Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Yoga Paths

Since human beings began practicing yoga thousands of years ago, the symbol of a tree has often been linked with the discipline – and for good reason! Yoga has a multitude of branches when it comes to how you choose to practice and all of them are based on the same philosophy, or trunk, of spirituality. Hatha yoga is the one most well known to Westerners – the physical act of practicing poses. Here are a few other paths that you may choose to combine with your personal yoga practice.

Raja Yoga

In raja yoga, the main goal is a calm and spiritual, meditative state. There are eight principles that are followed strictly and in order in raja yoga and, though important, physical movement or poses is not the focus. The eight principles or stages are:

* Ethical standards or ‘yama’

* Self-discipline or ‘niyama’

* Posture or ‘asana’

* Breath control or ‘pranayama’

* Sensory withdrawal or ‘pratyahara’

* Concentration or ‘dharana’

* Meditation or ‘dhyana’

* Liberation or ‘samadhi’

Karma Yoga

The focus of karma yoga is on service and treatment of others. The basic idea is that our experiences today are a direct result of our past actions. Therefore, everything that those who practice karma yoga do today is in an effort to create a better future for themselves and those around them. They do this by eliminating the motivations of pessimism and egotism. This means living for others instead of ourselves.

Jnana Yoga

Those who practice jnana yoga are most concerned with the development of the mind. They are scholars interested in the philosophy behind yoga and they their yoga practice focuses on studying and understanding ancient and traditional texts. This is thought to be one of the most intense yoga disciplines as the learning is intense and difficult.

Unlike branches on a tree, the paths of yoga often intersect and overlap. Though it is difficult to hang from two or three tree branches at once, it is not difficult at all to practice more than one path of yoga. Try them all if you like and choose the ones that most appeal to you.

Jeanette Pollock is a freelance author and website owner of justyogabasics.com. Visit Jeanette's site to learn more about how to get started with yoga.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Insider Secrets to the Business of Teaching Yoga, Part 1

If you are a Yoga teacher, or thinking about becoming a Yoga teacher, the concepts contained within this series will save you money and, potentially, earn you a lot more money. How much money you want to earn as a Yoga teacher, is up to you. If you are willing to put in your time, marketing your Yoga teaching skills, the sky is the limit. None of us has to teach Yoga; we choose to teach Yoga because we love it and know the many rewards of steady Yoga practice.

That is why I pass on Yoga Business and Marketing information to my Yoga teacher interns, friends, peers, Yoga coaching clients, and competitors. Many great Yoga teachers are guilty of unwise business decisions, and desperately scratch out a living, without the proper business skills.

Speaking of Yoga business competitors, you would be better off to network with other local Yoga teachers. Some of the neighboring Yoga studios, in Providence, RI, refer prospective Yoga students to me, and I do the same for them. You can’t fill every Yoga niche and do you want to really try? Even McDonald’s has a limit on the menu and we can all learn from this. Better to do one or a few things very well, than do nothing well at all.

“Yoga Business” – Is this an Oxymoron, a Conflict of Interest, or Blasphemy? Do you feel guilty taking a Yoga students’ money? Why should you? What do your Yoga students expect you to live on? Would you feel bad paying for scuba lessons, skiing instruction, golf instruction, or a day with a fishing guide?

Of course not - because these instructors put in the time, practicing a skill, and are worth the money you pay them. If you have Yoga students who do not appreciate your skills in the same way – refuse to teach Yoga to them. You put in 200 or 500 hours of Yoga teacher training, worked on refining each aspect of teaching Yoga, and invested years of training as a Yoga student before that.

Yoga instructors deserve to be paid well. Continuing education courses for Yoga teachers, Yoga retreats, workshops, Yoga teacher seminars, books, Yoga correspondence courses for instructors, and Yoga videos are rarely free. If you join a local Yoga teacher association, or decide to become a registered Yoga teacher, that’s not free either.

So, where does all this guilt about taking money for your Yoga teaching services come from? It comes from being a “giver.” Yoga teachers are some of the biggest givers I have ever met. Which is nice, and restores my faith in humanity, but Yoga teachers are also supposed to be a living example of quality life. You cannot support your family, pay your rent, eat properly, or receive medical care by teaching Yoga for free.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center, in North Providence, RI. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995. He is a master instructor of martial arts, with multiple Black Belts, four martial arts teaching credentials, and was recently inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness to children, adults, and seniors in the greater Providence area. Recently he wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students, who may be considering a new career as a Yoga teacher. http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/index.html

Friday, October 5, 2007

The Truth about Options for Yoga Teachers, Part 3

Power Yoga: Many things come to mind when we hear the words “Power Yoga,” but the roots of Power Yoga are usually related to Ashtanga Yoga. This is not always the case, but more often, than not, Power Yoga is an offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga.

Thinking about Power Yoga may conjure up vivid images of Yoga teachers like Beryl Bender Birch, Bryan Kest, or Baron Baptiste. This is a vigorous form of Ashtanga Yoga with a Western “twist.” Classes are usually filled with younger adult Yoga students and active athletes.

These are not classes for Yoga students with ailments, or for beginners who just “jumped off the couch.” Power Yoga is a fantastic system of Yoga exercises, but if you are going to teach any form of Power Yoga classes, you have to be completely honest with prospective students. The physical challenge of a Power Yoga class is not for everyone who wants to learn a form of Hatha Yoga.

For example: A middle-aged, inactive, beginner Yoga student, should be guided to a gentle Yoga style, if he or she wants to pursue the study of Hatha Yoga. This student will learn the basics, safety guidelines, and contraindications that apply to his or her body. After a few months of regular practice, this Yoga student will see the path of infinite possibilities open, and then make an educated choice from what he or she has learned.

The injury of a student, due to the desire for a Yoga teacher’s desire to “fill up classes,” is morally and ethically wrong. Complete honesty with students is not often taught when we are trained to become a Yoga teacher. Yoga teachers are often trained to be gentle guides along the path toward total health.

Being completely blunt about a prospective Yoga student’s limitations - might be bad for business. However, whenever a student is injured, the Yoga instructor will often feel remorse, even if the situation was completely unforeseen. The above-mentioned scenario, of an unfit student going into a vigorous Yoga class, can easily be seen. If you do not have a questionnaire for new Yoga students, you should design one now, even if you have never had a single problem.

This is not meant to “steer you away” from teaching Power Yoga classes or to prevent you from learning to become a Power Yoga instructor. Power Yoga classes are very rewarding to participate in and to teach.

When considering the needs of new Yoga students, always be diplomatic, and guide potential Yoga students toward their best choice. Unfortunately, this sometimes means we must guide them to the Yoga teacher down the street.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center, in North Providence, RI. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995. He is a master instructor of martial arts, with multiple Black Belts, four martial arts teaching credentials, and was recently inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness to children, adults, and seniors in the greater Providence area. Recently he wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students, who may be considering a new career as a Yoga teacher. http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/index.html

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Universal Laws of Yoga - Part 1

What is Yoga? Why do some religious fundamentalists fear Yoga? What is the objective of Yoga? These questions about the true purpose of Yoga always arise, but the answers are not quite clear. So, let’s get to the heart of the matter.

Yoga is many things and there are many forms of Yoga. For example: Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of devotion) is commonly practiced in India, but is rarely practiced in the West. The most popular form of Yoga in the West is Hatha Yoga (Yoga of physical mastery).

It is understandable that Hatha Yoga and its many sub-styles would take hold in the West, especially on the American continents. Physical mastery, in and of itself, is much easier to absorb than over 5,000 years of Indian culture. The physical aspect of Yoga is the easiest to master, but the study of Yoga is a long journey.

Bhakti Yoga, as mentioned earlier, is the Yoga of Devotion and more emphasis is placed on spiritual and mental health. Religious practices, of any faith, will be much more pronounced within a group of Bhakti Yoga practitioners.

To put it simply, Yoga is the union of mind, body, and spirit for complete health. There are far more benefits to be realized through the constant practice of Hatha Yoga, or any other kind of Yoga, but this is the foundation of “unity.” Physical mastery is constructive and, at the very least, keeps us healthy.

