February 15

5 Soothing Yoga Poses for Sleep

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5 Soothing Yoga Poses for Sleep

If you’re not getting the length and quality of sleep that you would like, try practicing these 5 simple yoga poses for sleep before you get under the sheets. Yoga has a profoundly calming effect on both your body and your mind, slowing down your heart rate and allowing for a little headspace from the constant flow of thoughts. Hold each of the poses for 5-10 breaths before slipping under the covers for a deeper and more restorative night’s sleep.

1. Legs Up The Wall

Benefits

Gently stretches the hamstrings, lower back and the back of your neck. Alleviates lower back pain. Relaxes the body and calms the mind

Instructions

  1. Rest your feet up against the wall at the head of your bed.
  2. Bring your arms by your sides, palms facing up.
  3. Close your eyes and relax into the pose for 5-10 deep breaths. Notice as your belly expands on your inhalation and contracts as you exhale.

2. Seated Twist

Benefits

Increases spinal flexibility. Stretches the knees, abs, chest, shoulders and neck. Alleviates lower back pain

Instructions

  1. Sit cross-legged in the middle of your bed.
  2. Place your left hand on your right knee and your right fingertips a few inches behind you.
  3. Inhale, sit up tall. Exhale, twist to the right from the base of your spine–looking over your right shoulder.
  4. Stay in the pose for 5 deep breaths–inhaling to lengthen and exhaling to twist a little deeper.
  5. Come back to centre on your last exhalation and switch your legs for the other side.

3. Folded Butterfly

Benefits

Stretches the inner thighs, groin, hamstrings, knees, upper and lower back. Opens up the hips. Releases tension in the neck and shoulders. Alleviates back pain. Relaxes the body and calms the mind

Instructions

  1. Bring the soles of your feet together in the shape of a diamond and let your legs fall open. Inhale, sit up tall. Exhale, fold forward and completely relax your upper body–arms, neck and head.
  2. Close your eyes and relax into the pose for 5-10 deep breaths–breathing deep into your abdomen.
  3. To come out of the pose, take a deep breath in. Exhale, gently come back up to sitting, bring your legs out in front of you and give them a shake.

4. Child’s Pose

Benefits

Stretches the upper and lower back, glutes, knees and ankles. Relieves anxiety, stress and fatigue. Alleviates back, shoulder and neck pain. Relaxes the body and calms the mind

Instructions

  1. Come to all fours, touch your big toes together, sit back on your heels and rest your forehead on the bed. Bring your arms by your sides, palms facing up and let go of any tension across your upper back and shoulders.
  2. Stay in the pose for 5-10 breaths.
  3. To come out of the pose, take a deep breath in, bring your palms to the bed and press up to kneeling on an exhalation.

5. Happy Baby

Benefits

Opens up the hips. Stretches the groin and hamstrings. Alleviates lower back pain. Relaxes the body and calms the mind

Instructions

  1. Lie on your back, take hold of the outsides of your feet, bring your ankles out over your knees, flex your feet and gently pull them towards you.
  2. Press your lower back into the bed.
  3. Close your eyes and stay in the pose for 5-10 breaths, rocking gently from side to side

Photo credit: Sean Reagan

 

About The Author

Abi Carver is a Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer. She is the founder of Yoga 15, a comprehensive program of 15-minute yoga videos designed to improve flexibility, strength, mobility, balance and mental clarity. The app for the program (available for iOS) also now works with UP. Her routines are ideal for time-pressed men and women, keen to stay fit and healthy despite a hectic schedule. Born, raised and trained in the UK, her career has spanned Europe, South America and Asia. She teaches in person and online, all over the world. Follow her on Instagram.

February 15

A Beginner's Guide to Yoga | Gaia

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A Beginner's Guide to Yoga

The true journey into yoga begins with a desire to live a more peaceful life. Even though the average beginner yoga student may be totally unaware of that yearning, the thing that keeps every student of yoga coming back to their mats is the inner connection between breath, body, mind and spirit.

Yoga is a door to a state of harmony that would otherwise get lost amidst the buzzing of emails, video chats, text messages and another level on Angry Birds. This evolution into a full-fledged spiritual discipline often starts with a much more humble beginning.

Why People Return to Yoga Again and Again

Some people start yoga to get the thin, flexible yoga body, others to follow an attractive significant other into a hot steamy room with little clothing, and still others in pursuit of health or healing from injury and disease. There are also a few people who initially turn to yoga as an answer to the chaos and confusion of life and understand it viscerally to be a spiritual path. While all students of yoga do not start for the same reasons they stay with the practice for the same essential reason.

The thing that keeps students of yoga committed to what is sometimes an arduous path is the success of yoga as a spiritual discipline that leads the way into happiness, bliss and contentment. One important factor in a student’s journey into this inner realm is the guidance they receive during their first year. Like a child’s heart, a beginner’s mind is open, innocent and willing to trust, love and learn. It is the teacher’s responsibility to teach with integrity, wisdom, humility and compassion. This tender stage of a yoga student’s journey will often determine whether the student will treat yoga as a true spiritual path or just another physical activity to be thrown out when a new fitness trend comes through.

Crucial Points for a Beginner Yogi

The Goal of Asana Practice

If you are a beginner within your first year of yoga practice there are some crucial points to understand. The goal of yoga practice is to bring your mind into a deeper state of connection so that you can perceive the truth more clearly. This inner practice is actually more relevant than the attainment of the physical postures. If you set your mind to go deep within the adventure of the dark regions of your own consciousness will draw you further along the path then you ever imagined possible.

Trust in your own power to light the way and ask for help whenever you feel lost.

Relax Into the Process

Many new students get very inspired by the far reaching potential of the complete spiritual path of yoga and end up setting very high expectations for their personal practice. But this enthusiasm can sometimes lead to a totally avoidable low in the practice. Rather than starting off with an all-or-nothing attitude that demands a full transformation into a yogic lifestyle within a matter of months, it is better to relax into the process over a longer period of time.

Other students have a hard time accepting that they are yoga practitioners. These students often avoid buying their own yoga mat, dedicated yoga clothes or membership to a yoga center. At some moment being a student of yoga is a conscious choice that must be embraced within the heart of the student if the practice is to be truly effective. Yoga is a lifestyle more than an activity that can be compartmentalized into one area of your life. Instead of attempting to take on all the accouterments of the practice as a beginner, it is best advised to ease more slowly into the lifestyle changes as your inner awareness changes to suit these new behaviors.

How Often to Unroll Your Mat

If you are totally new to working your body you will certainly be sore for the majority of your first year of practice. Learn to enjoy it. A good goal to set when starting off with the physical practice of yoga is to unroll your yoga mat at least three (but up to six) times a week for at least the Sun Salutation A. This will give you a small, attainable goal that you can integrate into your life quite easily.

In fact, if you practice the traditional Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga method as a total beginner, your first practice will consist of the Sun Salutations for the first weeks and be perhaps only twenty minutes long each session. This small segment of practice can fit rather effortlessly even into the busiest schedule. With the interest in yoga growing, one thing that often hampers an inspired student’s ability to progress is the proximity to a qualified teacher. More students are practicing at home with online classes, YouTube tutorials, books, DVDs and other resources. While this is certainly better than not practicing at all, self-study ideally paves the way for a meeting with a true teacher who will provide the concrete direction needed to move confidently along the inner path of yoga.

Find a Good Yoga Teacher

Once you have been practicing yoga for a few years it is easy to forget what it was like to be a total beginner. A seasoned practitioner can reignite the flames of inspiration by remembering their first yoga class and relishing the beauty and wonder of those first months of practice. There is so much that is taken for granted in the mind of even a modestly regular yoga student that can be consciously cultivated on a daily basis. I still remember the magic of my meeting with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the small south Indian city of Mysore. It changed my life forever and it inspires me every day that I practice the Ashtanga Yoga method. One year of practice, even a decade of practice just scratches the surface. A whole lifetime of sincere practice of not just the physical postures, but also the inner spiritual work, reveals the depth and scope of the power of yoga.

Kino MacGregor

Dedicated to transporting the torch of Ashtanga Yoga throughout the world, Kino Macgregor broadcasts the amazing practices and benefits to all. In her motivational yet easy going approach, Macgregor aids her students in developing and deepening their understanding of their own life through yoga. As one of only 14 people in the United States to receive Certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga from its founder, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, Macgregor finds that yoga?s most authentic manifestation is through its message of spiritual empowerment, composed flexibility, and expressive harmony. As the youngest woman to receive the Ashtanga yoga certification, Kino Macgregor has completed the challenging Third Series and is now learning the Fourth Series. Based at her yoga teaching center in Miami, she travels throughout the world sharing her message of Ashtanga Yoga. Without any previous knowledge in movement training, Kino MacGregor tried her first yoga class at the early age of 19. Three years later, she joined Govinda Kai's Mysore-style classes in New York City and became a devoted Ashtanga Yoga practitioner. After seven months of traditional Ashtanga practice, Macgregor traveled to Mysore, India to meet her true spiritual teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois ("Guruji"). After seven years of consistent trips to Mysore, at the age of 29, she received the Certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga and has since has worked tirelessly to spread the inspiration and benefits of practicing. After devoting a major portion of her life in personal growth work, Kino Macgregor returned to her home of Miami Beach to create an area devoted to the incorporation of yoga, and holistic health. In 2006, she and her husband, Tim Feldmann, founded Miami Life Center, where together they now facilitate daily classes, and workshops in addition to upholding an international traveling and teaching schedule. As a life coach and Ph.D. candidate in holistic health with a Master?s Degree from New York University, Kino Macgregor integrates her passion into awareness and empowerment within her yoga teachings. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga Mind Body Spirit, Yoga Joyful Living, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Florida Travel & Life Magazine, Six Degrees Magazine as well as appearing on Miami Beach?s Plum TV and the CBS Today Show. Her individual products include four Ashtanga Yoga DVDs (Kino MacGregor ? A Journey, A Workshop; Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series; Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series; Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga), an Ashtanga Yoga practice card and a podcast on yoga. She is currently working on a fourth DVD. Trailers and excerpts from the DVDs can be viewed at her website (kinoyoga.com) or on YouTube.

