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Move Your Asana at the Office
Move Your Asana at the Office
You began your workday with the best of intentions. Quite virtuous intentions, actually. But, your job is hectic and deadlines loom. Despite planning on attending a yoga class at the studio down the street or even in your office wellness center, you find yourself trapped at your desk working overtime. Again. If this happens to you on a regular basis, don’t despair. You can squeeze in time for yoga at the office, even if it’s at your desk with no sticky mat or stretchy pants in sight.

Deepening My Practice with The Kaivalya Yoga Method
Deepening My Practice with The Kaivalya Yoga Method
Dear fellow yogis, When I started the The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Training with YogaDownload.com in January 2016, I had no idea or conception of what the ride would be like.  Wow, that was a training above all trainings imaginable!  It certainly took lots of energy, effort, focus, and strong perseverance! I found the beginning modules more challenging for me personally, and as I continued on, I felt like I was opening up a genie (a.k.a. Alanna Kaivalya) bottle that I found on the beach. And, out of the genie bottle continued to arise more and more intrigue, more and more heartfelt information, more and more myths and depth.

Sutra Yourself: New Classes for Yoga's Core Teachings
Sutra Yourself: New Classes for Yoga's Core Teachings
Hello from YogaDownload! We have 4 exclusive new classes to share with you, going back to the core teachings of yoga. The 2000 year-old Sutras (Sanskrit for “threads”) are timeless truisms that brings you closer to your practice. The classes are all offered by the same teacher – and you need to meet this person. She gives us butterflies. Everyone from Ana Forest to Rodney Yee to Yoga Journal has sung her praises. Her books are bestsellers, her workshops sell out all over the world and millions of people adore her music. She is a true yoga scholar, an expert on the sutras, mythology, the anatomy of the body and the creative expression of the practice.

Twist and Turns in Yoga
Twist and Turns in Yoga
When you’re practicing yoga, do you ever wonder why you’re doing a particular asana or pose? Why the teacher emphasizes alignment in a particular way? What the benefits are?

Empower Your Awesome, Love Your Core
Empower Your Awesome, Love Your Core
You are awesome! Yes, you. If sometimes you doubt yourself and question whether you’re strong enough for whatever you’re facing in your life, you aren’t alone. We’ve got some suggestions for you about how loving and strengthening your core will empower you. Our core is our center—physically, emotionally and mentally. It is vital to keep our spine healthy, our abs strong and learn to cultivate our prana or life force energy from our navel center. Remember that when we create strength in our physical body, it translates to strength in our heart and mind as well.

Find Your True Self
Find Your True Self
Intuition is a phenomenon of mind, where the mind acquires knowledge without a use of reason. Intuition is seen as greater knowledge, knowledge beyond intelligence, opposite to our rational thinking. It is the ultimate state of humanity, as animals rely on their instinct, we humans have intuition. In Hinduism, intuition is referred as the glimpse of higher and wider self-knowledge. Connecting with our intuition, is an experience of coming into contact with Brahman, the ultimate reality in the universe. The eternal truth and bliss.

Celebrating Moksha and Freedom
Celebrating Moksha and Freedom
As we approach Independence Day in the Unites States, we here at YogaDownload.com felt it was a great time to explore the concept of what true freedom and independence means to us, in general and also in the yogic sense. The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s freedom. We celebrate with vacations to the beach, barbecues with family and friends and fireworks. It’s a time to shake off work, duties and responsibilities and instead embrace joy and light-heartedness.

The Practice of Freedom: Taking Flight in Crane Pose
The Practice of Freedom: Taking Flight in Crane Pose
You’ve probably practiced Bakasana (crane pose) in class before and most likely the version you learned was actually Kakasana (crow pose). Whaaaat? Isn’t Bakasana synonymous with crow? Well, actually...no, it is not.

Trust More, Fear Less: Arm Balance + Inversion Classes are Here
Trust More, Fear Less: Arm Balance + Inversion Classes are Here
Let’s not make today about fear. Quiet the naysayer in your mind and do something new and unexpected. You’ll be so glad you did.

Fuel Your Body, Pre and Post Yoga Eats
Fuel Your Body, Pre and Post Yoga Eats
We don’t know about you, but here at YogaDownload, if we haven’t fueled up properly before yoga, we’re not happy. You’ve probably heard that you should practice yoga on an empty stomach. Yoga has lots of twists and forward folds; so you don’t want to feel heavy or bloated. But, ensuring you have the requisite energy and stable blood sugar levels is vital to getting the most out of your time on the mat.

Yoga Pose of the Month: Downward-Facing Dog
Yoga Pose of the Month: Downward-Facing Dog
When you’re practicing yoga, do you ever wonder why you’re doing a particular asana or pose? Why the teacher emphasizes alignment in a particular way? What the benefits are?

