12 raisons d’aller dans une retraite de yoga

1 Dec
Yoga Retreat in Bali

Yoga Retreat in Bali

  1. Passer du temps dans la nature.
  2. Expérimenter une nouvelle perspective.
  3. Trouver de l’espace.
  4. Se faire des amis.
  5. Ralentir.
  6. Réfléchir.
  7. Méditer.
  8. Progresser dans sa pratique du yoga.
  9. Bien manger.
  10. Se réveiller avec le soleil.
  11. Dormir avec la lune.
  12. Se rappeler comment la vie peut être douce.

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Nike Introduces Yoga Shoes For Your Inadequate Lady Feet

27 Nov
Nike Studio Wrap

Nike Studio Wrap

Not happy losing to Lululemon in the yoga pants wars in the ever growing market, Nike is slapping its swoosh on other parts of your anatomy: your feet. Because what we need is to buy more unnecessary yog-accoutrement! Especially on your tootsies, those poor things, they’re all bare and stuff. We can’t have that, because bare feet have limits, you see.

These new Nike Studio Wrap shoe thingies have 3 parts (wrap, ribbon and flat) and promise to solve the “hygiene problem” and those pesky slippery-feet-ruin-your-zen moments. And kiss the embarrassment of a bad pedicure goodbye. No one cares about your toes with these fancy shoes.

And who needs bare feet when you have shoes that feel like bare feet, and are better?

There’s no sweaty or slippery feet, no bunched up socks, and even with a bad pedicure, people won’t be looking at your toes with this sexy silhouette.

A better-than-barefoot experience in a modular footwear system, the Nike Studio Wrap was designed to give women an elevated workout in the studio that takes them back to their daily lives in style.

Sorry, fellas, this shoe is only for the ladies, because only ladies do yoga and need special shoes for them, duh. That’s why they come in pink, too. And sisters, we warn you now, once you wrap ‘em you can’t scrap ‘em.

“It’s going to become a necessity; it’s going to be as essential as the yoga mat is to the girl when she goes into her yoga class. She won’t be able to live without it. She won’t want to,” says Footwear Product Director (Women’s Training), Ann Marie Fallow.

Hear that ToeSox? Thems fightin’ words. Your move yoga apparel makers, who’s next for the yoga hat? Chakra beanie?

It might be our weakness for ballet-like things, but they do have the prettiness factor going for them (until your yoga teacher tells you to take them off). That and the marketing video didn’t even involve underwear, upshots or nakedness. And for $110 of your hard-earned cash these shoes can make you forget what the surface under your feet feels like, coming Spring 2013.

viaNike Introduces Yoga Shoes For Your Inadequate Lady Feet.

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Nouvelle chaussure Nike pour le Yoga

27 Nov
Nike Studio Wrap

Nike Studio Wrap

Les fans de Yoga peuvent enfin dire au revoir aux chaussettes et ne pas rester pieds nus grâce à la toute dernière création de Nike, le Nike Studio Wrap. Cette nouvelle chaussure élégante et pratique a été spécialement conçue pour les cours de Pilates, Yoga ou de gym et elle est bien loin des grosses chaussures de sport qu’on utilise pour le basket ou le jogging.

Le Nike studio Wrap sera disponible dès le printemps 2013 et permettra aux utilisateurs de se sentir à l’aise pendant les cours de Pilates tout en restant élégant.

Il n’y a rien de plus frustrant que d’essayer de se détendre et de profiter des étirements pendant un cours de yoga ou de Pilates mais de se sentir embarrassé par des grosses chaussettes. Le pied humain est composé de 52 os, ce qui représente un quart de tous les os dans le corps. Avec tous ces os à protéger, il était temps de trouver une solution pour qu’on puisse étirer les jambes et les pieds et faire tous les mouvements possibles pendant un cours tout en protégeant le pied.

L’autre avantage du Nike Studio Wrap, c’est qu’il permet de conserver une protection entre le sol et le pied dans un environnement ou les gens transpirent et marchent parfois pieds nus. Les clubs de Pilates n’ont pas toujours le temps de laver les sols entre deux classes et il est donc pratique d’avoir une forme de protection aux pieds.

Cette chaussure a été développée pendant de nombreuses années et le résultat est une chaussure facile à enfiler, flexible, hygiénique, anti glissade, confortable et jolie. La paire sera aussi vendue avec un chausson, à enfiler pour passer rapidement du club de Pilates ou de Yoga à la rue.

viaNouvelle chaussure Nike pour le Pilates.

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Kristin McGee: Yoga Poses for a Winter Glow

10 Nov

Winter months can wreak havoc on our skin. The cold temperatures, dry indoor heat and stress of the holidays all can add to inflammation and skin problems. Yoga to the rescue! Yoga gives us a youthful glow and can help restore our skin during this time of year.

Have you ever noticed how your skin just seems to shine after a yoga practice? Sun salutations, forward bends and inversions all help improve circulation and blood flow. Our skin is our largest organ and getting our body moving is one of the best ways to nourish it.

Stress can be one of the leading contributors to skin problems. The deep breathing we use while we practice yoga boosts oxygen in our body and can help relax the nervous system. Regularly practicing yoga can help calm us down, which can help reduce the inflammation and stress that speed up the aging of our skin.

Try this “yoga glow” routine to nourish your skin from within! You can do this short routine before bed or first thing in the morning as part of your skin care routine.

Child's Pose

Child’s Pose – Brings blood flow to the face and calms our mind. Imagine dropping all of the contents of your brain into the mat and say bye bye to stressful thoughts and your to-do list. Take five to eight deep full breaths.

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog – Gets the blood pumping throughout our entire body and releases tension in our head, neck, shoulders, lower back and hamstrings. Breathe here for five to eight full breaths.

Standing Straddle Forward Bend

Standing Straddle Forward Bend – Oxygenates the body and allows the weight of the world to fall off our backs and shoulders. Stay here for eight to 10 breaths.

Plow Pose

Plow Pose – Awesome way to relieve tension in the lower back and bring blood flow to the face.

Shoulder Stand

Shoulder Stand – Great for letting the blood flow in reverse and stimulating lymph. Stagnant lymph (many of us deal with stagnation during the winter months) can lead to all kinds of skin issues, including wrinkles and acne. Stay here for up to 3-5 minutes.

Corpse Pose

Corpse Pose – If you have time, lie still for a few minutes and let your entire body rest to fully reduce all stress and tension in the body. Focus on relaxing the skin on the face, the jaw, the brow and across your collar bones and decolletage.

viaKristin McGee: Yoga Poses for a Winter Glow.

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Yoga Transforming Lives | URBAN YOGIS

30 Oct

 

URBAN YOGIS is a unique documentary series featuring stories on the transformative power of yoga and meditation.* Beautifully shot, inspiring, and heartfelt – the series delves into the lives of cancer survivors, inner-city youth dealing with violence in their communities, recovering addicts, artists, youth in detention facilities, and more. Comedian Russell Brand, Grammy-nominated musician Moby, “yogi” businessman Russell Simmons, and author/doctor Deepak Chopra also share their stories and insights. Renowned yoga teacher Eddie Stern serves as our host and guide to the stories of these urban yogis.

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Yogic Tips for a Soulful Halloween

28 Oct

 What are you doing this Halloween? What are you dressing up as? A witch? A hero?  A zombie?  Dressing up is a great way to take a break from our “ordinary” lives and have a little fun.  Right?  Or are our lives really that ordinary?  If you think your life is boring or ordinary you have to ask yourself the question, “Am I really living?”.  It’s so easy today to get wrapped up in the fast-paced world around us and forget to be truly present in the moment.  Look at this holiday for example – are you hurriedly pulling together an outfit in between work, errands and sleep?  When’s the last time you made yourself a nice hot mug of apple cider and sat around a fire enjoying the beauty that fall gives us?

As we plan to celebrate this crazy fun holiday it’s also a great time to reflect on our yoga journey and while we plan what we’ll be for a day or night, think about who we are becoming as a person, a student, and an enlightened soul.  We all have a story, a journey through yoga and it’s taken us to some pretty great places; places where you realize how to stop beating yourself up and really experience some self-love, places where you realize that we take for granted all of the gifts that we really have in our life because for some reason or another we are not happy.  Where has yoga taken you?  Maybe as you plan your costume for this years’ party, draft it around something meaningful.  I’m not saying make Halloween boring.  Just take one quality you find in yourself and expand upon it – get creative.  For example, yoga has taught me that I’m more of a free spirit than I give myself credit for.  So for my costume this year, I’m dressing up as a gypsy–one of the ultimate embodiments of a free spirit.  Are you creative?  Are you passionate? What makes you, you?

This way when someone asks you what you are for Halloween, or why you chose that costume you have a great reason.  Who knows? Maybe you’ll inspire someone else to think about themselves, and what qualities they might be keeping locked away.  Yoga gives us so much and affords us so many opportunities to give to others….

viaYogic Tips for a Soulful Halloween Learn About Yoga About Yoga.

Practicing Yoga, Family Style

27 Oct
The Killicks posing near the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta. From left, Sami, 15; Tobi, 13; Gil, 17; Von, 21; Glenna (mother); Tyler (father).

The Killicks posing near the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta. From left, Sami, 15; Tobi, 13; Gil, 17; Von, 21; Glenna (mother); Tyler (father).

Dropping in on the Killick family, 45 minutes outside Edmonton, Alberta, feels like dropping into a Wes Anderson movie about Canadian rustics. Glenna and Tyler Killick and their four children — Von, 21; Gil, 17; Sami, 15; Tobi, 13 — live off a dirt road in a farmhouse they built themselves. A 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 sits out front, near the cow trough where they all bathed straight through Canadian winters, before they installed indoor plumbing in 2005. Out back are raspberry bushes that won’t fruit, chickens that run away and corn that’s starting to bolt. “We’re terrible farmers!” Glenna says.

