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Best Yoga Pose to Release Holiday Stress

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | December 10th, 2013 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: anxiety, christmas, downward dog, downward facing dog, holiday stress, holidays, poses, relaxation, relieve stress, stress, stress-relief, stretch, stretching, Yoga, yoga poses

down-dog-croppedThe holidays can be a time of fun and family. But for many, it can also be a time of added stress — good and bad! One of my favorite ways to stretch tight muscles and relieve stress is yoga. Speaking as a type-A, high-energy person, yoga is the perfect antidote to this stress-filled, anxiety-ridden, wound-up-tight-as-a-drum world we live in. For me, yoga is like personal therapy!

Namaste Any Time of Day: Yoga for the Holidays

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: balance, busy, community, depression, downward dog, energy, goals, gratitude, hip openner, holiday celebrations, holiday schedule, holiday season, holiday stress, holiday yoga, hustle and bustle, increase flexibility, manage stress, Meditations from the mat, mental strength, Pigeon pose, Rolf Gates, short days, sleep better, styles of yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, tone muscles, Warrior 1 Pose, Warrior 2 Pose, Warrior I Pose, Warrior II pose, yoga DVDs, yoga philosophy, yoga-practice

Holiday YogaIt’s the holiday season … a time of dark, cold mornings, short days and busy nights, tending to the hustle and bustle of getting things done for various holiday celebrations, all the while gorging ourselves on delicious — but often calorie-laden — holiday foods. The average day passes quickly, and you usually find yourself collapsing into bed at the end of it feeling completely exhausted.

9 Yoga Moves to Blast Holiday Calories

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | December 5th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: abs, arm balance, belly, Boat pose, body, Bound Lunge, burn-calories, Child’s Pose, christmas, core, Core Plank, diet, Dog Splits, downward dog, Easy Pose, eat, exercise, Fitness, flexibility, food cravings, handstand, health, holiday weight, holiday yoga, holidays, inversion, lose-weight, meditate, meditation, release, Revolved Pigeon, Shiva Kicks, Side Angle, side plank, strength, stress, Sukhasana, thanksgiving, thighs, Yoga, yoga for weight loss

GAIAM SIDE ANGLEHolidays are a time for family, friends and — let’s not kid ourselves — food. I love to go away for a few days and eat things I normally don’t in amounts that would shock a Sumo wrestler. Hence, it may be the season to be jolly, but it’s also a time when it’s all too easy to pack on the pounds along with the cheer.

5 Things Your Dog Can Teach You About Yoga

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | October 8th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: crow pose, dog, dogs, downward dog, forgive, forgiveness, meditation, pet, pets, pranayama, savasana, Yoga, yoganonymous

dogs and yogaBy Paula Anderson

“It’s a dog’s life.”

That’s a phrase we hear time and time again. But why is so easy for our pets to seemingly embrace joy?  And what is it about these furry descendants of the wolf that brings us such peace? Could it be that they, too, share an innate love of yoga?

10 Benefits of Yoga Inversions

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | April 8th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: arms, asana, balane, blood flow, brain, circulation, confidence, core strength, detox, detoxify, downward dog, energy, fear, Forearm Stand, fun, gravity, handstand, Happy Baby, headstand, heart, humble, immune system, inversions, invert, legs, Legs up the wall, lymph nodes, oxygen, perspective, relax, relaxation, shoulder stand, Standing Forward Folds, toxins, upside-down, Yoga

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A yoga teacher’s suggestion to invert has the power to illicit a range of emotions from students: bewilderment, fear, anxiety, aversion, rejection, excitement, butterflies — you fill in the blank.

Purposely turning ourselves upside-down is contrary to our physical nature, and yet the benefits of upending ourselves are many. Just as yoga gently encourages us to move away from any unconscious habitual patterns, the invitation to invert is simply another way to shake things up, step out of a rut.

Shoulder this Mission: Your Range of Motion

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | October 31st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: Anatomy, ball-and-socket joint, bones, clavicle, collar bone, deltoids, downward dog, humerus, joints, kinesiology, movement, muscles, pectoralis minor, Pranic Bath, range of motion, scapula, shoulder injury, shoulder pain, Steve Martin, trapezius, Yoga Tune Up®

Shoulder painHave you ever had a shoulder injury? If so (or even if not) it’s important to get clear about how your shoulder works so that you don’t re-injure yourself.

