Sun Salutation break down / tutorial

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Sun salutations are heavily used in hatha yoga and its various branches of yoga practices .

Here is a break down of it for a clearer understanding . Embrace alignment to connect more with your body and prevent injury and move with ease and respect for really feeling the movement through out the sequence .

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Confessions of a naked yogini

“It was yoga and meditation that I turned to to help me find the strength to leave an unhealthy relationship. It was yoga that helped me create a new and healthy relationship with myself. Tuning into my breath allowed me to tune out all the bullshit I had been telling myself since childhood.”

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To practice , or not to practice

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“7 Reasons Why Yogis Are Happier People
By Adrienne Jurado
Last year, an estimated one out of every ten adults reported being depressed. Can you guess the primary culprit?

Stress. In an age of having, doing, and multitasking, stress and stimulation are everywhere.

Most people never give themselves enough time to truly decompress and relax. Even when we go on vacations, there is often little relief from the demands of daily life, whether it’s work, family, or friends. There’s always a voicemail, text, or email message waiting to be answered. There’s always more that you feel like you need or want to do.

So how is it that in these days of nonstop information and stress that millions of people are not only finding stress-relief, but also reporting greater levels of peace, joy, and contentment in their lives?

They practice yoga, of course!

More and more studies are confirming what yogis have been claiming all along: Those who consistently practice yoga are consistently happier. Here’s why:

1. A healthy dose of hormones.

Like any physical exercise, asana practices actually boost our levels of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. These are responsible for elevating your mood, blocking pain, creating feelings of pleasure, amping up your energy, and providing greater clarity.This is especially true for those styles with more movement, such as vinyasa flows. So the next time you’re thinking to yourself, I just can’t do one more vinyasa flow, know that your brain is in the process of mixing up a seriously sweet cocktail for you!

2. Pain relief.

Chronic pain can dull the senses and cognitive functions and may lead to inactivity, passivity, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. As a result, it can also have a tremendous impact on relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Yoga can be an effective means of relieving and even treating pain by targeting its primary causes: muscle tension and poor alignment. There have been countless cases of individuals who have claimed yoga has given them their lives back by decreasing or eliminating their chronic pain.

3. An increased sense of health and wellbeing.

Feeling good is so much more than absence of pain, and yoga helps to build a healthy body inside and out. Yoga not only increases flexibility, balance, strength, and range of motion, but also contributes to decreased blood pressure, increased immunity, and lower levels of glucose, sodium, LDL and VLDL (bad cholesterol), and triglycerides. Furthermore, all of the bends, twists, and subtle movements of yoga help to stimulate the internal organs and flush out toxins. When your body is strong, flexible, free of toxins, chemically balanced, and properly regulating itself, you begin to emit a sort of radiance that shines into every aspect of your life.

4. Focused attention (a.k.a. mindfulness).

Unlike some other forms of exercise, yoga calls for a great deal of focus — not only on the positioning of the bones and muscles in each pose, but also on the quality and flow of the breath. This focus draws you inward, away from the noise and chaos of the outer world. As one of my teachers so succinctly stated, yoga helps us transition from external stimulation to internal sensation. Essentially, every asana practice becomes a meditation in motion. It gives our brains a much-need break from continuous multitasking and information overload. Studies show that this type of focused attention on the mat can actually lead to lasting effects off the mat, including improved memory, attention, and concentration.

5. A confidence boost and greater sense of self-worth.

Our confidence naturally grows as our minds and bodies transform through yoga. Improved physical dexterity, flexibility, strength, and posture, as well as the ability to manage stress, relax, and reach a place of deep inner calmness all contribute to a more positive outlook, especially about ourselves. Furthermore, yoga encourages us to show greater compassion towards ourselves. In each pose, we are given the opportunity to work through any self-judgements that may arise.The more we are able to disconnect with the many pressures and expectations placed on us by the external world, the more we are able to connect with the true essence and beauty of the internal world.

6. Strengthening relationships.

Our interactions with others tend to reflect our state of mind. When you’re feeling more calm, clear, and centered, it creates a ripple effect that is felt by everyone around you, especially those closest to you. It’s often been said that a smile is contagious, and this is also true of the centering and revitalizing effects of yoga. Beyond the ripple effects, yoga truly does promote open-mindedness and self-reflection. Yoga helps us become more patient, compassionate, and present with ourselves — skills that are incredibly important in developing and strengthening relationships.

