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  • How To Decide Which Kind Of Yoga Is The Best For You

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    Administrator
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Yoga is a form of exercise that has enjoyed continued popularity in India and the far East for hundreds of years. In recent years, it has become more familiar and more popular in the Western world. Yoga classes are easy to find in yoga studios, civic centers, fitness centers, senior centers and a variety of  other venues. In addition to having many opportunities to practice yoga, modern practitioners also have many choices in types of yoga. How can you select the right type of yoga practice to suit your needs? In this article, we will describe the various types of yoga practice and help you…
  • Yoga + Tea Time

    Cowgirl Yoga
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    So remember a few months ago when I said I was going to convert from coffee to tea? How's that going, you ask? Well. I can't say that it's been a seamless transition, but then it occurred to me that it doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. I was worried that being a tea or coffee person is sort of like being a dog or cat person - you're pretty much one or the other. Now I know that's not necessarily true. And while I do love my latte...I feel something that runs deeper in my new love affair with tea. It's been brewing all along (forgive the pun), but our new partner The Tea Spot has truly…
  • Cowgirl Yogatography 2014 - two spots left

    Cowgirl Yoga
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    And now...a note from Larry, our very own Montana Yoga Photographer, and my co-pilot for our Cowgirl Yogatography retreat October 9-12.October is just around the corner and we are three short weeks from the second Yogatography Retreat at the amazing Double T River Ranch. I can't wait to see what magical moments will be had this year. Last year's retreat was one of the most creative and exciting times of my year! And, I fully intend this one to be no different in that regard…ONLY BETTER!If you are contemplating leaping for one of the last two spots available, I want to encourage you -…
  • Size Matters...and Slowness

    The Everything Yoga Blog
    It'sAllAboutYoga
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Just yesterday my friend and I were having a discussion about being a rebel. There was a time when I prided myself on being different...now I just care about being me (it just so happens that being me usually does mean being different...or so I've learned over the years). We talked about how being different from the norm can be exciting and empowering but also lonely. Today I want to remind everyone of one simple fact -- you're not alone. There's someone feeling the same thing, thinking the same thing, being the same as you. Even if that person hasn't or isn't going through the same thing or…
  • Kino MacGregor Challenge Pose: Jump Back

    Yoga Journal
    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The post Kino MacGregor Challenge Pose: Jump Back appeared first on Yoga Journal.
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  • Kino MacGregor Challenge Pose: Jump Back

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The post Kino MacGregor Challenge Pose: Jump Back appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • Alignment Cues Decoded: “Straighten Your Elbows!”

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The post Alignment Cues Decoded: “Straighten Your Elbows!” appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • The Business of Yoga: What the Heck Is a Hashtag?

    Patty Hodapp
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Don’t miss YJ’s first-ever Business of Yoga online course, launching in 2015. Sign up here to receive powerful tips to grow your business from our experts. Plus, free videos each week to take your yoga career to the next level. If you think #hashtags, also commonly known as the pound sign, are just these things we press on the phone after we enter our credit card numbers… well, keep reading because there’s a lot to learn. See also To Tweet, or Not to Tweet? Hashtags have invaded the social media world in a major way. And learning to effectively use them can be a game…
  • Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar: Joan White

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Meeting B.K.S. Iyengar for the First Time Yoga Journal: When did you meet Mr. Iyengar? Joan White: I met him in 1973 in Ann Arbor. Since 1968, I had been studying with Mary Palmer, one of his earliest students in the States. Before he came, I’d recently had a baby and a bad horseback riding accident and I called her and said, “The prognosis is very bad. I can barely move.” Mary said, “Don’t worry, honey, I’m going to get B.K.S. Iyengar here and here’s going to help you.” And he did. Life Lessons and Wisdom from B.K.S. Iyengar YJ: What are some life lessons you learned from…
  • 100% Energy Charge Yoga Warm-Up

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    The post 100% Energy Charge Yoga Warm-Up appeared first on Yoga Journal.
 
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  • The Busy Addict

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    "At some point, all the horizontal trips in the world stop compensating for the need to go deep, into somewhere challenging and unexpected; movement makes most sense when grounded in stillness. In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still." --Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness Years ago, I was in a relationship with a busy person. Give him a problem, he solved it. Ask him a question and he…
  • Reprogramming: Rewild Yourself

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Years ago, I found out about Scott Sonnon and tried his FlowFit program (loved it). I discovered Prasara "Yoga," and became fascinated by the idea of moving my body beyond the static yoga postures I was used to. Sonnon says that diminished complexity of physical movement means diminished capacity for imagination. I can definitely feel the truth in that. As the body, so the mind. I just listened to this interview with Scott and found it quite fascinating. The topic of yoga came up and I thought the discussion around it was quite good. The internal resisting of postural distortion and how…
  • Size Matters...and Slowness

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Just yesterday my friend and I were having a discussion about being a rebel. There was a time when I prided myself on being different...now I just care about being me (it just so happens that being me usually does mean being different...or so I've learned over the years). We talked about how being different from the norm can be exciting and empowering but also lonely. Today I want to remind everyone of one simple fact -- you're not alone. There's someone feeling the same thing, thinking the same thing, being the same as you. Even if that person hasn't or isn't going through the same thing or…
  • What is Your Yoga?

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    “True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” — Aadil Palkhivala I absolutely love this quote. It can be so easy to get caught up in the outside -- what we look like, what we have, what we do, what are circumstances are. In this rush to validate ourselves from the outside in, we forget that what is…
  • SmartMat: Genius or Dumbing Our Innate Intelligence?

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Smartphone, it's a smartwatch...nope...it's SmartMat, the latest technological juggernaut of the yoga world. Hmmm...I feel like I'm in some sort of sci fi movie or something. The SmartMat is a sensitized yoga mat (a conductive grid is embedded in the yoga mat material) combined with a Smartphone/tablet app that helps you achieve the "perfect pose" and/or assist you during a yoga class, giving you real time feedback. I'm not sure whether or not I'm intrigued or horrified. I understand the whys of how the SmartMat came into being. I respect entrepreneurs…
 
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  • Insiya’s Balinese Black Rice Pudding

    blissologist
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
      In Bali, at one of our favorite YES Retreat centers in the world, Desa Seni, they make a delicious breakfast porridge, black rice slow cooked with coconut milk, sweetened with coconut syrup or maple syrup if you don’t.  Inspired by our soon to come Bali days (next YES Bali retreat is in March 2013) I made a batch this morning for some visiting yogi friends with forbidden black rice, coconut + cashew cream, bananas and a special coconut syrup that we bought earlier this year from our favorite health food store in Bali, Bali Buddha. With warm rice (precooked last night in our rice…
  • Beyond Alignment part 1: Fusing Earth and Water

    blissologist
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
      Alignment as the Earth Element: I just spent 3 weeks in our Blissology Yoga Teacher Training course meticulously breaking down the intricacies of each yoga pose; reveling in the immense joy from how small adjustments to the pelvis affects the stability and stretch in a pose or how adjusting the tone of the muscles of the shoulder joint ‘just so’ enables the proper connection of arm bone to shoulder socket to makes the pose therapeutic and more relaxing. Notebooks and journals out, our neurons are firing excitedly as we see all kinds of new patterns of yoga alignment. The primary…
  • #EcoKarma: Come plant trees in Texas or Coral Reefs in Florida, we’ll provide the yoga!

