The Best Restorative Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress
On dit souvent que manger bio coûte cher. Vrai ou faux? Quand on jette un oeil sur les paniers bio, c’est loin d’être le cas. On en retrouve à tous les prix et pour tous les goûts et en moyenne un panier rempli pour une personne est offert à 30$ environ. Il contient beaucoup plus que ce que l’on pourrait se procurer à l’épicerie pour le même prix… Meilleure qualité en prime! Adepte des paniers bio, j’adore me retrouver avec des légumes que je n’aurais jamais pensé acheter et devoir user d’imagination pour concocter de nouvelles recettes.
Ça vous dirait de tenter l’expérience et d’ajouter à votre menu des tonnes de fruits et légumes frais, provenant de fermes locales?
1) Les Fermes Lufa
Cette ferme située sur le toit d’un édifice Montréalais fait beaucoup parler d’elle ces temps-ci! Il faut dire que le concept est assez chouette merci!
Pour une trentaine de dollars vous pourrez recevoir à chaque semaine un panier bien rempli, personnalisable. Plusieurs points de cueillette sont offerts.
Été comme hiver, gâtez-vous avec des produits bio provenant de fermes locales. Chaque panier contient 6 à 12 variétés de légumes.
De la viande d’élevage est aussi offerte sur commande.
3) Ferme Mélilot
Habitants d’Outremont et du Mile-End, ce panier est pour vous! Vous y retrouverez autant des fines herbes que du melon, des haricots ou du maïs. Une belle variété!
4) Le Panier de Vie
Choisissez l’un des 3 formats de panier et profitez d’une sélection de fruits et de légumes frais, livrés directement chez-vous! Voilà de quoi plaire aux paresseuses! Paiement en argent comptant ou par chèques postdatés.
5) Jardins de la montagne
Légumes, fruits et légumes, ou fruits seulement, il y a des paniers pour tous les budgets! Plusieurs points de cueillette sur la rive-sud et quelques adresses à Montréal.
D’autres adresses ? …
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Eight killer poses that will tone you up and slim you down – From WomensHealthMag.com
Bikram Yoga is a 90 minute, hot and sweaty class. The room temp is usually 105 degrees with 40% humidity. You sweat.
There are 26 postures and two breathing exercises. You do the same postures in the same order each class. All but a few postures are repeated twice.
Did I mention you sweat? Like a lot?
Here is what I suggest you do:
- Invest in good quality yoga clothing. Search for clothing that is wicking, breathable and repels the stink of the sweat. My suggestions are Shakti Activewear, Mika, and Lululemon. I am telling you, you will waste more money tossing out cheaper clothing because you cannot get the musty stink of sweat out of them, despite numerous washings, than if you are to invest in good quality clothing.
- If you are female, wear a sports bra. If you are a man, do not wear a shirt. It…
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Downward facing dog is no longer just for humans. Whether you’re an avid yoga practitioner or an amateur, self-proclaimed yogi, you may be compelled to try out a new trend in the world of exercising: Doga. Doga combines dogs and, well, yoga, to make for a relaxing health routine for humans and canines alike. Never done yoga with Spot before? No problem. There are multiple at-home workout DVD’s on the market that will teach you the ins and outs of doga, or, if you’re feeling really determined, enrolling your pup and yourself in a doga class may be in order.
The doga concept was originated by Suzi Teitelman and her dog Coali. During her at-home yoga sessions, Teitelman noted that Coali seemed to be very intrigued at the practice, prompting Teitelman to work on poses with none other than her four-legged best friend, Coali. The idea escalated from there. Teitelman began conducting doga classes and soon enough, the practice became popular among the poshest of pooches.
Known as ‘dogi’s,’ doga practitioners work with their doggy parents on a variety of poses such as “upward-paw pose,” triangle pose, and balancing stick pose; they also provide pooches with a light stretch and massage. Doga may also include other exercises such as meditation and eye-gazing to enhance the human-canine bond, and because dogs are pack animals, they make the perfect yoga partner for strengthening harmony and unity with others.
Want to try out some doga poses with your own pooch? Try these out!
We decided to look into the postures deeply and give you an overview and tips! Lets start with the first one – Standing deep breathing!
Next time you’re on the bus, look at how people breathe. You might notice that most of us are chest breathers: we only take shallow breaths into the chest, rarely getting air into the bottom two-thirds of our lungs.
Now check out how babies breathe. See those bellies hard at work? We were all belly breathers when were kids, and then, because of stress and conditioning, we turned into chest breathers. We can regain our ability to breath in a slow, deep, and healthy manner through pranayama – breathing from below the belly button on up.
This posture will teach you to use 90% of the lungs that is usually sedentary.
Headaches, ribcage cramps during class are ofter due to poor breath control.
- Increases circulation to the whole body
- Wakes you up and helps you to focus and concentrate
- The deep inhale sends fresh air to the deeper parts of your lungs, giving the body a tremendous supply of oxygen and helping your lungs to work more efficiently.
- Holding the deep breath in for a moment raises your internal temperature, warming up the body of from the inside out as your cells absorb fresh oxygen from the bloodstream.
- When you exhale using your diaphragm and contracting the intercostal muscles, you force carbon dioxide and other toxins out of the lungs. If you’ve ever been a smoker, this is a great way to help heal your lungs.