For a while, the kids, who are home-schooled, got their exercise in the home-schoolers’ basketball league, but they didn’t like it much. As Sami, the lone girl, says, “Half the court are people scared of the ball, and the other half are kids whose dad plays with them three hours a day.” Then three years ago, Tyler, a plumber, threw out his back on a job, and his client gave him a 10-day pass to a Bikram yoga studio in West Edmonton. Tyler and Glenna practiced for a month and loved it. Then they took their kids. Attending four or five classes a week, the children learned quickly. Tobi was 9 at the time, too young for the 104-degree yoga room, so he sat in the lobby with his siblings while his parents took a class, then with his parents when his siblings took class. Eventually he joined in.

After about a year, a teacher invited the Killick children to train for a yoga competition in Alberta. Yogis have mixed feeling about the discipline being a competitive sport, and the Killicks rarely seek official validation. As Glenna puts it, “We are not institution-style people.” But they prepared, did well in Alberta and in June flew to Los Angeles for the International Yoga Asana Championship. Gil, Sami and Tobi placed in their divisions. (Only five boys and eight girls entered the competition.) Gil lost points when he fell out of Peacock Pose a second too soon. “It’s a very hero-to-zero scenario,” Tyler says.

One rainy day recently, the Killicks drove from the prairie to the studio. Inside, Sami, the family cook (the older boys are trained as plumbers), placed a tin filled with vegan pumpkin muffins in the kitchen to be shared after class. Then she stripped down to a sports bra and hot pants and joined her family in the furnacelike yoga room for the 90-minute class. Gil likes the strength poses; his siblings grouse, “He was born with a six-pack!” Sami, according to her brothers, is a “legalist”; she has to do every posture exactly right. When Sami did Half Moon Pose, pressing her hands together overhead and leaning to one side, the bottom of her rib cage touched the top of her pelvic bone.

Back at home, the kids fanned out in the living room and played music — Sami and Von on guitars, Gil on ukulele, Tobi on a Peruvian box drum. Like an updated Partridge Family, they sang delightful indie-rock covers of “Five Years Time,” by Noah and the Whale, and “Hey Ho,” by the Lumineers. Along with being good at singing and yoga, the Killicks are also excellent whistlers. Von, who last year declared he was moving out of the house but then decided to stay, explained, “We have a lot of time to practice in the winter.”

Shortly after the sun set, the Killicks went down to the basement and, on black interlocking mats near a wall of mirrors, worked more advanced yoga poses. Von pressed into a handstand and then folded his legs in lotus. Sami extended one foot behind her and up over her head, until her ankle rested under her chin. Tobi worked on Bowlegged Peacock, balancing his body in a horizontal plank atop his elbows with his knees bent all the way back. The siblings like the intimacy of family yoga. “The facade is gone,” Von says. “Everybody is stripped down to the basics. There’s no real hiding.”

viaPracticing Yoga, Family Style – NYTimes.com.

YOGAWOMAN : Never underestimate the power of inner peace.

25 Oct

 

Yoga was brought to the west from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there’s a generation of women who are leading the way. They’re strong they’re inspiring and they’re radically changing peoples lives. From the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya YOGAWOMAN uncovering a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever.

Yoga Sutra Now | Sneak Peak

25 Oct

 

A preview look at a new yoga show, Yoga Sutra Now. Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher Jai Sugrim combines physical asana practice with a master class in understanding the origins of every pose, as well as movement, breathing technique, and meditative focus.

What is Joga and why become a Joga instructor?

21 Oct
Jana Webb, Founder & Creator of JOGA

Jana Webb, Founder & Creator of JOGA

Joga is an athletic based style of yoga that incorporates a unique blend of postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation tools to find balance in strength and flexibility, improve breath control/recovery and maintain a calm mind in sport and in life.

It focuses on the mechanics and movements of a sport and designs a yoga program specifically to enhance athletic performance for that activity. The sessions will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible and re-energized as well as provide you with all the other physiological and psychological benefits of yoga.

Athletes and active individuals are always looking for ways to become more competitive in their sports and stay injury free – Joga is growing rapidly to respond to this exciting niche. Athletes are often both results based and achievement oriented people, so they want to feel and see results while also understanding the reason behind what they are doing.

The Joga sequence is designed in a way to follow the pattern of a fitness regime but still adhere to the sequencing of the traditional yoga session. Each movement has a specific que and a physical or mental benefit associated with it. Joga takes into consideration what athletes require in a training program, structure, challenge and results.

The Joga Series involves a combination of dynamic and static stretches as opposed to traditional long holds. The movements within the postures are designed to improve athletic ability and agility as well as coordination with breath pattern. The movements are intended to build muscle memory, a balance of joint stability/mobility and increased range of motion, all pertinent to injury prevention. The breathing and relaxation techniques are more traditional, however explained in a way that resonates with the athletic mind and highlights the benefits most pertinent to athletes.

One technique that is highlighted in the teacher training program is the integration of core/breath function and how the two are interdependent on each other and pertinent for athletes in terms of agility/power and injury prevention.

Example: While in the first downward facing dog of the Segment One, the focus is put on lifting the pelvic floor wall (PC –pubococcygeus muscles) at the top of the inhale breath and engage the transverse abdominal wall at the bottom of the exhale. These intrinsic muscle movements are explained in a static hold so the practitioner can begin to feel these subtle core movements without having to coordinate any kind of movement. While the practioner is holding this first downward facing dog, we start to introduce the theory of muscle memory and how to weave this practice of core/breath integration into the rest of the series: so moving forward every breath/movement has a core reaction. In theory, the practioner is able to take this practice, which eventually becomes innate and use the application for movement in sport.

A second technique that is infiltrated into the Joga Program is how to use the breath as a tool for relaxation during movement to reduce the chance of injury in sport. Throughout the series, while the body is being challenged physically, there are specific sound ques to relax the Jaw to ensure that the spine and the muscles surrounding the joints are relaxed. In addition to this – belly breathing is promoted in specific areas of the series, to elicit relaxation. The para-sympathetic nerves connect at the bottom of the abdominal wall and through specific nerve patterns, connect to the right brain –which is responsible for the ‘relaxation response’. Most non-impact injuries are enhanced when there is tension surrounding the joints and muscles. When the body is tense, the muscles become tense and the bones clench together which creates more opportunity for injury.

As a certified Joga teacher you will become a part of the Joga team of instructors that are working with professional and amateur athletes as well as active individuals across all sports and in diverse venues. Working with the Joga team will present new opportunities for teaching and specialization while also connecting you to the teams, athletes and individuals wanting to practice Joga. Joga is a special style that requires instructors that are already skilled in yoga practices requiring 200hr Certification, which is essential foundation to be able to focus on understanding the unique Joga ques and goals of the movement. They teach the methodologies and movements that are specific to this unique style of yoga.

Certified Joga teachers are passionate about the Joga philosophy and are excited to represent Joga with the same integrity and enthusiasm that it was created. Joga Ambassadors are motivated, inspirational and exude a sense of health and well-being.

Organizations such as the Calgary Stampeders, Toronto Argonauts and the Olympic Men’s Beach Volleyball team have incorporated the Joga program into their training and Jana also works with NHL and OHL players during off-season.

viaWhat is Joga and why become a Joga instructor? » YYoga.

Qu’est-ce que le Joga et pourquoi devenir un professeur de Joga ?

21 Oct
Jana Webb, Fondatrice & Créatrice du JOGA

Jana Webb, Fondatrice & Créatrice du JOGA

Le Joga est un style de yoga athlétique qui incorpore un mélange unique de postures, techniques de respiration, de relaxation et des outils pour trouver l’équilibre dans la force et la souplesse, améliorer le contrôle du souffle, la récupération et maintenir un esprit calme dans le sport et dans la vie.

Il se concentre sur les mécanismes et les mouvements d’un sport et conçoit un programme de yoga spécifique afin d’améliorer la performance athlétique de activité. Les séances vous laisseront plus fort, plus souple avec regain d’énergie et vous fourniront tous les autres bienfaits physiologiques du yoga.

Les athlètes et les personnes actives sont toujours à la recherche de façons d’être plus compétitifs dans leurs sports et de rester sans blessure – le Joga se développe de plus en plus rapidement pour répondre à ce créneau passionnant. Les athlètes sont souvent orientés et sur les résultats et sur la réussite alors ils ont besoin de ressentir et de voir les résultats tout en comprenant ce qu’ils font.

La séquence de Joga est conçue de manière à suivre le modèle d’un régime de remise en forme , mais continue à adhérer à la séquence de yoga traditionnel. Il y a un ordre pour chaque mouvement avec un avantage physique ou mental associé. Le Joga prend en considération ce dont les athlètes ont besoin en terme de programme de formation, de structure, de défis et de résultats.

La série de Joga implique une combinaison d’étirements dynamiques et statiques par opposition aux traditionnelles poses longues. Les mouvements au sein des postures sont conçus pour améliorer la capacité athlétique et l’agilité ainsi que la coordination avec le modèle respiratoire. Les mouvements sont destinés à construire la mémoire musculaire, l’équilibre de la stabilité articulaire et de la mobilité ainsi qu’une plus grande amplitude de mouvement, tous étant pertinents pour la prévention des blessures. Les techniques de respiration et de relaxation sont plus traditionnelles mais toutefois expliquées d’une manière axée sur l’esprit sportif et mettant en évidence les avantages pour les athlètes.

Une technique qui est mise en évidence dans le programme de formation des enseignants est l’ intégration des fondamentaux et de la fonction du souffle et comment les deux sont interdépendants l’un avec l’autre et pertinents pour les athlètes en termes d’agilité / puissance et de prévention des blessures.