    blissologist
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
  • Ocean Karma Projects

    alissa
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    We Protect what we Revere. This year for my birthday I am asking for your help in our Eco-Karma Yoga campaign to save our beautiful yet imperiled oceans! Join me on my birthday and dive into the experience of a lifetime.  Redefine “Restorative Yoga:”  Restore your body while restoring our oceans. The ocean is a shrine of interconnection and an essential source of life on this planet. As a surfer, I see first hand the detrimental effects humans are having on the ocean. Especially now as I get older, I cannot spend another day without doing something about it.  My goal is to restore…
  • At Least do This Yoga

    blissologist
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The two main excuses for why we miss yoga is that 1) Yoga takes too much time and 2) Yoga is expensive. Throw those excuses out the window because this routine is free and takes only 18 minutes. Think about that. 18 minutes is nothing. Everyone has this time. Just eliminate a little bit of time on social media and on email and voila: You will have time for yoga! Get off of the internet and on to the “innernet!” This is a short and sweet yoga practice meant to provide opening, centering and core strength. It includes a short savasana (relaxation) and meditation because that is what…
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    Free Online Kundalini Yoga Poses and Exercises

  • Why It’s Important to be Flexible with Your Yoga Practice

    Kara-Leah Grant
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah intimately understands the psychology of maintaining a home yoga practice. Here she breaks down five ways to stay flexible and fluid even as your life shifts and changes so you can maintain a regular practice.by Kara-Leah GrantAuthor of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.Life is busy.Most of us are juggling some combination of work, family, socialising, passions & hobbies and health & well-being. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, the things that we know make us feel the best – like regular yoga…
  • Relax and Flow Like a River

    Guest Author
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
     Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.The river does not even know its destiny and it is born. As a little trickle from the rain waters or the snow melting, it does not know. Creation has sent it forth and it is not even aware of its destination.Somewhere there’s a knowing, but at that stage it’s all a mystery. What will the river see, meet and experience? The script is already there, now it only remains to unfold.At first the river is keen to know a lot of things, but as time goes by, it…
  • Does the Media Image of Yoga Stop People From Giving it a Go?

    Kara-Leah Grant
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah has written her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga. Pre-sales have just started, and you’re invited to be involved. Read more below. by Kara-Leah Grant, author of The No-More-Excuses Guide to YogaI’m in Auckland, New Zealand back in 1995, which seems a long, long time ago.I’ve dropped out of my second year at University – ostensibly because my back issues and serious sciatic pain made sitting for lectures impossible , but there were other, deeper reasons too. (i.e. my habitual response when facing serious challenge –…
  • Surrender and Letting Go: Why ‘Ananda’ is the True Happiness

    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children. This week she looks at what it really means to surrender and let go.  by Dr. Bina NangiaIn this world of names and forms, we are easily tempted with our senses to pursue, that, which seems real to us. We have no experience of any other perception. The chase is endless and due to the ‘law of diminishing returns’ the chase never ends. With knowledge of our true nature, and the higher perception of the reality of names and forms, we can surrender and…
  • How a Screaming Baby can Help Us Become More Enlightened

    Kara-Leah Grant
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares a tale from early motherhood on how every moment is an opportunity to wake-up, especially the difficult moments!by Kara-Leah GrantAuthor of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.I wrote this article over four years ago now and re-reading it I’m struck by the spiralling nature of life. At the time I thought I’d learned something huge and could tick that off my to-do list. Being Present – Done! However, over the last four years this kind of situation has repeated itself over and over again. Every…
 
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    Dahn Yoga Health

  • Does Meditation Work?

    Phil
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Many people may be curious and even skeptical about meditation at first. "Does it work?" "Is meditation worth it?" – these are common questions, and the majority of people who try the ancient practice tend to think it has the power to boost brain potential – even doctors say so.  Focus is the Name of the Game Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and author of "Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy," told Time that…
  • How is Dahn Yoga Different From Other Forms of Yoga?

    Phil
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    This is a common question that arises among yoga beginners. While there are dozens of different types of yoga, Dahn Yoga focuses on changing your energy.  Originated in Korea, Dahn Yoga integrates Korean Taoist philosophy and the holistic principles of the Korean Oriental medicine tradition. Energy is the central pillar of the ancient practice, as energy is the source of everything, and practitioners can develop a deeper understanding of their body and mind through the ancient technique. Being healthy doesn't just revolve around physical fitness – it also stresses a healthy…
  • What Harvard Medical School Says About Tai Chi

    Phil
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    In a time when Western medicine is the go-to treatment for nearly every illness, Harvard Medical School has a lot of enlightening things to say about tai chi, a holistic practice that has been used for thousands of years.  "Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion,'" said the school's website.  This low-impact, slow-motion exercise, which originated in China as a martial art, offers value in treating and even preventing a number of health problems, including pain, stiffness, sleep…
  • Researchers to Test Qi Gong in Aging Process among Traumatized Women

    Phil
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    For the average person working 9 to 5, qi gong exercises have shown to relieve stress. But for women who suffer from chronic pyschological stress after a traumatizing experience, it may be extremely challenging to suppress the thoughts and emotions lingering from the event.  Recently, researchers have been designing a study to test qi gong's effects on women suffering from traumatizing flash backs, such as those from abuse.  In general, these women and others suffering from post-traumatic stress have shorter telomeres, which are DNA sequence present in the cell…
  • Imagery Mind-Body Technique

    Phil
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he visualized the whole Super Bowl before he even stepped foot on the field, where he would go on to lead the Green Bay Packers to victory in 2010.  Tapping into the mind's eye is a powerful technique used by not just athletes, but everyone from CEOs to doctors to those recovering from an injury.  People looking for a new mind-body technique may want to try imagery exercises, which uses creative exercises to picture scenarios that relax and heal. They can practiced on your own or with a facilitator guiding you, which is called guided…
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  • How To Decide Which Kind Of Yoga Is The Best For You

    Administrator
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Yoga is a form of exercise that has enjoyed continued popularity in India and the far East for hundreds of years. In recent years, it has become more familiar and more popular in the Western world. Yoga classes are easy to find in yoga studios, civic centers, fitness centers, senior centers and a variety of  other venues. In addition to having many opportunities to practice yoga, modern practitioners also have many choices in types of yoga. How can you select the right type of yoga practice to suit your needs? In this article, we will describe the various types of yoga practice and help you…
  • Do You Need to be Flexible to Practice Yoga?

    Administrator
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Do you have a hard time with doing something as simple as touching your toes, and know that you're not nearly as flexible as you should be in order to do yoga? A lot of people are in this very same position, and end up avoiding yoga at all costs because they think they can't do it. The truth is, flexibility is something that you learn during the process of this activity, and not something you have to already have. Just as you will build your strength and muscle tone, you will also build your ability to stretch in different ways. Of course this will take some time, but doing it slowly is…
  • Top 10 Benefits of Yoga

    Marina
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    There are many different exercises you can choose from if you want to burn calories, tone your body and get in shape. But, how do you choose which of those exercises is right for you? After all, one might bore you after the first few minutes while another might entertain you for so long that you're not even aware that you're working out. If you're looking for an exercise that can build your strength, burn calories and test your endurance, then yoga is a great choice. It's beneficial for many different reasons, but here are the top 10 benefits that are worth knowing!1. Reduced AchesDo you…
  • Introducing the Yoga Manifesto

    Marina
    17 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    This yoga manifesto has been in the works for awhile, in fact, I started this project last year but it was always put on the back burner as priorities got in the way. Finally, I got an opportunity to dedicate some time to this, which essentially required carefully and thoughtfully identifying which sayings and quotes resonate the most when it pertains to yoga. I hope this manifesto serves as a reminder of what yoga is, and why it's such an important practice. 
  • Make a Daily Contract with Yourself

    Marina
    8 Jan 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Here we are in a new year once again and I find myself searching for ways to approach this year in a way that is different yet authentic. In the past, I would make a list of resolutions that I promise I would do yet a few weeks in, they’re long forgotten. Instead, I vow to make a daily contract with myself - the list is not exhaustive, however, they’re bite size, achievable and certainly something that can be started right away: Make someone smile each day Starting today, make someone smile, whether it’s your coworker, your partner, your child or a complete stranger. It doesn’t matter…
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    Yoga Journal

  • Kino MacGregor Challenge Pose: Jump Back

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The post Kino MacGregor Challenge Pose: Jump Back appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • Alignment Cues Decoded: “Straighten Your Elbows!”

