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Enrich Your Yoga Practice With Sanskrit

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | January 23rd, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: chanting, chants, colleen saidman, mantra, mantras, pose names, sanskrit, Yoga, yoga class, yoga poses, yoga teacher

Sanskrit

Yoga students often wonder, “Why do we use Sanskrit terms when learning the poses? Is it important? Do we have to learn it?” I can relate because I once asked similar questions.

Don’t Get Bent Out of Shape — Open Your Hips!

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | December 19th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: alignment, disc degeneration, flexibility, hip openers, hips, Jill Miller, leg stretches, mobility, pain, Paris Hilton, posture, spinal discs, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up

Bent out of shapeFew things outrage me more than bad posture. I get really bent out of shape when I see people who are literally bent out of shape. It is so simple to improve your posture, and it is totally free and requires no gym membership.

Here are some Don’ts:

1. Don’t lean into one hip and cock it off to one side.

2. Don’t slump your spine like a willow tree.

3. Don’t emulate the posture of Paris Hilton.

Here are some Do’s:

1. Stand up straight.

2. Point your toes forward.

3. Have some respect for your own structure.

Okay, good, glad I got that off my chest.

Going Deeper Into a Pose? Or Going Off the Deep End?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | October 5th, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: awareness, be present, exercise, Fitness, Gil Hedley, go deeper into a yoga pose, health and wellness, Jill Miller, mental fatigue, over-exertion, over-stretching, physical fatigue, soft tissue damage, somanaut, Uttanasana, work out, workout, Yoga, yoga injuries, yoga injury, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up®

Jill Miller Standing Forward Fold

Going VERY deep into Uttanasana, a.k.a. Standing Forward Bend

Have you ever wondered what your yoga teacher means when she instructs you to “go deeper into the pose?” What exactly does this cue mean? Let’s say you’ve been holding the pose for a while, and are already shaking and trembling. Then instead of calling out a new pose, your teacher calls out “drop deeper into the pose!” You summon the courage to try it … but you aren’t exactly sure how, or what component of the pose needs further deepening.

As a teacher and a teacher trainer with more than 25 years of experience, I have seen my fair share of confused yoga students interpreting this cue in myriad ways:

Dancing Warrior: A Humble Yoga Sequence Teaches Strength

Kathryn Budig by Kathryn Budig | September 21st, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: aim true, Aim True Yoga DVD, dancing warrior, fear, happiness, home, Kathryn Budig, love, patience, reverse warrior, Reverse Warrior Pose, side angle pose, strength, vinyasa, warrior, warrior 1, warrior 2, Warrior I, Warrior II pose, warrior one, Warrior One Pose, Warrior Pose, warrior two, Warrior Two Pose, Yoga, yoga breathing techniques, yoga flow, yoga poses, yoga sequence

Dancing Warrior

No matter what
No matter where
It’s always home
If love is there.

I grew up with this quote hanging on our kitchen wall. As a little girl, I admired the fine needlework (yes, I grew up in Kansas) rather than the actual message embedded in the thread. As I’ve grown in life and with my yoga practice, I’ve come to fully understand the power behind this simple message. Home and comfort reside in the small things, and love is magically woven into every crevice of our lives when we learn to let go of the story we’re telling ourselves and open our eyes.

Short on Time? Try This All-in-One Yoga Pose!

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | September 21st, 2011 | 22 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: alignment, benefits of yoga, Jill Miller, Leg Stretch #3, strength, stress, stretches, time out, Yoga, yoga block, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up®

All-In-One Yoga Pose: Leg Stretch #3

I have been teaching yoga for 17 years, and one of the most frequent complaints I hear from students and yogaphobes alike is that they don’t have enough time for practice, so they avoid it altogether.

Avoiding a regular practice of stretching will never get you the healing benefits that come with the work. Even if you only do one pose a day, you will make a huge difference in your body, brain and well-being.

How Do You Accessorize Your Yoga Poses?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | September 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Yoga | tags: awareness, balance, breath, breathe, breathing, concentraion, core, Fitness, Jill Miller, lycra, male beads, muscle tension, muscles contraction, nervous energy, nervous system, nervousness, neurological overflow, neurological phenomenon, over-exertion, overcompensate, overflow, relax, relaxation, shoulder blades, shoulders, stability, stress, Whac-A-Mole, Whack-A-Mole, working out, workout, Yoga, yoga pose, yoga poses, Yoga TuneUp

Women making faces while doing yoga

Peep into any of the thousands of yoga classes across the globe and you will find that students are donning more than just yoga outfits. In addition to the latest leggings and tank tops by Zobha, Gaiam and Alo, you’ll also find students of every age, both male and female, sporting a different kind of accessory. These, however, are not made from lycra, mala beads or precious metals, but rather from an overzealous nervous system.

Glance around the room after the teacher calls out “Twisted Half Moon” (Pavritta Ardha Chandrasana) and you’ll see students with arms akimbo, clenched toes, fingers curled and faces contorted beyond recognition. These students are “accessorizing” their poses with parts of their body that don’t actually need to be involved.

Experiencing “Yoga Block”? How to Get Out of That Pose Rut

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | June 29th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: asana, barbara benagh, boredom, change, creativity, cross-training, exercise, Fitness, gabriella giubilaro, imagination, Jill Miller, Kathryn Budig, muscles, plateau, repetitive, repitition, rodney yee, routine, sequence, Triangle Pose, willy wonka, workout, Yoga, yoga block, yoga DVDs, yoga poses, yoga rut, Yoga Tune Up, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga videos, yoga-practice

Yoga block

Is your yoga practice getting a little stale? Maybe you’ve been going to the same class at the same time each week for the past year. Or perhaps you use a video — the same video — every day. If you’re finding yourself a tad uninspired to get on your mat, you might be suffering from yoga block. And I don’t mean a yoga block “prop,” although if you’re really in a rut then your practice may need a little propping up!

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

supersets-knee-down-lunge-11

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.

Loosen Up! How to Stretch Your Way to Flexibility

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | May 24th, 2011 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: bone spurs, collagen fibers, connective tissue, dynamic stretching, elastin fibers, fascia, flexibility, flexible, foam roller, inflammation, injuries, Jill Miller, Kelly Starrett, Kettelbell, loosen, massage, osteoarthritis, overstretching, self-massage, static stretching, stretch, stretching, Thai Massage, tight muscles, Yoga, yoga balls, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball

Flexibility yoga blog

A few months ago I wrote a blog on the perils of overstretching that seemed to strike a chord with many of my students and readers. But for every overstretched yogi or yogini out there, there are four times as many folks who are bound up and moving like the tin man! Most folks I meet want to know how they can become more flexible, not less flexible. So I dedicate this blog to all of you who wish to become more supple and mobile. Let the bending begin!