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.
Spring is the perfect time to start anew, tossing away old things that are no longer serving us in a positive way, making room for growth & change. With it's new life and new energy, springtime gives us the perfect opportunity to give ourselves a nice deep cleaning - mind, body, and soul. By shedding the things that are no longer serving us, we make room for the new things the universe is just waiting to give us. This cleansing of our life brings forth new transformations in our yoga practice, both on and off the mat.
Cleanliness, known as saucha, is one of the five niyamas, or personal observances, of the Eight Limb Path of Yoga. As translated by T.K.V. Desikachar, Patanjali says, “When cleanliness is developed, it reveals wh...
Valentine’s Day isn’t just candy in heart-shaped boxes and all things romantic. It’s a holiday about love and a great day to remember to love someone you are around 24/7—YOU!
Valentine’s Day may only come around once a year, but if you can start loving yourself daily, your entire life can change. Love fuels positivity. If you want a more fulfilling and happier year, start from a place of love.
Practice positivity. Be on your own side. We have about 60,000 thoughts a day and studies show most of those thoughts are negative. Why would you want to live from such a negative place? Practice gratitude daily—from the tiniest things (like that cup of coffee) to the big stuff (how well your child is doing). Think about what’s going right in your life. Foc...
Butternut squash, red lentils, and sweet potato are wrapped in a lightly sweet and creamy coconut and tomato broth accented with spicy notes of turmeric, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and garlic. Apple cider vinegar provides a tangy brightness to bring everything together. This stew tastes better the next day once the flavors have had a chance to mingle; if you can make it the day before serving, I’d highly recommend it!
For the stew:
-2 tablespoons (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
-1 medium onion, diced (about 2 cups/280 g)
-3 to 4 large garlic cloves, minced
-3 cups (400 g) peeled, seeded, and diced butternut squash*
-1 large sweet potato (450 g), peeled and diced (2 1/2 cups/340 g...
Every time the calendar turns to a new year, millions of Americans make a resolution, get up from their couches and get healthy.
And that commitment to get in shape lasts — for a month or two. Alas, 73 percent of all people who make New Year’s fitness resolutions eventually return to their slothful ways, according to a study from Harris Interactive.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Following are six tips for keeping your New Year’s resolution to get fit.
1. Keep your goals small and specific
Getting in shape can be a daunting task, which is why it’s often best to set small, specific and — above all else — realistic goals at the beginning of your journey.
Too many people set overly ambitious goals that do not allow for the occasional...
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...