Yoga to Detoxify and Rejuvenate
Yoga to Detoxify and Rejuvenate
Spring is approaching! It’s the time when our homes feel lighter and brighter after we purge all the junk and unnecessary clutter we tend to amass over the winter months.

How Yoga Improves Your Relationships
How Yoga Improves Your Relationships
Often, yoga is described as a journey for self-understanding-- a process for uncovering your true nature. Once we maintain a consistent yoga practice, we change—physically, emotionally, and mentally. Change is good! If we are different, we interact with others in a different way as well. Yoga can help us resolve issues in our relationships--past and present and future.

5 Ways to Bring Some Sunshine into Winter
5 Ways to Bring Some Sunshine into Winter
During the winter months, the opportunity to play outside is limited by shorter days. Some of us are in the office all day and by the time we leave; the sun’s already set. Whether you’re in a brisk climate or a mild one, you may feel stuck inside more than you’d prefer. If you’ve got a case of cabin fever, try one or all of these five simple ideas to infuse some summer sunshine into your day.

Yoga Certification Online: Using Technology to Enable Everyone. A conversation with Alanna Kaivalya
Yoga Certification Online: Using Technology to Enable Everyone. A conversation with Alanna Kaivalya
One of my core beliefs is that yoga is for everyone. It’s the cornerstone of The Kaivalya Yoga Method. There are a lot of people in the world who are prevented from participating in an in-studio training for many reasons; they live too far away, they have very demanding jobs that don’t let them take an in-studio training at the times they are offered, they’re busy caring for children or relatives. We wanted to be able to bring them a training that would remove the boundaries of distance and scheduling constraints.

Yoga for Being Snowed In
Yoga for Being Snowed In
Hello from underneath 3 feet of snow! We’re stuck at home. The plows are probably another day or two out. The drifts are so deep that it’s hard to take a few steps beyond the house, let alone get to the yoga studio. This is YogaDownload weather.

YogaDownload Thanksgiving Poem
YogaDownload Thanksgiving Poem
This is a rhyme for your ankles, knees and nose, Your chakras, your hips, your elbows and toes. To begin, praise the brain, our center of illumination With moments of quiet and calming meditation.

Yoga is the Exact Same as Football: The Proof
Yoga is the Exact Same as Football: The Proof
Have you noticed that yoga and football are like, the exact same thing? We’re here to throw a flag on the idea that Sunday gameday has to get in the way of your Sunday practice. In celebration of our new Yoga For Football and classes for a Tight End, we found 7 pieces of proof that we’re on one universal Special Team:

The YogaDownload.com Top 10: Your Fave Online Yoga Classes
The YogaDownload.com Top 10: Your Fave Online Yoga Classes
We have thousands of classes, whether you’re looking for a specific teacher or anatomical focus or just want to see what’s out there. These are the classes you gravitate to the most – your top downloads this year. Try them all to see what your fellow YogaDownloaders are loving!

A Yogi's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Redux
A Yogi's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Redux
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the home, Not a yogi was stirring, not even an OM.

How Yoga makes you a better Runner
How Yoga makes you a better Runner
Let’s take a look at the benefits of including yoga in your regular cross training routine. While practicing yoga builds strength and flexibility in areas like the core, hamstrings, quads, and hip flexors, yoga poses also help to improve mental endurance.

Holiday Gift Guide for Procrastinating Yogis
Holiday Gift Guide for Procrastinating Yogis
It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! With cash registers beeping, and everyone telling you, "Go shopping HERE!!" It's the most wonderful time of the year. . .

Top 10 Reasons Why the New YogaDownload ROCKS!!
Top 10 Reasons Why the New YogaDownload ROCKS!!
Do you notice anything different about us? We did some soul searching, some web searching, and made some big improvements to YogaDownload.com! An extreme makeover of sorts. Here are the top ten reasons why the new YogaDownload.com ROCKS, if we do say so ourselves:

DIY Yoga Festival
DIY Yoga Festival
Let's be realistic: it can take a lot of cash (and vacation time) to get yourself to one of this summer’s epic yoga gatherings. Not everyone can do that, but we all deserve the special experience. We made a yoga festival you can have at home – and it even includes top marquee yoga teachers! Welcome to the first annual DIY Yoga Festival – gather your friends, your mat and set your intention to fun for one day this weekend.

YogaDownload's Last-Minute Gift Guide
YogaDownload's Last-Minute Gift Guide
From dealing with rabid crowds at the mall to toiling over the perfect gifts for the special people in your life, the holidays can be a stressful time...especially if you've waited until the last minute to do your shopping (despite promising yourself last year that you wouldn't find yourself in this position again)! Worry not, yogis! The little elves here at Yoga Download are all about putting the PRO in procrastination. We've scoured the interwebs for unique last-minute gift options so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your cozy little homestead. So kick back, grab a hot cuppa something yummy and get your shopping on...