Mindful MATAIP Yoga Pilates and Wellbeing Retreat

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Mindful MATAIP Yoga Pilates and Wellbeing Retreat Quinta Mimosa, Loule, Algarve Portugal 23 – 30 September 2016

Relax, Recharge, Revitalize, Boost Confidence Levels, Heal Deeply.  Feel Awesome improving YOUR performance in life.

MATAIP Retreat

Session delivered by Master Coach/Director Mark Thomas Inst. Personal Development. Cert. Dip. Yoga. Pilates, Hypnotherapy, Counseling, Reflexology, Mataip Accupressure, Stress Management and more.
With over twenty years of coaching Mind and Bodies you are guaranteed an elite Mindful Coaching experience on this retreat.

  • 11 Mataip Yoga Pilates Mindful Wellbeing Workshops to Revitalize
  • Strengthen or Heal your Spine. Mindful Health Strength and Prosperity presented by Mark Thomas
  • 3 Pools, Georgeous beach and beach bar 15 mins away by taxi
  • Pranayama Breathing, Essential Healing and Prosperity Meditation
  • Vinyasa flow and Inner Core Strength Solutions
  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Nutritional Evening Meals and 6 Brunches
  • Assessment and Correct Form for Future Prosperity
  • Leaner, Healthier Body
  • One and a Half Hour Sessions to Extend Life and Feel Awesome

No sessions on Wednesday and Friday evenings to allow for excursions or Beach meditation.

Workshop Saturday 20th August (09:30-12:30)

Workshop

Mataip Mindful sessions takes the guess work out. With over 25 years experience we have the Correct Mindful Formats for Guaranteed Results. Get the edge you need for improved performance.

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Workshop Saturday 20th August (09:30-12:30)

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Next workshop MATAIP Yoga Pilates and the next level for Mind Body Transformation Accelerated Healing, Spinal Strength and change.

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Norwood Green Village hall. Village Street, Hx3 8QN.  Limited places, Book now to avoid disappointment.

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Limited places available £30 per person

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Breakthrough Accelerated Healing and High Performance techniques
Spinal Strength. Weight Management, Healing Meditation. Increased energy flow to achieve your goals.
Boost Brain Power and Feel fabulous.
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One to One Mind Body Transformation Healing, Coaching sessions for accelerated results.
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Transform Mind and Body with Breakthrough techniques unique to Mataip Ltd and you with over 25 years of experience. Mataip techniques achieve amazing result. Don’t delay body your block of transformation sessions.
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Contact mark on 07790 024776 or via email using the Contact Form
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Hypnotherapy for Weight Management, Confidence Building, Spinal Healing, Mind Body Transformation block bookings for June/July now being taken.
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Accelerated Spinal Healing and Core Strength
Wednesday 7:00-8:10 Clayton Village Hall, Reva Syke Road, Clayton, Bradford BD14 6QN.
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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the practice can do more than help you twist your body into pretzel shapes and find inner peace. These hidden benefits will help you in the kitchen, office and bedroom — and will give you five new reasons to show off your yoga skills (plus recommended poses for each one!).

1. Boost Immunity

A recent Norwegian study found that yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. And it doesn’t take long: The researchers believe the changes occurred while participants were still on the mat, and they were significantly greater than a control group who went on a nature hike while listening to soothing music. Yoga also helps to boost immunity by simply increasing overall health, says Mitchel Bleier, a yoga teacher of 18 years and owner of Yogapata in Connecticut. “As you breathe better, move better and circulate better, all the other organs function better.”

Strike a Pose: Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)
This sequence of eight poses performed in a row can be found in almost any yoga class. It creates great circulation and tone, plus sweat, says Bleier. This video breaks down each posture one by one.

2. Ease Migraines

Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Research shows that migraine sufferers have fewer and less painful migraines after three months of yoga practice. The cause of migraines isn’t fully understood, but Bleier says it could be a combination of mental stressors and physical misalignment that create migraines and other issues. Hunching over a computer or cell phone with your shoulders up and head forward causes overlifting of your trapezius and tightening of the neck. This pulls the head forward and creates muscle imbalances that can contribute to headaches and migraines.

Strike a Pose: Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet hip-distance apart on the floor. With your hands resting on the floor, begin to press down into your legs and draw your hips toward the sky. The key, Bleier says, is to keep your shoulders in line with the base of your neck, moving the back of the shoulders together so the shoulder blades are close. Lift your chest towards your chin and your chin away from your chest, so the upper trapezius muscles flow away from the head.

3. Boost Sexual Performance

Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Studies have found that 12 weeks of yoga can improve sexual desire, arousal, performance, confidence, orgasm and satisfaction for both men and women. How? Physically, yoga increases blood flow into the genital area, which is important for arousal and erections, says Bleier, and strengthens the “moola bandha,” or pelvic floor muscles. Mentally, the breathing and mind control involved with the practice can also improve performance.

Strike a Pose: Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)
Sit with your feet together and your knees bent and reaching toward the floor. Slowly fold over your feet while trying to bring your knees closer to the ground while moving the groin back and engaging the pelvic floor muscles. “It’s a great hip opener, plus the pelvic floor engagement tones the muscles for orgasm,” says Bleier.

