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Get Inverted: What I Learned by Turning My Yoga Practice Upside-Down

Megan Hannan by Megan Hannan | June 22nd, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: advanced yoga, downward facing dog, Forearm Stand, headstand, inversions, tripod, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners

yoga inversions

When I first saw the notice for the inversions workshop, I was excited. But after I signed up and paid, I was nervous. When the day arrived and I was warming up on my mat, I was terrified! What if I was the worst one there? What if I fell on my face? What if I fell on my neighbor? So many fears.

I may very well have been the worst one there, but I did not fall on my face, nor did I fall on my neighbor. What I did do was find the strength to push myself further than I’d gone before.

5 Yoga Poses for PMS

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | March 18th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: downward facing dog, forward bends, Forward Folds, gaiam, heart openers, hip openers, massage, PMS, restorative yoga, savasana, Supta baddha konasana, Supta padangusthasana II, The 28 Days Lighter Diet, Upavistha konasana, Yoga, yoga blankets, yoga blocks

yoga poses for PMS

In America alone, 85 million women suffer from PMS, with symptoms including insomnia, depression, irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, and digestive issues. While PMS is common, it is not normal. Yes, there is some natural water retention that happens during a healthy menstrual cycle, and your energy will dip as you get closer to the first day of your period. But if you dread the days leading up to the start of your cycle, something is out of balance.

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!

Top 6 Yoga Poses for Back Pain

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | September 4th, 2013 | 189 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: abs, asanas, back spasms, back strength, back traction pose, back-pain, child's pose, core strength, curvature, down dog, downward facing dog, fists forward bend, forward fold, pigeon, Sadie Nardini, sciatic pain, spinal alignment, spinal discs, spine, support, tension, wall plank, yoga for back pain, yoga poses

Yoga for Back Pain - Forward Fold

Fifteen years ago, I was not acting my age. Since I would recoil from any form of exercise, as well as any green foods, I was overweight, inflexible and debilitated by lower back pain. The 40 extra pounds on my frame — plus tight, shortened back muscles and weak abs — left me moving like an 80-year-old version of myself.

I suffered daily from sciatica, back spasms, limited mobility, weakness, you name it. When I got stuck in my car one day, unable to swing my legs out because of my sciatic pain — at age 23 — I realized, “Something’s gotta change.”

I started reading up and realized a shocking number of people suffer with chronic back pain, partly from hours spent sitting in a way that flattens the lower back curve. (BTW, Gaiam’s Balance Ball Chair, the very one I’m sitting on as I write this, is a great tool to help build core strength and re-align your spine.)

Then, I found yoga. Over time, using some of the same poses I’m showing you here, I built a lean and pain-free body.

Keep Up Your Yoga Practice

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | January 5th, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Celebrity Workouts, Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: asanas, back bends, bolster, cold, daily practice, downward facing dog, meditation, mornings, poses, rodney yee, savasana, winter, workout, Yoga

Woman doing yoga poses

Oh, how difficult it is to get out of bed on these winter mornings, flop to the floor into Downward Facing Dog, and address the stiffness. Once the morning slumber spell is broken, it all begins to feel right, but there is always that obstacle in your mind to break through.

Go Upside Down to Lighten Up! Stress Less with Inversions

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | May 18th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: downward facing dog, forward bend, handstand, headstand, inversions, meditation, relaxation, shoulderstand, stress-relief, yoga how-to, yoga poses

inversion-on-freewayINVERSIONS are coveted among yogis. Yoga is one of the few systems of health that suggest you regularly turn yourself upside down for extended periods of time. The health claims are astonishing: it reverses aging, increases blood flow to the brain, regulates pituitary and pineal glands, relieves constipation, tranquilizes and mellows the nervous system, and the list goes on. Responses vary from person to person, but a regular practice of turning upside down to one degree or another is soothing and balancing, and it can be a necessary step for many to stop their chattering minds prior to meditation.