Your 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide from Yoga Accessories.
Gratitude is an action word as well as an attitude. You practice gratitude when you make a list, when you go out of your way to help a stranger in need, or when you donate to a charity. Real gratitude is practiced when it is truly an "act of kindness"; not simply filling in the "gratuity" line when signing a credit card receipt at a restaurant.
The mudra, sanskrit for 'seal', is often thought of as yoga of the hands. They are specific hand gestures that are believed to impart healing properties on its practitioners.
Cortisol production (the 'stress' hormone), and the entirety of the autonomic nervous system is a hot topic when it comes to yoga. We delve deeper to discover that cortisol is both raised AND lowered, activating both the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).
We love sun salutations! They warm the body and limber up our muscular system so we can twist and bend like an unbaked pretzel.
Flexibility, balance, increased strength … these commonly touted yoga benefits may have initially attracted you to yoga, but I dug a little deeper to unearth some surprising and not universally-known health benefits to a regular yoga practice.
Hot yoga is safe for most yogis, as long as you take a few precautions. We compiled a list of helpful hints to make your hot yoga practice as awesome as it can be!
Yoga Nidra is the original Eastern version of the Western concept of lucid dreaming. Deepen relaxation and meditative practice and find yourself in an hour-long class held entirely in Savasana.
Recently I’ve been attending classes at an Ashtanga-style studio. Ashtanga is a school of yoga, and the first few classes, I didn’t notice much of a difference between Ashtanga and typical “vinyasa flow”. Honestly, I thought Ashtanga was just the name of the studio. Then I started to notice the subtle (and not-so-subtle) differences...
Aqua yoga is a low impact form of light exercise, consisting of a set of asanas in the water, many adapted versions of common poses. Health benefits go beyond simply increasing core balance, releasing muscle tension, and building strength. So put that bikini back on, ditch the yoga mat, and hop in!