How many times have you stood in a yoga class and peeked at others comparing their posture to yours? Yoga might be non-competitive but it is human nature to compete. There is an inner drive to succeed, a determination to be the best. Yoga works on an individual basis, a single stretch could be gentle or severe depending on the physiology of the individual. Remember, that even the supplest person cannot do every single pose in yoga.
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If you thought that there could be no new twist to Yoga, you would be wrong. Paddle Board Yoga is making waves in the yoga community – quite literally. Annette Armstrong is the director of Downtown Yoga in Melbourne and witnessed yoga enthusiasts combine paddle boarding with yoga postures whilst in California.
Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga (known as SUP yoga) is really taking off. Balance is difficult initially but the challenges increase the pleasurable aspect of practice. A paddle board is stable enough to do yoga on and backbends,
If you are new to yoga, finding the right style can take time and effort. If you are limited with time, traipsing from one yoga class to another can be frustrating. Purchasing a variety of DVD’s for home practice can be costly as can paying for membership to a studio. Now there is a better way to learn more about yoga with these new phone apps that can revolutionise your yoga practice.
Acroyoga may sound like some circus-style act but it is actually a style of yoga that is both therapeutic and dynamic in style and intertwines dance with acrobatics. Acroyoga is unlike any other form of yoga in that it enables those who practice to build trust with others and to follow set flows so that the movements and stretches become completely familiar, intense and aesthetically pleasing.
Athletes the world over have started waking up to the fact that yoga can offer a little extra something to help boost their winning potential. Former World Record Holder swimmer Mark Henderson discovered the benefits of yoga as did Olympic cyclist Evelyn Stevens and Rebecca Soni, who was a silver medallist in the 2008 games. But what can athletes really gain from regular
For those who are looking for a way to increase their overall health and fitness while protecting their unborn baby, prenatal yoga may provide the perfect solution. Starting up an exercise program can be intimidating at any time but more so for those who are pregnant as safety is always a concern. Prenatal yoga takes this into consideration and follows sequences that have been modified specifically for pregnancy, allowing for the many physical and emotional changes that occur throughout the nine months.
“This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance,
without any mental reservation or doubts”
Yoga must become a way of life if its true benefits are to be experienced. This means regular practice at home as well as in the studio, utilising a variety of postures designed to promote flexibility and inner health. For many yogis, the difficulty in practicing at home is not a lack of motivation but being able to create a range of postures which meet their individual needs and promotes development.
Since yoga is non-competitive, practicing is more about the personal benefits achieved and the opportunity to increase their potential by coaxing the body into a variety of carefully selected postures. Yogis have to be careful to ensure correct alignment within each posture without the guidance of a qualified yoga
Yoga has always had a far-reaching capacity but now its popularity looks to gain new levels as Facebook has created an actual game called ‘Yoga Retreat’. You may be wondering how you can manage to add creative Facebook status updates whilst enjoying Downward Facing Dog posture, but this is not the crux of the game.
Yoga is known for its calming effect but now research has officially proven that yoga is the perfect cure for teenage angst. The study lasted for ten weeks overall and all of the students underwent a number of tests to determine anxiety, resilience, mood problems and anger issues before the study commenced. The students were then split into two groups – one group did a regular PE class and the other a PE class with meditation, relaxation and Kripalu yoga poses.
The debilitating side-effects of a stroke can affect movement and memory as well as speech. It occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery and this blockage serves to affect the flow of blood to the brain. Brain cells then start to die. The extent of brain damage varies from one individual to another.
Following a survey of 47 patients who were taught yoga within a group setting, the conclusion was that yoga appears to aid motor function and balance. The trial required that all participate in a variety of postures, relaxation techniques and meditation. Those who were part of the trial saw a significant improvement in their balance than those who were only on medication.
Yoga has many devoted followers. The fact that Colin Farrell does yoga may be seen as inconsequential to the many people who have already embraced the whole concept of yoga and who have lived and breathed all of the benefits. It is true that celebrity endorsement can raise the profile of yoga dramatically and incite those who have not previously tried it to at least join a class.
“Burn 500-100 calories in Bikram Yoga!”
“Get a bikini-bod doing yoga!”
Statements, opinions and questions are all over the internet regarding how much weight you can lose doing yoga and which styles are most effective to shed excess pounds. Of course, attaching “weight loss” to any product or service is a smart marketing move but…
Should studios advertise yoga as a means of weight loss? And if they do, does it even qualify as yoga?
The answer depends on the mindset of the practitioner.
If you do a Google search for “yoga competition” and check out the search results – a whole strew of various cups and challenges and Youtube postings of championship performances. When I first heard about these things, I just closed my eyes, covered my ears and walked away. Surely something this preposterous couldn’t survive for long. But now that we are in the middle of Olympic fever, the dreaded question is once again being pushed to the forefront…