Sunday, April 28, 2013

Core Strength – Jason Crandell

This yoga core strength sequence by Jason Crandell, designed for the Yoga Journal To Go podcast series, will strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles, setting the stage for strong, integrated movement throughout your entire body.

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Eka Pada Bakasana II

Learn how to transition in and out of Eka Pada Bakasana II (One-Legged Crow Pose II). Yoga Teacher, Corrina Richards will guide you into this strong asymmetrical arm balancing pose.

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Yoga Online: Visvamitrasana

Learn how to break down the basics of Visvamitrasana (Pose dedicated to Sage Visvamitra). Yoga Teacher, Corrina Richards will guide you through some preparatory poses to open and strengthen the body for this invigorating arm balancing pose.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Lower Back Pain Relief

This sequence targets lower back pain, and is conducted in an injury-prevention healing mode. Gentle backbends and soothing forward bends, coupled with decompressing twists and subtle inversions provide a varied spectrum of spinal extensions and contractions that lengthen the lumbar spine area and open the thorax and cervical spine. The sequence works on all planes: coronal, medial, frontal and transverse and provides structural integration by realigning the spinal column with the crown of the head and the tailbone. A strong core focus helps build up the oblique and transverse abdominals, while alleviating potential disk discomfort, and in turn increases the space between the vertebrae, lubricating the natural cushioning of the spine. The change of levels, planes, angles and directions affords a very innovative experience, where you can explore back relievers through varied positions and transitions. This Yoga-Pilates blend is accessible to all and will give you creative ideas to compose your own daily spinal health regimen. At the end of this practice you will feel suppler, taller and aligned with the Earthly vortex and the cosmic flow.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Yoga Class for Inner Wisdom

This is an intermediate yoga class for the unique inner wisdom. Asanas start from 15:00.

Yoga Asanas: Mudra of the Inner Self, pranayama/breath awareness, supta padangusthasana/reclined hand to big toe pose, cat pose/marjariasana, thread the needle, puppy pose/anahatasana, pigeon pose/eka pada rajakapotasana, Breath of Joy, Dancer pose/natarajasana, Triangle/trikonasana, Rabbit/Shashankasana, savasana, corpse pose.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Why You Should Try Restorative Yoga?

While western society places a lot of emphasis on balls-to-the-wall yoga, with power yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga and Why You Should Try Restorative Yoga? other practices, which can often lead to strain and fatigue when not practiced mindfully, restorative yoga is often overlooked as a vital part of a well-rounded yoga practice. It isn’t surprising that some restorative classes are often filled with older populations or people who are recovering from injuries. The truth of the matter, though, is that restorative yoga isn’t just for those with minimal mobility and who are too old to move so vigorously. Following are three important aspects of restorative yoga that are often overlooked:

In More Cardiovascular Yoga ‘Workouts’ True Yoga is Never Really Accessed

The original purpose of asana was to make the body strong and limber enough to sit still in meditation without getting excessive aches and pains. The physical workout was just a precursor to the expected mental workout which was assumed would be undertaken by any true yoga practitioner. Since sitting still is a difficult task for many people, restorative yoga can be a stop-gap between a rigorous practice and an eventual, consistent meditation practice because it forces you to slow down and take inventory of your body and mind on a deeper level than you are probably accessing trying to rush through more than two dozen poses in an hour long class.

The Parasympathetic Nervous System Needs a Break

Did you know that ‘exercise’ including rigorous yoga workouts, can actually add more stress to the body? Stress, or perceived stress is what causes the body to break down. It forces our hormonal system to go into ‘fatigue,’ thus the adrenal-fatigue syndrome that many people face in modern society, not to mention heart disease ad high-blood pressure, all attributable to high levels of stress. When we are stressed out, we make more cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones, which most of us don’t need any more of. Conversely, a restorative yoga class calms the body down, giving it great support and gentle movement and breath to create stress—relieving hormones instead of stress-creating hormones. You start to churn out more seratonin and melatonin instead, which help you stay happy and calm.

Many People Injure Themselves in Yoga Trying to Do Too Much Too Fast

This is a secret of many yoga professionals. They know that you can push too hard, because they have often done it themselves. Be ‘nice’ to you for once, and give yourself a break. Learn how to do some gentle asana, even if you can put both legs behind your head already, and definitely if you cannot. Restorative yoga classes are like cradling the inner child, that often gets neglected and pushed around by the ego, which is all-too-often over-supported in modern society.