February 15

6 easy yoga poses for kids - Today's Parent

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February 15

9 Great Yoga YouTube Channels | The Huffington Post

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9 Great Yoga YouTube Channels

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Interested in yoga but don't want to pay for an expensive class or be seen flopping around on your mat like a fish out of water?

YouTube has tons of yoga channels that are great for yoga enthusiasts who prefer to salute the sun from their own backyards.

Of course, not all yoga channels are created equal, nor are they right for every person. Many may lack the proper instruction and expert leadership needed to make them particularly helpful to you. However, there are some truly standout yoga YouTube channels you should look into, nine of which are listed below.

This channel is led by Tara Stiles, who introduces viewers -- along with guest instructors -- to yoga moves that range from basic to challenging.

Strala is dedicated to making yoga a fun experience for all people who want to get the physical and mental benefits of this ancient fitness method.

The best thing about Strala? The examples are easy to follow, so it isn't hard to understand what's occurring or to start to emulate what you see.

While you will need to pay to download Strala's complete yoga workouts (about $15 a video), you can preview the different workouts on the YouTube channel to decide which ones are right for you, before you pay for them.

This YouTube channel is an extension of the magazine and website of the same name. It's especially popular with beginning yoga devotees because of the simple way the videos instruct viewers.

There's a nice mix here of instructional videos and down-to-earth interviews that make yoga come alive.

PsycheTruth has its roots in Swedish massage, but integrates yoga videos as well. These yoga videos often focus on yoga sessions meant to achieve a particular end, whether it be yoga for relaxation, yoga for energy, yoga workouts for your abs or even yoga for menstrual cramps.

An attractive feature of subscribing to this channel is that there's a new video just about every day. This provides a wealth of variety for viewers who constantly want to up their games.

One of the first aspects of Yoga Online that stands out is that it focuses on the mind-body connection of yoga, not just the purely physical benefits of this type of fitness regimen.

Yoga Online has a mix of female and male instructors, which offers a different perspective for viewers who may be accustomed to seeing mostly female YouTube yogis.

Adriene, the host of this YouTube channel, presents herself and her art with a down-to-earth easiness that will make even newbies relaxed from the start.

Her 30 days of yoga series is a terrific place to begin learning about yoga, as well as practicing simple-to-moderate moves.

Strength is a key focus of Interval Yoga and inspiration is around every corner. A new video is posted approximately once per week, and are meant to get viewers as buff as possible.

This channel may be better suited for yoga aficionados comfortable with the basics and seeking more challenging moves.

Variety is the spice of life, as well as the proper seasoning for viewers who want their personal yoga routines to reflect their days.

If a day is particularly hard, a tough yoga workout with tons of activity may be beneficial. If a day has been stressful, calming yoga poses may be a nicer fit. This channel can provide any yoga routine for any mood.

Moms and dads who want to do their yoga exercises but have younger kids to entertain will appreciate Cosmic Kids Yoga.

The moves are geared toward the younger set and feature brightly colored backgrounds and easy-to-follow instructions, but parents can join in on the fun and get a workout, too. It's family time at its healthiest!

Yoga House is less about the cosmic link between yoga and the surrounding life forces and more about pure movement and poses.

For those looking for a variety of moves from different types of yoga, such as bikram, power and ashantanga yoga, Yoga House is an ideal channel to bookmark.

As you become more attuned to your own yoga leanings, you may want to start a YouTube channel yourself! In the meantime, seek out soem experts and embrace the adventure. Namaste.

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February 15

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February 8, 2017

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Friends, I am so proud to share that our new studio, Island Yoga, will be opening it’s doors on the first day of the new year! Please join us on January 1 for this long-awaited celebration of sacred community creation. In keeping with January 1st tradition, we will be practicing 108 Sun Salutations in the main shala at 3 PM, followed by a big celebration with food, drinks, and music. The yoga session is limited to 74 people so please email hello@islandyoga.com to reserve your spot! If you’d like to enjoy the celebration only, please join...

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February 15

6 Yoga Poses That Help Reduce Anxiety | The Chopra Center

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6 Yoga Poses That Help Reduce Anxiety

The never-ending flow of information from news sites and social media feeds can cause even calm people to feel anxious or stressed. It’s no wonder that some 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Many alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda can help; follow these five yoga poses to get your anxiety under control.

Nadi Shodhana in Padmasana (Seated Lotus Pose)

 

 

Anxiety typically affects your breathing first. When you feel threatened or have received information that causes anxiety, you start to breathe shallowly, faster, or you might hold your breath altogether. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breathing) is a way to control your breathing and ensure that oxygen-rich blood gets to your brain.

Sit in Padmasana, lotus, or any seated cross-legged position and make sure your spine is tall. If you’re already feeling the effects of anxiety, you may want to ground yourself by sitting against a wall with pillows under your knees. Start with your left hand facing up on your lap. Take your right hand and bring the index and middle fingers in between your eyebrows to rest there as a shelf. You will alternately close your right nostril with your thumb and your left nostril with the inside of your ring finger. At times you will hold both nostrils.

Begin by inhaling deeply through both nostrils and exhaling deeply through both. Then, hold the right nostril and inhale through the left only and count to two. Hold both nostrils closed and count to six. Let go of the right nostril only and count to four. Then inhale through the right for two, hold both for six and exhale through the left for four. Repeat the whole process for about two minutes.

To prepare for your anti-anxiety yoga poses, have the following yoga props: a mat, two yoga blocks or small pillows, a bolster or rolled up towel, an eye pillow or rolled up hand towel, and a blanket.

Viparita Karani (Legs Up on the Wall Pose)

 

 

For this pose, make sure you have an open wall space and a rolled up towel or yoga bolster. Start seated sideways to the wall with your knees; one hip should be touching the wall. Swing your legs vertically up onto the wall as you lie down on the floor. Place your rolled up towel or bolster underneath your hips at the area of the sacrum. Allow your legs to extend completely upward with your toes facing the ceiling. Bring your arms out to the sides resting slightly below your shoulders. If you’re feeling anxious, face your palms downward toward the floor. If you’re feeling vulnerable, place a blanket over you. You can remain in this pose between 5 and 15 minutes.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)

 

 

Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart. Make sure your feet are parallel and your arms are alongside you with the palms facing the floor. Press down on your palms, raise the pelvis upward, and squeeze your bottom. Hold the pose for 5 to 10 breaths. You can support your bridge pose with a yoga block. Place the block underneath the sacrum just above the tailbone. Allow your lower back to rest on the block.

This inverted posture will bring oxygen-rich blood to your brain, which has a calming effect.

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

 

 

Start by sitting on your heels. Bend forward with your arms outstretched and bring your torso to the mat. If your knees are bothersome, open them wide like a letter “V.” You can also wrap your arms alongside of you with the palms facing up. If this pose still isn’t comfortable, place a pillow underneath your torso to bring the floor closer to you. Child’s pose is a gentle inversion.

Alternatively, you can do a puppy pose where your bottom stays aligned with the knees to create a 90-degree angle with your lower legs. Again, drape the blanket around your lower back to keep warm and to keep you grounded.

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)

 

 

Begin this pose in a seated position. Place a bolster or rolled up blanket behind your tailbone. Gently lie down on the blanket or bolster, and place your feet together with your knees open in a butterfly pose. If you need knee support, place your yoga blocks or pillows under each knee. Your arms can either be placed on your stomach or outstretched to the sides, allowing the heart and chest to be open. To benefit from full relaxation in this pose, you can place a blanket over you and an eye pillow or rolled up hand towel over your eyes.

Makarasana (Crocodile Pose)

 

 

Crocodile pose is deeply relaxing and it facilitates full, diaphragmatic breathing. Begin by lying facedown on your mat. Open your legs a little wider than hip-distance apart with your toes going outward and heels pointing inward. Bring your arms in front of you and fold them with your hands wrapping around opposite elbows. Now draw the elbows in toward you so your shoulder and upper back are slightly off the floor. Rest your forehead on your forearms. Your belly will rest on the floor easily. Begin taking deep abdominal breaths. This pose relaxes your abdomen, enabling you to expand into the lower back. To release tension in the shoulders and neck, you can alternatively place a rolled up towel under the upper chest and underneath the armpits. You can hold crocodile pose between 5 and 10 minutes.

