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How Couples Yoga Can Strengthen Your Mind, Body, And Relationship

coupleyoga How Couples Yoga Can Strengthen Your Mind, Body, And Relationship
Looking to connect with your partner in a new way? Consider a series of couples yoga poses to boost your health and happiness.

If you think finding a deeper connection with your partner, decreasing stress, enhancing your sexual relationship, and getting fit all at the same time sounds like a sweet deal, you might want to consider rolling out a yoga mat (or two).

Couples yoga is changing the way we look at the the role of exercise in relationships.

What are the benefits of couples yoga?

The benefits of couples yoga are similar to an individual yoga class and include stress reduction, increased range of motion, relief from pain, cardio and circulatory health, improved respiration and energy, better posture, and much more. Couples yoga takes these benefits one step further and also includes the element of bonding with your partner in a new way.  

By creating a shared experience, the poses in couples yoga allow you and your partner to listen to each other and work together. “Couples yoga helps bring couples closer physically, emotionally, and energetically,” explains Beth Shaw, founder and CEO of YogaFit.

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A sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear: PANIC ATTACK

anxiety A sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear: PANIC ATTACK
In today's fast track world people are suffering from many facets of anxiety disorders. Loneliness is a key factor, closely followed by fear, which could further lead to depression. 

Many people chance themselves upon panic attacks due to these feelings, as being constantly inwardly drawn and tuned in without adequate outside support, leads to a condition we could name as a panic disorder. 

People who could be categorized into this, are the ones who are coping with challenging situations, nervous disorders, fear based problems and a  general state of uneasiness. 

Most people are trying in their own variant ways,  to deal with these emotions: 

MALADAPTIVE TECHNIQUES

These are the practices followed to cope with the emotional  anxiety challenges. Most of these methods are incorrect.They will only make the emotions go away temporarily. On the other hand may even lead to enhanced anxiety, and may have a negative effect in the long run. 
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How Does Yoga Help To Feel Yourself And Your Inner Happiness?

namaste How Does Yoga Help To Feel Yourself And Your Inner Happiness?

The word “Yoga” comes with a deeper and more spiritual meaning. It denotes the union of almost all elements of life with the holistic version of this universe. Yoga stretches its boundary beyond the true essence of human existence yet remains a constitutive part of humanity. It is about the physical, emotional, and spiritual actuality of life. The idea and notion of Yoga can only be enjoyed at the deepest layers of your soul. The beauty of the ancient science enters our blood and soul to make us enlivened to the highest level of soulful rejuvenation. It is all about the happiness and prosperity of the planet, according to many ancient yogic texts.

Now is the time to discuss and analyze the ways Yoga helps one feel the real him/her.

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Dedicated Expansion

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A coaching client recently shared her concern of holding space for everyone in a yoga class. She was preparing to lead a series of classes abroad. My initial response; she was not solely responsible for the energy in a collective space. This mental picture has stuck in my mind.

Most of us can relate to the desire of holding space for others. We want to help our tribe feel safe and loved. Similar to a yoga teacher, maybe the greatest gift we can offer, is showing our branch of humanity, how to create and maintain their own sacred space. We can do this for our families, friends and even strangers.

Before I hold group meditations, I fill the space with love and gratitude. I welcome in our guides and all forms of love and inspiration into the space we will collectively be sharing. My intention is that everyone will experience the presence of peace, love and gratitude during the meditation. I imagine many yoga teachers do something similar. We are really just creating a place for people to slow down, and open up to the unseen. Once the connection is made, it is always available. Peace and love can be pulled into any situation, no yoga mat required.

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The utterly simple elegance of Japanese cuisine

blossoms The utterly simple elegance of Japanese cuisine

I’m fresh off the plane from Japan, where in addition to sampling the cuisine (see my field report below) we followed the peak of cherry blossom blooms from place to place by train. Peak bloom is only one week, and which week is not entirely predictable. We hit it!  And we were utterly and delightfully besotted. :)

Cherry blossom blooms

Allow yourself the luxury of extreme Self Care

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Many of us take the business of living life very seriously. We are very aware of our responsibilities, and in the process, one fine day, we sort of mentally wake up, to realize and understand, that we have forgotten, to take care of our personal needs. We have forgotten, who we are. That whole persona of ours, has been, by our own free will "brushed under the carpet " as we did not want to handle it, when it surfaced. We think we will handle it, as and when required. 

We do not realize, that those are the issues, which have allowed stress to seep into our being, stealthily. 

IMPORTANCE OF SELF CARE
We realize suddenly that we are feeling tired on every level. Mentally, emotionally and physically It's only when we wake up to this awareness, depleted in this manner, with a level of exhaustion on a physical and emotional plane, we realize that that we are incapable of handling stress 

We then understand that any form of Self care, like a massage, or a hot soak in the bathtub, or any activity that revitalizes us on a mind body level is essential for our extreme well being. 

