Progressive Muscle Relaxation Progressive muscle relaxation is a deep relaxation technique that has been effectively used to help control stress, anxiety, insomnia, and pain. It is also one technique that can be used when working towards reaching a meditative state in a yogic practice. It’s a simple two-step process in which you systematically tense and then relax different muscle groups in your body. With regular practice, it can provide you a great understanding of what both tension and complete relaxation feel like in different parts of your body. This awareness can help you react to the first signs of muscular tension [...]
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Posture Breakdown- Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2) About the posture Warrior 2 is a classic standing posture that is commonly seen in yoga practices. It represents the warrior Virabhadra slaying the human ego. How to get into the posture Start from standing in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and take a big step back with one leg. Align your back foot with the short edge of the mat so that your toes point toward the long edge of the mat. Your front foot should be straight with the toes pointing forward. Bend your front knee to a 90-degree angle above your ankle. It is important [...]
With warmer weather just around the corner, here’s a great recipe to help keep you powering through the brighter days ahead. It’s loaded with protective antioxidants and a punch of color making it especially great after a vigorous asana practice. Post Yoga Practice Purple Smoothie 1 small frozen banana ¾ cup frozen blueberries 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1 teaspoon raw cacao ½ teaspoon maca powder ¾ cup cold water or milk of choice Instructions Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately. This also works great for [...]
YOGA FOR BONE HEALTH Increasing bone density and maintaining it is a large concern for many. Could a yoga practice help? Several small research studies seem to indicate that it might. Some people believe that bones are hard and lifeless, but they are actually living and growing tissue. The body continually absorbs old bone tissue and generates new bone to maintain its density, strength, and structural integrity. Bone density peaks in the late 20s, and it starts to weaken around 35 years of age. As a person grows older, bone begins to break down faster than it rebuilds. When the body [...]
Posture Breakdown Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge Posture About- Anjaneya is a Sanskrit word that means “Son of Anjani” and Anjayneya is also the childhood name of Hanuman. Hanuman is a primary character in the Hindu epic called the Ramayana. In the story, Hanuman is a brave, triumphant, and resourceful Army general. This posture evokes strength and energy, tones the physical body, and calms the mind. Posture Breakdown- Begin in downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). On an exhale, step your right foot forward beside your right thumb. Stack your right knee over your right ankle. Lower your left knee to the [...]
YOGA FOR GLOWING SKIN Do you ever see seasoned yoga practitioners and wonder where they get that extra little sparkle? Just how do they achieve the inner glow that seems to radiate out of every pore- regardless of age? Is there some miraculous patchouli infused cream being secretly peddled in the back rooms of yoga studios? Well, I’m here to spill the tea. There is no secret cream that the yoga community is hiding from you. It’s just a natural by-product of the yogic lifestyle. One thing that binds all practitioners of Yoga is the quest for union. Along the [...]
AYURVEDIC SPICED APPLES This warm, yet light recipe is great for breakfast time. This is especially true in the fall months when you may be feeling cold, or suffering from poor digestion. Because these apples are cooked and made with spices that increase digestion, they are the perfect addition to your diet when you may be feeling heavy or sluggish. Not only is it satisfying but it’s quite healing as well. This recipe is tridoshic which means that it is great for all body types to consume. Of course, you can always adapt it even further to meet your individual needs. [...]
A Beginners Guide to Chakras Chakras are energy centers that can be found throughout the body. According to Yogic sciences, 114 of these energy centers exist in the human body. Of these 114, there are 7 that are the most prominent and well known. These are the 7 that we will discuss today. Chakra is a Sanskrit word that translates to “wheel” and is often described as a spinning disk. These wheels represent energetic action, movement, and growth. The human body is a complex form of energy in which the Chakras assist in producing different qualities in a human being. Fundamentally, [...]
Easy Masala Chai Recipe Do you want a delicious treat that also packs some powerful health benefits? Then look no further than this spiced tea. Masala chai, also known as chai tea contains a delicious blend of flavors that emit a spicy aroma to enliven your senses. Thanks to the caffeine content of black tea leaves, it is a great choice for getting your morning started or finding a much needed energy boost halfway through your day. The included black pepper has been shown to help aid in digestion, making it fabulous for after meals as well. Ginger is well known [...]
So, What is a Yogi? A yogi can be defined as one who practices yoga. However, I'm going to guess you're not entirely satisfied with that answer. The field of Yoga is vast, and everyone you question might have a different reply. Despite the variety of thought and opinion, perhaps we can shed a bit of light on the topic and gain some clarity. What is a yogi, anyway? The Bhagavad Gita is one text that has an abundance of guidance for defining a yogi. For example, The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6, Verse 8 states: “A person is said to be established [...]