Try practicing a couple of these poses each day as a preventive method against anxiety. Having effective yoga tools when anxiety hits is useful. Keeping your body and mind healthy with consistent practice can prevent anxiety altogether and keep you in a more peaceful state of being.

*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center's Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.

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February 15

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Online yoga: The best site for streaming yoga

Everyone needs more yoga!

Those of us who prefer to go to yoga classes at a local studio may not pay much attention to the world of online yoga classes, but many yogis are realizing that the world of streaming yoga classes is much more than just cueing up a video on YouTube. It's awesome. The teachers are incredible and the offerings vast. And, you just bought yourself TIME. No parking, driving or rushing around... on your schedule, in your living room... right now with some of the best teachers in the world. 

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Do MORE yoga... and with all of this amazing talent online, there are no more excuses. See you on your yoga mat.

Tell us, do you use an online yoga service? Which one do you like best?

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DoYogaWithMe

Submitted by Ann on November 25, 2014 - 9:54am.

I love www.doyogawithme.com They have a large variety of free classes filmed outdoors in beautiful British Columbia.
Thank you for this great list!

hello friends i am very happy

Submitted by alenY123scott on December 27, 2014 - 7:35am.

hello friends

i am very happy to be sharing with you some important terms of health.we know that yoga are very helpful for our health.yoga are not only improves their health but also increases the power of their mind and soul.

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Where's EkhartYoga?

Submitted by Lousia on October 24, 2014 - 7:54am.

Thanks for the awesome list. I do miss http://www.ekhartyoga.com, really love Esther Ekhart and the other teachers there!

TheGreenYogi.com!

Submitted by Anonymous on September 30, 2014 - 11:42pm.

I'm stuck on www.thegreenyogi.com/onlineclasses the teachers have a variety of styles and the site offers 30 min classes which works best for me as I don't always have 1+ hrs to practice while at home. I love the Julie Rader meditation classes, I think it's obvious how much it can help to have these at your fingertips, I can't always make it to a studio for Yoga Nidra.

For challenging classes I go with Tamal Dodge, my abs hate me though. And Wendy Garafalo's wall class is soooo goood!

Thanks for the list Ally and alignyo!

MyYogaPro

Submitted by Jen on September 30, 2014 - 4:24pm.

I use this site and love love love Erin Motz! She's da bomb!

2 more suggestions

Submitted by Anonymous on September 30, 2014 - 12:20pm.

I'd add YogaToday (www.yogatoday.com) - you can pay for a yearly or monthly subscription, and they add a new class every day. Different styles and teachers, and I've enjoyed all the classes I've taken with them.

My favorite, though, is www.doyogawithme.com because it's free, it has a lot of different class lengths, and I've found some awesome, very different flows and poses there. You can choose to purchase videos to help support the site or just watch them online for free.

Great compilation guys - so

Submitted by Kara Pendl on November 14, 2013 - 3:28pm.

Great compilation guys - so many great class resources out there!

February 15

11 Beginner's Yoga Poses To Help You Get Started

New to yoga? Check out these basic positions to wa [...]

11 Beginner’s Yoga Poses To Help You Get Started

New to yoga? Check out these basic positions to warm up for your first studio class.

Here are some beginner-friendly yoga positions to help you ease into the awesome art of yoga.

1. Mountain Pose

Sanskrit name: Tadasana
Benefits: Improves posture, sense of center, mental clarity; solid breathing exercise

How to: Simply stand—feet hip-width apart, weight spread evenly—with your arms at your sides. Then breathe slowly and deeply at an even pace, keeping your neck aligned with the rest of your spine. You can move your hands and arms as you focus; some people take a prayer position or reach up to the sky for a stretch.

2. Downward Facing Dog

Sanskrit name: Adho mukha svanasana
Benefits: Encourages full-body circulation; a great stretch for calves and heels

How to: Get on all fours with hands and knees shoulder-and-hips-width apart. Walk your hands forward and spread your fingers wide for stability. Curl your toes under and carefully press your hips upward so your body looks like an inverted V with your knees slightly bent. You can get a stronger stretch by keeping your heels on the floor; “walk your dog” by alternately pressing your heels down.

3. Warrior Pose

Sanskrit: Virabhadrasana
Benefits: Strengthens and stretches your legs and ankles

How to: Stand with your legs three to four feet apart. Turn out your right foot 90 degrees and your left foot in slightly. Keeping your shoulders down, extend your arms to the sides with your palms down. Lunge into your right knee 90 degrees; keep your knee over your foot and don’t let it go past your toes. Aim your focus over your hand for as long as you like then switch sides.

4. Tree Pose

Sanskrit name: Vriksasana
Benefits: Improves your balance; strengthens your thighs, calves, ankles, and spine

How to Take mountain pose. Then shift your weight onto your left leg. Keeping your hips facing forward, place the sole of your right foot inside your left thigh and find your balance. When you’re there, take a prayer position with your hands. To kick it up a notch, reach your arms up as you would in mountain pose. Be sure to repeat on the other side.

5. Bridge Pose

Sanskrit name: Setu bhanda
Benefits: Strengthens your chest, neck, and spine; great warm-up for more intense backbends

How to: Lie on the floor with your arms at your sides. With your knees bent, press your feet into the floor as you lift your hips. Then clasp your hands under your lower back and press your arms down for support. Lift your hips until they are parallel to the floor as you bring your chest to your chin. Rookie mode: try pillows under your head and/or hips.

6. Triangle Pose

Sanskrit name: Trikonasana
Benefits: full body stretch; strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles; relieves backache; well-recommended for pregnant women

How to: Take warrior pose on your right side without lunging into your knee. Then touch the inside of your right foot with the outside of your right hand. Reach up to the ceiling with your left hand. Turn your gaze toward and past your left hand to stretch your back. Don’t forget to repeat it on the other side.

7. Seated Twist

Sanskrit name: Ardha matsyendrasana
Benefits: gives you an amazing stretch, especially after long hours sitting at the office; works the shoulders, hips, and neck

How to: Sit on the floor and extend your legs. Cross your right foot over the outside of your left thigh. Bend your left knee keeping your right knee pointed toward ceiling. Keep your right hand on the floor behind you to stay stable and place your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Twist to the right as far as you can, moving from your abdomen. Be sure to keep both sides of your butt on the floor. Do this on both sides.

8. Upward Facing Dog

Sanskrit name: Urdhva mukha svanasana
Benefits: Stretches and strengthens the spine, arms, and wrists

How to: Lie facedown on the floor with your thumbs under shoulders, legs extended with the tops of your feet on the floor. Tuck your hips downward as you squeeze your glutes. Keeping your shoulders down, push up and lift your chest off the ground. Relax and repeat.

9. Pigeon Pose

Sanskrit name: Eka pada rajakapotasana
Benefits: opens up the shoulders and the chest; great quad stretch

How to: Start in a push-up position, your palms under your shoulders. Place your left knee on the floor near your shoulders with your left heel by your right hip. Press your hands to the floor and sit back with your chest lifted. You can also lower your chest closer to the floor for a stretch. Try it on the other side.

10. Crow Pose

Sanskrit name: Bakasana
Benefits: Strengthens your arms, wrists, and abs; more of a challenge, but a great trick to pull out at parties

How to: Get into downward facing dog position. Then walk your feet forward until your knees touch your arms. Carefully, bend your elbows and lift your heels off the floor. Rest your knees against the outside of your upper arms. Keep your abs engaged and legs pressed against arms.

You can leave your toes on the floor or if you’re a pro, lift them off and hover. To do this, try to keep tucked tight, with your heels close to your butt. When you’re ready, push your upper arms against your shins and draw your inner groins deep into the pelvis to help you with the lift.

11. Child’s Pose

Sanskrit name: Balasana
Benefits: lets you relax and breathe into your back; stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles; relieves back and neck pain.

How to: Sit upright comfortably on your heels. Roll your torso forward and bring your forehead to rest on the ground in front of you. Extending your arms forward, lower your chest to your knees as close as you comfortably can. Hold the pose and breathe into your torso. Exhale and release to get deeper into your fold.

Practice these and you’ll be a pro in no time!

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February 15

Top 50 Yoga & Wellness Blogs to Follow in 2017 - BookYogaRetreats.com

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Top 50 Yoga & Wellness Blogs to Follow in 2017

The internet is full to the brim with information about yoga, travel, meditation and wellness. But with so many websites available, how do we choose the best ones? At BookYogaRetreats.com, we’ve narrowed down a list of 50 blogs that cover different specifications which we consider important to make them great.

The blogs we’ve chosen are constantly updated, they have a significant amount of readers and collaborators, they talk about different aspects of wellness, and they offer diversity in their content either with well-written articles, yoga classes, videos, workshops, online stores, free yoga challenges, guided meditation sessions or anything else that provides the yoga community with value.  

Check them out and get inspired by the stories of all the people behind these excellent yoga and wellness blogs!

