Tag Archives: yoga

The power-pumping yoga workout

21 Dec


Find Your Yoga / Trouvez votre yoga

24 Mar
whether you're a gym addict, thrill seeker, or outdoor enthusiast, there's a yoga style for you.

whether you’re a gym addict, thrill seeker, or outdoor enthusiast, there’s a yoga style for you.

How to create a yoga practice to prepare for a difficult posture

28 Feb
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From Sequencewiz.com


How To Scorpion / Pose du scorpion

22 Feb

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Easy quick yoga routine

19 Feb

Easy quick yoga routine

Easy quick yoga routine


The Best Restorative Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress

16 Feb

The Best Restorative Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress

The Best Restorative Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress


Fry fat on the mat – Yoga

12 Feb

Fry fat on the mat - Yoga

Eight killer poses that will tone you up and slim you down – From WomensHealthMag.com


Detox Flow with Clara Roberts-Oss

12 Feb

Detox Flow with Clara Roberts-Oss


Yoga benefits… And you? How do you feel since you began pratice yoga?

11 Feb

Yoga benefits... And you? How do you feel since you began pratice yoga?

Yoga benefits


Common mistakes in Downward Dog and how to fix them.

10 Feb

Common mistakes in Downward Dog and how to fix them.

Downward Dog


Everything You Need to Know About Crow Pose

6 Feb

Everything You Need to Know About Crow Pose

Everything You Need to Know About Crow Pose



1 Feb


Head games : Turn your yoga practice upside down with these energizing poses.


This is your brain on yoga

19 Jan

This is your brain on yoga


15 Jan


The sun salutation cycle / La salutation au soleil

11 Jan

Good to do some fast paced cycles in quick succession for a morning workout!


Il est bon d’en faire quelques séquences rythmées pour un exercice matinal!

The sun salutation cycle


5 ways to improve almost any yoga pose

8 Dec

5 ways to improve almost any yoga pose

Mindfulness – What is mindfulness meditation?

6 Jun
Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation

Best yoga hip openers – Ouverture des hanches

5 Jun

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.


  • 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.

What is your yoga style?

16 May
From Alisonhinksyoga.com

From Alisonhinksyoga.com

Dare To Be Creative “LOLË Love”

14 May
From Löle Love

From Löle Love

“Poets don’t invent new words, and musicians don’t invent new notes, yet their work reassembles the known and turns it into something fresh and original.” Writes Nadia Lakhdari, VP of Content and Event Program at C2-MTL. She continues: “Creativity means seeing the world and its possibilities in a new way, making connections between thoughts and ideas that at first glance do not appear to be related, and above all, having the guts and the drive to bring these discordant ideas to life.

” Dubbed “a business conference, but different,” C2-MTL addresses how commerce and creativity can team up to redefine business. Curated by international creative agency Sid Lee, in collaboration with founding partner Cirque du Soleil and content partner Fast Company, C2-MTL will unfold in a Montreal innovation village designed specifically for the occasion, May 21 – 23, 2013. The three-day event assembles multimedia conferences by internationally acclaimed speakers, engaging exhibitions, interactive installations, collaborative workshops, a creativity boot camp, parties, and even Lolë Yoga meet-ups!

Lyne St-Roch, the Lolë’s ambassador who will be leading Montreal’s Lolë White Yoga Sessions this summer, will be taking a creative approach to yoga. Throughout C2’s breaks, Lyne will be leading participants through a yoga practice like they’ve never experienced before. Forget downward dog! Event participants will be encouraged to keep their suits and trendy outfits on and discover a whole new way to zen. Sold? Get 10%OFF your ticket to C2 by purchasing it on the special lolë c2 page. See you there!

viaDare To Be Creative « LOLË Love.