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The post Alignment Cues Decoded: “Straighten Your Elbows!” appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • The Business of Yoga: What the Heck Is a Hashtag?

    Patty Hodapp
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Don’t miss YJ’s first-ever Business of Yoga online course, launching in 2015. Sign up here to receive powerful tips to grow your business from our experts. Plus, free videos each week to take your yoga career to the next level. If you think #hashtags, also commonly known as the pound sign, are just these things we press on the phone after we enter our credit card numbers… well, keep reading because there’s a lot to learn. See also To Tweet, or Not to Tweet? Hashtags have invaded the social media world in a major way. And learning to effectively use them can be a game…
  • Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar: Joan White

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Meeting B.K.S. Iyengar for the First Time Yoga Journal: When did you meet Mr. Iyengar? Joan White: I met him in 1973 in Ann Arbor. Since 1968, I had been studying with Mary Palmer, one of his earliest students in the States. Before he came, I’d recently had a baby and a bad horseback riding accident and I called her and said, “The prognosis is very bad. I can barely move.” Mary said, “Don’t worry, honey, I’m going to get B.K.S. Iyengar here and here’s going to help you.” And he did. Life Lessons and Wisdom from B.K.S. Iyengar YJ: What are some life lessons you learned from…
  • 100% Energy Charge Yoga Warm-Up

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    The post 100% Energy Charge Yoga Warm-Up appeared first on Yoga Journal.
 
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  • Kino MacGregor Challenge Pose: Jump Back

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The post Kino MacGregor Challenge Pose: Jump Back appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • Alignment Cues Decoded: “Straighten Your Elbows!”

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The post Alignment Cues Decoded: “Straighten Your Elbows!” appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • The Business of Yoga: What the Heck Is a Hashtag?

    Patty Hodapp
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Don’t miss YJ’s first-ever Business of Yoga online course, launching in 2015. Sign up here to receive powerful tips to grow your business from our experts. Plus, free videos each week to take your yoga career to the next level. If you think #hashtags, also commonly known as the pound sign, are just these things we press on the phone after we enter our credit card numbers… well, keep reading because there’s a lot to learn. See also To Tweet, or Not to Tweet? Hashtags have invaded the social media world in a major way. And learning to effectively use them can be a game…
  • Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar: Joan White

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Meeting B.K.S. Iyengar for the First Time Yoga Journal: When did you meet Mr. Iyengar? Joan White: I met him in 1973 in Ann Arbor. Since 1968, I had been studying with Mary Palmer, one of his earliest students in the States. Before he came, I’d recently had a baby and a bad horseback riding accident and I called her and said, “The prognosis is very bad. I can barely move.” Mary said, “Don’t worry, honey, I’m going to get B.K.S. Iyengar here and here’s going to help you.” And he did. Life Lessons and Wisdom from B.K.S. Iyengar YJ: What are some life lessons you learned from…
  • 100% Energy Charge Yoga Warm-Up

    Jessica Levine
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    The post 100% Energy Charge Yoga Warm-Up appeared first on Yoga Journal.
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    Sahaja Yoga Meditation News - Light of Love

  • A Clean Heart

    Editor
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    The thing is, true knowledge is a part and parcel of your being. It’s just within you. It is not some sort of a concrete stuff that you have read or you have understood, but it just has to become a light within you, and that light is there. There’s no necessity for you to […]
  • The Conscious mind

    Editor
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    So when you are enlightened, the conscious mind is something like a tree into which the sap is now flowing. It may be that it is just like a leaf or it may be it is like a flower, or maybe it is like a fruit. So it changes its forms once he gets realization. […]
  • In-depth Meditation Workshop, Burwood, Sydney

    Editor
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
     ‘The Purpose of our Lives’: An in-depth meditation workshop for regular attendees of our meditation classes and workshops. What do we desire in life and how much time do we give ourselves? What is our ‘self’ and what is the ‘void’ of our Subtle Body? How powerful is our attention and what do we do […]
  • Realise Vietnam Tour 2014 – Sahaja Yoga

    Editor
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Realise Vietnam Tour, conducted by Sahaja Yoga, will take place in July 2014. The Vietnamese Sahaja Yoga collective, along with the Australian “Music of Joy” music group, will participate in a tour of Vietnam. Programs will be held in various locations around Vietnam.   Vietnam Tour 2014 Program Itinerary ____________________________________________________________ July 11th 6:00pm Schools Program […]
  • Feedback from Wamuran Sahaja Yoga Workshop

    Editor
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    We had a very successful Sahaja Yoga workshop at Wamuran, near Brisbane, on Sunday 29th June 2014. About 35 people attended, many for the first time. The program started at 9.30am with ‘meet and greet’, refreshments and introductions. This was followed by a short introduction to Sahaja Yoga and then Self-realisation. Everyone then experienced footsoaking, clearing […]
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    Yoga Basics

  • Creating a Ritual for Your Home Yoga Practice

    Lea McLellan
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    When people hear the word ritual, they might envision an ornate ceremony, a favorite holiday or an elaborate religious service. But creating a ritual is something you can do in your own home. For example, perhaps you have a morning ritual as simple (and profound) as drinking your coffee or tea out of a favorite mug in silence. Or maybe you take 10 minutes to write or take a walk during ... Continue reading "Creating a Ritual for Your Home Yoga Practice" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Why You Should Read the Bhagavad Gita

    Kathleen Bryant
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    The Bhagavad Gita (“Song of God”) focuses on the devastating war described in the Mahabharata, a sweeping saga about the Kuru dynasty of India. This story of a 3,000-year-old battle—which many scholars say is interwoven with myth—is considered a foundational text for the practice of yoga. Perhaps you’re wondering, “How can reading about war lead to inner peace? And what does this have to do with yoga today?” Whether seemingly ... Continue reading "Why You Should Read the Bhagavad Gita" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Can Yoga Heal a Broken Heart?

    Megan de Matteo
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Have you ever felt your blood pressure rise and breath quicken during times of acute stress? Have you ever trembled with excitement? If so, you know that trauma, emotions and memories can show up in our physical bodies in a variety of ways. Last week, I touched on the koshas, energetic layers that make up the body’s physical and subtle forms. From the perspective of the koshas, we know that ... Continue reading "Can Yoga Heal a Broken Heart?" on Yoga Basics.com
  • The Roundup! Angry Yoga, Loving-Kindness Meditation & Oprah

    Timothy Burgin
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    This week's Yoga Basics Link Roundup is a hodgepodge of yoga related news, entertainment and politics. In the links below, you'll find everything from controversy, science and health, to inspiration, excitement and full-fledged laughter! • Yoga in a Studio vs. Yoga at Home - Some simple yet sound advice for starting a home practice: “…don’t worry about elaborate sequencing or a lengthy practice. Just show up on the mat and know you want to ... Continue reading "The Roundup! Angry Yoga, Loving-Kindness Meditation & Oprah" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Letting Go of the Top 5 Excuses We Make to Avoid Doing Yoga

    Tosca Braun
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Many of are experts at generating excuses to avoid things like as eating healthily, sleeping a full eight hours, exercising or practicing yoga and meditation. For those straining to meet basic needs, these “stories” are often more justified, but for others, excuses can mask destructive habits and/or underlying beliefs around what we deserve when it comes to self-care. Here are some common excuses that prevent us from committing to a ... Continue reading "Letting Go of the Top 5 Excuses We Make to Avoid Doing Yoga" on Yoga Basics.com
 