 

Yoga with Adriene

Adriene Mishler is arguably the most popular yoga celebrity on the web. Actress, yoga teacher, dog lover; she has such a charming personality that her success doesn’t surprise anyone. Her style is refreshing, simple and so authentic that it makes you feel as if she had written each post or newsletter exclusively for you.

Her blog Yoga with Adriene has much to offer. In the past, she’s given away the series of videos “30 Days of Yoga” and “Yoga Camp”. And for 2017 she has a brand new challenge named “Revolution: 31 Days of Yoga”. And if it wasn’t enough, every week she uploads a new yoga class totally free of cost for all her loyal and numerous community that reaches almost 2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.

 

Bad Yogi

If you don’t really identify with the stereotypical yogi way of living, you’re going to love Erin Motz and her bad yogi attitude. She loves wine, she eats lots of cheese and she doesn’t speak in Sanskrit during her classes; in other words, she’s just not your average yoga teacher!

She wrote an article for the Huffington Post calling the yoga world out on all its typical Zen-ish ideologies, and that’s when Adrien “The Frenchman” decided to join her to build up the blog Bad Yogi. The intention is to make yoga more accepting and open to everyone, getting rid of the exclusivity and judgments.

She has a free 30-day yoga challenge, and for 2017 Erin has prepared a 10-day “I am” yoga challenge that you can subscribe for free this January!

 

Awaken with JP

Talking about unconventional yogis, JP Sears and his Ultra Spiritual blog are the prime example of this. In his YouTube videos, he pokes fun about the way yoga has evolved, the commercial side of it and tries to make yogis conscious of how important it is to not take the practice so seriously.

He also offers coaching sessions and holds events all over the world to help people find their most spiritual true self. Check out our interview with JP and learn a little bit more about his peculiar mind and his wonderful heart.

 

Ju Yogi

As described by her Austrian founder, Ju Schneeberger, this is not only a yoga blog, but a space for happy hearts and healthy souls. On Ju Yogi, she talks about various wellness topics like sustainability and veganism. She even wrote a book of vegan recipes!

In 2015 she became a yoga teacher, which gave her an even greater perspective of the practice. The content on her blog is available in German and English and she also shares her traveling experiences there, making it the ideal blog for yoga & travel enthusiasts like us!

 

Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles is a former model turned yoga instructor, so you can imagine how amazing her pictures look! But don’t let her modeling background fool you and think that she’s all about the looks, she also founded a revolutionary approach to healing called Strala Yoga.

On her blog she shares free videos of yoga sequences and for 2017 she has prepared a free guide called 30 days of awesome you, to bring out your strong, radiant and connected self! She became pregnant a few months ago, which has helped her to add a new variant to her teaching: pre-natal yoga.

Make sure you follow her blog and don’t miss out the much-expected birth of her baby girl!

 

Yoga Basics

This is a blog that was originally launched in 2000 by Timothy Burgin to bring the ancient teachings of yoga to the modern age of internet. 17 years later one can gladly say that Yoga Basics has contributed to the growth of yoga with all their articles that teach new practitioners the basics of yoga and meditation. It also explains many other aspects of the yoga philosophy and has a great community that contributes with valuable information for yogis of all levels.

 

Marianne Elliott

Is it possible to be good and be well? Marianne Elliott believes it is! If you have ever thought that you could play a role in making this world a kinder, fairer and safer place, this blog is for you. The ideology behind Marianne’s blog is that we can do more good in community than just by ourselves, and at BookYogaRetreats.com we surely agree with her!

On her site she offers a guide to bravery in action which she calls “30 days of courage” and various yoga programs from 30 to 90 days. And as a writer, she also shares lots of resources with all of us who also like the art of writing and believe in it as a tool to transform the world.

 

Jason Crandell Yoga Method

Jason Crandell and his partner Andrea Ferretti are the two creative minds behind this fantastic blog that teaches essential yoga sequences, pranayama exercises and many more aspects of yoga. The Jason Crandell yoga method is based on Vinyasa Yoga and focuses on power, precision and mindfulness. He is a natural teacher and author with more than 15 years of experience. He is happy to share all his knowledge on his blog and if you subscribe to his newsletter he will send you free yoga classes.

 

Gigi Yogini

Brigitte Kouba Neves, better known as Gigi Yogini, is a yoga teacher and positive body image activists whose classes and workshops help practitioners build confidence and courage through breath and movement. She’s an advocate of positivity and you can easily tell it by the way she writes on her blog. We especially loved her #IAmAffirmative challenge that she promoted in December. If you missed out on it, don’t worry, you can still do it on your own by writing down 10 positive affirmations and using them as mantras for 2017!

 

Gwen Lawrence

If you practice sports you’re going to love Gwen Lawrence’s blog. She’s a yoga teacher passionate about understanding how each sport works and how she can help athletes through yoga depending on their activity and position on the field. She has worked with celebrities such as Alex Rodriguez, Plaxico Burress, Claudio Reyna and has provided her services to professional teams like the New York Giants, New York City FC, the Knicks and the Yankees.

On her blog, she has lots of free videos of Power Yoga and many articles to help athletes from different disciplines to have a better performance and prevent injuries.

 

Rachel Brathen

Rachel Brathen, better known on Instagram as the Yoga Girl, is one of the most famous yoga celebrities on the web. The Swedish yogini has a very active blog which she uses as a diary to share with her followers her daily yoga sessions and wellness tips to have a healthy life. Her Instagram success gave her a big boost to write a book, become a motivational speaker, start-up a non-profit and live many people’s dream on the island of Aruba.

She’s currently waiting for her baby girl to be born and all her pregnancy has been closely followed by her fans on social media. We’ll see what surprises she springs on us once her little girl is born, but we’re expecting that lots of her shots will go viral.

 

Jessamyn Stanley

Jessamyn Stanley doesn’t have what you would probably describe as a yoga body. But she has created her blog and dedicated her life to change the imaginary of the typical curvy girl. There is no body type for yoga, everyone can do it. If you don’t believe us, just look at her doing a handstand!

She is a yoga teacher, body positive advocate, and a writer who celebrates every student’s body. She has many yoga videos on YouTube and she always encourages people to ask themselves “how do I feel?” instead of “how do I look?” when practicing yoga.

 

Karan Bajaj

Karan Bajaj is a best-selling Indian novelist. Besides his books on wellness, he shares his thoughts and advice about meditation and writing on his blog. In addition, he has plenty of videos to help people be their best selves and live a meaningful life. And if you are new to meditation or want to improve your technique in a short period of time, his free meditation video course is a must!

 

Rachel Scott. The Art of Education

Rachel Scott is a nerdy academic, creative artist and yoga teacher whose biggest passion is to teach and share her knowledge with the world. Thus she created this blog trying to create a space in which real life philosophy meets juicy feeling meets incisive alignment.

She’s also written a couple of books and a lot of articles about yoga, food, relationships and love. Her simple style captivates yogis (and non-yogis alike) of all levels, backgrounds and preferences. And if you’re more keen on videos, she has an extensive vlog talking shedding light on many topics, from yoga philosophy to the latest US election.

 

Aham Yoga

Aham Yoga is a heart-warming blog owned by Arundhati Baitmangalkar. She’s a teacher and eternal student of yoga who talks about the philosophy behind the practice, as well as all the different benefits of yoga, meditation, alignments, chanting, poses, and many other topics related to wellness and yoga that we’re sure you’re going to love.

 

Jennie Lee Yoga Therapy

Jennie Lee is an author, yoga teacher and coach based in Hawaii. She’s a blogger committed to her spiritual path, marriage and partnering. She’s very authentic and you can see that on each one of her posts and her book True Yoga. She writes about authentic yoga and tries to change the ego-centricity of the modern yoga world, showing how we are all the same inside and bringing up our divine essence of one-ness.

 

The Journey Junkie

The Journey Junkie is a blog where Allie writes about travel, life and lots of yoga. She has come a long way since we featured her on our 50 favorite yoga blogs last year. The structure of the website has dramatically improved, she now has many instructional yoga videos like the “30 Poses in 30 Days” series; several Vinyasa Flow classes; and for 2017 she has prepared the “Yoga Body Bootcamp” challenge.

And of course, she keeps sharing her exciting travel experiences all over the world, form Asia, to Europe, and The Americas. As well as her inspirational life tips that will make you want to join the journey of this yoga junkie.

 

Lainie Devina Yoga

Lainie Devina is a highly regarded yoga teacher, dancer and mentor in the YogaWorks Professional Program. She created this blog as a journey towards physical consciousness, where she shares online yoga classes, coaching sessions, and many articles enriched by her vast experience and interesting perspective of life.

 

Jayne Becca Yoga

Jayne Becca is a yoga teacher, whose ideology shaped by her practice has taught her that yoga is not about being super bendy and doing crazy inversions. It is about uncovering who you really are and being kind to yourself so you can be kind to other too. This is the philosophy you will read on her blog, along with many free classes and tips to get the most of your yoga on and off the mat.  

 

Nicole Doherty Yoga, Healing Arts & Wellness

Nicole Doherty is a yoga teacher, shamanic Reiki healer, life coach, recording artist and writer. So, with this background, imagine how interesting are her articles shared on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, and of course her own personal blog. She writes about all sorts of themes, from politics to yoga and meditation, always using her mindful and loving attitude towards life.

