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Stillness. Stillness The Peace Within You imagine a spinning top.

Stillness

Stillness is like a perfectly centered top, spinning so fast it appears motionless. It appears this way not because it isn't moving, but because it's spinning at full speed. Stillness is not the absence or negation of energy, life, or movement. For most of us, however, most of the time, our lives do not resemble a perfectly centered top, spinning so fast it appears motionless. Stillness, therefore, is a higher energy state than what we're used to. When you are wholehearted about something, however, when you are where you want to be and are participating fully in the moment you are in - sometimes enthusiastic, sometimes mellow - you will experience a new sense of aliveness.

This occurs whenever you are not attempting to spin clockwise and counter-clockwise simultaneously. Yoga Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. The way you anticipate and imagine your future will also change. 7 Poses to Soothe Sciatica. Sciatica has a long (and painful!)

7 Poses to Soothe Sciatica

History. As far back as the 5th century BCE, doctors and sufferers alike have tried a host of imaginative remedies, from leeches and hot coals in Roman times to 20th-century use of creams and injections. The principle causes of sciatic pain are less mysterious than its heritage suggests, yet there are still millions who suffer from it. In 2005, the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine estimated that more than 5 percent of the adult population in the United States suffers from sciatica, and over a lifetime, an individual has a 40 percent probability of experiencing it. But here’s the good news: in many cases, a mindful, targeted yoga practice can help you overcome the pain. How to Stretch and Strengthen the Psoas. Most yoga students are aware that the psoas is a central player in asana, even if the muscle’s deeper function and design seem a mystery.

How to Stretch and Strengthen the Psoas

A primary connector between the torso and the leg, the psoas is also an important muscle off the mat: it affects posture, helps stabilize the spine, and, if it’s out of balance, can be a significant contributor to low back and pelvic pain. The way that we use the psoas in our yoga practice can either help keep it healthy, strong, and flexible, or, conversely, can perpetuate harmful imbalances. The psoas is a deep-seated core muscle connecting the lumbar vertebrae to the femur. The psoas major is the biggest and strongest player in a group of muscles called the hip flexors: together they contract to pull the thigh and the torso toward each other. The hip flexors can become short and tight if you spend most of your waking hours sitting, or if you repeatedly work them in activities like sit-ups, bicycling, and certain weight-training exercises.

Navasana. Wrist Relief: 6 Poses for RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) Our hands are one of our primary organs of action—we use them for basic survival, recreation, communication, even creative expression.

Wrist Relief: 6 Poses for RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury)

An injury in the hand or wrist can be debilitating and the healing process elusive. Because many of our interactions with modern conveniences involve repetitive movements—such as typing, texting, or mousing—one of the most prevalent types of wrist ailment today is a repetitive strain/stress injury, or RSI. Many common wrist conditions, such as carpel tunnel syndrome and tendinitis of the wrist, fall under this category. RSIs stem from excessive and continuous stress on the musculoskeletal system, often brought on by poor postural habits, as well as workplace ergonomics. When the shoulders and upper back don’t provide a supportive structural base for arm movements, the burden of the activity may fall on the smaller joints. Yoga helps us engage in our daily activities in a less stressful and harmful manner. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Wrist Relief: 6 Poses for RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) 5 Simple Moves to Eliminate Low Back Pain for Good. An Extra-Comforting Sequence for Extra-Anxious Times.

There's a stubborn part of me that would love to say that, as a yoga student, teacher, and writer, I never get anxious anymore—that yoga has cured me of all of my emotional ails—but this is not the case.

An Extra-Comforting Sequence for Extra-Anxious Times

Rooting out negative thought processes, and uncoupling ourselves from their grip, is a day-to-day process. Choosing to face our feelings within the context of practice (whether that means practicing asana, chanting kirtan, or sitting in meditation) is a valiant effort, but it’s not always easy to do. At times, it can seem easier to enter our proverbial shells and cast distressing thoughts aside to deal with on "another day. " But in truth, if yoga teaches us anything, it's that feelings have a way of surfacing, whether we seek them out consciously or not. Choosing to face our feelings within the context of practice is a valiant effort, but it’s not always easy to do. Pick and choose which props you'd like to incorporate, or leave them out of the sequence entirely.