Please bear in mind that all forms of Yoga may overlap in aspects of complete and whole health, but the emphasis within each style will be different. For example: In a Hatha Yoga class, physical, mental, and spiritual mastery may be practiced. The aspects taught depend on the curriculum, the exact style of Hatha Yoga, and the Yoga teacher.

Once a Yoga practitioner embarks on the path of unity, self realization and tranquility are acquired. The Yogic path is filled with many steps before self realization, tranquility, and oneness with God. The following are some of the steps we should take toward self-improvement.

Purify your inner being by freeing yourself from vanity, intolerance, anger, attachment to material, and the ego. We are only human and self-perfection is a difficult road to travel, but we must keep going one step at a time. What do we do when we make a mistake or sin? We pick ourselves up, learn from our mistakes, and amend our behavior.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center, in North Providence, RI. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995. He is a master instructor of martial arts, with multiple Black Belts, four martial arts teaching credentials, and was recently inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness to children, adults, and seniors in the greater Providence area. Recently he wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students, who may be considering a new career as a Yoga teacher. http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/index.html

Physiological Benefits Of Yoga - III

Apart from benefiting sufferers of respiratory illnesses, regular Yoga practice also helps manage pain as in sore joints, arthritis, rheumatism, including other aches and pains.

Pain Management
Yoga reduces pain by helping the brain’s pain centre regulate the gate-controlling mechanism that is located in the spinal cord, including the secretion of natural painkillers in the body. Breathing exercises that are the main feature of yoga also help to reduce the pain. One can induce the body to relax and free itself from tension by lengthening one’s exhalation time, since muscles tend to relax when we exhale. Awareness of breathing and controlling one’s inhalations and exhalations are useful in calming down and slowing respiration, even as this procedure helps one relax and successfully manage pain.

Incorporating relaxation and meditation techniques in Yoga also goes a long way in reducing pain. And, the effectiveness of yoga in reducing pain is due to its strong focus on self-awareness, which not only has a protective effect, but allows for early preventive action, as well.

Back Pain
There are many people who suffer from back pain, which is the most common reason for which medical attention is sought. However, consistent practice of Yoga Asanas not only cures but also prevents back pain by enhancing its strength and flexibility. Since, both acute and long-term stress lead to muscle tension, thereby exacerbating back problems, Yoga’s relaxation techniques are useful in combating stress.

If, you are not convinced, why not browse online yoga books, including Yoga books on meditation and spirituality. And in the practical sense, equip yourself with some yoga accessories e.g. yoga straps, yoga blocks, yoga mats, etc. for some beneficial yoga sessions!

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Improve Your Yoga Experience With Yoga Equipment

Around the world Yoga is considered an enjoyable way to keep fit and healthy. And, though it has been around for ages, only recently has Yoga caught the American fancy. It is a well-rounded workout designed to tone up and strengthen muscles; at the same time it increases flexibility. Yoga is also an excellent way to shed weight and boost energy and vitality. As you start to practise Yoga or Pilates, for that matter you will notice the need for some basic Yoga or Pilates equipment and accessories.

Yoga Mats

Good Yoga mats help increase balance and coordination. Most folks are not properly aligned. As a result we do a lot of what we do asymmetrically. For those intending to balance and a sense of symmetry a Yoga mat is a must. Then again, we strongly recommend a hand-woven Yoga mat. However, for those into dynamic and vigorous kinds such Power Yoga, Sticky Mats are well worth considering.

Yoga straps

The Yoga strap is highly beneficial for beginners. They are either fabricated from cotton or nylon and let you grasp your limbs, you couldn't reach. They also help you hold a pose longer. Yoga Straps are especially helpful in bound poses when the hands cannot reach each other or for asanas where you need to hold both feet but cannot reach them.

Yoga blocks

Yoga blocks are also called Yoga bricks and are useful in executing a variety of Yoga poses. Yoga blocks help in execution of poses and offer many other benefits. Some of the benefits of Yoga blocks are that they provide stability and support for proper alignment; they also help reduce the distance between the body and the ground.

Yoga cushions

Yoga cushions help practitioners establish proper spinal alignment so that the posture stays steady, straight, and comfortable. Yoga Cushions are also beneficial to pregnant women and to people recovering from surgery. With Yoga cushions, most poses can be done comfortably as you sit on a chair or using a chair to maintain balance while standing. For added support or cushioning, Yoga Cushions are also used on top of a Yoga Mat or Yoga Chair height.

Yoga balls

Yoga Balls are a versatile prop for many postures. Fabricated from durable vinyl, they help achieve the necessary balance and support for asanas. Yoga Balls effectively increase your flexibility, improve your range of motion and balance, as well as tone up the muscles. Besides, they also help shape the body and relieve of stress.

Pederson writes content for http://www.yogawiz.com Yoga Wiz that provides information on usage of yoga accessories like mats, yoga chairs, yoga blocks and cushions.The website explains the importance of the basics of yoga that aims towards balancing your body and soul.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yoga Mats - Finding The Perfect Yoga Mat For You

Yoga is deeply relaxing, as well as energizing, and you can do it anywhere. One of the most popular questions for anyone new to yoga is: "What's the best kind of yoga mat for me?"

There are many different kinds of yoga mat from which you can choose. Many are made from polyester latex, and have a slip-resistant surface. "Sticky" mats, which have a textured synthetic surface, are also very popular. Practitioners of styles like Ashtanga yoga, and Bikram yoga often prefer to use both a sticky mat and a rug, placing the rug over the sticky mat.

Of course, you don't need to buy a yoga mat if you don't want to: can just use a thick towel, or a rug, as your yoga mat.

Your choice of yoga mat is also influenced by where you'll be exercising.

Where Will You Do Your Yoga Exercises?

If you're doing your yoga in front of the TV on a carpeted floor, you can just use a thick towel, or a folded blanket. On the other hand, if you're taking lessons at a yoga studio, it's awkward to carry a blanket, so ring the studio before you start, and ask what kind of mat they recommend. They may even sell yoga mats. Sticky and other mats are often sold with a carrier, so you can sling the mat over your shoulder on your way to practice.

Eco Yoga Mats For a Cleaner Environment

In the past few years, environmentally conscious types of yoga mats have become popular. The older styles of mats are made from PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride). Since the manufacture of PVC releases toxins into the atmosphere, "eco" mats have been created from materials like cotton, jute and rubber.

So the kind of yoga mat you choose is up to you. Have fun with your yoga. It's your time to refresh, relax, and be with yourself. Of the many different types of yoga mat, you'll find the perfect one for you.

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Hatha Yoga

Patanjali collected the yoga knowledge available in 2 A.D. and wrote a treatise called ‘Yoga Sutra.’ The yoga of Patanjali has 8 limbs to be practiced in sequence. They are Yama (restraint), Niyama (observance), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breathing), Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (ecstasy). The end of yoga after Samadhi would be the union of individual consciousness with the universal consciousness.

In the modern age, yoga has come to mean basically ‘Hatha Yoga,’ ‘Ha’ meaning sun and ‘Tha’ meaning moon unites in Hatha Yoga. It is the symbolic union of active and passive energies, the opposites. The Hatha Yoga aims to unite harmoniously the body, mind and spirit, and create a healthy, supple and strong body and a relaxed, stress free mind.

In the late 19th century, T. Krishnamacharya, a yoga teacher in Mysore Palace in south India, was the source of most modern Hatha Yoga. His disciples B.K.S. Iyengar, K.Pattabhi Jois and Indira Devi, and his son T.K.V. Desikachar, were instrumental in setting up their schools and spreading Yoga throughout the world, particularly in America.

Each one has its own name, but it is only a matter of stress rather than substance. They are Ashtanga Yoga of Pattabhi Jois, Iyengar Yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar, Vishnu Yoga of T.K.V. Desikachar, Bikram Yoga of Bikram Choudhry, Sivananda Yoga of Vishnu Sivandandam, Integral Yoga of Swami Sachidananda and Ananda Yoga of Swami Kiriananda.

Yoga as an exercise is vastly different from calisthenics or aerobics. In yoga the body does not do any movement, but holds different postures that are designed to direct the life energy to all parts of the body. The respiratory and pulse rate drops. The endocrine system increases activity.

