Salli Sway Saddle Seat

Salli Sway Saddle Seat

As much as we try to stay active, today’s reality is that most of us are sitting for extended periods of time. I am often asked about my funny looking chairs in my practice so I thought I would run through the benefits of the Salli Sway Saddle Seat.

  1. Saddle sitting improves posture by strengthening the back.
  2. It improves balance, as the seat requires the individual’s hips to abduct (spread apart), thus stabilizing the pelvis and allowing the body to relax.
  3. Can alleviate back, neck, hip and arm pain by correcting the body anatomically.
  4. The Salli Sway Saddle Seat allows you to sit up higher than usual, making it easier to get up and down quicker. This adds to the idea that mobility is improved as you can now reach further and more safely without feeling like you are going to tip over!

These are just a few of the reasons but if you would like to try it out for yourself, let me know when you are next in for a session. It takes a while to get used to, but once you do, the benefits are astounding.



The Salli Sway Saddle Seats are now available for purchase at Cartwright Physicaltherapy. There are two models available: the stool and the stool with back rest. The model with the back rest is more suited for office workers. Please send your inquiries to getbetter@cartwrightphysicaltherapy.com .

*DISCLAIMER: This discussion does not provide medical advice. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained in this discussion are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this discussion is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.

Zyna Adams – Yoga Instructor

Zyna Adams – Yoga Instructor

Guest post from Cartwright Physicaltherapy patient and Yoga Instructor – Zyna Adams

About Zyna:Yoga is a practice that affects every aspect of Zyna’s life on and off the mat. A certified 200 hour RYT and currently enrolled in Pranakriyas 500 hour Yoga Therapist internship she began her path towards yoga in search of a way to heal her body after a work injury in 2009. Whilst many who see such an injury as a curse, Zyna believes it was a blessing in disguise as it has lead her to her calling and path of yoga and yoga therapy. After her first yoga class she quickly realized there is more to yoga than just the physical aspect. The layers of yoga are like an onion, one just has to be willing to dive deep and peel them back to discover their true Self. Zyna has shed many tears of joy and pain while cutting through these layers, but is very thankful for each step, each climb, each fall. The journey continues “Down Under”.

Hello, my name is Zyna Adams and today I’m talking about yoga and the benefits of yoga. I am a survivor of trauma. In July 2009 I was thrown about an aircraft whilst completing my duties as an air hostess. I was out of work for six months, and my body was still not ready to go back to the daily grind of flying. I was suffering constant chronic pain throughout my body. I began to take yoga classes whilst attending university and continuing to work full time as an air hostess.

This was the beginning of my love affair with yoga. I continued to work and suffer for over four years with chronic pain, but perhaps as a stroke of luck, the airline closed and my job finished. Like my injury, it was a blessing in disguise as I was able to put all my time and energy into my yoga practice and dive deep into the healing my body was yearning for.

The body is constantly trying to reach a state of homeostasis (equilibrium). The nervous system is designed to keep our mind and body in a balanced state and interacts with and regulates all other organ systems in the body. Homeostasis is the changes facilitated by the autonomic nervous system that regulate processes outside of our conscious control. The parasympathetic nervous system is to do with states of rest and digestion, whereas the sympathetic nervous system taps into our instincts, also known as the fight or flight mode.

In Tantra Hatha Yoga, the goal is to align ones vibration with the universal vibration. Pain and suffering come from outside sources and stories, stories just like the one above I have shared with you. If one can watch the energies behind the stories and/or the action of the energy behind the thoughts or actions, that is more important than the action or thought itself. If one can bring themself into different energy levels, one can begin to see the world differently.

To step behind and see the energy one must become the watcher, or the witness. This is the first step in strengthening your container – you must first find your story. To begin to change your story, we need another story with equal or greater energy from the experiences of our lives. We make stories about whom we are. These stories of energy create energetic patterns; both healthy and unhealthy. If we can recognize our stories, our patterns, our underlining energies, we can change them. When these stories change, our lives change.

Yoga was designed to teach us that we are not our story, that we are not what we create, and that we can change our creation. The yogis wanted to see the stories, to rewrite them, and eventually let go of them. From the perspective of yoga psychology, our story, our attachment to the familiar and relatively secure concept of reality, is seen as the most basic obstacle to our growth. It creates; repetitive mind and body patterns to the sensations of exploration and discovery emotions, thoughts and social relations that feel sterile and empty.

When we receive these messages during our yoga practice, when we confront these sensations and emotions on our mat, it is through our yoga practice where we begin to let them go. To grow in self-awareness by witnessing. It is then that a layer of tension can be washed away.

To change our stories we must first change the energy in the body. We do this in yoga through asana (postures), and pranayama (breathing work), and meditation. This work of strengthening the container is known in yoga as tapas. It is getting on our mat for a (daily) yoga practice. When our stories are flooded with energy through the practice of yoga, the pieces of our story dissolve. The more prana (energy) generated, the less the pieces bind. So it is through the actions and the practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, raising energy (strengthening container), and surrendering that we begin to dissolve our story. The emphasis of our practice is the release or surrender that is done in a sincere, dedicated, or devotional attitude.

In yoga philosophy there are three major qualities of energy that serve as a fundamental operating tendencies of our universal nature. Sattva guna, rajas guna, and tamas guna. We can categorize these into psychological states and energetic architects: tamasic-inertia, feeling lethargic and hopeless, solidity; rajasic-aggression, feeling too much energy, nervous and anxious, dynamism; sattvic-feeling balanced, luminosity.

Yoga therapy practices are designed to bring one into a sattvic state. Some practices generate stronger energy, others smooth and calm excess energy in the system. Our yoga practice brings us inward and here we can identify and observe our energy in order to bring the beauty of sattva into our practice and our daily lives.

The benefits from yoga practice are subjective. Whilst I cannot promise you any miracles, yoga’s tremendous capacity to heal the mind, body, and spirit are infinite. This I can personally attest too.

So, why study and practice Tantra Hatha Yoga? To work with the sensations of the nervous system, to help normalize perception and body awareness, and to change the relationship in response to information coming in from the senses, mind, and emotions. When sensation, or energy does not move through the body it is trapped in the body in places known as chakras, granthis (knots), nadis (tubes). I’ll leave those for another day, perhaps for another blog post.

You can reach Zyna by contacting zynayogini@gmail.com .

*DISCLAIMER: This discussion does not provide medical advice. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained in this discussion are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this discussion is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.