Rise and Shine! Yoga Poses to Wake You Up

by GuruYoga 3. May 2015 23:40
Need something more powerful than caffeine to wake you up and rejuvenate you right at 7a.m. in the morning? How about you try yoga! Every yoga instructor you will come across in the morning hours will be much more energetic than the rest of us. Ever wondered why? Well, because unlike caffeine, yoga has the potential to keep you up and energetic in the long run giving your body a jumpstart if you practice a few poses as soon as you wake up. Getting up early is really tough for some people, and thinking about rising and shining is totally out of question. But with yoga, you can actually boost your physical energy, wake your mind up, and feel as refreshed as ever. Here, we will discuss some effective yoga poses that will help you kick start your day with a high energy dose. A little tip for beginners – don’t forget your yoga props to enhance your overall early morning yoga session! Here are two of the most effective poses to begin your day with: Table Top Variation Get... [More]

Tags:

New Kids on the Block – Modern Variations on Ancient Practice

by GuruYoga 27. April 2015 02:26
While it is true that the way yoga paradigm has significantly changed in recent years as to what it used to be traditionally. The change isn’t necessarily bad though. In fact, if you really pay attention to the popular beliefs about yoga and compare it with how it used to be, you will find that the modifications were much required and really adaptable for how we live our lives today. It is sad to see that modern yoga – which offers much more than just spiritual healing – does not get the respect and recognition it deserves. Researchers believe that the modernization of the traditional yoga that occurred in this time is definitely a beneficial deal. The inception of yoga was based on the belief of how certain moves can provide you spiritual healing. Today, it is also about body postures, fitness, and balancing. One cannot ignore the fact that things and our lifestyles have also dramatically changed since then, and we require modernized, modified versions to keep up w... [More]

Tags:

Cold Yoga or Hot Yoga – The Right Temperature for Your Yoga Practice

by GuruYoga 20. April 2015 01:16
Beginners or newcomers who have never practiced yoga before find it surprising that the practice involves different types of temperature and styles – hot yoga and cold yoga. So if you are wondering the right temperature or ideal range for yoga practice, it is important that you learn about both these types and determine which one you would like to go with.  Hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga, has recently been on the rise in terms of popularity. However, it may not be the most suitable temperature for you. Similarly, some yoga enthusiasts always perform cold yoga and are satisfied with the results while others may not find it very effective. Learn about both the types and decide accordingly. What is Hot Yoga? Hot yoga is performed in a controlled environment – i.e. where the studio or yoga setup is heated about 90° Fahrenheit or higher than that. The humidity level of the studio is adjusted to 40% or higher. This climatic controlled environment is considered ... [More]

Tags:

Choosing the Right Meditation Cushion – Why All Yogis Should Have a Zafu Pillow

by GuruYoga 14. April 2015 04:39
The Zafu Pillow is a traditional yoga prop. It is basically a round cushion, pleated from all the angles. [More]

Tags:

Choosing the Right Meditation Cushion – Why All Yogis Should Have a Zafu Pillow

by GuruYoga 6. April 2015 21:02
Choosing the right meditation pillow or cushion for your practice depends on certain factors such as meditation posture, comfort, proper alignment, as well as the feel and look of the pillow. Why Is A Meditation Pillow Necessary? Every person who performs yoga or meditation should have a suitable meditation pillow. This is because a normal human body is neither predictably curved nor totally flat. Without providing proper support to your body, it will succumb to the surface shape on which it rests. Sitting on the floor without proper support for prolonged hours can cause the hips, legs, shoulders, head, and spine to misalign which ultimately can cause a lot of discomfort.  Yoga props such as yoga bolster, yoga blankets, zafu pillows,   v-shaped cushions and other props can improve your comfort as well as your posture during the meditation. Just like any other practice, such as cooking, performing the right meditation requires proper yoga props and tools to ensure the y... [More]

Tags:

Yoga Props in Focus: Yoga Sandbags for Vitality and Strength

by GuruYoga 27. March 2015 21:00
Having your own yoga sandbag is indeed an effective way to achieve your yoga goals to feel self-fulfillment, strength and vitality. While the ancient Hindu art of yoga is gaining continuous popularity, you will now find various yoga props, tools and accessories out in the market today. Yoga is a first-time thing for everyone at some point. And relying on yoga props and accessories to achieve the right poses is a wise decision. Of course, you don’t want any injuries in the first few attempts that scare you away from this wonderful practice. Therefore, it is very important that you find the right yoga props and enhance your posturing tenfold. The reason why you need a sandbag in your life is the way it facilitates the ability to perform the challenging poses effectively and safely. As far as the history is concerned, the yoga practice initiated in India during 500 B.C.E. Yoga is considered an effective practice of connecting with one’s inner thoughts, or soul. But these ... [More]

Tags:

Yoga Props in Focus: Few Great Reasons to Love Your Bolster

by GuruYoga 24. March 2015 20:59
One great thing about yoga is that it does not require a lot of expensive yoga props to offer you all the benefits. All you need are some comfortable yoga clothes and a yoga mat and you are good to go. However, there’s one yoga prop that would magically make your overall yoga experience much more worthwhile and effective – the yoga bolster. This humble yoga prop is all you need in your life to perform some challenging poses without difficulty. So here are some reasons why you will fall in love with this particular yoga prop: Not only a yoga bolster supports your body weight but you can also enjoy the benefits of certain yoga poses without putting any additional effort. Poses that you couldn’t perform earlier due to lack of flexibility are now all in your reach. Using a bolster means your body will now be more receptive to the benefits than ever. A yoga bolster is the best place to rest after a strenuous yoga routine. It feels fantastic to find a comfortable... [More]

Tags:

Creating the ultimate yoga mixtape

by GuruYoga 19. March 2015 15:04
  The benefits of listening to music during a yoga is a constant source of debate. Some traditional yogis believe that total  silence is necessary; on the other hand, some yoga teachers believe that given the right conditions, music can help their students relax and feel more comfortable. In other words, it's more of a personal choice. If you're the type who likes music with your yoga, here are some recommendations. For Flow or Vinyasa Yoga Sessions: As its more popular nickname implies. Vinyasa involves flowing movements; practitioners shift from poses as they inhale or exhale, making it almost seem like a dance. Laid-back, smooth songs and a great soundtrack to Vinyasa yoga. "The Crossing" by Menahan Street Band "A Walk" by Tycho "El Hotel de Adan" by Eumir Deodato "It Ain't Easy (Shanghai Restoration Project)" by  Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet For Ashtanga or Power Yoga: To match music to power yoga's combination of t... [More]

Tags:

Cinematic Inspiration – Movies every yogi should watch

by GuruYoga 17. March 2015 03:03
Cinematic Inspiration – Movies every yogi should watch Although doing yoga is both relaxing and fun, even the most dedicated yogi must take a break from his asanas. And there are few things better than sitting back on the couch, propping one's feet up and watching a movie. Anything's fair game, from that movie everybody's been talking about to classics from the MGM-era. But, if you're the type who wants something  meditative and explores similar philosophies as you would learn doing yoga, here are some titles you won't want to miss. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdRkhD_hmo0This gorgeous movie is a departure from South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's usual works, which are generally violent in theme. The movie depicts various segments in the life of a novice monk living in an isolated monastery floating on a lake. The artfully-shot film is sort of a coming-of-age story that inspires reflection on the beauty of nature and lif... [More]

Tags:

Becoming a Great Yoga Teacher – What Qualities Do You Need

by GuruYoga 13. March 2015 14:32
People often ask us what qualities you need to become a great yoga teacher. Well, the answer cannot be summed up into one line. There are many qualities you need to have to stand proud as a great yoga teacher. This is what we have summed up for you:   Mind and Body Presence – A great yoga teacher does not have to convey this quality – this is something you feel when he or she enters the room. This is an indescribable quality that a great yogi must have. It’s the energy that can energize anybody. They have the mind and body presence that makes you feel welcome, easy and motivated. In order to become a great yoga teacher, make sure you carry your spiritual energy to the class every time. Availability for Assistance – “What can I provide?” or “How Can I Help” is the attitude you should carry at all times. Your students are looking up to you. You might be training a set of people including both pros and beginners. You need to ... [More]

Tags: