Hot Yoga for Your Cold Weather Blues

by GuruYoga 26. January 2015 02:05
With the weather getting just a wee bit colder by the day, you might have noticed that you’re becoming increasingly hesitant about going out to jog – don’t worry; you’re probably not getting lazier. It’s just that we’re approaching winter and your body just isn’t too fond of the cold. That’s understandable but don’t let the cold weather derail your fitness routine. Instead, take your exercises indoors and practice some hot yoga. What is hot yoga? As the name implies, these are exercises practiced in hot or humid rooms to help yogis become more flexible. While you may hear the term being used interchangeably with Bikram yoga – understandably so, since yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury’s style is one of the more popular types, there are several other hot yoga forms such as Forrest Yoga, Power Yoga, and TriBalance Yoga.  In hot yoga, rooms are typically about 100 degrees, so there’s no doubt that you’ll be w... [More]

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Pre-natal Yoga – Use Yoga Props to Ease Your Life

by GuruYoga 23. January 2015 03:20
Yoga props are essential for moms-to-be performing prenatal yoga – of course, who wouldn’t enjoy added support and ease at this time! Prenatal yoga is absolutely safe for moms-to-be, especially if they add some props to it. Performing yoga and the transitions between poses are gradual and slow. This encourages you to move at a very comfortable pace without feeling tired. Experts highly recommend using props to assist the overall session so that you move safely and swiftly between different postures, especially when the baby starts growing. Most women are scared to indulge into any form of exercise during pregnancy. But if you really want to stay fit and relaxed and wish to have easier labor, consider indulging yourself into prenatal yoga using yoga props. It doesn’t only offer various health benefits to you but also helps promote the health of your baby. Why Perform Prenatal Yoga? You may be interested in learning the whole list of benefits this form of exercise h... [More]

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Safe Yoga Practices with Yoga Props –Yoga Therapy for Your Well-Being

by GuruYoga 16. January 2015 03:18
Talk about Yoga and the practice is literally as ancient as the hills in the orient. Whether you want to relax, get connected to your spiritual side, or indulge into a great workout session, yoga will fulfill all of your needs. The myriad advantages of practicing yoga – including reduced anxiety, increased bone density, and strength, and lower blood pressure – should be more than enough to get anyone started and jump on the yoga mat. But exactly what mat you may ask. Well, the only advancement yoga has experienced all these thousands of years is safety and appropriate measures for enhanced well-being. And surely, you need to know them all for your safe yoga practice. There are many different kinds of meditation props for yoga. This is actually a great thing about indulging yourself into something so effective like yoga that can use various props for the regular routine. Not only these props make the whole experience safe, it also gives you the ability to calm yourself a... [More]

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Common Yoga Injuries – How to Avoid Them with the Right Yoga Props

by GuruYoga 11. January 2015 03:17
More than twenty million US citizens are determined in pressing their heels down on yoga mats in an attempt to gain the benefits associated with the ancient practice. These health benefits include enhanced flexibility, improved strength, improved stamina, reduced stress, anxiety, tension, and even lower levels of blood pressure. But this doesn’t guarantee that when yoga isn’t performed the right way, it will not cause any harm! It is important to know that performing yoga the wrong way can sometimes cause severe injuries like sprains and strains, dislocation, fractures, and in some very severe cases, sciatic nerve damage, bone spurs, and stroke. According to experts, injuries are a part of any sport and sometimes even simple walking can be harmful, thus it is best to take a proactive approach towards it to avoid them. Usually, serious yoga injuries develop over time of regular misalignment and over-stretching. Just like any other physical activity, the best way is to tak... [More]

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Beginner's Guide to Meditation – Get Started with Essential Yoga Supplies

by GuruYoga 8. January 2015 11:00
Planning to practice yoga? That’s definitely a great idea since yoga is an ancient practice, which has proved to be of such great benefit to the human body that it is still in practice today. One of the most significant advantages of practicing yoga is that you can adopt it at any age, and perform it anywhere you like. While most people prefer starting with professional guidance to avoid posture risks, there are others who opt for investing in yoga supplies and meditation props to make it easy and effective without any instructor. Anyone can perform yoga whenever and wherever they like. Whether you wish to join a proper studio, or setup your own little space for yoga, there are a few essential supplies you need to get started. Indeed, these essential supplies required by the beginner will help them enhance practice and make the whole experience effective and enjoyable. Following is the list you just cannot ignore: The Right Gear Unlike other forms of exercise, ... [More]

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Part 2: Yoga Props Basic: 8 good reasons to use them

by GuruYoga 5. January 2015 02:25
  Even though Yoga is rooted to ancient beginnings in India and most of its philosophy and techniques have not changed, the world has changed and so has technology. Thus, the introduction of modern advances to an ancient tradition helps makes it safer and more accessible to those previously limited by physical disadvantages.   Better workout: Practicing yoga is immensely tiring, but yoga props will increase your endurance Less Dangerous: As the yoga class progresses, so will your sweat. A yoga mat provides a non-slip surface and also a soft surface if you do fall. Injured? Not a problem: If you lost your flexibility due to injuries, yoga straps can help restore the lost range of motion. Scared of new poses?  Yoga props act as training wheels for new poses. Longer, better: The combination of a yoga mat, yoga brick, and yoga strap can help you maintain poses longer and better. Injury prevention:  Yoga props stabilize and reduce over exertion on joints ... [More]

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