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by Anna Hunt
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
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!
by Silvia Mordini
Something magical and mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals make the decision to gather together in a breathtaking natural environment for the purpose of uplifting their lives & expanding their consciousness. The result is something beyond words...
Editor´s Note: Have you ever thought about a different type of vacation or getaway? Why not try a retreat? There are all kinds out there, but if you have an affinity for yoga, then a yoga retreat is order! This is such an increcible way to have break thoughs, get to know your real self, deepen your yoga practice, make life-long friends with similar interests…and oh so much more! Yoga instructor, Silvia Mordini, gives provides you with three excellent reasons for participating in a yoga retreat. I've done it several times….it's so worth it! Namaste!
by Sarah Barasch
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: There is a free, movement side of yoga that Shiva Rea delivers as an instructor. Do you love Zumba and danicng to a good beat? Yoga instructor, Shiva Rea, has researched free form movement and gives us insight on the history of our movement (and loss of movement) and more. (Feel free to dance while you watch the video!)
by Erich Schiffmann
You imagine a spinning top. Stillness is like a perfectly centered top, spinning so fast it appears motionless. It appears this way not because it isn't moving, but because it's spinning at full speed. Stillness is not the absence or negation of energy, life, or movement. Stillness is dynamic...
Editor's Note: This is a nice reminder that getting still and quiet may be difficult, but is so worth while. The author suggests the finding that calm, quiet place within (practicing pratyahara..withdrawing of the 5 senses) will help you find your own truth, the true you. And once you've found this space, it is utterly blissful.
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: The Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago has implemented a Laughter Yoga program for the cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Laughter Yoga has proven to reduce the patients stress levels, raises their spirits, and helps them tolerate their therapy better. It has been such a successful program, that the hospital staff started their own monthly practice.
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