Excellent Yoga Poses To Lose Weight

Yoga is known for its integral role in relieving stress. The good news is that it can also be used to reduce weight. The reason as to why yoga can be used in weight reduction is because it aids in increasing the rate of metabolism which aids in burning fat. To lose weight, you need to practice various positions. Some of the most effective posses include:

Crescent pose

You start this pose with your feet together and your arms on your sides. At this position, inhale and raise your arms over your head with your fingertips reaching towards the ceiling. You should then exhale and bend forward from the hips, and bring your hands to the floor. While inhaling and exhaling, move to the lunge position. At this position, inhale and raise your arms over your head and gaze forward. You should hold in this position for several seconds and when tired relax and repeat again.

This pose firms the hips, thighs, and hips.

Willow pose

Just like the crescent pose, you also start this pose with your feet together with your arms at your sides. You should bend your knee to the side and place the sole of the foot on the inside of the right thigh. You should then touch your palms in front of your chest and take two breaths. When you reach the third inhalation, you should extend your arms up with your fingertips pointing towards the ceiling. In this pose, you should inhale and exhale as many times as possible. For ideal results you should repeat this pose for at least five times.

This pose plays an integral role in firming the sides of the abs.

Rocking boat

You start this pose with your knees bent, hands on the thighs, and feet on the floor. You then lean back for about 45 degrees by raising your feet so that the calves are parallel to the floor and your toes pointed. You then inhale and extend your arms and legs while keeping your legs together. You then lower your torso such that your body forms a V shape. You should hold in this positions for several seconds then raise your torso and legs. You should repeat this for at least five times.

For you to lose weight using yoga, you need to realize that you need to be committed and ensure that you practice daily. Depending on your commitment, you will start losing weight in a matter of a few weeks to several months.

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5 Poses That Help In Boosting Happiness

It's a human nature to stay unsatisfied – at least psychology says so. Yes, most of us tend to stay unsatisfied for the most time of our life. Often we feel sad too much about the “first world problems” and feel as if only we're having those problems. For example, we feel sad about a hectically busy office schedule, an incidental spillage of coffee on our carpet, a frustrating sound that does not allow us to take a nap and other not-so-big problems. These problems are not a big deal at all – but at the end of day we feel sad about them.

And although changing our mind about these things is the best way to stay happy, still there are some happiness boosting yoga poses which can provide instant results to you. So in this article we're going to talk about 5 such poses:

  1. Sun Salutations: This pose helps me a lot in building my mood back and get rid of my “First World Problems.” As I move through the sun salutations, I feel more energized and focused on the present moment. And often that present moment is the thing which helps me in being cheerful again.
  2. Camel Pose (Ustrasana): If you've been doing yoga from a few months at least, then you may already know that all backbends are energizing. So when I'm feeling down due to sadness, I start a backbend exercise. And out of all those backbends Camel Pose or Ustrasana is my favorite, mainly because stretching shoulders and chest looks easier to me in this one.
  3. Feathered Peacock Pose (Pincha Mayurasana): I've experienced that inversions always work as happiness boosting poses for me. Heck, not for me only, my friends also feel the same. Along with happiness they also help in boosting confidence. And actually, if you feel it then you'll find it that it's almost impossible to be confident and sad at the same time. When confidence goes out, sadness comes in. So by boosting confidence you can get that sadness out of your mind and become cheerful once again. That's what can be accomplished by the help of this asana.
  4. Happy Baby Pose: Hahaha! Even the name of this pose brings a smile to our face. Do not you like a happy baby? Who does not? I especially like the happy babies who take their properly scheduled naps naturally.
  5. Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana ): While feeling sad, have you ever noticed that breaths which you take in become shorter and breathes which you leave out become longer? Of course most of you may not have noticed it. After all, who gets the time of thinking scientifically while feeling sad? And if someone does, I would say that he's just a GENIUS (though you and I may laugh at him)! Well, back to the point. When I came to know about this fact by reading a study, I knew that it's time to try some breathing poses for getting back my lost happiness. So I tried Supta Baddha Konasana and I must say that the difference was amazing.

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4 Myths About Yoga Home Practice

There are a lot of reasons behind practicing yoga at home – different ones for different people. Some of the most common ones including having freedom of doing desired poses, hectically busy lifestyle, Occasional Workload, listening to your own body and having a chance of playing and exploring your body in greater details. Whatever is your reason, it's always beneficial to do a home practice of yoga. But since my hardest tests in the beginning, it took me weeks to start doing home practice. Do you know why? Because I was focusing too much on some common myths about yoga home practice.

But things changed once I attended a class of one of my yoga teachers. That class was on the topic of “demystifying yoga home practice.” And I learned a simple lesson by the end of that class and demystified all the myths that were preventing me from starting my home practice – it does not have to be very complicated. Take it easy. For making your work a bit easier I'm going to talk about 4 of those most common myths:

1. Myth: I have to find out a place and time to stay uninterrupted while doing yoga.

Fact: This one is heard commonly in the yoga community. But if you keep waiting for the perfect time and perfect place to start your practice, then most probably you're not going to begin ever. This is probably one of the best lessons that I've Learnt during my home practice. When you're practicing at home, there will be a lot of interruptions, a lot of “oh nos” and several “uh ohs” when you practice at home. But once get right, you can just take a deep breath and position yourself again in your desired pose.

2. Myth: You need to have a dedicated space for yoga

Fact: In reality, you do not need it actually. You can try doing yoga on the floor of your living room, in your lobby, in your garden on your roof or wherever you find it fine.

3. Myth You've to practice for long hours to see a difference.

Fact: Only a few minutes of stretching your body and deep breaths can ultimately shift the direction of your day.

4. Myth: You need to be a yoga expert who knows how to sequence a class

Fact: Even if you know a lot about sequencing the class, still it'll be a fun experience to try something new and work on your desired positions. It helps in finding the positions that work best for your body. I love doing yoga at home because I can break all the extra barriers of rules and regulations and practice only the poses which seem fun and interesting to me. But yeah, I do not break the rules of doing every pose in a proper way (otherwise this much freedom can instantly backfire).

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When Should You Ignore Your Yoga Teacher?

Last week while I was in my yoga class giving instructions to the students, I told a boy to lift his chest a bit higher. But he did not move. I thought that my instruction may not be loud and clear enough for him, so I repeated it again but still he did not. Before I was about to give my next instruction, he made an eye contact and said, “I can not backbend more than this.” He had told me on the first day of class that there was a rod in is back. So, it was my mistake at this point. As a Yoga teacher, I try my level best to encourage my students as much as possible. But in those efforts sometimes I forget the limitations of my students. The primary reason behind that is large amount of students who attain my classes.

I liked how he reminded me of his limitations. In fact, I was grateful to him. Of course, you should trust your yoga teacher that he / she has enough knowledge and wisdom to guide you properly. But sometimes it's just better to ignore your teacher and listen to your body because extremely it's you who knows your body at best. This is one of the most valuable lesson that I've learned ever while practicing yoga.

Teachers are also human like me and you. They try their level best to help you in increasing energy and stabilization in your body. Since they've been practicing yoga from a long time, they've a decent understanding of human body for helping you out. But sometimes even the most skilled and most experienced teachers can end up doing mistakes. They may forget about an injury that you've or about any other physical limitation that you've had.

Your teacher may have the best knowledge, best skill set and best-in class experience of yoga, but I think that extremely the responsibility of taking care of your body is entirely on your shoulders. You should speak up when something does not seem fine for your body and be discerning about the amount of advice that you accept. In fact, I also think that before trusting every piece of advice, you should look a bit into the background of knowledge that they've. Probably you should not take your teacher's advice about your tweaked SI joint if he has a background in meditation.

So here's the crux – Trust your teachers. They offer a lot in the form of advice, guidance and support. But take their advice as secondary for your body's intuition, guts and abilities. Because extremely it's your body, not your teacher's. So take the advice that looks fine and acceptable for your body and ignore everything else.