Une séance de yoga complètement inédite “LOLË Love”

14 May
From Löle Love

From Löle Love

« Les poètes n’inventent pas de nouveaux mots, et les musiciens n’inventent pas de nouvelles notes; pourtant, leurs œuvres rassemblent le connu et le transforment en quelque chose de rafraîchissant et d’original », écrit Nadia Lakhdari, V.P., programmation et contenu, C2-MTL. Elle ajoute : « La créativité, c’est voir le monde et ses possibilités différemment, créant des connexions entre des pensées et des idées qui, à première vue, ne semblent pas être liées, et, surtout, c’est avoir l’audace et la motivation de donner vie à ces idées discordantes. »

Surnommé « une conférence d’affaires, autrement », l’événement C2-MTL traite de la façon dont les réponses créatives aux questions commerciales ont le potentiel de redéfinir le monde des affaires. Imaginé par l’agence créative internationale Sid Lee, en collaboration avec le Cirque du Soleil, partenaire fondateur, ainsi que Fast Company, partenaire de contenu et média, C2-MTL se déroulera à Montréal du 21 au 23 mai 2013, dans un village innovateur conçu exclusivement pour l’occasion. L’événement de trois jours propose des prestations de conférenciers renommés, des expositions interactives, des présentations multimédias, des ateliers collaboratifs, un Boot Camp créatif, des soirées festives, et même des Meet-ups de yoga de Lolë!

Lyne St-Roch, l’ambassadrice de Lolë qui dirigera les Lolë White Yoga Sessions cet été, abordera le yoga sous une nouvelle perspective créative. Lors des pauses-café de C2, Lyne invitera les participants à faire l’expérience d’une séance de yoga complètement inédite. Oubliez la posture du chien tête en bas! Les participants de l’événement seront invités à garder leurs tenues et habits bien repassés, et à découvrir une toute nouvelle façon de décompresser.Vendus? Obtenez un rabais de 10 % sur votre billet en effectuant votre achat sur notre page spéciale Lolë C2. J’espère vous y voir !

viaUne séance de yoga complètement inédite « LOLË Love.

The Sexiest Yoga Mat Alive

13 May

Here’s what happens when a yoga mat falls in love…pretty funny video actually, and I totally love the idea of a hotel stocking yoga mats in guest rooms…easier access to yoga mats is exactly what the world needs!


viaThe Sexiest Yoga Mat Alive.

Hot and humid: Introducing Bikram yoga – The Independent

25 Apr

It’s not supposed to be competitive, but fans hope for Olympic glory. Matthew Bell reports from the national championships

Flamingos may find it relaxing, but for most of us, standing on one leg isn’t much of a tonic. Unless, that is, you’re a follower of Bikram yoga, in which case it’s the first step to fitness, flexibility and finding inner peace.

That was the message at yesterday’s National Yoga Asana Championships, held in the carpeted fug of a central London hotel. Now in its 10th year, the annual competition drew 26 female and nine male entrants, and, for the first time, a youth division, all battling it out to be crowned Britain’s bendiest yoga bunny.

Normally considered a form of relaxation, yoga as competition may seem like a contradiction in terms. But as with diving or gymnastics, there’s more than one way to flail a limb. In Bikram yoga, named after its creator, Bikram Choudhury, the temperature is cranked up to 30C, the idea being that a hot and humid environment improves joint relaxation. For the competition, each entrant is allowed three minutes in which to strike seven postures, of which five are mandatory, and two are chosen by the individual.

Obviously, the first requirement is to be able to contort yourself into position. So, how hard is it? Just before she goes on stage, Bridgett Ann Goddard takes me through a few moves. “Legs apart, arms out, lean, and head up!” There’s a lot to take in, but suddenly we’re doing “the triangle”. “And, touch your toes!” It’s tempting to topple over, except that dozens of Lycra-clad men and women are cheering me on. “Whoop! Way to go!” I hear through an armpit. It may be competitive, but this is a very friendly sport.

Once you’ve mastered the triangle – what then? “Judges award points for grace, style, accuracy, precision, strength – there’s a whole rubric they’re following,” explains Lorraine Bell, one of the organisers. The competition takes place in front of an X Factor-style panel of judges and an audience of 400 guests, each paying £15.

Competitive yoga is growing in popularity, and Ms Bell hopes it could one day become an Olympic sport. Why? “Yoga is very popular,” she says. “More so than curling. Why is curling an Olympic sport? There are more people who have a knowledge and understanding of yoga, who make it part of their lives, every week, every day. I think it would be nice for them to see another place for it to go. Not everyone is competitive and certainly lots of types of yoga are not, but there will be some people who will want to compete. This is just another avenue.”

An astonishing number of competitors discovered yoga because of health problems. Ky Ha, 32, is one. A former yoga world champion, he took up yoga 10 years ago, after suffering knee pain. “I was doing a lot of running, and I’d been in a lot of car accidents,” he says. “The running was really hard on my joints. A friend said practising yoga would really help me out, and it did.”

Most moving is the story of Ayesha Nauth, 37, who suffers from chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Last year, she came third. “From the age of 22, I was quite debilitated,” she says. “I was at home being looked after by my mum because I couldn’t do anything at all. I got a bit better through taking medication, and started working in the City, but it was really stressful, and the stress was inflaming it even more. A friend of mine recommended Bikram because the heat and the humidity would help my joints. After a few sessions, I noticed a big difference. Now, when I stop practising my joints really seize up. I can’t even turn the handle of a door.”

But why do it competitively? “My doctor told me I would be in a wheelchair by the end of my twenties. Since doing Bikram, I don’t even use a walking stick any more. So my teacher said I should do it to inspire others, and to show you don’t have to go into hospital all the time. It has completely changed my life.”

It’s certainly not for everyone, and the chances of it becoming an Olympic sport are, everyone admits, pretty slight. But maybe the flamingos are on to something.

viaHot and humid: Introducing Bikram yoga – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent.

Yoga competitors display inner stillness

7 Apr
Rosalie Abbey, holding flowers, an 18-year-old environment student at McGill University, receives congratulations from the participants after winning the gold medal at the Quebec Hatha Yoga championships in the women's category at Mount Royal United Church on Saturday.Photograph by: Marie-France Coallier , The Gazette

Rosalie Abbey, holding flowers, an 18-year-old environment student at McGill University, receives congratulations from the participants after winning the gold medal at the Quebec Hatha Yoga championships in the women’s category at Mount Royal United Church on Saturday.
Photograph by: Marie-France Coallier , The Gazette

MONTREAL — You could have heard a pin drop at the first annual Quebec Hatha Yoga championships in Town of Mount Royal on Saturday — not because the church hall was empty, but out of deference to the 13 competitors.

They had three minutes apiece to impress the judges by flexing, contorting and immobilizing their bodies in ways unimaginable and, occasionally, a bit frightening to people who don’t own a yoga mat.

And the more than 100 spectators helped them find their inner stillness with respectful silence.

Mike D’Abate, a 32-year-old teacher from LaSalle, and Rosalie Abbey, an 18-year-old environment student at McGill University, emerged as the first provincial Hatha Yoga champions, and will represent Quebec at the national championships in Vancouver at the end of the month.

You had to like D’Abate’s chances of capturing the men’s division Saturday.

He was the only entrant.

But Judge Brad Cowell of Vancouver said D’Abate did a lot more than win by default.

“He scored very well. He has a very good shot for the Canadian championship,” Cowell said.

D’Abate said he started doing yoga a couple of years ago at the urging of a female friend who is now a yoga instructor.

It didn’t bother him to be one of the few men doing it, he said. “I’m used to it. In the elementary schools where I teach, there are usually no more than one or two men.”

D’Abate, a former bodybuilder who performed his routine Saturday clad only in shorts, said he does yoga “six or seven times” a week, for an hour or two at a stretch.

“It’s helped me a lot, body and mind. I like learning, and with yoga, I’m always learning. That’s one of the things I tell my students; don’t be afraid to try something new. But I’m glad I wasn’t competing against the women today. They’re much better than I am.”

Abbey, the female champion, only started Bikram yoga a year ago.

“It helps everything. I feel so much more calm and strong outside the classroom,” she said.

Among the other competitors was Isabelle Boileau, 32, who gave birth to a son less than seven months ago.

She practised yoga until two days before the birth and was back at the studio four days later.

“Yoga for me is a way of life. I’ve practised for eight years, and always will,” she said.

Cowell noted that yoga, which will become an Olympic sport in 2020, is one of the few that competitors take up in their 50s, 60s and 70s.

While flexibility is what spectators tend to notice most, stillness, posture and the mind-and-body connection also are key considerations in judged competitions, he said.


© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette

viaYoga competitors display inner stillness.

What Is A Yogi?

30 Mar
From DoYouYoga.com

From DoYouYoga.com

What does a yogi look like? How does a yogi act? What are the rules and commandments of “fitting in” with the yoga crowd?

Are yogis the people with perfectly toned yoga bodies wearing Lululemon, adorned in mala beads and “om” tattoos? Are they compassionate, vegetarian saints, shopping at Whole Foods with a cart full of kale and quinoa (never any cookies or booze)?

What Defines A Yogi?

I am someone that strongly dislikes being defined or being forced to conform. I am a “rebel”. I want nothing more than to be free, to be myself, to be authentic.

I was first introduced to yoga around age nine. Instead of going to church on Sundays, I would practice yoga, read from the Bhagavad Gita and chant sanskrit mantras with my mother. Soon I realized that was odd and different from everyone else, and I wanted nothing to do with it.

Somehow drawn back to yoga in my late teens, I’ve been practicing consistently ever since. There have been times when I have wanted to give up and get out of this “yoga thing”. But I am still here, still practicing, still dedicated – now more than ever. This is my path. This is who I am.

What Does A Yogi Do?

I wear mala beads and use them to meditate. I am named after Hanuman’s mother and I am a vegetarian. I am kind, compassionate and selfish at times. I am moody and messy. I suffer, I laugh, I get fearful and ashamed. I like to look good and feel good. I love kombucha. Malbec and Stella Artois. I rock yoga pants, Ganesh t-shirts, short dresses and heels. Depending on the day, I practice yoga in silence, listening to Rihanna or jamming to Krishna Das. I like to chant and I like to party. I am spiritual, I am human.

I love yoga. Yoga can’t really be pinned down and defined, and neither can I.

So what’s a yogi to do when that concept or idea starts to become another stereotype or image to fit into?

Yoga is living, breathing and ever-changing. There are no rules. There are no exclusions. There is no conformity. You don’t have to look like anything in particular. You don’t have to act a certain way. Your Warrior II doesn’t have to look perfectly like mine. You are free to be who you are. Yoga is all accepting, all encompassing, all unifying.

Vegetarians drinking green juice, all their chakras aligned, standing on their hands in yoga pants have become an image of what yogis are. It is no more than an image and concept in people’s minds. Those things don’t define anyone.

Those practicing yoga for spiritual, mental and emotional reasons are no better or worse than those practicing for chaturanga arms, a yoga booty and six pack abs. Eventually, people practicing for the purpose of an ass-kicking workout will inevitably go deeper. Yoga does the work. It does the magic.

Yoga is about you, the practitioner. Whoever you are. It’s about knowing your true self and evolving to your fullest potential. It’s about awareness. It is about connection of all the fragmented parts of yourself, connection between yourself and others, connection of mind and body.

15 Things That Make Me A Yogi

There are no rules or definitions, but I do know some things that undoubtedly make me a yogi.

I practice… and practice more. It is my space, my freedom, my devotion and inspiration.

I am aware. I am aware of all parts of myself, all the layers. I am aware of the thoughts, emotions, aches, pains, judgements and everything in between. I am aware of the space that holds all of that.

I am centered and grounded.

I am present. I am with my breath. I am at home in my body.

I know myself, love myself and accept myself. And there are plenty of times when I don’t. But I know how to come out of self-judgement and self-loathing.

I go with the flow. I ride the waves of life and find the ease.

I have an ego. I remind myself that I am not my ego.

I see the light in everyone. I appreciate everyone as they are. I love.

I breathe deep and live from my heart.

I am flexible and supple in body and mind.

I am a student of life. I am always learning and evolving.

I don’t follow rules. I am who I am. I will never fit into any category, definition, image or concept.

I am authentic and honest. On and off my mat.

I am not all these things, all the time. But the awareness remains no matter what comes and goes on the surface. I know how to return to my center, to my most true and pure self, unified and whole.

What makes YOU a yogi?

viaWhat Is A Yogi?.

Yoga Sequence For Runners | Poster

22 Mar

In order to punch up steep hills, endure long runs, and to do so with optimum speed, strong legs are essential for runners. Yoga is the perfect complement to any running routine, and this dynamic 10-posture yoga sequence is tailor-made for building stronger legs. Move through each pose, holding for five breaths, and then repeat on the other side.

viaYoga Sequence For Runners | Poster.

Top 10 benefits of yoga – Times Of India

9 Mar

Yoga is much more than simply twisting your body in impossible poses. It is a meeting of mind and body that together give you the health benefits of mindful exercise.

With tremendous positive effects such as normalisation of blood pressure, reducing stress, weight loss and cholesterol control, yoga has become a global favourite form of exercise. Today, Ms. Sunita Pathania – Sr. Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator, Healthy Living Diet Clinic, Mumbai, presents the top 10 benefits of yoga…

Benefits of Yoga # 1: Yoga for pregnancy

If you are pregnant, and want to stay fit, then you should practice yoga daily. Practicing yoga during pregnancy makes you strong overall. Regular practice of yoga helps ease tiredness, releases tension, increases flexibility by stretching of the muscles, offers internal benefits like good circulation, digestion, respiration and regulation of the nervous system. Besides, it also helps in relieving pregnancy ailments like insomnia, lower back pain, leg-cramping and digestive upsets. But, to avoid complications, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before practicing yoga.

Benefits of Yoga # 2: Mental peace

Yoga’s overall emphasis on breathing and other balancing asanas help in harmonising both the sides of the brain and restores balance. This also makes us utilize both the sides of our brain and further enhances the internal communication, which we often fail to use during our daily tasks. By practicing yoga you can find a state of balance between your thinking brain and creative brain.

Benefits of Yoga # 3: Boosts overall health

Good health is not a mere absence of disease, in fact it is more of a balance between your mind and emotions as well. Practicing yoga, helps in achieving total fitness, it helps you to stay away from various diseases and makes you dynamic, joyful and enthusiastic.

Benefits of Yoga # 4: Good circulation

With the combination of various yoga poses and breathing techniques, yoga also aides in proper blood circulation in your body. Due to proper blood circulation in the body, oxygen and other nutrients are better transported in the body which results in healthy organs and glowing skin.

Benefits of Yoga # 5: Yoga for flat stomach

Before reading about how yoga helps with a flat stomach, you must know that no ‘single’ exercise can help you get a flat stomach. If anyone promises you a flat stomach with a low-tempo, zero core work, exercise that doesn’t help you lose excess fat from all over the body, then you need to consult another expert.

In yoga, various asanas like Naukasana, Ushtrasana and basic crunches will help you tone an already flat stomach, if practiced daily. Practicing yoga and following a proper diet will help tone down your stomach.

Benefits of Yoga # 6: Healthy Heart

Various asanas wherein you hold your breath for a short time help improve the fitness of your heart and arteries. Yoga helps in proper blood circulation, which prevents blood clogging and hence gives you a healthy heart.

Benefits of Yoga # 7: Prevents pains and aches

As yoga improves flexibility and strength it also helps in preventing back pains and joint pains. Sunita says – people who have a desk job and drive for a long time should practice yoga daily, as it helps to relieve the spinal compression and spinal tightness. Besides, it also helps in improving your structure which further helps in preventing various pains caused due to bad posture.

Benefits of Yoga # 8: Better breathing

Due to various deep and slow breathing techniques, which yoga involves, it improves the capacity of your lungs and abdominal cavity. This further enhances your daily performance and endurance training. The deep breathing also stimulates relaxation and helps you recover from physical and mental stress.

Benefits of Yoga # 9: Improves balance

With poor posture, we lose the ability to balance as we age. This is due to different aspects of sedentary living that involves little to no core engagement on a daily basis. This results in falls, fractures, poor back health, and many other issues. Yoga can help you regain this lost balance and core control. Yoga improves your sense of balance by fine tuning your strength and flexibility. This improvement also aids in making your brain work fast and makes you more able to control your impulses.

Benefits of Yoga # 10: Stress reduction

Yoga helps in relieving stress. When you practice yoga after a hectic schedule, you will notice that all your stresses will melt down. Of course, this does not mean that yoga is the only form of exercise that alleviates stress. Any exercise, when practised dilligently with focus and correct form and breathing technique, will help you relieve stress.

viaTop 10 benefits of yoga – Times Of India.

David Magone: 6 Heart-Healthy Yoga Postures

1 Mar

Remember the sit-and-reach test from high school? Your results may have been more important than you thought. A study conducted at the University of North Texas suggests that yoga or other stretching disciplines may have a positive impact on overall heart health and recommends that stretching should be “integrated as a new recommendation into the known cardiovascular benefits of regular exercise.”

