What Style of Yoga is For You?

Sometimes it’s easier to understand something in a more visual format.  That’s why we’ve created this infographic to keep things simple.

While there are many more styles of yoga practice, these 6 are probably the most popular.  Which style of yoga is best for you?

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First Pranalistic Video – How to relax with Savasana

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How to do the Crow Pose: Step by Step

Bakasana, or Crow Pose is awesome!

Crow pose is an arm balance with a wide variety of health benefits.  Crow Pose, which is the variation with bent arms, is considered the stepping stone to Crane Pose, which is the variation with straight arms.

Though it appears to be all about arm strength, the keys are actually learning where your center of gravity is and how to distribute your weight so that you can balance.

The crow pose strengthens the wrists, forearms and abdomen. It improves balance and coordination and core strength; expands the adaptability and flexibility of the spine and opens the groin.

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Pose of the month and thoughts of the year

After three and a half months in Vietnam, I think back to South Korea during the start of my first year when all I wanted to do was leave!  But I pushed on and eventually realised that I needed to be put out of my comfort zone, and I learned so much being in that country.  I know now that doing things outside of your comfort zone keeps you feeling alive.   Even if it doesn’t work out quite as you’d hoped, you’re always the better person for it.   Life should be about occasionally taking risks and change is something we should embrace.  The things that we fear, including the fear of the unknown, can be what makes us when we look back.

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Travel… It can ‘make & break’

International living (especially in 3rd world nations) introduces you to world conditions that you might be uncomfortable with or psychologically disturbed by.  But with the challenge comes opportunity for personal change as growth comes through new experiences.

When you move to a new country, eating becomes a thrill as you relish in new flavours and tastes.  Driving becomes a challenge as you encounter new rules and conduct (or lack of, here in Vietnam!)   A trip to the supermarket introduces new sights, colours, customs and culture.  It’s these things that shape us and open our minds. Continue reading “Travel… It can ‘make & break’”

Bringing calm to a busy mind

The mind has a tendency to disconnect from the body and create worry.  Do you feel overwhelmed as you make a mental to-do list for tomorrow, next week or for the year while your mind races from one thought to the next?

I’ve had a million-miles-an-hour mind these past few weeks.   This has its perks, but when those thoughts start to become destructive, it’s hard to stop the snowball effect.  Thankfully, yoga has taught me to pause and be still.  I appreciate those golden moments when I am moving fluidly, aware only of the flow of my own breath.   Through focused movement, breathing, and meditation, our minds are encouraged to calm and to connect with our bodies and the present moment. Continue reading “Bringing calm to a busy mind”

Prime yourself for winter health

Salutations and asanas

What’s the first thing I do when I wake up during these cold winter mornings (after a morning chat with my boyfriend, of course)?   A few sun salutations and yoga asanas (poses) to get the blood flowing and to warm up.  Sun salutations are designed to cultivate heat.  I can’t start my day without them!

When we are cold, our circulation decreases, which not only slows the effectiveness of the organs, it also lowers our body temperature even more.  This can lead to constriction in the muscles, joints and even our perspective. Continue reading “Prime yourself for winter health”

Yoga for Men: Breaking the Stereotype

Unfortunately, men still represent a small portion of the Western yogi community.   But why?

At its emergence, yoga was primarily a male practice.  But when it found its way to the West, middle and upper class women with the time and means to pursue self-care quickly became the target demographic.  Thus, yoga businesses began marketing to women with female models, a feminine voice, and women’s apparel.   With that kind of branding, it’s no wonder more men aren’t willingly exploring the benefits of yoga. Continue reading “Yoga for Men: Breaking the Stereotype”

Have you tried the king of hip-openers, Pigeon Pose?

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Yoga handles stiff hips in a variety of ways, but most directly through a family of poses that are known loosely as “hip openers.”

Pigeon Pose, or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, primarily targets the external rotators of the hips. These tight and usually overworked areas breathe a sigh of relief when the time comes to settle into this healing pose. Continue reading “Have you tried the king of hip-openers, Pigeon Pose?”