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5 Yoga Poses That Help in Boosting Creativity

It happens to many creative people on a daily basis – they outline plenty of time in their schedule, they tidy up their surroundings in such a way that there is nothing except creation around them and they are well rested to start working on their next big creative project. But when we sit down to start working on that big thing, we soon find out that our mind is also as blank as that white screen at which we're working. Since I work as a write for making a living, I face this situation too often. And needless to say that writing is also a work of creativity.

And it's not just limited to writing – it happens with my other friends too. For example, some of the ladies whom I know end up eating the same the same meal when they feel uninspired in their kitchen. Some of my friends who work as designers end up making something pretty similar to a recent project for a new assignment due to the creativity block. Sometimes a cup of coffee or a long walk can help you in getting your creativity working back. Sometimes it can be achieved by listening to your favorite music. But sometimes when you get stuck really hard that nothing seems to be working, a yoga session with some special poses that boost our creativity can turn out to be amazingly helpful. So below I'm going to talk about the 5 different yoga posts which help in overcoming the creativity block:

  1. Pigeon Pose: This may seem awkward to those who do not belong to the yoga community, but to those who belong to a yoga community this is a well known fact that we store emotions in our hips. So a few hip-opener poses like Pigeon Pose can help a lot in bringing back the lost creativity. It also has a lot of benefits – for example, it can help in releasing negative emotions. Taking Pigeon Pose on both hips for a few minutes and bending forward for pressing forehead in the ground for a few minutes is the best medicine that I've experienced for overcoming the creativity block.
  2. Headstand: Headstand offers a fresh perspective which works well for getting back the lost creativity. Plus, this pose also brings a bit more oxygen to the brain, which is obviously not a bad deal.
  3. Child's Pose: Creativity can not be forced or injected into someone – it's something authentic, not contrived. Sometimes we just need a break from our regular work for preventing our wisdom to bubble up naturally. While you do that, Child's Pose can help you a lot in achieving that opportunity in a quick manner.
  4. Seated Meditation: A few minutes spent in the canned meditation can help a lot in placing yourself in the right frame of mind that'll be helpful in bringing back that lost creativity.
  5. Eagle Pose (Garudasana): This is just another hip-opener that helps a lot in the time of Creativity Crisis, but it comes with an added benefit – it's a shoulder stretch too. For those who hold a lot of tension in their shoulder and neck, it's an awesome way to bring back that creativity and get rid of tension at the same time.

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Restorative Yoga And Its Importance On Health During Sickness

It begins with a bit of congestion, soar throat and arch muscles every year and later within a few weeks it turns into hard and loud cough. So hard that I have seen other people cross to the other sides of road to avoid me. I do not blame them – I also try so hard to avoid that annoying cough.

And in such circumstances I often face a difficult question – Should I continue my regular yoga practice or should I take proper rest till I get back to normal? I knew that yoga made me feel better and energized on regular days, but what about when the days of sickness? So usually I used to choose the later option. I used to go to bed and cover myself with a heavy blanket. However, it did not work for long and soon I started feeling stiff, anxious, grumpy and above all of that sick, too.

So this time I tried doing some changes to my approach. This time I thought of trying Restorative Yoga during the period of my sickness. I started my yoga practice with Supta Baddha Konasana, the most supportive and restorative asana, resting my spell on a bolster and knees on a blanket. I also placed a strap near my waist and folded it over my knees. And when I started breathing in and out with my almost stopped nose, I kind of snorted. After doing it for a few minutes, I continued my practice with two more poses – Supported Child's Pose and Viparita Karani.

And I must say that after doing this session of recreational yoga for a few minutes, I felt much more relaxed and energized after a long time. Of course it did not decrease the cold effect from my body (it can be achieved with the help of drugs only), but it decreed the level of anxiety and stress from my body that was making my condition even worst. After doing a session in the morning I was energized enough that I could spend my day doing some normal work of my routine, which was nearly impossible for me before doing it.

I've determined that next time whenever I fall down sick, I'll get up and follow this approach with some more effective poses. Restorative yoga works like magic – although it will not decrease the effect of sickness or will not make up for lost sleeping hours (by the way, is there any way of getting those hours back?), Still it can do wonders for increasing your consciousness and energy. Just a few minutes of these magical poses are enough. This is something that I will not ever be able to say about “going to bed.”