Kinesiologist and yoga blogger Kreg Weiss recently explored this issue (see full article), citing two studies that bucked the trending opinion that yoga does not have cardiovascular benefits. The first study, conducted by K. Yamamoto, et al., found that middle-aged and older adults with limited flexibility were more likely to suffer from age-related arterial stiffening than others of the same age group with greater flexibility. The second showed that arterial stiffness can be reduced by stretching alone — even if you don’t engage in additional strength training or traditional cardio activities.

These findings have important implications for your health, because arterial stiffness can increase the likelihood of complications, including high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

While these studies do suggest that stretching and yoga can have a positive impact on cardiovascular health, it should be mentioned that you shouldn’t give up aerobic training altogether. The Center for Disease Control recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic training per week for overall heart heath.

Can’t touch your toes anymore? Not to worry. Practice this short cycle of postures three times per week to improve the results of the sit and reach test.

Hold each posture for a minimum of 60 seconds each. Practice variations 1-4 until you can grab your toes. Afterward, gradually work deeper into the forward fold by gradually adding variations 5-6 to your practice.

If you have herniated disks or other back problems, make sure to consult with a yoga teacher before beginning these exercises.

viaDavid Magone: 6 Heart-Healthy Yoga Postures.

AcroYoga video

21 Feb


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Twisting and detoxification // Torsion et détoxication

19 Feb
Twisting and detoxification

Twisting and detoxification

Traduction en français : Cette posture crée une torsion des organes situés dans la cavité abdominale. Ceci aide à nettoyer le foie et les autres organes avoisinants, en dirigeant le sang et le liquide lymphatique dans les vaisseaux plus larges du système cardio-vasculaire et en expulsant les toxines.
Le cœur principal de ce mouvement sont les muscles abdominaux en action de synergie avec le sternocleidomastoide (muscle du sternum),le latissimus dorsi (dos) et le tricep (bras) d’un coté, en combinaison avec le bicep (bras) et l’esquio-jambier (arrière de la cuisse) de l’autre coté pour accentuer la torsion.

From Bikram Yoga Boucherville

Yoga mat folds into the size of a folded newspaper | CTV News

18 Feb
The YogoMat folds into roughly the size of a folded newspaper. (Yogomat)

The YogoMat folds into roughly the size of a folded newspaper. (Yogomat)

If toting around a yoga mat, complete with its own dedicated yoga mat bag, is a hassle, a lightweight new option might make your commuter life a bit easier.

YogaSports new YogoMat folds into roughly the size of a folded newspaper — making it easy to slip into your purse or backpack — but its a full-size mat when unfolded.

The company just launched a Kickstarter campaign, where a $US40 pledge will get one in your hands by June 2013 add $10 for shipping outside the US. The mat is expected to retail at $65.

The mats come in two colors, gray and red, and are made from sustainably harvested natural rubber and claim to be 100 percent recyclable.

Yogis who meditate after their practice can also check out the YoFoMat, which folds up into a thick, comfortable seat for seeking enlightenment.

viaYoga mat folds into the size of a folded newspaper | CTV News.

Introducing the YogoMat: Take Yoga Anywhere (Kickstarter) from YogoSport on Vimeo.

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.

Yoga Anatomy-2nd Edition: Book

31 Jan

by Leslie Kaminoff, Amy MatthewsHuman Kinetics | October 28, 2011 | Trade Paperback

“Yoga Anatomy” brings the relationship between yoga and anatomy to life with detailed, full-color anatomical illustrations. This book arranges exercises into six sections standing, sitting, kneeling, prone, supine, and arm supports, providing an inside look into each pose and a better understanding of the movements involved.

viaYoga Anatomy-2nd Edition: Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews: Books | chapters.indigo.ca.

Meghan Currie‘s Yoga Videos

15 Jan

Stunningly, Searchingly, Peacefully Beautiful.

Filmed at the epic Magnific Rock in Nicaragua. madly in love with this place.
MUSIC: LIGHT by Dr Toast

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Yoga for skiers and snowboarders

13 Jan

Some simple moves will mean you’ll be stronger on the slopes this winter.

