New Twists on Yoga

Did You Know Yoga Can Reduce Food Cravings?   Fitness trends come and go, and time will tell if the latest craze is here to stay: goat yoga. That's right, yoga sessions with goats. The CBS News video above features some of the instructors and enthusiasts of this unusual pairing. At Laughing Frog Yoga studio in Santa Monica, California, pygmy goats Floyd and Rosco are part of the ensemble. According to Michelle Tritten of Hello Critter Care, goats have the uncanny ability to "bring out the best in people." Many others agree. Lainey Morse, one of the first to introduce goat yoga to the world in 2016 at her farm in Albany, Oregon, tells CBS "it's impossible to be sad and depressed when you have goats around you." Since then, goat yoga has spread around the country, with a number of celebrities testing it out and spreading the word on social media. Writing for Viva Glam Magazine, actress-writer Malorie Mackey writes about her goat yoga experience at Laughing Frog, saying:1 "As the goats enter, giggles and happiness ensue. Roscoe enjoys jumping and climbing on people while Floyd enjoys walking under them. Together, they move around the class jumping on yogis and having fun under the supervision of Michelle. Perhaps it isn't the most calm, meditative yoga class, but it breaks up the norm and adds lighthearted fun to your yoga routine." Yoga Is a Powerful Mind-Body Practice While I believe anaerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is key for optimal health, there's no doubt yoga can be an important part of a comprehensive exercise program. And research reveals potent mental and physical benefits from yoga, regardless of your current state of health or fitness. Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years, and while many regard it as just another form of exercise, it's really a comprehensive lifestyle practice that integrates mental, physical and spiritual elements. With regard to the latter, yoga can be viewed as a form of meditation that demands your full attention as you move from one asana (yoga position) to another.  As you learn new ways of moving and responding to your body and mind, other areas of your life tend to shift and change as well. In a sense, you not only become more physically flexible, but your mind and approach to life may also gain some much-needed flexibility. A report2 by the Institute of Science in Society details how meditative practices such as yoga, tai chi and qigong, just to name a few, can actually alter your genetic expression through their impact on your mind. Indeed, thousands of genes have been identified that appear to be directly influenced by your subjective mental state. Examples of genetic effects obtained through yogic- and other meditative practices include the down-regulation of cellular stress response genes and genes associated with the pathway responsible for the breakdown of proteins, while expression of heat shock proteins and immune function are increased. One study [...]

2018-09-04T17:50:30+00:00 By |

Boat Pose (Paripurna Navasana) – Yoga for Strength and Toning

Having a good strong core is key, not only to looking great and to being fit, but it is also fundamental if you wish to excel in your yoga practice. A multitude of yoga moves, from beginner to advanced, rely on the strength of your core and the “Boat Pose” is a wonderful pose for laying a strong foundation within your core and preparing it for more.  Let’s take a look at the many benefits of the “Boat Pose” (Paripuna Navasana):   Tones and strengthens your abdomen Assists in relieving stress Improves your confidence Stimulates your kidneys, prostate gland, thyroid, and intestines Stretches hamstrings Strengthens your spine and hip flexors Improves digestion Maintains the metabolism   Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!   Be ALRIGHT!  Love and light,   Tracey   Source: Yoga Journal Yoga Outlet  

2018-01-07T20:50:12+00:00 By |

Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana) – Yoga for Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel is an unfortunate condition that effects people all around the world. It occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed, which causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers. While there is medication for pain that could effectively help subside any pain caused by this condition, not everyone wants to take medication. There are alternative methods out there, such as yoga poses that can help with this condition. The “Warrior II Pose,” when practiced daily or at least a couple times a week, can lessen the discomfort and pain of carpal tunnel, and offers a variety of other benefits. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of the “Warrior II Pose” (Virabhadrasana):   Can be therapeutic for carpal tunnel, flat feet, osteoporosis, and sciatica Stretches the groin, as well as the chest, lungs, and shoulders Strengthens and stretches the ankles and legs Stimulates the abdominal organs Increases stamina Relieves backaches, especially those caused by pregnancy     Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!

2018-01-07T20:53:55+00:00 By |

Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose: Yoga for Osteoporosis

There are many different yoga postures that can help ease the pain and discomfort brought on by Osteoporosis. The “Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose” (Urdhva Dhanurasana) is one of the best yoga postures out there for this issue, as well as other benefits that can be received by performing this pose regularly. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of the “Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose” (Urdhva Dhanurasana):   Therapeutic for osteoporosis, asthma, infertility, and back pain Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary gland Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine Increases energy and can counteract depression Stretches both the chest and lungs     Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!

