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What is Hatha Yoga?

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha YogaHatha yoga, originally developed by Yogi Swatmarama during the Classical period in the 15th century, is based on the eightfold path codified in the Yoga Sutra. The eight limbs of this path consist of:

  1. Yama, ethical values
  2. Niyama, ritual observance;
  3. Asanas, positions;
  4. Pranayama, regulated breathing,
  5. Pratyahara, inwardness
  6. Dharana, concentration;
  7. Dhyana, meditation
  8. Samadhi, self-realization

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What is the History of Yoga?

What is the History of Yoga?

History of YogaThe history of yoga can be traced back to 3000 BC from stone tablets with identifiable poses depicted on them. Although yoga is primarily a self-focused discipline, historians believe its roots are grounded in shamanism and its community-based, Stone Age practices. The history of yoga is inextricably tied to the historical progression of the Indian religion and culture and can be divided into four movements: the Vedic, pre-Classical, Classical and post-Classical.

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What is Yoga?

What is Yoga?

What is YogaYoga is both a physical and a spiritual ritual used to increase the body’s flexibility while calming the mind. This mind/body duality is signified by the name itself: “yuj” is a Sanskrit verb meaning “to unite.” When Westerners consider what is yoga, they are generally thinking of Hatha yoga, which literally means “forceful” yoga and incorporates poses with regulated breathing. However, there are now a wide range of different disciplines that have grown more popular in the U.S., including “hot” yoga practiced in studios with temperatures up to 105 degrees. Despite the different techniques and names, yoga is fundamentally a way of treating the body with respect by listening to it through meditation, challenging it through the poses and using breathing to make everything come together.

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How do Ayurveda and Yoga work together?

How do Ayurveda and Yoga work together?

yoga on beachWhen the beginning yoga or ayurvedic student asks the question, “How do ayurveda and yoga work together?” the answer may be as simple as considering how the two modalities complement and function seamlessly together. The principles of ayurveda incorporate the three doshas (or energies) that constitute the world around us, as well as our body types. By discovering which dosha governs your constitutional make-up, you can find a complementary form of yoga to harness that energy most effectively for an enhanced sense of well-being and then discover how both ayurveda and yoga work best together. Read the rest of this entry

Yoga Retreat Considerations

Yoga Retreat Considerations

woman doing yoga at a yoga retreatWalking into the studio with your comfy clothes on and your gym bag slung over your shoulder may be like entering an oasis, away from the day-to-day stresses of reality; but once you drive out of the parking lot afterward, your once-cleared mind fills up again with what to make for dinner, who to pick up from what after-school event and that schedule change you need to make at the office. A yoga retreat allows you to focus on your yoga practice in a nurturing, stress-free environment, generally away from those distractions that take us out of ourselves. A yoga retreat can also be a vacation getaway with a little yoga thrown in so consider what you ultimately want to take away with you, as well as your budget constraints. Read the rest of this entry

How do runners benefit from yoga?

How do runners benefit from yoga?

woman running on beachRunning is one of the most inexpensive and easiest ways to stay in shape, theoretically, but it can also be one of the most destructive when it comes to the toll it can take on the muscles and joints. Many beginning runners start off with a good pair of running shoes, a training log and high hopes, but over the course of a month may find themselves with aches and pains they never thought possible. Slow and steady wins the race, but this concept can be lost on the novice runner who, like the hare in Aesop’s fable, may take off fast then get sidelined by injuries, only to be beaten by the more conservative tortoise. Read the rest of this entry

Home Yoga Practice for Stress Relief

Home Yoga Practice for Stress Relief

Home Yoga Practice for Stress Relief

Of the many benefits gained from practicing yoga, perhaps two that are on the top of the list are relaxation and de-stressing, especially these days. Everyday we’re bombarded with bad news and stress, reinforced over and over again throughout our day. The good news is that yoga can help combat the negativity and stress that surround us daily.
Here are a few tips for getting the optimal stress relief out of your home yoga session:

Manduka eQua Yoga Towel Review

Manduka eQua Yoga Towel Review

Image of Manduka eQua Yoga TowelsI purchased my first yoga towel a couple of years ago after growing weary of the beach towel I had been toting around to classes. I am a simple yogi and try not to buy into the latest trends in fear of becoming (gasp!) … mainstream. The allure of the slip-resistant nubs on the Yogitoes Towel proved too much for me and I’ve used it ever since. That is until I experienced the Manduka eQua Yoga Towel.

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