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Standing deep breathing – Pranayama

20 May

We decided to look into the postures deeply and give you an overview and tips! Lets start with the first one – Standing deep breathing!

Standing deep breathing: Pranayama

Standing deep breathing: Pranayama

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 pranayamabreathing 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.

Benefits

  • 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

viaThe Best Yoga For You: Standing deep breathing – Pranayama.

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Bikram Yoga Isn’t as Crazy as it Sounds

20 Dec

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.

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26 Bikram Yoga Poses

15 Dec

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

Standing deep breathing: Pranayama

Standing deep breathing: Pranayama

Half Moon Pose :

Half Moon Pose : Ardha Chandrasana (Sanskrit)

Hands To Feet: Pada Hasthasana

Hands To Feet: Pada Hasthasana

Awkward Pose : utkatasana

Awkward Pose: Utkatasana

Eagle Pose: Garurasana

Eagle Pose: Garurasana

Standing Head to Knee Pose: Dandayamana-Janushirasana

Standing Head to Knee Pose: Dandayamana-Janushirasana

Standing Bow Pose: Dandayamana-Dhanurasana

Standing Bow Pose: Dandayamana-Dhanurasana

Balancing Stick Pose: Tuladandasana

Balancing Stick Pose: Tuladandasana

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose: Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose: Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana

Triangle Pose: Trikanasana

Triangle Pose: Trikanasana

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose: Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose: Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana

Tree Pose: Tadasana

Tree Pose: Tadasana

Toe Stand: Padangustasana

Toe Stand: Padangustasana

Corpse Pose: Savasana

Corpse Pose: Savasana

Wind Removing Pose: Pavanamuktasana

Wind Removing Pose: Pavanamuktasana

Sit-Up

Sit-Up

Cobra Pose

Cobra Pose: Bhujangasana

Locust Pose

Locust Pose: Salabhasana

Full Locust

Full Locust: Poorna salabhasana

Floor Bow Pose

Floor Bow Pose: Dhanurasana

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose: Supta-Vajrasana

Half Tortoise Pose

Half Tortoise Pose: Ardha-Kurmasana

Camel Pose

Camel Pose: Ustrasana

Rabbit Pose

Rabbit Pose: Sasangasana

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose: Janushirasana

Stretching Pose

Stretching Pose: Paschimottanasana

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose: Ardha-Matsyendrasana

Blowing In Firm

Blowing In Firm: Kapalbhati-In-Vajrasana

via26 Bikram Yoga Poses |Bikram Yoga Vancouver.

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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.

Bikram Yoga – Poses

18 Aug

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