Tag Archives: meditation

Mindfulness – What is mindfulness meditation?

6 Jun
Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation

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“Have only love…

14 Feb

“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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“Dans votre coeur, portez seulement de l’amour pour les autres. Plus vous verrez du bon en eux, plus vous imprègnerez le bon en vous-même…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

12 Reasons to Go on a Yoga Retreat

1 Dec
Yoga Retreat in Bali

Yoga Retreat in Bali

  1. Spend time in nature.
  2. Experience a new perspective.
  3. Find space.
  4. Make friends.
  5. Slow down.
  6. Reflect.
  7. Meditate.
  8. Take your yoga practice to the next level.
  9. Eat well.
  10. Awake with the sun.
  11. Sleep with the moon.
  12. Remember how sweet life can be.

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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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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.

Yoga on the Go: Yoga Tips for the Car

27 Sep
Yoga in the car

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.

Benefits of meditation

25 Sep

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Find Your Yoga Style – Trouver votre style de yoga

25 Sep

Find your yoga

Sense of Humor – PranaWorld | believe in miracles –

24 Sep
Sense of humor

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

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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

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
Keep Karma And Carry On

Keep Karma And Carry On

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5 Aug

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Acro-Yoga – A more masculine yoga?

17 Jul
Acro-Yoga

Photos: Acro-yoga Montréal

Everyone knows yoga, the Millennium discipline practiced by millions of  worldwide followers. But do you know the acro-yoga, this blend of acrobatics and yoga?

Unlike the traditional form of yoga that is practiced alone, this variant of modern times involves two partners minimum who perform different movements together. Many figures imply the presence on the ground of one of two practitioners, which becomes the “base” and supports the weight of his partner who becomes the “flyer“.

These are two Montrealers Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku who invented in 2001 this hybrid discipline that attracts a wide audience, including men. “It is true that the acro-yoga captivated many men, because some exercises require that one who is on the ground can raise his partner, which requires some physical strength, said Jill Campbell, a professor at Acro Yoga Montreal. But it should certainly not summarize the acro-yoga with the notion of physical exertion, acro-yoga is primarily a way to find balance, move in space with a partner or more while focusing on synchronizing the breath with that of his partner. ”

When looking at some movements of acro-yoga, one quickly realizes the difficulty of the exercise and the importance of teamwork. “It is a discipline that is anything but selfish, each practitioner has with her ​​partner a dependent relationship very strong with time, Jill Campbell says. We must be attentive to the other. ”

But if physical force is a factor in the practice of this new discipline, the meditative spirit of yoga and the values ​​of harmony are not set aside. “When doing acro-yoga, it is important to be in the moment, which means being aware of what one feels, the reactions of our body, communicating with his partner.”
Many acro-yoga practitioners are already familiar with disciplines where the body plays an important role as the circus, tai chi chuan, dance, as is the case with Aurelie, practicing dance since many years and who has just discovered the acro-yoga. “What I particularly like in the acro-yoga is this is a mix between yoga, gym and circus, we play a lot about balance, concentration and self-confidence, but also confidence in a partner that knows no bound. In addition, unlike a yoga session at the end where you feel relaxed and zen, with the acro-yoga we’re pretty super excited and energized. ”

For Jill Campbell, the benefits of acro-yoga are felt even when the course is finished and working closely with a partner resonates in the lives of every day. “We have noticed that people who practice regularly feel an overall improvement in their confidence in themselves, they develop a sense of contact with others both verbal and physical. They less feel barriers and communicate more easily, I would also say they have one certain joy of life ».

viaAcro-yoga – Un yoga plus masculin?.

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Namaste! San Francisco International Airport introduces yoga room

14 Jul


SAN FRANCISCOStressed out by flying?

Travelers in Northern California can now find their inner calm in the Yoga Room at San Francisco International Airport.

The quiet, dimly lit studio officially opened last week in a former storage room just past the security checkpoint at SFO’s Terminal 2.

Airport officials believe the 150-square-foot room with mirrored walls is the world’s first airport yoga studio, said spokesman Mike McCarron.

The room, open to all ticketed passengers, contains a few chairs and yoga mats but no instructors or televisions. No shoes, food, drinks or cell phones are allowed.

“Silence is appreciated,” says a sign spelling out “Yoga Room Etiquette.”

A prominent blue-and-white sign with a Buddha-like pictogram beckons visitors: “Come check out our Yoga Room.”

Frequent flyer Maria Poole accepted the invitation, practicing a downward dog asana and other yoga poses before boarding her flight.

“It’s perfect,” said Poole, 47, of Lafayette. “I think it should be in every airport, especially the terminals that I fly through. This would be such a great way for me to get my exercise in, get a little peace and quiet — a little Zen moment.”

The Yoga Room is just the latest example of how airports are trying to improve the passenger experience and showcase their regional culture, noting the ancient practice’s popularity in the San Francisco Bay area, said Debby McElroy, executive vice president of Airports Council International-North America.

In recent years, airports have upgraded their food and shopping venues and added massage parlors, nail salons, dry cleaners and pet hotels, McElroy said, but SFO is the first to add a yoga room in North America and probably the world.

“I expect other airports will be looking at whether a yoga room at their airport makes sense,” McElroy said.

SFO officials say the idea came from a passenger who checked out the newly remodeled terminal last year and told Airport Director John Martin it was lacking one thing: a yoga room.

Martin, a long-time yoga practitioner, agreed. Airport managers spent $15,000 to $20,000 to turn the storage space into the yoga studio.

SFO officials had to design the Yoga icon after they couldn’t find one in the international guide of airport pictograms that direct travelers to taxis, restrooms and baggage claim carousels.

Lindsey Shepard of Fremont, who was traveling with Poole, said she liked having “a dark place to chill out and have a timeout and relax.”

“Flying can be stressful,” Shepard said. “It’s nice to have something to do at the airport besides sit around and eat bad food and read magazines.”

Of course, the Yoga Room isn’t for everyone.

“If I got into yoga, I might lose track of time and miss my flight,” said Robert Diaz, 52, of Seal Beach, who was visiting San Francisco with his wife. “I’d be so relaxed.”

viaNamaste! San Francisco International Airport introduces yoga room – NY Daily News.

airport yoga room

Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America

 

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With YogaLab, we associate the benefits of yoga and music

6 Jul

What is it?
An idea of Marco Prince (yes, yes, the lead singer of FFF and, for younger children, the juror of the show “New Star” in France) and Mika de Brito (yoga teacher internationally recognized for its sensory approach). The principle? Do yoga in immersive sound, with headphones glued to the head to balance physical and connect to our emotions quickly.

How is it?
Effective: the sound, rhythm, frequencies of music affect parts of the brain (brain waves) and amplify the benefits of yoga. Resourceful.

It is for me?
This is a yoga for stressed people, pressed and others who are treated for being superative . A yoga to learn to do good, to take time for yourself, to disconnect.

It’s good for what?
Choices: to strengthen (the PowerLab), to realize (the FocusLab), to appease (the MeditationLab) or for fun (the EmotionLab).

With what?
An outfit where you feel comfortable. The rest is provided.

viaAvec le YogaLab, on associe les bienfaits du yoga et de la musique – Le lotus en musique – Beauté – Le Figaro – Madame.. (IN FRENCH)

 

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