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Maternity Yоgа Aрраrеl

As уоu mіght have already lеаrnеd from уоur dосtоr, уоgа can bе beneficial tо рrеgnаnсу, whether іt іѕ tо ѕtаvе оff a few extra pounds of weight or tо rеlіеvе thе stresses оf оur every-day lіvеѕ. Whеn рrасtісеd аррrорrіаtеlу, yoga саn help you thrоughоut уоur рrеgnаnсу. Hоwеvеr, what dо уоu dо whеn уоu aren’t sure whеrе tо fіnd уоgа-appropriate сlоthеѕ? One оf the best things аbоut mаtеrnіtу уоgа сlоthеѕ is that thеу are also known tо double аѕ activewear throughout рrеgnаnсу. Nоt оnlу can thеу be fashionable, but comfortable as wеll, whісh, аѕ аnу wоmаn gоіng thrоugh a pregnancy wоuld knоw, is of the utmоѕt іmроrtаnсе. 

While уоu mіght bе hаrd-рrеѕѕеd to fіnd a уоgа outfit meant fоr рrеgnаnсу, thеrе аrе a few ѕhорѕ thаt оffеr thеm. Whether уоu аrе looking fоr separates оr a full-blоwn оutfіt, these wеbѕіtеѕ can оffеr many fоr you to сhооѕе from. 

Mоѕt maternity уоgа tops оffеr a buіlt-іn ѕhеlf bra, which wіll give уоu a little еxtrа low-impact ѕuрроrt durіng уоur yoga ѕеѕѕіоnѕ. As уоu mіght hаvе аlrеаdу guеѕѕеd, уоu саn аlwауѕ uѕе a lіttlе additional support durіng pregnancy еѕресіаllу when уоu are trуіng tо ѕtау fіt! Yоgа maternity раntѕ аrе meant to bе stylish аnd соmfу оftеn-times hаvіng a 4 tо 6-inch wаіѕtbаnd, whісh are designed tо ѕlір оvеr thе bеllу оr roll undеr іt for thе реrfесt fit. However, thеѕе are уоur simple staples for mаtеrnіtу yoga wear. 

If уоu hаvе fоund that уоur уоgа ѕеѕѕіоnѕ are ѕраnnіng throughout the winter ѕеаѕоnѕ, уоu mіght also wаnt to рісk uр a yoga jacket. Oftеn tіmеѕ it gives уоu pocket room fоr all оf your extra nесеѕѕіtіеѕ durіng рrеgnаnсу, all while offering you a lіttlе bіt mоrе wаrmth, as you wаlk from your саr tо the уоgа ѕtudіо, оr if you аrе рrасtісіng уоgа аt hоmе, frоm уоur lіvіng room to thе basement yoga rооm. 

A major рluѕ to аddіng mаtеrnіtу уоgа outfit to уоur wardrobe іѕ that thеу wіll give you аn edge in уоur yoga rоutіnе. Nоt оnlу аrе thеу fashionable аnd соmе іn hundreds оf dіffеrеnt shapes аnd ѕtуlеѕ, but thеу оftеn times are mаdе tо hеlр increase сіrсulаtіоn and will hеlр tо keep you іn thе mіndѕеt оf уоgа rather thаn struggling with аn оvеr ѕіzеd t-shirt whіlе you are trying tо rеlаx. Keep in mind that аѕ with аnу сlоthіng іtеm, еѕресіаllу while уоu are рrеgnаnt, thаt you ѕhоuld knоw what іt іѕ made оut оf! Alwауѕ trу tо рurсhаѕе оrgаnіс whеn аvаіlаblе, which will kеер уоu аnd your bаbу ѕаfе frоm сhеmісаlѕ, whісh аѕ you might know, іѕ аn іmроrtаnt раrt of рrасtісіng a уоgа lіfеѕtуlе. 

Trаdіtіоnаl fіtnеѕѕ аttіrе is рrоbаblу fіnе; аlthоugh some women feel self-conscious аѕ their bеllіеѕ bеgіn to grоw; they are not оvеrtlу рrеgnаnt. It is natural fоr a fit person to simply fееl thеу look “оut оf ѕhаре” durіng this рhаѕе. Fоr bоttоmѕ, mаnу women саn continue tо wear уоgа-ѕtуlе раntѕ (оr сарrіѕ or ѕhоrtѕ), раrtісulаrlу оnеѕ wіth thе “fоld-оvеr wаіѕt” which саn be wоrn undеr the belly or рullеd up in thе trаdіtіоnаl mаtеrnіtу-pants style,

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Yoga Poses That Build Heat

We’re approaching the holiday season which means with all of the indulgent foods even our yoga leggings start to feel a little snug. If you’re like me, you’ve already broken out the candy that was originally intended for trick or theaters. I’m sure they won’t miss a few pieces! This is a challenging time of year to stay healthy. While we aren’t in the thick of holiday season where you feel like everywhere you turn someone has made a baked good or savory treat, this time of year definitely kicks off the holidays. While it can be hard to eat clean throughout the holidays, you can try to do yoga poses and flows that build heat and burn calories. Here are some poses that will help to do both:

Boat Pose

Boat Pose will build heat and strength in your core, especially your abdomen.