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How Practicing Yoga Can Help You Overcome Grief

catyoga How Practicing Yoga Can Help You Overcome Grief

There’s everything from chocolate yoga to cat yoga to trap yoga, but there’s also a not-so carefree counterpart: grief yoga, which has provided healing for those suffering since long before cats made their way to the mat. We spoke with Beth Shaw — founder and president of YogaFit, the largest yoga training and certification program in the world — about the merits of this often-overlooked method of healing and how to practice it.

A woman practices the cobra pose in a sunny living room

Shaw first experienced the interaction of grief and yoga after a breakup in her late 20s. She says she immersed herself in yoga daily to the point where it became her new “anchor,” replacing the old one of her ex-boyfriend and their romantic connection. “You know, science has shown that a broken heart is legitimate,” shares Shaw. More than simple sadness, grief can be all-consuming. “Grief is a mind-body experience,” Shaw agrees, explaining that it can affect one’s hormone production, cortisone levels, appetite, sleep patterns, energy levels, heart rate, and more. It makes sense, then, that yoga, a bodily activity, can help mitigate the overwhelming emotion. Yoga is a “healing tool,” Shaw says. “It can lift you from the depths of despair.”

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Your Body Wants to Be Your Strongest Ally - Let It

bodymind Your Body Wants to Be Your Strongest Ally - Let It

Modern medicine has triumphed on many fronts in conquering diseases and extending life, but its greatest advance is almost totally unsung. Health and longevity have made it possible to see the body as our greatest ally. After centuries of inevitable sickness and early death for the vast majority of people, the human body is poised to become our greatest ally on a new front: consciousness.

If you can step outside the accepted image of your body as a machine, you will discover that it is actually not a separate physical object but united with your mind as one consciousness—call it the bodymind. This step alone rids you of many damaging attitudes. As a thing separate from ourselves, the body is an obsessive source of worry over sickness, aging, and death. Equally obsessive is whether someone’s body is beautiful enough, strong enough, appealing enough to the opposite sex.

Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Pot Pie

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Spring has been super rainy for us (it’s been raining for almost a full week now!), with only a sprinkling of a few nice days, so cozy food cravings are still in full swing around here. I seriously can’t wait until freezing cold smoothies, raw salads, and huge watermelon mono-meals regain their appeal, but I definitely don’t mind living on this pot pie til then :) It’s got almost all the comforting features of a traditional pot pie, but is made with bright spring produce and a blanket of thinly sliced vegetables instead of the more traditional pastry-based crust.


Leeks, asparagus, peas, and spinach all made it into this pot pie in celebration of spring. There’s also quinoa for more substance and a stew-like texture, as well as carrots and zucchini. The crust is made up of thinly sliced potatoes (use new potatoes for the ultimate seasonal points) and zucchini. You could totally sub in your favorite pot pie pastry crust here if you’re looking for something even more substantial, store-bought biscuits would work too.
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HEART CHAKRA / Anahata

heart-chakra HEART CHAKRA / Anahata

The embodiment of Love

Overview

  • Location: is located at the centre of the chest.
  • Colour: Green
  • Season: Spring
  • Sense: Touch
  • Element: Air
  • Body parts: Lungs, heart, thymus gland and breasts.

Description

The fourth chakra, also referred to as the heart chakra, is at the centre of the seven chakras with three below and three above. This is the area where physical energies from the three lower chakras meet with the spiritual energies of the three chakras above the heart. This is where the physical stability you’ve created for yourself, along with your creativity and energy collide with your goals, visualisations and authenticity of the chakras above the heart chakra – allowing you to express your true hearts desire and live a life with love, empathy, forgiveness and gratitude every day.

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How to Start Weight Loss Yoga for Beginners

yogaweight How to Start Weight Loss Yoga for Beginners

Eating junk isn’t the only cause for weight gain. Other factors that are involved in the process are:

  • Insulin levels: High level of insulin causes excess energy consumption into the fat cells resulting in weight gain.
  • Leptin resistance: Leptin is responsible for reducing the appetite of an individual. Leptin resistance reverses the process and causes weight gain.
  • Genes: Eating behavior of parents affects their genes which will be carried by their children. Therefore, some people are vulnerable to weight gain and obesity.
  • Excess of fructose: Sugar is composed of glucose and fructose. Glucose is the natural sugar of the food compound whereas, fructose is the added sugar. The excess of fructose in the diet causes weight gain.
  • Incorrect information about nutrition and health: Some food companies misinterpret the results of scientific studies to promote their weight loss supplements leading to weight gain or zero results in weight loss.

