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! First things first. Short Meditation Sit up in bed comfortably, either with your legs folded or straight in front of you; whatever you can do with the most ease. Seated Twists Stay in your seated position and twist around to the back of your bed. Easy Forward Bend Keep your seated position and gently bend forward at your hips and let your hands stretch out straight in front of you on the bed. Legs Extended Forward Bend Flat Back Slowly start to straighten your legs in front of you. Legs Extended Forward Bend Round Back Lying Down Knee to Chest Hamstring Stretch Knee Hug
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. With the basic act of bringing in more oxygen, vitamins and minerals are more easily absorbed, white blood cells multiply and the lymphatic system is enhanced. The Time-Honored Art of Breathing Yogis of long ago recognized the merit in calming, cleansing and balancing the body and mind with the breath. Simple breath – Before each meal, take three deep breathes. Relaxing breath – Lie flat on your back with knees bent together, bringing the feet close into the buttocks. Bhastrika (Breath of Fire) – This technique helps to slim and tone the belly, boost metabolism and detoxify the body. A note of caution: Pranayama is not recommended for those with high blood pressure. About the Author
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. Abhyâsa: practice; cf. vairagya Âcârya (sometimes spelled acharya in English): a preceptor, instructor; cf. guru Advaita ("nonduality"): the truth and teaching that there is only One Reality (âtman, brahman), especially as found in the Upanishads; see also Vedânta Ahamkâra ("I-maker"): the individuation principle, or ego, which must be transcended; cf. asmitâ; see also buddhi, manas Ahimsâ ("nonharming"): the single most important moral discipline (yama)
Alternate Nostril Breathing | Fiona Childs Alternate Nostril Breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana, is an extremely effective stress relief tool. Emphasis: …an extremely effective stress relief tool. It might sound a bit woo woo, but it is in fact a breathing technique that is scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure, increase focus and reduce cortisol (using the gold standard for scientific studies — randomized and placebo-controlled). Not only that, but nadi shodhana is totally free, easy to do and available any time. This breathing exercise is a life hack that will reduce your stress level and your cortisol in a jiffy. You can use this technique any time you want. My children love this breathing practice too and utilize it throughout their days — especially right before homework time. Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana) Steps 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. When you try this for the first time, take note of how you feel before you do it and then after. According to functional medical practitioner, Dr.
Restorative Yoga Poses Child’s Pose Balasana Take a break. Balasana is a restful pose that can be sequenced between more challenging asanas. Corpse Pose Savasana Savasana is a pose of total relaxation—making it one of the most challenging. Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose Viparita Karani There’s a general consensus among modern yogis that Viparita Karani or Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose may have the power to cure whatever ails you. Reclining Hero Pose Supta Virasana Lay Virasana back and to take the stretch in the thighs and ankles up a notch. Recently Added in Restorative Poses Plug Into the Wall + Recharge: 4 Soothing Restorative Poses No energy to set up for restorative yoga? Need a Vacation?
4 Yoga Poses To Help Unlock Your Hidden Emotions - mindbodygreen.com Have you ever felt upset without being able to clearly identify why? If you find yourself struggling to figure out what, exactly, is bothering you so much, you're not alone. We are only human after all. Often you may need some time and space to process how you’re feeling and, what — if anything — you want to do about it. Breathing, meditation and taking the time to just slow everything down, can often provide clarity and a stronger connection to your true sense of self. 1. From Downward Facing Dog, step your right knee forward to the back of your right wrist and lower the left leg, trying to keep the hips square. Adjust the alignment of the back leg to ensure it’s in the center of your mat. Pigeon is a wonderful hip opener and engages your sacral (Swadhihthana) chakra. The awakening of the sacral chakra in your lower belly will help connect you to your emotions, relationships and creativity. Stay low and long in this pose for 10 to 20 breaths on each side. 2. 3. 4.