Category: Yoga

Bodhi Tree Yoga  Retreat ~ Costa Rica

Bodhi Tree Yoga Retreat ~ Costa Rica

~ Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort opened its doors in 2014 for travellers that want to enjoy the magic of Costa Rica in a very unique and healthy way. Enjoy our high-end accommodations, superb dining experience, world class yoga and pilates studios, gym, spa, juice bar and boutique. Come visit us and discover Costa Rica’s finest […]

Weekend Meditations ~ On Patience

Weekend Meditations ~ On Patience

  Patience doesn’t just come to us — we need to train to cultivate it. by Katy Brennan As passive as it seems, the practice of patience may be the most actively transformative effort we can make in our lives. In a sense, it’s the perfect response to whatever comes up. This somewhat radical idea […]

Thoughts on Thinking ~

Thoughts on Thinking ~

  I Think I Can, I Think I Can When people say meditation is “difficult,” what they really mean is that quieting their minds or stopping thinking is difficult. Some people have seriously devoted themselves to “not-thinking.” This is not a new phenomenon. An old Chinese Zen Master once said, “Some of you are taking […]

Bring Balance Home ~ Yoga

Bring Balance Home ~ Yoga

  There’s a reason we refer to our yoga as “practice”: It’s an opportunity to practice whatever qualities we want to see more of in our lives. Sometimes we do yoga to cultivate patience, clarity, or bravery. Other times, our list is more tangible: We want a strong upper body, increased energy, or open hips. […]

Healthy Living ~ Quickie Yoga at Home

Healthy Living ~ Quickie Yoga at Home

  Day 8: Standing Leg Stretch Standing Leg Stretch Sitting for long periods causes the blood to stagnate in the pelvis and legs. This stretch opens the hips, hamstrings, and calves, increasing circulation from the pelvis to the feet. Today’s Tip: Energizing Aromatherapy The science of using oils extracted from plants to enhance physical and […]

 Four Yoga Quickies ~

Four Yoga Quickies ~

  Day 4: Eagle Arms   Eagle Arms This pose improves your upper back posture and dissolves tension at the base of your neck and shoulders.   Today’s Tip: Just Breathe One of the most effective ways to center yourself and invigorate your mind is to simply breathe. Rapid-fire multitasking and work stress can cause […]

Office Yoga ~

Office Yoga ~

    Day 1: Dynamic Arm Raises   Dynamic Arm Raises This energizing move challenges you to coordinate your movements with your breath, improving circulation in your upper body, while refreshing your mind.   Today’s Tip: Go Chair-Free Day after day of sitting in a chair at your desk can wreak havoc on your body, […]

Anita Goa's Yoga Fitness Workout ~

Anita Goa’s Yoga Fitness Workout ~

This quick yoga-inspired sculpting routine, Toned Arms, Legs & Abs with Anita Goa, leaves no major muscle group untouched. You’ll work the shoulders, biceps, triceps, back, abs, legs and buttocks while holding poses like Warrior III and Navasana. Grab a pair of weights for this workout and try going a little heavier than you normally […]

Into the Mystic ~ Tibetan Tantric Buddhism

Into the Mystic ~ Tibetan Tantric Buddhism

Still largely cloaked in mystery, ancient Tibetan yoga practices are slowly being introduced in the West, but teachers remain cautious about revealing their secrets. A growing body of knowledge about Tibetan spiritual arts and beliefs, utterly magical and almost hallucinatory in their drama and complexity, has begun to articulate the meditation and visualization practices that […]

Morning Quickie ~ Yoga

Morning Quickie ~ Yoga

This week, we’re lucky enough to snag an awesome AM practice with Ally Hamilton, co-founder of Yogis Anonymous. Ally, an NYC native and now Santa Monica transplant, gives us a “morning quickie” that inspires, refreshes and gets us ready to take on our day. She leads us through postures to open the hips and chest, […]

