When someone asks me about yoga, especially if they want to do some work in the begining on their own at home. I refer to this lovely lady. Esther Ekhart. Her pace is gentle and her words explain positions well. I use her in my YTT's as a reference. One of many teachers I enjoy learning from. One day I hope to travel to take some workshops with her.
Youtube is a great source.
Hola Yogis! I've been asked to teach a Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Basics course of approx 100 hours. This will be mostly Asana and sequencing.
Going over the most used asanas
How to sequence a class
Finding your voice
Vinyasa/Hatha w very basic Yin.
Things of that nature.
What are your thoughts on this?
We are a Yoga Alliance Registered School and this can be CEU hours that will be about one week (6-7 days) in length here in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
This will be just before our 200 hour course in Nov.-Dec if there's interest.
Join us for the fun.
I just adore this man. He makes sense in this short video about cellullite, treatment, society and fascia.
A video from youtube explains the basics of the Bhagavat Gita. There are lengthy and complex books written by experts explaining this interesting and deep subject. So for those of you who want a quicky simple explanation, here it is:
I'm gonna be honest here: I couldn't even stand a warm shower. I want it hot. HOT AF I say! But I'll try dang near anything in the name of health.
So I am in total shock here. I am giving it a shot, this whole shower thing. It's crazy. Painful. Oddly, I love it. I freak out for a few minutes then it's all over. I can't do it for very long, but I am trying to go a little longer each time. Here's what getting stronger.org has to say about the cold shower thing.
Want to experience the benefits of hormesis very directly? Take a cold shower! And don’t just try it once, make it a habit and take cold showers daily. I have been doing it daily for the past six months and am loving it!
As one form of hydrotherapy, the health benefits of cold water therapy are numerous. Cold showers provide a gentle form of stress that leads to thermogenesis (internal generation of body heat), turning on the body’s adaptive repair systems to strengthen immunity, enhance pain and stress tolerance, and ward off depression, overcome chronic fatigue syndrome, stop hair loss, and stimulate anti-tumor responses.
Some people advocate starting with a warm shower, and switching over to cool or cold water only at the end of the shower. This is fine, particularly if you are afraid that a pure cold shower would just be too uncomfortable or intolerable. But I prefer just jumping right in. When you start with cold water, you will experience the phenomenon of cold shock, an involuntary response characterized by a sudden rapid breathing and increased heart rate. This in itself is very beneficial. The extent of cold shock has been shown to decrease with habituation, and exposure to colder water (10C or 50F) appears to be more effective than just cool water (15 C or 59F) in promoting habituation. The habituation itself is what is most beneficial, both objectively and subjectively. There is an analogy here with high intensity resistance exercise and interval training, both of which elevate heart rate and lead to long term adaptations to stress, with improved cardiovascular capacity and athletic performance.
Cold showers provide a different and probably complementary type of habituation to that which results from exercise. A study of winter swimmers compared them with a control group in their physiological response to being immersed in cold water: Both groups responded to cold water by thermogenesis (internal production of body heat), but the winter swimmers did so by raising their core temperature and did not shiver until much later than the controls, whereas the control subjects responded by shivering to increase their peripheral temperatures. The winter swimmers also tolerated much larger temperature differences and conserved their energy better. Other studies confirm that the benefits of habituation show up only after several weeks of cold showering. For example, adaptation to cold leads to increased output of the beneficial “short term stress” hormones adrenaline and thyroxine, leading to mobilization of fatty acids, and substantial fat loss over a 1-2 week period.
So regular cold showers, like high intensity exercise, and intermittent fasting, appear to provide similar, but not identical hormetic benefits.
But now I’d like to focus on the subjective experience of taking cold showers, something not commented on in many of the studies I’ve read. If you follow my approach and plunge right into a cold shower, you’ll get the initial “cold shock” mentioned above: a quickened pace of breathing and a pumping heart. Often I find myself involuntarily smiling or even laughing. For waking up, this beats caffeine. I start with a warm (not hot) shower nowadays and sloly turn off the hot, keeping the water cold the rest of the time. Go in head first and alternate from back to front to make sure you are getting cold all over, including your hands and arms and any sensitive zones. After about a minute, you’ll find the cold water starts to become more tolerable, and after 2 or 3 minutes you’ll start thinking you will live through it. This is thermogenesis. I make a point of staying in the shower until I’m no longer so uncomfortable. It's a process, that's for sure kids.
These effects are apparent with the first cold shower. If you continue the practice for several weeks, you’ll find the psychological benefits are even greater. First and foremost, cold showers appear to have improved my stress tolerance, by buffering emotional reactions. What I mean by this is that bad news, surprises, arguments, or events that would have previously caused a brief surge in adrenaline or an emotional flush, no longer have that effect, or at most have a very attenuated effect. I think this is a consequence of becoming acclimated to the the adrenaline-producing effect of the cold shock.
