Through the use of props, breathwork, and connecting the physical with the experiential, true strength and flexibility can be achieved over time. This power of inflexibility should not be underestimated and can be a powerful tool in one’s asana practice.
Compassionately Understanding the Unique Challenges of Everyone’s Body
It is important that as teachers and practitioners we make the effort to understand why certain poses may feel more difficult for certain people and how we can best serve their individual needs. With an open heart and mindful attention, we can create a safe and supportive environment for everyone’s unique healing.
The Practice of Asana: Reflection, Conviction, and Ahimsa
engaging in an asana practice, regardless if it is active or only thought-based, can provide an individual with greater insight into the power of yoga and into themselves.
The Healing Power of Yoga: How Yoga Can Help Heal the Heart
Yoga has the immense potential to help people suffering from heart disease to achieve physical and emotional health. By carefully incorporating asana practice, meditation and self-reflection, yogis are better equipped to make healthy choices that are less likely to cause additional plaque buildup in the arteries.
How Prenatal Yoga Helps Prepare Women for an Optimal Birth Experience
Prenatal yoga is a powerful tool in the birthing process and can help to prepare women in a myriad of ways. Mentally, it has been found to reduce anxiety, decrease depression and enhance relaxation. Physically, it can help strengthen muscles and improve flexibility, aiding in the labor process.
The Benefits of Increasing Bone Density with Yoga over Time
Yoga can be an incredibly beneficial form of exercise for those looking to protect and even increase their bone density with age. Its low-impact nature makes it a particularly effective tool for seniors, while its ability to help increase flexibility and reduce stress can help promote better overall health.
Attaining Optimal Health Through the Combination of Asana Practice and Cardiovascular Exercise
Combining asana practice and aerobic exercise can be an effective way to improve physical and mental wellbeing. Regular aerobic activity helps to strengthen the heart, improve breath and breathing capacity, increase flexibility, and improve overall physical and mental health.
Marjariasana (Cat Pose)
It is a simple yet effective posture that is beneficial for improving spinal flexibility and strengthening the abdominal muscles, while providing practitioners with a moment of introspective meditation.
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold)
Paschimottanasana is a complex and powerful posture, requiring balance between strength and flexibility, concentration and surrender.
Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III)
Warrior 3 can be a source of strength, flexibility, balance and mental focus. It is also an opportunity to take on physical and mental challenges with an open heart and a determination for self-transformation.