The benefits of yoga are many. It helps in managing many illnesses for which there are no cures. It helps in building a supple and strong body. But its major contribution is in relaxing the body and mind, relieving stress and rejuvenating the energy level. Positive thinking and feel-good factors increase amongst practitioners of yoga. The degree of concentration in yoga students is very high.

With some amount of commitment and regular practice of Hatha Yoga, there will be a substantial difference to the quality of life in the modern age.

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The History of Yoga

The history of yoga is long and steeped in tradition. Contrary to what some people may believe, yoga was not developed as the newest way to slim down so they could fit into a smaller pants size.

The history of yoga goes back 5,000 years. It originated in India, and the first time the word yoga was found in written form was in the Rig Vada, one of the sacred texts used by Vedic priests. Yoga is a means of achieving spiritual enlightenment.

Originally, yoga techniques were passed down from teacher to student through word of mouth. These techniques had never been written down until the Indian sage Patanjali wrote down a systematic method of yoga in the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali is considered to be the father of yoga.

According to Patanjali, there are eight limbs of yoga, which lead to the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

Yama - abstaining from violence, stealing, lust, greed

Niyam - developing devotion, purity, studiousness, contentment, discipline

Pranayama - controlling the breath

Pratyahara - going inward and withdrawing attention from the outside world

Dharana - concentration

Dhyana - meditation

Samadhi - merging with the universal consciousness

The Swami Vivekananda added to the history of yoga by bringing it to America. In 1893, he addressed the Parliament of World Religions and discussed the path of yoga. As a result of his speech, it quickly began to blossom as a practice in many areas of the country. Yoga has since gained major popularity in the United States and many different styles including Hatha, Bikram, and Iyengar, are practiced by millions of people.

Knowing the history of yoga can help you, the practitioner, realize the richness that it has to offer. More than just a means of being fit and trim, yoga can help you live a healthy, whole, and empowered life.

Della Menechella is a yoga and fitness enthusiast who has been involved in fitness for over thirty years. Here website http://www.beauty-fitness-yoga-source.com/ is filled with practical information about how you can make yoga and fitness a positive part of your life.

Yoga For Weight Loss

Many people claim that yoga helps with weight loss. However, there is no hard and fast scientific data to support this claim. Everyone acknowledges that yoga helps stretch the muscles and increases flexibility and limberness, but now people are claiming that you can use yoga for weight loss.

It may be hard to understand how yoga can help you lose weight, but studies have shown that people who practice yoga do lose weight. The weight loss is probably not the result of burning calories through strenuous exercise, because most yoga exercise is not that strenuous. Most people believe the weight loss is a result of reducing stress and learning to avoid bad habits that lead to overeating. By reducing stress, yoga helps you lose weight.

Any exercise that helps you get fit and in shape will help you lose weight. Also, by helping you reduce stress in your life, yoga helps eliminate destructive habits which lead to overeating, which in turn helps you lose weight. Yoga is very effective at reducing stress in your life, and a person living a stress free life tends to have fewer self sabotaging bad habits like compulsive overeating.

There may not be a proven medical link for weight loss through yoga, but this doesn’t mean that yoga isn’t beneficial. Yoga contributes to your general well being through stress reduction and flexibility. It may be that weight loss from yoga is a result of the other benefits that come from yoga.

Regardless of what individual facet causes it, you can use yoga for weight loss. It may not be the only thing in your life that results in weight loss, and it may not be the fastest way to lose weight, but there are few things in life that have as many positive benefits for you as yoga does. I guess that you can think of using yoga for weight loss as a nice, additional bonus!

Sydney Heiden is a practitioner of yoga and founder of Yoga and Meditation for Beginners.

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Cheap Yoga Mats

Yoga is an ancient Indian exercise form that involves the use of certain body postures and breathing exercises for body, mind and spiritual health. Yoga is done by sitting, standing or lying down on a mat. Yoga mats should be very comfortable, as the postures should be done in a very relaxed manner. Good yoga mats even enhance the postures.

The main features of a good yoga mat are: durability, strength, softness, and ability to stay firm without crumpling. It should also grip the floor effectively and not allow the user to slide across the floor on the mat. Yoga mats are very easy to maintain. They just need once-in-a-while washing with a mild detergent, either in a machine or by hand.

A yoga mat is the only investment required for yoga. A good-quality mat can range from $20 to $45 or $50. However, there are cheaper mats available for as low as $10. These are made of regular cotton, without too many frills.

Cheap yoga mats are available in various styles, patterns and colors. Traditional mats were made of cotton or jute, but these days, many other materials are being used for yoga mats. Yoga mats are generally 4-5mm thick, since these mats can be stiff enough not to crease on the floor while being flexible enough to be rolled up, carried and washed. Cheap yoga mats should also handle repeated washing. Some yoga mats these days are also non-toxic and eco-friendly. Other different kinds of cheap yoga mats are: sticky mats, travel mats, foldable mats, lightweight mats and others. These mats are available in plain colors as well as interesting colors and patterns.

Cheap yoga mats can be found at exclusive yoga stores. The best source for finding a good, cheap yoga mat is the internet. There are websites that host the best deals on Yoga Mats, which can be compared as well as ordered online. Some suppliers also give discounts on yoga mats, like 50% off or 30% off. Such deals can be seen on the internet.

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Nude Yoga and Naked Aerobics

We all came in our birthday suits - That's how God made us! Nudity is completely natural. In fact clothes can be disturbing, certainly so in aerobics - it prevents airflow around the body. Clothes also invite - encourage growth of germs - microscopic fungi and bacteria, especially in warm humid areas. People who do naked aerobics can sweat freely people who perspire in clothes are not pleasing to our nose. Those who perspire naturally smell better!

There are benefits of being nude too. For instance, wearing shorts and trousers will raise the temperature of the testicles (in males, of course). This then results in hindrance of sperm growth thereby reducing the sperm shack and male hormones which in turn reduces fertility. It can also cause impotence in both genders. Not just accidental nudity, this is purposeful.

More advantages : No sweaty clothes to wash; Cheaper designer-competitiveness; no fighting for a place with Peter Alexander fashion designer (though I love designer clothes myself). In fact this is goal-orientated, if I may say so because you can concentrate more on building those muscles or firming those gluts.

Naked aerobics yoga is a good exercise and does exist. In fact, quite a few people really prefer doing nude yoga. It helps articulate your natural emotions and let you speak for yourself. Nudity adds to the physical and emotional health of the individual. After all, it’s nice to feel the natural air slapping on your skin and feeling the sweat roughly come out of the inside. As long as you don’t mind dangly bits sometime getting in the way or seeing the nether regions that would be exposed in a simple exercise such as ‘touch your toes’.

Nude Yoga is nourishing and exfoliating. You will feel its effect on your body and notice that the body has changed because you have bared it all. A sizeable number of men and women in the U.S. find nudist yoga as a source of great relaxation and mental peace. There’s a significant increase in nudist yoga practitioners or seekers; so many nudist yoga classes are conducted the world over. There are many naturist clubs and resorts where nude exercise is encouraged and welcomed. There are videos and books available as well to help you pursue this style of exercising.

If embarrassment be thrown to the dogs would you wear clothes at all times?

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What is Yoga?

As part of the Hindu religion and way of life, traditional yoga philosophies require students to attain complete peace in body and mind through behavior, diet and meditation. In Sanskrit the word Yoga translates to union or unite.

Most people in the United States are interested in what is known as Hatha Yoga, the practice of poses (asanas) with particular attention being paid to breathing. Practicing asanas is one of the 8 "limbs" of yoga. Traditionally practiced to achieve unity between the body and mind, which in turn elevates the spirit.

Many people are intimidated to practice yoga due to the misconceptions that one must be naturally flexible to do so, or that ones religious beliefs will be challenged. Some refer to yoga as merely stretching; I do this myself to cut down on the intimidation factor for others. Stretching is, of course involved, but yoga is the practice of poses or postures, with attention being paid to breathing. The goal is to develop a balance of strength and flexibility within the body. I can only say in reference to the religion factor that although yoga is a part of the Hindu religion, it is not in itself a religion, and some of the benefits obtained by a regular practice would only, in my opinion, enhance and strengthen your religious convictions, whatever they may be.