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Be Part of A Yoga Community For Better Experience

While most other yoga students prefer to have one teacher, one studio and one tradition, I prefer to change things often. I like to try new things often, so I keep trying new yoga trends, new teachers and new friends. In simple words, I try stay connected with as many people as possible in the yoga community. There are so many types of yoga in the world, so many types of teachers and so many amazing studios that I could never choose one that had all things to offer.

This strategy has helped me a lot in becoming a well-rounded yogi, but at the same time it has also become a barrier in being part of my local yoga community. For a long time it was fine to me – I used to go to the class for increasing my knowledge about yoga and myself. Meeting new people what I can invite for happy hours was not my goal. Singing “OM” at the beginning of the practice and leaving with a humble “Namaste” was all that I used to have connection with my friends.

But it changed soon after I realized the importance of community. When I started my own yoga classes, I was amazed to see that awesome it was to see the same students everyday with smiles on their faces. They used to embrace their friends and me too. They used t have conversations before and after the class. Even more, if someone used to be absent from the class for long, they used to check if everything is OK and encourage him / her to come back. They used to share and celebrate their happiness together. It appeared an impressive supporting and stimulating system to me that I could not resist myself from being a part of it.

And I must say that after being a part of that experience I realized how important the part of community, which I was missing out by going all the way alone. While that thing had not resonated my desire of learning from multiple teachers and studios, still it has increased my desire of building relationships with the community. Now whenever I go to a yoga class, whether it's local or not, I try to meet as many people as possible and especially to those who look awkwardly at their toes before the beginning of class.

I still go to multiple studios, multiple teachers and try to be a part of their community. By doing this whenever I go to a yoga studio, I find someone who knows me – and this thing feel just awesome to me!

It has become a lifelong lesson for me – yoga is not just about connecting to our body and our soul. It's also about connecting to each other and building relationships which last forever. You should also try being part of a yoga community because you're going to love it.

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4 Most Confusing Things You’ll Hear in A Yoga Class

Often I realize that how confusing it can be for first timers to walk into a yoga class. It's the time when you do not know about some Sanskrit words, which are used commonly in yoga. But it's not limited to Sanskrit words only – in fact, there are also several English words which can go out of your head straightaway when you walk in for the first time. That jargon is comfortable for those who have been doing Yoga for a long time, but for first timers it's hard to interpret and make them feel like “outsiders.” Often yoga teachers and students who are insanely interested in their yoga practice do not realize that they are speaking a foreign language – a language that most people will not understand if they do not have a yoga or Indian background. Although I've been practicing yoga for decades now, still sometimes I find myself searching Google on my smartphone soon after leaving the class for finding the meaning of something that was referenced during the class. And I'm not the only one who does this – my friends also do the same thing.

So here I break down the four most commonly used but least commonly understood terms of the yoga community:

  1. Vatta, Pitta and Kapha: The sister science of Yoga is Ayurveda. And just like yoga, it's also increasing in popularity and adoption. There are three most important constitutions in Ayurveda – vatta, pitta and kapha. While human body is a combination of all these constitutions, still one or two remain dominant in our body. Tailoring your asana practice, diet and lifestyle for balancing your dominant constitution is a good choice. In simple words, if your pitta dosha remains dominant, you should avoid hot yoga because it can aggravate your pitta.
  2. Happy full moon !: You must be wondering that what does moon has to do with yoga practice. And why do people celebrate full moon in the yoga community? Well, in ashtanga tradition the full moon or new moon days mark for a break from our yoga practice. It also means a new beginning.
  3. Mercury is in retrograde: I do not know what astrology has to do with yoga, but I just know that when Mercury is in retrograde the communication is a bit harder.
  4. Second chakra is out of alignment: There are seven chakras of body and life and each chakra is center of a particular energy. How often do you hear abut chakras will depend on the type of yoga that you practice. You may hear about them on a frequent basis, on a lesser frequent basis or particularly never. It completely depends on the type of yoga that you're practicing. For instance, Kundalini yoga is all about clearing all the 7 types of chakras. It raises energy from the bottom of your spine to all the way upwards. In other types of yoga, poses correspond to various other chakras.