7. Lifestyle choices

A consistent yoga practice tends to lead to better decision-making in general. The foods we eat, the projects we pursue, the people we spend time with, and the amount of sleep we get all contribute to our experience of life and level of happiness. Finally, yoga encourages a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation — for ourselves, our teachers, our friends, our family, and our experiences, even the difficult ones. When gratitude becomes the lens through which we view life — when we stop taking the little things for granted — life becomes that much sweeter.”

Published March 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

About Adrienne Jurado
A student of science (BS), psychology (MS), military leadership (USAF), outdoor leadership (NOLS), yoga (RYT), and life in general, Adrienne Jurado is on a mission to create greater happiness and fulfillment in life and to inspire you to do the same. Check out YOGADRIENNE to discover her simple tips and variety of resources on yoga and meditation at home, and learn how you can start your own journey to greater health, healing, and happiness through the conscious practice of yoga.

Connect with Adrienne Jurado:
yogadrienne.com
@yogadrienne on Twitter”

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Learning to love your body : 4 steps to self care

4. Love yourself first and the rest will follow.

Learn to love yourself by catching and releasing negative thoughts, acknowledging your efforts and achievements, making positive daily affirmations, and seeing perfection in your so-called “imperfections.”

Ironically enough, focusing on loving and caring for yourself first will most likely lead to the external transformation that you’ve always wanted. Once you begin to treat yourself with the respect and care that you deserve, the habits needed for physical transformation develop naturally.

You’ll want to nourish your body because you are grateful for it, so healthy choices will come with ease. When an unhealthy choice makes you feel awful, you won’t stand for it because you know you deserve better.

Before you know it, you’ll see your body transform, and not just in fat/muscle composition, but a healthy glow from the inside out.

I can now look in the mirror, smile, and be happy with what I see, no matterwhat I see. Part of my beauty is the light that shines from within. I am at peace with myself.”

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Why it is important to take beginner yoga classes

“Here’s why new yogis need to start as beginners:

 
1. Yoga skills are yoga skills. 
 
If you were playing football for the very first time, you wouldn’t expect to show up and be thrown right in as the starting quarterback, would you? Not even if you were in the best shape of your life! You still need to learn the moves, the rules, the whole game. And it will take time.
 
Show up to your first beginner class knowing that you’ll be watching more than you’ll be doing. Tell the instructor it’s your first, second or third class. Give him or her the chance to guide you into poses correctly the first time and to make adjustments where needed. Be humble. Yoga, more than almost any other activity, is about non-competition. It’s about meeting your body where it’s at, no matter what anyone else around you is able to do.
 
2. Yoga is different. 
 
Yoga isn’t about weight loss. It isn’t even about physical fitness. It’s not a race, a contest, or anything else you might assign to regular sports activities. If you go into yoga with specific expectations, you’ll have specific disappointments to go with them. Start at the very beginning and be ready to never stop learning. If you do anything less, you will be robbing yourself of the limitless lessons yoga has to offer.
 
3. Yoga injuries suck. 
 
Period. If you rush your own process, over-exert, ignore your pain, or compete with your classmates, you’ll almost certainly get hurt. And you’ll blame yoga, probably never return to it, and that will be a darn shame.
 
4. The breath is the thing. 
 
Starting slow will prove that to you. If you spend the entire first hour of yoga on your back or in child’s pose, focusing entirely on your breath, then you’ve practiced yoga. A good beginner class instructor will remind you of that frequently, encourage you to return to your breath, and remind you to rest as much as you need.
 
An intermediate instructor won’t know that you need that, may unknowingly push you, and you will learn the hard lesson I mentioned in number 3.
 
5. You risk missing the point. 
 
When you head right over to the most advanced class you can find, you miss the point of yoga. The purpose of yoga is to find focus. The purpose of finding focus is to find peace, and to keep growing within that new peace. 
 
This isn’t to say that all the other things you thought yoga would do for you won’t come to pass. Because of yoga, I am stronger than I’ve ever been and rarely get injured anymore. I also rarely overeat anymore, so I don’t gain weight. I can actually meditate now, as opposed to lying in corpse pose, writing grocery lists or reliving arguments with coworkers.
 
But none of those things will happen if yoga becomes just another of a long list of things you “have to do” to lose ten pounds. Who needs another one of those? If yoga becomes something you have to recover from because you over-did it, it can never become the wonderful nurturing thing you do for yourself. 
 
And that’s what it’s supposed to be.”

 

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