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Yoga Videos - Guidance And Counseling Towards Better Living

In this rush hour and hectic life every one is looking for peace and tranquility which becomes harder day by day. Many of us do not know the correct way to find relaxation which can be one of the very strenuous tasks to look for. Knowing yoga is very important and getting to learn from a proper yoga instructor is also very important.

Everyone may not have the time or money to invest in yoga classes which happens on an everyday basis. They can buy a yoga video or DVDs to suit their needs which can be very useful for them. These videos are very beneficial for all kind of people. It can be used by an amateur to anyone.

Different video for different people depending upon their needs and wants can be used. There are different types of yoga videos which can be used for all the different purposes such as in office, while traveling, during pregnancy, stress relief, relaxation techniques, for different cures, a yoga structure for your good health, yoga for the new learners, the basic yoga, complete yoga workout, yoga for strength, yoga to remove your diseases.

By trying such kind of different videos it would help many people who can't travel much and can easily learn all the new things about yoga by getting these fantastic yoga videos or DVDs. It becomes an essential part of workout to let you remain fit and fine for the better part of your life. It spurts up ones passion for life due to the stress which is removed and the different relaxation techniques makes things easier.

Kevin Pederson, the webmaster for Yogawiz http://www.yogawiz.com, where you can find all the information on yoga by buying yoga videos or DVDs, which is very useful for all

Do You Need A Yoga Exercise Mat

One of things I like best about yoga, you don’t need any specialized equipment. If you are exercising on carpet, you don’t even need a mat. However, a yoga mat is a great piece of equipment to have, and some people wouldn’t even think of trying yoga exercise without using a mat.

Yoga mats come in a variety of types, styles and thicknesses. A typical yoga mat has a sticky surface to help with friction when obtaining your poses. Some yoga mats are thicker than others, and these can really help when you get on your knees.

Yoga mats come in a multitude of colors and patterns, so you can express your personality (and find your mat when it’s time to pack up and leave the gym). This isn’t George Orwell’s 1984, you aren’t stuck with the same color and pattern as every other yoga mat. If fact, you can even have your T-shirt match your yoga mat.

If you are just starting out, you really don’t need a yoga mat, especially if you are working out at home. Most gyms will lend you a yoga mat or rent one to you. But if you are serious about yoga exercise, you should invest in a good quality yoga exercise mat as soon as you can. After all, do you really want to use a mat that some one else has sweated on?

The great thing about a yoga exercise mat, they are inexpensive. It is possible to buy a pretty good yoga mat for $15 to $20. Of course, you can spend a lot more for a mat, but it really isn’t necessary.

The type of yoga mat you purchase depends on several factors, including what type of yoga you practice. If you are using the more active and fast pace exercises, you may want thicker mat. You may also find the thicker yoga exercise mat useful if you are suffering from joint problems.

There are lots of different types of yoga exercise mats available, and you should find the mat that is right for your needs.

Sydney Heiden is a practitioner of yoga and founder of Yoga and Meditation for Beginners.

For more yoga tips and information, go to her website, http://www.Yoga.Cool-Home-Stuff.com

Yoga and Children

Yoga has many benefits for children. Helping their bodies build muscle and retain flexibility as they grow can give them better health going into adulthood. Yoga can also benefit a growing child’s brain by allowing them to learn to control their stress and emotions. Yoga and children is a great avenue for any child that needs help in any of these areas.

If you are planning to become a certified yoga instructor, consider getting your yoga for kids certification. Working with yoga and children will give you the satisfaction of knowing you are impacting a child in a real way. Teaching yoga to kids will be fun and interesting, and you will find it very rewarding.

Health and fitness is very important for children. Many kids today are showing signs of health problems due to a lack of exercise. A yoga and children program can combat and prevent these problems. Yoga is a fun activity, making it a great choice for children who are not much into exercise. The low impact nature of yoga gives kids the chance to get physical fitness in their routine without causing them any injury.

Children with disabilities will find yoga to be a fun and exciting activity. And the parents can take comfort in the fact that they are helping their differently challenged child improve their motor skills and overall health. Parents and children can both benefit from a class that allows kids and their parents to learn yoga together. A yoga and children program is a great choice for your child.

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your mind and body and get in shape as well as a great way to unwind after a long day. Whatever your yoga apparel and equipment needs, we have the information and resources to point you in the right direction. We have yoga music, mats, clothes, pants, videos and journals as well as information on the different yoga poses, postures and the history of yoga. If you are interested in becoming a yoga instructor learn more about yoga teacher certifications in your city or state.

Yoga Kit - A Help For Better Yoga

There are different kinds of yoga kits which are very useful for people who are ardent yoga followers or for those who may follow it someday. These kits are segregated in different manner so as to choose as per your requirement. These kits give a helping hand to the yoga followers. As each kit would be significant to the relevant customer depending on what basic advantage that person would be getting it for. There are yoga kits for kids, beginners, basic kit, standard kit and many more. These are some of the very popular kits which help makes it a good companion for one and all.

For many of the yoga asanas you may not just be happy with what you have seen on the TV or some poses shown by your friend. This kit may give all the guidelines on how to start about with the yoga poses as well some videotapes or CDs which help you to do all the yoga poses correctly. There are ball kits which are used by people who have been doing yoga poses for a long time and would like to take to go to the next level. These are some of the best used kits which are offers some of the biggest and exercise equipment. Most of these kits include straps, yoga balls, and foam blocks, all of them help in attaining the proper pose and also the level of concentration will be helpful in creating more healthy body.

Some of the most common kits are

Basic Yoga Kit
Children’s Kit
Maternity Kit
Yoga Ball Kit
Traveler Kit
Toning Kit
Ultimate Yoga Kit
Yoga Starter Kit

Chair Yoga - Yoga For Everyone, Including Workaholics And Seniors

Chair yoga is just what it sounds like: gentle yoga done sitting on a chair or with the aid of a chair, either as part of a yoga class, or for anyone too busy to do formal yoga classes. Chair yoga has caught on with seniors, and at retirement communities, because it's safe and suitable for those who have trouble getting up and down, and who have stiff joints.

The poses for chair yoga are hatha yoga adapted for someone sitting down, or standing an using a chair for support.

Chair Yoga For Workaholics - Calm Down And be More Productive

You may be busy, but you can still do yoga. At its simplest, chair yoga for workaholics is simply taking time out for pranayama (yogic breathing) several times during the day, and doing some simple yoga stretches while seated at your desk.

It's particularly valuable if you suffer from any of the various forms of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), and of course if practiced daily, your chair yoga will help to prevent RSI too.

Chair yoga also relieves stress. If you're rehearsing a presentation, do some side stretches, and bend forward, and take a few moments for pranayama. Even five minutes of gentle practice will relax you, and give you a burst of energy.

Chair Yoga For Seniors - Improve General Health, And Loosen Stiff Joints

If you suffer from arthritis or another disability, chair yoga can will return mobility and strength to your body, and relaxation and confidence to your mind. If you can't get to a fitness center or gym, chair yoga programs are available on DVD, with a range of seated and standing routines.

Chair yoga classes are available in many communities. Check your local paper. If you don't find a class within easy distance, then check out a chair yoga CD, DVD, or book.

Discover yourself with yoga, a gentle form of stretching. Yoga strengthens both your body and mind, and is suitable for anyone, from children to seniors. Visit Easy Fab Yoga Blog at http://www.easyfabyoga.com/blog/ for daily yoga information, tips, and inspiration.

How to Become a Yoga Teacher Who Everyone Wants to Learn From

What are a Yoga teacher’s biggest challenges? Is it the hours of Yoga teacher training? Is it the continuing education? No, education and certification can be a challenge, but it’s none of these issues that make up the biggest challenge.

The largest challenges Yoga instructors face are influencing students to independently take care of their own health and to maintain their Yoga practice. It is extremely difficult to change the way people think.

