Forward bends also have a cooling effect on the body. A supported Paschottanasana or Janu Sirsasana can be done by folding the torso over a bolster.
Spinal twist brings flexibility to spine, tones and strengthens abdominal, rejuvenates liver, kidney and spleen, opens chest, helps alleviate depression and fatigue, increase mobility in shoulder and upper back.
Sit with legs stretched in front of you. Bend your right leg up, with your foot flat on the floor near your perineum and calf tight against your thigh. Keep left leg outstretched and active. Bend your right elbow to right inner knee , breath, extend spine and rotate torso toward left leg.
Little bridge is great to help cool the body when the weather is hot outside.also tones kidneys, adrenal glands and relieves high blood pressure.
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