Do you have restorative practices aside from yoga that you like to practice, like staying in bed longer on a Saturday, or taking your dogs for a leisurely walk? You are invited to share some of your restoration practices below.

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Fat Burning Yoga Workout

Full Belly Makeover for all levels! This fat burning yoga sequence is designed to reunite you with not just your abs but your mindful core. Connect with your breath, build strength, tone belly fat, burn calories, detoxify, improve digestion and support a happy healthy back with this customized practice with Adriene

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Yoga for Weight Loss Part 2

This yoga for weight loss class is for the intermediate to advanced student and will definitely have you working up a sweat. It helps stimulate the thyroid gland – an important gland that deals with metabolism and weight control – and works to increase the heart rate and create heat in the body to help you burn fat and increase muscle mass.

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Powerful Yoga

In this powerful yoga you will push it to the limit with hard core moves that produce a hard and flexible body. With emphasis on the breath and extreme fitness flows, you are challenged to listen to your body, go at your own pace and explore the mind/body connection

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Even the NY Times is now rejecting Monsanto GMO science

Reblogged from Jon Rappoport's Blog:

Even the NY Times is now rejecting Monsanto GMO science

by Jon Rappoport

April 9, 2013

This isn't a leak. It isn't a timid flow. It's a flood.

I'm talking about about the criticism of Monsanto's so-called science of genetically-engineered food.

For the past 20 years, independent researchers have been attacking Monsanto science in various ways, and finally the NY Times has joined the crowd.

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Ashtanga Vinyasa – John Scott

John Scott explains Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This is a system of yoga popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois and is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. The term vinyasa refers to the alignment of movement and breath, a method which turns static yoga postures into a dynamic flow. The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent transitioning between postures. Poses are then held for a predefined number of breaths. In effect, attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the postures rather than solely on achieving perfect body alignment in a pose, as is emphasized in Hatha yoga.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

How To Reduce Oxidative Stress?

Most people have heard of antioxidants. Not many have heard of oxidative stress. This type of stress in caused when the cellular functioning of the body breaks down due to poor diet, lack of exercise, drinking alcohol, being exposed to smoke, and other environmental toxins, as well as internal toxicity created by the metabolic process. Oxidative stress can cause a number of diseases, including heart problems, arthritis, sagging skin and other degenerative diseases. While we all need oxygen to survive, oxidative stress, we could do without!

How Does the Body Use Oxygen?

Within our cells are mitochondria, which are what help to burn up oxygen. This oxygen is burned to create energy. Sometimes How To Reduce Oxidative Stress? an oxygen molecule escapes in the process, and instead of being burnt up as energy it becomes a free-radical. Free radicals have an electrical charge due to the fact that it has at least one unpaired electron in its outer orbit. Without proper antioxidant action, this free radical becomes volatile, and creates more free radicals, which in turn, can damage cell walls, proteins, fats and even our DNA. This chemical reaction is nothing to be smug about. It is so explosive that it actually can generate bursts of light within the body.

While you may have heard of the light body being a good thing – in yogic terms, it is, but as far as free radicals are concerned, we need to reduce this by-product of combustive light within the body because it causes us to age faster and become diseased more easily.

How Yoga Reduces Free Radicals?

Yoga and meditation have been shown to reduce free radical count, which leads to arthritis and heart disease, as well as other diseases in numerous studies. Many postures in yoga aim at reducing toxic build up in the body, and this includes free radicals consumed in our diets and that we are exposed to through the environment, but also those created by our own, natural metabolic process. Slow, mindful postures can also burn oxygen more slowly, and not burn up glucose, which is what normal exercise does. Furthermore, when meditation is added, the mental and metabolic processes are slowed so that less free radicals are produced and more are eliminated from the body through a regular, deep and relaxed breathe. This happens primarily through reducing the natural inflammatory reaction of the body. There are certain hormones, which regulate this response, and with yoga they are balanced so that an overly toxic and inflamed environment cannot exist in the body.

Oxygen is Good, Oxidative Stress Isn’t

When we breathe slowly through a set of yoga postures, and calm the heart rate, even though we are stretching the white (fast twitch) and red muscle (slow twitch) fibers of the body, we don’t create oxidative stress. We combat it. So, take deep breaths. Meditate. Enjoy your pranayama, even, and know that oxidative stress is reduced with every day you practice yoga. That means better health and a youthful appearance as you free your body of free radicals.

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