The saying, “People are creatures of habit,” is so true. If a student sat on the couch for decades, a Yoga teacher needs extraordinary powers of influence to keep that student from going back to the life of a “couch potato.” So, what can a Yoga teacher do? Here are some ideas for Yoga teachers to retain student interest.

Inspire them with your passion for Yoga. Have you ever had a low energy day? If you did, and you taught a Yoga class, you can bet your students had a feeling something was not quite right about that class. The amount of energy you bring into a class is transparent.

If you are a motivator, and you strive for excellence, you will inspire your students to be the same. The only way to lead a Yoga class is by being an inspiration. If you are anything less, you will resemble the masses who hate their jobs. I have yet to meet a Yoga teacher who does not like to teach classes. Therefore, make sure your students know how much you love Yoga.

© Copyright 2007 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, has written many books on the subject of Yoga. He is a co-owner and the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at: Aura Wellness Center, in Attleboro, MA. http://www.riyoga.com He has been a certified Master Yoga Teacher since 1995. To receive a Free Yoga e-Book: "Yoga in Practice," and a Free Yoga Newsletter, please visit: http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/index.html

Mastering Yoga Poses

Yoga is an ancient practice that strengthens the body and mind. Learning about and engaging in yoga can relieve stress and help you tone all the muscles of your body. Master the art of yoga poses, and you will have a routine that you can engage in anytime, anywhere to help you deal with all of life’s little problems. Yoga is the key to empowerment in your life.

Before you can master yoga poses, you have to learn about and practice yoga positions and postures. These are the building blocks of the art of yoga. The right postures in yoga will help you to safely and effectively use yoga poses in the way they are intended. Yoga positions such as ananas will exercise the muscles, glands and nerves as they work to keeping the body and mind healthy.

Another important step in learning yoga poses is learning to breathe properly. Breathing is one of the ways yoga can reach beyond the physical realm and offer mental stimulation, relaxation and growth. You will find that pairing yoga with proper breathing will offer you a new level of mental and physical enjoyment through this exciting art form.

The most common form of yoga is Hatha yoga. This is the basic practice we know today. Hatha yoga uses healing yoga poses to refresh and stimulate your mind and body. Its popularity is a testament to its powers and it is a great way to ensure a more pain-free and relaxing existence.

In our health conscious world, it seems that there is always a new exercise trend. But yoga exercises have been around for thousands of years, so you know you can trust them to be a solid way to improve your health. Whether you need to rid your body of chronic pain, free your mind from the stress of day to day life, or you just want a refreshing daily routine, yoga poses are for you.

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your mind and body and get in shape as well as a great way to unwind after a long day. Whatever your yoga equipment needs, we have the information and resources to point you in the right direction. We have yoga music, mats, clothes, pants, videos and journals as well as information on the different types of yoga, postures and the history of yoga. If you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher learn more about yoga instructor certification requirements in your city or state.

Yoga Visualization for Empowerment - Introduction

Within Yoga practice is a secret, which should be easy enough for the public to grasp. Meditation and visualization could advance all of human kind. The power of visualization is enough by itself, but meditation teaches us to focus on one thought at a time. This is such a challenge, that most of the public would rather practice Yoga postures, and forget about meditation.

If you have practiced Yoga for one session, you realize that Yoga postures are much easier to focus on than it is to control your mind. Many people feel very uncomfortable trying to harness their minds. No wonder the ancient Yogis compare the mind to a monkey. The mind is restless and resists the concept of self-mastery.

Yet, the ancient Yogis were also concerned about combining Yogic meditation, with visualization, for egotistical purposes. It has commonly been thought that some people would misuse this aspect of Yoga for acquiring material, power, and fame.

The ancient Yogis had nothing to fear, because a Yoga practitioner would need much practice to reach Samadhi (The eighth limb of Yoga - Complete Meditative absorption); there are many levels of Samadhi.

However, Samadhi, and the eight limbs of Yoga, described by Patanjali, are largely ignored by many Hatha Yoga practitioners around the world. Many Hatha Yoga practitioners have developed a “ranking system” for Yoga. Ask most students what advanced Yoga is, and they will mention a difficult Asana (Yoga posture).

It is not their fault, because their Yoga teachers think the same thing. Many Yoga teachers do not really understand the concept of Samadhi, and they do not reflect on the Yoga Sutras.

© Copyright 2007 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, has written many books on the subject of Yoga. He is a co-owner and the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at: Aura Wellness Center, in Attleboro, MA. http://www.riyoga.com He has been a certified Master Yoga Teacher since 1995. To receive a Free Yoga e-Book: "Yoga in Practice," and a Free Yoga Newsletter, please visit: http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/index.html

Is Free Online Yoga Safe?

Yoga nowadays is very in demand especially the newest free online free yoga. Yoga practice and exercise can be learned in school.

There are a lot of yoga schools all over the world. Before, yoga was only applied and practice in India but now, looks like it has evolved. Almost all the people in the world know the word yoga although there are some who don’t have a clear picture of it. Yoga for the many people is an exercise and a means to concentrate with the mind and soul.

It is a great advantage that free online yoga was offered to the people. They say that the web is the easiest way to gain, search and acquire knowledge. Almost everything is learned from the web and it is no wonder why the people get hooked on it.

Free online yoga chooses no one in particular. Everyone is a candidate in learning yoga. All you need to do is to have your own computer and get hooked on to it.

If you want to learn from the basics, the net has the resources on how to learn it the easy way. As long as you know how to understand and read, you are capable of learning yoga.

It is an amazing breakthrough that yoga is taught in the web. Free online yoga saves you from going to a yoga class. It saves your time, money and effort. Plus, you can freely do it at home without any one looking at you if that is what you prefer.

If you want to have the free online yoga, there are some certain requirements that you need.

Now you will wonder if free online yoga is really advantageous. If it is, then why are all the people going to schools and bringing their mats on their backpack if they can acquire it at home.

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Yoga for Beginners, A Good Place to Start!

If you've been dealing with some health challenges, or have not been exercising or stretching much recently, you can still begin your yoga practice in an easy, enjoyable way!

Yoga does not have to be difficult for it to effectively manage and relieve pain! Find out why today is a good day to start your yoga practice!

The easier "schools" of yoga include: Kripalu Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Integral Yoga and Iyengar Yoga. Please note that Iyengar yoga can be gentle or rigorous depending on your teacher!

Here is a brief list of Yoga Classes to avoid if you're seeking a gentle way to learn Yoga. The classes that are physically rigorous, and thus not ideal for beginners (unless you're a real athlete already) are:
Power Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga with Weights, and Bikram Yoga aka Hot Yoga.

The good news is that you can reap the benefits of yoga, whether you take a gentle class or a rigorous class. These benefits include: stretching and strengthening both body & mind, finding your balance in more ways than one, and taking time to breathe deeply, relax, and enjoy life in the present moment.

So, how can you start your Yoga practice? Simply call the Yoga Centers and Health Clubs nearest your home and ask them about the kinds of yoga classes they offer. Ask them if they offer a Yoga Class for Beginners. Most Yoga Centers make a point of doing this!

Then you can follow-up by trying different Yoga teachers and Yoga Classes in your neighborhood and finding at least 2 per week that fit your schedule.

Finally, you can purchase a Yoga DVD, either online or at your local health food store. Please be sure that it includes gentle, easy poses that are good for beginners! This can help you jump start your daily practice at home.

For more information about upcoming easy Yoga DVDs, you are welcome to contact hannahyoga@yahoo.com so that you can be informed when the new DVDs are ready!

Now, just a bit of "Yoga Lingo" for you as you start your own personal Yoga Journey: the word "Namaste!" is often said at the beginning and end of yoga classes. It means, "I salute the light within you!"

May you be peaceful and well! Namaste!

Hannah Caratti provides tools, instruction, and information about methods of relieving pain and stress through techniques related to the ancient science of Yoga.

Soccer and Yoga Make a Great Team

It may seem that yoga do not have much in common, but yoga can really help improve your soccer game. Yoga is great for the young and the old, women and men... and even soccer players. Some men have avoided yoga because they think of it has a women’s trend, and that it certainly isn’t a sport. That’s right, yoga isn’t a "sport," but practicing yoga can certainly improve how well you play in whichever sport you do play.

