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National Yoga Month
On September 25, 2013 in
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In 2008, the US Department of Health & Human Services designated September "National Yoga Month" as part of a select number of national health observances. This fact (and about two other sentence) is what it says on the National Yoga Month
. But search for National Yoga Month on
and you get... nothing. Nada. Zilch.
Every month, more like every day, is some sort of holiday. So how can we celebrate yoga’s 5,000 years of rich cultural history in a meaningful way? We can start by taking more cues from Earth Month and fewer from National Fish Month (also in September).
A group called
Yoga Health Foundation
has become a home base for National Yoga Month - each September rallying over 2,200 yoga studios across the county to participate in helping to spread the word through new student specials and/or free events. This is grassroots level outreach - and this is where it starts.>
Where it goes from here is up to us. Yoga is great exercise, but if it were
exercise wouldn't we feel the same way about it as we do spin or kickboxing. The more we practice yoga, the more we build a powerful mind/body/world connection. And to make that accessible to a wider community, to truly bring it to the masses, we’re going to have to do more than simply name a month.
So let's start removing the barriers that keep people from trying yoga: perceived barriers like a prerequisite of being bendy or spiritual, as well as geographic and financial barriers. Here at YogaDownload we are proud to offer over
60 free video and audio yoga classes
, in a variety of styles and intensities - not just for a two week trial, but every day and every month of the year, so that everybody can have the opportunity to reap the benefits of yoga, wherever they may be, and not matter how much may they may have. We feel it’s a start.
Today we'd like to ask, what is your experience with National Yoga Month? Did you know it existed? Do you have any personal experiences to share? Has it helped you or someone you know find yoga, or feel closer to your yoga journey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Here's to coming together as a community of yogis and working to bring more awareness to the unparalleled benefits of yoga! And to making it affordable and accessible to each and every person across the globe!
Combining Yoga & Different Styles of Music to Create a Flow State
When we are considering different things to pair together, it is always a subjective matter. For instance, there might be people who love salted chocolate, while others want salt nowhere near their chocolate! The same can be said about adding music to your yoga practice. Some people love vibration support and melodic inspirations when they are flowing from one pose to another and find it improves their practice. Others revel in the silent internal waves of just their breath and prefer yoga without any music. There’s no right or wrong answer here, it’s simply a matter of preference. Regardless, music has become increasingly popular to complement a yoga practice and seems here to stay for those who like this combination. Because of this, there are people who are always looking for new excellent music choices for their yoga sessions. If you’ve been moved by music during a yoga class, you can appreciate the beauty of this combination. Music can add another layer to a deep, rigorous flow and can support you in the challenging moments of a class, or keep your mind from wandering. Many have opened to new music artists and styles of music from tracks they discovered that moved them during yoga. What Is Yoga?
3 Common Myths about Ganja Yoga
Cannabis-enhanced yoga is a thing. Whether popping up in classes across the country, being mentioned alongside other forms of athleticism in articles about CBD-fuelled fitness, or made into fashion with weed-themed yoga leggings, the pairing of the ancient practice and healing plant has become quite the conversation topic in yoga studios across the country. Many people are enjoying the anti-inflammatory, relaxation, and creative benefits of cannabis on yoga. As the first moderner to offer public enhanced-yoga practice, I am so happy to see the marriage of humanity’s oldest methods for relaxation and spiritual insight gain momentum and increased acceptance. Ten years ago, when I started offering a yogic setting for people to get high and do yoga, I googled and found no other mention of the two, other than Chris Bennett’s insightful writing on the history of yoga and cannabis in ancient spiritual practice in India. We’ve come a long way baby! (five thousand years or more, to be exact...).
YogaDownload's Response to YogaGlo's Patent Application and Cease & Desist Letter to Yoga International
In the wake of the controversy over YogaGlo's recent patent application for their methods of filming online yoga classes and their subsequent Cease & Desist Order against Yoga International, we would like to chime in and offer our thoughts regarding this situation.
3 Ways to Celebrate the International Day of Yoga
From India to Indiana and everywhere in between, International Day of Yoga is a monumental celebration for yogis around the world. It’s happening on June 21st, the first day of summer and the solstice - when the sun is at its highest peak in the year. This auspicious day brings yogis of all ages, religions, nationalities and social backgrounds together to celebrate both our individuality and universality. Here are 3 ways you can join the International Day of Yoga festivities and promote harmony, foster good health and the overall well-being of the planet: On the Mat New to yoga? International Day of Yoga is the perfect time to start your practice because you’ll have the energy of the world’s yoga community behind you.
Yoga for Crossfit: Why it Improves Performance & 3 Poses
Yoga is not only a good way to relax your mind and body, it is also being praised for improving Crossfit performance. Yoga creates more flexibility and creates more mobility, which are beneficial for the rigors of Crossfit as well as reducing the risk of injury. While the practices are different in many ways, Crossfit and yoga actually have a lot in common, so if you practice yoga, it’s can be easier to learn to practice Crossfit, and vice versa. Benefits of Yoga for Crossfit: Here are a few reasons why you should consider using yoga as a part of your crossfit training regime. Yoga has many gentle poses that develop your core which is an important part to Crossfit. Being capable of balancing and holding the body with the core is essential. When you regularly practice yoga, you promote strength, endurance, and flexibility and have a greater awareness of how to use your core effectively. You also find your inner strength which is important in Crossfit training. You practice cultivating calm, in challenging moments in yoga, and that can really help during Crossfit. Yoga can help us have more fun in Crossfit. Studies have found that yoga allows you to become more self-aware and improves your energy levels, helping you to enjoy life more fully. Sometimes in Crossfit, training and progress becomes such a focus point that we forget to be light and have fun. Yoga can help here.
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!
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