Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bedtime Yoga Practice

This relaxing bedtime yoga sequence by Sarah Beth Yoga, is designed to prepare the body and mind for a sound sleep. You can finish it in bed! Breathe deep and enjoy.

Sarah is a modern day yogini & yoga instructor learning how to balance the practice and philosophies of yoga into everyday life.

Her mission is to share her experiences and knowledge of yoga and natural health to any person regardless of location or financial status.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Sattvic Diet for Body and Soul

The Sattvic Diet, widely known as the Yoga Diet, is based on the Hindi philosophical view of the balance between Sattva and The Sattvic Diet– for Body and Soul Rajas. Sattva is the quality of purity, while Rajas is the quality of action and metamorphoses. The process of withering and decaying is known as Tamas. Together, from sheer Sattva state, through the ever-changing state of Rajas and up to the inevitable Tamas, the process expresses the existence and nature of Prana, the force of life.

All corporeal things have aspects of both Sattvic and Rajasic nature; however, only one of the two can be dominant. For instance, as a bud, a flower expresses its facets that are predominantly Sattvic; the process of blooming and growing is led by the flower’s Rajasic facets. Of course, as part of the realm of living things, humans also abide by these terms. This is true both on the physical plain, as well as on the psychological one.

What Does the Sattvic Diet Consist of ?

These grounds and ideas give birth to a life form that starts with Prana-enhancing-exercises in the morning, and ends with a Sattvic prayer at night. The forces of Prana can be nurtured, as well as abused and squandered. In these terms, the Sattvic diet, containing only foods rich and abundant in Prana, is considered crucial for a healthy, well-balanced life.

The nutritional principles of the yoga diet are those of lacto-ovo-vegetarianism: avoiding all kinds of meat, and enjoying various fruits and vegetables, grains, eggs and milk products, including butter. Such a diet would consist of raw and cooked vegetables, such as artichokes, beets, cauliflower and many more. Grains and cereals include rice, tapioca, whole wheat and oatmeal. All dairy products are incorporated in the yoga diet.

Are There Nutritional Deficiencies ?

Deficiencies considered to be caused by the Sattvic diet are similar to those of a regular lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet:

Vitamin B12

Meat products are abundant in B12, but it can also be found in dairy products. Vegetarianism is commonly considered related to Vitamin B12 deficiencies, even though studies show that most B12 deficiencies are caused by indigestion, which can also be a normal effect of aging.


Although anemia and iron deficiency are considered related to the yoga diet and lacto-ovo-vegetarianism, studies show no substantial difference between the levels of iron in people who practice the Sattvic Diet, versus people who do not.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Fish and sea food are supplemented in the yoga diet with nuts, soy products and various fruits, vegetables and grains.

Nourishing Your Body

The sole purpose of the Sattvic Diet is to nourish the body with Prana-abundant-foods, and avoid possible deficiencies. Nowadays, it is scientifically known world-wide that the Sattvic diet is not lacking in nutrition, but rather is abundant in all the vitamins and minerals nature can provide.

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Badass Yoga Energy Flow

This is a fantastic yoga energy flow I designed to unlock tons of stored energy and release stress from your muscles and mind! Doing 30 minutes of this sequence is like 45 minutes at the gym, or any other yoga practice.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Detox Yoga Part 2

Detox Yoga Routine Part 2: Unearth & Renew (open level)

This Yogea sequence focuses on deep twists, forward bends and inversions in an attempt to release negativity from any part of the body and detoxify the physical as well as the mental sheaths. Modified standing poses provide centeredness and rootedness and establish a firm base on which to build a prevalently twisting sequence.

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Detox Yoga Part 1

Detox Yoga Routine Part 1: Regenerate & De-clutter (open level)

This Detox Yoga sequence is the first part of a series of three detoxifying spring Yoga routines intended to be practiced sequentially or independently. A burst of wide-ranging twists runs throughout the entire sequence to unleash a detoxification process in the body through glandular secretion and lower abdominal rinsing.

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Yoga Nidra for Insomnia

Use this yoga nidra video to overcome insomnia. Follow along with the instructions, sleep will surely come.

Article with more information about how yoga can help with Insomnia.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Growing Up with Yoga for Children

With Yoga’s popularity growing steadily, it was only a matter of time before its methods are adapted to befit children as well. growing up with yoga for children Nowadays yoga exercises are used among children who suffer from physical, mental and emotional difficulties and prove to be beneficial for children in many ways.

Although asanas for children can be extremely helpful, yoga is not yet regularly taught in schools, both for religious reasons, as well as parents’ valid fear of injuries. However, incorporating yoga exercises in a child’s routines, as long as it is guided by a professional teacher, does not contain any religious messages, and cannot bring harm to a child’s physical well-being.

Relaxation, Strength and Flexibility

The purpose of yoga for children is to instil in the child, at a young age, tools for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Asanas for adults are not suitable for children’s short attention-span, therefore Asanas for children focus on poses as a part of interactive games, breathing and relaxation exercises, and learning the basic principles of the yogi way. Meditation exercises are normally suitable only for kids over 10 years old.

The different levels of yoga for children are adjusted according to age and physical capabilities. At the young age of 2 years old, a child can already begin practicing yoga with the assistance of a parent. Starting at a young age, children who practice Yoga regularly are exposed to exercises especially constructed to help kids develop their strength, their flexibility and their ability for self-control. The Asanas for kids benefit and enable growth on a mental level, an emotional level and a physical level as well.

