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Ginny, who has been teaching yoga at Coast for five years, recently attended a week’s teacher intensive training in London with Shiva Rea, one of the world’s leading Vinyasa Flow yoga teachers.   Here is what Ginny has to say about her course and the influence this will bring to her Monday evening class.

Vinyasa Flow, in Shiva Rea’s words is “a natural sequence unfolding with creative intelligence – a conscious evolution connecting each moment with unifying breath.”  This dance-like style of yoga, in which we are rarely holding postures statically (except for those that ask for it, such as balancing poses) requires us to be completely present with our body and breathe.

I have found the benefits of switching my daily yoga practice to Vinyasa Flow to include stronger core, (my abdominals seriously ached after the first few days of the course!), my upper and lower body strength has increased and I feel more toned.  I have found that the concentration I employ during my yoga practice leaves me feeling very calm afterwards and as a result my meditation practice has also become easier.

The art of sequencing Vinyasa Flow yoga, as taught by Shiva Rea, is really intelligent – we work our way to a ‘peak posture’ (e.g. an arm balance or backbend) but we approach this in waves, each wave becoming more challenging than the preceding one, so that we can choose to stay with the earlier stages of preparation if we are not ready for the peak posture.  This wave sequencing teaches us that it’s ok to be where we are and that evolution is possible, an understanding that we can take with us in all areas of our lives.

My Dynamic Flow class will be re-launched as Vinyasa Flow and is now set to music.  The class is not suitable for beginners to yoga so if you hope to join this class one day, why not start off with a Hatha Yoga class first?

Ginny is off to Turkey soon to teach on a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Holiday 16th – 23rd July.  There are two rooms left so if you fancy booking a last minute week in the sun with yoga, great food and like-minded people, please see Ginny’s website for further details.

Written by Ginny Haswell


Richard Husseiny

Richard works at Coast as a Sports Therapist, and also with the English Institute of Sport as a strength & conditioning coach with the Olympian Team GB divers and disability equestrian athletes. His main focus with them is to improve performance, by increasing their ability to generate force in relation to the sport they are involved with, and reduce injury by making them more robust, enabling them to train more hours.

His work at Coast enables him to adapt the skills he uses with elite athletes. This can often provide fantastic results, as long as the client undertakes responsibility to the advice given. There is never a quick fix.

In the future Richard would like to study a PhD in the field of either power development or youth athletic development.

Coastee’s Q and A

Favourite film:  Bladerunner

Favourite CD: M83 Hurry up, we’re dreaming

Favourite colour: Blue / purple

Favourite pastime: Sport & good food

Pet: Boxer dog

Favourite meal: Good fish

Hero/heroin: Too many to say

Motivated to:  Live life to it’s fullest

Favourite Sport:  Snowboarding

Lets face it guys, there are only certain parts of your body that you are really concerned about and that is why we have written this little ditty to grab your attention (so to speak) for Father’s Day. So this is for all you father’s and potential father’s out there. Look after yourselves – you’re worth it!

However worrying a pain in the testes may be for a man, it would be fair to say that men are generally notorious at ignoring potential signs of ill health in any guise, often taking the stance that it has to ‘turn black and fall off’ before a visit to the GP is warranted!  Any pain or discomfort experienced in the testicles should certainly not be ignored and the first step should be self-examination of the area to check for any unusual nodules, lumps or swelling.


Don’t think you are too young to get something like this as it is most common to affect young men between 20 and 39 years.  In fact, almost half of all testicular cancers are diagnosed in men less than 35 years of age.

The good news is the treatment for testicular cancer is very effective and the vast majority of men are cured. So if in doubt, immediately visit your G.P.

Assuming that the self-examination does not give cause for concern as all seems perfectly normal, what next?  Well, firstly it may set many male minds at rest to know that a sharp shooting pain into the testicles can be a surprisingly common, albeit an unnerving complaint. The cause of the problem may be easily treated by a Chiropractor, Osteopath or other manual health care practitioner.

The pain may be due to a tight (hypertonic) psoas muscle – the main hip flexor whose origin is the front (anterior) surface of the 12th thoracic to the 5th lumbar vertebrae of the spine, attaching to the thigh bone(lesser trochanter of the femur).  The nerve to the scrotum travels up and passes through the psoas, so any interference of the muscle, possibly brought on by exercise, poor posture or strain, can cause a shooting pain to travel down the nerve into the testes.

A Chiropractic/Osteopathic examination will detect this as the cause of the pain. The remedy? Soft tissue work of the psoas muscle, some gentle stretching (see video below), coupled with gentle Chiropractic/Osteopathic manipulations of the spine over the course of a few treatments, will swiftly rectify the complaint and the cause of the pain.

So guys – the problem might be easily solved, don’t wait for it to fall off, you might need it!

Written by Ginny Haswell and Anne French 

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