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5 Reasons Which Describe the Importance of Pranayama

I bet that you already know that breathing is an insanely important part of any yoga practice. Most Yoga styles incorporate breathing in one form or other. But many yoga practitioners do not put an emphasis on Pranayama, which is an essential for breathing purposes. I know that very well. Doing pranayama on a regular basis can turn out to be extremely effective for your breath.

Pranayama can provide the most healing experience to your body – especially when you do not have time for a full asana class. Once you start doing it, you'll soon begin to see several benefits in your health.

Here are just a few reasons which describe the importance of pranayama:

  1. Pranayama is also a highly important part of yoga – just like asana or mediation. Often we place too much emphasis on the poses. However, we forget that they compose for just one slice of eight limbs which are included in a yoga practice session. But at the same time we should not forget that when life feels unbalanced or overwhelming, there are some other tools at our disposal which turn out to be handy. Pranayama is also one of those tools, but its importance is often under-utilized.
  2. It helps in stabilizing moods and balancing energy. If you're feeling exhausted then a Pranayama session can provide immediate boost in your energy and stabilization. Whether you want to calm down your nervous system or some energy in your body, there's a breathing pattern for achieving it quickly. And that pattern is included in Pranayama. Just a few rounds can do the trick. In the long-term its benefits are almost uncountable. Some of those benefits include prevention of depression, stress, anxiety and insomnia.
  3. Helps in increasing self-awareness and mindfulness. Pranayama provides you insights that might be missing in practicing asana only. Subtletty, stillness and quietness can be achieved much quickly in Pranayama as compared to asana. Although the movements of asana are beneficial in several ways, still they act as distractions. On the other hand, in Pranayama body remains in stabilized condition, which helps in achieving stabilization quickly. Your concentration on the inner qualities of body increases your focus.
  4. Pranayama provides moments of focus and presence similar to that of mediation, which makes it a decent substitute of mediation for the moments when you can not calm down your mind.
  5. Last, but certainly not least, it provides a good break from asana. Of course, asana is great. But when you feel that you need a break from your regular yoga practice, Pranayama is a good option. In fact, it's too much of a good thing for maintaining peace and balance.

So even if you do it for a few minutes, include it as a part of your daily life. Pranayama will provide you instant benefits plus an added bonus of long term benefits too.

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Yoga To Please Every Need

The ancient art of Yoga has its roots buried deep within the Indian Culture as far back as 500 BCE. The traditional methods of Yoga that are still practiced today, serve as a spiritually enlightening way to connect your mind, body and spirit however, modern motivations continue to form new types of Yoga to combat stress, tension, and even obesity.

A Solution For Every Need

Yoga in all forms consist of a series of poses that are formulated to achieve different goals. Many of these goals may include increased focus, increased strength and even increased balance. Many types of Yoga revolve around the idea of ​​serenity, but styles of Yoga such as 'Power Yoga' are known for being physically demanding and intense.

The Calming Solution

Vinyasa is a style of Yoga that is performed to synchronizeize breaths with movements. Vinyasa commonly uses a series of repeated actions or movements to create what is known as a Sun Salutation. Sun Salutations are also utilized as a way to warm the body before more intense stretches are introduced later in the session. Another relaxed type of Yoga that is similar to Vinyasa is the Iyengar practice. Iyengar uses many of the same poses, but instead of creating routines to achieve breath-synchronization, Iyengar breaks the routines down and focusses on each individual pose and each of these are held for additional amounts of time. Typically, Iyengar is known for its uses in bodily alignment.