La deuxième technique qui est infiltrée dans le programme Joga est de savoir comment utiliser la respiration comme un outil pour la détente pendant le mouvement afin de réduire les risques de blessures dans le sport. Tout au long de la série, tandis que le corps est à rude épreuve, il y a des émissions sonores pour détendre la mâchoire de sorte que la colonne vertébrale et les muscles entourant les articulations soient détendus. En plus de cela, la respiration abdominale est encouragée dans à des endroits spécifiques de la série, pour susciter la détente. Les nerfs para-sympathiques se connectent à la base de la paroi abdominale avec des modèles nerveux spécifiques et se connectent au cerveau droit qui est responsable de la «réponse de relaxation». La plupart des blessures sans-impact sont encouragées quand il y a des tensions autour des articulations et des muscles. Lorsque le corps est tendu, les muscles se tendent et les os se serrent ensemble, ce qui crée plus de possibilités de blessures.

En tant que professeur certifié Joga, vous deviendrez un membre de l’équipe d’instructeurs Joga qui travaillent avec des athlètes professionnels et des amateurs ainsi que des particuliers actifs dans tous les sports et de divers lieux. Travailler avec l’équipe Joga offrira de nouvelles possibilités pour l’enseignement et la spécialisation tout en vous connectant aux équipes, aux athlètes et aux personnes qui souhaitent pratiquer le Joga. Le Joga est un style spécial qui exige des instructeurs qui sont déjà qualifiés dans les pratiques de yoga exigeant la certification 200HR. C’est le pré-requis afin d’être capable de se concentrer sur la compréhension du Joga et les objectifs du mouvement. Ils enseignent des méthodes et des mouvements qui sont spécifiques à ce style unique de yoga.

Les enseignants certifiés de Joga sont passionnés par la philosophie Joga et sont ravis de représenter le Joga avec la même intégrité et enthousiasme avec lesquelles  il a été créé. Les ambassadeurs de Joga sont motivés, inspirés et dégagent une aura de santé et de bien-être.

Des organisations telles que les Stampeders de Calgary, les Argonauts de Toronto et l’équipe olympique de volleyball de plage ont intégré le programme Joga dans leur formation.

viaWhat is Joga and why become a Joga instructor? » YYoga.

Q: My lower back started hurting after yoga class last night. Should I take a few days off or work through it?

13 Oct

We’re taking questions from students! If you have a question about Bikram Yoga that you’d like us to answer, just leave a comment below this post or on our Facebook Page. You can even email us or ask your question on Twitter!

Q: My lower back started hurting after yoga class last night. Should I take a few days off or work through it?

A: It’s quite common for beginners to experience a sore back as a result of all the bending we do in Bikram Yoga. Your body is asking for a day or two off. In the meantime, you can try icing the area two to three times a day, applying Traumeel – a natural medicine that’s used to aid recovery from sprains, strains, bruises, nerve pain, swelling and post-surgical pain – several times daily and soaking in a hot bath with a cup of Epsom Salt. You may also want to increase your dosage of an antioxidant like Vitamin C, which is excellent for recovery when you work out hard. When you’re ready to return to the hot room, focus on lifting more in the chest to prevent hinging in your low and middle back. Decrease your depth and bend gently.

Remember: this is a pretty intense physical practice so you really need to pamper yourself in-between classes. It should be part of your regime.

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Q: Après la pratique d’hier, j’ai commencé à avoir mal en bas du dos. Dois-je arrêter quelques jours ou au contraire y aller coûte que coûte?

13 Oct

Nous prenons les questions des étudiants! Si vous avez une question à propos du Yoga Bikram que vous souhaitez nous poser, il suffit de laisser un commentaire en bas de cet article ou sur notre page Facebook . Vous pouvez même nous envoyer un courriel ou poser votre question sur Twitter !

Q: Après la pratique d’hier, j’ai commencé à avoir mal en bas du dos. Dois-je arrêter quelques jours ou au contraire y aller coûte que coûte?

R: Il est assez courant pour les débutants de commencer à avoir un mal de dos à la suite des flexions faites au yoga Bikram. Votre corps réclame un ou deux jours de repos. En attendant, vous pouvez essayer de mettre de la glace sur la région deux à trois fois par jour, tout en appliquant une crème contre les douleurs musculaires, les ecchymoses et l’inflammation, et ce plusieurs fois par jour avec un trempage dans un bain chaud avec une tasse de sel d’Epsom . Vous pouvez également augmenter votre dosage d’antioxydant comme la vitamine C, qui est excellente pour la récupération lorsque vous travaillez dur. Quand vous serez prêt à retourner en salle chaude, redressez plus le buste pour ménager  l’articulation au bas et au milieu dos. Diminuer la profondeur et plier délicatement.

Rappelez-vous: il s’agit d’une pratique physique assez intense qui necessite de prendre soin de soi entre-deux classes.

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Paddle Board Yoga by Equinox

13 Oct


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Tour du monde des plus beaux stages de yoga

13 Oct
Stage Croatie

Miraval Journeys : Croatie

Même si l’été reste la saison la plus fournie en événements en lien avec le yoga, l’automne réserve quelques pépites de séjours alliant yoga et découvertes touristiques, dont voici une sélection, allant de la Croatie à Bali en passant par le Guatemala.

Miraval Journeys : Bosnie et Croatie 
15-24 octobre
Le célèbre Miraval Spa (Arizona) organise un séjour touristique de dix jours pour découvrir les sites historiques de Bosnie et de Croatie, avec des séances de yoga en matinée ainsi que de la méditation.
Prix : 6.740$
www.miravalresorts.com/journeys

Paddleboard/Core Fusion in Turks and Caicos
Providenciales, îles Turks-et-Caïcos
24-28 octobre
Les cofondateurs des centres Exhale and Core Fusion de New York, Elisabeth Halfpapp et Fred DeVito, organisent cette retraite très select dans un spa des Caraïbes. Le prix inclut l’équipement de  paddleboarding, cinquante minutes de massage et, bien-sûr, des séances quotidiennes de yoga Core Fusion.
Prix : de 2.050$ à 2.900$
www.exhalespa.com

Ojai Yoga Crib
Ojai Valley, Californie, Etats-Unis
25-28 octobre
Cet événement attire des milliers de yogis en Californie du sud ainsi que la crème de la crème des maîtres et professeurs comme Erich Schiffman, Patricia Sullivan et Jason Crandell, pour ne citer qu’eux. Les matinées sont consacrées à la méditation, les après-midis aux ateliers et le soir aux chants kirtan.
Prix : de 200$ à 575$
www.lulubandhas.com

Retraite Yoga Tango avec Ashley Turner
Buenos Aires, Argentine
28 octobre – 3 novembre
La célèbre prof de yoga américaine Ashley Turner emmène un groupe de yogis en Argentine et propose des séances de yoga vinyasa alliées à des dégustations de vin et des cours de tango. L’hébergement dans le très chic boutique hotel VAIN est inclus.
Prix : 2.095$ à 2.595$
www.ashleyturner.org or www.solyogatrips.com

Escape to Shape
Lac Atitlan, Guatemala
3-9 novembre
Le voyagiste Escape to Shape propose un séjour sur les bords du magnifique Lac Atitlan pour six jours de yoga, de spa, de repas équilibrés et d’excursions culturelles. Le prix comprend aussi des visites de sites mayas et de marchés.
Prix : de 3.500$ à 4.800$
www.escapetoshape.com

Holly Rilinger’s Destination Training Camp
Ile de Nevis, Caraïbes
13-18 novembre
Holly Rilinger, la fondatrice de Training Camp, propose un séjour avec au programme du yoga mais aussi du vélo, des randonnées et du kayak, des plages de sable blanc en toile de fond. Attendez-vous à un hébergement haut de gamme au Nisbet Plantation Beach Club.
Prix : de 2.100$ à 4.000$
www.hollyrilinger.com

Jennifer Pastiloff’s Bali Manifestation Retreat
Ubud, Bali
17-24 novembre
Jennifer Pastiloff, la célèbre prof de yoga de Los Angeles, propose une retraite de huit jours à Bali, alliant stages de yoga, cours de cuisine, dégustations de vin ou encore des séances de yoga-karaoké dans la magnifique villa Soulshine, créée par le musicien Michael Franti et sa partenaire Carla Swanson.
Prix : de 1.475$ à 1.995$
www.jenniferpastiloff.com

The Essence of Yoga with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee
Riviera Maya, Mexique
26-29 novembre
Le célèbre couple yogi Rodney Yee et Colleen Saidman Yee organise une retraite au Tao Wellness Center de Mayan Riviera, avec des cours de yoga deux fois par jour, de la méditation et des séances de respiration pranayama. Le séjour comprend aussi un circuit des sites mayas alentours et une excursion dans la “jungle profonde”.
Prix : de 1.690$ à 1.770$
www.taoinspiredliving.com

viaTour du monde des plus beaux stages de yoga – La Parisienne.

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30 Sep

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Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey – Trailer

29 Sep


This is the story of a woman who thought she had it all — until she lost her beloved mother to cancer. Trying to process and understand her profound grief, Suzanne embarked on a journey and turned to a deeper practice of yoga. Along the way, she discovers what YOGA IS. Suzanne’s journey led her to India, where she studied various disciplines of yoga and met with respected gurus. During her visit, she came face-to-face with a near death experience and discovered that something had shifted within her; the light had returned. Inspired by her experience, she returned to the U.S. to explore what yoga means to the West and how it can transform lives. What she found was something wonderful: a path that can enable anyone to transform suffering in order to experience daily peace and happiness.