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Yoga + Tea Time

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    So remember a few months ago when I said I was going to convert from coffee to tea? How's that going, you ask? Well. I can't say that it's been a seamless transition, but then it occurred to me that it doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. I was worried that being a tea or coffee person is sort of like being a dog or cat person - you're pretty much one or the other. Now I know that's not necessarily true. And while I do love my latte...I feel something that runs deeper in my new love affair with tea. It's been brewing all along (forgive the pun), but our new partner The Tea Spot has truly…
  • KiraGrace Goddess Love for Cowgirls vs. Cancer

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    I don't even know where to start, so much to share. Lack of recent blogging overwhelmeth. We ended retreat season with 4 weekends in a row, so now I will have time to spend on here reflecting on the many wonderful things that went down. I'm looking forward to shifting gears.I'm thinking that the best place to start is with Cowgirls vs. Cancer. We've started taking nominations for our 2015 program during October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Next year will be our 6th year for Healing with Horses & Yoga, and the 4th time that we are able to dedicate an entire retreat to…
  • Let's Squat

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    How often do you hear that? Many of my retreat students have expressed gratitude for awakening them to the benefits of a simple squat. It's not fancy. It's not even pretty. But its benefits go on and on. So, let's celebrate the squat. And I guess I should feel honored that a squat reminds my students of me.Years ago at my yoga studio, I used to tell my beginners to do this pose while they watched tv, 5 minutes a day for a week straight. But you don't have to be a beginner to get results from this. The more you squat, the more you release tension in the low back and hips. Sitting in…
  • Cowgirl Yogatography 2014 - two spots left

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    And now...a note from Larry, our very own Montana Yoga Photographer, and my co-pilot for our Cowgirl Yogatography retreat October 9-12.October is just around the corner and we are three short weeks from the second Yogatography Retreat at the amazing Double T River Ranch. I can't wait to see what magical moments will be had this year. Last year's retreat was one of the most creative and exciting times of my year! And, I fully intend this one to be no different in that regard…ONLY BETTER!If you are contemplating leaping for one of the last two spots available, I want to encourage you -…
  • Old Gringo Cancer Kickin' Cowgirl Boots

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    I remember when we first moved to Montana, and I hesitated on the cowgirl boots. I guess I was thinking something like you can take a city girl out of the city, but...obviously things have changed. One of my most prized possessions is a pair of Old Gringo boots, pictured here. I wear them on every Cowgirl Yoga retreat (and beyond that, as much as I can get away with).So when we hatched the idea to send cancer kickin' cowgirl boots to women in treatment for breast cancer, I had my heart set on Old Gringo. These are seriously badass-yet-beautiful boots - perfect for kicking cancer's ass. This…
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  • Reed + Rader Editorial – today and tomorrow

    Yogoer
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
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  • The Not-So-Scientific 7-Minute Yoga Class

    Yogoer
    10 Dec 2013 | 7:25 am
    I love exercise sequence diagrams; I have a whole binder full of them. A favorite, lately, is the Times’ Scientific 7-Minute Workout. Twelve exercises, done for 30 seconds each (with a 10-second rest in between), with a focus on increasing heart rate and working all the main muscle groups. It’s great when you’re traveling and have no equipment. This morning I wondered what a yoga version of that might look like. So, I kept the diagram in front of me as I practiced this morning. It kept me going for 45 minutes, and felt great!   The Not-So-Scientific, Not-7-Minute Yoga…
  • East Yoga Returns

    Yogoer
    29 Oct 2013 | 3:14 pm
    Really happy to hear that East Yoga has reopened after last year’s fire, in a new space that’s bigger and brighter than the last. When flames and smoke destroyed our sanctuary, students and teachers stuck with us. We practiced in hair salons, park lawns and community centers. People organized fundraisers, donated money and generously gave their time and expertise. It was a year of perseverance, but also one of togetherness and love for which we are forever grateful and inspired. They’re having a reopening party this Saturday, November 2nd, as well as discounts on new monthly…
  • Laughing Lotus Summit

    Yogoer
    16 Jun 2013 | 3:31 pm
    I had a wonderful time at the Laughing Lotus summit this weekend. Valuable lectures, powerful classes, healthy food, and exuberant people. Their press team had invited me to attend, and I was very happy to join the teachers, alumni and community there. Laughing Lotus was my home studio for a couple years after I did my vinyasa training (at Atmananda), and I am a big fan of Dana Flynn. It was a pleasure to return, after a few years of Anusara, and enjoy the non-stop dancing flow once again. An early start to the day (7am) was a good excuse to take it easy Friday night, and prioritize health…
  • Next weekend: Laughing Lotus staycation

    Yogoer
    6 Jun 2013 | 7:41 am
    I’m really excited to be attending the Laughing Lotus summit/conference/reunion/staycation next weekend (June 14-16). Do other studios do this? It’s a great idea. Bring your community back together for a yearly reunion, and provide continuing education at the same time. There are 2-3 options for each main time slot, so you can personalize your studies. Topics include safety in inversions, Ayurvedic approaches to sequencing, guidelines for prenatal classes, setting up a teaching website, how to teach basics — and of course lots of fun asana. And chanting. Classes will be taught…
 
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  • Breathing In, I know I Am Alive

    William Ferro
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Today, everything is possible, because you are still breathing. You woke up, you’re alive; those two things in themselves should fill you with an almost ridiculous amount of optimism and joy. “Breathing in, I know I am alive. Breathing out, I smile to my life.” You’re connected to the entire universe: the iron in your blood, the electrons that cause your thoughts, and all the chemicals that comprise your body were once inside a star that exploded. It’s literally true that stars died so that you could live. “Breathing in, I know I am connected to the whole universe. Breathing…
  • A Short Yoga Sequence to Improve Posture

    Charlotte Bradley
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Slouched over your computer all day long …? Yoga can help overcome some of the detrimental effects that modern life has on our on posture. Yoga nurtures good posture by lengthening the spine, creating awareness of postural alignment, strengthening the back muscles and fostering the natural curves of the spine. Have a look at the sequence below designed to foster good posture. Give it a try – it takes less than 10 minutes to do! The post A Short Yoga Sequence to Improve Posture appeared first on Yoga Flavored Life.
  • Practicing Patience (or Are we there yet mom?)

    Charlotte Bradley
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    There are three situations that really test my patience – Walmart, meetings and long drives with my two boys. Patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” Yoga has definitely made me more patient. This isn’t to say that I don’t get annoyed by long-winded meeting talk. Or grit my teeth when from the back seat I hear “Are we there yet …?” for the 20th time. But I have improved over the years. So what is it that has changed? I think one thing that yoga has taught me is to be in the moment. During my yoga…
  • Sleeping Lord Vishnu Pose (not as restful as it looks!)