The Physical Solution

Named after the man who pioneered its popularization, Bikram, or Hot Yoga is known for its transition into Western Cultures. Hot Yoga consist of a series of 26 posts that are performed in extremely hot and humid conditions. The heat and movement from the poses creates a type of Yoga that is believed to cure ailments, cleanse and relieve tight muscles throughout the body. Another, more intense style of Yoga has also made an introduction into Western society that is known as Ashtanga. Previously mentioned as 'Power Yoga', Ashtanga is best known for its fast-paced and repetitive nature. Power Yoga is also recognized as being a very physically demanding style of Yoga that is utilized as more of an exercise than a calming series of poses.

For every mood and motivation, there is a type of Yoga to match. Whether you're looking for a relaxing way to connect your mind, body and spirit, or looking to become more active and agile, Yoga and its many masters can help to achieve those goals. Even from its ancient roots, Yoga continues to drive a sensational health and fitness campaign to living a healthy and connected life.

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Balanced Yoga Home Practice in 3 Steps

Intense pressure of work and schedule disruptions may become a primary hurdle in attending the yoga classes. But there's a little workaround that can help you in maintaining your health while doing your regular works – a home practice of yoga. Even 5 or 10 minutes of yoga home practice can give you an energized body and appreciable difference in your breath.

However, finding where to start can be a daunting experience. But when you've come to this page, you do not need to worry about it. In this article I'll be breaking out how and from where you can start your yoga home practice. I actually use this pattern in my yoga training classes, but you can easily follow it in your home practice too.

  1. Your spine should be taken in all 6 directions. Include yoga postures in your practice that move your spine back and forth as well as a side bend to either side. Twist the spine in all directions, which will complete the 6 moves of your spell. As a result, your back, chest, shoulders and ribs all will get twisted, providing a “wake up” to your body.
  2. Address all the four lines of your hips. Include poses which address all the four lines of your hips. These four lines include the front of your thighs and back of hips or legs as well as the inner thighs and outer hips. You can include either one only asana that addresses all these lines or several – it's up to you. For example, Crescent Lunge Pose (Anjaneyasana) and Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I) address the front of thighs and back of hips or legs while Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) and Triangle pose (Trikonasana) address the inner part of thighs and outer hips. This way you'll be able to address all the four lines of hips – inside, outside, front and back.
  3. Challenge your core. For targeting the larger supporting muscles of core which include the deepest abdominal muscles of our body, include some posts that help in core stabilization. Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III), Boat Pose (Navasana) and Plank Pose are some examples of such poses. On the other hand, for working on smaller muscles that support our spine and more superior core muscles you should also include the core articulation posts in your practice. Bridge Pose and Revolved Abdomen Pose are two examples of such poses.

Remember this 6-4-2 rubric that challenges your entire body while doing home practice and you'll feel more balanced in your day-to-day life even if you do not go to the yoga classes on a daily basis. However, I will not advise this thing to you and if you can go to the class then you should because it's the most appropriate way of achieving higher strength levels in your body.

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When Should You Tune Out the Music While Doing Yoga?

Escaping from the holiday music is just about too hard at this time. It's playing in every store, it's playing in TVs, radios and at every other place. And we also like it actually – after all, it is music that helps us in restoring our energy whenever we go down. While plenty of studies and researches prove that music lends energy to our life, still sometimes it is just better to tune it out completely. I am going to tell you “why” in a few minutes.

First of all let's dive into the effect of music while doing exercise. Dozens of researches and reports have already shown that music diverts your attention from the effort while doing exercises and increases you ability to push it harder. This thing applies to both – your sports training and your yoga training. It works as a vehicle of transformation and diverts your mood and energy towards your body. Whether you're in a yoga class or doing in home practice, music can create a barrier between you and the outside distractions. Along with that music can also help you in relaxing, focusing and waking up.

But what's even more interesting is that sometimes there's also a musical effect in not listening to music. Sounds silly, is not it? Let me explain. If you're habitual of doing yoga with music, try including a yoga session in your week's schedule without listening to the music. You can also include more than one such session if you like. And when you do that, focus on other noises and sounds while doing yoga – listen to the whistles of birds, crunching of leaves, other noises and above all of that the sound of your breath.

