New Year Intention Setting—An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

New Year Intention Setting—An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

This yoga article was originally published at Yogini Soul. It’s that time of the year again, when there is talk of setting New Year’s resolutions. While they are popular, I personally have abandoned the idea of making New Year’s resolutions. Not because I don’t think they are a nice idea, but because I dislike the negative way in which they are framed. Usually, they focus on giving up something or trying to change our lives in a way that is very dramatic. Also, because they are often so rigid and difficult to attain, it’s easy to feel like we have “failed” by February… because our size “0” jeans don’t fit! So, is there another way that we can try to harness the energy of the New Year and create...
Mantras: How to Use this Ancient Tool to Attract Positive Energy into Your Life

Mantras: How to Use this Ancient Tool to Attract Positive Energy into Your Life

This yoga article was originally published at Yogini Soul. What is a Mantra? Mantra is an ancient Sanskrit word, meaning ‘sacred word, text, or charm.’ It’s been borrowed in English to mean essentially the same thing — a word or phrase that is repeated over and over. Mantras were originally used more than 3,000 years ago by ancient yogis. They used to repeat word or phrases from sacred vedic texts to put themselves in a trance-like state and enhance their meditation practice. They believed that through repetition, they could absorb the healing power of the words into their bodies and spirit. Today, mantras are used in yoga classes (think the three ‘Oms’ at the end of class) and in spiritual practices all over the world. You’ll find mantras used...
Which Style of Yoga is Right for Me?

Which Style of Yoga is Right for Me?

Yoga comes in so many different styles and forms, it can be overwhelming at first. There is such a range of classes, from a sweaty, high energy workout, to an incredibly meditative and gentle practice. So, how do you know which one is for you? Ultimately, the kind of yoga that is right for you will depend on what you hope to get out of it. Follow the guide below to help you choose.   You Want to Sweat and Move Your Body: While yoga may have a reputation for being nothing more than sitting and chanting “Om,” it was actually designed to strengthen the body, and there are many styles of yoga that will give you a whole body workout and help you get your sweat on. For...
From Panic to Postures: Why Yoga is the Perfect Antidote to Stress

From Panic to Postures: Why Yoga is the Perfect Antidote to Stress

It would be a bit of an understatement to say that we are living in stressful times. With a global pandemic, climate change, massive income and racial inequality, just to name a few of the challenges that we currently face, it’s no surprise that anxiety related disorders are on the rise. Stress can cause significant damage to our bodies and minds. When we are in a state of stress, our bodies are put on high alert and we cannot rest, digest, breath, repair cellular damage, or perform many vital functions correctly. In the short term, this state of “high alert” can be useful, say, for instance, if we have to run from a threat. But if we are in this state for an extended period of time, it can...
Seven Reasons to Start Practicing Yoga Today

Seven Reasons to Start Practicing Yoga Today

“Why yoga?” This question is something that I get asked quite frequently. Why not Pilates or Zumba or kickboxing? While other forms of exercise are great, yoga is so much more than a workout. Think of yoga as exercise for your mind, body, and spirit. It’s a moving meditation, combining postures that stretch and strengthen the body while encouraging mindfulness and connection with the breath. Increasingly, science is beginning to prove what ancient wisdom has been telling us for thousands of years: yoga is a life-changing practice. Seven Reasons to Start Practicing Yoga Today 1: You will increase your flexibility. So many people think being inflexible means they can’t practice yoga. “I am so bad at yoga; I can’t even touch my toes!” If I had a dollar for...
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