    Charlotte Bradley
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    This past week,  Jill (check out her site here!) and I were emailing back and forth about this posture, also called – “Pose Dedicated to Lord Vishnu.”  It is not one that I have practiced very much. So I decided to play around and give it a try.  Not as easy as it looks … a few rather ungraceful endings to my pose Have a look at the video below to see how it’s done. Benefits of Sleeping Lord Vishnu (Anantasana in Sanskrit) Stretches the hamstrings, hips, calves and groin muscles Tones the abdomen and increases hip mobility May help reduce low back pain…
  • Gratitude Connects Us

    Charlotte Bradley
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Have you ever had an experience that made you think, “wow, humans are awesome…?!” This happened to me at the grocery store. I was completely blown away by a stranger’s kindness. I had taken my son to buy some popsicles. I stood in line to pay and when my turn came up I realized I had forgotten my wallet. I turned to my little guy to explain that we would have to go back home and couldn’t get the popsicles right then. He expressed his dismay … A young man working at the store overheard. He turned to us, and asked how much it was. Then he pulled out his…
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  • The Yoga of Travel

    #DailyCupofYoga
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Giant Rubber Duck Meditating on the Lake… Seoul, Korea The time has finally come. September marked the last month of The Alchemy of Flow and Form: Advanced Teacher Training at San Marcos School of Yoga with Gioconda Parker and Christina Sell. I learned a lot at my 300 hour teacher training: who I am as a teacher, what my authentic voice sounds like, and how to teach more effectively from that place. However, there is certainly one thing it prepared me for that I was not expecting: All Of The Driving. The San Marcos School of Yoga is 30 minutes from my house in Austin, TX, without…
  • 8 Ways to Be Your Own Best Teacher

    #DailyCupofYoga
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    No matter how we define a teacher or a guru—an expert, an enlightened person, or someone who challenges us in a way that makes us look at all of our own limiting beliefs—each of these ways of looking at the terms places the teacher or guru outside us. These kinds of teachers and gurus are powerful. But the most powerful source of wisdom is within. How do we activate our own inner teacher, our own inner guru, so that we always have someone to lean on and guide us? The most powerful source of wisdom is within you. This is what I help every single person I work with realize—that they are…
  • 5 Simple Tips for Becoming a Master of Meditation

    #DailyCupofYoga
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    Want to take on meditation? Here’s 5 tips to help: Sit.  Learning to sit can be a challenge. Do some light stretches before sitting down and then start off with just 5 minutes of sitting–see how it feels. Remember there are many different ways to sit. Find a seat comfortable for you, in a chair, on a block, sitting on the heels, sitting on a blanket or a pillow. Make sure that you are sitting in a place you’ll be happy to sit. For me there’s a room in my house where the morning light comes in magically. I like to sit in there. 2.  Watch your thoughts.  The mind is always…
  • 5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Fall in Love with Your Body

    #DailyCupofYoga
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    When I first started doing yoga, I really didn’t like my body very much. I rarely had any positive thoughts about it. Mostly when I thought about my body I felt frustrated, or ashamed. These sound like big things to feel but in my experience talking and working with women these are some of the most common ways us women feel about our body. When we give ourselves the time and space to really listen to what we tell ourselves about our body, it’s surprising what we hear. It’s unusual for us to have thoughts like “I love my body,” “My body is amazing,” “I appreciate everything my…
  • Theming your yoga class, theming your life…

    #DailyCupofYoga
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Theming is an integral part of the class-planning process if you are a yoga teacher, whether it is done consciously or not. Some people prefer to prepare a short story or inspirational reading, others choose a word or anecdote to share. However, even if you’re not intentionally putting forth the effort to plan a theme for class, theming still occurs. A conversation that came up during my training a few weeks ago had to do with the topic of theming. How necessary is a theme, even? What makes a good, or a bad, theme? Christina Sell dropped some wisdom on us that I found both comforting…
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  • What should a 20-year-old do in life?

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    At the threshold of our adult life, there are many things we can choose to do. The only question is how to make the right choice? How do I know I'm choosing the right course of my life? What are the checkpoints to consider? There isn't easy universal answer to this; we are all unique and because of that it takes each one of us to look at it individually.Growing up I never knew what I will do in life, I barely spent any time thinking about it. I'm sure many of you were like that, simply living joyfully day by day. When I was about 15 or 16 my father and I got in to an argument, he got really…
  • Blacksmith's Scrap Pile

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Do you sometimes wonder why to hell all the ups and downs in my life? Why is it that things cannot remain constant? It seem like there is a great benefit to going through a hard times in life."There is a beautiful story in the yogic lore. Once there was a blacksmith in a village, a very poor man. It looked like he acted like a magnet to all the problems in the world. They were visiting him too often. But he was a devout, very prayerful person. Once, a friend of his who did not believe in all this came and said, “What nonsense, you going on praying to your god. Look at your life! All the…
  • Knowing of the 'Knowing' - A Spoken Word Story by Sadhguru

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
  • Holi: Festival of Colors in Awesome HD Video

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Holi is an annual Spring festival celebrated across India on the day after the full moon in early March. On this day, or sometimes several days, people come together across social boundaries, putting aside their differences and expressing their joy by holding public bonfires and throwing brightly-colored powders, liquid colors, and perfumes onto friends and family. The event commemorates several events in Indian lore, as well as the arrival of spring and it’s bright colors.Sadhguru relates a story about the celebration of Holi:"Any kind of celebration in this world is essentially feminine.
  • Kedarnath: A Tremendous Space

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Sadhguru: Kedarnath is a tremendous space. The utterance of the sound “Shiva” attains a completely new dimension and significance in Kedar. It is a space which has been specially prepared for this particular sound. When we utter the word “Shiva,” it is the freedom of the uncreated, the liberation of one who is not created. It is not right to say this, but it is almost like on this planet, the sound “Shiva” emanates from this place. For thousands of years, people have experienced that space as a reverberation of that sound.When we say “Shiva,” it is not about creating one more…
 
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  • Yoga in My Life: Jo Tastula

    YogaGlo
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    For every one of us, our yoga practice is unique and personal. How we practice, what we practice, how often we practice and why we practice are specific to each of us. And ever-evolving. This is also true for every yoga teacher. Jo Tastula shares a little insight into how she came to yoga and the role it plays in her life: Feeling inspired? Practice with Jo today.
  • Taylor Harkness at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    If you Glo in LA, come join as next week as Taylor Harkness will be in town and teaching free classes at the YogaGlo studio. You do not want to miss this! Join us to practice with Taylor: Monday, October 27th: 10:00 – 11:30am, Level 1/2 - Vinyasa Flow Monday, October 27th: 12:00 – 1:00pm, Level 2 - Vinyasa Flow Tuesday, October 28th: 10:00 – 11:00am, Level 2/3 - Vinyasa Flow Tuesday, October 28th: 11:30 – 12:30pm, Level 1/2 - Vinyasa Flow Wednesday, October 29th: 10:00 – 11:30am, Level – 2/3 Vinyasa Flow Wednesday, October 29th: 12:00 -1:00 pm, Level 2…
  • Yoga for the Feet

    YogaGlo
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our feet are our foundation, our connection to the earth. They  keep us mobile, aligned and balanced, yet they are often one of the most neglected and abused parts of the body. How often do we actually stop and think about our feet and what we put them through EVERY DAY? Probably only when they start aching after standing or wearing uncomfortable shoes all day. Our body reflects everything we do with our feet. When our feet are tired, our whole body is tired. When our feet hurt, even the simplest of tasks might be hard. Whether we realize it or not, because of the way we treat our feet, most…
  • Yoga for Cyclists – Athletes Share Their Yoga Experiences

    YogaGlo
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    As many of you know, we’ve developed a comprehensive yoga program for cyclists – from pre and post race classes to off-season conditioning and mental race prep, our Yoga for Cyclists program provides a robust library of classes to help cyclists in every aspect of their training. We have been thrilled to sponsor and work with Boulder Cycle Sport’s Cyclocross team during the past two seasons to fine-tune our offering of yoga classes and better understand how yoga can help riders perform optimally, unwind mindfully and train safely during and after the racing season.
  • Sianna Sherman at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
                    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Sianna Sherman will be in town teaching FREE Hatha classses at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this! Sianna’s Class Schedule: Tuesday, October 21st : 10:00am-11:30am – Hatha, Level 2/3 Tuesday, October 21st: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Hatha, Level 2 Don’t miss this opportunity to take these amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
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    Meditation Techniques For Every Challenge

