April 18, 2018

The hassles and struggles of life can beat the best of us down.  Stress and lack of time to take care of ourselves can wreak slow havoc on our immune systems, our memory, our mood, and our sense of well-being.

Remembering not to forget, keeping track of busy work schedules, and managing our home life takes a toll on our mental elasticity. Cast yourself back to your childhood, when things were simpler and the worries were few. Enjoyment of simple pleasures was richer, and the world seemed a much safer place.

It’s like highway robbery, living life with every twist and turn attempting to rob us of perspective, peace, and security.

Even “normal” events we face day in and day out can lead to high blood pressure, increase our risk of developing cancer, d...

June 1, 2017

     In the West, women tend to dominate the scene in yoga studios. However, Yoga was initially founded in India as physically demanding exercises for men. Today, Professional athletes in all sports, soldiers, police, and fire/rescue workers are among the 3.5 million men who regularly practice yoga. Yoga has been shown to improve flexibility, strength and stamina, while reducing stress and increasing focus and awareness. Yoga also helps with injury prevention and rehabilitation post-injury (make sure to tell your instructor of any ailments before class).

     There are some common misconceptions about yoga:

- "Yoga requires flexibility." In truth, flexibility is one of the benefits of a consistent practice. Men tend t...

April 14, 2017

What is yoga nidra?

Yoga nidra combines a body scan with breath awareness, and adds a visual and sense component. It’s often called yogic sleep, because it induces states of mind that are between being asleep and being awake, resulting in deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Most of the elements and principles of yoga nidra originally come from traditional teachings on yoga, breath awareness, and the koshas, and many teachers have created their own approach to the practice. There are eight stages to Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, and as you move through the stages, you’re also moving through the five koshas, or layers, of your being. Each stage opens the doorway to the next stage, as you move deeper into relaxation.

What are the physiological effects of yo...

December 27, 2016

While the holiday season can be filled with joy, it can also be a stressful time of year. You may be worried about traveling, money, buying gifts, or even dealing with uncomfortable family situations. Yoga can help with a variety of techniques that can ease your holiday stress and worry.

Anxiety, panic attacks and high blood pressure can all result from stress during the holiday season. One of the easiest ways to reduce this stress is to simply relax, but for many this is far easier said than done. Fortunately, yoga can help teach you to relax and to stay calm and collected in tough situations, while also fostering a sense of happiness and harmony. Yoga strengthens both the mind and body. There are different types of yoga and those which emphasiz...

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