Photo: Sean Molin Photography/Flickr

Unless you are lucky to live within an hour of the slopes (or get a lot of time off in the winter season), skiing and snowboarding can be tough on the body — not because they are inherently dangerous (unless you take a spill, of course), but because most of us don’t do them often enough to build up the specific strength and flexibility we need for a day out on the snow. It’s tough to build up those muscles when you only go out five or six days each season; ideally we could start the winter riding or skiing a couple hours a few times a week, building up to a full day on the slopes. But most of the time, we get our time at the ski resort in small chunks.

Not only do I not want to hurt myself when I go riding, there are few things as frustrating as your thigh and calf muscles giving up after a few hours when you have the rest of the day to use your lift ticket — and your heart and mind want to keep going. When you push yourself once your legs start shaking, that’s when accidents and injuries occur, so being in decent shape will help avoid some of that (I like to vary leg-centric exercises like spinning, running and using the elliptical with lunges and jump-roping to build strong legs and core). But yoga strengthening exercises that target specific areas can really target those muscles you use the most while riding and skiing.

While overall and flexibility will always benefit a rider or skiier, I’m always sure to focus on legs, spine and core muscles so I can go all day long. Indeed, in this excellent piece on Yoga Journal for skiers, writer and yogi Baron Baptiste likens the proper skiing position to yoga poses.

Feet should be shoulder-width apart, as if in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), to create a stable base for the body.

Knees should be in line with the toes, as in Utkatasana (Chair Pose).

Hips should be tipped slightly forward. This is a somewhat unnatural position for most people; however, ski boots help encourage this shape in the lower body.

This posture helps you gain control. Boris likens it to walking down a roof: “If your hips are back, then your feet will come out from under you,” she says.

Shoulders should be dropped, or relaxed, as in Tadasana.

Torso should be still. Referred to as a “quiet upper body” in skiing, having a “still” torso is akin to riding a bicycle with the lower body doing most of the work while  the upper body provides stability.

Burton Girls has a great yoga routine specifically for snowboarders, which incorporates two of my favorite yoga moves for legs: Downward Dog and Chair Pose, both of which stretch and strengthen thighs and calves.

Here’s an example of how simple these moves can be, even if you’ve never done yoga before:

Chair Pose

Start: In Mountain Pose


• Take a deep breath through the nose and exhale as you sit back, bend your knees and drop the tailbone back. Lift your chest and reach your arms forward and up alongside ears.

• Press into the feet, extend through the hips and knees, then rise back up to Mountain Pose.

• Repeat 10–15 times. On the last chair, remain “seated” for at least six deep breaths.

Benefits: Keeps the ankles, hips and shoulders in alignment with the knees over the toes, which, when snowboarding, is the correct centered and balanced position. Engages core muscles in your abdomen and spine.

If you have a tough time motivating yourself to do a routine on your own, taking a yoga class at a ski mountain (I recently enjoyed one at the West Branch Yoga Center in Stowe, Vt.) and asking the teacher there about specific yoga moves for your style of riding (backcountry, jumps, woods) can be beneficial as well. You can try asking around at your local yoga center too; there’s likely at least one teacher who also likes to hit the slopes and can give you extra tips. Or check out some of the online videos that target poses for snow-junkies.

In this video, yoga teacher Sarah Kline is joined by Olympic skiracer Resi Stiegler and professional snowboarder Rob Kingwill, in a pre-riding or skiing warmup.

This 20-minute yoga practice will build stregth and flexibility specifically for snowboarders and skiers.

viaYoga for skiers and snowboarders | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

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Yoga pour les Skieurs

13 Jan

Essayez le yoga après une journée de ski.

Le ski trouve son parfait contraire dans le yoga. Où le ski est rapide et risqué, le yoga est lent et réfléchi. Les deux philosophies de sport divergent, mais les exigences physiques du ski sont complémentaires aux mouvements du yoga.

Le  plus grand bénéfice que le yoga peut apporter à votre ski est la prévention des blessures.  Le ski demande beaucoup à l’organisme alors que les muscles sont froids et appelés à accomplir une variété de fonctions, comme la dextérité, l’équilibre, et la concentration. Pour les skieurs qui dévalent les pistes de manière sporadique, ces conditions athlétiques requises sont souvent trop dures, et ils peuvent se blesser. En observant les déséquilibres de votre corps, provoqués par les mouvements particuliers du ski, et en employant un programme de yoga pour mettre votre corps dans un état d’équilibre, vous pouvez éviter des blessures et pratiquer ce sport pendant des années.