  • How to Focus On What Truly Matters

    Glenna Garcia
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    The misconception of what truly matters is spread worldwide. Most of the population think that we humans must focus on what will make us productive and useful to the society. However this philosophy is an epitome of hypocrisy. By complying with our responsibilities is just a status quo that means we are in a position that is obliged to be a responsible member of the community but it is not what truly matters. But what are the things that really matters? Or what are the things that should matter to us? Here is the answer to the questions. Determine what you want in life. Don’t waste time…
  • A Scientific Look at Meditation

    Glenna Garcia
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    To support claims that meditation can reduce pain significantly, Dr. Fadel Zeidan performed an experiment regarding this. He gathered a group of students to be observed. All of them are to have their brains scanned while having a heated metal burn their right calves using a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scanner. When the piece of metal was place on them, part of their brain (the somatosensory cortex) enflamed as they felt every ounce of pain rush through their body. This was merely the first stage, for the second one, they taught the student s the art of mindfulness meditation. They we…
  • Pain: Its Roots and How to Conquer It

    Glenna Garcia
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    A widespread dilemma that people face nowadays is experiencing physical pain that cannot be detected or appears invisible in medical tests. Many complaints have been made regarding the exact problem wherein once the doctors try to find out what’s wrong, they can’t seem to do so. Results show positive and that they shouldn’t worry much and instead prescribe countless painkillers to soothe the ache. The known definition of pain is that it roots from something broken or dysfunctional. However a few researchers have claimed that it doesn’t necessarily have to come from injuries or others…
  • Meditation, an alternative way of losing weight

    Glenna Garcia
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Today, a lot of people are facing problems of being overweight or simply put Obesity. The quality of food that we eat, the lifestyle we have, the stress we get from work , all of these factors affects our eating habits.  We eat more what is convenient and easy to buy, not giving so much on the nutrients we get. What we feed our bodies are garbage. Yes, garbage in the guise of junk foods, processed foods etc. If only our body can speak, it will definitely cry out “STOP ABUSING ME”. Come to think of it, a lot of us care more of our cellphones and other gadgets than our body and that is the…
  • Meditation for Effective Weight Loss: How True?

    Glenna Garcia
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    “Any way to become more mindful will guide that process” – Adam Perlman, MD. Executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine If this article caught your attention, thinking that meditation would be similar to your weight loss pills – then you better think again. There is no certainty that meditation would directly trim down fatty deposits from your body; the scarcity of research topics about this matter proves it enough. Some of its marvels include the regulation of blood pressure and management of stress. Through meditation, you become more aware of your thoughts, actions, and body,…
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  • This blog is migrating

    Yoga Inside Out
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Hello. It’s been difficult to keep this blog live.love.yoga up to date while managing several other sites so I’ve decided to migrate this blog over to www.yogainsideout.com (which is another wordpress site).  Your subscription will automatically be transferred over.  I hope you continue to stay connected with me on the new site.  I promise it will […]
  • Hump Day Haiku

    Yoga Inside Out
    5 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sound of a heart beat Sunlight dances through the glass Life wakes up again
  • Hump Day Haiku

    Yoga Inside Out
    29 Jan 2014 | 10:51 am
    Here, there, and nowhere Watch thoughts come and go freely My mind, thinks and thinks
  • Hump Day Haiku

    Yoga Inside Out
    15 Jan 2014 | 9:52 am
    How still the feeling Of the Floor against the back Ah, Savasana
  • Hump Day Haiku

    Yoga Inside Out
    8 Jan 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Let go of bad thoughts. Meditate, control the mind – Bring the soul towards love.
 
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  • Does Meditation Work?

    Phil
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Many people may be curious and even skeptical about meditation at first. "Does it work?" "Is meditation worth it?" – these are common questions, and the majority of people who try the ancient practice tend to think it has the power to boost brain potential – even doctors say so.  Focus is the Name of the Game Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and author of "Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy," told Time that…
  • How is Dahn Yoga Different From Other Forms of Yoga?

    Phil
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    This is a common question that arises among yoga beginners. While there are dozens of different types of yoga, Dahn Yoga focuses on changing your energy.  Originated in Korea, Dahn Yoga integrates Korean Taoist philosophy and the holistic principles of the Korean Oriental medicine tradition. Energy is the central pillar of the ancient practice, as energy is the source of everything, and practitioners can develop a deeper understanding of their body and mind through the ancient technique. Being healthy doesn't just revolve around physical fitness – it also stresses a healthy…
  • What Harvard Medical School Says About Tai Chi

    Phil
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    In a time when Western medicine is the go-to treatment for nearly every illness, Harvard Medical School has a lot of enlightening things to say about tai chi, a holistic practice that has been used for thousands of years.  "Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion,'" said the school's website.  This low-impact, slow-motion exercise, which originated in China as a martial art, offers value in treating and even preventing a number of health problems, including pain, stiffness, sleep…
  • Researchers to Test Qi Gong in Aging Process among Traumatized Women

    Phil
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    For the average person working 9 to 5, qi gong exercises have shown to relieve stress. But for women who suffer from chronic pyschological stress after a traumatizing experience, it may be extremely challenging to suppress the thoughts and emotions lingering from the event.  Recently, researchers have been designing a study to test qi gong's effects on women suffering from traumatizing flash backs, such as those from abuse.  In general, these women and others suffering from post-traumatic stress have shorter telomeres, which are DNA sequence present in the cell…
  • Imagery Mind-Body Technique

    Phil
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he visualized the whole Super Bowl before he even stepped foot on the field, where he would go on to lead the Green Bay Packers to victory in 2010.  Tapping into the mind's eye is a powerful technique used by not just athletes, but everyone from CEOs to doctors to those recovering from an injury.  People looking for a new mind-body technique may want to try imagery exercises, which uses creative exercises to picture scenarios that relax and heal. They can practiced on your own or with a facilitator guiding you, which is called guided…
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  • Mindful meditation becoming prominent in Silicon Valley

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Mindful meditation techniques have been used for centuries as a means of reducing tension, alleviating anxiety and helping the practitioner find new levels of peace, tranquility and self-understanding. In the modern world, this becomes increasingly important as people are growing more and more invested in technology and disconnected with each other and themselves. That may be the reason why meditation has become so popular in Silicon Valley as of late. What is Mindful Meditation? Mindful meditation is an effective tool in finding relief from suffering and pain that works by allowing one to…
  • Yoga for Schools Program Raises $31,000

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Yoga poses can benefit children in a number of ways, from boosting energy to enhancing concentration in the classroom. While some people are wary of integrating this ancient practice into the classroom, many are embracing the plethora of ways it can improve physical, mental and emotional wellness. One such person is San Francisco Bay Area resident and yoga practitioner Erin Lila Wilson. As an instructor for nearly a decade, Wilson has taught a variety of people, from the elderly to cancer patients. But according to GOOD magazine, she was reluctant about teaching children, as she believed they…
  • Study: Yoga and Meditation Boost Brain Power

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    It’s no secret that meditation and yoga benefits are plentiful and far-reaching. Yoga postures can enhance flexibility, improve balance and posture, increase muscle tone and raise one’s energy levels. Meditation is widely known for soothing the nerves, improving concentration and lowering blood pressure. As a new study suggested, these ancient techniques may also help train the brain. About the Study The study, published in the online journal TECHNOLOGY, was conducted by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota who sought out to test the effects of yoga poses and…
  • Yoga Benefits for High-Endurance Athletes

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    People from all different corners of the sports world utilize yoga poses for their plethora of benefits. From relieving tension to enhancing flexibility, the ancient practice can help athletes improve performance on the field, in the pool, on the track or wherever they get active. It can be especially beneficial to high-endurance athletes in these ways: Tones Muscles Though a gentle practice, yoga has the capacity to help you boost muscle tone. It works every part of the body, and after a few sessions of yoga poses you may find that your hamstrings, quadriceps, biceps and other muscles are…
  • Author Helps Children Learn their ABCs with Yoga Poses

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Yoga benefits people of all ages, from tiny tots to the elderly. The mindful meditation, soothing postures and deep breathing promote not only physical health but also mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. But author Teresa Anne Power has come up with a unique new way to use the ancient practice to help the youth – she has written a book that helps teach children the letters of the alphabet while introducing them to yoga. Power, who resides in Los Angeles, has been practicing yoga for about 25 years and has spent nearly a decade teaching it to kids in local organizations and…
 
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    YogaDirect: Blog Posts

  • 5 Benefits of Meditation: You Don't Know What You're Missing!

