Yoga Props in Focus: Belt Straps

by GuruYoga 27. February 2015 05:41
As we all know, yoga is the best form of exercise that helps us unite the body, mind, and the spirit. The passionate yogis believe that the body and mind are one, and when performing it with the right yoga tools and in a suitable environment, it can easily heal itself and find the lost harmony. The art that has been practiced for thousands of years can be instantly enhanced with the right set of tools. The professional trainers believe that right tools are essential for beginners as well as for professionals to make sure they are performing yoga in the best possible way. This is where Belt Straps come in. If you want to work on your strength and flexibility without missing on a move, get your hands on this essential yoga tool and get going. With the help of a Belt Strap, you can do just about everything. In fact, it is really helpful for people who find it difficult to touch their toes or maintaining high level of flexibility in their bodies. So why do you use a strap in yoga? We... [More]

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Yoga and Disease Prevention and Relief

by GuruYoga 21. February 2015 20:59
Yoga is designed to achieve fitness along with psychological and spiritual healing. However, even people who do yoga regularly are not aware of the complete health benefits this ancient exercise routine has to offer. In addition to stretching and various physical benefits, the health benefits of doing yoga regularly can surprise you. According to recent research, yoga can significantly reduce the chances of you ending up with a heart attack. In fact, it is believed that yoga classes will soon be recommended by doctors as therapy treatments for individuals with cardiovascular disease risk. In addition to this, there are other diseases that can be prevented and relieved with yoga. Yoga can be your ultimate answer for various chronic pains – especially back pain. However, it is very important to consult your doctor since some poses – extreme movements or seated postures – can worsen the back pain. It is important that you speak to your doctor or consult a professional... [More]

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Yoga: Your Pathway to Holistic Wellness Part 2

by GuruYoga 19. February 2015 20:58
Earlier, we covered the different ways how our physical and mental health can improve through the practice of yoga.  Today as we continue to explore how yoga contributes to our overall wellness or holistic health, we’re going to cover yoga’s role in nurturing our spiritual health and how to get started in the path to holistic wellness through yoga.   Yoga for spiritual health With its roots in Indian religious traditions, it’s no wonder that yoga is a very spiritual practice.  And, since holistic wellness means taking care of one’s body, mind, and spirit, it’s important to give as much attention to how yoga eases the soul.   Philosophy and meditation are deeply ingrained in yoga. As much as postures or asanas are part of the practice, so are learning how to discover one’s True Self and finding inner peace and happiness.   Following the main precepts in yoga, which are tied in with Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, a pra... [More]

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Yoga: Your Pathway to Holistic Wellness

by GuruYoga 17. February 2015 21:54
The ancient tradition of yoga has its roots in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions but it persists to this day, even among people of different religions and cultures, because the practice of yoga brings its enthusiasts many benefits. Yoga, as it turns out, can lead to better, more holistic health. In this two-part series, we explore yoga’s roles in holistic wellness. Wellness from within Before we get any further, it’s important to know what holistic wellness means. The most basic definition is that it’s everything. Its goal is to keep your mind, body, spirit, and emotions –your entirety, in other words, in perfect health. Holistic medicine practitioners will typically use a series of treatments ranging from conventional to alternative medicine. Interestingly, yoga is in a league of its own as it has positive effects on all of the above mentioned aspects of a person. With its combination of postures, meditation, and breathing exercises, it’s no wond... [More]

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Breathe! Managing Workplace Stress with Yoga and Meditation

by GuruYoga 12. February 2015 21:10
The idea of looking like a human pretzel can discourage anyone from doing yoga! Of course, there are people who rave about how effective yoga can be for managing stress, but does that even apply to you? Does your body even have the flexibility it requires to perform yoga? Well, when dealing with workplace stress, you really want to try everything possible that helps you deal with it effectively. This is where yoga meditation will make up to your list. Losing your breath or experiencing irregular breathing patterns is a sign of stress. You can even experience body ache and headache. This is the point where you need to identify your needs for exercise and meditation. There are various psychological and physical benefits of yoga for stress management. Everyone in the region is getting acquainted with these benefits for stress management and is gaining immense benefits. Some of these include decreased tension and stress, increased balance and strength, reduced levels of cortisol and bl... [More]

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Making a New You with Yoga – Why Yoga Should be on New Year’s Resolution List

by GuruYoga 10. February 2015 23:51
As the New Year is approaching, it’s time to find those personal ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ diaries eating dust somewhere. No matter how excited and enthusiastic you are about these resolutions, it’s never the same once you continue following the same routine as last year. Especially if your plans are related to fitness. However, I have some amazing reasons why ‘yoga’ should be added on your new year’s resolution list and how you can keep up with your new plans. Don’t ignore this trend that can actually change your life for good, especially when you have amazing yoga props that allow you to perform yoga so effectively. Here are some reasons to convince you! It Improves Physical and Mental Flexibility As we all know, yoga isn’t only amazing for our bodies, but also our minds. By performing yoga, we can bring flexibility to our body and rejuvenate our minds at the same time. As the New Year approaches, we should realize tha... [More]

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Yoga for Couples (Part 2): Keeping the Romance Alive with Couples’ Yoga

by GuruYoga 6. February 2015 14:15
Previously we shared some relationship lessons you might learn from practicing restorative yoga, flow yoga, or any one of the many forms of this ancient Indian art. Now for this second part, we’re going the more practical, nay, physical route and talking about why doing yoga with your partner is ideal for the couple in love. For one, yoga is a great activity for couples.  Some men or women may be shy about getting into yoga for various reasons like preferring something higher-octane like boxing or MMA, but the idea of working out with their significant other might be enough incentive to convince them to give it a try. Besides which, there are many spas and resorts that offer romantic yoga getaways so think of it as a vacation you can both go on. And of course, more importantly it will also do wonders for your sex life.  Apart from toning your muscles and improving your flexibility –two things that will definitely be welcome in the bedroom! –yoga can al... [More]

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Yoga Props in Focus : Neck and Back Pillows

by GuruYoga 5. February 2015 03:27
Practicing yoga is a different experience for each individual. True, we want to do the same poses or asanas, but because someone’s body isn’t built exactly like the next person’s, the ease by which each of these people do the postures will vary too; reasons like age, injuries, flexibility, and the like may affect the way a person does yoga. Sometimes, we need a little help to do yoga and this is where props come in. In a series of articles called “Yoga Props in Focus”, we’re going to cover the different yoga props or equipment available and how they can help yoga enthusiasts. For now, we’re going to talk about neck and back pillows. First off, what are they? Truth be told, the name doesn’t leave much to the imagination. These are basically pillows used to support the back and the neck during the practice of yoga. However to be precise, these props are soft, cylindrical pillows which are typically used to help the neck, back, shoul... [More]

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Yoga for Couples Part 1: What Yoga can Teach You About Relationships

by GuruYoga 2. February 2015 00:00
You’ve probably heard it at least once from your parents, mentors, or that sage-like friend of yours: “romantic relationships are a lot of work”, and you know what? They’re right. Being in a relationship with someone isn’t easy since there’s definitely going to be a lot of give-and-take involved and sometimes it’s not clear when to give or take. But don’t think we’re trying to put you off relationships. In fact, even through whatever adjustments or hardships there are when you’re romantically involved, it’s all worth it if you find someone who loves you as much as you love them. Fortunately, as a yoga practitioner, there are certain things you can pick up from your regular yoga (whether you do restorative yoga or any other variation of this ancient art) and meditation sessions which may help you keep your relationship strong. TIME - One of the first things you learn when you meditate or do yoga is that you have to be i... [More]

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