Nurturing Independence with Yoga: Tree Pose

If you sway so much that you fall out of the pose, simply reestablish the posture and continue to hold Vriksasana until your are ready to come out of the posture. Tree Pose offers many Yoga practitioners the opportunity to practice patience over and over again! When you are finished with your practice of Tree Pose on the right side, with an exhale release your hands and your right foot and come back to Tadasana at the front of your Yoga mat. Pause for a moment in Tadasana, and then repeat Tree Pose on the left side when you are ready.

Yoga of the Heart: Anahatasana

For some Yogis or Yoginis, the emphasis on finding and keeping an ideal romantic partner can bring up a deep sense of loss for a relationship that seemed so perfect in the beginning, but then became unsustainable as time went on. This deep longing for a perfect romantic partner, who offers us unconditional love and unquenchable support all the time, can propel many of us into less than ideal partnerships. When these partnerships dissolve, our hearts may feel deep grief and loss for months, or even years to come.

Three Yoga Hip Openers for Students

The majority of our yoga students spend all day sitting behind a desk and staring at a computer screen. Even those who don't have an office job spend a disproportionate amount of time sitting. All of this sitting leads to some very tight hips. What yoga poses are best for restoring hip health? Take a look at these three hip-opening poses below.

Yoga Pose for Runners: Natarajasana

If you are an avid runner, you may experience classic running injuries over time. Some of the more common injuries that runners experience are torn Achilles’ tendons, sore knees and a tight lower back. Alternating the surface on which you run will help to ameliorate knee injuries.

The Problem With Yoga Inversions and Spinal Compression

Yoga is well known for its health and spiritual benefits, and many people wish to take advantage of it. This leads to a huge diversity of age and ability within beginning and intermediate levels of Yoga practice. It is essential that Yoga teachers, interns, and students be aware of and educated about safe guidelines and techniques for all practitioners of this popular discipline.

Yoga Poses for Runners: Downward Facing Dog

To practice Adho Mukha Svanasana, come to Mountain Pose at the front of your Yoga mat. With an inhale, raise your arms overhead. With your next exhale, bring your hands down the front of your body in Prayer Position all the way to your Yoga mat. Place your hands next to your feet and with your next inhale look slightly up, and then with an exhale, jump or walk your feet behind you so that your body creates an inverted V.

Igniting the Creative Spark with Yoga: Bow Pose

There are a number of Yoga poses, breathing exercises and contemplative techniques that will help to fan the fires of creativity and give you the energy to bring your creative projects to completion. Back bending Yoga poses are profoundly effective at releasing unproductive holding patterns all along the front side of the body.

Igniting the Creative Spark with Yoga: Warrior III

When our prana is sluggish from too much muscular tension, stress and toxicity, our creativity is also dulled. Choosing Yoga poses and sequences that increase the circulation of prana will ignite the creative spark within you.

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