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Relaxing yoga helps you find balance and serenity. Yogic breathing and poses unburden your body of tension locks created in it all day long. But do not confuse it with sleeping. Relaxation yoga is not lazily lying down and chilling. It is a structured and conscious format of taking rest after a continued effort. The process results in revitalizing your nerves and brings together scattered energy in your body. It helps you to completely give in to gravity, calm your mind, and take in the life force through deep breathing. It is that simple and if practiced r ..

Step 1: Surrender (iswaraprandaya) The first part of creating a sankalpa is getting clear on what you want to bring forward in your life. But you don’t need to get too cerebral. Instead, to find an authentic resolution, “you need to ask your soul,” says Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. “It’s the answer to the question: What is essential that I become or achieve to fulfill my highest purpose?” Step 2: Inquire (atma vichar) The seco ..

http://www.thesecretsofyoga.com/breathing/long-deep-breathing.html Long deep breathing is one of the most common ways to breathe. This type of breathing is done by using the full capacity of the lungs in both the inhalation and the exhalation. This is done slowly without rushing the breath. Normally, long deep breathing is done through the nose because it aids in breath control. However, it can be performed through the mouth as well. Benefits Increases the flow of oxygen in the body, which promotes healing and a relaxed state of being Prevents and decreases ..

1. Light On Yoga By B.K.S. Iyengar This “bible” of yoga was the first yoga book I ever bought and by far I refer to it the most. It is often used during teacher trainings. The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga–the ancient healing discipline for body and mind–by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. 2. Yoga – The Practice of Movement and Stillness by Eric Schiffman Yoga The Spirit and Practice o ..

http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/hot-yoga-benefits-tips/ 1. Drink Up This is a no-brainer for any form of strenuous exercise, but it’s extremely important for hot yoga. That means drinking enough water before you start class, says Kay Kay Clivio, a hot yoga instructor of 14 years, currently teaching at Pure Yoga in Manhattan, New York. She also advises preparing for class by drinking coconut water or beverages with electrolytes or taking trace mineral supplements to replace the salt and potassium you’ll lose. (She swears by Emergen-C.) Fantigrassi sugg ..

Swami Kriyananda in his book, Ananda Yoga® for Higher Awareness, explains that although Hatha yoga (postures) benefits the body tremendously, its original purpose was to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Paramhansa Yogananda said: The ordinary person’s energy is locked in his body. The lack of availability of that energy to his will prevents him from loving the Lord one-pointedly… Only when the energy can be withdrawn from the body and directed upward in deep meditation is true inner communion possible. This is why, for new medit ..

Whether you’re practicing intense Power yoga or slowing it down with Hatha or Yin, a healthy diet is key to having both the energy and the focus to make it through your practice. It’s important that your diet is balanced and full of nutritious foods high in fiber, vitamins, healthy fats, and natural sugars to keep you satisfied and grounded. Here are 10 great foods to support your yoga practice that will give you a boost without having you bouncing off your mat. 1. Dark Leafy Greens From kale to collards, mustard greens to arugula, dark leafy greens ar ..

It’s got to be the most recognised of all yoga poses, right? Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward-Facing Dog appears in most styles of yoga as either a strengthening pose, a transition pose, or a resting pose. Getting the alignment right is not only important for your anatomy, it also helps you truly love this pose. I really do understand those of you who have an aversion to the inverted V. Honestly, this pose was my nemesis when I first started practicing yoga. I’d groan internally whenever the teacher asked us to “rest” in Downward Dog, because  ..

Beginning students are just as likely to feel the joy that comes from yoga as are their more experienced comrades. But beginners also face a pesky collection of obstacles. For one thing, the vocabulary of yoga can be difficult. Despite its beauty, Sanskrit has a tendency to make Western eyes glaze over (read the words pashchimottanasana and paravairagya quickly and see if it still happens to you). Another problem is that even relatively common practices may require more than a casual explanation (“You want me to pass salt water from one nostril to the other?”). Final ..

While an hour-long yoga and meditation class would be ideal to get the day started, unfortunately sometimes we don’t have the time (or the inclination to get out of our pajamas). This is a 10-minute sequence that encourages the use of mindful breathing and gentle movement ensuring your day begins with ease and joy. Note: I may or may not actually get out of bed for the first two ... Child's Pose (Balasana) From kneeling, bring your chest down onto your thighs and your forehead to the floor. Your arms lengthen by your side with your hands next to y ..