Laugh Your Way to Better Health ~

Laugh Your Way to Better Health ~

According to Madan Kataria, a physician who practices in Bombay, author of Laugh for No Reason (Madhuri International), and founder and president of Laughter Clubs International, laughter may indeed be the best of all medicines. Kataria has developed a form of laughter therapy called Hasya Yoga (hasya means “laughter” in Sanskrit) that combines deep, controlled […]

Notice Your Obstacles, Then Conquer Them ~

Notice Your Obstacles, Then Conquer Them ~

Inversions such as Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock Pose) present wonderful opportunities for profound physical and mental transformation, but they’re also rife with obstacles. Begin by simply noticing the obstacles that keep you from going upside down easily. When you acknowledge these blocks, you have something to work with, and a pathway to new possibilities reveals […]

Restore Energy with Baddha Konasana ~ Yoga

Restore Energy with Baddha Konasana ~ Yoga

  Sometimes when you’re tired, the best medicine is a restorative, rather than an active, yoga practice. Almost nothing feels as good as relaxing into the floor after a stressful day. If you’re in need of a little renewal, take a break with this restorative version of Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose). Enter Bound Angle […]

~ Bouncing Back ~

~ Bouncing Back ~

  When crises arise, some people flourish while others flounder. Here’s how your practice can help you build resilience. By Sally Kempton For most of us, pain and suffering are so intertwined that we find it impossible to separate them. When things go wrong, we may feel like victims or assume that we’re receiving karmic […]

~ Antidotes To Anxiety ~

~ Antidotes To Anxiety ~

Relieve Anxiety People often talk about yoga as a helpful tool for lowering stress, rehabilitating injuries, and leading the way to self-discovery. Practicing yoga can also help people cope in their day-to-day lives by helping them deal with anxiety. Here are some poses that may prove especially helpful for those facing social anxiety: Seated twists […]

A Yogi's Guide to Winter Wellness

A Yogi’s Guide to Winter Wellness

  ‘Tis the season of celebrating with friends and family—and you have a seemingly endless to-do list to get ready for it all. But your festive holiday plans can be quickly derailed if you fall victim to a winter bug   By Catherine Guthrie Colds and flus can strike any time of the year. However, […]

Yoga: Taming the Body, Dissolving The Mind

Yoga: Taming the Body, Dissolving The Mind

Yoga: Taming the Body, Dissolving the Mind Svetasvatara Upanishad say: “When the yogi has full power over his body then he obtains a new body of spiritual fire that is beyond illness, old age and death.” Yoga: Taming the Body, Dissolving the Mind Svetasvatara Upanishad say: “When the yogi has full power over his body […]

Yoga Works Teacher Training March 24th - April 24th

Yoga Works Teacher Training March 24th – April 24th

The Meaning of the Word Yoga

The Meaning of the Word Yoga

send image as card my cart The word Yoga means ‘connection’. The mental connection between the soul and Supreme Soul or the remembrance of the Supreme Soul by the soul is called meditation or Raj Yoga. Stability in the Soul-consciousness and God-consciousness will bring peace and bliss to the soul. By this means, all the […]

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Posted by Nilmani Priyadarshi Kundalini yoga aims at awakening kundalini or atma shakti. This mighty power has to be managed in a proper way and it is essential to prepare body and mind in order to avoid troubles or damages. Definition of Kundalini yoga Kundalini yoga and kriya yoga are higher practices of yoga and […]

Ease on Back - 6 Yoga Poses &  Meditation

Ease on Back – 6 Yoga Poses & Meditation

Salutation Seal Anjali Mudra (ON-jol-ly MOO-drah) anjali = a gesture of reverence, benediction, salutation (from anj, “to honor, celebrate”) mudra = seal (The gesture “seals” energy in the body and “seals” your relationship with the Divine.) This gesture is also known as Hrdayanjali Mudra (pronounced hri-DIE-ahn-jah-lee, hrd = heart), the Reverence to the Heart Seal, […]

