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Best Yoga Music: 20 (Non-Traditional) Yoga Songs to Get Your Downward Dog On

Friday, July 18th, 2014

I recently fell in love with Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band. My favorite yoga instructor plays them during every one of my favorite yoga classes, and eventually I started playing them at home while I practice (or work, or clean, or whatever — like I said, I fell in love with them!).

However, there are several other bands I like to listen to as I get my Chaturanga on, and…

…most of them are fairly…eh, I don’t want to say “commercial,” but they’re definitely more commonly heard on the radio than Sean Johnson.

So, given how easy it is to “discover” an old song and give it new purpose, I thought I’d share with you some of my best yoga music! Here are 15 artists I like to play while practicing yoga.

(I’ll even throw in a song or two to get you started ;) )


Friday Funday: Which Yoga Pose Are You?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I’m sort of obsessed with those quizzes seemingly EVERYONE posts on Facebook (c’mon, you KNOW you’ve been guilty at least once), but when this one popped up I knew I HAD to share with my fellow yogis!

It’s Fitness Magazine‘s “Quiz: Which Yoga Post Are You?”, and it only takes a few moments to complete.

I’m not all that surprised at my result: Downward Facing Dog. It’s probably my favorite pose (aside from Savasana, of course, ha!) and one I with which I find myself always striving to challenge myself just a little more.

According to the quiz:

You’re a Downward Facing Dog because you’re very patient and devoted. You’re a grounded individual, but you continue to grow and evolve; you probably have a high self-awareness for which areas in your life need improvement.

Oh, boy. Am I ever!

So, go on! Take the quiz and let us know which yoga pose you are!


Yoga Lessons: The More You Resist, the More It Persists

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The more you resist, the more it persists”?

One of my yoga instructors used this phrase at the end of class last week. My fellow yogis and I were relaxing in savasana (or, the corpse pose).

The keyword here is “relaxing.”


Calling All Yogis: Which of the 8 Limbs of Yoga Do YOU Overlook?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yoga International recently published an an ashtanga yoga Q&A with seasoned yogi Richard Freeman.

Among other things, Freeman talks about the importance of breath, practicing mindfulness, and acting compassionately, but the question — and more specifically, answer — that caught my attention was about the 8 limbs of yoga and which ones students tend to overlook…

…and why.


Book Review: ‘Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less’

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Raise your hand if you participated in the 108 Sun Salutations during the Spring Equinox this past weekend.

If you didn’t feel like you were up to it (or, opted not to for physical health reasons such as hip-related problems) or just didn’t have time (don’t get me started on that, though!), fret not: author and registered yoga teacher Carol Krucoff has put together 108 yoga practices anyone with a minute — literally, one minute — can do.

Learn more about Carol below, but for now, let’s talk about her awesome little guidebook, Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less.


My First 108 Sun Salutations Experience: Spring Equinox Version

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The 2014 Spring Equinox fell on Thursday, March 20 this year, but my yoga studio held the traditional 108 Sun Salutations celebration on Friday 21.

We’re flexible like that.

Anyway, this was my first 108 Sun Salutations event. I attended the Winter Solstice event, but my instructor had a different Surya Namaskar event planned for that one.

Like I said, we can get flexible.

So, I was extremely excited — and anxious — to participate in the 108 Spring Equinox Sun Salutations.

Excited because as a yogi who’d yet to participate, this was a big deal for me.

Anxious because, well, as a yogi who’d yet to participate, this was a big deal for me!


Yoga Lessons: Don’t Sacrifice the Breath for the Pose

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Remember when I talked about ahimsa, my first and favorite yoga lesson, and how I’ve chosen it for my mantra this year?

Well, this week I’d like to tell you about my second yoga lesson — which, coincidentally, was my mantra last year and continues to be something I remind myself of time and time again:

“Don’t sacrifice the breath for the pose.”

For many folks — especially those who’ve never practiced yoga — yoga is about a ton of awkward, nearly (or entirely) impossible poses that — if you ever manage to halfway master — give you a nice little yoga butt.

Yoga is not about getting a nice ass.


So, You Fell Off the Wagon. Now What?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Earlier this week, Psych Central asked Facebook readers about their favorite workouts, and whether they felt working out benefited their mental health.

(Well, I mean, of course it does.)

The response was extremely positive (you guys are AWESOME!). People talked about yoga, aerobics, running — even just getting in a walk around the track when times got busy.

I was like a proud momma.

One theme I noticed, though, was that some of you talked about feeling “guilty” when you “fell off the wagon.”

Listen, I’m here to tell you, sometimes you’re going to fall off the wagon.


Family, Friends, Mentors: The Props That Support Your Life

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

What the…

If you’ve never seen anything like the woman to the left (or, been in her position), chances are you’re not familiar with restorative yoga.

Simply put, restorative yoga is a type of relaxing yoga that focuses on passive stretching and relies heavily on yoga props.

Yoga props, you say?

Remember when we talked about yoga pose modifications and how they apply to making life modifications?

Well, yoga props (like the bolsters you see under the lady’s knees) are great for making modifications to yoga poses, but they’re especially helpful for certain types of yoga, like restorative yoga.

Restorative yoga just loves props.


Ahimsa: My First and Favorite Yoga Lesson

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

What if we lived in a world where no one thought, spoke, or caused hurt toward others?

At least, not intentionally?

What if no one thought “Good God! Move it along, Grandma!” when behind a slow driver? What if no one yelled curse words at the barking dog down the street? What if no one made plans to trick, deceive, or physically injure other living beings?

Well…are you familiar with ahimsa?


 

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