Dans tout sport, et le ski ne fait pas exception, si vous surcompensez dans un domaine, on affaiblit l’autre, ce qui vous empêche d’être à votre maximum. Le ski est un sport intensif qui travaille la partie inférieure, le déséquilibre le plus évident se produit dans un corps surdéveloppé plus bas et une partie supérieure du corps relativement faible. Dans le choix des postures de yoga il faut développer la puissance supérieure du corps.

Ce sont ces déséquilibres, partie inférieure partie supérieure, du corps qui affectent directement la performance d’un skieur, et conduisent parfois à des blessures. Par exemple, une forte opposition quadriceps et ischio-jambiers peut donner trop de pression sur l’articulation du genou.  Les articulations du genou (et la moitié inférieure du corps en général) prennent beaucoup de choc car ils absorbent activement le terrain sur une piste de ski. Dans la position du ski, bien que la position du genou plié avec les hanches en avant permet d’amortir  l’impact, la puissance réelle vient du fessier, des quadriceps et des muscles du dos. Si ces muscles sont faibles, les genoux finissent par prendre la pression que les jambes et fessiers ne portent pas. Pour éviter toute blessure au genou un skieur doit s’efforcer de maintenir la musculature autour des genoux et les muscles du mollet souple et tendu, le yoga est utile dans ces cas là.

Ensemble, les hanches et les genoux créer la force motrice au ski, ou plus précisément, le mécanisme de direction. L’utilisation de ces articulations, avec l’aide de la cheville, est toujours dirigée vers le but de tenter de faire pression sur le bord intérieur de la descente pour effectuer un virage. C’est techniquement dénommé angulation, la création d’angle avec votre corps en utilisant les pieds, les chevilles, les genoux, les hanches, la colonne vertébrale, ou une combinaison de ces éléments afin de pousser et déplacer vos skis.

Garder la région des hanches flexibles et souples est nécessaire non seulement pour éviter les déséquilibres, mais aussi encourager les bonnes habitudes pour tourner.

Équilibre, un mélange de force, la flexibilité est particulièrement importante, qu’il s’agisse de bosses ou deperfectionner la maîtrise du ski. Elle est également impérative pour éviter les blessures. Si vous êtes tout schuss et arrivé sur un terrain inattendu avec un rocher ou une plaque de glace, vous pouvez éviter de déchirer votre muscle de la cuisse, si vous avez la souplesse et la force pour soutenir le levée de votre jambe.

En dépit du nombre de blessure, le ski n’est pas un sport à craindre, mais plutôt un sport à préparer. Une des étapes les plus simples pour se préparer à la montagne est de vérifier votre alignement. Si vous êtes correctement mis en place sur vos skis, vous avez déjà éliminé un obstacle important.

Suivre ces principes fondamentaux d’alignement pour le ski et vous pouvez éviter les chutes tant redoutées qui se produisent inévitablement sous un télésiège plein de spectateurs.

Les pieds doivent être de la largeur des épaules, comme dans Tadasana (Montagne), pour créer une base stable pour le corps.

Les genoux devraient être en ligne avec vos orteils, comme dans Utkatasana.

Le bassin doit être légèrement inclinée vers l’avant. Il s’agit d’une situation quelque peu contre nature pour la plupart des gens, cependant, les chaussures de ski contribuent à encourager cette forme dans le bas du corps. Cette posture vous permet de prendre le contrôle.

Les épaules doivent être assouplies, comme dans Tadasana.

Notre corps est conçu pour se déplacer. Biologiquement, nous avons besoin de mouvement continu et régulier. Pourtant, souvent dans les mois d’hiver, nous restons à l’intérieur, nous déplaçant de moins en moins. Le ski satisfait notre besoin fondamental pour le mouvement tout en nous reconnectant avec la nature. Les deux, débutants et skieurs expérimentés, peuvent témoigner de la joie physique et spirituelle d’une journée sur les pistes.

Pour profiter au maximum de vos journées sur les skis, suivre la sagesse des yogis et étirez vos muscles avant et après la descente des pistes.

viaYoga pour les Skieurs | Yogamag.



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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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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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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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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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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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


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25 Oct


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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.

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: 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

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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?

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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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$

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$

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$

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$

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$

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$

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$

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