Yoga – 10 trucs pour reprendre sa pratique rapidement

28 Sep

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Comme tout le monde, nous avons déjà laissé notre pratique de yoga de côté… et nous l’avons reprise! Comme c’est arrivé plus d’une fois, nous avons développé des trucs pour reprendre notre pratique plus rapidement! Nous vous proposons nos meilleurs 10 trucs : ceux qui ont le mieux fonctionné pour nous et pour nos étudiants de yoga. Parmi les trucs présentés, choisissez les deux ou trois meilleurs, ceux qui vous aideront à reprendre votre pratique… ou à pratiquer plus souvent!

1- Ne vous culpabilisez pas

La pratique du yoga fait une grande différence dans sa vie et on se rend surtout compte de son impact lorsqu’on reprend une pratique délaissée. Il est dommage de ne pas pratiquer pendant quelques temps, mais il est beaucoup plus tragique de se sentir coupable de ne pas l’avoir fait. Sans aucune culpabilité, tournez la page et recommencez à pratiquer.

2 – Laissez votre tapis de yoga bien en vue

En laissant votre tapis bien en vue à la maison et non rangé dans le fin fond d’un placard, il finira par vous appeler et vous murmurez doucement à l’oreille tous les bienfaits que vous retirez de votre pratique. Laissez-vous enchanter par la musique de votre tapis!

3 – Sortez et consultez votre CD, votre DVD ou votre livre de yoga préféré

Pratiquement au « hasard » ou en suivant l’intuition du moment, choisissez un livre, un CD ou un DVD de yoga que vous aimez. Laissez-vous inspirer par une agréable pratique guidée qui vous ravira.

4 – Cherchez un nouveau centre et un nouveau professeur

En prenant la peine de consulter les journaux locaux ou Internet, peut-être trouverez-vous près de chez vous un nouveau centre de yoga que vous aurez le goût de visiter et d’essayer leurs classes afin de commencer une nouvelle pratique rafraîchissante.

5 – Trouvez un ami avec qui pratiquer à la maison ou dans un centre.

Il peut être très motivant de s’inscrire avec un partenaire à un nouveau cours. De plus, en vous invitant à tour de rôle à pratiquer ensemble ou même simplement en vous fixant une période commune de pratique chacun de son côté, vous créerez l’énergie nécessaire à se motiver l’un et l’autre, à mesurer vos progrès ou vos difficultés et à échanger sur le sujet.

6 – Ne vous jugez pas parce que votre pratique ne dure pas 1 heure!

On pense qu’il faut absolument faire du yoga pendant 60 ou 75 minutes pour en retirer ses bienfaits. Dans les faits, il est préférable de pratiquer 10 minutes tous les jours plutôt que de pratiquer 75 minutes 1 fois par semaine. Rappelez-vous, lorsque vous faites du yoga à la maison, c’est mieux un peu que pas du tout.

7 – Dans votre agenda, réservez 5 à 20 minutes pour pratiquer le yoga, la relaxation ou la méditation.

En mettant à votre horaire une période consacrée au yoga, à la respiration, à la relaxation et à la méditation, vous développerez rapidement à une nouvelle habitude dont vous ne pourrez plus vous passer.

8 – Faites une liste des bienfaits du yoga

Qu’est-ce que le yoga vous apporte? Pourquoi pratiquiez-vous le yoga ? Faites une liste des bienfaits que vous apporte le yoga. Ne perdez pas une minute et, tout de suite, faites une liste des 10 avantages de pratiquer le yoga.

9 – Faites-vous une promesse

En plus d’écrire une liste d’avantages, écrivez aussi une intention mesurable que vous voulez réaliser à court terme. Par exemple : pratiquer le yoga 10 minutes par jour, perdre 1 kilo dans le prochain mois, manger 7 portions de fruits et de légumes par jour pendant 15 jours, apprendre la série

En déterminant un objectif réaliste, vous développerez une discipline et aurez la satisfaction d’avoir réalisé votre intention… En additionnant les petites réalisations, on accomplit de grandes transformations.

10 – Prenez conscience de votre cheminement

Si vous pratiquez déjà le yoga, vous avez sans doute commencé à changer votre vie il y a plusieurs mois ou années. Sans trop vous en rendre compte, vous avez fait de petits changements, tels qu’un changement d’alimentation, de routine, de carrière ou d’attitude, qui grandement contribué à modifié votre vie.

Prenez du recul et comparez votre vie d’aujourd’hui à celle d’il y a 10 ans. Nous sommes convaincues que vous y verrez beaucoup d’éléments positifs. Célébrez-vous et célébrez le cheminement que vous avez parcouru. Soyez votre inspiration pour continuer.

viaYoga – 10 trucs pour reprendre sa pratique rapidement.

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27 Sep

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Yoga on the Go: Yoga Tips for the Car

27 Sep
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By FitSugar

Release a little road rage and relax on the road

It’s hard to learn to love your commute. Whether you’re sitting in the car for an hour or just a few minutes, that time always feels like it could be to put to better use. But after taking a class with La Jolla-based yoga teacher Jeannie Carlstead at a local Ford Go Further event, I’m wishing that driving was a bigger part of my daily routine.

Jeannie dreams of drivers “reclaiming their time in the car and making it more meaningful.” She offered a few insightful tips that may have you feeling a little more Zen, regardless of your circumstances while driving.

Get a grip: You may not even realize how much extra energy goes into holding the steering wheel. Clenching tightly can harm the wrists and perpetuate a sense of stress. Doing something as simple as shaking out the hands and wrists for a minute or two can provide relief. Also, clenching a tight fist and letting it go a few times helps relax the arms. Just be sure to keep one hand on the wheel at all times!

Connect with your core: Whether you’re walking down the street or sitting in a car, drawing strength from your core is integral to your body’s well-being. Jeannie asked, “If we’re sitting in a car, what is holding our body upright? Our core being. We’ve got to be aware of that and hold ourselves up with a strong core, while consciously relaxing the upper part of the body.”

Keep good posture: Jeannie drove home the importance of proper posture throughout class: “Having good posture is a type of body language we have with ourselves. It’s holding ourselves in a new way that expresses a confidence, a calm, a centeredness.” If you’re feeling uncomfortable in the car, then take a big breath, lift your heart, and roll your shoulder blades back and down. If your head is past your chest, then tuck your chin and get your spine back into alignment. You’ll definitely feel a shift with this one.

Practice patience: As a passenger, there is one easy way that can really help change the scene: start breathing deep. Jeannie suggests to “breath through your solar plexus [area between the rib cage and the navel], even on the inhale, even on the exhale. If you’re really wound up, start to lengthen the exhale; this will induce a relaxation response in your body. If one person is more relaxed, the other person is going to become more relaxed.”

viaYoga on the Go: Yoga Tips for the Car – Shape Magazine.

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Sense of Humor – PranaWorld | believe in miracles –

24 Sep
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‘A sense of humor enables you to enjoy life and to deal with it realistically.’

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8 Reasons Yoga is a Better Workout Than the Gym

29 Aug
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by Heidi Kristoffer

By nature, I am not a comparer. Everything has its plusses and minuses in my book (except, of course, yoga which is all plusses!). So, while I am not anti-gym, I do think that yoga kicks the gym’s derrière on every level, and you can kick your own (butt, that is) in yoga, literally, if you feel like it!

People are always curious as to “what else I do” to “work out” other than yoga. The answer? Nothing! Yoga is everything my body needs to function at it’s absolute best. Here’s why:

It’s efficient! Why would I waste so much time at the gym working each part of my body separately when I can connect all of the dots and do it all at once with yoga? No amount of lifting weights is going to make my arms as strong as holding up my own body weight in yoga. Also, practically everything you do in yoga is engaging your core, from core-centric poses to moving from pose to pose, using your core to stabilize your body. And in different inversions and arm balances, yoga allows you to raise your heartbeat, strengthen your muscles, and lengthen them out all at once. How’s that for efficiency?

It can count as cardio. All you have to do is try a few sun salutations or any flow at a good, steady pace, matching your breath to your movement. Or, if you are a bit more adventurous, try some Kundalini kriyas (like the Kundalini frogs in the step-by-step breakdown of shoulder press pose.)

Yoga is not a competitive sport! I prefer yoga to the gym as I steer clear of anything that involves pitting myself against others. Isn’t there enough competition in work and in life in general? While some people thrive on trying to be the fastest in spin class or trying to run longer than the woman on the treadmill next to them, in yoga it doesn’t matter what any one else is doing. There is no comparing or competing because there is only you.

It saves money. In fact, yoga doesn’t have to cost a penny. All you need to practice is you. You can wear any clothes that allow you to move, and you don’t even need a yoga mat: grass and carpet work just fine. If you want some inspiration, there are plenty of great, inexpensive yoga DVDs or free online videos.

You can do it anywhere. With no equipment necessary, it doesn’t matter if you are at home, at your office, on the road—or even in the streets of NYC, as in the SHAPE Yoga Anywhere videos. So long as you have the desire, you can strike a few poses.

Yoga will help you lose weight. Practicing yoga changes your mind: It changes the way you approach life, your body, and eating. Yoga shows you how to appreciate your body for all of the amazing things that it can do for you and points you in the direction of wanting to fill your body with the best possible fuel rather than processed junk food. And changing your mind about your body and the foods you feed it will be a much more effective weight-loss tool than burning a bunch of calories in an aggressive kick-boxing class and then mindlessly plowing through equal or more calories later that day.

Hello, variety. Yoga can be different every single day, if you want it to be. Want a challenge? Throw some arm balances and inversions into your practice. Need to focus? Try a few balance poses sequentially on the same foot. Or if you’re seeking relaxation, hang out in pigeon, a few seated forward folds, and a restorative backbend.