You'll find a music in these very sounds too. A recent research conducted at the Max Planck Institute of Germany shows that 'musical agency' – the ability of coordinating user generated sounds and movements – does not divert the attention of participants. Instead, it increases their focus on the activities of their bodies. Practicing yoga and asana without music gives you the feeling of your surroundings and allows you to tune in to the sounds of your body. This thing increases your focus on what's happening in your immediate surroundings.

Spending time in tuning in the right channel or playing the right soundtrack will not help you much in staying present and conscious – it's the sound of your body and surroundings that'll make it happen. It'll teach you how to stay present when things go wrong with your mat, with the court or with your life. So at least once in a week you should also try tuning out the music while doing yoga.

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Make a Happy and Healthy Living: Practice Yoga Every Day

Yoga is a traditional method of meditation, developed in India by wise men during ancient period. It is one of the most effective and successful medicines that keep human body and mind healthy. At the physical level, yoga gives relief from a number aliments. The practice of various postures gives strength to your body and makes you fit mentally and physically. Today, because of its numerous benefits, it is one of the leading names in healthcare and wellness industry, which is why it is important for you to know its benefits in detail.

Yoga involves movement and stretching of various body parts in many ways. Here, it increases flexibility. After a certain period of time, you would be able to gain flexibility in your back, hips and shoulder. With age, however, the flexibility decreases naturally which further leads to immobility and pain. Yoga has the ability to modify and postpon this procedure.

There are many yoga positions that help in weight loss in various ways. Holding different poses for a certain period of time strengthens the body.

Muscle Tone
Muscle toning is a by-product of yoga. As your body becomes stronger, muscle toning improvements. Yoga also gives shape to lean and long muscles.

Positions like standing on one leg helps to improve the balance. It is one of the most important benefits of doing yoga as we move towards old age.

Pain Elimination
Strength and enhanced flexibility help in the prevention of back pain, leg or any other part of the body. Nowadays, a lot of people complain of back ache because of long hours of working on computers. It can also lead to compression of the spinal cord. In such cases, yoga is one of the best remedies with no side effects. It helps in the prevention of body aches of any types.

Better Breathing
Stress is one of the main reasons behind breathing problem. Pranayama is an exercise in yoga which caters to the breathing problem. It teaches us how to take deep breaths that purifies the whole body system. There are types of breathing styles that also help to clear nasal passages and calm down nervous system. Pranayama is the best exercise for people suffering from allergies.

By practicing yoga you can also get rid of obesity and arthritis. Yoga is indeed a blessing in disguise for mankind; it is a medicine that has no side effects after all.

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Therapeutic Yoga for Heart Health

How can yoga improve heart health. In recent years, yoga has become one of the most popular ways to stay fit in the modern world. Yoga originated, in India, as a form of physical and mental health maintenance, in hopes of attaining total peace. However, you do not have to be a guru to experience the many health benefits of a yoga routine.

The modern lifestyle is often far from healthy. From the foods we eat, to the activities we take part in, many people unexpectedly suffer from a heart-related illness. Luckily, the yoga trend is here to help.

Yoga And Heart Health

Yoga focuses on flexibility, breathing and heart rate. All of these things relate to heart health. The light exercise and stretching of a yoga routine have been known to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease. These activities exercise and strengthen the heart, lowering the chance of a heart attack in patients with existing heart problems.

Yoga is essentially the perfect exercise. Yoga teachers people to listen to their bodies, rather than some intense trainer who teaches from personal experiences. Every human body is unique and requires unique care. When you become more in tune with your body, you can avoid injury and still get the exercise you need to improve your heart health.

The Therapeutic Benefits Of Yoga

Patients, who suffer from a heart attack, will benefit greatly from yoga. Surgery helps in an immediate sense, but people with cardiovascular diseases must change their lifestyle if they expect to get better. Heart attack patients, who practice a regular yoga routine, are far less likely to experience another heart attack or develop any other heart problems. This is because yoga strengthens the heart and promotes physical fitness.

Practicing yoga and staying fit helps to lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels. There is no better preventive care when it comes to cardiovascular health. Yoga can be practiced through many levels of intensity. The young and the elderly, alike, can find a routine that works for them. A yoga instructor focuses on what individuals need. Patience is a major part of yoga, so there is no pressure to push yourself farther than you are willing to go.

