Gregorian Bivolaru - Karma Yoga Translation from Romanian: Rodica Harabagiu Final correction of text: NATHA,Copenhagen, 1999 Motto: "In a state of detachment perform what has to be done, no matter what it is, and never wish to assume the fruits of your doings." Karma Yoga represents one of the four main classic forms of Yoga. Karma Yoga represents a starting point and is an essential part of the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, this serves as sufficient ground for its authenticity. Like all other forms of Yoga, the main and final purpose of Karma Yoga is to facilitate and accelerate the spiritual evolution of its persistent practitioner. From the different traditional definitions of Karma Yoga, the most current and precise, though not yet complete, is the following: "Karma Yoga is the Yoga of deep and thorough fusion with the Divine, through any unselfish action". Regarding this aspect, we will further on quote several contemporary masters: The main goal inKarma Yoga The efficiency of theKarma Yoga system The Specific Technique
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
Preparing for the Long Run Definition and Purposes of the Long Run For the purposes of this discussion, the distance of a long run is considered to be 10 miles or longer as well as runs that last over 90 minutes. It should be run approximately one minute slower than the pace you plan to run during the marathon or stated another way, one to 1-1/2 minutes per mile slower than your present 10K race pace. If your training schedule calls for a long run of 16 miles, the distance must be run at one time rather than splitting the distance into an 8-mile morning session and an 8-mile evening run. The long run is the most important component of marathon training because it teaches the body to both mentally and physically tackle the challenges presented in completing the 26.2-mile event. One must also be accustomed to running for very long periods of time, and the mental toughness that develops from completing long training runs pays off handsome dividends during the actual marathon. Benefits of the Long Run Rest
6 Simple Yoga Stretches for Daily De-Stressing :: Tips :: The 99 Percent We have a tradition at the Behance office called the “four o’clock stretch,” where we step away from our desks to do a few simple stretches and recharge. When energy is waning mid-afternoon, it’s pretty incredible how a little deep breathing and muscle movement can completely re-invent your mood. Below are a few of my favorite “office-friendly stretches.” They don’t require any special clothing, equipment, or training – just a willingness to take a break from hunching over your desk. 1. Square Breathing: Shake off anxiety and clear your head. There is no aspect of relaxation more important than breathing. To begin square breathing, sit in a comfortable, upright position on the floor or in a chair. Repeat 10 times, going at your own pace: Inhale 2, 3, 4. 2. Interlace your fingers, and raise your arms above your head, with your palms facing upwards. 3. Stand with your feet hip-distance apart. Once you have the arm wrap going, look straight ahead and try to keep your elbows lifted. 4. 5. 6.
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
Running Warehouse: Run Like a Kenyan Simple strategies to train like the world's best runners by Scott Douglas Wouldn't it be great to run like a Kenyan? Okay, so you're probably not going to move to 8,000 feet of altitude and devote yourself entirely to your athletics. One hundred twenty-mile weeks might not be on next week's agenda. And, yes, it's a little late to pick your parents with an eye toward getting dealt the best genetic hand. But that doesn't mean you can't still train like a Kenyan. I spent December 2004 in Iten, Kenya, the country's unofficial running capital, where Olympic medalists, world champions and international marathon winners train. Start Slow, Finish Fast Every run I did with Kenyans started at a stumble, and most finished substantially faster. Think of a pot of water coming to a boil-there's no one instant where you can pinpoint when it started to get hot, but the end result is undeniable. Vary Very Much This great disparity in intensity level from run to run is common. Get With a Group Tread Softly
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
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)
Nothing But Yoga 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.
Yoga Movement -- an Index to Yoga Information and Resources 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?
Yoga & other useful stuff with Tara Stiles - Download free podcast... 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.