No injuries. In yoga, you learn to unite your body and mind. This allows you to move with ease and pay attention to how your body is feeling at all times, so you move in a way that feels good for you and not one that puts you in places your body doesn’t want to be. The result? An injury-free, strong, healthy, whole you.

In all fairness, I realize that this is a pretty one-sided argument (okay, a totally one-sided argument). But, for those who ask, “What else you need other than yoga?” I say: If you are going to chose one over the other, chose the one that saves you time, saves you money, makes you feel great, and helps you lose weight.

via8 Reasons Yoga is a Better Workout Than the Gym – Shape Magazine.

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Yoga Talks Event (english)

28 Aug
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On September 22nd 2012, for the first time ever, the West Island will be hosting a full day yoga festival; YogaTalks. The event will be held at the beautiful St-Lawrence Yacht Club where hundreds of yogis, brand new and experienced, will be touched, moved and inspired by the talks, workshops and seminars of the day. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Yoga Mala Foundation in support of their initiative in the development of yoga programs in communities in need.

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Yoga Talks Évènement (français)

28 Aug
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Le 22 Septembre 2012, pour la première fois, le West Island sera l’hôte d’un festival de yoga sur une journée complète : YogaTalks. L’événement aura lieu dans le magnifique St-Lawrence Yacht Club, où des centaines de yogis neufs et expérimentés, seront touchés, émus et inspirés par les conférences, ateliers et séminaires de la journée. Une partie des profits de la soirée seront reversés à la Fondation Yoga Mala, à l’appui de leur initiative pour l’élaboration de programmes de yoga dans les communautés en besoin.

viaYoga Talks.

Yoga for Anger Management

22 Aug

Yoga for anger management

Rather you are a man, woman or child you may occasionally struggle with anger. Some people experience this negative emotion more than others or to a greater extreme. In any case, yoga can be a great tool to help control fury. There are many poses (asanas) that can greatly benefit anyone when they experience anger.

Signs of anger

Flushing of the face

Persistent verbal arguments

Finding yourself having problems with the law

Threatening harm to others or engaging in physical encounters

Reckless behavior, such as destroying property and breaking property

Holding in anger (which can later lead to an explosive reaction)

Feeling frustrated

Experiencing jealousy

Judging and criticizing others

How yoga can help with anger

Yoga poses can help with anger as you perform them while breathing deeply and quietly.

The following asanas are beneficial to those who experience anger.

– The Shoulder Stand ( Sarvang Asana )

As you feel hatred build up or a lot of anger come upon you, the shoulder stand is a great exercise to help tame these feelings.

– Hidden Lotus Pose (Gupta Padmasana)

This asana brings about a sense of tranquility, balance and emotional well being. In addition, it is great for the spine as it helps to align it properly.

– Corpse Pose (Savasana)

The corpse pose is one of the best for promoting relaxation. Anger can cause high blood pressure, and savasana is good for lowering blood pressure, making it even more beneficial in times of displeasure.

Russell Brand performs yoga to aid with anger issues

Russell Brand, Katy Perry’s ex-husband, has been using yoga as an anger management technique. During an interview on the talk show “Piers Morgan” Brand actually states, “For the first time in my life I spend more time meditating and doing yoga than I do having sex. That’s only because I do a hell of a lot of yoga. And they’re still neck and neck!”

A judge states that yoga is a part of anger management

A man was actually sentenced to perform yoga as part of anger management for slapping his wife. Judge Larry Standley said, “It’s part of anger management. For people who are into it, it really calms them down.”

Videos on yoga for anger management

Coby Langford leads viewers through asanas that are great for irritability and anger in this video that focuses on Dru yoga. Dru yoga is one of about 50 different types of yoga that is similar to tai chi in the flow and movement.

Yoga for emotions offers a free online class on how to release anger through the practice of yoga. This video is by Namaste Yoga with Dr. Melissa West. These poses and breathing techniques will aid in turning your life from chaos to calm.

Are you ready to fight anger and bad emotions back with the practice of yoga? It is definitely well worth the time and effort to go from feeling hatred to enjoying happiness.

viaYoga for Anger Management – Yahoo! Sports.

Yoga Could Decrease Costs, Sick Days For People With Chronic Back Pain

22 Aug
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Yoga for back pain relief

People with chronic low back pain may want to try taking to the yoga mat to relieve their symptoms, a small new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of York in the United Kingdom found that back pain sufferers who participated in a group yoga program for 12 weeks had fewer medical costs and fewer missed days from work, compared with people who didn’t participate in the yoga program.

“We welcome the fact that not only has yoga been found to help people manage their back pain, but that it is also cost effective, and results in fewer sick days,” Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, which funded the study, said in a statement. “It is another option for people who are struggling to manage their condition, and one that encourages the move to self-management.”

The Spine journal study included more than 300 people who experienced recurring back pain; half of them were assigned to the 12-week yoga program and also received standard medical care, while the other half only received standard medical care for their pain. (Standard medical care could mean anything from seeing a physiotherapist, to receiving prescription painkillers.)

The researchers found that each person was able to participate in the yoga intervention at a cost of less than 300 pounds ($472 in U.S. dollars). And people who participated in the yoga program also took fewer sick days from work than people who only received the standard care.

Yoga has been shown in past studies to aid in back pain relief. Researchers found that yoga classes or stretching classes helped people with chronic low back pain to manage their pain, compared with just using a “self-care” book, according to a 2011 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

And “several other studies — all smaller than ours — have found that Iyengar yoga and general Hatha yoga are helpful for persons with back pain,” study researcher Karen Sherman, Ph.D., of the Group Health Research Institute, earlier told HuffPost. “My guess is that any therapeutically-oriented style of yoga could be helpful to people with chronic back pain.”

viaYoga Could Decrease Costs, Sick Days For People With Chronic Back Pain.

No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again. ~ Buddha

21 Aug

No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again. ~ Buddha

Pourquoi devriez-vous boire de l’eau tiède au citron

21 Aug

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La façon dont vous commencez chaque journée est extrêmement importante. Que vous soyez une maman, un entraîneur, un écrivain, un entrepreneur ou un professeur de yoga, ce que vous faites en tout début de matinée importe.

Selon la philosophie ayurvédique, les choix que vous faites au sujet de votre routine quotidienne sont soit de renforcer la résistance à la maladie ou s’affaiblir.
Ayurveda nous invite à partir de bon pied la journée en mettant l’accent sur ​​les rituels du matin qui travaillent à harmoniser le corps avec les rythmes de la nature, à équilibrer les doshas et favoriser l’estime de soi ainsi que l’auto-discipline.
Votre esprit essaiera de dire que vous devez vérifier les emails, sortir le chien, aller chercher les enfants à la porte, que vous pouvez ne pas être en retard au travail ou que vous n’avez tout simplement pas assez de temps pour cultiver vos propres rituels du matin.
Cependant, si vous ne pouvez prendre le temps que pour un seul rituel qui permettra d’améliorer votre santé, que ce soit celui-ci :
Commencez la journée avec une tasse d’eau tiède et le jus d’un demi citron.
C’est tellement simple et les avantages sont tout simplement trop grands pour être ignorés. L’eau tiède avec du citron:
1. Renforce votre système immunitaire
Les citrons sont riches en vitamine C et en potassium. La vitamine C est idéale pour lutter contre le rhume et le potassium stimule les fonctions cérébrales et nerveuses et aide à contrôler la pression artérielle.
2. Équilibre le pH
Les citrons sont un aliment très alcalin, croyez-le ou non. Oui, ils sont acides par eux-mêmes, mais à l’intérieur de notre corps, ils sont alcalin (l’acide citrique ne crée pas d’acidité dans le corps une fois métabolisé). Comme le savent les “défenseurs” du bien-être, un corps alcalin est vraiment la clé d’une bonne santé.
3. Aide à la perte de poids
Les citrons sont riches en fibres de pectine, ce qui contribue au combat contre les fringales. Il a également été montré que les personnes qui maintiennent un régime alimentaire plus alcalin perdent du poids plus rapidement. Par expérience, quand je commence la journée du bon pied, il est plus facile de faire les meilleurs choix pour moi-même le reste de ma journée.
4. Facilite la digestion
L’eau chaude sert à stimuler le péristaltisme gastro-intestinal et les vagues de contractions musculaires dans les parois intestinales qui gardent les choses en mouvement. Citrons et limes sont également riches en minéraux et en vitamines et aider à décoller les amas ou perdre les toxines dans le tractus digestif.
5. Agit comme diurétique naturel doux
Le jus de citron aide à éliminer les matières indésirables parce que les citrons augmentent le taux d’urine dans le corps. Les toxines sont donc libérées à un rythme plus rapide ce qui aide à garder votre système urinaire en bonne santé.
6. Clarifie la peau
La vitamine C contribue à diminuer les rides et les imperfections. L’eau citronnée purge les toxines du sang ce qui aide à garder la peau claire.
7. Hydrate le système lymphatique
Cette “tasse de bonté” permet de commencer la journée sur une note hydratée, ce qui aide à prévenir la déshydratation (évidemment) et la fatigue surrénale. Quand votre corps est déshydraté, ou profondément déshydraté (fatigue surrénale), il ne peut pas exécuter toutes ses fonctions propres, ce qui conduit à l’accumulation de toxines, au stress, à la constipation et la liste continue. Vos glandes surrénales sont deux petites glandes qui se situent au-dessus de vos reins et qui, avec votre thyroïde, créent de l’énergie. Elles sécrètent également des hormones importantes, incluant l’aldostérone. L’aldostérone est une hormone sécrétée par les glandes surrénales et qui régule vos niveaux d’eau et la concentration de minéraux, comme le sodium, dans votre corps, vous aidant à rester hydraté. Vos glandes surrénales sont également responsables de votre réponse au stress. Ainsi, vous ne voulez vraiment pas créer de gâchis à cause d’un profond état de déshydratation!
L’adoption de cette pratique en buvant une tasse d’eau tiède avec du citron le matin pour un mois, peut modifier radicalement votre expérience de la journée. Ne soyez pas surpris si vous commencez à voir le matin sous un jour nouveau.
Comme je l’ai dit, la recette est très simple – une tasse d’eau tiède (pas chaude) et le jus d’un demi citron.
Dans les commentaires ci-dessous, dites-moi lequel de ces avantages va vous permettre d’essayer ce rituel du matin. Ou, si vous êtes déjà un junkie de l’eau citronnée, quels avantages spécifiques avez-vous remarqué?
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Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon

21 Aug

Warm water and lemon

The way you start each day is incredibly important. Whether you’re a mom, a coach, a writer, a small business owner or a yoga teacher, what you do first thing in the morning matters.