Quite often, learning how to locate your body’s tissues and taking the time to learn a bit about anatomy can make all the difference between keeping your body functional and damaging yourself in Downward Dog. A bum shoulder can make all sorts of everyday movements painful and difficult, so it’s vital to keep yours in working condition.

In this post, I’ll give you the tools to do just that!

Bottom’s Up! (aka The Sweet Spot)

Dionne Elizabeth by Dionne Elizabeth | June 20th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: bishop td jakes, buns, butt, calling, downward dog, firm up your butt, glutes, hip opener, intention, janu sirsasana, let’s push things forward, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah's Lifeclass, outreach, passion, Pigeon pose, playlist, purpose, rear, split dogs, spotify, sweet spot, Tiffany Cruikshank, Utkatasana, Utkatasana flow, wide angle seated forward fold, workout routine to tone glutes, Yoga, yoga with dionne

Yoga to Tone Your Glutes

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In this inspired new post, Dionne Elizabeth – a yoga teacher, DJ and writer who lives in Bergen, Norway – harmonizes music, blogging and yoga. Here, she shares the best yoga poses to improve your buns, which may, in true mind-body synchronicity, improve your life.

Here it is folks: We are already completely, marvelously, wildly, entirely who we were born to be.

At times this might not be clear to us, but the fact that we exist, that we are here together at this moment, and that you, dear reader, are on this page at this moment, is no coincidence. To meet each other at this point, somewhere along our separate journeys, really is absurd and wonderful. There is a reason for the particular path we happen to tread, including all its glorious and perfect sweetness, as well as the more sour, “interesting” parts. We each have a mission, a function, a purpose. So how do we live our life to honour that?

10-Minute Yoga Supersets: Better than Another Hour of Yoga

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | June 22nd, 2011 | 17 Comments
topic: Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: abs, arms, back, biceps, bursts, butt, Chaturanga, chest, child's pose, Cobra Pose, core, Crossed Kicks, downward dog, exercise, Fitness, glutes, hamstrings, legs, lunges, metabolism-boost, muscle tone, Navasana Twists, obliques, Plank Pose, plateau, plateaus, pushup, quadriceps, Sadie Nardini, Shakti Kicks, stomach, strength, strength training, supersets, Swimming Locust, thighs, triceps, work out, workout, Yoga, yoga fusion, yoga poses, yoga supersets

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This year, after 15 years of yoga practice and transforming my body, I found myself hitting a plateau. Though my practice regularly involves power moves like jumping forward into Crow Pose and holding Warrior Pose for a long time, my muscle tone seemed to be stuck on autopilot: never decreasing, but never really going to that next level, either.

A New Look at an Old Yoga Pose

Meryl Davids Landau by Meryl Davids Landau | June 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: affirmation, asanas, change, Cobra, deepen-your-yoga-practice, downward dog, Downward Dog Upward Fog, enlightenment, exercise, Fitness, forward fold, happiness, health, inner peace, intention, mantra, mantras, Meryl Davids Landau, mountain-pose, plank, practice, rush, self-love, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual-journey, spirituality, Sun Salutation, sun salutations, transformation, visualization, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga sequence, yogi, yogis

Sun Salutation on the beach

Ever felt yourself going through the motions of a yoga pose without focus or purpose? I think most yogis who’ve been practicing for a while have this experience, at least sometimes.

Several years ago, I found myself rushing through the Sun Salutation, praying for the series to end so I could move on to asanas I enjoyed more. I hated the way the pose strained my wrist and left me breathless, and it seemed to take forever to get through five or six of them. But since appreciating whatever you’re doing is a key spiritual teaching, I knew I had to do something to change my perspective.

5 Yoga Poses to Do with a Bolster for Extra-Strength Stress Relief

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | July 2nd, 2009 | 11 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: child's pose, downward dog, heart opening pose, relaxation, restorative yoga poses, stress-relief, supported twist, supported yoga poses, upward dog, yoga bolster

Easy reclined heart opener

One of the great things about yoga is that you don’t need to invest in a bunch of equipment to reap its benefits. As long as you have a yoga mat and some stretchy clothes, and you’re good to go. And yet there is one yoga prop I wish I could magically disperse to every household in America. Heck—the whole world! And that’s the humble yoga bolster.