2018-01-07T20:48:23+00:00 By |

Upward Abdominal Lock: Yoga for Digestion

Not only does your digestive system play a huge role in digesting the food and beverages you take in on a daily basis, but it also breaks down and delivers the necessary nutrients you need throughout your body. The “Upward Abdominal Lock” (Uddiyana Bandha) can be helpful in aiding the digestive system to perform at its best. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of the “Upward Abdominal Lock” (Uddiyana Bandha): Improves digestion, assimilation, and elimination, increases gastric fire Can purify the digestive tract of toxins Strengthens the abdominal section of the body, as well as the diaphragm Massages the abdominal viscera, solar plexus, as well as the heart and lungs Stimulates blood circulation in the abdomen, as well as the blood flow to the brain Stimulates and increases the energy of the lower belly, uniting the energies localized in the navel, and in the heart   Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!

2018-01-07T20:38:57+00:00 By |

Tree Pose (Vrksasana) – Yoga for Balance

Let’s face it; standing on one leg can be a lot harder than it sounds. Sure, as a kid it was a breeze, but as an adult, everything becomes a bit more challenging, unfortunately. Getting the “Tree Pose” (Vrksasana) down paves the way for a whole slew of different balance poses that will only serve to further your progress, strengthen your practice, and above all else; it is going to strengthen your body for bigger things to come. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of the “Tree Pose” (Vrksasana): Improves balance Relieves headaches Help with insomnia Assist with low blood pressure Helps with high blood pressure (when arms not raised) Eases sciatica and reduces flat feet Strengthens spine, ankles, thighs, and calves Stretches chest, shoulders, groin, and inner thighs   Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!

2018-01-10T13:55:13+00:00 By |

Standing Forward Bend: Yoga for Inside Issues

First of all, “Standing Forward Bend” (Uttanasana) is going to immediately awaken your hamstrings like nothing else – which is a good thing. This amazing pose calls for an intense stretch that not all of us are accustomed to, but always remember it is important to bend your knees during this pose. This pose is more oriented to your internal workings, as it does things like stimulate your life and kidneys, while improving digestion. From physical to mental issues, you will be amazed at all the benefits you’ll experience when you try out this pose. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of the “Standing Forward Bend” (Uttanasana): Stimulates both the liver and kidneys Improves digestion Reduces instances of fatigue and anxiety Can help to relieve headaches Relieves insomnia Therapeutic for asthma Relieves symptoms of menopause Helps with infertility, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis Strengthens the thighs and knees Improves circulation   Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!

2018-01-07T20:39:59+00:00 By |

Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikona) – Yoga for Stretching and Flexibility

The “Revolved Triangle Pose” (Parivrtta Trikona) is not recommended for those with serious back problems. However, it can be therapeutic for moderate to mild back problems. This pose is ideal because it provides major stretching throughout the entire body. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of the “Revolved Triangle Pose” (Parivrtta Trikona): Stretches and strengthens legs Improves flexibility Helps with low blood pressure Gets rid of migraines Eases diarrhea Lessens headaches Can aid in insomnia Alleviates mild back pain     Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!

2018-01-01T09:43:00+00:00 By |

Reclined Spinal Twist: Yoga for Stretching

The “Reclined Spinal Twist” pose lengthens and strengthens your body while providing a nice massage to your internal organs, allowing them to detoxify your system. This gentle posture also stretches the spine and neck while the rest of the body is allowed to rest. This is an excellent pose preceding or following your yoga flow, for a warm up or a cool down.  Furthermore, not only can the “Reclined Spinal Twist” provide a great stretch, but it can also provide you with many other benefits.  Here are a few wonderful benefits of the “Reclined Spinal Twist” (Supta Matsyendrasana): Stretches the spine and quadriceps Stretches the neck, shoulders, glutes, and hips Nourishes fresh blood flow to the internal organs and digestive system Massages the back and hips Realigns the spine Brings deep relaxation to the body and mind Relieves stress, fatigue and sciatica Alleviates menstrual discomfort and helps with infertility Destroys disease Hydrates the spinal disks   Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!

2018-01-07T20:39:12+00:00 By |