Posts Tagged 'tips'

The Stress Trap [VIDEO]

Many of us suffer from chronic-illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, depression, anxiety, etc. However very few of us realize that many of these problems are related to something called a “stress-trap”. For the first time ever a short video presentation has been created to illustrate this concept and show you a way out:

via MyLifeYoga.com

MyLifeYoga is the creation of Ketna and Raj ...

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Shakti and Asana with Rich Fabio [VIDEO]

In this video Asheville Yoga Center teacher, Rich Fabio talks about yoga asana and the way in which it offers something unique to practitioners.

Yoga poses are more dynamic than simply placing your body into a certain position. In yoga class, we learn to unite our body and our mind with universal creative energy (Shakti). With practice, this quality of yoga asana extends beyond our bodies and enriches our lives and as Rich says, “makes it something you want to study ...

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Kapalabhati Breathing

Kapal = Forehead

Bhati = Light

Skull Shining Breath

This breathing technique is designed to cleanse and energize the body and clear and focus the mind. Practicing this breath will generate a heat in the body (you will notice this right away) which helps to remove toxins and waste. It is also a great practice for winter as it helps keep major organs (liver, spleen, kidneys) warm and oxygenated thus providing a boost to your immune system. Kapalabhati strengthens the lungs and respiratory ...

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Tapas and Turmoil Part 3: Autoimmune Disorders and Gluten-Free Living

When the Universe Throws You a Curve Ball, Just Say BRING IT ON!

Sorry, it has been a while since my last post. The stress of the holidays sure sent me reeling. First the travel from Thanksgiving and then the stress of Christmas left me completely wiped out. After 6 weeks of feeling like this, I have decided to get another consult. Actually, after 1 year of traditional Western medicine therapy combined with the stress of ...

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Extended Triangle Pose

Utthita Trikonasana

Nothing says opening quite like Triangle Pose. Is it just me or is the arrival at this pose in a yoga class similar to the feeling of being transported to an oasis of yumminess? Okay, perhaps I am being a little dramatic but the point I am trying to make is, why the heck does Trikonasana feel so darn good? The answer, I have decided, is because this pose is a goldmine of physical benefits and opening. It strengthens ...

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Make Your Resolution Stick This Year

Did you make a resolution this New Years?

For years I’ve been setting and achieving goals, projects and reforming habits. Along the way I’ve done a lot of research on the topic and tried a lot of approaches. Some have worked, some not. I’m going to share some tried and true approaches with you in hopes that I can help you make your resolutions come true.

Set realistic, positive and clear goals.

First, what is your goal? Have you made it clear and ...

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Shoulder Stand

Sarvangasana

This pose is beneficial for the neck because it has the effect of stretching and relieving tension in the muscles of the neck and shoulders. It can be an awkward pose in the beginning so, please practice with the guidance of an experienced teacher and exercise caution and mindfulness throughout. If you have a recent or extreme neck injury, you should probably wait to practice Shoulder Stand until it heals ...

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Yoga Break for Your Shoulders with Anna Ferguson [VIDEO]

Go Ahead … Take a Yoga Break

In this video, Asheville Yoga Center teacher, Anna Ferguson shares a short yoga class designed with your shoulders in mind. Enjoy!

Feel free to post your questions for Anna in the comments below.

Anna Ferguson, is a yoga teacher, artist, photographer and writer. She ...

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Setting an Intention

I used to go to a yoga class where our teacher asked us to take time before we began to set an intention.

To be honest, I thought this was a little corny.  It was one of those things where I kinda wanted to peek open my eyes, look around, and catch the eye of the other cynic in class and give each other a knowing nod.  ”An intention, seriously?” one of us would telepathically communicate to the other.  ”I know; ...

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Lotus Pose

Padmasana

Padmasana Lotus PoseWhen you first learned of yoga and the practice of yoga asanas, images of bendy people sitting crossed legged in what you later learned was called Lotus Pose most likely came to mind. While it does look cool, this most iconic of yoga poses happens to be great for facilitating a seated meditation and also for pranayama/bandha practice. Positioning your body in this seated “seal” ...

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