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
As we inch closer and closer to the winter solstice and begin to lose our daily dose of sunshine, do you find it more challenging to maintain your sense of health and well-being without the warmth and heat from the sun? If you are someone or know someone who starts to feel stagnant, sluggish, depressed, or notice your food takes a long time to digest and you feel tired after eating, perhaps some of these transitional practices will help you improve your inner fire, circulation, and mood...
Editor´s Note from Lexi Yoga: As we transition into winter we can begin to feel stagnant, sluggish or depressed from the lack of sunshine and colder weather. Melina Meza shares with us some Ayurvedic practices to help adapt and be in harmony with the winter season.
Editor´s Note from Brooke Nisbet: Did you over indulge during the holidays? Are you ready to start your new year off with yoga, weightloss and mindfulness? Give this 5 minute yoga sequence by Tara Stiles a try. This can help you get you back on track. Namaste!
This holiday season, enlarge your experience of both giving and receiving in your most meaningful relationships by cultivating the same mindful attention you practice on your yoga mat. There is no gift you could offer that will more profoundly enhance the emotional connections in your life than your focused attention, which explains why most people cannot distinguish between the experience of being deeply listened to with being deeply loved...
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Instead of focusing on finding the right presents to give for the holidays, try to focus your attention on being present, and enjoying the moments as a positive experience. We sometimes forget the importance of the receiving end, and how to be grateful to receive love. Here are some tips on how to make this holiday season more love focused.
Editor´s Note from Lexi Yoga: With the holiday season coming soon, it's easy to neglect our diet and healthy lifestyle since we'll be surrounded by tempting food and treats. Here are some yoga postures that you can practice at home to help keep you slim for the holiday season.
... However today was different. Ava, my 5 year old, stumbled into my room before my meditation time. She crawled in next to me and molded her little body right up against mine and I literally melted. I fell into so much gratitude for that moment, I thought I might levitate.
Editor's Note from Lisa Pheonix: This article on Morning Meditation by Dana Layon is such a wonderful example of embracing the simple pleasures of a present moment and incorporating it into into our sacred practice in order to truly experience the love, gratitude and depth of our soul.
Editor's Note: Another way to shake off the shorter days and getting prepared for Spring, Tara Stiles demonstrates a wonderful sequence to build warmth and strength. Moving into the next season is always a little tough. Here is a great way to undo some of winter's temptation for hibernation and get ready for the green leaves and flowers coaxed from the ground by the cooler, wet weather of Spring.
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: A Yoga instructor has a novel way of mixing the holiday spirit and Yoga practice for her kids class. You can tell by looking at the kids faces they are thoroughly enjoying this class. Yoga can provide children an inner peace that they can carry through out their life time.
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