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  • The Way of Non-Attachment

    The Way of Non-Attachment

    Practicing Aparigraha (Non-Attachment) In Your Daily Life Embracing non-attachment offers important benefits for your yoga practice and your life. Although mastering non-attachment takes time, letting go can help enhance your enjoyment of yoga, reduce stress, and improve your self-esteem. What Is Non-Attachment? Five self-restraints give yoga practitioners a moral and practical framework that extends far beyond yoga sessions. The self-restraints include Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (non-excess), and Aparigraha (non-attachment). Non-attachment involves appreciating what you have and not placing too much emphasis on belongings, ....

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  • Practicing Self-Love and Acceptance With Yoga

    Practicing Self-Love and Acceptance With Yoga

    Developing a Healthy Relationship With Yourself Through Yoga How's your relationship with a very important person - yourself? Finding time to connect with yourself and appreciate your unique qualities can be difficult when you have a busy lifestyle. Fortunately, yoga offers the perfect solution for multi-taskers. The mind/body practice focuses equally on improving your body, encouraging personal growth, and nourishing your spirit. Yoga Provides a Sense of Accomplishment Demanding supervisors, tough family situations, and minor and major life disappointments can affect your confidence and self-esteem. Yoga classes offer many opportunities to succeed and grow, helping you feel more ....

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  • Practicing Yoga for Chronic Pain Management

    Practicing Yoga for Chronic Pain Management

    Managing Chronic Pain with Yoga Pain control is one of the lesser-known benefits of practicing yoga. Whether you have back pain, migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or another painful condition, yoga can help you manage your symptoms. Yoga Improves Flexibility Muscle or joint tension, common with some chronic conditions, can increase your pain and reduce flexibility. Unfortunately, the problem is likely to worsen if you remain sedentary. Yoga poses, known as "asanas," help you gradually improve your flexibility and loosen tight muscles, joints, and tissues. Your yoga instructor can show you how to use blocks, cushions, belts, and other props to make poses easier. If your mobility is ....

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  • Challenging Yourself With More Advanced Yoga Poses

    Challenging Yourself With More Advanced Yoga Poses

    How to Advance to More Complex Yoga Poses Are you frustrated because you just can't get the hang of the more advanced yoga poses you've been attempting? After successfully mastering beginner and intermediate poses, it's not uncommon to struggle with complex poses. These tips will help you prepare mentally and physically to conquer challenging poses. Don't Be Afraid to Use Props Blocks, straps, bolsters, pillows, wedges, blankets, balls, wheels, and other props are indispensable tools that help you keep your body properly aligned and supported, deepen a pose, or soften your posture. Using props isn't cheating. As amazing as our bodies are, no two are the same. Some people are naturally ....

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  • 5 Ways Yoga Can Help You To Release and Let Go

    5 Ways Yoga Can Help You To Release and Let Go

    How to Release and Let Go of Stress and Negative Thoughts with Yoga Do you struggle to control negative thoughts and emotions? Practicing yoga can help you clear your mind of toxic thoughts, relieve stress, and empower you to be your best self. These five actions can help you clear your mind and focus on the positive. Take a Deep Breath Deep breathing, also called yogic breathing, helps you calm and center yourself when you're feeling anxious or stressed. Other benefits of deep breathing include: Increased Energy Level Lower Heart Rate Decreased Likelihood of Depression Better Sleep Improved Stamina Fewer Headaches and Gastrointestinal Problems When you perform yoga poses, ....

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  • How Yoga Can Be Beneficial to Heart Health

    How Yoga Can Be Beneficial to Heart Health

    The Connection Between Yoga and Heart Health Improving your heart health may be as simple as adding yoga to your schedule several times a week. The mind-body practice not only keeps your body limber and flexible but also offers important benefits for your heart. Yoga Reduces Stress Naturally Stress and anxiety cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, ranging from headaches to heartburn to insomnia. Stress can: Raise Your Blood Pressure. When you're stressed, your blood vessels narrow, increasing the pressure of the blood flowing through your body. Over time, high pressure can damage the vessels and make them less elastic. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, ....

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  • Why You Should Make Yoga Part of Your New Year’s Resolution

    Why You Should Make Yoga Part of Your New Year’s Resolution

    8 Reasons Why Practicing Yoga Should Be One of Your New Year's Resolutions Like many Americans, you may have decided that 2021 is the year you're going to exercise more and become healthier. Unfortunately, resolutions can soon be forgotten if they're too difficult or costly to achieve. Yoga doesn't require expensive equipment and can be practiced virtually anywhere. Here are a few reasons why you should consider adding yoga classes to your schedule this year. 1. Better Control of Chronic Conditions Practicing yoga a few times a week is an excellent way to manage chronic conditions naturally. Yoga keeps your joints limber if you have arthritis and offers a natural way to lower high ....

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  • Practicing Hot Yoga in the Winter

    Practicing Hot Yoga in the Winter

    Is Hot Yoga on Your Winter Schedule? Attending hot yoga classes is an excellent way to protect your health and keep your body strong this winter. When you take a hot yoga class, you'll enjoy these benefits: Improved Flexibility, Strength, and Balance. Hot yoga warms cold muscles and joints, enhancing flexibility and strength and making it a little easier to master the more complicated yoga poses. Strong muscles are essential for good balance. When your muscles and joints are strong and limber, you'll have less trouble regaining your balance if you slip on an icy or snow-covered sidewalk. Better Weight Control. Regular hot yoga classes will help you avoid gaining weight during the cold ....

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  • Practicing Yoga to Relieve the Stress of the Holidays

    Practicing Yoga to Relieve the Stress of the Holidays

    Yoga Can Help You Manage Holiday Stress Many of us become overextended this time of year as we struggle to balance work and family responsibilities with a seemingly never-ending list of holiday activities. Shopping, sending cards, baking cookies and treats, and planning holiday parties become much less enjoyable when you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed. If you add yoga classes to your holiday schedule, you'll learn techniques that will help you control and reduce your stress level naturally. Stress Affects Your Mental and Physical Health When you don't know how you're going to find the time to bake nine dozen cookies for the holiday cookie exchange or you're dreading Christmas or ....

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  • Which Yoga Path Is Right For You?

    Which Yoga Path Is Right For You?

    Different Types of Yoga Choosing a yoga path is an excellent way to embrace the spiritual aspects of mind and body practice. Although some people prefer one path over another, it's not necessary to limit yourself to just one path. Combining aspects of several different paths can help you personalize your approach to yoga. Bhakti Yoga Bhakti yoga focuses on creating a positive, accepting energy, developing a stronger relationship with God or a supreme being, or just embracing spirituality in general. Traditionally, Bhakti followers held ceremonies to worship supreme beings or yoga gurus. Worship ceremonies can be part of the Bhakti practice today, although it's not necessary to ....

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