Sitting with your spine erect, chest open and shoulders back and relaxed, inhale and tilt your head back lifting the chin extending the front of your neck. As you exhale bring the chin to wards your chest, extending the back of your neck. The movement should only be coming from the neck joint and not the shoulders or the upper back. Repeat 6 times. From the neutral position of your neck take an inhalation. As you exhale tilt your head to the right bringing the right ear towards the right shoulder, extending the left side of your neck. As you inhale come back to the center, and then exhale to tilt the head to the left. Observe the feeling in the right side and left side as you stretch your neck laterally. Repeat this movement 6 times. Coming back to the neutral position of your neck take an inhalation. As you exhale turn your head to look to your right, inhale to turn back to the center and exhale to turn your head to the left. The movement should be originating at your neck, and not a movement of your shoulders or mid-spine. Observe the difference between your left and right. Is there any difference in the degree of movement or any discomfort?
Once you are comfortable with this issues practice, you can combine the sequence from the October Issue and practice a complete joint-freeing series (Pavanmuktasana series). This practice takes about 15 to 20 minutes, it is a wonderful sequence to add to your morning routine to kick start your day.
Melissa Kuwahata Daswani
Melissa started to indulge in yoga with a keen interest in her 20’s after researching the benefits of practising yoga.
In order to expand her knowledge and practice, she initially enrolled on official training in India during 2009. Her initial stint in yoga teaching began in 2012 in Togo, followed by expanding in the Gambia from 2016. Melissa’s style of teaching incorporates the fundamental and crucial steps of yoga called Hatha yoga, which encompasses the basis of all other styles of yoga. Melissa believes that every individual has something to gain from Yoga which is not limited to mental, physical or spiritual.
Yoga is not a religion but more a spiritual exercise as well as a practice that can universally be incorporated into your daily routine. Melissa offers regular weekly classes in Fajara, the Gambia, which is open to all levels.
She also runs a weekly beach yoga class which is very refreshing and energizing.
It’s her love and dedication towards teaching which allows her the opportunity to share the essence of yoga and its benefits to people from all walks of life.
Whether you reside in the Gambia or a visitor in The Gambia, Yoga Bliss Gambia would love to welcome you to their next class.