Yoga Tuesday

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Hi all!! Welcome to Yoga Pose Tuesday. I think I am going to change this just to Yoga Tuesday because until I can actually get back to getting pics for you all…it really is only information. That’s not a bad thing but to be honest I had a lot more hope for this weekly segment on my blog but between the home life, job, and just myself I have not been able to keep up with I was hoping to do. So as of today it will be called Yoga Tuesday just because I can provide more info them actual pics. Does that mean I will not post anymore pics? No I will as I have them 🙂

Now onto the post 🙂

 

Today on this post I would like to talk about how Yoga effects the outlook on your life. When you start Yoga you have can have any of a multitude of reasons to start it. Mine was always to get balance in my everyday existence. Yoga not only will help achieve a certain calmness but it will allow you to look at the world from a different perspective. Meaning it gives you a chance to see things differently.

When doing yoga, it is not all about getting the poses done right or wearing the right clothes or being with the “IN” crowd. Yoga is in fact a spiritual journey. Now that probably will turn some people off. They will say…I don’t need that or I am already fine with my religion…etc. But I have to say I am not talking about religion so much when I say spiritual. I think a lot of people equate religion with being spiritual. Religion to me is the study and following of text and beliefs set forth to help people have a good moral compass. And that is great!! Being spiritual to me means being able accept yourself, being able to center yourself, and most of all open yourself to everything that brings you peace. Once you reach that level, everything will be easier to do. Does that mean you will not have bad days as well? No…hey we’re all human we’re not perfect. There will always be bad days and good days and even better days. But with yoga if you open yourself to that peace, it will make it better.

 

 

 

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Yoga Pose Tuesday (information)

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Welcome to another installment of Yoga Pose Tuesday. Yes I know it’s been a awhile but I am going to try to get back into the postings. This week is another post with info regarding yoga. I know I promised a pose the next time I was going to post but to be honest life tends to get in the way….lol!! This week I will give a little insight to the different schools of yoga. As I am posting this here, I know there are going to be people who might say there are more, but from what I understand these are the major schools then within these there are different ways. Each will lead you to the same point…it’s all about how you get there.

The four paths of Yoga: There are four traditional schools of Yoga, and these are: Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Raja Yoga. While a Yogi or Yogini may focus exclusively on one of these approaches to Yoga, that is quite uncommon. For the vast majority of practitioners of Yoga, a blending of the four traditional types of Yoga is most appropriate. One follows his or her own predisposition in balancing these different forms of Yoga.

Jnana Yoga:

Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation. It involves deep exploration of the nature our being by systematically exploring and setting aside false identities.

Bhakti Yoga:

Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion, emotion, love, compassion, and service to God and others. All actions are done in the context of remembering the Divine

Karma Yoga:

Karma Yoga is the path of action, service to others, mindfulness, and remembering the levels of our being while fulfilling our actions or karma in the world

Raja Yoga:

Raja Yoga is a comprehensive method that emphasizes meditation, while encompassing the whole of Yoga. It directly deals with the encountering and transcending thoughts of the mind.

 

Now with all this being said, you will find out as you do yoga which you are more likely to lean toward. You will probably choose one over the other primarily but don’t forget the others as well because they are meant to be part of one another.

 

Jnana Yoga:
While Jnana Yoga deals with knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation, everybody has a mind and at some point will need to examine it, wherein quiet reflection naturally comes.

Bhakti Yoga:
All people will experience emotions such as love, compassion, and devotion at points along the journey, regardless of which of the four paths of Yoga is predominant

Karma Yoga:
Nobody can live in a body and the world without doing actions. Even a renunciate living in a Himalayan cave has to do some form of actions, and thus, some degree of Karma Yoga is essential

Raja Yoga:
Everybody will become still and quite from sadhana or spiritual practices, will naturally encounter and deal with attractions and aversion, and will meditate, thus touching on Raja Yoga.

 

However you decide to get your center, enjoy the journey. that is what counts. Namaste

 

 

Thank you http://www.swamij.com for all the info

Yoga Pose Tues…(oops) Wednesday

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Hey all sorry about the delay on tis I have been busy with a lot of things sorry I didn’t do this earlier. It was a day…but no excuse…here it is…Yoga Pose Tuesday (a day late)

Well today I do have a pic for you for a new pose called Bridge Pose. This can be a relaxing pose but if you have any kind of neck injury or shoulder injury please do this under supervision to avoid additional injuries.