4. Sleep Better

Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Researchers from Harvard found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. And another study found that twice-weekly yoga sessions helped cancer survivors sleep better and feel less fatigued. This can be attributed to yoga’s ability to help people deal with stress, says Bleier. “Sleep issues are like anxiety. Your head can’t stop spinning, you don’t know how to relax,” he says. “Breathing and mental exercises allow the mind to slow down, so you’re going to start to see yourself sleep better.”

Strike a Pose: Corpse Pose (Savasana) with Diaphragmatic Breathing
Savasana is the final pose in a yoga class and is meant to restore the body. Lay on your back with your legs slightly apart and your arms extended at your side and your hands on your belly. Inhale and exhale through your nose, follow the breath and feel the belly rise and fall under your hands. The breath, muscles, and mind should be completely relaxed.

5. Fight Food Cravings

Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Researchers from the University of Washington found that regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, an awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating. By causing breath awareness, regular yoga practice strengthens the mind-body connection, Bleier says. The awareness can help you tune in to emotions involved with certain cravings, and yoga breathing exercises can help you slow down and make better choices when cravings strike.

Strike a Pose: Meditation
Sit or lay in any comfortable position and bring attention to the natural breath moving in and out through your nose. Next, bring attention to the triangular area around the tip of your nose and upper lip, paying attention to your breath hitting this space as you exhale, the temperature of your breath, and which nostril you’re breathing through. Try this for two minutes, working up to five or more. “The key is to try and be still and focus just on the breath,” Bleier says. “No moving, no reacting, just stay present.”

How Yoga Helps Aging

How Yoga Helps Aging

Yoga for Healthy Aging

Yoga slows the aging process by gradually improving key factors in your physical health. Here are five reasons why you should consider not only practicing yoga now, but continuing your practice as you age for optimal health.

1. Balance

Remember the old adage, “If you don’t use it you’ll lose it”? Balance is a component of many yoga poses, think Warrior, Triangle and of course, Tree Pose. The ability to balance involves both our body and our brain; when not practiced one or both faculties will begin to diminish.

Envision yourself one day, taking walks along the shore in a retirement dream vacation. Are you sure-footedly making your way from rock to rock or are you watching the scene from a car, too afraid of a fall to enjoy nature?

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates 1 out of every 2 women and 1 out of every 4 men over 50 will suffer a fracture related to a fall. The balancing poses we practice in yoga help us to sync communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, improving our agility.

How Yoga Helps Aging

2. Flexibility

For most people, increased aches, pains and stiffness come with age. Unfortunately, some people think Yoga is only for the flexible —but they couldn’t be more wrong! Yoga creates flexibility.

In yoga lies the path to greater comfort in your body as you age. Your willingness to work through asanas in your practice will only continue to bring you rewards. Soon, that stiffness you felt whenever you got up out of a chair will be a thing of the past!

Spinal flexibility is not just about comfort. If unchecked, spines will shorten and round. Creating space between the vertebrae with a regular yoga practice helps lengthen the spine, improving nerve conduction to all the organs.

3. Strength

Yoga builds strength slowly and safely. Strong muscles increase our protection from the conditions of aging and increase bone density. Weight bearing poses like Downward Dog, Cobra and Plank, dramatically reduce the chance of fractures as you age.

Yoga provides a safer option then other high impact or high intensity exercises that stress your cartilage and joints.

4. Breathing

Breath = Life. A simple equation, yet one we don’t take full advantage of.

Yoga increases our lung’s capacity to bring in life force or Qi, as we tune our attention into our breath. Improving our ability to take in more air increases energy to all of our cells and helps us “get up and go” as we age.

Another distinct advantage of proper breathing is lower blood pressure. In a recent study at the University of Pennsylvania, a team of researchers evaluated the effects yoga had on blood pressure.

The team found that patients who did yoga in a studio 2-to-3 times per week for 24 weeks, experienced a statistically significant drop in their blood pressure, greater than the diet-only group.

And as a bonus, proper breathing also improves digestion. Learning to take a full breath gives the digestive organs an encouraging massage. Poor digestion is one of the main reasons people visit their doctor. Bad digestion may not kill you, but it can sure make you miserable.

To improve digestion with yoga poses, focus on the twists. Think Seated Twist, Supine Twist and Side Bends. These poses encourage waste materials to move and stimulate circulation to the digestive organs.

5. Body awareness

Invaluable at any stage of life, body awareness is crucial as we age. Consider the benefits of greater awareness to the messages our body sends us in any given moment. Yoga teaches us to be more mindful so that we pay attention to warning signs, offering us the opportunity to correct our course.

Sure, this has enormous benefits for our mental, emotional and spiritual health, but also for our physical bodies. Yoga trains us to notice when we’re slouching, alerts us to the onset of stress, and lets us know when a much loved food is no longer serving our body.

So if you want to put a glow in your golden years, start a regular yoga practice now!