  1. To perform, sit on your mat with your legs out in front of you.
  2. Place your hands by your hips and lean back slightly.
  3. Lift your legs up so your body forms a “V” shape, and if you feel comfortable extend your arms out with your palms facing each other.
  4. Hold for several breaths.

 

Dolphin Plank Pose

Any sort of plank is magnificent for building strength in your core.

  1. To perform dolphin plank pose, start in table top position.
  2. Place your forearms on the ground about shoulder length apart.
  3. Step your feet back towards the back of your mat and look between your hands.
  4. Hold for several breaths.

 

Chair Pose

Chair pose is great for building heat and really working your legs, glutes, and abs. The lower you go the more your body will work!

  1. To perform, start in mountain pose, then slowly lower by bending your knees.
  2. Keep your knees over your ankles and left your hands over your head.
  3. If lifting your arms begins to be too challenging, you can place them in prayer position.
  4. With each controlled breath you take, lower a little bit more to keep challenging yourself.

Revolved Side Angle

This pose is great for the holidays because along with it being a pose that builds heat, it is a twist pose so it helps your body to detox as well.

  1. To perform, start in mountain pose.
  2. Step your feet about 4 feet apart and place your hands on your hips.
  3. Turn your right foot out so it’s facing the front of your mat, and turn your left foot in slightly to the right.
  4. Bend your right knee keeping the right knee over your right ankle.
  5. Twist your torso so you are facing the same direction as your right leg and lift your hands in the air.
  6. Lean forward and lower your left arm and place your hand on the outside of your right leg.
  7. Lift your right arm so it’s over your head.
  8. Hold the pose for several breaths.

 

Warrior III pose

Warrior poses are meant to make you feel strong and powerful, hence the name. Since Warrior III is a balance pose it is particularly good for building heat and strength.

  1. To perform, shift your weight to your right leg and extend your left leg behind you.
  2. Shift your torso forward and your arms reach towards the front of the room.
  3. Ideally your body will be like one long line.
  4. Keep the foot of your lifted leg flexed towards the back of the room.
  5. Try to balance as long as you can and hold for several breaths.

 

These poses will all help you build some inner heat and are great calorie burning poses for the upcoming months. I hope you enjoy!

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Community Yoga Event

This past weekend I attended a yoga event at a local brewery. About 150 people showed up to do an hour of yoga and have a beer afterward. It got me thinking about how beneficial this type of event is for the yoga community in introducing people to yoga. Mixing alcohol and yoga may feel counterintuitive, but I think the combination helps yoga’s overall purpose, which is to unify and connect people. Holding these kinds of community events attracts people who wouldn’t normally come into a studio.

For this session, there was an hour-long yoga flow class and then an opportunity to socialize afterward. The hosts of the event did a great job of making the event fun. Leading up to the class, they played upbeat music and even had us tossing around some beach balls. It felt more like a social gathering than a yoga class, which I think is the point. You want people who are new to the practice to feel welcome and not intimidated. What better way than in the parking lot of a brewery and the promise of a free cold one following the workout!

The hosts also did a great job of making everyone feel connected and united despite different beliefs or thoughts. They started out by discussing the importance of diversity and how each of us is unique. I thought they were about to start a serious discussion when the leader asked everyone who was a fan of one football team to stand up. It continued for a while until they finally had opposing fans go around and high five each other. Even though I’m not someone who does physical contact with people, I thought this was an admirable way to demonstrate what the yoga community is all about. It loosened us all up and got us comfortable with others without discussing a controversial topic.

After the event, everyone received a drink ticket to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. The patio where the event took place was set up with some high-top tables and some more extended tables which forced some people to share tables. My friend, sister, and I ended up sitting with some girls who we had done yoga next to and we were also fans of the same team! So, finding out that two complete strangers were fans of the same group helped us all to enjoy a conversation at the same table later that day.

Based on this experience, I think community yoga events have a positive effect on the yoga community. It makes something that can be intimidating, more approachable, and brings all types of people together. You can invite your friend who has never done yoga before with the promise of free beer or you can use it as an opportunity to meet someone new. Since I’m a new mom, it was a great way for me to get out of the house and spend time with my friend and sister. I was reminded of how important it is to celebrate our differences and have some fun!

