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7 Kundalini Yoga Postures to Clear the Chakras “Men of great knowledge actually found out about the chakras – their workings, their petals, their sounds, their infinity, their co-relationship, their powers. They found that the life of a human is totally based on these chakras. They developed into a whole science. This total science gave birth to Kundalini Yoga. That is how Kundalini Yoga was born.” – Yogi Bhajan The human body is a complex system encompassing vast energy systems that are not immediately perceptible with our limited eyes. Asana,or postures, are positions of the body used to activate and direct energy to open both a physical and an energetic position in the body. 1) First Chakra, the Root Chakra (Muladhara): Foundations, fear, survival Asana: Crow Pose 2) Second Chakra, the Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana): Creation, desire, relationships Asana: Frog Pose Keep the heels together and the fingers on the ground. 3) Third Chakra, the Solar Plexus (Manipura): Will, action Asana: Stretch Pose Asana: Camel Pose Asana: Cobra Pose

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. To move past the plateau, I could have just started practicing more. I know what some of you are thinking: “This chick owns a yoga studio and practices a ton … I don’t have that much time.” The magic word here is “supersets” Bodybuilders and exercise physiologists have known about the benefits of the superset technique for years, and it’s time we brought it onto the mat. In yoga we often do one repetition of any given pose — say, Chaturanga (Pushup Pose) — then move on. Do 3 sets of 5-10.

10 Yoga Poses to Fight Depression and Anxiety | Halogen The mind, body and spirit are all connected and when a person suffers from mild depression or anxiety, the body is out of balance. Yoga is a series of stretches that helps bring balance to the body; not just focusing on the body’s health, but also on the mind and spirit. Always consult a physician or counsellor if you are having ongoing feelings of depression or anxiety and before trying any new exercise program. 1. Begin with the Lotus position, sitting crossed legged with hands resting on the knees, palms up. The most important thing is to remember to breathe. 2. 3. 4. 5. & 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Slowly wake up the body, wiggling the toes and fingers. Focusing on breathing and practicing yoga poses can calm momentary anxiety and depression by giving the mind a peaceful focus and re-energizing the body.

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. Seated Yoga Poses - Grounding and calming, these poses provide some of our deepest muscle opening and twisting. Standing Yoga Poses - Good for strength, balance and focus. Arm Balances - These yoga poses are good for strength, body awareness and focus, providing some fun challenges for every body. Backbends - Opening up in the spine and chest feels great and strengthens our connection to intuition. Inversions - Good for balance and concentration, as well as circulation.

Yoga Poses to Detox, Cleanse, and Improve Digestion Detoxes, cleanses, you name it: People love to start each new year with a clean slate. If you are looking to kick off 2013 on a healthy, fresh, positive note, try yoga. In the practice, each new breath is a new moment: You can re-start any time, all the time. Yoga helps you to remain in the present, moving forward, never looking back. The right yoga routine can also help you detox your body and mind. Do these poses in order any time you feel like you need a cleansing. Photos: Vera Boykewich Zen Buddhism teaches us of the importance of living in the present | Tim Lott Rooted in the present ... Zen Buddhism puts the emphasis on now. Photograph: Barbara Walton/EPA Ever since I was a child, I have been acutely sensitive to the idea – in the way that other people seem to feel only after bereavement or some shocking unexpected event – that the human intellect is unable, finally, to make sense of the world: everything is contradiction and paradox, and no one really knows much for sure, however loudly they profess to the contrary. It is an uncomfortable mindset, and as a result I have always felt the need to build a conceptual box in my mind big enough to fit the world into. Most people seem to have a talent for denying or ignoring life's contradictions, as the demands of work and life take them over. I have never been able to support either strategy. The consequence of this was my first book, a memoir called The Scent of Dried Roses. Through Rowe's writing I first came across Alan Watts, and he sounded like an unlikely philosopher.

Yoga for Hiking » YYoga If you’re an active person and you love the outdoors, chances are with summer here in full swing you’ve shelved your winter wellies, banished your umbrella, and yanked your hiking boots out from their dusty dwelling somewhere in the back corner of your closet or shoe rack! Perhaps you’re considering starting out with some short day hikes this summer, or maybe you’re contemplating taking on a multi-day excursion somewhere. Or maybe you’ve been strapping on your shoe chains all winter long and the rain, snow, and ice hasn’t stopped you from clambering your way up even the most knackering of trails! Wherever it is you’re headed with those thick-soled, ankle-hugging, trail-buttkicking shoes of yours, make sure you head out there armed with these yoga poses to keep you limber and injury-free before, during, and after your trek: Warm Up Poses: Starting out with cold muscles doesn’t set you up for an optimal hike, and it might make those first few steps uphill feeler harder than they need to.

Yoga XTC Gallery: Asanas Organized into Categories alphabetical • categorical • index (sanskrit / english) Yoga Sequence For Stronger Legs | POPSUGAR Fitness Whether sporting leggings with sneaks or high heels, here's a 14-pose yoga sequence to make your tight pants as proud as J Lo's and Jimmy Fallon's. Share This Link Copy Source: Getty This workout is all about the thighs, hips, and booty. Hop on your mat, and work through this sequence on the right side, and then repeat on the left. 1. Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips. 2. Release your hands to the floor, walking them away from you as you press your belly toward the floor.Relax your head, staying here for five breaths. 3. Walk your hands back to the feet, and lower your right shoulder in front of your right knee. 4. Bring your gaze forward, and rock your weight from side to side to gain enough momentum to rise up while holding your knee in the bound position. 5. WIth your arms holding the bind around your right knee, slowly hinge at the hips, folding forward as far as you can. 6. Pressing into the left foot, rise up with your bent right knee, and release your arms. 7. 8. 9.

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