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At the end of yoga class, you might hear your yoga teacher inquire after students' daily meditation practice. At this point, half of the room is usually smiling and nodding while the other half is wondering how daily meditation can really make a difference.
  • The Many Faces of Hot Yoga

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When you hear the term hot yoga, it's easy for Bikram Yoga's style to come to mind. That's because this style has become such a popular and widespread one. But Bikram yoga is not the only type of hot yoga you can experience, so consider your various options or try them all to see which class you like or even whether you prefer the regular, non-heated variety.
  • Ditch the Weights and Stretch Out

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Strength training with weights has become hugely popular of late, thanks in part to emergence of Cross Fit and the following that it has garnered. However, lifting weights and other high impact activities meant to build muscle, are not for everyone. Thankfully, there is an alternative, one you might not have considered.
  • 5 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Prenatal yoga is a gentle, relaxed type of yoga practice that is designed specifically for expectant mothers. Women who are pregnant — even those who have never tried yoga before — will find that they benefit in many ways from this type of exercise.
  • Opening the View: Open Versus Closed Eye Meditation

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you meditate with your eyes open or closed? We delve into the pro’s and con’s of both styles.
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  • Pose of the Week: Headstands 101

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At the end of the day, a handstand is really what yoga is all about, giving your body the tools to push further than your mind can expect.
  • 12 Tips to Keep You Motivated

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What’s your excuse for missing a day at the gym or skipping a planned studio class? We are asking readers: What keeps you motivated and on track?
  • Deepak Chopra and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A known expert in the field of mind-body medicine, yoga and Ayurveda, Deepak Chopra MD has established his own yoga practice which he teaches at The Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. His program, called The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga combines traditional yogic principles with new age spiritual concepts taken from his book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” As Chopra teaches the traditional yoga postures, he incorporates these seven principles within the practice.
  • Pregnancy and Yoga: The Baby Stretch

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Any expectant mother can tell you that keeping fit while pregnant can be quite a challenge. As it gets more and more difficult to move, many forms of exercise become exceedingly awkward if not completely unsafe.
  • Riding The Wave: Using The Kripalu Yoga Technique To Balance Emotions

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Kripalu Yoga technique known as riding the wave involves learning to explore the uncomfortable emotions that may otherwise cripple us. Here, we discover how riding the wave helps eliminate excess stress and, in turn, helps us achieve emotional balance.
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    Bikram Yoga Vancouver | Vancouver's Original Hot Yoga Since 1999 » Blog

  • Slim Down Challenge…Make the commitment to healthy living!

    BYVAdmin
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    TEAM: ‘Gettin’ Toned’  6 month unlimited pass – $599  or PAY MONTHLY here – $109/m   ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ TEAM: ‘Slim Down’  6 month pass – up to 25 classes – $425   or PAY MONTHLY here – $75/m includes up to … read more
  • Coming soon…Friday Yoga & Social Night!

    BYVAdmin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Do you have plans this upcoming Friday?  Come join us for Friday Night Yoga and meet the friendly BYV staff and your fellow yogis after class! Yoga is more than just a good sweat and workout. At BYV, we want to … read more
  • Early Bird Registration on Now! Secure your spot in BYVs 2nd Annual Summer Showdown Challenge!

    BYVAdmin
    13 May 2014 | 11:31 am
      Starting June 1, 2014, we will be holding the 2nd annual yoga challenge of all yoga challenges:  The 2nd annual BYV Summer Showdown Challenge is back and just in time to help get you into summer shape! You have … read more
  • More Celebrities Who Love Bikram Yoga

    Noa
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    In our eyes, everyone who steps into the hot room is a star! But we love adding to the growing list of celebrities who can’t live without their Bikram Yoga fix! Colin Farrell In August, Colin Farrell was spotted stepping … read more
  • What is an Electrolyte?

    Noa
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    Wondering what an electrolyte is? Discussing the 5 most important electrolytes – Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Chloride & Bicarbonate in order to “electrify” your Bikram Yoga practice! If you’re feeling fatigue within the first few postures of class it’s probably due … read more
 
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    YogaCurious Blog

  • Tips that Will Help You to Make Yourself Work

    YogaCurious
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Today is the world of competition and everyone wants to stay ahead, but only some people win this race of competition. People who are self motivated or confident about their deeds can be topped in this race. Motivation is an inner force that drives you to do some work. It energizes you to do whatever […]
  • Harriet’s 5 Favourite Yoga Types From Summer

    Harriet
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    Ever since I started practising Hatha Yoga many years ago I’ve always made an effort to attend retreats during the summer. This year, however, money was a little tight and a trip to Bali was out of the question, so instead I decided to try out a few different styles and clubs. Reflecting on my […]
  • Glimpse of 4th International Festival on Yog Culture and Spirituality by DSVV

    Jignesh Gohel
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Yoga & Spirituality defines true culture of India and as a result, India is considered the land of Yogis. Dev Sanskriti vishwavidyalaya (DSVV) recently organized 4th international festival on yog culture and spirituality from 2nd October to 6th October 2014. During this 5 days festival, yogis from around the world shared wonderful presentations, conducted workshops […]
  • Health Issues and Its Solutions for Night Working Employees

    YogaCurious
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Recently we received a question from Samul who is working with BPO company in night shift. Being a night working employee, he is facing some health related issues and seeking expert guidance to get rid from them. Here is the original question we received from Samul: Respected Sir, As I know you are the experts […]
  • 10 Mind-Blowing Health Benefits of Headstands Yoga Pose [Sirsasana]

    YogaCurious
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Yoga is said as an ancient way to heal many sorts of disease without applying any medicine or any outside forces. The healing property always makes Yoga as a most trusted form of exercise. Yoga is not just limited with one or two poses but it has many poses and each yoga poses have it’s […]
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    Ekhart Yoga - Blog

  • Our 1000th class on Ekhart Yoga!