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7 Steps To Mastering Yoga Asana

On one level, mastering yoga asana means to achieve strength and flexibility and to be able to get in the many variations of the pose. On the second level, it means to stay conscious in an asana with constant awareness.

Yoga asana is one of the eight limbs of yoga, and it is essential to reach the highest level of practice to achieve the highest level of consciousness. In Yoga Sutras, there are seven steps which lead Yogis to the mastering of yoga asana.

1. Mastering Of The Ujjayi breathing – this means to connect the breath with the mind and to be aware of the proper movement of the ribcage and muscles involved in breathing. It allows us to become more present. Ujjayi sound is the mantra in yoga asana.

2. Breath Moves The Spine – the focus of this step is connecting the Ujjayi sound with the actions of the ribcage and the muscles responsible for breathing and feeling how this moves the spine.

3. Breath Moves The Body – after connecting mind, breath, and spine, we add the movement of the limbs. Breath prepares the body, so the movement is done without effort. We should be aware of this during the entire practice.

4. Sthira Sukham Asanam – the most important principle. It means to enter the pose with steadiness and ease. Only when we calm our body and senses, our attention can go inward towards our mind and spirit. When mentioning this principle in his Sutras, Maharishi Patanjali was referring to the pose in which we are meditating. But these days more and more Yogis practice this principle in other poses too. We have to focus on the area we are stretching and set the intention to relax that part. We try to stay grounded and steady, with controlled breath and thoughts.

5. Application Of Bandhas, Mudras, And Kriyas In The Practice Of Yoga Asana. With the practice of kriyas, we purify our body so that bandhas and mudras are more effective. Kriyas promote localized energy movements; we practice to reach a specific result. Bandhas contract specific muscles to intensify the energy in the particular area of the body. Mudras are gestures, mostly done with hands, which strengthen the energy movement already created by the posture.

6. Adding Mantra To The Practice – the goal is to connect specific mantras with chakras in different parts of the body, depending on the Asana. The vibration of the mantra reaches certain centers of energy in the body and transfers this energy through the nervous system to different organs.

7. Development Of Inner Awareness – We start to recognize our body as the expression of the Pure Consciousness and come closer to becoming one with God. As we move through the poses, we feel this consciousness moving within us to different parts of our body. When we lose the differences between mind, breath, and body and become whole, is when we truly mastered yoga. 

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Comfy Must Haves for Meditation

Meditation is an important practice, but it’s a hard practice to master. It’s even harder to get it right when we’re distracted, so it’s important to make sure that your clothing and environment won’t cause any unnecessary distractions. Everything surrounding you while you meditate should give you positive vibes that make you feel happy, comfortable, and provide visual appeal.

To set yourself up for meditative success, create a practice area in your home where you can meditate distraction-free. This space should be comfortable and created just for you. Make it a place where you can seek relaxation and solace to meditate regularly. Explain to your roommates, family, and friends that this is a sacred space just for you and that you need some time distraction-free for meditating. As you begin to create your meditation space, fill it with the following comfy must-haves:

Meditation Pillow

Adding lovely décor to your meditation space will improve the quality of your practice by making you more physically comfortable. It’s much easier to stay in a seated position and maintain proper spine alignment if you are sitting on a meditation pillow. Your meditation pillow doesn’t have to be anything special, but it should provide sufficient padding to soften the strain of sitting on a hard surface for an extended period of time. A simple meditation pillow is the quickest way to improve your practice.

Green Plants

Green plants filter the air and bring new life into a room. They are a symbol of intention, caring, and nourishment which will add greatly to your meditation space. Fill this space with attractive green plants that will allow you to breathe in fresh, clean air while you sink into your meditations. Some options for air cleansing green plants include Aloe Vera, bamboo, snake plant, ficus, and peace lily.

Music

Music can be soothing and set the mood for meditation, especially for beginners who have trouble relaxing. Play calming music to help you de-stress and unwind, or try an app for guided meditation, especially if you are new to meditating. If you choose music over guided meditation, make sure it’s something without words to help ease distractions.

Candles

Candles are gentle on the eyes and the open flame usually creates a sense of calm. Choose candles in a gentle scent and allow the warm glow to help you ease into a proper meditative state. Some people also find that focusing on the gentle flame allows them to clear their minds and sink in meditation.

Comfy Clothes

This is the number one comfy must-have for meditation. Comfortable womens gym clothes are essential to helping you relax and practice meditation distraction-free. Being uncomfortable makes meditation impossible so you don’t want a tight waist, itchy tags, or any other distracting or uncomfortable clothing that prevents you from focusing and relaxing. Eliminate any potential distractions by wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes that fall away from the body.

Now that you’ve created a distraction-free meditation space, keep in mind that meditation is still a difficult practice. It takes time and patience so start slow, and increase the time of your practice as you grow and become more comfortable sitting in meditation.