***On a side note…Please consult with your doctor before doing any new exercise. Also yoga is not meant to be done quickly it is meant to be done gradually. DO NOT force your body into any pose. The more you do them the easier they become.***

 

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BRIDGE POSE (Setu Bandha)

  1. Begin lying on your back.
  2. Bend your knees and place your feet on the ground hip-width apart with your arms on either side of you reaching toward your heels. Outer edges of your feet are parallel.
  3. Press into your feet (especially into the big toe mound), lengthen through your tailbone, and lift your hips.
  4. Interlace your hands together underneath you, and, if it feels good, wiggle your shoulders closer together one at a time. Breathe here for at least three deep breaths
  5. Lower slowly down to lying on your back.

 

 

Yoga Pose (information) Tuesday

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Yes I know I keep telling you I don’t have anymore pics of poses. I’m sorry will get some for next week I promise. Until then here is some more useful info about Yoga. This week instead of terms…I am going to talk about the health benefits of yoga.

I am not a professional yogi by no means but I have over the years experienced the benefits of yoga in one form or another. Now that I am much older then when I first started yoga, I know what the long term effects are. I try to educate as much as possible but the old saying “you can lead a horse to the water but you can’t make them drink” applies here. My kids at least have come around to it and enjoy it and I know they will benefit from it as they get older as well.

1. Improves your flexibility
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You’ll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That’s no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hips can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.

2. Builds muscle strength
Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.

3. Perfects your posture
Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles. Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for eight or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired. And fatigue might not be your only problem. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

4. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.

5. Protects your spine
Spinal disks—the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves—crave movement. That’s the only way they get their nutrients. If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice with plenty of backbends, forward bends, and twists, you’ll help keep your disks supple.

6. Betters your bone health
It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight. And some, like Upward-Facing Dog, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures.

7. Increases your blood flow
Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result. Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released. Inverted poses, such as Headstand, encourage venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated. This can help if you have swelling in your legs from heart or kidney problems. Yoga also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.

8. Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity
When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph (a viscous fluid rich in immune cells). This helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning.

9. Ups your heart rate
When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you lower your risk of heart attack and can relieve depression. While not all yoga is aerobic, if you do it vigorously or take flow or Ashtanga classes, it can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range. But even yoga exercises that don’t get your heart rate up that high can improve cardiovascular conditioning. Studies have found that yoga practice lowers the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen during exercise—all reflections of improved aerobic conditioning. One study found that subjects who were taught only pranayama could do more exercise with less oxygen.

10. Drops your blood pressure
If you’ve got high blood pressure, you might benefit from yoga. Two studies of people with hypertension, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, compared the effects of Savasana (Corpse Pose) with simply lying on a couch. After three months, Savasana was associated with a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number—and the higher the initial blood pressure, the bigger the drop.

These are just a few of the benefits of yoga. There are more…but until you actually try it you will never know. So why not give it a try. Till next time Namaste

 

Thank you Yoga Journal for the info! You can find a lot more info here!!

Yoga Pose (Information) Tuesday

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Hi everyone!! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted anything relating o exercise, health, or my challenge. It’s been a rollercoaster the last few but finally it seems everything is slowing down a little bit….at least for the time being. So today, like my last yoga post, I will provide a bit of info. May not be what you look for when you see this post but I’ll be honest…I just have not had the time to take the pics. Hopefully next week I will have some pics for you to see and attempt….until then Namaste.

 

Ananda (bliss): the condition of utter joy, which is an essential quality of the ultimate reality

Darshana (seeing): vision in the literal and metaphorical sense; a system of philosophy.

Meditation: Focusing and calming the mind often through breath work to reach deeper levels of consciousness.

Satya (truth/truthfulness): truth, a designation of the ultimate Reality; also the practice of truthfulness, which is an aspect of moral discipline

 

These are four of many words that are used in yoga but these are some words I’m sure everyone has seen at one time or another. Each will give a better understanding. But for now, Namaste.

Yoga pose (information) Tuesday

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Well today I don’t have my usual picture and pose. I’ll be honest…I did not have the time to get pics taken. With it being close to the end of the school year, I have to get everything put together for the kids school for the past year. So today instead of poses I’m going to give some info on some of the words that you see or hear in Yoga. Yoga in of it self is an all encompassing way. It is a philosophy for lack of better term. Yes most of us just do it for the exercise (physical) benefits but there are some that can transcend and develop it into a complete way of life…eating, living, exercising, and meditating. They choose a path that they can follow for their betterment and those around them. They become one with the world around them and are at relative peace. It must be an amazing feeling to reach that point maybe one day I can tell you that I made it there. But in the mean time I’ll start you out with some really basic terms you might hear or see when doing your yoga practices.

 

Asana (seat)- a physical posture

Namaste – literally means “I bow to you”

Chakra – the wheel of a wagon

Mantra (from the verbal root man “to think”)- a sacred sound or phrase

 

These are four of many words that are used in yoga but these are some words I’m sure everyone has seen at one time or another. I’ll post more as the weeks go by. But for now, Namaste.