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down.

Ayurveda invites us to get a jump-start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature’s rhythms, balance the doshas and foster self-esteem alongside self-discipline.

Your mind may say you have to check emails, take the dog out, get the kids out the door, that you can’t be late for work or that you just don’t have enough time to cultivate your own morning rituals.

But, if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this…..

Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon.

It’s so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Warm water with lemon:

1. Boosts you’re immune system 

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain & nerve function and helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH

Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.

3. Helps with weight loss

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.

4. Aids digestion

The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.

5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic

Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin

The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

7. Hydrates the lymph system

This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of it’s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!

Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don’t be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.

Like I said, the recipe is really simple – a cup of warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.

In the comments below, tell me which one of these benefits is going to get you to try this morning ritual. Or, if you’re already a lemon water junkie, what specific benefits have you noticed?

viaWhy You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon.

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KEEP KARMA AND CARRY ON!

19 Aug
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Bikram Yoga – Poses

18 Aug

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Africa Yoga Project

16 Aug
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The Africa Yoga Project organization uses the transformative power of yoga to empower communities and change lives. By inspiring the global yoga community into active service, we deliver effective and innovative programs that foster peace, improve physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing, facilitate self-sufficiency, and create opportunities to learn and contribute across the communities of East Africa.

viaVision & Mission | Africa Yoga Project.

Africa Yoga Project (Projet Afrique Yoga)

16 Aug
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Le Projet Afrique Yoga utilise le pouvoir de transformation du yoga pour autonomiser les communautés et changer des vies. En s’inspirant de la communauté mondiale du yoga en service actif, ils offrent des programmes efficaces et novateurs qui promeuvent la paix, améliorent le bien-être physique, émotionnel et mental, facilitent l’auto-suffisance, et créent des occasions d’apprendre et de contribuer pour les communautés de l’Afrique de l’est.

viaVision & Mission | Africa Yoga Project.

The hand and the “downward facing dog”

15 Aug

For those who practice Yoga every downward facing dog (Adho mukha Svanasana) active points and body organs!

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Yoga proves to reduce depression in pregnant women, boost maternal bonding

15 Aug

Prenatal yoga

It’s no secret that pregnancy hormones can dampen moods, but for some expectant moms, it’s much worse: 1 in 5 experience major depression.

Now, new research shows that an age-old recommended stress-buster may actually work for this group of women: yoga.

Pregnant women who were identified as psychiatrically high risk and who participated in a 10-week mindfulness yoga intervention saw significant reductions in depressive symptoms, according to a University of Michigan Health System pilot feasibility study. Mothers-to-be also reported stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.

The findings were published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

“We hear about pregnant women trying yoga to reduce stress but there’s no data on how effective this method is,” says lead author Maria Muzik, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of psychiatry and assistant research scientist at the Center for Human Growth and Development. “Our work provides promising first evidence that mindfulness yoga may be an effective alternative to pharmaceutical treatment for pregnant women showing signs of depression.

“This promotes both mother and baby wellbeing.”

Mental health disorders during pregnancy, including depression and anxiety, have become a serious health concern. Hormonal changes, genetic predisposition and social factors set the stage for some expectant moms to experience persistent irritability, feelings of being overwhelmed and inability to cope with stress.

Untreated, these symptoms bear major health risks for both the mom and baby, including poor weight gain, preeclampsia, premature labor and trouble bonding with the new baby.

While antidepressants have proven to effectively treat these mood disorders, Muzik says, previous studies show that many pregnant women are reluctant to take these drugs out of concern for their infant’s safety.

“Unfortunately, few women suffering from perinatal health disorders receive treatment, exposing them and their child to the negative impact of psychiatric illness during one of the most vulnerable times,” Muzik says. “That’s why developing feasible alternatives for treatment is critical.”

Evidence suggests women are more comfortable with nontraditional treatments, including herbal medicine, relaxation techniques and mind-body work.

Yoga continues to grow in popularity but in the United States, many classes concentrate on yoga as “exercise,” omitting the practice of being fully present in the moment and aware, authors say.

Meanwhile, mindfulness yoga – which combines meditative focus with physical poses – has proven to be a powerful method to fight stress and boost energy.

For the U-M research study, women who showed signs of depression and who were between 12-26 weeks pregnant participated in 90-minute mindfulness yoga sessions that focused on poses for the pregnant body, as well as support in the awareness of how their bodies were changing to help their babies grow.

Funding for follow up work on this subject was recently provided by a grant from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

“Research on the impact of mindfulness yoga on pregnant women is limited but encouraging,” Muzik says. “This study builds the foundation for further research on how yoga may lead to an empowered and positive feeling toward pregnancy.”

viaYoga proves to reduce depression in pregnant women, boost maternal bonding.

Grossesse : le yoga, un antidépresseur naturel

14 Aug

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La pratique du yoga présenterait une alternative intéressante pour les femmes enceintes qui souffrent de dépression, selon une étude.

Les femmes qui souffrent de dépression pendant la grossesse peuvent recourir aux médecines douces. Une étude américaine met en avant les bienfaits du yoga contre la dépression pendant la grossesse. 18 femmes enceintes de 12 à 26 semaines et qui présentent des risques dépressifs ont suivi pendant 10 semaines des séances de 90 minutes de yoga.

Publiée dans la revue Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, cette étude montre que le yoga peut contribuer à atténuer les symptômes dépressifs chez les femmes à risque. Le yoga permettrait de resserrer les liens affectifs entre la mère et leur enfant encore dans leur ventre.

Une méthode intéressante quand on sait que la prise d’antidépresseurs au troisième trimestre de la grossesse peut présenter des risques de prématurité pour le bébé.

L’étude rappelle également que le yoga n’est pas seulement bon contre la dépression prénatale. Il aiderait aussi à soulager d’autres maux de la grossesse comme le mal de dos, les nausées, les troubles du sommeil ou encore l’hypertension.

Attention tout de même de ne pas choisir n’importe quel yoga. Pour être sûre de choisir celui qu’il vous faut, demandez conseil à votre gynécologue.

D’autres médecines douces pourraient améliorer le bien-être de la future maman : l’ostéopathie, l’aromathérapie et l’acupuncture par exemple. Cette dernière aussi serait un traitement efficace pour soigner la dépression des femmes enceintes.

viaGrossesse : le yoga, un antidépresseur naturel – Pour elle.

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Bikram Yoga: 30 Day Challenge

2 Aug

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Why All Olympians Are Yogis

2 Aug

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Like many Americans – I get excited to watch the Olympics. I laugh, I cry, my heart pounds! I find myself looking at these athletes and being inspired by their ‘yogic qualities.’

Their hearts are wide open. No matter how many times they lose (and they must lose a lot) – they lead life with their heart. They don’t close off when they are down. They go out time and time again and open to grace. Their stories are epic; how they got to the Olympics, their life path. Each one has a unique journey.

Each one has to believe in themselves. Sure we all experience negative self-talk, but Olympians have to create a space in the mind to believe in themselves. They have to be their own biggest fans.From that place of strength they rise to greatness.We already know: Yoga is a practice of the mind. We use the physical to access the mind. The Olympics appear to also be a physical practice. But above all, being an athlete in the Olympics means having a strong mind-body connection and a strong mind.

When looking at the 8-limbed path of yoga – four (half) of the limbs are directed at the practice of the mind. Two limbs are physical (pranayama and asana) and two are ethical practices (yamas and niyamas). As an Olympic athlete we could create a similar ‘8-limbed path’; 1) Strength 2) Grace 3) Speed 4) Breath Control 5) Perseverance 6) Focus 7) Drive 8) Surrender, Contentment and Bliss.

As a life-long student and teacher of yoga, I see the practice everywhere.  It’s pure beauty to witness.  Above all, whether you are a world class athlete or on your mat, the practice can guide you to your best self, one step at a time.

viaWhy All Olympians Are Yogis.

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Album MC Yogi Pilgrimage

1 Aug
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Mc Yogi – Pilgrimage cover

“Je suis juste une classe ouvrière mystique”, dit MC Yogi en esquissant un sourire en même temps qu’il ajuste son célèbre chapeau, lance ses Adidas et monte le volume sur “Give Love“: une piste instantanément addictive sortie d’ un nouveau disque “Pilgrimage“.

En 2008 vous avez probablement entendu ses débuts, Elephant Power, un phénomène qui plane encore près du sommet des charts mondiaux. Le succès extraordinaire de l’album a permis à Yogi de gagner des invitations à jouer dans les clubs et les festivals de yoga dans le monde entier. Mais maintenant, le moment est venu pour la prochaine phase, et Pilgrimage l’est certainement. Les influences de l’album proviennent de tous les coins de la carte musicale: musique du monde, hip-hop, Bollywood, reggae, dance hall, house, dub. Des bruits chaotiques de la rue indienne explosent à travers les mixages aux côtés de battements fous, de scratches de platines old-school et de klaxons sur lesquels fleurissent les rimes naturelles de Yogi. C’est tellement accrocheur et entrainant que  vous ne pouvez pas vous empêcher de balancer la tête et chercher une piste de danse.