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga

Posted By Nilmani Priyadarshi In Satyananda Yoga, karma yoga is considered as a higher yoga, the result of a balance between head, heart and hand, intellect, emotion and action. To be creative and to transform our life into a spiritual life we need to use hand by hand these three qualities of human personality. A […]

Jnana Yoga

Jnana Yoga

Posted by Nilmani Priyadarshi Jnana yoga is a path in itself and is also complementary to other yogas, specially karma yoga. The techniques of meditation or raja yoga are very important for a jnana yogi as they allow to get a glimpse of the Self or the supreme reality behind appearances. The main classical text […]

Bridge to Health - Yoga

Bridge to Health – Yoga

send image as card my cart Looking for a beginner backbend that you can take at your own pace? Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) lets you control the depth of the bend as you turn your back into a bridge between your shoulders and feet. Best of all, the pose quiets the mind, energizes the […]

The Sound of Om

The Sound of Om

Original Om Many believe the mantra “Om” to be the sound of the universe. Om is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is an acknowledgment that the universe around us is constantly moving—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. […]

Into the Mystic

Into the Mystic

Still largely cloaked in mystery, ancient Tibetan yoga practices are slowly being introduced in the West, but teachers remain cautious about revealing their secrets. A growing body of knowledge about Tibetan spiritual arts and beliefs, utterly magical and almost hallucinatory in their drama and complexity, has begun to articulate the meditation and visualization practices that […]

Hot Buddha - Cold Buddha - Yoga

Hot Buddha – Cold Buddha – Yoga

Hot Buddha, Cold Buddha No matter how hard it may be to drag yourself to yoga class at the end of a busy day, inevitably you feel better when it’s over, walking fluidly out the door with your sticky mat rolled neatly under your arm. At that moment it may seem inconceivable that you would […]

Plow Through Struggle

Plow Through Struggle

Regular practice of Halasana (Plow Pose) rejuvenates the body’s entire system. Halasana helps nourish the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine by increasing circulation and suppleness, releases tension in the neck and throat, alleviates the accumulation of phlegm or mucus in the sinuses and respiratory system, and gradually assists in lengthening and regulating the […]

MAYA YOGA 500 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING WITH NICKI DOANE AND EDDIE MODESTINI ‏

MAYA YOGA 500 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING WITH NICKI DOANE AND EDDIE MODESTINI ‏

At WESTSIDE YOGA STUDIO IN SEBASTOPOL CALIFORNIA [fbliked]Insert Your “LIKED” Content Here[/fbliked] DATES: Sept. 2011 – Sept. 2012  LOCATION: Westside Yoga Studio Sebastopol, California Strengthen your personal practice and refine your teaching credentials with this Yoga Alliance 500 hour accreditation. You must have a 200 hour certificate to apply to this training. Students will learn […]

July 27th - Inspiration

July 27th – Inspiration

Change For Good   By Sally Kempton When I was in my 20s and taking my first tentative steps along the inner path, I spent a few months working with a Jungian analyst. I went because I felt stuck, paralyzed. I had a novel to write that I couldn’t seem to focus on, a boyfriend […]

Aromatherapy For Meditation & Yoga

Aromatherapy For Meditation & Yoga

Harmonious Energy Flow Blend An aromatherapy blend inspired by the traditional Chinese use can evoke a feeling of gentle clarity and inspire the harmonious flow of emotional energy. It uses oils with balancing and mildly energizing aromas. Ingredients 28 drops patchouli essential oil 28 drops lavender essential oil 29 drops bergamot essential oil 10 drops clary sage essential oil […]

The Yamas and Niyamas of Travel

The Yamas and Niyamas of Travel

It’s natural to harbor dreams of perfection when you travel, because you’ve invested time, money, and effort. But when the inevitable mishap occurs—missing a connecting flight, getting sick, being stranded without a hotel reservation—yoga philosophy can help. So what would Patanjali do? He’d probably remember the second of the eight limbs of classical yoga, the […]