This comes from the definition of yoga and shows that yoga practice originally did include meditation focus as a goal. Then we see that it is good to teach both yoga and meditation for beginners.
Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Various styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. Continue Reading >>
Mula bandha is called the root lock and is an important yoga practice. Mula Bandha is one of three major Bandhas, along with Uddiyana Bandha (upward lifting of the diaphragm) and Jalandhara Bandha (chin or throat lock).
Mula is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Root, Origin, Essence’ like the root of a plant or tree. In yoga mula indicates the base of the torso, the perineum. Bandha means ‘lock’ and so we see Mula bandha is ‘the root lock’. Continue Reading >>
Shapeshifter Yoga is a well thought out program of videos and instructions for all levels of practitioners that does some wonderful things for your body. It can help you melt away flab and reshape your body in as little as one hour a week! And it does it without crunches, cardio, or ever setting foot in a gym!
With Shapeshifter Yoga you can do this body-shaping and fat loss program wherever you want, whenever you want. You don’t have to get in your car, drive to the gym or a park, and then back home. You get unlimited access to instructional videos for every single pose in the program. Continue Reading >>
Many people practice yoga as a form of physical exercises — a series of asanas or postures used to gain health and fitness. They know that the purpose of yoga asanas and breathing techniques is to attain optimum health, to be in one’s best possible physical condition.
We use yoga to support our entire body and in doing so we reap its benefits: keeping us fit and alert but also things like helping to improve and maintain the body’s immune system. The immune system is one of the body’s best friends and yoga is a fantastic way for keeping it in shape, helping us to have an overall whole health in both body and mind. Continue Reading >>
Meditation is a method we use to silence the mind and gain peace, and it is especially useful in troubling times. Anytime is a good time to meditate and with only a few minutes (or more) we can calm the chatter, find peace and better our situation as we live our daily lives.
These days many people are trying meditation and, of these, many are starting to have a regular meditation practice. Despite the fact that it is popular you may still wonder, “Why should I meditate?” One of the best reasons to answer this is the fact that meditation can be used to cure difficulties.
When difficulties arise the best solution is to have a calm approach. Being centered and reasonable are a big plus in handling situations and staying calm can be the deciding factor in preventing a difficult situation from becoming unmanageable. Continue Reading >>
When women do yoga probably the most important piece of equipment, besides a yoga mat, is your bottoms, your yoga pants. For active women wanting to stay cool and comfortable at the workout, the pants you choose really do matter.
You want your pants to fit well and move with you as you stretch and move from pose to pose. When choosing yoga pants there are a lot of styles out there, giving you many choices for the right pants for you, of course depending on the use you need them for.
In this article we look at different types and styles of women’s yoga pants and show some of the features of each type. Continue Reading >>
A lunge requires focus and attention but you don’t have to be able to do a handstand or advanced moves to enjoy the benefits of this yoga pose. It is appropriate for all levels of classes from pre-natal to advanced styles of yoga and is very good for runners because of its strong stretch in hamstrings and hip flexors. Continue Reading >>
In order to firm up the face and increase circulation we can do the yoga face exercises. Doing facial exercises is a natural way to strengthen your face muscles, reduce wrinkles and make your face look younger.
These are methods to stimulate your face and help it look and feel better. Continue Reading >>
Here are four very good meditation books offered by the best meditation authors in the world. They offer teachings and insights to help you further your meditation practice or give good instruction in case you are just beginning.
Each book offers a treasure of knowledge so have a look at these books and authors to find the best meditation book for you. The teachings are rich!
The authors are: Anandamayi Ma, Ramana Maharshi, The Dalai Lama and Jack Kornfield
Vinyasa Yoga is a sequence of poses that flows from one pose to the next seamlessly with a big focus on the breath. It is often called “flow yoga” and its flowing nature sometimes gets referred to as a dance.
Its postures are not in a set definition like some other yogas so vinyasa can vary a lot from one class to the next. Many teachers have their own set of postures and the focus is very much on the overall flow of the sequence along with on the breath. Continue Reading >>
The Golden Womb and the Cosmic Egg
Creation stories abound in all cultural and religious traditions, worldwide. Hinduism is rich in the mythology of beginnings, and stories range from the philosophical to the material. One of the earliest stories of how the universe came into being is found in the Rig Veda.
Hiranyagarbha is a Sanskrit term that translates to “golden embryo,” “golden womb” or “golden egg.” It is derived from the root words hiranya, meaning“golden” or “wealth,” and garbha, meaning “womb,” “germ/seed” or “essence.” It is also the name of the founder of the yoga tradition – predating even Patanjali, who authored the Yoga Sutras. Continue Reading >>
Yoga Burn is a super simple yoga strategy that you can use from the comfort of your own home. It aims to: Shape and tone your body, de-stress and relieve tension, help you manage your weight and much more.
It also offers to help you gain flexibility, boost immunity and overall just be a happy, healthier more vibrant person. This program Yoga Burn was designed by well known Yoga Teacher Zoe Bray-Cotton. Continue Reading >>
Vipassana is a meditation method that originated in ancient India and was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago. It was taught by the Buddha and means ‘to see things as they really are.’
Vipassana is also known as insight meditation and deals with the practice of self-observation, leading to clear seeing or insight. It can give you a clear view or awareness of exactly what is happening as it happens.
Learn how Vipassana works and see if it’s right for you. Continue Reading >>