by Amy Weintraub There are specific yoga practices that can help lift the mood and sustain a positive outlook. Here are two practices to balance mood. Smiling Heart Pose This simple restorative pose, recommended in my book Yoga for Depression, helps calm the nervous system and build energy. Place two folded blankets, a bolster, or […]
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by Rolf Gates It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. —Seneca The moment satya (truthfulness—one of the five yamas, or ethical guidelines, of yoga) is brought up at a workshop, a heated discussion about truth always ensues. What if […]
by Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga plays an important role in detoxification. It cleanses impurities and restores balance to both body and mind. It’s vital that you supply your body with proper nutrients before and after yoga. Before Yoga When you do yoga first thing in the morning, practice on an empty stomach. Or you can take […]
by Janet Arnold-Grych There’s something magical about mornings, particularly spring mornings. The soft blush of light and the easeful rhythm feel replete with grace. In his commentary on the Yoga Sutra, Swami Satchidananda noted that before sunrise, specifically between 4:00 and 6:00 am, is Brahmamuhurta, or Brahmic time, an auspicious period ripe with a unique energy. […]
Bringing ease into our lives requires specific tools—something more than just telling ourselves to “let it go.” When we worry about the future or rehash the past, the body may feel that tension as if it was happening in the present moment. Thus, the most effective methods work from the inside out, relaxing the body […]
A Kripalu Yoga Teacher Dispels the Myths Are you a dedicated yoga practitioner who’s thinking about enrolling in a teacher training program—but you’re questioning if it’s the right choice for you? Maybe you can’t do a headstand, or not sure if you’re teacher material? Perhaps you’re wondering if anyone older than age 35 is teaching […]
by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD An excerpt from The 21 Stages of Meditation Yogi Bhajan divided the meditative path toward realization into 21 stages. These 21 stages are composed of three journeys. Each journey has seven stages which represent the mastery of a particular meditative skill as well as the development of a particular dimension […]