Month: May 2015

7 Things Your Yoga Teacher Wants to Tell You

7 Things Your Yoga Teacher Wants to Tell You Published by Kathryn Budig I’ve taught yoga for over 10 years to students around the world and I’ve come up with a few things that every yoga teacher wants you to know. Don’t worry, I’m not here to yell or judge! But even if you’re hitting the mat a few times a week and holding every pose perfectly, you may not be getting the most from your yoga practice. Now, it’s easy to rattle off a long list of yoga no-no’s, but there are also crucial lessons your teacher is probably dying to share with you. Here are my big seven. Take notes and enjoy the ride! You don’t need to practice yoga every day It’s easy to fall so deeply in love with yoga that you want to practice non-stop (watch out for these 13 signs you’re addicted to yoga). I hear you—I actually found myself practicing twice a day (for up to five hours!) in my earlier years because I couldn’t get enough. Luckily, …

9 Reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga

9 Reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga Yes, the obvious is true: most yoga classes are attended by a majority of fit, flexible females in tight clothes. But, contrary to what you might think, it’s not just a sport for sexy ladies. And we have tons of reasons why you should be doing it—other than picking up women. With yoga, you’ll hone your mental focus, rid your system of toxins, and maybe even boost your performance in the bedroom. You’ll even be able to touch your toes — improved flexibility is a bonus for just about every sport. Yes, the real results of regular yoga practice are quite practical, and you don’t need any special equipment—just a few square feet of space and a mat. Here’s how that extra bit of stretching will not only enhance your other workouts, but also your life. 1. Relieve stress. We all find ways to deal with stress. But Terrence Monte, a managing teacher at Pure Yoga, says, “going to amped up gyms or punching a punching bag can …

How yoga allows the body to rejuvenate

How yoga allows the body to rejuvenate Do you ever wonder why people who practice yoga seem so calm and happy? Many people suffer from hypertension, which is spending too much time in the sympathetic nervous system due to stress. Hypertension is a state of great psychological stress due to the pressures of modern life. Regular yoga practice: asana (yoga posture), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and deep relaxation allow you to spend more time in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is a state of rejuvenation and rest. In our modern lives we face constant stress that causes our fight or flight responses to be stimulated – even though we are very rarely, if ever, in a life or death situation like we were in the cave man days. Nowadays we step into fight or flight when our boss sends us an e-mail that makes us angry or we feel the everyday pressures of life: deadlines, family, money, and mental stress. The parasympathetic system is responsible for activities that occur when the body is resting; it …

Yoga Can Heal and Yoga Can Hurt!

Michaelle Edwards Creator of YogAlign, pain-free yoga from your inner core. “Anityasuciduhkhanatmasu nityasucisukhatmakhyatiravidya” (What at one time feels good or appears to be of help can turn out to be a problem; what we consider to be useful may in time prove to be harmful.) — From Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, written in Sanskrit approximately 2,400 years ago. As a 40-year yoga practitioner, with over two decades practicing massage therapy and teaching yoga, I have seen countless injuries, chronic pain and joint issues in yoga clients of every age and fitness level. My work and investigations with yoga injuries has revealed certain yoga poses engage the body in positions that are unnatural for the design of the human body. In this series of posts, I will explain why these poses need to be radically modified or eliminated to protect yoga practitioners from finding out that which was considered to be useful may in time prove to be harmful. The sad truth is that years of practicing body positions that do not simulate real life function can …