 

One with Life. Tales of the Traveling Yogini

A yogini who likes to travel, need we say more on why we chose this blog? Stephanie Spence is a writer, adventurer, yoga teacher, athlete and screenwriter, who shares her passion for life with an open heart through her blog One with Life. She’s a mother of two who has been practicing yoga for over 35 years, and you can see all this experience reflected on her thoughts that aim to provide her readers with balance, humbleness and freedom.

 

Sassy Yogi

Sassy Yogi is a blog run by Angeline. She is a marketer, yoga teacher and fitness influencer passionate about yoga and wellness. She writes about yoga basics, yoga hacks, and she also uses this space to share with the world her weekly intentions to have a more plentiful life. Angie recently opened her own yoga studio in Singapore, so if you happen to be around you can go take one of her great yoga classes in person!

 

Silvia Mordini

Silvia is an Ecuadorian writer, happiness coach, healer, love alchemist and an internationally recognized yoga presenter. The intention of her blog, “loving your day”, is to connect people to their own joyful potential. There she shares anecdotes about her trips, gives advice based on what she calls the alchemy of yoga, and keeps her followers informed about her upcoming events.

 

Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement

Jenni Rawlings has a playful-yet-strong spirit that is perfectly translated into her teaching style. She’s an advocate of continuous movement to challenge your body and mind. On her blog she gives insight into different areas of yoga, dealing with pain, proper alignments in various poses, and just random thoughts to inspire her readers to keep moving and have a healthy life.

 

True Ayurveda

Julie Bernier is a Los Angeles-based Ayurvedic practitioner, with the firm belief that there is a way of life inherent to our true human nature. Through her blog, True Ayurveda, she wants to encourage people to live life in harmony with nature’s rhythms. Her articles talk about the principles of Ayurveda, yoga sequences to improve our health, and general tips to synch to the beat of nature’s wonders.

 

Yoga with Kassandra

Love Yin Yoga? This is the blog for you! Kassandra Reinhardt is an Ottawa-based yoga teacher on a mission to help others feel great with yoga. With her blog, she wants to create accessible, easy to follow yoga classes that you can do in the comfort of your home, so you can make wellbeing a priority.

She offers many free yoga classes on her YouTube channel and is about to launch the “7-Day Yin Yoga Immersion” program totally free of charge. She also offers premium low-cost programs to gain a more in-depth Yin practice.

 

Habits of a Modern Hippie

Kait is a 27-year-old certified yoga teacher based in Denver, Colorado. She’s an obsessed dog-lover and an advocate of healthy living and a mindful life. She calls herself a modern hippie due to the way she was raised by her herbalist/naturopath mom and her business executive father.

With this fascinating background, she shares stories and advice about yoga, healthy eating, natural remedies, and of course, her two beautiful dogs Tink and Meek. In addition, her blog is home to The Spiral Collective, a very complete shop that offers curated health products, bringing holistic wellness into our everyday life

 

Brogamats

Brogamats is a hilarious blog owned by Dan Abramson, the creator of the world-famous Yoga Joes. Though girls are welcome to read all posts and will surely enjoy them, the content is clearly directed to men who believe yoga practice is not exclusive to women. It’s yoga for dudes, and women who want to have a good laugh. In the end, Brogamats was founded on the belief that yoga practitioners defy simple categorization, and that yoga is an inclusive practice for people of all genders and backgrounds.

You can learn more about Dan’s way of thinking on the interview he gave us: Yoga Joes, the Deadly Peaceful Toys that Bring Men into Yoga.

 

My Five-Minute Yoga Practice

The excuse of not having time to practice yoga is over! You just need five minutes to hop on the mat with Eve Johnson. She’s an Iyengar Yoga teacher with 12 years of experience who believes that cultivating the practice is the best way to live well. Her blog is the perfect place to learn to build a home yoga practice since she offers all the basic concepts in just 300 seconds. Follow Eve and be amazed by her young spirit, freshness and fabulous stories from her hometown Vancouver.

 

Runners Love Yoga

Runners love yoga… and may we add that yogis love running too? Both practices complement each other so well since they improve our breathing, make us stronger, healthier and more mindful. That’s why Ann Mazur, a certified yoga instructor and runner, has put together this fantastic blog that shows us the best of both worlds. She shares tips to get better results on the mat and on the track, and talks about specific races, marathons and half marathons.

Ann also offers programs for runners who want to improve their time through yoga, for as low as 3.99 USD.

 

Lim Yoga

Renée Le Verrier is the mind behind this very special blog that talks about yoga for Parkinson’s Disease and Movements Disorders, which we think it is something really admirable. Renée is a certified yoga instructor who herself lives with Parkinson’s and has survived a stroke, that’s why she focuses her classes on recreating adaptations and modifications for individuals who find it challenging to move with ease.

And if wasn’t enough, she also has a service dog blog with heart-warming stories about these four-legged friends that are always available to help people with a movement disorder.

 

Stretch Yoga

PJ Wells is the founder and teacher of Stretch Yoga. It is a yoga studio in Australia offering top-notch classes but they also have a great website with an interesting blog that talks about the principles of yoga, the different styles and benefits, and some curiosities around the practice such as the more in depth explanation of “Namaste” or the reason why we do yoga without shoes. Visit their site and if you happen to live in Australia, you can even go to their online shop to get class passes, gift vouchers or many great yoga products.

 

Yoga with James Russell

James Russell is a yoga teacher and therapist based in the United Kingdom. He has a holistic approach to yoga that harnesses a range of traditional practices to maximize our health, happiness and wellbeing. On his blog, you can find a lot of information about yoga, his own perspective on the practice and life in general, and many resources for yogis of all levels. Visit his site and get a more in-depth understanding of yoga!

 

Coffee with Kylie

Want to have some coffee with Kylie? You can talk about fashion, design, life, God, and of course, yoga! This is a blog with lots of images perfectly designed by Kylie’s exquisite taste. On her posts she proudly pictures her life with her boyfriend and her Rottweiler. She is mostly inspired by all these aspects in her life and we’re sure she will inspire you to live a peaceful, healthy life.

 

Higher Living Yoga

Do you love yoga so much that you would like to create your own yoga brand and eventually become a yoga influencer online? This is the blog for you! Matt is a business coach, Seantay is a yoga instructor, they’re a happy couple and together they’ve built Higher Living Yoga. On this blog they talk about yoga lifestyle and tips; their topics range from yoga books they recommend, to yoga apps, and advice to create your own yoga blog. In addition, they offer a free webinar to brand yourself and become an influencer.

 

Alive in the Fire

This is a great blog for students and teachers inspired by the asana practice of yoga. Rachel Koontz, the author of this great website, keeps it very active with several posts per week that inspire all her readers to live wholeheartedly, in a loving way, receiving and giving lots of hugs.

Alive in the Fire will keep your inner spark bright and it will motivate you to stick to the mat with a smile on your face.

 

Once Upon a Dollhouse

Caitlin and Danielle are two yoga teachers that were brought together by fate to live life to the fullest. Once upon a time, they decided to move into a real-life dollhouse; from there, they decided to start their blog on which they chronicle their adventures and celebrate the beauty of life. Their intention is to inspire their readers to become their healthiest and happiest selves, whether that is through crystal healing, love, adventure or their individual yoga journey. Follow them and see how a mindful doll life could be a very interesting one.

 

Radically Ever After

Namita Kulkarni is a yoga teacher, traveler and writer from India, who is always looking for something new to learn, her next adventure and how to seize the day. She is the owner of this beautiful blog through which she opens her heart to the world and shares many interesting anecdotes from her travels over 14 countries and the learning points she gets from each trip. In a few words, she’s an adventurous soul, radically ever after.

 

The Holistic Blogger

Raquelle, AKA The Holistic Blogger, is a former junk food couch potato and stress-cadet who completely transformed her life through yoga, veganism and meditation. She’s on a holistic journey traveling around the world eating plant-based vegan food, and all her adventures are documented on her blog. Her website offers plenty of vegan recipes, advice on healthy eating, fitness, meditation, and a vlog where she gives guided meditation sessions.

And if you give her your email, you’ll get a free gift – a holistic lifestyle action guide to refresh & renew healthy habits. Check out The Holistic Blogger and be inspired by Raquelle’s story!  

 

Dance Flow Lift

Dance Flow Lift is a lifestyle, fitness and yoga blog written by former professional dancer, turned yogi and fitness instructor, Natasha Wynn. Here, she talks about her life, her classes, fitness finds, her training, and yoga. Through her site, Natasha wants to encourage people to be fit, happy and healthy in all areas of their lives. And guess what? She just went on her first yoga retreat this past year, find out how it was and let her motivate you to book yourself one.

 

Love Light Yoga

This is another special gift for Yin Yoga lovers. Danielle Hoogenboom is the owner of this fantastic website on which she shares her passion for yoga and uses it as a platform to talk about her creative interests on and off the mat. She believes that Yin Yoga and a mindful lifestyle have the ability to heal, change and transform the world around us. And if you’d like to expand your yoga apparel, she has a very nice shop too where you can get clothing and props.

