Check this article out. And stop drinking fluoride.
This lady is creative in her flows. Give this one a try. I love it and it gives me ideas for my own practice and also teachings.
In the link below you will find a few gentle stretches to ease tension and back pain while sretching out a muscle you've probably never heard of. The Quadratus Lumborims.
There's a good chance if you've done yoga for any length of time that your wrists have been sore. That may be the biggest understatement ever. When I started yoga, good Lord I was hurting. All over, but those pesky wrists... I used wrist braces, the whole 9 yards. Check this out. Save yourself some painful weeks and take their advice. Wish I had read this before.
We've been talking a lot about this in our yoga training lately. The actual science behind the benefits have been proven and here's the study by Harvard to back it up. The second link is the study mentioned in the Harvard study.
I love me some science!
Go to Yoga!
These charts blow my mind.
Sometimes we don't know why we feel what we feel. After scheduling a private group Integrated Yoga Nidra with my friend and colleague, Carmela Carlyle in Sayulita, Mexico I decided to revisit this wheel I had found in a book a few years ago.
I originally found the black and white one, but also am sharing a different one with different depictions. The newer one is in color. I'll be posting more on meditation in the near future, as this really sparked my curiosity to revisit some of the science behind Yoga, meditation, stress and health.
There's some legit science out there to back up how good it all is for you. Look at the wheel(s).
How do you react? Does any of this hit home for you?
Enjoy! Meditate. Feel Peace.
Here's some info on stretching that seems to be quite the subject nowadays.
Best get a tissue (or five) ready to watch a few success stories from the X-WWF guy turned Yogi. But not your typical "Namaste" yogi. Enjoy!
There are many hand gestures that have been around for ages. I've attached a link to a free downloadable book on Mudras.
“The mind follows the habits of the breath and the body,” explains Eric Shaw, yoga teacher and scholar in Berkeley, California. “And the hands have a stronger relationship to the mind than much of the rest of the body.” If we place our hands in a position of calm or stillness, the mind can mirror the same qualities. Thus, a mudra can be an instrument to prepare the mind for meditation.
This (hand to big toe pose) can be a difficult one. Especially if you have tight hamstrings and trouble with balance poses. Sometimes I like to use a strap and stand close to a wall or hold onto the wall (or kitchen countertop).
I do and encourage everyone to do a lot of yoga in the kitchen in the am with the countertop. I'm usually standing around looking like a goof waiting for my coffee, so I might as well get the spine warmed up and do a few stretches that are ever so gentle by helping my old tired bones out with the support of the countertop.
When I do this pose in the am I always use a strap, after I have stretched out my hamstrings w several forward folds, low lunges and sun salutations.
Yoga is not always done on a mat in a yoga studio.
This one is a bit deep for the first thing in the am yoga, so make sure you are good and warmed up before attempting this awesome and powerful pose.
Create space and a good connection with your weight bearing leg as you ready yourself to lift the other one. We usually move Right leg first, but I am thinking there are no rules in your PJ's in the kitchen.
Put the strap around the foot in a sturdy way. Take a strong grasp of said strap. Give yourself PLENTY of space with the strap so that you can straighten the leg. Engage the quadricep of the moving leg. Hold on to the countertop with the OPPOSITE hand from the moving leg w the strap (or place it on the hip).
Lift the leg slowly and w purpose. BREATHE slowly. Take it to your end ROM and breathe some more. The lift is straight out in front of you. Your toes are pointing to the sky. After about 5 breaths open that strapped leg to the side if you wish and hold for five more breaths. Gently bring it back to the floor or to the front again then to the floor and shake it out. During the return to the floor have a bend in teh knee, let's keep this safe.
Do a few sun salutes, stretch anyway your body needs to and then move on to the other side. Like a boss.
Thanks for reading. Hasta pronto mis amores.
Debbie Krejci E-RYT
Yoga Teacher Training Mexico, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka
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