Editor's Note: Dharma is one of my teachers in NY City, and his sun salutes have evolved to include forearm balance and splits since his classes draws advanced practitioners. Here is a nice presentation of the basic sun salutations. ~Donna
Editor's Note from Brooke Nisbet: This is a short interview with a famous yoga instructor, Tiffany Cruikshank. The inteveiwer asks Tiffany her feelings about teaching to a huge group of strangers at something like the Hanuman Yoga Festival. Watch to find out what Tiffany says!
Many have heard that Pilates and Yoga are similar in many ways. Yes, both disciplines help you create greater awareness of your body's posture and its alignment. Yes, both disciplines improve and enhance flexibility and strength. Pilates and Yoga also emphasize coordinating breath with movement...
by Nona Jordan
Now, here is a confession. I practiced Yoga asana and pranayama for many years before I learned ANYTHING about the other limbs of Yoga. Frankly, it just didn’t speak to me. In fact, it sort of freaked me out. I began studying Buddhism, because the language appealed to me so much more than the Yogic language. THEN I found out that Budda was a Yogi before he was the Buddha...
Editor's Note: We all find a different path towards yoga. Some may stop at just the physical practice of doing asana (poses). Others may feel they most resonate with pranayama (breath focus). Others may dive fully into the 8 Limbs of Yoga. The path to get to any of these areas of yoga is different for everyone, especially if you're raised in the west. This piece gives a realistic and honest description of the author's path to the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Read on yogis!
In Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, proper digestion is the route to health. When digestion is optimal, we say that agni or the digestive fire is balanced. Our metabolic and immune systems become stronger, we are energetic, we sleep better, we eliminate properly and we maintain a steady weight...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Good digestion can be challenging for everyone during various seasons of the year. Ayurveda offers much insight into enhancing this key mechanism within our bodies to prevent the onset of disease. Ayurvedic Counselor and Bodyworker Sarah Barasch provides essential tips for improving digestion using Ayurvedic principles. These wonderful suggestions can be applied to all constitutions for better health. Namaste
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga:For those who sit and work in front of a computer all day, this video is for you! Some simple yoga stretches that you can practice to reduce wrist, shoulder and upper back pain due to computer use.
Over the last few decades, yoga has become quite popular, even trendy, outside of the Eastern Buddhist and Hindu cultures. For example, Harris Interactive Service Bureau reported in February 2012 that 16.5 million US adults practice yoga...
Editor´s Note: Most yogis will claim that yoga has many benefits, perhaps not as clearly visible at first, such as improved circulation, digestion and elimination, lowered stress and tension, improved concentration, and on, and on. All that to say, a recently published review in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry has revealed that a regular yoga practice can have positive effects on various mental health disorders, such as depression and sleep complaints, as well as improve symptoms of illnesses such as schizophrenia and ADHD. Read on to find out more!
Editor's Note: Many people have hyper-extended elbows and that's not the best for using the body long term. Check out this video to understand how to avoid hyperextension in the elbows while doing yoga.
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