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Does The Design Of Your Yoga Mat Matter?

Have you been in the market for a new yoga mat recently? If you have, you may have been overwhelmed at the sheer selection available, even from major retailers that don’t specialize in yoga gear. Where there was once just a rainbow of colors to choose from, there are now patterns and designs aplenty to satisfy any design preference. 

While you may be quickly overwhelmed by the abundance of yoga mats, does the design of your mat really matter to your practice? 

Instead of standing in the aisles for hours while you decide which pattern will enhance your practice, try to keep these tips in mind. They can help you to figure out what’s most important to you and how your yoga practice can benefit from a new mat:


  • Color Can Really Alter Your Mood And Prana Energy

There’s an entire field of psychology dedicated to color theory. The way that a particular shade makes you feel when you see it is a subconscious reaction. For example, blue and green usually have the capacity to make you feel more relaxed. Meanwhile, yellow can make you feel more alert and give you additional energy. 

You may want to consider what type of color could enhance your mood. Do you need help slowing down and paying attention to the breath? If anxiety frequently overwhelms you during your practice, a cooler color may be an ideal choice for you. 

If you seem to be lacking the necessary energy to pull yourself through a vigorous yoga routine, a brighter color may inspire you to push yourself harder through one more vinyasa. You may find yourself moving into each asana with renewed energy when surrounded by bright and warm colors. 

The Design May Have A Meaning 

Do you ever feel like you need a visual reminder to maintain your intentions? Sometimes having a picture of something that allows you to ground yourself in practice is helpful. Many yoga mat manufacturers try to select images and patterns that resonate with the yogis who use them. 

Yogis who struggle to stay grounded in their practice may love the imagery of a tree beneath them. Similarly, a wandering mind may be better anchored by an ohm symbol or experience more peace with a lotus flower nearby. A swirling pattern of dots and lines could help you to focus your drishti on one set spot as you untangle their complicated weave. 

Don’t Be Distracted By The Pattern

Is there such a thing as too much color and pattern on your yoga mat? Small amounts of well-placed color psychology and imagery can guide yogis deeper into their practice. However, loud bursts of color and heavy patterning could actually be a distraction from the asana in your practice. 

If you choose to use a mat with a color or design to deepen your yoga practice, be careful that it doesn’t become a dangerous distraction. These mats certainly have plenty of benefits when used properly in a regular yoga practice.

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How Music Can Enhance Your Yoga Experience

 

 

While there are some who feel that incorporating music into yoga can be detrimental, certain yoga teachers have taken careful consideration to this. They have come up with powerful playlists to enhance their classes. Why take all the trouble of doing this? Here are 6 key benefits that you can get by incorporating music into your yoga class.

Stress Management

In the world we live in today, there is so much stress in the environments that we work in. It is therefore not uncommon to feel exhausted after a day’s work. One of the best ways to deal with such stress is to go to a yoga class that incorporates music into the movements. Pleasant soft music can aid in calming your emotions and relaxing your mental faculties.

 

Is a Healing Aid

There are numerous studies that have conclude that music has a healing effect. People have recovered much more quickly after surgery just by listening to music. Are you ailing emotionally? Have you lost a loved one and you just can’t seem to manage your sorrow? Then listening to music during a yoga meditation exercise can be a wonderful way to heal.

This not only heals your mental wounds but also physical ones. Your brain has the power to restore health to your physical body. That is why listening to positive music has the seemingly magic power to restore health to affected body tissues.

 

Can Help Increase the Level of Concentration

There is a difference between concentration and meditation. Concentration entails focusing your mind towards achieving one goal. With music, it easy to block out other external dictations such noisy neighborhoods or honking vehicles.

Since yoga offers a terrific opportunity to meditate, even on other aspects of your life, music can help you concentrate on building positive thoughts while practicing yoga.

 

Improving Memory

Another key benefit of music is improving memory. By clearing stressful thoughts, it is possible to have a higher capacity to recall. That is why people say that when they hear a certain song, they remember certain things that happened then.

 

Aid in Momentum

In Vinyasa yoga, the poses and the movements are much faster and intricately connected. Without some sort of directional instructions, one can be left behind as other move along. That is why some tutors aid their students by calling out the movements or breathing motions. Instead of this, music is a much better aid in making such movement more natural. As long as there are no distracting lyrics, the music can be of great benefit. Try it and see the difference.

 

It’s Inspirational

The reason why some yogis are careful in choosing their playlists is the effect they desire to draw from it. With the right that inspires, it is possible to improve one’s resolve in life. This is especially possible when inspirational words are consumed during a meditation session.

For someone who has lost hope in life or one who is feeling distraught, music is key. A few sessions of listening to inspirational music can leave one feeling great and motivated. With the right choice of music in yoga, it is possible to change one’s state of mind.

 

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