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!
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! Speed Cardio: Why You Should Pick Up The Pace Nathaniel Welch When you want to win a race or transform your physique, slow and steady won't do the trick. Sure, even-paced sessions on the elliptical or treadmill can strengthen your ticker and help you let off steam. But those workouts won't necessarily make it easier to zip up your skinny jeans or smoke the competition at your next 5-K. While the logic behind "the more miles I log, the more weight I'll lose or the faster I'll get" may seem sound, there's a sneaky loophole most people don't consider. Your body is a master adapter.
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.
20 Best Muscle Building Foods Slideshow Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images Overview Your ability gain muscle has as much to do with what you eat as how hard you push yourself in the gym. But if you include these foods, suggested by Dan Go, a personal trainer and nutritionist, you’ll ensure that your time spent in the gym isn’t a waste of sweat. Whole Eggs 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.
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. Lose Belly Fat: 20-Minute Fat-Burning Workout These moves, from exercise physiologist and WH columnist Amy Dixon, will increase the rate at which you burn calories by up to 13 percent. The key to this kind of caloric demolition is a type of workout called a superset, in which you do two moves back to back with zero rest. It will hurt--but you won't be sorry. Because with supersets, you'll not only get that initial (and insane!) metabolic spike, but according to a study from Colorado State University, you'll continue to burn fat and calories at a higher rate for up to 16 hours after you leave the gym.
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.