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Tips on Mastering Handstand

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Yoga

Kathryn Budig HandstandAny yoga pose can be done in an inspired way. In fact, the more inspiration you put into it, the better the pose. (This goes for Savasana too, yo.) Be present, breathe, look inward, breathe … be inspired. This is yoga!

Nevertheless, most of us yogis aspire toward the more advanced asanas, and one that usually comes right to mind is Handstand: Adho Mukha Vrksasana. Downward-Facing Tree. In which your hands and fingers are the branches reaching down into the ground, and your feet and toes the roots reaching for the sky. There’s nothing like it for a new perspective — on yourself and on life in general.

Stress Break: Better Breath, Better Life

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 23rd, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga

Take a “stress break” with yoga and dance teacher Hemalayaa. She believes that a better quality of breath will translate into a better quality of life.  Participate in a short breathing exercise of bringing your awareness to a deeper breath, and see how this can give you a deeper appreciation for being alive. This is a tool you can take with you and integrate into your daily life for rich relationships and a peaceful sense of self.

Motivation for Your Yoga Practice

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 8th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Wellness pioneer Hillary Rubin encourages us to stay motivated to make it to the yoga mat — and to practice compassion for ourselves on the days when we don’t. One of her favorite motivators? Dedicating your daily yoga practice to someone or something that inspires you.

The Resonating Chambers of the Body

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 22nd, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga

Suzanne Sterling discusses the three resonating chambers of the body and their importance for amplifying your vocal sound in a way that is healing for yourself and those around you. Resonating chambers are places that hold sound in and allow it to amplify inside of you, creating power, range and flexibility.

How the Ganga River Was Created

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 1st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Jenny and Jason, co-founders of Acro Yoga, share a story and sing a song about how the great river in India, the Ganga, was created. From the removal of demons to Shiva swallowing the ocean in his dreadlocks, this beautiful story of the life-giving river reminds us that the movement of water is aligned with the movement of breath in the body.

Tommy Rosen on Yoga for Addiction and Recovery

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Tommy Rosen is a California-based yoga teacher specializing in yoga for addiction and recovery. He has been on the path of sobriety for more than 20 years now, and he has found that the most powerful tools in healing from addiction are a combination of yoga, meditation and the 12-step recovery program. His biggest take-away for addicts is to reach out to their communities, as he believes that collaboration is the best method for healing. To learn more, visit TommyRosen.com.

How to Be at Home in Your Body

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 14th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Are you at home in your true nature? According to yoga and Ayurveda practitioner Felicia Tomasko, one of the most important things we can do is to stop striving for perfection or trying to be someone else. To do this, we need to be actively compassionate with ourselves by embracing who we are and our uniqueness both on and off the yoga mat. To learn more, visit LAyogaOnline.com.

Don’t Check Your Ego at the Door

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Does your ego keep following you to your yoga mat, no matter how many times you try to check it at the door? Yoga instructor Jason Crandell encourages us to think it through and consider this in a different way. “We want to invite our ego to come with us so we can see it, understand it and have a relationship with it. Notice and don’t be surprised when ego arises. Practice seeing and witnessing its existence.” For more information, visit JasonYoga.com.

Your Body Is a Cathedral: How Sound Heals

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 30th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

Sound can be used for good, and sound can be used for ill, says Suzanne Sterling, a performing artist known for her joyful chanting at yoga festivals and other gatherings around the world. (Some examples of using sound for good are sonograms or sound waves being used to destroy tumors.) You can harness the power of sound to create healing inside the body. To do that, Sterling says, you must learn to keep sound within the body — to turn your body into a cathedral that resonates harmonic, restorative health.

Do What Works: Relationship Advice from an AcroYogi

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 23rd, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga

In the practice of yoga, as in life, it’s the moments when we work together that can inspire the most change in us as individuals. In this clip, Jenny Sauer-Klein, co-founder of AcroYoga, talks about the principle of doing what works. To deal with the inevitable challenges and miscommunications that happen when individuals become partners, we have to leave room for the unexpected. When we let go of assumptions and embrace the discovery of what works best between these two people at this moment, that’s when we allow the relationship — and each other — to grow.