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Yoga classes to pop up around Calgary

11 Feb
Naaz Ali

Founder of Pop Up Yoga Calgary Naaz Ali strikes a pose in downtown Calgary.
-Metro/Katie Turner-

From the studio to the streets. That’s the concept behind Pop Up Yoga — a newly developed concept that’s striking a pose in Calgary.

Founder of Pop Up Yoga Calgary, Naaz Ali, said she wanted to introduce a new way of practicing yoga, while building a sense of community.

“Pop Up Yoga is basically an initiative to bring yoga into community spaces,” she said. “We’re looking at bringing yoga events into art galleries, into community centres, farmers’ markets, outdoor events, all those kinds of things.”

Classes will be more accessible not only in price, at a rate of $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, but in location as well, according to Ali.

After teaching yoga in studios for nearly three years, she said she’s noticed the classes seemed limited to a certain group of people.

“We’re missing out on the people who can’t necessarily afford studio space,” she said. “We’re missing out on people who maybe enjoy yoga but are intimidated by a studio setting. This project kind of bridges the gap.”

Ali is in the process of setting up her first Pop Up Yoga class and encourages those interested to check back to popupyogacalgary.com for updates.

viaYoga classes to pop up around Calgary | Metro.

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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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.

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.

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

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8 Reasons Yoga is a Better Workout Than the Gym

29 Aug
yoga-handstand

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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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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Plains filled!

12 Jun
Plaines d'Abraham

PHOTO KARL TREMBLAY

After the huge yoga session in New York,  it was the turn of Abraham’s Plains.  Sunday june 10th,  over 300 people were there for a first success! Claire Vinel, yoga teacher and organizer of the event is sure to repeat the experience next year.

Namasté

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Hot Yoga, ok but what should I bring and how should I dress?

12 Jun

Yoga towel

You can find the accessories required for the practice for rent at Yoga studio. It is available at lower cost (about $ 2): towels, mattresses, water bottles. Personally I prefer to get my stuff and if you forget one of them, the renting is perfect.

It is advisable not to wear jewelry or perfume and it’s better to be dressed with a light and comfortable tank top, a shirt, pants or shorts. The shoes will be left at the entrance of the studio.

After practice, you will find everything in the locker room to freshen up, a shower, some body cream, a hairbrush …. so no excuses, just take your matt!

Namasté

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Different types of “hot yoga”: Moksha vs Bikram

10 Jun

Maybe have you asked yourself: “What type of hot yoga do I practice?” or “What is the difference between Bikram yoga and Moksha yoga ?”. Here is the answer!

WHAT IS  BIKRAM YOGA?

Le yoga Bikram est un style de yoga dérivé du Hatha yoga. Si vous avez la curiosité de l’essayer, il est préférable que vous cherchiez à suivre un cours certifié proche de chez vous ou si vous êtes casanier, un livre ou une vidéo qui vous aidera progressivement à plonger dans le monde du Bikram.

Bikram yoga is a style of yoga derived from Hatha yoga. If you are curious to try it, it is preferable that you follow a certified course near you or if you are a homebody, a book or video that will help you gradually into the world of Bikram.

Founder

Bikram Choudhury

Bikram Choudhury, Bikram yoga founder

Bikram Choudhury was born in India where he used to practice yoga every day until he immigrated to the U.S. in the 70s. He then joined the “Yoga College of India” in Los Angeles and decided to create its own form of yoga now more commonly known as Bikram yoga. Today, Choudhury goes around the world and teach Bikram yoga to individuals as well as famous huge classes. You can also find his writings in a book on Bikram yoga and more than 400 franchise schools located around the globe.

Postures

A Bikram yoga class is designed to help us evolve through a sequence of 26 positions developed by Choudhury. Choudhury developed this series of positions in order to increase blood pressure and facilitating the flow of blood in each body part. The sequence is performed using the classical positions of Hatha yoga such as the position of the eagle, the triangle or the tree. Choudhury claims that the practice of these positions in a specific order will warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons and will facilitate muscle tone as well as overall health.

26 positions - Yoga Bikram

Heated room

A classic Bikram yoga session is practiced in a room heated to 101 Fahrenheit degrees. Choudhury said that the heat from the room helps to warm the body before the start of practice, this allowing our muscles to relax and become more flexible. Bikram yoga enthusiasts acknowledge that the practice in a heated room helps cleanse our system by releasing all the toxins gradually as you train and then sweats. The heated room must allow you to work more deeply, however be careful of not hurting yourself!

Bikram classes

Bikram yoga classes are given only in studios affiliated with the “Bikram Yoga College of India“. You must be careful that the Bikram Yoga teacher is certified by the college. All Bikram yoga class lasts for 90 minutes and is suitable for both beginners and enthusiasts. Then each adapts to his own abilities and level of comfort.

WHAT IS MOKSHA YOGA?

Moksha Yoga is a relatively new discipline which is also related to hot yoga. This is two yoga instructors in Toronto who invented it. Moksha Yoga is a series of 40 postures practiced in a heated room and there are three levels of lessons, each lasting 60 to 90 minutes.

The series of regular postures begin with a resting pose that is practiced usually at the end of yoga, relaxation posture savasana. Then there are standing poses, another posture savasana, then poses on the ground to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the lower body. The session ends with savasana posture. By cons there may be some variation in the order of the series standing and / or on the ground. This type of yoga has several “dog upside down” postures, while Bikram yoga hasn’t.

Like other types of yoga, Moksha Yoga is beneficial for stretching and toning muscles, improving flexibility, calming the mind and detoxifying the body.

Moksha Yoga, in addition to individual benefits it can bring, is a practice that was designed for the sake of social consciousness : building ecological studios, assistance to the local community.

IN CONCLUSION

Moksha Yoga is a bit more flexible with regard to the sequence changes, the different types of courses and durations of training. So you can find yourself with different Moksha yoga lessons according to the teacher.

Namasté

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