 

Fit Bottomed Girls

The popular fitness and wellness website, Fit Bottomed Girls, is a fantastic space for yogis to get a good insight into how yoga can make a great difference in any workout routine. Jennipher Walters, Erin Whitehead and Kristen Seymour, yoga practitioners and wellness experts, are the three women behind this blog. It aims to encourage people to embrace their inner beauty  and show the world that fit bottoms come in all shapes and sizes.

 

Raise Your Beat

Raise Your Beat is a platform sustained by a global community and inspired by holistic health, travel and sustainability. Yogini Lauren Lee is the founder of this great space in which she wants to empower others to live vibrant and meaningful lives. She is a natural born explorer, who lives, learns and loves around the globe and shares her stories on this website dedicated to all people who want to connect, live more positively and unleash their wanderlust.

 

Elena Brower

Paying attention is one of the things that we most easily forget, says Aldous Huxley. And that’s exactly what Elena Brower wants to change with her blog. She is a mother, teacher, speaker and co-author of Art of Attention. Here she offers los of content about yoga and meditation as a way to approach the world with realistic reverence and gratitude – and attention! You can also subscribe to her newsletter to get love and gratitude directly delivered to your inbox. 

 

Ishta Yoga

ISHTA means that which resonates with the individual spirit and is also an acronym for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda. Based on this philosophy, Alan and Sarah write on this blog about many different aspects of yoga, meditation, detox and even politics. They also offer yoga classes and workshops for yogis all over the world. Subscribe to their site and take advantage of the weekly meditation sessions with Alan Finger.

 

The Yogini from Manila

Jane Uymatiao is a certified Yin Yoga teacher from the Philippines (as you may have imagined reading the name of this blog). Here, she chronicles her journey as a yogini; from her very first Vinyasa class, to her certification as an instructor in 2014. With time, her blog has expanded beyond her own journey trying to bring wellness in mind, body and spirit to all her readers. Now you can also find several book reviews, her opinion about different wellness products, healthy food recommendations and much more!

 

Daily Cup of Yoga

Who needs coffee when you can have a daily cup of yoga? This is an excellent blog about tips, tools and wisdom on yoga, fitness and technology. It is written by Brian, a yogi who started this blog in 2007 as his personal universe to document his discovery of the yogic arts; a journey that by the way started with a Rodney Yee yoga video over a Christmas break. Sounds like a person you would like to have a cup of yoga with? Follow his blog and be delighted by his stories about yoga, meditation, technology, books and life.

 

Yoga Tune Up

Yoga Tune Ups is a fitness therapy format built around the three P’s – Pain, Posture and Performance. It is a method created by Jill Miller, a yoga teacher who, after studying the human body for over 20 years, created Yoga Tune Up to restore her body and mind. On her blog, she has a great community of writers who share these principles to help people to fully embrace this method and tune up their lives.

 

The Wellness Universe

The Wellness Universe is a fantastic community of writers who have made of this site the most complete resource for mind, body, spirit and planet on the web. The mission of The Wellness Universe is to revolutionize the industry, elevate the health and well-being and empower a community with the potential to inspire peace globally. Here you will find expert advice related to the emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical and spiritual aspects of life.

 

Amy Dannheim

Amy Dannheim is a yoga teacher, traveler, writer and yoga studio owner from Florida. Since she was a child, she had to be moving all the time; she used to run, she played soccer, and did gymnastics, and she just hasn’t stopped. On her blog, she loves to share all the things she’s learned from her vast experience that includes leading classes for world-class companies like Nike, Lululemon and Norwegian Cruise Lines. 

Do you want to read more stories related to yoga, wellness, travel and meditation? Take a look at BookYogaRetreats.com’s blog and get inspired by the experiences of our collaborators!

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February 15

The BEST Online Yoga Classes - The Journey Junkie

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Online yoga classes have taken the yoga community by storm. These sites offer the complete package – low-cost, quality content, and the ability to do yoga whenever the heart desires. This could mean doing yoga in your undies on the back porch, in a hotel room while traveling, or possibly in an airport before departing. Regardless the location, online yoga classes have got it going on!

If this is your first time hearing about these classes, then bear with me.

I will be the first to agree – nothing compares to the authentic environment of a yoga studio, especially a good yoga studio at that. The energy that’s created between a room full of yogis is second to none, its magical.

Wanna know what’s not magical – when LIFE gets in the way of our yoga practice.

Not cool, Not magical, No bueno.

 

Online yoga classes are the perfect solution to combat our everyday lives AND to help keep yoga present. Below are 5 different ways to practice yoga on your time, when you feel the urge, when life is spinning out of control, or because you simply love the comfort of your home. The reason doesn’t matter. Your yoga practice does.

1. Yogaglo

Yogaglo is one of the big names on the block and for a good reason. The online yoga site is super affordable, the site design is streamlined and appealing, the content is high quality, and the teachers are the cream of the crop.

And to top it all off, the filming studio is a real yoga studio in Santa Monica, CA that is open to the public. Yogis are able to practice with international yoga teachers like Kathryn Budig, Dice Lida-Klein, and Tiffany Cruikshank – FOR FREE. How cool is that! Anyway – let’s get down to the details:

  • Monthly membership is $18.
  • They offer a 2 week free trial that does require a credit card – make sure to cancel before the 2 weeks are up to avoid being charged.
  • ALL types of yoga are offered on the site.
  • The teacher lineup is extremely impressive, as mentioned above.
  • The program runs best on a desktop, laptop, or tablet device.
  • An app is available to download the classes offline.

2. GaiamTV

The name Gaiam might sound familiar… that’s because it’s a major yoga brand found in every Target store and other big box retailers. Aside from being a great yoga brand, Gaiam also offers up an awesome online yoga destination. Way to go above and beyond Gaiam!

  • The first month is 99 cents – hello awesome deal!
  • The monthly program is $9.95 or $7.95 if you pay in full for the year.
  • The site is divided into categories to help members navigate their personal needs. Categories include: my yoga, healthy & longevity, seeking truth, spiritual growth, and films & series.
  • It can be streamed on XBOX 360, Amazon FireTV, iPad, and Androids.

3. The Cody App

The Cody App is definitely the new kid on the block and they’re killing it! With a teacher base derived mostly from strong social media influencers, it’s a no brainer that a following has quickly been built. If you’re an avid Instagram lover like me, then you’ll know these teachers!

What sets this program apart versus the others is the structure of offered classes. Instead of paying a monthly fee, each teacher offers individual plans to focus on specific postures, sequences, or an overarching theme like opening the heart.

  • Prices range from $19.99 – $59.99 for individual plans.
  • Bundles are a group of plans sold together – genius idea! These start around $39.99 and can be upwards of $200.
  • Each plan consist of 5 – 14 workouts of quality content and all the same yoga teacher.
  • Cody App works on all devices – it’s not just an app.
  • Featured teachers: Briohny Smith, Meghan Currie, Kino MacGregor, Mackenzie Miller, Dylan Werner, and Patrick Beach – to name a few…
  • The program also offers strength training, flexibility, functional fitness, weight loss, and new movement programs.

4. YouTube

YouTube is an oldie but a goodie. And the best part – it’s FREE! Many well-known yoga teachers offer awesome YouTube channels that are filled with classes, tutorials, challenges, and specific programs. YouTube channels are a great way for teachers to build a loyal following and offer quality content, so it’s a win-win for everyone! Instead of listing details out, I’ll focus on 3 channels to subscribe to:

KinoYoga:
  • Kino MacGregor is an internationally recognized teacher who’s deeply ingrained in the Ashtanga practice. She’s consistently practiced yoga for over 15 years and has traveled to Mysore, India multiple times to continue her studies. She’s also well-known for rocking some seriously small yoga shorts, which I totally support!
  • The channel has over 200,000 subscribers and loads of videos.
  • Video content is broken down into – yoga for beginners, living the yogi life, yoga splits, yoga handstands, yoga for strength postures, arm balances, and inversions, and full yoga classes to practice alongside her.

 

Yoga by Candance:
  • Candace is an international yoga teacher who has a huge online presence. She runs an amazing blog over at yogabycandace.com – it focuses on everything yoga and her personal life. The site offers tons of information about yoga, wellness, and lifestyle content.
  • The channel has over 40,000 subscribers and videos that run side by side with the blog.
  • Video content is broken down into – by length, time of day, body part focus, yoga as therapy, power vinyasa yoga, gentle yoga, and how to do specific postures.
Yoga with Adriene:
  • Adriene is another yoga teacher who runs an online yoga blog and has built a well-known cyber yoga brand.
  • The channel has over 600,000 subscribers and a huge library of content!
  • Video content is broken down into – 30 days of yoga plan, yoga for beginners, weight loss, foundations, on the road, and healing practice.

5. Yoga International

Yoga International is best known as a print publication and online yoga hub – it’s been around for quite some time and is a credible source of information. The site offers loads of information on yoga, health, food, meditation, wisdom, tantra, e-courses, an online yoga boutique, a directory of yoga retreats/ events/ teacher trainings, AND an online yoga program. That’s a whole lotta options yogis – kudos to them for offering all of it! .