You can experiment with the intensity of cold, duration, and frequency of cold showers to improve your tolerance. If you find that your heart is beating uncomfortably fast or you are going numb or experiencing pain of any sort, that’s a good reason to ease into the routine more slowly with water that is not so cold. Check with your doctor first if you have a heart condition, migraines, or pain. But don’t sell yourself short and rush through a cold shower, because you may find that extending a few more minutes provides the greatest benefits in adapting your body to tolerate stress. Not just cold stress — but physical and emotional stress in general.
If you like this sort of thing, please look up a wild-man named Wim Hoff. Try his methods. It's awesome.
I adore this site. check out the video on the sciatic nerve. Guess how big it is?
Let us begin from the ground up. From the base to the top of the head. These seven energy centers are very interesting and much has been and will be written and discussed about them in yoga and other areas. I find them very interesting and am always learning more and more about them. What clears them, how to eat to create balance, and of course what blocks them.
The Root Chakra (red) is concerned with keeping us grounded and our lives constant, stable & secure. It controls the fight-or-flight reaction, putting us into survival mode. It is the chakra that anchors us to the earth when we are positive, patient & open to possibilities allowing for stability & inner strength.
The Sacral Chakra (orange) controls our physical health, well-being and is the center of sexuality, pleasure and procreation. It is important to honor the body, giving it what it deserves and what it needs to thrive. Discipline and maturity are important to keep this chakra balanced and healthy.
The Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow) is the center of our personal identity that defines who we are. Self-worth, self-esteem, confidence and personal power are all qualities of this particularly fabulous energy center. When in balance, we feel good in our own skin and know who we are and that we are worthy of love, kindness and respect, allowing us to make good choices in life.
The Heart Chakra (green, pink) guides us to accept the oneness of all life. It is concerned with unity, love, peace, and purity. Through love we radiate joy, peace, and unity.
The Throat Chakra (light blue) is the gateway for communication, creativity, truthfulness and integrity.
The Third Eye Chakra (blue) is known as the control center. It focuses on cultivating a strong, uncluttered and independent mind. It is the chakra that helps us to see the "bigger picture" so that we can make educated decisions. It is the seat of intuition, wisdom, imagination and knowledge.
The Crown Chakra (crystal clear or violet) reaches the heights of spirituality. The chakras act like a ladder to peace, spirituality and healing, from the base of the Root Chakra that anchors us to the more spiritual energy of the Crown Chakra. The Crown Chakra opens when we have attained psychological maturity and spiritual development. Through the choices we make, our life lessons, we find a greater sense of what we are capable of and what our purpose in life may actually be about.
There's a discount for classes until the end of the month. Awesome news!
The discount code is SC2018
Enjoy a great AP course in Maine.
Thomas has several great books out on the subject and his classes are tops! Remember the code is only good until the end of the month.
Lets face it, we really don't know much about this system. Seems like its just simply ignored by most AP classes in general. BUT it is very important and in yoga we can surely have a wonderful effect on health and well being.
The lymphatic system helps the body with fluid exchange from the blood vessels, absorbs and transports fats, and removes pathogens. It works when we move. No movement, no worky. The lymph vessels run alongside the blood vessels in the cardiovascular system. These small vessels contain lymphatic fluid that circulates when the body moves, since there is no organ pumping the fluid through like the heart in the circulatory system. Obviously this is just another reason that it is so very important to move the body. Disease can be removed from the body with a healthy functioning lymphatic system.
The lymph fluid flows through the lymph vessels to the lymph nodes These nodes are found in many places throughout the body, take a look at the picture below. The lymph nodes encapsulate the toxins or foreign pathogens and remove them from the body through sweat or excretion. Lymph nodes can become swollen and sensitive when they are dealing with these toxins, makes sense doesn't it? Lymph nodes are in the area of the throat, armpit, and inguinal area.
The spleen helps the lymph system by functioning as a large lymph node and filtering out toxins. The thymus produces lymph cells called lymphocytes that support the lymph organs. Who knew?
Another fun and educational tidbit: try dry brushing. It's known to be a wonderful addition to maintaining a healthy lymphatic system.
Kitchari is pretty easy to make, healthy and mild on the stomach.
Some choices for a unique blend:
1/2 cup basmati rice
1 cup mung dal (split yellow)
6 cups (approx.) water
1/2 to 1 inch ginger root grated
Salt (1/4 tsp. or so)
2 tsp. ghee
1/2 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
1 and 1/2 cups vegetables of your choice(optional)
Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones. Wash each separately in at least 2 cleanings of water. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.
While that is cooking, prepare any vegetables of your choice. Cut them into small pieces. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook 10 minutes longer.
In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop. Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavors. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture. Add the mineral salt and chopped fresh cilantro and serve.
Debbie Krejci E-RYT 500
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