- The entire breathing exercise strengthens abdominal muscles, loosens the neck and shoulders, and helps reduce stress. We spend a great deal of our day actually holding our breath – it’s a natural reaction to stress. Learning to consciously focus on deep breathing relaxes the body and calms the mind, and keeps the oxygen flowing, improving our health!
- It can decrease irritability, nervousness and improve chronic shortness of breath.
Here is a nice video from Australian Bonfire Bikram studio. Enjoy and learn everything you need to know about Pranayama
“Poets don’t invent new words, and musicians don’t invent new notes, yet their work reassembles the known and turns it into something fresh and original.” Writes Nadia Lakhdari, VP of Content and Event Program at C2-MTL. She continues: “Creativity means seeing the world and its possibilities in a new way, making connections between thoughts and ideas that at first glance do not appear to be related, and above all, having the guts and the drive to bring these discordant ideas to life.
” Dubbed “a business conference, but different,” C2-MTL addresses how commerce and creativity can team up to redefine business. Curated by international creative agency Sid Lee, in collaboration with founding partner Cirque du Soleil and content partner Fast Company, C2-MTL will unfold in a Montreal innovation village designed specifically for the occasion, May 21 – 23, 2013. The three-day event assembles multimedia conferences by internationally acclaimed speakers, engaging exhibitions, interactive installations, collaborative workshops, a creativity boot camp, parties, and even Lolë Yoga meet-ups!
Lyne St-Roch, the Lolë’s ambassador who will be leading Montreal’s Lolë White Yoga Sessions this summer, will be taking a creative approach to yoga. Throughout C2’s breaks, Lyne will be leading participants through a yoga practice like they’ve never experienced before. Forget downward dog! Event participants will be encouraged to keep their suits and trendy outfits on and discover a whole new way to zen. Sold? Get 10%OFF your ticket to C2 by purchasing it on the special lolë c2 page. See you there!
« Les poètes n’inventent pas de nouveaux mots, et les musiciens n’inventent pas de nouvelles notes; pourtant, leurs œuvres rassemblent le connu et le transforment en quelque chose de rafraîchissant et d’original », écrit Nadia Lakhdari, V.P., programmation et contenu, C2-MTL. Elle ajoute : « La créativité, c’est voir le monde et ses possibilités différemment, créant des connexions entre des pensées et des idées qui, à première vue, ne semblent pas être liées, et, surtout, c’est avoir l’audace et la motivation de donner vie à ces idées discordantes. »
Surnommé « une conférence d’affaires, autrement », l’événement C2-MTL traite de la façon dont les réponses créatives aux questions commerciales ont le potentiel de redéfinir le monde des affaires. Imaginé par l’agence créative internationale Sid Lee, en collaboration avec le Cirque du Soleil, partenaire fondateur, ainsi que Fast Company, partenaire de contenu et média, C2-MTL se déroulera à Montréal du 21 au 23 mai 2013, dans un village innovateur conçu exclusivement pour l’occasion. L’événement de trois jours propose des prestations de conférenciers renommés, des expositions interactives, des présentations multimédias, des ateliers collaboratifs, un Boot Camp créatif, des soirées festives, et même des Meet-ups de yoga de Lolë!
Lyne St-Roch, l’ambassadrice de Lolë qui dirigera les Lolë White Yoga Sessions cet été, abordera le yoga sous une nouvelle perspective créative. Lors des pauses-café de C2, Lyne invitera les participants à faire l’expérience d’une séance de yoga complètement inédite. Oubliez la posture du chien tête en bas! Les participants de l’événement seront invités à garder leurs tenues et habits bien repassés, et à découvrir une toute nouvelle façon de décompresser.Vendus? Obtenez un rabais de 10 % sur votre billet en effectuant votre achat sur notre page spéciale Lolë C2. J’espère vous y voir !
Here’s what happens when a yoga mat falls in love…pretty funny video actually, and I totally love the idea of a hotel stocking yoga mats in guest rooms…easier access to yoga mats is exactly what the world needs!
ABOUT YOGA FOOD
Yoga food is vegetarian.
It is an eating philosophy based on a wholesome vegetarian diet. Its principles of healthy eating use vegetarian ingredients in combination with spices and herbs that have therapeutic value and delicious flavors.
“You Are What you Eat” – a commonly used phrase in yoga, has a powerful meaning. Yoga believes that food not only influences your body in the physical sense but is also known to directly influence emotions and feelings. It can induce bliss or anger, contentment or restlessness, thoughts of the sacred or the profane. The quality of the food you eat literally creates your state of mind and emotions. The teachings of yoga advocate a vegetarian diet with special emphasis on foods that bring peace to body, mind, and sprit.
Why vegetarian? – Yoga food is based on the idea that foods must be consumed in their most natural forms in order to realize their true benefits. The yogic belief is that several health disorders can be traced to faulty nutrition, poor diet and difficulty in digestion. The big Idea? – In order to stay healthy and happy “food should be digested very easily”! A vegetarian yoga diet ensures that all faculties of digestion work smoothly—absorption, assimilation, and elimination. The diet also contains high amounts of fiber and antioxidants. Yoga food helps to maintain a strong and healthy body, a stress-free mind, and a positive spirituality in our complex lifestyles. The benefits of a well-balanced vegetarian diet can be powerful.
