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Quick And Simple Must-Know Asanas for Good Posture

Posted on 6/12/2017 by Vineetha Reddy in Asana Postures Yoga Practice Yoga for Posture

Did you know that the right body posture can make you look taller, slimmer, and more confident? Thanks to our hectic schedules, our mind and body are always tired. Most of us slouch over our desks, straining our backs in the process. The constant stress and pressure make it really hard for you to maintain a good posture. When your body is in the ideal position, everything else is comfortable. However, accommodating time for a workout or exercise is stressful when your timetable is blocked by work. What if I told you that without wasting much of your day, you could do a few yoga asanas that can make a difference? Read on to know more.

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Essential Sequence: Quick Hip Openers

Posted on 1/31/2017 by Jason Crandell in Asana Happy Hip Stetches Jason Crandell Essential Sequence Deepen Your Yoga Practice Hip Openers

This sequence focuses on stretching the muscles around the whole circumference of the hip joint. It’s great for relieving tension that can accumulate from long periods of sitting or standing and it’s also incredibly grounding. I like to do it after traveling or just at the end of a long, intense day. Spend 5-10 breaths in each pose (or longer if you’d like) and do both sides before moving to the next pose.

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8 Best Yoga Poses for Holiday Cheer

Posted on 12/13/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Asana Yoga Poses Favorite Yoga Poses Sanity Sanctuary Decompress Featured Classes

You may not have realized this, but your favorite yoga poses are also the key to bringing more love, warmth and fa-la-la to your holiday season. This time, we’re not talking about using your practice for a deep and introspective personal journey toward self discovery, we’re talking about a joy break right on the surface. Keeping spirits bright, we’ve identified the very best poses for your favorite holiday activities. Enjoy the jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell bhakti and the most wonderful time of the year will be exactly that.

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Featured Pose: Viparita Virabhadrasana or Reverse Warrior

Posted on 11/15/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Strength Featured Pose Reverse Warrior Warrior Ground Down Asana Viparita Virabhadrasana

Reverse Warrior is a powerful standing pose that stretches your hips and groins, while lengthening your spinal and intercostal muscles. The posture also helps blood circulation, reduce stress, mitigate back pain and can be a mood-booster.

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Find Yourself in a Bind? 5 Poses to Help

Posted on 10/31/2016 by Health Perch in Asana Practice Yogic Binds Side Angle Pose Noose Pose Lord of the Fishes Pose Health Perch

There are lots of benefits to exercise—improved muscle mass, better balance, higher metabolism. And certain specific kinds of exercises bring their own specific benefits. Take yoga: For people interested in a low-impact yet intense way to build strength and flexibility, yoga may be key. But there’s a subset of specific actions in yoga that offer even more benefits.

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Featured Pose: Natarajasana or Dancer's Pose

Posted on 10/25/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Asana Practice Yoga Featured Pose Natarajasana Dancer's Pose Shiva Lord of Dance

Natarajasana, or Dancer's Pose, is a glorious heart-opening posture that challenges balance while lengthening the chest and spinal muscles. Also referred to as Lord of the Dance pose, Natarajasana stimulates the Heart Chakra (Anahata) and the Third Eye Chakra (Ajna), to help the practitioner feel more grateful, forgiving, focused, intuitive, and free. 

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Get Your Yoga Out of My Asana

Posted on 6/7/2016 by J. Brown in yoga Asana Body Image Practice J. Brown Yoga

For many, it is has become important to distinguish between “asana,” or the performing of postures, and yoga. Both those who are inclined towards yoga as a fitness regimen, and those who embrace it as more than just exercise, find it necessary to clarify the intent and purpose behind their practice. This compartmentalisation, while convenient and often useful, brings with it a dilemma, the resolution to which determines what is actually possible with yoga.

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Yogic Tools for Transitions

Posted on 5/30/2016 by Ashley Josephine in fearlessness Intention Asana transitions intransition nonattachment letgo

A few weeks ago I was at a networking event for executive women when I heard a phrase that I haven’t heard for a while (it wasn’t a yoga term…!).

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The 4 Kinds of Yoga

Posted on 8/6/2015 by Ashley Josephine in Pratyahara Samadhi Pranayama yoga Asana Yama Niyama Dharana Dhyana

If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big advocate of practicing your yoga in whatever way works best for you.

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What are the Chakras? And...Why Should I be Interested?

Posted on 6/28/2015 by Jennifer Meek in Asana Jennifer Meek Chakras Root Chakra Sacral Chakra Solar Plexus Chakra

Every living thing has energy...plants, animals, humans, etc. In the yogic tradition we have energy centers that house particular qualities that affect our overall physical and psychological well being.

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What is Asana?

Posted on 6/3/2015 by Adam Hocke in Asana Adam Hocke Experience Potential Power Variety

For most of us, the fundamental supposition of modern posture practice is that what we’re doing is more than just exercise or physical therapy, that it is something deeply meaningful and perhaps spiritual. I know when I practice, I’m a better person because of it. But what exactly is going on? To help organize my thoughts, I’ve turned again to the books on my shelf to discover what other teachers and scholars have to say about it. This is an admittedly limited and biased towards the modern survey, but a beginning into insight.

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Our Physical Nature: Embracing Hatha Yoga

Posted on 12/29/2014 by Kimi Marin in Asana Mind Body Hatha Yoga

In our physical body we experience the world. In our body we make love, hug a friend, fidget, get mad, anxious or stressed. In our body we feel a breeze, swim in the ocean, sing, laugh, dance and cry. In our body we repress emotions, hold tension, hate ourselves and love others. Although our body is the vehicle in which our spirit experiences the world, there continues to be ongoing discussion regarding Western yoga as a purely physical practice, or posture (asana) focused. I feel we need the physical practice to build the strength and flexibility to be able to withstand the nuances and complexities that are life.

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The Ritual of Yoga Asana: Making Our Bodies a Temple

Posted on 4/1/2014 by Alanna Kaivalya in Mind Body Connection Asana

Fifteen million Americans practice yoga today. They set foot inside yoga studios, roll out their mats and move to their breath in a ritualized action that lasts usually between 60 - 90 minutes. Whether they practice Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga, Kundalini yoga or another variant of hatha yoga, these students are all participating in a modernized physical form of a millenia-old philosophical technology, which originated in India. Within the last 100 years, yoga’s face has changed dramatically as it has migrated and settled into the west with its modern day practitioners. Its evolution has led to a focus on the physical practice, known as asana, and for many who practice today’s version of yoga, the asana practice has become a powerful ritual in their lives. They honor their practice by carrying around yoga mats, drinking out of water bottles with their favorite studio name on it and wearing yoga pants from the studio out to their social events. The hallmark of the modern day yoga practitioner is that we commonly see the trappings of their practice extending into their lives, but there is a deeper and more elevated result of their practice that also extends its way into their lives, which is that yoga practitioners will commonly achieve an elevated state of mind that allows their ritual to manifest itself as a view of themselves and their life-experience as sacred.

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