77 Things You Never Knew About Yoga Whether you’re an accomplished Yogi or a bright-eyed newbie – check out these fascinating yoga facts – you’ll be amazed at what you never knew! Following the amazing success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” meditative travelers are trading in sun, sea, sand vacations for more introspective trips. The author found inner-peace and true love through yoga and meditation via New York, India and Bali. But before you set off on your own journey of self-discovery – check out these 77 things you never knew about yoga, share with your friends and spread the yoga love!
10-Minute Yoga ‘Supersets’: Better than Another Hour of Yoga This year, after 15 years of yoga practice and transforming my body, I found myself hitting a plateau. Though my practice regularly involves power moves like jumping forward into Crow Pose and holding Warrior Pose for a long time, my muscle tone seemed to be stuck on autopilot: never decreasing, but never really going to that next level, either. My body, it seems, has become accustomed to the level of my practice. Whether it’s in weight loss or athletic training goals, hitting a plateau is normal. It’s the balancing point that happens any time the body gets used to what you’re asking of it, especially if you don’t ask any more. If you’re not getting out of bed some mornings a little sore and able to pinpoint the muscles you’ve worked the day before, then you might benefit from a shake-up, too.
iYogaLife Slideshows - Bedtime Yoga Yoga For Bedtime Whether you are a night owl who would rather be a morning bird, have trouble falling asleep at night, or just need a little extra help relaxing before going to sleep, doing a little yoga before bedtime can help. This routine—which you can do in bed—will put your body and mind to rest, helping you to sleep soundly through the night so you can wake up rested and fresh for the morning. No sleeping pills required! Yoga for Back Pain Bharadvaja’s Twist Bharadvajasana I This gentle twist is a tonic for the spine and the abdominal organs. Bow Pose Dhanurasana Bend back into the shape of a bow to feel energetically locked, loaded, and ready to take aim. Bridge Pose Setu Bandha Sarvangasana Bridge Pose can be whatever you need—energizing, rejuvenating, or luxuriously restorative. Camel Pose Ustrasana Bump up your energy by bending back into Camel Pose. Cat Pose Marjaryasana This pose provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs. Cow Pose Bitilasana Cow Pose is an easy, gentle way to warm up the spine.
Breathing: Three Exercises "Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders." Andrew Weil, M.D. Since breathing is something we can control and regulate, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind. I recommend three breathing exercises to help relax and reduce stress: The Stimulating Breath, The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise (also called the Relaxing Breath), and Breath Counting. Try each of these breathing teachniques and see how they affect your stress and anxiety levels.
The Many Health Benefits of Pranyama Yoga Breathing Flickr – Robert Beijil Photography Carolanne Wright, GuestWaking Times Forget the detox pills, fasts and other painful cleansing techniques – instead, take a cue from the yogis of India and look to the breath. Using yogic breathing techniques, we can effortlessly detoxify, burn fat and increase metabolism. Yoga Poses for Beginners: How-to, Tips, Benefits, Images, Videos The Yoga Poses for Beginners library serves as a comprehensive intro guide to the most popular yoga poses and sequences. Becoming familiar with and learning these poses should get you through a class in any of the types of yoga styles. Please keep in mind, these are just some of the most common poses to look at (and not necessarily practice). If you'd like to get started with yoga, you should take a look at The Complete Guide To Yoga Video Course here at MindBodyGreen.
A No-Nonsense Guide to Meditation: No Gurus and No B.S. Answers by Rudy Rauben (see here for more info); edited by Clay Collins. [ Editor's Note: There's some controversy in the comments about the "No Gurus and No B.S." statement. For more information about our position, see this comment , and this comment below].
Getting to Know the Language of Yoga Originating in ancient India and considered to be one of the oldest languages on Earth, Sanskrit is still relevant to yoga practice today. Sanskrit is, quite literally, the language of yoga. Many of the chants you sing in kirtan, the mantras you silently repeat in meditation, and the terms you hear in yoga class are ancient Sanskrit words. This Sanskrit glossary will help you comprehend and communicate philosophical concepts and subtle yoga practices that can be difficult to describe as concisely in English. If a word or phrase in a description appears in bold, it can be found under its own heading. The abbreviation "cf." is a Latin shorthand for "compare."