Yoga Food is classified into 3 categories – Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic Foods
SATTVIC FOOD – EAT MOST
Sattvic Foods are foods that should be eaten the most and that are very easily digestible. These foods nourish the body, purify the mind and heal the imbalance in the body by generating good health, energy, vitality, vigor, mental alertness, peace and strength. These include foods rich in vitamins and minerals such as vegetables, fruits, herbs; essential dietary fiber and carbohydrates required by the body include whole and unrefined grains; protein rich foods such as legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy; natural sweeteners such as honey and raw sugar, therapeutic spices in small quantities, oil and ghee (Indian clarified butter) in small quantities for the required fat in the body.
RAJASIC FOODS – EAT MODERATELY
Rajasic Foods are foods that should be eaten moderately or occasionaly and are foods that are not as easily digestible like Sattvic foods. Although, these foods create restlessness and provide extra-stimulation, it is sometimes required when the body needs higher amounts of energy or during the fall and winter seasons. They include very spicy, hot, salty, bitter, sour, pungent, and gaseous foods such as chickpea, toor lentil, white urad lentil, black and green gram, soy bean, hot spices such as red chili powder and black pepper, stimulants such as onion, garlic, tea, coffee, chocolate and wine.
TAMASIC FOODS – EAT LEAST
Tamasic Foods are foods that should be eaten the least and are foods that are difficult to digest. These foods require a lot more energy to digest and are known to be the least beneficial to the mind and the body. Tamasic foods can enhance dullness, lethargy, depression the body feel heavy, generating the least amount of energy. When eaten too often or in excess they could destroy the body’s resistance to disease. They include meat, fish, eggs, intoxicants, alcohol, and foods that are processed, chemically altered, artificially flavored, food kept for over 24 hours, reheated and deep-fried foods.
YOGA FOOD TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR GOOD HEALTH
Eat four times a day at four hour intervals
Do not skip breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day
Do not drink water with your meal – drink water 30 minutes before a meal
When you eat a meal, you’re stomach should be 1/2 filled with food, ¼ with water (drunk 30 minutes before) and ¼ should be empty for proper digestion
Eat food that is freshly cooked
Do not overeat or eat too less
Food should be tasty and easy to digest
Food should be eaten with concentration and in a calm environment
So whether you practice yoga or just want to eat healthy and be happy, Yoga food is for you!
viaAbout Yoga Food.
It’s not supposed to be competitive, but fans hope for Olympic glory. Matthew Bell reports from the national championships
Flamingos may find it relaxing, but for most of us, standing on one leg isn’t much of a tonic. Unless, that is, you’re a follower of Bikram yoga, in which case it’s the first step to fitness, flexibility and finding inner peace.
That was the message at yesterday’s National Yoga Asana Championships, held in the carpeted fug of a central London hotel. Now in its 10th year, the annual competition drew 26 female and nine male entrants, and, for the first time, a youth division, all battling it out to be crowned Britain’s bendiest yoga bunny.
Normally considered a form of relaxation, yoga as competition may seem like a contradiction in terms. But as with diving or gymnastics, there’s more than one way to flail a limb. In Bikram yoga, named after its creator, Bikram Choudhury, the temperature is cranked up to 30C, the idea being that a hot and humid environment improves joint relaxation. For the competition, each entrant is allowed three minutes in which to strike seven postures, of which five are mandatory, and two are chosen by the individual.
Obviously, the first requirement is to be able to contort yourself into position. So, how hard is it? Just before she goes on stage, Bridgett Ann Goddard takes me through a few moves. “Legs apart, arms out, lean, and head up!” There’s a lot to take in, but suddenly we’re doing “the triangle”. “And, touch your toes!” It’s tempting to topple over, except that dozens of Lycra-clad men and women are cheering me on. “Whoop! Way to go!” I hear through an armpit. It may be competitive, but this is a very friendly sport.
Once you’ve mastered the triangle – what then? “Judges award points for grace, style, accuracy, precision, strength – there’s a whole rubric they’re following,” explains Lorraine Bell, one of the organisers. The competition takes place in front of an X Factor-style panel of judges and an audience of 400 guests, each paying £15.
Competitive yoga is growing in popularity, and Ms Bell hopes it could one day become an Olympic sport. Why? “Yoga is very popular,” she says. “More so than curling. Why is curling an Olympic sport? There are more people who have a knowledge and understanding of yoga, who make it part of their lives, every week, every day. I think it would be nice for them to see another place for it to go. Not everyone is competitive and certainly lots of types of yoga are not, but there will be some people who will want to compete. This is just another avenue.”
An astonishing number of competitors discovered yoga because of health problems. Ky Ha, 32, is one. A former yoga world champion, he took up yoga 10 years ago, after suffering knee pain. “I was doing a lot of running, and I’d been in a lot of car accidents,” he says. “The running was really hard on my joints. A friend said practising yoga would really help me out, and it did.”
Most moving is the story of Ayesha Nauth, 37, who suffers from chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Last year, she came third. “From the age of 22, I was quite debilitated,” she says. “I was at home being looked after by my mum because I couldn’t do anything at all. I got a bit better through taking medication, and started working in the City, but it was really stressful, and the stress was inflaming it even more. A friend of mine recommended Bikram because the heat and the humidity would help my joints. After a few sessions, I noticed a big difference. Now, when I stop practising my joints really seize up. I can’t even turn the handle of a door.”
But why do it competitively? “My doctor told me I would be in a wheelchair by the end of my twenties. Since doing Bikram, I don’t even use a walking stick any more. So my teacher said I should do it to inspire others, and to show you don’t have to go into hospital all the time. It has completely changed my life.”
It’s certainly not for everyone, and the chances of it becoming an Olympic sport are, everyone admits, pretty slight. But maybe the flamingos are on to something.
MONTREAL — You could have heard a pin drop at the first annual Quebec Hatha Yoga championships in Town of Mount Royal on Saturday — not because the church hall was empty, but out of deference to the 13 competitors.
They had three minutes apiece to impress the judges by flexing, contorting and immobilizing their bodies in ways unimaginable and, occasionally, a bit frightening to people who don’t own a yoga mat.
And the more than 100 spectators helped them find their inner stillness with respectful silence.
Mike D’Abate, a 32-year-old teacher from LaSalle, and Rosalie Abbey, an 18-year-old environment student at McGill University, emerged as the first provincial Hatha Yoga champions, and will represent Quebec at the national championships in Vancouver at the end of the month.
You had to like D’Abate’s chances of capturing the men’s division Saturday.
He was the only entrant.
But Judge Brad Cowell of Vancouver said D’Abate did a lot more than win by default.
“He scored very well. He has a very good shot for the Canadian championship,” Cowell said.
D’Abate said he started doing yoga a couple of years ago at the urging of a female friend who is now a yoga instructor.
It didn’t bother him to be one of the few men doing it, he said. “I’m used to it. In the elementary schools where I teach, there are usually no more than one or two men.”
D’Abate, a former bodybuilder who performed his routine Saturday clad only in shorts, said he does yoga “six or seven times” a week, for an hour or two at a stretch.
“It’s helped me a lot, body and mind. I like learning, and with yoga, I’m always learning. That’s one of the things I tell my students; don’t be afraid to try something new. But I’m glad I wasn’t competing against the women today. They’re much better than I am.”
Abbey, the female champion, only started Bikram yoga a year ago.
“It helps everything. I feel so much more calm and strong outside the classroom,” she said.
Among the other competitors was Isabelle Boileau, 32, who gave birth to a son less than seven months ago.
She practised yoga until two days before the birth and was back at the studio four days later.
“Yoga for me is a way of life. I’ve practised for eight years, and always will,” she said.
Cowell noted that yoga, which will become an Olympic sport in 2020, is one of the few that competitors take up in their 50s, 60s and 70s.
While flexibility is what spectators tend to notice most, stillness, posture and the mind-and-body connection also are key considerations in judged competitions, he said.
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What does a yogi look like? How does a yogi act? What are the rules and commandments of “fitting in” with the yoga crowd?
Are yogis the people with perfectly toned yoga bodies wearing Lululemon, adorned in mala beads and “om” tattoos? Are they compassionate, vegetarian saints, shopping at Whole Foods with a cart full of kale and quinoa (never any cookies or booze)?
What Defines A Yogi?
I am someone that strongly dislikes being defined or being forced to conform. I am a “rebel”. I want nothing more than to be free, to be myself, to be authentic.
I was first introduced to yoga around age nine. Instead of going to church on Sundays, I would practice yoga, read from the Bhagavad Gita and chant sanskrit mantras with my mother. Soon I realized that was odd and different from everyone else, and I wanted nothing to do with it.
Somehow drawn back to yoga in my late teens, I’ve been practicing consistently ever since. There have been times when I have wanted to give up and get out of this “yoga thing”. But I am still here, still practicing, still dedicated – now more than ever. This is my path. This is who I am.
What Does A Yogi Do?
I wear mala beads and use them to meditate. I am named after Hanuman’s mother and I am a vegetarian. I am kind, compassionate and selfish at times. I am moody and messy. I suffer, I laugh, I get fearful and ashamed. I like to look good and feel good. I love kombucha. Malbec and Stella Artois. I rock yoga pants, Ganesh t-shirts, short dresses and heels. Depending on the day, I practice yoga in silence, listening to Rihanna or jamming to Krishna Das. I like to chant and I like to party. I am spiritual, I am human.
I love yoga. Yoga can’t really be pinned down and defined, and neither can I.
So what’s a yogi to do when that concept or idea starts to become another stereotype or image to fit into?
Yoga is living, breathing and ever-changing. There are no rules. There are no exclusions. There is no conformity. You don’t have to look like anything in particular. You don’t have to act a certain way. Your Warrior II doesn’t have to look perfectly like mine. You are free to be who you are. Yoga is all accepting, all encompassing, all unifying.
Vegetarians drinking green juice, all their chakras aligned, standing on their hands in yoga pants have become an image of what yogis are. It is no more than an image and concept in people’s minds. Those things don’t define anyone.
Those practicing yoga for spiritual, mental and emotional reasons are no better or worse than those practicing for chaturanga arms, a yoga booty and six pack abs. Eventually, people practicing for the purpose of an ass-kicking workout will inevitably go deeper. Yoga does the work. It does the magic.