If this has complicated the whole process of weight loss for you and consulting a doctor is the only option. The following blog will tell you how you can manage these factors in a modest way which will induce weight loss.

Start practicing yoga at home or at a yoga center near your place. Apart from weight loss, yoga has many physical and mental benefits such as emotional stability, improved heart health, enhanced metabolism, and fertility, etc. You can also learn more about it if you enroll for 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh.

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SOLAR PLEXUS / Manipura

solar-plexus-chakra SOLAR PLEXUS / Manipura

The Will to Power

Overview

  • Location: Located around the navel in the area of the solar plexus and up to the breastbone.
  • Colour: Yellow
  • Season: Summer
  • Sense: Sight
  • Element: Fire
  • Body parts: Adrenal glands, stomach, pancreas, liver and skin.


Description

The Solar Plexus (Manipura), which means ‘lustrous gem’ is our home of energy and power. It is a source of personal ambition and governs self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation. Simply put it is your energy chakra. Your powerhouse where drive, ambition and willpower come from. It’s where you can make your dreams come true and every step you take towards these intentions helps to strengthen your third chakra.

The Manipura chakra also controls metabolism and digestion and gives us the energy we need to go out into the world and strive for the goals and dreams we have for ourselves.

You can recognize the people with an overactive solar plexus as the kind of people who are always complaining about being too busy. They are the over-achievers who are never content with their daily productivity. They write exhaustive lists of daily tasks and beat themselves up for not achieving every item on their list. They always have a huge goals they are working towards and would feel lost if they didn’t have such a goal to strive for. They are prone to burnout and often run on caffeine or other stimulants to keep their energy high.

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Our Personal Wellness Is Reflected In Our World

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In the past week I have shared many conversations with people who are seeking advice on how to live life with peace and wellness.  Too many people are experiencing anxiety, chronic illness and general poor health.

A couple days ago I met with one of my clients. Amanda works full time and is married, with two very young children. She unknowingly offered some great advice while sharing a work related issue.   A committee she is on, requires everyone to pitch ideas and have them presented by just one person.  One of her coworkers is afraid Amanda won’t get credit for her individual input.  My client was surprised by this idea.  Amanda  shared that she doesn’t have the time or energy to worry about what people may or may not do.

She nailed it!  None of us has the time or energy to worry about what may or may not happen! That is a very valuable piece of a wellness model. Speaking of a wellness model, we should each have one. The first step requires asking yourself what does personal wellness looks like to you.  Give this some thought. Do you see yourself living a life free of doctors? Do you see yourself taking medicine. Do you see yourself having time for alternative therapies? What  colors, smells, textures bring calm to you.  Do you want animals in your life? What food do you eat. What people are in your life of wellness? Do you want naps and unscheduled time?  Do you need the city or the quiet? Where do you live?  Do you want to travel?  What are your spiritual practices? Where do you feel best?  What inspires you? Answering these questions can provide you a blue print for your wellness model.
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How to Calm Anxiety With Yoga

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it affects 80 million adults in the U.S. annually. That's about 18 percent of the population.

Among other debilitating side effects, it keeps individuals from being in the present moment and fearful about the future. Other common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Excessive worry
  • Restlessness
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Muscle tension

But the good news is that yoga helps keep people grounded in the now. If you're feeling tense, worried, down, restless or have trouble concentrating, then you can benefit from starting and maintaining a yoga practice.

Yoga is the 6,000-year-old science of body mind health. Yoga poses (asanas) help release tension and stress from the body by regulating hormones and increasing endorphins.

While a general yoga practice can help easy anxiety symptoms, you can also pick specific poses that address the challenge. But first remember to consult a doctor or mental health professional.

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If Meditation is the New Yoga then Breathwork is the New Meditation.

breathworkcover If Meditation is the New Yoga then Breathwork is the New Meditation.

Twenty-three years ago, I moved to Los Angeles from Boston. I can’t remember if I had ever heard of yoga before I made the move, and even then, there were only a few yoga studios in the Los Angeles area.

Now, yoga studios are like Starbucks – you can find one on almost every street corner in every city across the nation. Lately, the trend seems to be “combining something” with yoga; boxing and yoga is probably my favorite -- absurdity wise. What’s next? Improv and yoga?

Look, I’m not a hater, I’m just (still) a little east coast sarcastic. I’m all for whatever helps people feel better and become the better version of themselves.