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Our 1000th class on Ekhart Yoga went live today! To mark this monumental occasion we've made a special class and it's FREE for everyone to practice.
  • 12 easy ways to bring more yoga into your day

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Some quick little yoga ideas to help bring more yoga into your day. No mat or yoga clothes required!
  • Advice for new yoga teachers - Teachers Thoughts

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Esther Ekhart will soon be heading off to teach the second group of Ekhart Yoga Teacher Trainees. So with that in mind we asked our teachers: What two pieces of advice would you give to new yoga teachers? 
  • Yoga Gives Back

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This week yoga studios from all around including EkhartYoga will be raising funds, with your help, to support the non profit organisation - Yoga Gives Back - which provides practical support to the poor and disadvantaged in India.
  • Super simple chia pudding breakfast

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I love simple food, especially simple food that packs a punch. In my (humble) opinion, the recipe you are about to read is literally the 'one pot wonder' of the breakfast/brunch world. 
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    Seattle Yoga News

  • Yoga for beginners: Teachers share the best yoga advice they ever received

    Othmane Rahmouni
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    We reached out to 12 local yoga teachers to hear about the best yoga advice they ever received. Here is what they had to say: The best yoga advice I ever received is to practice every day. It’s commonplace in the Ashtanga lineage to practice six days a week, taking off Saturdays, full moons and new moon days. Days off are used for meditation. As the guru of my lineage (Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Ashtanga Yoga) says, ‘Yoga is 99 percent practice, 1 percent theory.’Rhonda Hobgood Try not to get to a certain point or place. The outcome of the yoga practice is amazing, but it is…
  • 6 simple steps to follow karma yoga practices

    Sweta Saraogi
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Action is movement with intelligence, the world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.B.K.S. Iyengar Traditionally, a yogi would renounce the world and live in a community setting like an ashram or monastery. They would dedicate their lives to spirituality, yoga, meditation and serving others. Yogis were not socialites by any measure. This is perhaps the biggest difference between the mystics of past and the newly emerging urban mystics of our time. We are living full-fledged social lives with jobs and a family. We do not need to renounce our…
  • New Iyengar yoga studio opens its doors in Seattle

    Simona Trakiyska
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    The new Seattle Iyengar yoga studio celebrated its opening on Sunday, Oct. 19 at its location (5309 22nd Ave NW, Suite E) in Seattle. The space was filled with people from all parts of town who enjoyed a live music performance, appetizers from a local restaurant and raffle prizes. Even though the celebration was on Sunday, the studio has been open for a week, offering free yoga classes to the public. The space is modern, with a traditional touch. The owner, Shaw-Jiun Wang, is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, who is an Intermediate Junior II level. Wang studied with the Iyengars in Pune,…
  • When should kids start yoga? The answer might surprise you

    Arundhati Baitmangalkar
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    It is common knowledge that yoga is great for adults. And millions around the world pursue this practice regularly. But is yoga only for adults? No! Yoga practice should ideally begin at an early age, so kids can grow into a well-rounded individual and not come to yoga to fix issues with their body and mind later in life. I often wonder why we wait so long to begin. Yoga is a gift to humanity, and should be started early in life so the practitioner can reap the lifelong benefits of this ancient practice. There are some very important advantages to starting yoga when you are young. The magical…
  • Alive and Shine Foundation’s power of looking within

    Simona Trakiyska
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Many nonprofit organization’s fundamental goal is to have a positive social impact, to get results and to hopefully sustain the effects of these results. Often for the people who are working in those organizations it is much more about the mission than climbing the corporate ladder or receiving a comforting paycheck. The focus is often on giving, which is true for the Alive and Shine Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington. The foundation, formed in 2008, was created with the mission to provide unprivileged and underserved populations, from all age groups, class status or gender,…
 
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    Rebel Yoga

  • Update: CorePower Yoga Teacher Training – Week 3

    rebelyogaonline
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Too busy to write in the blog. Seriously. I have no free time between yoga teacher training and a full time job. But I’m having a blast! And I promise to blog more in the coming weeks. I have so much to share from my journals and teachings! For now, here are some awesome pics from beach yoga this morning. I was practice teaching my gracious co-workers through a nice morning C1 ocean-side flow.
  • Recap: Week 1 of Core Power Yoga Teacher Training

    rebelyogaonline
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    “Once you make a decision, the world conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m three training sessions in and I can already teach through Sun A. Isn’t that bad ass? I spent the entire weekend in yoga nerd bliss and it was actually a little hard to come to work today knowing that I won’t be spending my time focusing on it. So far, we’ve learned: — formulas for teaching / cueing — how to transition students in between asanas — posture clinic through Sun A (including Sanskrit terms for these poses) — engaging / disengaging the breath —…
  • CorePower Yoga Teacher Training: Day 1

    rebelyogaonline
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Walking into the studio at CorePower Yoga Pacific Beach last night, I truly felt like I was going to the first day of school. I had notebook, pen and texts in hand while buzzing with nervous energy. Thankfully, it seemed like all my fellow teacher trainees were in the same boat as me: nervous but excited. We’re lucky enough to have four really great teachers. I’ve known Marissa for awhile but I didn’t know her entire journey. She got her certification in 2011 while working full time (like me). She had no intention of teaching but now is living her yoga every day. I’ve also taken many…
  • Why I practice yoga

    rebelyogaonline
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    My yoga teacher training finally starts this week on Wednesday! I signed up for training back in May so it’s a little surreal that it’s finally here. I’ll be blogging my entire 8-week experience, so if you’re interested in yoga training, you may want to bookmark this site! In preparation for the first class, our instructor asked us to write a short essay about what yoga means to us and why we practice. Here is my essay: Yoga is my center. My ground zero. The place I go to when I need to know everything is alright. The textbook definition of yoga is: a Hindu spiritual…
  • Book Review: Sacred Sound by Alanna Kaivalya

    rebelyogaonline
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    When I started doing yoga in 2003, I was curious to see how it would improve my dancing and I hoped to gain flexibility. Through the years, however, I’ve realized that there is much more to yoga than asana, or the physical postures. Through this book, I got to explore nada yoga – or the yoga of sacred sound. Nada yoga often gets the short shrift in the West because mantras and kirtan aren’t readily understood. However, chants are held sacred in all types of Eastern spiritual practice for the way they can help practitioners bypass the day-to-day mental chatter of the mind in…
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    Making Mindfulness

  • Mindful Mondays: Fortune Favors the Bold

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Each Monday, I would like to share a reminder about the importance of being mindful.  These will come from literature, popular culture, music--anywhere one might get this sort of everyday life nudge. As you likely know, I am back in school studying Classics.  I spend much of my days reading and translating Latin texts and learning to read and translate Ancient Greek sentences.  I am thrilled at the opportunity to understand these cultures and their literary and historical contributions at a deeper level.  By reading works in the original, I feel a little insight is…
  • Two Hands Project

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    We were able to get away this weekend for a trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks, or as oh so many vehicles in Virginia proclaim via stickers and vanity plates, "OBX."  The weekend, a quick birthday getaway, celebrated my husband's (29th) birthday!  While there, we took walks, bike rides, stopped by for some live music, laughed, ate, and relaxed.We also, despite my years of Buffalo programing, spent time on the beach--in October!  The temperature, a perfect sunny (but low humidity) 85 degrees, invited bike riding and beach walking.   Because it is the off-season…
  • Rethinking Food Waste

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    When you think about just how much food you eat during a given week, it's easy not to realize how much on our plates we don't eat...  According to The Real Junk Food Project, "It is estimated that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally each year; this amounts to nearly 40% of global production."  The following individuals and organizations, however, have started contemplating this issue and options to help reduce the impact of food waste.  Each of these is a pretty insightful, resourceful, and incredible project.  Check them out for inspiration and food waste…
  • Mindful Mondays: A New Type of Sculpture

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Each Monday, I would like to share a reminder about the importance of being mindful.  These will come from literature, popular culture, music--anywhere one might get this sort of everyday life nudge.This morning, to start another beautiful week, I thought it would be good to share something inspiring and intriguing.  You may have seen these before, but if you haven't they are a perfect concrete example of bringing and utilizing mindfulness in your work.  sculpture by Jonty Hurwitzimage Niina Keks, Otto Pierotto, Richard IveySimilar to the spray paint space paintings, these…
  • Don't Forget To Have a Good Time

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Happy Friday!On this, the first Friday of October, your new fall/ school year schedules and how you've reacted to the change/ schedule may just be kicking in...  With that being said, it is a perfect opportunity to return to a core principle of mindfulness (and by "a," I really mean "the"): being present.For an attempt at living a more mindful life to be successful, you must first actually BE PRESENT.  RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.Here are some of the things we've discussed to make that happen in previous posts:Breathe.  Smile.  (Or don't.)  Feel your body.  Notice…
 
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