Yoga and people who do yoga are certainly not to be laughed at – yoga can be very difficult. Not everyone can do all of the poses, and some poses take years before your body has learned to do them correctly. And, contrary to some people’s belief, you can even break a sweat during yoga, especially if you are practicing Bikram yoga. Bikram yoga is yoga performed in a room heated up to 100 degrees Farenheit! Your body becomes more flexible in the heat.

Yoga emphasizes balance, flexibility and mental discipline. Yoga is not just for the body but for the mind, too. Sports are about the mind, too, but sometimes people can forget that. Sometimes people concentrate too much on a skill out on the field but fail to picture it in their minds. Mental imagery can really prepare someone for soccer.

Yoga also loosens the muscles and takes pressure off of your joints. It can really keep you fit. Simple yoga exercises are a great way to loosen up before or after a game or practice.

The amount of injuries that a team has can also be reduced if that team practices yoga. Yoga strengthens muscles in a way that makes it harder to injure them later.

Before you scoff at the idea of doing yoga in addition to your soccer practices, you should try it. Yoga and soccer make a great team, and they can also make your team better. Why not try this ancient art?

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, fitness, and home decor. Her background includes teaching and gardening. For more of her articles on soccer, please visit Soccer Gear and Info.

Yoga Positions – Positioning Yourself For Health

Yoga – the ancient art of breathing and stretching – has long been favored as a natural way to achieve optimal fitness and ward off stress. Today, more and more people are turning to yoga to help them achieve what traditional exercise has not – a mind/body connection that offers a greater level of health and inner peace.

Yoga positions consist of holding certain postures of the body while performing deep and precise breathing techniques. There are many types of yoga practice to which different people prescribe but there is a common thread that unites all sects of yoga. They all have various postures or positions that are common to yoga in general.

Some common yoga positions include:

Seated Yoga Position – Seated yoga positions often focus on learning disciplined breathing techniques. Participants sit cross legged in an erect position and learn to control their diaphragm and let their breathing work for them.

Standing Yoga Position – Standing yoga positions concentrates on improving flexibility and spinal alignment while still utilizing breathing techniques.

Supine Yoga Position - Supine yoga positions lengthen and strengthen the spinal column thus benefiting parts of the back.

Belly Down Yoga Position - Belly down yoga positions concentrate on abs and upper body strength. Participants are asked to lift themselves from the ground and perform a series of stretch positions in a fluid motion.

Balancing Yoga Position - Balancing yoga positions improve flexibility and strengthen back and abdominal muscles. Holding a particular position for an extended period of time while balancing body weight uses muscles much more then you would think.

Twisting Yoga Position - Twisting yoga positions stretch the body – most significantly the spinal column.

Yoga can be a wonderful way to tone your body, increase flexibility, improve cardiovascular function, and lower stress. Research yoga online or turn to professionals who practice and teach yoga. A local class can be just the thing to turn you on to the benefits of yoga positions.

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Feeling Run Down? Need To Have Some Fun? Try Yoga, Of Any Type

Although Yoga is extremely well known as a health and relaxation and entertaining discipline, it is not so well known that there are quite a number of different types of Yoga. And for anyone considering taking up Yoga it is important to understand these different Yoga types. All Yoga styles will work well as a general health and fitness discipline, but you may want to investigate the different disciplines of Yoga if you are intending to be more involved in your Yoga.

So before taking your first Yoga class find out a bit about what style of Yoga it teaches. There are in fact many different styles, some similar to others, but there are not so many well known and fashionable styles of Yoga.

Bikram Yoga, or what is known as Hot Yoga, in certainly a well known and modern style of Yoga, and popular now. It is a style of Yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury and has some detractors. As Yoga involves various routines and body postures, and this style is no different in that respect. There are a series of 26 poses in the normal Bikram Yoga routine. They are performed in an extremely hot room and this is thought to improve the relaxation effect of the routines and to help cleanse the body.

Another very popular style of Yoga is Hatha Yoga. This is one of the most likely forms of Yoga that you will come across if you are looking for Yoga classes. It includes many of the basic Yoga poses which are used in many of the Yoga styles. These are performed in an extremely slow way, and this style is therefore not extremely strenuous. Hatha is therefore a good Yoga style for those who are new to Yoga, or for those who are less flexible.

Another extremely well known form of Yoga is Vinyasa Yoga. This is also one of the most likely forms of Yoga that would be offered by the more common Yoga classes. It is a style founded on a series of stretches known as the Sun Salutations. As with many Yoga styles it incorporates and emphasis the importance of controlled breathing and adherents attempt to synchronise their breathing with each of the movements. It can be faster than Hatha Yoga and often requires a more advanced degree of fitness and flexibility than Hatha Yoga.

There are many other forms of Yoga, however if you are a Yoga beginner then these are some of the most common forms that you will encounter if you are looking for Yoga classes.

Whatever style you ultimately choose, Yoga is a discipline that has many advantages to your physical and mental health. It is fun and satisfying, and if you are considering taking up Yoga you will not be disappointed. Give it a go.

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Yoga For Healthy Life

Yoga position Relieve from depression, stress, and tension required regular practice of yoga. Yoga is the best exercise to get rid from the disease.

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word meaning join or unite. This implies union between body, mind and soul of the individual to achieve the good health and well being. There are 8 disciplines of yoga which includes

1. Asanas - practice of the yoga postures or position.
2. Dharana- concentration or focus
3. Dhyana- meditation
4. Pranayama- Breathing technique
5. Niyama- Principles of self conduct: purity, self-surrender and satisfaction.
6. Samadhi- the state of higher consciousness where the individual dissolves in the meditation
7. Yama- Universal ethics like sexual restraint, non-stealing, truthfulness, non-violence.
8. Pratyahara- Control of Sense

These are the disciplines of yoga but if person do regular practice of yoga position, meditation and breathing technique. He will get rid from all disease like depression, stress, back pain, high blood pressure, obesity etc.

The yoga position or postures can be classified into the seven categories like

1. Standing yoga position - Chair Position, Eagle Position
2. Forward bends - Child's Position
3. Sitting yoga position - lotus position, Bound Angle Position
4. Lying position -- Corpse position, Fish Position
5. Twisting yoga position
6. Upside down yoga position
7. Back bending yoga position

Research proved that regular practice of yoga position, breathing techniques has many benefits like weight reduction, blood pressure normalize, immune power increase, increase of concentration, increase flexibility of body, detoxification of body system. Scientific experiement proved that yoga and breathing exercise releive stress, tension and calm the body. breathing exercise is the most effective exercise to control the asthama, depression and cool the nervous system

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Bikram Yoga

Yoga is at least about 5,000 years old. The Hindus of the Indus valley civilization developed yoga as a practical device to unite the individual self with the Brahman, the universal self. It was codified about 2,000 years back into a system by Patanjali in his work ‘Yoga Sutra.’

His yoga, known as Ashtanga Yoga (or eight-limbed yoga) came to be the authority on yogic practice. These eight limbs are to be practiced in sequence to achieve its spiritual end. In the modern age yoga came to be understood as ‘Hatha Yoga,’ which practices the third and fourth limbs of Ashtanga Yoga - Asanas and Pranayama.

Hatha Yoga, meaning sun-moon yoga, aims to unite the active and passing energies of the human beings. It harmonizes the body-mind relationship, and achieves a balance. The body becomes supple and strong. The mind relaxes and the stress eases. The internal systems, such as blood circulation, nervous system, digestive system and the endocrine system, are improved.

There are many systems of ‘Hatha Yoga,’ such as Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Vini Yoga, Integral Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and Bikram Yoga. Basically they hold postures that exercise the system. It is formulated by different teachers, giving importance to different aspects of Hatha Yoga.

Bikram Choudhry, the founder of Bikram Yoga, was born in Kolkatta in 1946. He became a disciple of Bishnu Gosh, the brother of Paramahamsa Yogananda, at the age of four. His mastery of the Hatha Yoga technique was so good that he continuously won the Indian Yoga championship, and retired undefeated at a very young age. Bikram started many training centers for yoga, on the direction of his master Bishnu Gosh. Later, he founded his own system of yoga known as Bikram Yoga.

Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures, done inside a heated room. The temperature is maintained at about 90 – 100o. This warms the body naturally, and the postures are easily accomplished. The series starts with standing postures, backward bends, forward bends and twists. Each posture is repeated twice. The full routine takes about 90 minutes.

Bikram has a school in Los Angeles where teachers impart yoga practice. He also travels throughout America organizing workshops and seminars.

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Yoga Certification in Kansas City

With Kansas City as your home, you enjoy a bustling city full of nightlife, entertainment and culture. In a city that has so much to offer, what are you offering yourself? If you feel stuck in your job and find yourself in a lifestyle rut, then maybe it’s time for you to get your yoga instructor certification in Kansas City. Yoga instructor certification training can get you up and moving again in a city that is top notch.

If you think that yoga certification in Kansas City isn’t possible for you, think again! With flexible certification classes being offered in your city, yoga training is quick and easy. In no time at all you can be living a dream life with more options than you could have imagined!

Yoga is a fantastic way to express yourself and also reap many health benefits in the process. Just imagine working with yoga all day! Your health will benefit, but your wallet will too. With a great market for yoga studios, yoga certification in Kansas City and surrounding locations can be very lucrative. Your training will pay off in no time at all!

If living yoga on a regular basis sounds just heavenly, then you are a prime student for yoga certification in Kansas City. Whether you choose to teach yoga workshops, or shorter classes on a more regular basis, you’ll be away from the desk and on your yoga mat where you belong! Get certified today and all this will become your perfect reality!

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your mind and body and get in shape as well as a great way to unwind after a long day. Whatever your yoga and meditation supplies and supply needs, we have the information and resources to point you in the right direction. We have yoga music, mats, clothes, pants, videos and journals as well as information on the different yoga poses, postures and the history of yoga. If you are interested in becoming a yoga instructor learn more about yoga workshops in your city or state.

Yoga Teacher Certification or Registration - Part 2

What about established Yoga teachers who don’t have a diploma? Yoga teaching credentials are a relatively new concept. Many “seasoned” Yoga teachers have suddenly found themselves in need of credentials.

Most of the certified Yoga teachers are from Hatha Yoga, one of Hatha Yoga’s many sub-styles, or Kundalini Yoga. This may be due to the physical aspect of these Yoga styles. Yoga teachers, who are without credentials, should contact a certifying body to inquire about recognition or credit for past experience.

What is the “right’’ Yoga credential to have? There really is no right or wrong Yoga credential. A Yoga teacher should have a minimum of 200 hours of study. The Yoga teacher course selected should cover all the facets of Yoga, but when considering liability, anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, safety, modifications, props, and contraindications are of prime importance.

When I hire a Yoga teacher; safety, communication, and knowledge override any credentials. The teaching performance within a Yoga class is more important than any other factor. This is why some Yoga studios do an evaluation of a new Yoga teacher on a trial basis.

When should I become a Registered Yoga teacher? The fact is you don’t have to join a Yoga teacher’s association or become a registered Yoga teacher, to teach Yoga in any country. In Great Britain, you have a choice to register with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) or The Independent Yoga Network. Until recently, I thought BWY was the sole regulator of Yoga within the UK. Apparently this is a myth.

Some studios may require you to be a registered Yoga teacher, but most will not. In North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and most of Europe, Yoga teachers are not required to be registered. However, certification may be required.

Who regulates Yoga?

There is no government backed regulator of Yoga. If you are in doubt, contact a local Yoga teachers association to be assured of local laws and regulations.

It is a wise practice to network with local Yoga teachers and Yoga teacher associations. This will keep you informed and educated about the changes within Yoga. You will also learn about workshops, seminars, retreats, and Yoga camps that are coming to your area.

Lastly, Yoga teachers should stay on top of information concerning sports medicine, anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, safety, modifications, and contraindications. The safety of every Yoga student is the single most important factor involved in teaching Yoga.

© Copyright 2006 by Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center, in North Providence, RI. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995. He is a master instructor of martial arts, with multiple Black Belts, four martial arts teaching credentials, and was recently inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness to children, adults, and seniors in the greater Providence area. Recently he wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students, who may be considering a new career as a Yoga teacher. http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/index.html

Yoga- What Are The Different Types Of Yoga?

There are many people who are doing yoga these days. Yoga can offer different things to different people. You can use it to enhance your mind and spirituality. You can also use it to help you get into shape and be toned and supple. There are many types of yoga that you can do. Depending on what it is you are trying to accomplish will determine what type of yoga is better for you.

Some of the types of yoga are more physical than others. They there are some that are more spiritual. Yoga is used for things such as a stress related illness, fatigue, migraines, depression, PMS, arthritis, back pain, aging, and mobility problems. These are just a few of the problems that yoga can help a person with. Yoga is also good to help you enhance your spirituality.

You need to know what you are trying to accomplish so that you can find the right type of yoga for you. So it is very important for you to know why you want to do yoga.

For the people who want to get into better shape:

Hatha yoga – This is where you use controlled stretching that emphasizes the developing of a flexible spine. This is a good type of yoga for all levels of fitness.

Vini yoga – This is better yoga for people who are older. It is safe to do and is a gentle form or yoga. The teacher for this type of yoga is called a Desikachar.

For those of you who like physical yoga:

Lyenger yoga – This form of yoga sometimes uses blocks and ropes because it focuses on correct postures.

Sivananda yoga – This is the best type for people of all ages. This yoga will cover a wide range of poses that go from simple to complex.

Ashtanga yoga – This is also referred to as power yoga. You don’t want to do this type unless you like very demanding yoga. Only the people who are very fit will want to attempt this type of yoga. For the people who want to be more spiritual:

Raja yoga – This is the best known as royal yoga. When you want a yoga that is more concerned with the mind then this is the right type of yoga for you.

Dru yoga – This type of yoga is usually done in a group. It is perfect for those of you that want to concentrate on breathing.

Jnana yoga – This is the best type of yoga for people who are seeking a deeper level to their life. This yoga is more about the philosophical aspects. It is more meditative and spiritual than any other type of yoga.

Now that you know what the different types of yoga are you will want to know what you want to accomplish with your yoga. The types of yoga can help you in a lot of ways to improve your life and your physical well being. So use yoga to your benefit.

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Yoga as a Lifestyle

A person interested in health and wellness should take a look at what yoga can offer. They may be surprised to find that many of the beliefs they held about yoga are not true. Many people underestimate yoga as a way to better their health and wellness. However, many others have found the truth and are living a healthier and happy yoga lifestyle.

Yoga is a low impact workout, but can also offer an aerobic workout. There are some forms of yoga that offer an amazing workout for the cardiovascular system. The focus on breathing and intense poses give the body an unbelievable workout that can be compared to almost any aerobic workout.

Yoga is great for a person of any fitness level. Poses can be modified for a beginner and advanced for someone more experienced. It is an exercise routine that can grow with a person. It is varied and there are many different types of yoga, so a person will not become bored.

Yoga is an exceptional fitness activity for health and wellness. Yoga is the exercise where breathing and stretching take the forefront. A person practicing yoga is working both their mind and body to bring about an overall good sense of health and wellness. Many see yoga as a lifestyle more than an exercise regime because it is so easy to cross over into daily life.

Yoga involves poses and breathing. A person works through various poses, while concentrating on breathing and relaxing. It works the body by manipulating and stretching it and it works the mind by relaxing and clearing it.

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Yoga traditionally conjures up images of long hair, loin cloths and incense burning in a darkened room with strange music playing! It had an almost cultish persona. Nowadays your gran is quite likely to tuck her Yoga mat under her arm and head on down to the local gym for an hour of Yoga and meditation. Yoga is coming out of the darkened room and is being embraced in it many forms by old and young alike.

Yoga originated in India. It is considered one of the most ancient forms of self-improvement exercise in history. Yoga was formally documented around 200BC by one of India's most famous Yoga masters, Patanjali, who wrote the 'Yoga Sutras'.

Traditionally though, the ancient art of Yoga is passed down from Master to student and so on.However, throughout the years, Yoga has undergone many changes and new streams of Yoga have been developed from the original sources.