Yoga Causes Change

The human body is a complex organism. Every little detail has an impact. Cardiovascular diseases are often caused by years of inactivity and poor dietary choices. Yoga is a great way for inactive people to gradually train their bodies and minds at a reasonable pace. Yoga reduces stress, which lowers blood pressure and helps patients to relax and stay focused. Try a yoga routine today and find out first hand how simple it can be to take control of your health.

Yoga Today for Heart Health

In the world today, there is little question as to why there is such a high prominence of heart problems in adults, and in children and adolescents as well. More individuals than ever are reporting a high level of stress, increased work hours, and significantly reduced leisure time. All of this is a great burden on even the hardest individual, and the heart is the organ that suffers the most during times of high stress. The long-term effects on the heart can be detrimental. Preventing heart disease is absolutely easier than treating it, and many people are unaware of one of the easiest methods available to keep their hearts safe.

The Numbers Do not Lie

The number of people, who suffer heart attacks each year, in the United States alone, is disquieting. A statement released by the American Heart Association indicates that there are a recorded 1.5 million heart attacks in the United States each year; and this is not a completely accurate indicator, as many small heart attacks remain undiagnosed and, as a result, are not reported. This number is best used as a base reference, because this number includes all reported heart attacks, whether they are fatal or mild. Obtaining a statistic on the number of individual Americans who suffered heart attacks within the span of a year would be difficult, if not impossible.

Where Does Yoga Fit?

Yoga provides a significant improvement to heart health with regular practice. One of the main benefits of yoga is improved circulation, and circulation issues are responsible for the majority of heart attacks. There is reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, increased oxygen flow to the organs and tissues, and improved vessel health and elasticity. The decrease in stress levels, that is associated with yoga, will also greatly improve heart health. For these reasons and more, the therapeutic yoga can be used to preserve, or improve, heart health in both people who have and have not had a heart attack.

Using the therapeutic yoga poses involves primarily those open the chest and shoulders. These poses are usually those that are standing or bending, and they should be held for extended periods of time with slow, deep breathing to allow for more oxygen intake. Standing and bending poses also help tone cardiac muscle. The mountain pose, the tree pose, and the cat stretch pose can be used surgically to greatly benefit circulation and help to prevent the onset or further development of heart disease.

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Is There a Natural Treatment to Help Me Sleep?

Are you having problems getting to sleep at night and just can not seem to find a solution to your insomnia? If you have insomnia you have likely tried several solutions and still are wondering why can not I find something to help me sleep? A lot of people at one point or another in their lives will find that they can not sleep and have insomnia. What they may not realize is that instead of looking into different pills or drinks they can simply use gentle morning exercise and meditations at night which will help you answer the question: why can I not find something to help me sleep?

When you do gentle exercises in the morning it helps you to decrease stress in your life and get your ready for the work day. Morning time is the perfect time to prepare yourself for the day and by using gentle easy exercises coupled with deep breathing you will find that you can not only mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead but it also helps decrease stress. When you decrease stress through exercise and deep breathing it helps lower blood pressure, increase your focus and concentration and it will help you handle pressure at work through the day.

To fully find that solution to answering the question of why can I not find something to help me sleep you can pair your gentle morning exercising and deep breathing with meditation in the evenings? When you meditate in the evening you put your brain into an alpha brain-wave state. When you meditate you often have slower alpha wave movements, although you may still be thinking about things or even doing certain activities your mind is essentially on autopilot. For example when you day-dream or if you are doing a normal activity that you may do every day like cooking, sewing, or drawing your alpha waves will slow down and you are essentially in a state of meditation or a calming state.

The key to finding that altered consciousness is to relax and take long deep breaths which will allow for your alpha waves to find a slower rhythm, and this will help your body slow down since alpha waves are often experienced before you go to sleep. The technique to breathing is to inhale through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth for best results. By doing this you are tricking your body into thinking that you are getting ready to go to bed and therefore it starts to slow down and before you know it, you will likely be dozing off!

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