Imagine if I told you 20 years ago that there’s this thing call “yoga”, and it’s going to be huge. Well, that’s where meditation is right now. Meditation studios are popping up in LA and NYC, and soon they’ll be found in every city the same way yoga is. An increase in immune function, grey matter, positivity, memory, focus and attention, and a decrease in stress, anxiety, depression and inflammation are just some of the benefits to meditation. It’s a no-brainer, really. And in this high paced, stressed out, cell phone obsessed world…who doesn’t need to take a moment to stop and shut it all down?

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THE SACRAL CHAKRA / Svadhisthana

sacral-chakra THE SACRAL CHAKRA / Svadhisthana

The Seed of Creation

Overview

  • Location: Above the pubic bone and below the navel.
  • Colour: Orange
  • Season: Winter
  • Sense: Taste
  • Element: Water
  • Body parts: reproductive organs, small intestine, immune system and kidneys.

Description

Svadhisthana, also known as the creativity and sexual chakra is deeply connected to the relationship we have with ourselves as well as others. The word svadhisthana can be translated as ‘the dwelling place of the self’. The element of the second chakra is water, which equals cohesiveness and an ability to go with the flow. When change occurs in our lives we can find our sacral chakra either resisting or accepting this flow based on how healthy our sacral chakra is.

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ROOT CHAKRA / Muladhara

root-chakra ROOT CHAKRA / Muladhara

The Root of Security

Overview

  • Location: Base of the spine
  • Colour: Red
  • Season: Late summer
  • Sense: Smell
  • Element: Earth
  • Body parts: Bone and muscle structure, circulatory system and large intestine.

Description

The root chakra (Muladhara) is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning ‘root’ and Adhara, which means ‘support’ or ‘base.’ Balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the chakras above. Imagine that you’re laying the foundation for a house in which you’re going to live for a long time. A solid foundation embedded in firm soil will provide the stability you need to create a home filled with joy for years to come.

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Evaluating your stress level and how to find relief

stresslevels Evaluating your stress level and how to find relief
As over the years i have been talking of techniques for stress management,  I have also been observing the degrees of mounting stress all around me, at different levels, in different ways. As lifestyles evolve and grow, competitive attitudes seem to grow along with.  The planet seems to thrive on a burgeoning stress situation. People's minds are clogged with fears.  Unblocking these,  is what is required in a very planned and systematic way. 

I have been speaking about keeping the mind stress free from a general perspective, but one needs to also comprehend that,  since there are too many different ways of managing stress, we need to evaluate ourselves and realize, which would be the best possible way for oneself. 
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You Are Not Your Shame

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Whenever I have the privilege of leading transformational workshops, I am always in awe of what an honor it is to be invited into people’s lives and have them share so openly about their past as well as the honest and raw feelings they have about themselves and their lives. I expect to feel the same sense of awe and privilege at my upcoming workshop ‘The Body Shadow: From Self-Loathing to Self-Loving’ hosted by Omega in June 2019. Of course, we are also seeing so much of this in today’s culture – people, especially women, coming forward and sharing about the assaults, attacks, abuse, and secrets that they have not wanted, been able, or felt ready to share.



Although I am always very mindful of never assuming I know or can even comprehend what someone else feels, since I never want to diminish someone else’s pain by comparing or making sweeping assumptions or generalizations, I think it is fair to say that most of us have endured situations that felt off, wrong, or were just downright soul-crushing. And, in order to deal with or manage the pain or to just do what we need to do to get by and function, we learned to manage it, push it down, remain silent, numb ourselves, or stay busy and try to forget about it.

Although all of our stories are personal and unique, whether it comes from what we are seeing in the news, the #MeToo movement, how we feel about our bodies, or the stories I hear from the people I have the privilege of working with, I am always so present to the insidiousness of the shame we all carry.

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Understanding the 5 Subdoshas of Kapha

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According to Ayurvedic wisdom, our body and its functions are governed by a unique blend of the three doshas, or mind-body principles: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

“Kapha is that quality of our physiology which increases with close contact of water,” says Dinesh Gyawali, PhD, a classically trained Ayurveda Vaidya (Ayurvedic expert) and Assistant Professor at Maharishi University of Management. Generally speaking, Kapha has a binding quality in the body and governs structure, lubrication, and nutrition. It moderates things like weight, growth, lubrication of the lungs, and formation of the seven tissues: blood, fat, muscle, bone, marrow, nutritive fluids, and reproductive tissue. It also has a cooling influence, according to Gyawali. “Ayurveda compares Kapha with the Moon. It keeps our body nourished and cools it down just like the moon.”

Kapha is also associated with earth and water (Vata is associated with air and space, and Pitta is associated with fire and water).

Like the other two doshas, Kapha contains five distinct subdoshas that regulate specific bodily processes and regions. Understanding them will help you gain insights into the subtle nuances of Kapha dosha’s influence on your mind, body, and emotions.

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