  • Monthly membership is $14.99.
  • They offer a FREE 7 day trial period.
  • The site is responsive so it will work on any electronic device.

Whoa that was an incredible amount of yoga information and it’s all at your fingertips!

I recommend saving this blog post for later and slowly digesting all of the amazing online yoga sites listed above. The biggest takeaway for us as yogis is to know our practice is portable, it doesn’t belong to a specific studio, a specific teacher, or even a specific style.

Make your practice your own and it will flourish for a lifetime.

Let’s Talk – Do you use any of the above programs or any others that aren’t listed? Please feel free to post questions here, comments, or suggestions. The internet is massive so it’s impossible to provide all of the yoga programs – share the yogi knowledge down below!

Until next time, xoxo.

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29 Discussion to this post

  1. Any thoughts anyone about The House of Yoga? Manduka and them are offering 1 year for $50 until Feb 1st…comments and reviews appreciated as I’m trying to decide if I should join. Thanks in advance!

    • You’re so welcome Elizabeth! I haven’t heard of that one, I’ll need to check it out!

    • Hi Michelle, I’m not for certain, sorry babe! I’m sure you can go in and search the classes or email them and find out. In the meantime, here’s a simple chair yoga video to get ya going – https://youtu.be/xGjWG-Vpgt4

  2. Hi – not sure when you first wrote this but you left off YogaToday.com. Their site is awesome and the teaching is done outside in WY. The teachers explain things well and there are a wide variety of classes for $15.00 per month after the 2-week trial period.

    • Hi Lisbeth, I wrote it some time ago, so yes – I’m sure many great websites are left off. But also, I only included websites that I’ve actually experienced or was made aware of by a friend who used it, etc. Thanks for letting me know abut YogaToday.com, I’ll keep it in the mind for the future.

  3. Where do you get the $7.99 for Yoga International rate? I did the free month and like it, but to continue it’s more than $14 a month.

    • Hi Olga. I created this post quite some time ago, it’s definitely possible it’s increased since then. Thanks for the update though & for stopping by!

    • You’re so welcome Jen, I hope it helps create and sustain your yoga practice! And thank you for stopping by!

  4. I really like My Joy Yoga because they actually allow you to stream yoga classes live out of their studio. They have an on-demand video library that you can access 24/7, but they also allow you to register for classes on their online scheduling system for live stream classes. It’s nice because they offer a wide array of classes like power yoga, acro, restorative, pilates, prenatal, etc. I would definitely check it out if I were you: https://www.myjoyyoga.com

    • Hey Brittany, thanks for the tip, I’ve never heard of that platform! It definitely sounds dreamy tho…..

      Thanks for stopping by & showing some love!

  5. I think I will take Gaiam TV since it’s not only Yoga but a lot of other interesting content as well

February 15

5 Office Yoga Poses (That Won't Freak Out Your Coworkers) | The Huffington Post

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It's no surprise that sitting at a desk all day is not good for our health. So instead of feeling fidgety with discomfort, try these five yoga poses for a midday feel good stretch that will leave you tension-free and energized. Not to mention your co-workers will be able to continue their conference call, uninterrupted.

1. Seated Backbend
While seated with a straight spine take a deep breath and reach all the way up to the ceiling with your arms open wide. As you exhale, let your gaze slowly draw behind you and bend slightly from your upper back and chest. Hold this for a few seconds, release arms to your sides, then repeat a few times.

2. Seated Twist
Sit in your chair with your spine tall and straight. Take an inhale and on the exhale, twist to one side from the bottom of your spine (more from your abdomen, less from your back) grabbing your armrest. Breathe here for a few seconds, then do the other side.

A seated twist will help with both an achy back from hunching and sitting, as well as keep your digestion in check for those days where you have to grab some food on the go that might not be the most healthy.

3. Wrist Release
Weeks and years of typing can take a toll on your wrists and forearms. I've actually had massage therapists tell me that my forearms are where I have the most knots.

Take a moment with each hand to bend your wrists in each direction. First, With one hand press your fingertips toward the top of your arm, then switch. Then bend each wrist in the opposite direction by pressing your fingertips toward the inside of your wrist. And then to fully release any other tension, put both arms out like a cactus and give your wrists a good rapid shake side to side, then up and down.

4. Desk Shoulder Opener
Scoot your chair out and stand a few feet from your desk so just your hands can touch. Drop your head between your arms to achieve a good shoulder stretch. This will counteract the hunching that inevitably happens when sitting at a desk and typing, while also getting your shoulders back into proper alignment.

5. Forward Fold
If you can get away with legs up a wall or kicking into a handstand, by all means. But to keep from distracting the office a forward fold will do the trick.

Stand next to your desk, fold over in half with soft knees and let gravity take over. Hold for at least 20 seconds and sway side to side if that feels good. By letting your arms and head hang, your neck and shoulders will decompress from all that computer typing. Plus, reversing the blood flow will give you a boost of energy for the rest of your work day.

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February 15

Check Out the Best Yoga Blogs on the Web | Jill Conyers

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The Best Yoga Blogs For Inspiration

One week ago today I started yoga teacher training. It’s going to be an amazing journey. More so than I ever imagined. It’s going to push me outside of my comfort zone mentally and challenge me physically. I have a feeling I’m going to learn as much about myself as I’m going to learn about yoga.

The unintentional journey I started about a year and a half ago has traveled a path of twists, turns, discoveries and reflections. YTT is not the destination of this personal journey. It’s a path within the journey that I am destined to travel.

There is a point to all of this. Promise.

About a year ago I added a few yoga blogs to my daily reading list. I’ve added a few more since then and I continue to read almost all of them daily. Blogs that have inspired, educated and have helped guide this journey.


Yogi Approved – Articles, videos, inspiration and advice on everything yogi.


Yoganonymous – Yoga music, yoga lifestyle, featured yoga teachers and more. Yoganonymous is all things yoga.


Yoga By Candace – Candace has made her passion for yoga a lifestyle. If I have a question about a specific pose, this is often where I start my search.


The Journey Junkie – This is a place for you to find inspiration and then weave into your personal practice of life – YOUR JOURNEY! Allie inspires me. I love everything about this blog.


Elephant Journal – Wonderful writers and content that covers everything from wellness and love to humor and, of course, yoga.


Do You Yoga – Stay up to date on yoga, meditation, healthy living and just about everything else a yogi would want. Join the community with hundreds of thousands from all over the world and discover yoga together.


Yoga Journal – You might be familiar with the popular magazine, Yoga Journal. This is the online counterpart. If you had to pick one yoga blog to read it should be this one. With articles on poses, meditation, philosophy, and lifestyle, and you can even search yoga poses by therapeutic applications (how cool is that?). I can see why Yoga Journal is the world’s leading website on yoga and yoga lifestyle.


The Yoga Blog – The art of yoga goes beyond beautiful asanas. The Yoga Blog shares the painful and playful ways Yogis dance, create, heal, love, and live their truth.

This is in no way an all inclusive list of yoga blogs. The list could easily go on and on. Feel free to add you favorite to the list in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. says

    Good luck in your yoga practice. I just started taking yoga regularly in late 2015 in fell in love with it. It is a challenge for me and it’s frustrating but I also love that this challenging because it makes me more determined to stick with it. Being a runner it has helped opened my hips up just uber the few months j have taken it. I picked up the Yoga Journal for the first time this past weekend and knew unwound have to subscribe!

  2. says

    Oh how I love ELEPHANT JOURNAL!
    Too many of the others are new to me.
    I need to get with it and on it….

  3. says

    I am so excited to start doing yoga again. I stopped practicing 1 week after my injury, so it has been nearly 3 months!

  4. says

    Believe it or not, the other day I was thinking about your blog and how the tone of it has changed. When it was about running, it was a different energy than now. Now when I come here I find it very soothing and calming (not that before it wasn’t). But I can tell your journey is going a different path– more of overall wellness and happiness than just running. And I started noticing this after you really got into yoga. And I love it! As for yoga blogs I read I love Yoga Girl because Rachel Brathen is one tough inspiring cookie. And love reading Curvy Yoga. As for everything else, most of the blogs I follow are health, fitness and food.

  5. says

    Yoga is something that I haven’t done in far too long. I find it difficult to fit in with all my other fitness activities. But I always am inspired by yogis, their poses are so beautfiul.

  6. says

    I don’t read any of these blogs so I will check a couple of them out! Yoga is the best thing I have added to my week. I love it! TGIF! Enjoy the training 🙂

  7. says

    I don’t know any of these blogs yet! I feel so out of the loop. I know I will have extra time this weekend so hope to check some out

  8. says

    How interesting! Yoga training is definitely on my to-do list at some point! I’d love to hear more about your journey.

  9. says

    I just don’t seem to find the time to read blogs regularly. Yes, I have those lists like feedly that serve me up the latest posts but then I just stop looking a t them. I don’t know why…

  10. says

    I have started incorporating yoga into my regimen as I am training for my second marathon. I like Sublimely Fit’s Yoga for Runners blog and I just discovered Yoga with Adriene videos on YouTube! Thanks for sharing others to check out and good luck in your training.