Also, during history, when India was invaded, many texts that documented Yoga techniques and teachings were destroyed.It was not until the early 1900 century that Yoga was revived by Yoga Master Tirumalai Krishamacharya, known as a 'Yogi'. Following this time, Yoga began to become a World Wide exercise that has since been embraced by millions of people as a way of life.

Essentially, traditional Yoga is made up of eight limbs that represent ethics, the physical body, breathing, consciousness, concentration, meditation and God. There are also five 'Yamas', which a 'Yogi', Yoga teacher, must adhere to, which are, non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, fidelity to God and non-grasping, meaning not being attached to material possessions.

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Online Yoga Certification Courses

If you are interested in becoming a yoga instructor, but for one reason or another aren't able to complete training classes in person due to schedule conflicts or other various reasons, an online yoga certification course just might be for you. Through a website specifically created for yoga training classes, you can get the certification you desire in a more convenient way. Now nothing can stand in the way of your yoga instructing dream!

Online yoga certification courses are great for busy parents, college students and those who work full time. Anyone who doesn't have a lot of free time can benefit from a convenient yoga home study certification. Training via an accredited school's website will allow you to keep your day job and still focus on your family while working toward yoga certification.

Those individuals living in more remote areas or with limited transportation will really appreciate an online yoga certification course. Even if your area is a great place for a yoga studio, there may not be top notch yoga training programs readily available to you. Online training for your yoga certification means you don't have to sacrifice anything. Your training will be the best around with great online yoga instructor training.

Online yoga certification courses mean you can have the life you want, whoever you are. From single mothers to busy high school seniors and small town dwellers with big dreams, yoga training is available and easier than ever. Your yoga certification and new life are just a click away!

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your mind and body and get in shape as well as a great way to unwind after a long day. Whatever your yoga clothes and equipment needs, we have the information and resources to point you in the right direction. We have yoga music, mats, clothes, pants, videos and journals as well as information on the different yoga techniques, postures and the history of yoga. If you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher learn more about yoga instructor certifications in your city or state.

Yoga Shoes And Supplies

Yoga is a fun hobby and a way of life for many. Whether you are a life-long fan of yoga, or just starting to get into the rewarding sport, you will need good supplies. Some items are required in order to do yoga, other things are optional. Our review of yoga shoes and supplies with get you started. Let us help you decide what equipment you need.

Our first subject in yoga shoes and supplies are yoga shoes. The type of shoes you need depends on what kind of yoga you are doing. If you are participating in a simple or beginner’s style of yoga, you really don't need shoes at all. If you do a more advanced and physical type of yoga, such as Bikram Yoga, you should consider investing in a good pair of athletic shoes. On the other hand, if you do a type of yoga that is somewhere in the middle, you might consider using a soft dancing shoe or simple athletic shoe.

Our second subject in yoga shoes and supplies are the basic equipment needs. Anyone who does yoga should have a yoga mat, no matter what level or style of yoga they are doing. You can find these quite affordably at most department and sporting goods stores. It is also important to have good clothing. Comfortable, loose fitting, stretchy pants or shorts, and cotton T-shirts, tanks or sweaters are best. Socks are optional, as are shoes.

Our final subject in yoga shoes and supplies are advanced equipment needs. You may choose to use all or none of these items. One of these items is a yoga ball. These large inflatable balls are great for a number of yoga exercises. You might be able to purchase one of these in a kit with a yoga mat if you prefer. Other types of equipment include books and videos for instructional use and additional clothing items if desired.

Chinese slippers and Oriental sandals are a great accessory. Whether it's just for the bedroom, spa and around the house or a stylish addition to an outfit during the summer, Japanese and Chinese inspired shoes and slippers are a great idea. Buy authentic geta or zori sandals or cheaper replicas are available in the United States. For yoga shoes and equipment visit Universal Yoga.

Yoga Is for Everybody

Everyone can benefit from Yoga, regardless of age, weight, build or experience. The practice of Yoga is believed to lead to: stress reduction, increased energy and awareness, increased flexibility, focused mind and strong body.

There are many types of yoga, some with more emphasis on the physical part of the practice and some with a more spiritual approach, some that will make you sweat and some where you'd spend half a class holding the same posture. There is a type of yoga for anyone.

Yoga is an ancient proven tradition that exists for thousands of years and also one of the most ancient cultural heritages in India.

As a beginner in yoga the main peice of equipment you need is your body. Clothing should be practical, and comfortable. You can purchase yoga pants and tops, however it is not necessary. You may want to take a jacket, once you have finished the class, you make need it. Also take along a bottle of water. When first joining a class, check if they will provide the yoga mat for you. As you get more advanced there are yoga props you can buy, however depending on the style of yoga practised, this may not be needed.

Whether it is a lesson plan, trying mantras, Hot Yoga, Gentle Yoga, a pro shop, or trying anything new, it is better to make mistakes than do nothing at all.

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History of Yoga

Yoga is a union of body, mind, and spirit. The history of yoga is long and steeped in tradition. Yoga is an ancient system of health and fitness which originated in India. The word yoga has its first mention in the Rig Veda, the oldest of the sacred texts. Those that study Yoga estimate it's age to be four thousand year.

The history of Yoga can be divided into four main periods which are the pre-classical period, classical period, post-classical period and modern period. In the history of yoga, the book is called the yoga sutras. The history of yoga would not have been completed in the classical stage of yoga.

The word Yoga literally meant the Yolk that joins something together, such as an ox to a cart. The idea is that yoga unites all aspects of being into one.

What most people envision to be Yoga, those contortionist postures, is really only one small aspect of a much larger field of practices. The methods of yoga includes ethical disciplines, physical postures, breathing control and as well as meditation.

The 20th century witnessed a renaissance of yoga that caused a globalization of this ancient tradition. Modern approaches to yoga have created a clear delineation between the Hindu religion and the practice of yoga. Through the practice of yoga, an individual can gain information about physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being.

Over the long history of yoga, different schools have emerged, and there are numerous examples branches and philosophies that have spawned. Ultimately, all agree on one common element the fundamental purpose of yoga is to foster harmony in the body, mind, and environment.

Today yoga is accepted as a comprehensive exercise to promote control of the body and mind. More than just a means of being fit and trim, yoga can help you live a healthy, whole, and empowered life. In recent decades, yoga has greatly and swiftly evolved. Yoga is the most diversified spiritual practice in the world. The living tradition of yoga now recognizes no borders as it continues to spread globally.

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Teaching Hatha Yoga - Student Retention Tips

What separates successful Yoga teachers from the rest? Yoga studios and ashrams are founded on a core of students who keep coming back to classes. We often refer to this as “student retention.” Let’s look at some methods to keep your students coming back for more Yoga classes.

Learn new techniques and integrate them into your Yoga classes. Many Yoga teachers think about changing asana sequencing to spice up their classes. You should also teach your students more Pranayama and meditation techniques. The eight limbs of Yoga, described by Patanjali, should all be covered in your classes, so that your students are familiar with the many aspects of Yoga.

Observe and develop empathy for your students. Some Yoga teachers still have issues with the use of props. In truth, we are all aging at this moment. A Yoga teacher, who cannot teach the elderly, the handicapped, or any student with limited range of motion, is also handicapped.

If Yoga teachers require students to be elite athletes, they should be coaching Olympic gymnasts. Coaching Olympians is a noble profession and worthy of note, but it has nothing to do with teaching Yoga to the average person, who wants to learn Yoga.

There is a huge population that attends Yoga for stress and anxiety. The Yoga teacher, without compassion, is not helping anyone by barking out commands in a “Brutal Boot Camp Yoga Class.” Some students do want these Yoga classes. However, these classes should be clearly labeled for new Yoga students and the unsuspecting public, who want to attend for the purpose of managing stress.

© Copyright 2007 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, has written many books on the subject of Yoga. He is a co-owner and the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at: Aura Wellness Center, in Attleboro, MA. http://www.riyoga.com He has been a certified Master Yoga Teacher since 1995. To receive a Free Yoga e-Book: "Yoga in Practice," and a Free Yoga Newsletter, please visit: http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/index.html