Yoga is about you, the practitioner. Whoever you are. It’s about knowing your true self and evolving to your fullest potential. It’s about awareness. It is about connection of all the fragmented parts of yourself, connection between yourself and others, connection of mind and body.
15 Things That Make Me A Yogi
There are no rules or definitions, but I do know some things that undoubtedly make me a yogi.
I practice… and practice more. It is my space, my freedom, my devotion and inspiration.
I am aware. I am aware of all parts of myself, all the layers. I am aware of the thoughts, emotions, aches, pains, judgements and everything in between. I am aware of the space that holds all of that.
I am centered and grounded.
I am present. I am with my breath. I am at home in my body.
I know myself, love myself and accept myself. And there are plenty of times when I don’t. But I know how to come out of self-judgement and self-loathing.
I go with the flow. I ride the waves of life and find the ease.
I have an ego. I remind myself that I am not my ego.
I see the light in everyone. I appreciate everyone as they are. I love.
I breathe deep and live from my heart.
I am flexible and supple in body and mind.
I am a student of life. I am always learning and evolving.
I don’t follow rules. I am who I am. I will never fit into any category, definition, image or concept.
I am authentic and honest. On and off my mat.
I am not all these things, all the time. But the awareness remains no matter what comes and goes on the surface. I know how to return to my center, to my most true and pure self, unified and whole.
What makes YOU a yogi?
viaWhat Is A Yogi?.
In order to punch up steep hills, endure long runs, and to do so with optimum speed, strong legs are essential for runners. Yoga is the perfect complement to any running routine, and this dynamic 10-posture yoga sequence is tailor-made for building stronger legs. Move through each pose, holding for five breaths, and then repeat on the other side.
Yoga is much more than simply twisting your body in impossible poses. It is a meeting of mind and body that together give you the health benefits of mindful exercise.
With tremendous positive effects such as normalisation of blood pressure, reducing stress, weight loss and cholesterol control, yoga has become a global favourite form of exercise. Today, Ms. Sunita Pathania – Sr. Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator, Healthy Living Diet Clinic, Mumbai, presents the top 10 benefits of yoga…
Benefits of Yoga # 1: Yoga for pregnancy
If you are pregnant, and want to stay fit, then you should practice yoga daily. Practicing yoga during pregnancy makes you strong overall. Regular practice of yoga helps ease tiredness, releases tension, increases flexibility by stretching of the muscles, offers internal benefits like good circulation, digestion, respiration and regulation of the nervous system. Besides, it also helps in relieving pregnancy ailments like insomnia, lower back pain, leg-cramping and digestive upsets. But, to avoid complications, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before practicing yoga.
Benefits of Yoga # 2: Mental peace
Yoga’s overall emphasis on breathing and other balancing asanas help in harmonising both the sides of the brain and restores balance. This also makes us utilize both the sides of our brain and further enhances the internal communication, which we often fail to use during our daily tasks. By practicing yoga you can find a state of balance between your thinking brain and creative brain.
Benefits of Yoga # 3: Boosts overall health
Good health is not a mere absence of disease, in fact it is more of a balance between your mind and emotions as well. Practicing yoga, helps in achieving total fitness, it helps you to stay away from various diseases and makes you dynamic, joyful and enthusiastic.
Benefits of Yoga # 4: Good circulation
With the combination of various yoga poses and breathing techniques, yoga also aides in proper blood circulation in your body. Due to proper blood circulation in the body, oxygen and other nutrients are better transported in the body which results in healthy organs and glowing skin.
Benefits of Yoga # 5: Yoga for flat stomach
Before reading about how yoga helps with a flat stomach, you must know that no ‘single’ exercise can help you get a flat stomach. If anyone promises you a flat stomach with a low-tempo, zero core work, exercise that doesn’t help you lose excess fat from all over the body, then you need to consult another expert.
In yoga, various asanas like Naukasana, Ushtrasana and basic crunches will help you tone an already flat stomach, if practiced daily. Practicing yoga and following a proper diet will help tone down your stomach.
Benefits of Yoga # 6: Healthy Heart
Various asanas wherein you hold your breath for a short time help improve the fitness of your heart and arteries. Yoga helps in proper blood circulation, which prevents blood clogging and hence gives you a healthy heart.
Benefits of Yoga # 7: Prevents pains and aches
As yoga improves flexibility and strength it also helps in preventing back pains and joint pains. Sunita says – people who have a desk job and drive for a long time should practice yoga daily, as it helps to relieve the spinal compression and spinal tightness. Besides, it also helps in improving your structure which further helps in preventing various pains caused due to bad posture.
Benefits of Yoga # 8: Better breathing
Due to various deep and slow breathing techniques, which yoga involves, it improves the capacity of your lungs and abdominal cavity. This further enhances your daily performance and endurance training. The deep breathing also stimulates relaxation and helps you recover from physical and mental stress.
Benefits of Yoga # 9: Improves balance
With poor posture, we lose the ability to balance as we age. This is due to different aspects of sedentary living that involves little to no core engagement on a daily basis. This results in falls, fractures, poor back health, and many other issues. Yoga can help you regain this lost balance and core control. Yoga improves your sense of balance by fine tuning your strength and flexibility. This improvement also aids in making your brain work fast and makes you more able to control your impulses.
