Did you know that yoga can improve your cycling performance? Efficient oxygen intake! Good breathing is vital, especially when you request endurance performance from your body. Yoga helps you to optimize the ratio between muscles used for a single breath and...
Let’s put this in simple words.
What differentiate practicing asanas (set of physical exercise) in yoga from gymnastics?
Connecting your breath to the movement or the static retention of the poses (and a few more things, but let’s stay with the breath for now).
Why this post? Yesterday I saw 2 new girls in the studio. Struggling to keep up with the pace, mixing up left and right arms etc. I remember, that I was the same. I still fall every now and then because I loose my balance. But I didn’t give up. If the first session sucks, don’t say yoga isn’t for you. Find the right studio and teacher. You will grow together and after maybe 82 or more logs you will understand the beauty and make it a habit that will change your life.
Do you spend a lot of time sitting on a chair? Do you regularly feel stiff in your back, shoulders and neck? Or do you simply want to stretch a bit in the morning or before going to bed?
These 4 Asanas (poses) are easy and achievable by anyone. Just use 10 minutes of your day to get down on the floor, on your yoga mat or on your living room mat.
What do tsunamis, snowstorms, earthquakes, and wildfires have in common? Power.
Raw, fierce, and uncontrollable. None of your actions could stop it. This same energy can be found in a mother protecting her kid or in an activist standing up for its rights. This bravery and the inner force that we all have in us is represented in Hinduism by the goddess Durga.
Getting started with meditation? A guided meditation can be a great way to get started. Julia met Doug in Guatemala. He is a talented Yoga, Kirtan and Meditation teacher and is sharing a beautiful guided meditation with us. Sit back, close your eyes and relax. Let his soft voice carry you away from the earthly worries for 25 minutes.
I can spend days ruminating the thought that “I” need to figure it all (including the “right” thing to do). But in truth, so much is just out of my hands. If and when I open to that truth, I immediately feel a sense of support, like someone is holding my back, and my breath becomes deeper.
I woke up six days a week before the sunrise to practice the centuries old teachings from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I spent many days awash in contentment while living mindfully in an ashram on a mountainside overlooking the awe-inspiring Lake Atitlan. In retrospect, working for the teaching credential was the easy part.
I thought after a month there was never some danger in front of my bed, I should be less paranoid and mistaken fearless for unawareness. So first step that morning was on to a scorpion and it got me. It is hard to be so aware in the morning, especially as we often just stumble out of bed into the day.
I am sure that all of you have had moments of irritation in a Yoga class. But there was one moment in class, that really irritated me. The Yoga teacher assistant of my Ashtanga Yoga Led class, who I saw for the first time in my life, touched my breast during an assist.
Probably, as economic students they are not used to breathing exercise and certainly even less when their teacher invites them to do it. I told them that this should help them release some unwanted stress and improve their concentrate on the exam questions.