The Sanskrit word adhomukha (pronounced ahd-ho-mook-hah) means downward facing, and shvan (pronounced shvahn) means dog. Yoga masters were great observers of the world around them. They particularly [more…]
Warrior I and Warrior II are very important postures in Yoga. The Sanskrit word vira (pronounced vee-rah) is often translated as hero and bhadra (pronounced [more…]
The half chair posture strengthens the back, legs, shoulders, and arms and builds overall stamina for Yoga. The Sanskrit word ardha (pronounced ahrd-ha [more…]
This Yoga posture, also called the wide-legged standing forward bend, stretches your hamstrings and your adductors (on insides of the thighs) and opens your hips. The hanging forward bend increases circulation [more…]
Compensation is part of bringing you back into balance, which is a key concept in Yoga. Use compensation postures to unwind or bring your body back into neutral, especially after strenuous postures. [more…]
When practicing Yoga, the two best indicators of the need to rest are your breath and energy level. Monitor yourself throughout the session. If your breath is loud and uneven, rest. If you feel a little [more…]
To truly achieve a sense of well-being with Yoga, you want to ensure that your routine is right for you. Try creating your own routine. When you create your own Yoga program with our classic formula, you [more…]
Think of your Yoga meditation as a tree that you must water every day — not too much and not too little. Trust that one day your nurturing will bring the tree to bear beautiful blossoms and delicious fruit [more…]
To enjoy the greatest benefit from all your Yoga postures, execute each part with full participation of your mind. When you stand, really stand; plant your feet firmly on the ground. When you bend or stretch [more…]
Just as the branches on a tree are all connected to the same trunk, so the many different Yogic disciplines all connect at a common root. And as you try the physical branch called Hatha Yoga, you may become [more…]
In Sanskrit — the language of Yoga — the accents are not in the traditional English positions of second or third syllables, so watch your automatic responses when you say these aloud. You may hear these [more…]
To properly master Yoga and attain some or all of the benefits, you want to keep a few principles tucked safely under your sticky mat for safekeeping.
Three basic benefits of Yoga are awareness, breath [more…]
Many of those who now teach Yoga or other mind-body practices took it up when they were trying to heal themselves in some way, physically or mentally.
Traditional exercise or healing disenchanted them. [more…]