Benefits of Yoga # 10: Stress reduction
Yoga helps in relieving stress. When you practice yoga after a hectic schedule, you will notice that all your stresses will melt down. Of course, this does not mean that yoga is the only form of exercise that alleviates stress. Any exercise, when practised dilligently with focus and correct form and breathing technique, will help you relieve stress.
Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercise you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Practice 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out. Up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces. Breathe long slow and deep in a mindful state as often as possible.
La respiration profonde soit lorsque vous remplissez votre ventre et élargissez votre diaphragme vers le bas, est l’un des exercices les plus puissants que vous pouvez faire pour activer votre système lymphatique qui aide à détoxifier votre corps. Pratiquez 10 respirations lentes en comptant 4 secondes (inspire), 8 secondes (garde) et 8 secondes (expire). Jusqu’à 70% des déchets de notre corps sont éliminés par les poumons et le reste par l’urine, la peau et les selles. Respirez lentement, profondément et longtemps dans un état conscient aussi souvent que possible.
Remember the sit-and-reach test from high school? Your results may have been more important than you thought. A study conducted at the University of North Texas suggests that yoga or other stretching disciplines may have a positive impact on overall heart health and recommends that stretching should be “integrated as a new recommendation into the known cardiovascular benefits of regular exercise.”
Kinesiologist and yoga blogger Kreg Weiss recently explored this issue (see full article), citing two studies that bucked the trending opinion that yoga does not have cardiovascular benefits. The first study, conducted by K. Yamamoto, et al., found that middle-aged and older adults with limited flexibility were more likely to suffer from age-related arterial stiffening than others of the same age group with greater flexibility. The second showed that arterial stiffness can be reduced by stretching alone — even if you don’t engage in additional strength training or traditional cardio activities.
These findings have important implications for your health, because arterial stiffness can increase the likelihood of complications, including high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
While these studies do suggest that stretching and yoga can have a positive impact on cardiovascular health, it should be mentioned that you shouldn’t give up aerobic training altogether. The Center for Disease Control recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic training per week for overall heart heath.
Can’t touch your toes anymore? Not to worry. Practice this short cycle of postures three times per week to improve the results of the sit and reach test.
Hold each posture for a minimum of 60 seconds each. Practice variations 1-4 until you can grab your toes. Afterward, gradually work deeper into the forward fold by gradually adding variations 5-6 to your practice.
If you have herniated disks or other back problems, make sure to consult with a yoga teacher before beginning these exercises.
Traduction en français : Cette posture crée une torsion des organes situés dans la cavité abdominale. Ceci aide à nettoyer le foie et les autres organes avoisinants, en dirigeant le sang et le liquide lymphatique dans les vaisseaux plus larges du système cardio-vasculaire et en expulsant les toxines.
Le cœur principal de ce mouvement sont les muscles abdominaux en action de synergie avec le sternocleidomastoide (muscle du sternum),le latissimus dorsi (dos) et le tricep (bras) d’un coté, en combinaison avec le bicep (bras) et l’esquio-jambier (arrière de la cuisse) de l’autre coté pour accentuer la torsion.
From Bikram Yoga Boucherville
If toting around a yoga mat, complete with its own dedicated yoga mat bag, is a hassle, a lightweight new option might make your commuter life a bit easier.
YogaSports new YogoMat folds into roughly the size of a folded newspaper — making it easy to slip into your purse or backpack — but its a full-size mat when unfolded.
The company just launched a Kickstarter campaign, where a $US40 pledge will get one in your hands by June 2013 add $10 for shipping outside the US. The mat is expected to retail at $65.
The mats come in two colors, gray and red, and are made from sustainably harvested natural rubber and claim to be 100 percent recyclable.
Yogis who meditate after their practice can also check out the YoFoMat, which folds up into a thick, comfortable seat for seeking enlightenment.
“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
“Dans votre coeur, portez seulement de l’amour pour les autres. Plus vous verrez du bon en eux, plus vous imprègnerez le bon en vous-même…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
From the studio to the streets. That’s the concept behind Pop Up Yoga — a newly developed concept that’s striking a pose in Calgary.
Founder of Pop Up Yoga Calgary, Naaz Ali, said she wanted to introduce a new way of practicing yoga, while building a sense of community.
“Pop Up Yoga is basically an initiative to bring yoga into community spaces,” she said. “We’re looking at bringing yoga events into art galleries, into community centres, farmers’ markets, outdoor events, all those kinds of things.”
Classes will be more accessible not only in price, at a rate of $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, but in location as well, according to Ali.
After teaching yoga in studios for nearly three years, she said she’s noticed the classes seemed limited to a certain group of people.
“We’re missing out on the people who can’t necessarily afford studio space,” she said. “We’re missing out on people who maybe enjoy yoga but are intimidated by a studio setting. This project kind of bridges the gap.”
Ali is in the process of setting up her first Pop Up Yoga class and encourages those interested to check back to popupyogacalgary.com for updates.
by Leslie Kaminoff, Amy MatthewsHuman Kinetics | October 28, 2011 | Trade Paperback
“Yoga Anatomy” brings the relationship between yoga and anatomy to life with detailed, full-color anatomical illustrations. This book arranges exercises into six sections standing, sitting, kneeling, prone, supine, and arm supports, providing an inside look into each pose and a better understanding of the movements involved.