“Tout est passé dans cet album», explique Yogi. “C’est un voyage sonore, un voyage vers le Soi, vers ce que les maîtres de yoga appellent l’Ame Suprême.” Attendez. Le hip-hop et le yoga? Le Ramayana avec un backbeat? Des histoires de Shiva et Shakti, Ganesh et Hanuman et le reste des anciens dieux hindous, tous côtoyant  de puissants battements construits sur mesure afin de conduire les auditeurs avides à une frénésie divine? En effet. “Pilgrimage est une complète, authentique et cosmique expérience yogique sur la piste de danse” s’exclame Yogi. La vérité est que vous n’avez jamais rien entendu de tel comme Pilgrimage.

Liste des pistes:

1. Vanakam

2. Ganesha (Sound the Horn)

3. Born to Fly

4. Temple Drums

5. Hanuman

6. Jai Sita Ram

7. Breath Control

8. Arunachala

9. Shiva (Supreme Soul)

10. Renegade Rickshaw

11. I Am That

12. Temple Light

13. Sacred Fire

14. Shedding Skin (Beloved Friend Edit)

15. Pranam

16. Sun Light

17. Pilgrimage

18. Vanakam (Reprise)

19. Give Love

viaMC Yogi Pilgrimage CD.

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MC Yogi Pilgrimage CD

1 Aug
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“I’m just a working class mystic,” shrugs the enviably laid back MC Yogi, grinning a little as he adjusts his trademark fedora, kicks up his Adidas and cranks the volume on ‘Give Love,’ an instantly addictive track off his stunning dance-floor grenade of a new record, Pilgrimage.

You may have heard his 2008 debut, Elephant Power, a certified phenom that still hovers near the top of the world music charts. The album’s extraordinary success earned Yogi invitations to play in clubs and yoga festivals all over the world. But now the time has come for the next phase, and Pilgrimage is definitely it. The album’s influences are all over the musical map: world beat, hip-hop, Bollywood, reggae, dance hall, house, dub. Chaotic street sounds of India blast through the mixes, alongside madhouse beats, old-school turntable scratches and popping horns over which Yogi effortlessly drops his rhymes. It’s all so hook-laden and sun-blasted you can’t help bobbing your head and aching to find a dancefloor.

“Everything went into this record,” says Yogi. “It’s a sonic trip, a journey toward the Self, toward what the yoga masters call the Supreme Soul.” Wait. Hip-hop and yoga? The Ramayana with a backbeat? Stories of Shiva and Shakti, Ganesh and Hanuman and the rest of the ancient Hindu gods, all funked up and slamming up against potent, propulsive graffiti beats custom built to drive eager listeners into a divine frenzy? Indeed. “Pilgrimage is a full, authentic, cosmic yogic experience on the dance floor,” exclaims Yogi. The truth is, you’ve never heard anything like Pilgrimage.

Track Listings:

1. Vanakam

2. Ganesha (Sound the Horn)

3. Born to Fly

4. Temple Drums

5. Hanuman

6. Jai Sita Ram

7. Breath Control

8. Arunachala

9. Shiva (Supreme Soul)

10. Renegade Rickshaw

11. I Am That

12. Temple Light

13. Sacred Fire

14. Shedding Skin (Beloved Friend Edit)

15. Pranam

16. Sun Light

17. Pilgrimage

18. Vanakam (Reprise)

19. Give Love

viaMC Yogi Pilgrimage CD.

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Moksha Yoga: A Hot Path To Great Health And Vitality – Evolving Wellness

30 Jul
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While yoga has been a known practice for thousands of years in many parts of the Eastern world, it has just started to become a widely practiced phenomenon in the Western world in the last decade or so.

Today, there are numerous yoga styles out there, as many teachers who personally identified with it, evolved it into their own version. And while the names may be different, in essence and at its core, yoga is yoga. The differences are apparent in the pace it is done at, the sequence of postures, and the environment it is done in. Thus, there is a yoga style that is sure to please everyone.

My personal experience with yoga has been dabbling in some poses from time to time, informally at home. That was until I was recommended to try Moksha Yoga.

While the poses may be similar to many other yoga types, what separates Moksha Yoga from the rest, is that it is done in the heat and with a specific style that follows a very beneficial sequence for a total mind, body and soul health experience.

Thus, as this month Evolving Wellness hosts a special theme on the practice, exercise and benefits of yoga, in this article I will share with you my experience with Moksha Yoga and the tremendous benefits associated with it.

The History of Moksha Yoga

Moksha Yoga is a form of hot yoga that was created by Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson in 2003.

The vision of the above two individuals, who were both well trained in yoga, has since grown into a worldwide community with classes in Hong Kong, Taipei, England, Trinidad, Singapore, Thailand and across Canada and the USA. See here for Moksha Yoga world locations.

Moksha Yoga includes a group of independent hot yoga studios committed to ethical, compassionate and environmentally conscious living. The Moksha community is strongly rooted in environmentalism. Each studio is required to meet compulsory environmental standards. Collectively they strive to communicate that the benefits of yoga are limitless and accessible to all.

Moksha means “release” or “liberation.” It is with this message that each class takes you through a series of strengthening and toning postures in the detoxifying calm of a heated studio. The yoga is done usually in an environment of about 40 degrees Celsius, and a humidity ranging around 30-50%.

Moksha Yoga studios offer “Karma Classes” which are done on a donation basis, they also offer an “Energy Exchange” program where time volunteered at the studio allows for unlimited yoga and many special events. Each Moksha teacher undergoes rigorous training that is being acclaimed worldwide.

Moksha Yoga has also developed a partnership with the Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation to develop a national campaign entitled, “The Power of Movement.”

My History With Moksha Yoga

In expressing a desire to begin to practice yoga regularly, I was recommended by a friend to check out Moksha Yoga. Knowing very little about yoga, I just thought it was the name of a particular yoga studio, not realizing that it is an amazing Canadian-based yoga company that is growing in reputation and popularity by the day, world wide.

I heard about it in March, and sadly it took me until the end of November to try my first class. I have been hooked on it ever since however, making it almost 6 months straight of practicing Moksha Yoga, on average 3 times per week.

My only “regret“, is not having started sooner, as I am now moving out of the area, and moving to an area where there is no Moksha Yoga studio nearby. However, wherever I travel I will always keep an eye out for Moksha studios, to do a class whenever I can. I trust and love what they stand for, and it just feels SO good!

The studio I had the pleasure of attending was the Moksha Yoga Burlington location, and its energy was just phenomenal! From the owners to all the teachers I had the pleasure of meeting, it is perhaps one of best experiences one can have when tuning the mind, body and soul. A beautiful environment, for a beautiful practice.

Over these past 6 months, it has been absolutely incredible watching my body transform, as I activate and tone muscles I almost never knew I had. The relaxation, flexibility and detoxification benefits have also been amazing!

With any hot yoga studio, one has to consider the cleanliness and sanitary conditions. This is where Moksha also excels, as they have every detail covered. From sustainable cork flooring to triple filtered water. There are no carpets or other similar materials, which is extremely important when the temperatures are turned up and sweat is literally pouring into it daily. There are also no chemicals used, whether for cleaning or other tasks and most studios run on Bullfrog Power – 100% green electricity.

Being a “green” oriented line of studios was also an important aspect for me, as today I choose to support with every decision I make and dollar I spend, companies that have the environment  and sustainability in mind. I was thoroughly impressed with how the Moksha studios operate on every level!

The Benefits of Moksha Yoga

The benefits of hot yoga are numerous, and perhaps too many to list here, so I will just outline some of the major ones.oksha

First, there is of course the actual benefits of yoga. Whether done in the heat or under regular temperatures, the postures work to enhance the balance, tone, endurance, flexibility and strength of the body. In the heat, this happens even better, as the muscles are warmer and thus allow for a greater range of motion.

Yoga also has incredibly relaxing properties, teaching us how to breathe properly, slow down our thoughts and merge closer with the core of our being. Thus, it is a true treat for the mind and soul!

Secondly, as there is an immense amount of heat, sweating is inevitable. This provides for an incredible and very necessary detoxification. Proper breathing alongside this, also accelerates the release of toxins from within our body. The lymphatic system is stimulated and the immune system enhanced. There is also the added benefit of sweating and burning calories, which can result in weight loss.

There are also of course, as with any physical movement cardiovascular benefits. Movement, muscle use and proper breathing strengthen the heart and enhance many aspects of our cardiovascular system.

Moksha yoga is extremely beneficial for the musculo-skeletal system. Whether you have back pain, muscle weakness, or bone loss, the variety and type of postures can promote healing and necessary strengthening.  Ultimately, it provides for an amazing, total body workout.

Moksha Yoga has also been acknowledged for improving sleep, increasing energy levels and simply promoting a better overall feeling.

Lastly, Moksha Yoga provides for numerous other physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits. Which benefits you experience, will depend on your personal needs. You can read about more of the benefits associated with Moksha Yoga here.

Conclusion

In the end if you have never tried yoga, and are still wondering what all the hype is about out there, I invite you to check out a yoga studio near you. Allow yourself to walk in with an open mind and heart, and feel the benefits that it has for you on so many different levels.

If of course you are lucky enough to have a Moksha Yoga studio in your area, and are open to trying yoga the hot way, immerse yourself in its benefits for your health and vitality today, and all your tomorrows to come.