Preserving Youthfulness

Regular traditions of yoga for adults have proven to be extremely beneficial for various ailments and chronic diseases. For instance, the emphasis on abdominal muscle strength and lower-back flexibility renders yoga exercises ideal for people who suffer from chronic lower-back pain. In terms of preventive medicine and health maintenance, children who practice certain poses are in fact lowering their chances of suffering from spinal issues in the future.

As the old Hindi saying goes, you are as old as your spine is flexible, practicing yoga from a young age helps preserve youthfulness and health. However, yoga for children can also be of assistance in many additional aspects: studies show that children and adolescents who suffer from autism spectrum disorders show tremendous improvement with the help of yoga practices for children; in addition, yoga for kids can be helpful in strengthening concentration, relaxation and patience in ADD and ADHD patients; studies have even shown that yoga poses and methods can be of assistance in treating childhood obesity.

The possibility of incorporating the yogi lifestyle in a child’s life at such a young age bears wonderful potential for the child’s health and happiness in the future.

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How To Stretch – Beginners

How To Stretch for Beginners, Safe Stretches for Full Body Yoga, Back & Leg Pain Relief, Sciatica

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In this video, Jen shares her secrets about how to relieve pain in the legs and hips with safe stretches for beginners. This stretch video will show you how to safely stretch your body even if it’s your first time or if you’ve had injuries that limit flexibility.

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Jump Forward from Downward Dog

Jump forward from downward dog to handstand in Ashtanga Yoga with Kino MacGregor. Learning handstands and arm balances is something that can be really challenging if it’s not naturally easy for you. It certainly was an uphill struggle for me. One way that I found it easy to practice learning how to float in handstand or half-handstand position is in the sun salutation. When you jump forward from downward dog to standing or uttanasana then you have a chance to catch a little air and find the balance. Since this is done every day it is the perfect place to really build inner strength. Remember to jump your hips over the solid foundation of the arms and think forward to get the floaty sensation. Inhale as you jump forward, have faith and fun!

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Top 5 Rehab Centers that Make Patients Feel at Home

Getting the best care possible is the key to completing a rehabilitation program successfully. Many patients feel as if they are a burden to others during rehab, and this leads to lack of faith in themselves and the program. In order to eliminate these feelings, a family rehab environment is the ideal choice. When seeking a supportive and caring environment, the top 5 rehabs that make patients feel at home are a great place to start.

Father Martin‘s

This 147-acre rehabilitation facility provides a compassionate approach to drug and alcohol recovery. Located near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Father Martin’s program treats every participant with dignity and respect during their recovery.

Malibu Horizon

With one of the most successful patient records in the industry, Malibu Horizon combines medically proven rehabilitation methods with a caring 1-on-1 approach to therapy.

View Point Recovery Center

This family oriented facility is one of the highest rated locations for alcohol and drug rehab in Phoenix . The dedicated staff treats every patient like family, and provides one of the most effective Arizona substance abuse program in the entire state. The tightly-knit home environment provides a caring solution for addictions of all kinds, and supports the patient’s need for comfort, privacy and respect.

Caron Pennsylvania

This facility sets on a spacious campus environment to support an overall feeling of welcomeness and healing. The Pennsylvania facility is considered a home away from home among patients, but other Caron treatment centers utilize the very same principles throughout the recovery process. Located in Wernersville, the Caron Pennsylvania facility provides treatment and support for patients and their families to overcome the impact of addiction.

Harmony Foundation

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Located just outside of Estes Park, Colorado, the Harmony Foundation is one of the most scenic rehabilitation centers in the mid-west region. Nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts will find the area provides an overall positive outlook during treatment. Using a tried and true 12-step treatment program, the Harmony Foundation is one of the longest operating rehabilitation facilities in the country.

Many sufferers of substance abuse are reluctant to enter a rehabilitation program. Finding a treatment facility with a history of success is a must, but feeling welcomed into a caring environment is equally important. All 5 of these rehab centers hold a reputation for using proven treatment methods, treating each person as an individual and making every patient feel at home.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Power Yoga Interval Vinyasa

This is a Power Vinyasa Yoga Class with Interval Training elements built throughout the sequence -Interval Yoga. Very fast pace so it’s best to do more than once in order to be able to follow the sequence with the proper breathing technique.

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Strengthen Your Core

The Strengthen Your Core Podcast provides you with deep focused abdominal work that will strengthen all aspects of your practice. The practice focuses on floor work including traditional boat (navasana) pose, pick-ups and learning how to jump through with straight legs on blocks. The practice reviews mula-banda and the small details of engaging the stomach though out your entire practice and concludes with counter-stretches to release the core.

The Yoga Journal podcast is a free, online yoga class by Kathryn Budig that provides intelligent, accessible, and effective yoga videos for students of all levels. In these yoga videos, Kathryn Budig provides students with knowledgeable instructions, playful sequences, and the detailed demonstrations of her student and model Rowena King. Each episode features different poses and themes in order to provide you with a wide-range of practices to keep your routine fun and challenging.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Yoga for Hamstring Flexibility

This yoga flow will help improve your hamstring flexibility as well as improve circulation. Add it to your regular practice for strong, supple, flexible legs.

Many people struggle to lengthen their tight hamstrings, do only what works for your body today, take the modifications (like having a gentle bend in the knees) and with regular practice you’ll be moving deeper in no time.

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