Stunningly, Searchingly, Peacefully Beautiful.
Filmed at the epic Magnific Rock in Nicaragua. madly in love with this place.
MUSIC: LIGHT by Dr Toast
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Some simple moves will mean you’ll be stronger on the slopes this winter.
Unless you are lucky to live within an hour of the slopes (or get a lot of time off in the winter season), skiing and snowboarding can be tough on the body — not because they are inherently dangerous (unless you take a spill, of course), but because most of us don’t do them often enough to build up the specific strength and flexibility we need for a day out on the snow. It’s tough to build up those muscles when you only go out five or six days each season; ideally we could start the winter riding or skiing a couple hours a few times a week, building up to a full day on the slopes. But most of the time, we get our time at the ski resort in small chunks.
Not only do I not want to hurt myself when I go riding, there are few things as frustrating as your thigh and calf muscles giving up after a few hours when you have the rest of the day to use your lift ticket — and your heart and mind want to keep going. When you push yourself once your legs start shaking, that’s when accidents and injuries occur, so being in decent shape will help avoid some of that (I like to vary leg-centric exercises like spinning, running and using the elliptical with lunges and jump-roping to build strong legs and core). But yoga strengthening exercises that target specific areas can really target those muscles you use the most while riding and skiing.
While overall and flexibility will always benefit a rider or skiier, I’m always sure to focus on legs, spine and core muscles so I can go all day long. Indeed, in this excellent piece on Yoga Journal for skiers, writer and yogi Baron Baptiste likens the proper skiing position to yoga poses.
Feet should be shoulder-width apart, as if in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), to create a stable base for the body.
Knees should be in line with the toes, as in Utkatasana (Chair Pose).
Hips should be tipped slightly forward. This is a somewhat unnatural position for most people; however, ski boots help encourage this shape in the lower body.
This posture helps you gain control. Boris likens it to walking down a roof: “If your hips are back, then your feet will come out from under you,” she says.
Shoulders should be dropped, or relaxed, as in Tadasana.
Torso should be still. Referred to as a “quiet upper body” in skiing, having a “still” torso is akin to riding a bicycle with the lower body doing most of the work while the upper body provides stability.
Burton Girls has a great yoga routine specifically for snowboarders, which incorporates two of my favorite yoga moves for legs: Downward Dog and Chair Pose, both of which stretch and strengthen thighs and calves.
Here’s an example of how simple these moves can be, even if you’ve never done yoga before:
Start: In Mountain Pose
• Take a deep breath through the nose and exhale as you sit back, bend your knees and drop the tailbone back. Lift your chest and reach your arms forward and up alongside ears.
• Press into the feet, extend through the hips and knees, then rise back up to Mountain Pose.
• Repeat 10–15 times. On the last chair, remain “seated” for at least six deep breaths.
Benefits: Keeps the ankles, hips and shoulders in alignment with the knees over the toes, which, when snowboarding, is the correct centered and balanced position. Engages core muscles in your abdomen and spine.
If you have a tough time motivating yourself to do a routine on your own, taking a yoga class at a ski mountain (I recently enjoyed one at the West Branch Yoga Center in Stowe, Vt.) and asking the teacher there about specific yoga moves for your style of riding (backcountry, jumps, woods) can be beneficial as well. You can try asking around at your local yoga center too; there’s likely at least one teacher who also likes to hit the slopes and can give you extra tips. Or check out some of the online videos that target poses for snow-junkies.
In this video, yoga teacher Sarah Kline is joined by Olympic skiracer Resi Stiegler and professional snowboarder Rob Kingwill, in a pre-riding or skiing warmup.
This 20-minute yoga practice will build stregth and flexibility specifically for snowboarders and skiers.
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Essayez le yoga après une journée de ski.
Le ski trouve son parfait contraire dans le yoga. Où le ski est rapide et risqué, le yoga est lent et réfléchi. Les deux philosophies de sport divergent, mais les exigences physiques du ski sont complémentaires aux mouvements du yoga.
Le plus grand bénéfice que le yoga peut apporter à votre ski est la prévention des blessures. Le ski demande beaucoup à l’organisme alors que les muscles sont froids et appelés à accomplir une variété de fonctions, comme la dextérité, l’équilibre, et la concentration. Pour les skieurs qui dévalent les pistes de manière sporadique, ces conditions athlétiques requises sont souvent trop dures, et ils peuvent se blesser. En observant les déséquilibres de votre corps, provoqués par les mouvements particuliers du ski, et en employant un programme de yoga pour mettre votre corps dans un état d’équilibre, vous pouvez éviter des blessures et pratiquer ce sport pendant des années.
Dans tout sport, et le ski ne fait pas exception, si vous surcompensez dans un domaine, on affaiblit l’autre, ce qui vous empêche d’être à votre maximum. Le ski est un sport intensif qui travaille la partie inférieure, le déséquilibre le plus évident se produit dans un corps surdéveloppé plus bas et une partie supérieure du corps relativement faible. Dans le choix des postures de yoga il faut développer la puissance supérieure du corps.