No matter where I am, Moksha Yoga will always be a part of me!

viaMoksha Yoga: A Hot Path To Great Health And Vitality – Evolving Wellness | Holistic Optimal Health.

What I wish I had known as a Bikram yoga beginner

27 Jul

Just here. Just now.

There are the classic do’s and don’ts that every hot room newbie hears, as they nervously prepare for their first class. It’s usually about setting up, drinking water and where to leave their sweaty rental towel.

But the practice of Bikram yoga is full of subtleties that I wish I had known when I got started. Here are just a few of them:

~ Sweat is sexy. I know you think it’s gross. But it’s so not. Sweat means passion. Dedication. Hard work. Health. It’s hot. Seriously.

~ Don’t worry about getting into better shape or getting more flexible before you come to your first class. We were all kinds of broken down messes when we first came. Fitness and flexibility come from going to class. Just start where you are.

~ Don’t set up in the front row on your first class, but stagger your mat so that you…

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Ce que j’aurais aimé savoir en tant de débutant de Yoga Bikram

27 Jul
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À LIRE ABSOLUMENT!! :

CE QUE J’AURAIS AIMÉ SAVOIR EN TANT QUE 
DÉBUTANT DE YOGA BIKRAM

PAR LISA JONES, TRADUIT EN FRANÇAIS PAR THIERRY PELLETIER

Il y a quelques classiques ”à faire” et ”à ne pas faire” que chaque novice de yoga chaud entend, au moment même où il se prépare nerveusement pour sa première classe. Habituellement, ces recommandations sont en lien avec la préparation : comment s’installer dans la classe, l’hydratation, et l’endroit où ils doivent laisser leur serviette détrempée de sueur après la classe. ;)

Mais la pratique du Yoga Bikram est remplie de subtilités que j’aurais souhaité connaître lorsque j’ai commencé. En voici quelques exemples :

La sueur, c’est sexy. Je sais que vous pensez probablement que c’est répugnant, mais ce ne l’est pas. La sueur est synonyme de passion, de dévouement, de travail acharné et de santé. Honnêtement, c’est très sexy.

– Ne vous en faites pas à propos du fait d’arriver en forme, ou de devenir plus flexible avant votre première classe. Nous n’étions vraiment pas à notre meilleur lors de notre première classe nous non plus. La forme et la flexibilité viendront au fur et à mesure. Commencez au stade où vous êtes présentement.

– Ne vous installez pas dans la première rangée pour votre première classe, mais étendez votre tapis de yoga de sorte que vous puissiez vous voir dans le miroir. Vous n’aimez pas vous regarder dans un miroir, vous dîtes? Vous détournez le regard lorsque vous vous voyez en vêtements d’entraînement?” C’est exactement la raison pour laquelle vous êtes ici. Ce n’est pas pour obtenir ces fameuses ”fesses de yoga” dont vous avez tant entendu parler ; ça, ce n’est qu’un effet secondaire du Yoga Bikram. Vous êtes ici pour apprendre à aimer votre reflet. Nous avions tous cette petite voix critique dans notre tête quand nous sommes arrivé ici ; vous êtes ici pour anéantir cette voix. Vous êtes ici pour pouvoir regarder dans le miroir, et vous sourire gentiment en vous regardant, comme si vous étiez un vieil ami. Vous êtes ici pour qu’un jour, vous puissiez vous regarder dans les yeux et vous prosterner devant votre propre grâce et force.

– Vous apprendrez que nous, les Yogis Bikram, adorons nos corps. Sans vouloir dire que nous sommes parfaits, loin de là, mais nous aimons les choses incroyables que nos formes nous permettent de faire. Nous les traitons avec respect et honneur. Cela signifie que nous ne sommes pas effrayés de nous vêtir des plus petits vêtements de yoga possible, et que nous sommes confiants envers notre propre nudité dans les vestiaires. Nous avons fait disparaître la pudeur au alentour de la 5ème classe. Vous aussi, ferez de même.

Savasana est réellement la posture la plus difficile que nous effectuons. Pendant que vous êtes dans la posture du chameau, vous pensez peut-être que c’est elle la plus difficile, mais en fait, c’est réellement le Savasana. C’est brutal de rester absolument immobile autant de corps que d’esprit. Mais tout ça est correct, vous avez le temps, le Yoga Bikram est une pratique que l’on peaufine tout au long de sa vie.

Les postures se construisent sur elles-mêmes ; il y aura une première étape, et une seconde. Si vous ne vous sentez pas à l’aise avec une certaine posture, retournez à l’étape précédente et persévérez à maîtriser celle-ci. De modifier les postures, de faire des redressements assis ou des étirements de toutes sortes au lieu de faire les postures, ne nous impressionne pas. Ce qui nous inquiétera par contre si vous faites autre chose que les postures, c’est de vous blesser. Vous prendrez un cours ”d’improvisation corporelle” un autre soir d’accord?

– Lorsque vous commencerez, vous penserez peut-être que le Yoga Bikram n’est qu’un ”méga exercice”, car c’est la seule chose que votre esprit semblera vouloir vous exprimer. Rassurez-vous que cette pratique soit à propos d’accueillir l’immobilité, gérer son ego et obtenir le contrôle de cette petit voix incessante dans son esprit. C’est une pratique de méditation profondément spirituelle. Ça ne prendra que quelques classes pour que votre esprit s’en rende compte.

– Je vous promets que si jamais, sortir de la classe est la seule chose à laquelle vous pensez …et bien, cet action ne vous aidera pas. J’ai vu des gens perdre connaissance en essayant de se précipiter hors de la classe. Assoyez-vous plutôt, ou étendez-vous sur votre tapis et laissez l’énergie de la communauté et l’oeil vif de l’instructeur vous supporter. Inspirez par le nez, expirez par le nez. Vous vous sentirez mieux en un clin d’œil….ce n’est que votre esprit qui tente de vous dissuader.

– Soyez prêts. Si vous décidez de continuer, préparez-vous à rencontrer une communauté de soutien plus grande que vous ne pourriez l’imaginer. Préparez-vous pour d’immenses défis et encore plus de récompenses. Préparez-vous à pleurer lors d’une posture car vous ne pensiez jamais être capable de la réaliser. Préparez-vous à désirer toujours plus de temps dans la salle chaude. Préparez-vous à vous demander comment vous pouviez vivre sans ce yoga. Préparez-vous à ce que le yoga change votre corps, votre esprit et vos relations de façons complètement fascinantes.

Préparez-vous

Puis, amenez-vous!

Blood evidence, Yoga reduces our stress level

26 Jul

yoga anti-stressResearchers at the University of Los Angeles have shown that yoga would have a biological effect on the health of persons under chronic stress. These findings were published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, 14 July 2012.

A previous research conducted in Pittsburgh in April 2012, had already shown that chronic stress cause a weakened immune system and could increase the occurrence of recurring health problems.

Here, researchers from the University of Los Angeles wanted to know if meditation has a biological effect on the immune disturbances of stressed individuals.

So they selected 45 people who take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. These people, in whom there is constant stress, regularly develop depressive symptoms, emotional distress, and have a decreased energy.

Every day for eight weeks, participants divided into two groups, had to do a meditation session of 12 minutes, either by practicing yoga, or by isolating itself to listen some relaxing music.

At the beginning of the experiment, a blood test had revealed that they all had high levels of inflammatory markers in the blood. These substances are released into the body when subjected to an aggression threatening its integrity.

After eight weeks of daily meditation, their rates had declined in samples of the group practicing yoga .

In fact, scientists believe that this relaxation method would influence the expression of certain genes, themselves responsible for the disruption of the immune system by stress.

They bring by blood evidence that yoga can reduce and control anxiety, what fans of the practice had advocated already long!

viaLe yoga réduit notre niveau de stress, la preuve par le sang : Allodocteurs.fr.

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Le yoga réduit notre niveau de stress, la preuve par le sang

26 Jul

yoga anti-stressDes chercheurs de l’université de Los Angeles ont montré que le yoga aurait une action biologique sur la santé des personnes soumises à un stress chronique. Ces résultats ont été publiés dans la revue Psychoneuroendocrinology, le 14 juillet 2012.

Une précédente recherche menée à Pittsburg en avril 2012, avait déjà démontré que le stress chronique provoquait un affaiblissement du système immunitaire et pouvait augmenter la survenue de problèmes de santé récurrents.

Ici, les chercheurs de l’université de Los Angeles ont voulu savoir si la méditation avait un effet biologique sur les perturbations immunitaires des individus stressés.

Ils ont donc sélectionné 45 personnes ayant à leur charge un proche atteint de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Ces personnes, chez qui on observe un stress permanent, développent régulièrement des symptômes dépressifs, une détresse émotionnelle, ainsi qu’une diminution de l’énergie.

Chaque jour, durant huit semaines, les participants répartis en deux groupes, ont dû faire une séance de méditation de 12 minutes, soit en pratiquant le yoga, soit en s’isolant pour écouter une musique relaxante.

Au début de l’expérience, une prise de sang avait révélé qu’ils présentaient tous un fort taux de marqueurs d’inflammation dans le sang. Ces substances sont libérées dans l’organisme lorsqu’il est soumis à une agression menaçant son intégrité.

Après huit semaines de méditation quotidienne, leur taux avait diminué dans les prélèvements du groupe pratiquant le yoga.

En fait, les scientifiques pensent que cette méthode de relaxation aurait une influence sur l’expression de certains gènes, eux-mêmes responsables la perturbation du système immunitaire par le stress.

Ils apportent ainsi la preuve sanguine que le yoga permet de réduire et de maîtriser son anxiété, ce que les inconditionnels de la pratique prônent déjà depuis longtemps !

viaLe yoga réduit notre niveau de stress, la preuve par le sang : Allodocteurs.fr.

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