Category: Yoga

Dear Yoga Teacher: Can You Turn Down (or off) the Music?

By Nina Rubin When I think of taking yoga classes, I imagine clean, spacious rooms, gleaming wood or bamboo floors with straight lines and a quiet, peaceful vibe. I try to get to at least two yoga classes a week to round out my other fitness routines and love the feeling of arriving to class a few minutes early to lay on the cool floor. I feel anticipation when I think of the meditation of the movements and breath. However, in recent classes, I’ve been affected by music being played by the instructors. You see, my favorite teachers don’t...

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Beyond the Stereotype: Yoga Really is For All

  By Debbie Lynn I picked up one of my favorite yoga magazines today and began to thumb through it. As usual the advertisements for pharmaceuticals offended me, the poses offered this month are done with taste, and the models are, (not surprisingly) mostly young with perfectly coiffed hair and athletic bodies. Of course there was all kinds of “foodie and tea love” found lacing the pages, but the Editor’s Letter was a surprise. It said (in essence) how “in this issue” she wanted the practice of yoga to unite the community. She states how she took a look...

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The Faces of Meditation: Mackenzie Schmitzerle

  By Mackenzie Schmitzerle I started doing yoga to help with my back. As I went to more and more classes, I realized there was more to this class than just a stretch or work out. So, I opened myself up to going to different classes (not just crunch gym). I found that to truly get a full stretch, I have to release my mind. In this picture here, I have my toes up in my silks. To me this is where I can get good blood flow, fall into complete relaxation and breathe the best.   Photo: provided by...

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The Faces of Meditation: Christopher

  By Christopher I’m a fan of the philosophy that meditation can be done anywhere. Sometimes when I find myself on a bus or eating I try to bring myself into the present moment by using the senses. Growing up, I had so much access to instant gratification via technology that I tended to gravitate towards picking up my phone and constantly filling my mind with input, input, input. To curb this, I’m now allowing myself to embrace the void rather than avoid the void. Becoming comfortable with boredom and being able to actually have silence in my life...

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3 Restorative Yoga Poses to Boost Your Confidence

  By Henry Veno Be it personal life or professional, self confidence defines our personality. In this era of bustling lifestyles, people hold too much stress. It is so obvious that our mental condition would affect our self confidence. Do you face the same issue? Keep reading this article and you’ll be guided on the right path with an effective solution. Restorative yoga is highly responsible for boosting confidence and enhancing our personalities. There are a few yoga poses that relieve stress and help us to be in a good frame of mind. Before heeding the benefits of the restorative yoga...

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