Ce sont ces déséquilibres, partie inférieure partie supérieure, du corps qui affectent directement la performance d’un skieur, et conduisent parfois à des blessures. Par exemple, une forte opposition quadriceps et ischio-jambiers peut donner trop de pression sur l’articulation du genou. Les articulations du genou (et la moitié inférieure du corps en général) prennent beaucoup de choc car ils absorbent activement le terrain sur une piste de ski. Dans la position du ski, bien que la position du genou plié avec les hanches en avant permet d’amortir l’impact, la puissance réelle vient du fessier, des quadriceps et des muscles du dos. Si ces muscles sont faibles, les genoux finissent par prendre la pression que les jambes et fessiers ne portent pas. Pour éviter toute blessure au genou un skieur doit s’efforcer de maintenir la musculature autour des genoux et les muscles du mollet souple et tendu, le yoga est utile dans ces cas là.
Ensemble, les hanches et les genoux créer la force motrice au ski, ou plus précisément, le mécanisme de direction. L’utilisation de ces articulations, avec l’aide de la cheville, est toujours dirigée vers le but de tenter de faire pression sur le bord intérieur de la descente pour effectuer un virage. C’est techniquement dénommé angulation, la création d’angle avec votre corps en utilisant les pieds, les chevilles, les genoux, les hanches, la colonne vertébrale, ou une combinaison de ces éléments afin de pousser et déplacer vos skis.
Garder la région des hanches flexibles et souples est nécessaire non seulement pour éviter les déséquilibres, mais aussi encourager les bonnes habitudes pour tourner.
Équilibre, un mélange de force, la flexibilité est particulièrement importante, qu’il s’agisse de bosses ou deperfectionner la maîtrise du ski. Elle est également impérative pour éviter les blessures. Si vous êtes tout schuss et arrivé sur un terrain inattendu avec un rocher ou une plaque de glace, vous pouvez éviter de déchirer votre muscle de la cuisse, si vous avez la souplesse et la force pour soutenir le levée de votre jambe.
En dépit du nombre de blessure, le ski n’est pas un sport à craindre, mais plutôt un sport à préparer. Une des étapes les plus simples pour se préparer à la montagne est de vérifier votre alignement. Si vous êtes correctement mis en place sur vos skis, vous avez déjà éliminé un obstacle important.
Suivre ces principes fondamentaux d’alignement pour le ski et vous pouvez éviter les chutes tant redoutées qui se produisent inévitablement sous un télésiège plein de spectateurs.
Les pieds doivent être de la largeur des épaules, comme dans Tadasana (Montagne), pour créer une base stable pour le corps.
Les genoux devraient être en ligne avec vos orteils, comme dans Utkatasana.
Le bassin doit être légèrement inclinée vers l’avant. Il s’agit d’une situation quelque peu contre nature pour la plupart des gens, cependant, les chaussures de ski contribuent à encourager cette forme dans le bas du corps. Cette posture vous permet de prendre le contrôle.
Les épaules doivent être assouplies, comme dans Tadasana.
Notre corps est conçu pour se déplacer. Biologiquement, nous avons besoin de mouvement continu et régulier. Pourtant, souvent dans les mois d’hiver, nous restons à l’intérieur, nous déplaçant de moins en moins. Le ski satisfait notre besoin fondamental pour le mouvement tout en nous reconnectant avec la nature. Les deux, débutants et skieurs expérimentés, peuvent témoigner de la joie physique et spirituelle d’une journée sur les pistes.
Pour profiter au maximum de vos journées sur les skis, suivre la sagesse des yogis et étirez vos muscles avant et après la descente des pistes.
Parisian hotel Hidden offers guests access to France’s first-ever vertical yoga wall with a private instructor.
With the Arc de Triomphe in view, Paris’ Hidden Hotel offers guests a unique mixture of ecological design and modernity, and it’s inside this four-star hotel that a new concept has been born. The Great Yoga Wall invites health and wellness guests to practice their daily yoga routines in the comfort and security of their private suite, thanks to adjustable yoga bands coupled with a harness that allows advanced yogis to reach new heights, the whole guided by a professional instructor. The ultimate Paris pied à terre for relaxation and centering of the senses.
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L’hôtel parisien Hidden propose le premier « Yoga Wall » de France, un mur de yoga à la verticale, pour des postures incroyables…
C’est dans l’une des suites Exception de ce 4 étoiles chic et cosy que l’on peut découvrir ce tout nouveau concept : un « Great Yoga Wall » qui permet, à l’aide d’un systèmes de bandes ajustables et de harnais confortables, de pratiquer le yoga quasi en apesanteur et de réussir une centaine de postures, en présence d’un maître yogi particulier. Un moyen infaillible de combiner relaxation mentale et …
Animated cartoon about a discussion of Bikram Yoga between an exercise addict and a co-worker who wanted to try it until she describes it. Anyone that has tried Bikram Yoga will probably understand this, especially if you’re anything like her.
Consisting of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, Bikram Yoga positions focuses on 100% of the human body, working from the inside out. The 26 Bikram yoga poses invigorate by stimulating the organs, glands, and nerves; each pose helping to move fresh oxygen through the body. Continued practice of the Bikram poses strengthens, heals, and balances the human body while preventing future illness and injury. Best of all, this beginning series is suitable for yogis of any shape and size, at any age. “Within you and nearly every human being lie hidden forces and latent power. It is for you to bring out this latent power and become your real self and then you will compel success on any path you take interest in.” -Bishnu Charan Ghosh