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Yoga for All Seasons: Spring

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 19th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: asanas, astringent, awakening, ayurveda, backbends, bitter, bridge pose, camel pose, circulation, cleanse, detox, detoxification, detoxify, diet, dry skin brushing, emotions, exercise, food, hibernation, immune system, immunity, Kapha dosha, metabolism, neti pot, nutrition, oxygen, prana, Rabbit Pose, rebirth, seasons, Seated Forward Fold, shift, spicy, spring clearning, spring yoga, standing forward fold, sun salutations, sunlight, toxins, twists, warm weather, Wheel Pose, Wind-Removing Pose, winter, yoga poses

Spring Yoga

The season of new beginnings is upon us. With the arrival of spring, we shift from the hibernation of the winter months to an awakening of rebirth. Spring invites us to open back up, delight in warmer days and cultivate a spirit of aliveness.

As sunlight paves longer days, warm, damp spells have the potential to leave congestion and upper respiratory conditions in their wake. Spring is the time for releasing deep-seated emotions of sorrow and sadness. Support your body through this transition with the following recipe for balance as we embrace this upcoming season.

8 Yoga Poses to Try With a Yoga Block

Sara Fruman by Sara Fruman | March 14th, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: blocks, bridge pose, camel pose, crow pose, engagement, Fish Pose, Forearm Stand, mindfulness, reverse triangle, splits, Yoga, yoga blocks

You walk into yoga class. The instructor calls out, “Option to grab a yoga block,” and receives smirks from much of the room. Real yogis don’t need blocks, right?

Well, it might be time to readjust your mat and your mindset. Yoga blocks can actually challenge your practice by allowing you to tackle more difficult postures. They can also help with alignment and proper muscle engagement.

So, grab a yoga block and give these eight yoga poses a try:

1. Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Place a yoga block between your inner thighs to energize them and advance the posture. Or, if you have difficulty lifting your pelvis, place a block under your sacrum for support.

Bridge Pose

Finding Meaning in the Holidays: Yoga & Meditation Tips

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: breath, bridge pose, christmas, christmas tree, holidays, love, meditation, Pigeon pose, self care, serenity, Yoga

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The other night, I was looking at my tree, decorated with the small number of ornaments that are meaningful to my family and me, and thought about how I grew up with a tree full of ornaments, each covering the one behind it. It was one of those moments of clarity for me, watching the tree in the dark of night with the lights sparkling: Less is more. Too many trinkets distract. It’s not about what you get or have. It’s about what you give, and the quality, not quantity behind that sentiment.

Yoga for All Seasons: Autumn

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | October 13th, 2013 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: autumn, ayurveda, backbends, bow pose, bridge pose, camel pose, change, cold, corpse pose, diet, doshas, energy, fall, food, Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Noose Pose, Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose, Revolved Triangle Pose, routine, savasana, seasons, Shavasana, Side Stretches, sun salutations, twists, vata, Warrior I Pose, Warrior II pose, Yoga, yoga poses

Yoga in AutumnFall is the season of transformation. We can see this all around us in nature: the leaves are falling, the air is changing and we are harvesting an entirely new crop of fruits and vegetables.

It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does — by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices.

Ironically, it is only through change that was can stay grounded during this shifting season.

Take a (Yoga) Hike!

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | August 7th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: Albert Einstein, be present, breath-work, breathing, breathing techniques, bridge pose, cooling yoga poses, exercise, Fitness, focus, hiking, Hiking Yoga, mindful, Moon Salutations, nature, outside, pranayama, presence, seasons, Seated Twists, shoulder stand, stretches, stretching, summer, the Earth, the great outdoors, trail, warm weather, yoga hike

Yoga and Hiking

It seems quite natural during the cresting wave of summer to take ourselves out of the unnatural walls of our indoor environments and into the outdoors, a place where the wild is at play. I believe that includes getting out of the yoga studio! During the warm summer months, we have the unique chance to take our practice into the living, breathing natural world where fresh air and precious stillness are abundant.

Albert Einstein urged us to “look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” The adventure of hiking and yoga is just that, the chance to explore and deepen our yoga practice against the beautiful backdrop of Earth’s endless landscapes. On the trails, nature’s rhythms bleed their way into our own and start to influence the way we move in the world — and the way we move on our yoga mats — which makes hiking and yoga a perfect summer combination.

3 Yoga Moves to Boost Immunity

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | January 31st, 2012 | 7 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: acupressure, bridge pose, Chair Pose, cold and flu season, Elegant Mansion, Fierce Pose, germs, illness, immunity, influenza, prevent disease, stress, Thymus Reset, Wall Splits, winter, yoga for detox, yoga poses for immune system

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It seems as if cold and flu season is packing an extra punch this winter. But did you know that yoga can help you fend off these illnesses?

Yoga can help protect you from marauding viral invaders like cold and flu germs because it:

  • Detoxifies and oxygenates your system
  • Balances the hormones you need for a strong immune system
  • Reduces stress and fatigue, two precursors to lowered immunity
  • Triggers acupressure points said to help evict viruses and bacteria from your body

Add these yoga poses to your regular routine and say, “Good riddance, sniffles!”

Start Losing Weight Even if You’re Out of Shape: 3 Yoga Poses + Helper Props

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | January 27th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: backbend, bridge pose, diet, warrior 2, weight-loss, Yoga

Warrior II Pose with chair as a supportive propWhen it comes to weight loss, we all want a quick fix. That’s the instinct that causes so many people to try fad diets or overexert themselves on their first trip to the gym in many moons. My dad (bless his heart) periodically loses a bunch of weight by eating only one meal a day. He gains it all back as soon as resumes eating normally, of course, but I can’t fault him for the desire to want to see changes as quickly as possible. Part of me would love to blast the jelly belly I developed after giving birth last year.