  11. says

    Love do you yoga! That is the only one I have heard of though, thank you so much!! I’m a runner and I know yoga would benefit me so so much, so I’m trying to get into it! I always love it when I go to classes, it’s just a matter of fitting it into my schedule 🙂

  12. says

    I love Christine over at Love, LIfe, Surf. She talks about yoga, running and mommyhood. And there’s alway Yoga with Adriene. She provides some awesome practices right on youtube.

  13. says

    I wasn’t aware of any of these blogs, but I’m bookmarking this for future use 🙂 Yoga has been absent in my life for far too long now and one of my goals for this year is to bring it back. I also just recently purchased the Yoga book/journal, Wanderlust and I’m excited to start making my way slowly through it. Good luck on your new endeavour! That’s very exciting!

  14. says

    I haven’t read these blogs before, so nice to have some new ones to check out! I have been getting into yoga more lately and really enjoying it!

  15. says

    That’s so exciting how you’re beginning this journey as a yoga instructor. I am always so impressed by those who are able to teach it. I’m definitely can’t consider myself yogi, but I thoroughly enjoy it whenever I get the chance.

    Thanks for the links. I can’t wait to check them out! Good luck with your training!

  16. says

    I am definitely showing these blogs to my best friend. I am not a fan of yoga, but she recently fell in love with it and is even attending a SOBE Food & Wine Festival Yoga event!! Thank you for sharing you favorites!

  17. says

    I’ve never tried yoga but my friend swears by it, I must send this link for the days that she needs extra motivation 🙂

  18. says

    Congratulations on your first week of training being completed! It sounds like such a challenging and fun journey.

    I read mostly running or motherhood and faith blogs. I feel like I jump around so much because I read whoever is joining up with the link-ups 🙂 There are so many great blogs out there – yours being one of them!

  19. says

    I love yoga! I’m definitely going to have to check out some of these sites. Thanks for the list! 🙂

  20. says

    I love yoga journal, of course, but I also like Elephant journal! I”m going to check out some of the others.

  21. says

    I really want to try yoga as a way of getting my fitness back on track. It is meant to be really good for the mind too.

  22. says

    I’ve never done yoga, but few of my friends do, but I know some basic move is also use for physical therapy for those who has back pain problem.

  23. says

    I completed a yoga teacher training! I was such a wonderful experience. The teacher was amazing and very motivational.

  24. says

    The one kind of blog I don’t read enough of right now – yoga. And my practice is in the same state, almost non-existent. Not because I don’t want to practice. This girl is just broke and time constrained. I wish yoga at home got me the same enlightenment and grounding but it just doesn’t 🙁

  25. Rho says

    Very cool! I haven’t gotten into yoga yet but it sounds like I need to. I will check out these blogs and subscribe to yours. Thanks so much!

  26. says

    This is a great list. I have never done yoga, but i’d love to try it. I will bookmark this for future reference.

  27. says

    thanks for this list as I was not familiar with any of them. I recently started doing a little yoga again and I will definitely check these out!

  28. says

    This is such a great roundup! I love yoga but I desperately need some inspiration so I’m definitely going to check these out!

  29. says

    I love do you yoga, I have actually done a few of their challenges. I’ll have to check out the other ones you have listed.

  30. says

    Best of luck on your personal journey with yoga! I’ve been trying to get more active this year and yoga is something I’ve always wanted to do. I tend to get really cluttered and want to find some balance in the chaos! I’ll have to bookmark these for inspiration once I get further into my yoga journey. 🙂

    Jillian
    http://www.cupofcharisma.com

  31. says

    Love Yoga by Candace. She is just putting out amazing content continually. I wish I had the time to do what she does! Thanks for this great list, Jill!

  32. says

    Great list! I love Yoga by Candace and Do you Yoga.com! I need to check out some of the others!
    Good luck with your yoga teacher training, I hope to do it someday too.

  33. says

    You blog is truly great. It has developed another feeling of motivation in me to begin my very own setup. I simply cherish the way you depicted everything. In the wake of understanding this online journal I think anybody can accomplish what they need.

  34. says

    I’m a member of the Do Yo Yoga editorial team so I’m glad to see it made your list! I’ve also contributed to many of the other sites and I read their content often as well. What can I say–I’m a content whore! Good luck to you on your YTT! What an amazing journey!

  35. says

    This blog has inspired me to start my own blog. I loved the way you described your experiences throughout.

February 15

7 Beginner Yoga Poses to Learn Before Your First Class

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7 Beginner Yoga Poses to Get You Through Your First Class

If you’re a yoga newbie, it’s completely normal to feel intimidated by the die-hard yogis who warm up for class with handstands. Yes, handstands. But remember, everyone’s got to start somewhere. “And in theory, there are no poses you must know before a class — you’re going there to learn,” says Mandy Ingber, New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28-days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover, not to mention the woman responsible for Jennifer Aniston’s yoga addiction (and rock-hard abs).

Even if it’s Day 1 of your journey, your task is simple: Throw on some form-fitting clothing (you’ll be able to see your body better in poses — and avoid a wardrobe malfunction), then get familiar with these seven essential poses. While you may not see all of them in every class, they’ll help you get started and feel more comfortable when you walk in the room. So grab a mat: Ingber and fellow yogi Tanya Boulton, a New York-based instructor and designer of her own activewear line, break down the must-know beginner yoga poses you’ll want to pick up any yoga practice.

RELATED: Crow Pose, Made Easy: 3 Moves to Pull It Off

1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

What to Know: “The mother of all yoga poses,” according to Ingber, “mountain only looks easy.” But this two-footed stance is the foundation for many others you’ll encounter that require awareness and balance. “It is through this pose that one finds the proper alignment and shape for additional movements,” she says.

How to Do It: Stand with feet together and arms at your side. Ground your feet, making sure all four corners are pressed down. Next, straighten legs, then tuck your tailbone in as you engage your thigh muscles. As you inhale, elongate through your torso and extend arms up, then out. Exhale and release your shoulder blades away from your head, toward the back of your waist as you release arms back to your sides.

2. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

What to Know: Consider this your reset moment. Simple in design, this pose relaxes your nervous system and is a great place to take a breather during class if you need one. Got knee problems? Make sure to lower into this position with extra care.

How to Do It: Start in a kneeling position with toes tucked under. Lower your butt towards your feet as you stretch your upper body forward and down with arms extended. Stomach should be comfortably resting on thighs, with your forehead resting on the mat.

3. Cat/Cow Pose (Marjaryasana to Bitilasana)

What to Know: Cat/Cow is a great way to warm up your back, explains Ingber, and get your body ready for downward facing dog. It also helps address mobility (hello, desk jobs) and work your core without the extra stress down dog places on your wrists and shoulders.

How to Do It: Begin with hands and knees on floor, with a neutral spine and abs engaged. Take a big inhale, then, as you exhale, round your spine up towards the ceiling and tuck your chin towards your chest, releasing your neck. On the next inhale, arch your back and relax your abs. Lift your head and tailbone upwards, being careful not to place any pressure on your neck by moving too quickly or deeply.

RELATED: How Yoga Helped This Mom Fight Stress, One Pose at a Time

4. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanansana)

What to Know: One of the most recognizable poses of the bunch, down dog is a great way to stretch your back, shoulders, arms, hamstrings and well, just about everything, as well as get you calm and centered.

How to Do It: Come onto hands and knees with palms just past your shoulder, fingers pointing forwards. Knees should be under your tips and toes tucked. Press back into a V-shape position with your body. Feet should be hip-width apart, and if you can’t get your feet to the floor, it’s OK as your hamstrings are likely tight. Spread through all 10 fingers and move chest towards legs.

5. Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)

What to Know: The first in the Warrior series, this pose strengthens your legs and opens your hips and chest, while also stretching arms and legs. Plus, you’ll see an increase in your concentration and balance — both essential qualities to carry through your own yoga practice.

How to Do It: Start in mountain pose. As you exhale, step your left foot back about four feet, so you’re in a lunge position with the right ankle over the right knee. Raise your arms up to be in line with ears and turn your left foot about 90 degrees to face the left wall. Align your left heel to be perpendicular with your right heel. Expand your chest and shoulders back, then slide down, and make sure your hips are square as you continue to breathe.

6. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

What to Know: Similar to Warrior I, Warrior II is just a slight variation on the former, with your body externally rotated to the side instead of facing forward. You’ll still reap the same quad-strengthening benefits of Warrior I, but also open up your hip flexor muscles for greater flexibility, too.

How to Do It: Begin in mountain pose. Exhale and step your left foot back about four feet, making sure the heels are in line. Turn your back foot 90 degrees so that it’s now perpendicular with the front one. Raise your arms out to the side to shoulder height, parallel to floor. Bend your front knee so it’s directly over ankle and sink hips low until the front thigh is parallel to floor. Look straight ahead, eyes in line with your front-facing arm.

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7. Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

What to Know: Lying around may seem pointless, but this is one of the most meditative moments in any yoga practice. Corpse pose calms the mind, relieves stress and induces a relaxed state. (Why do you think yogis are so chill?)

How to Do It: Lie down on your back and let your feet fall to their sides. Bring your arms alongside your torso, but slightly separated with palms facing the sky. Relax the entire body — your face included. Usually the final pose in a class, you’ll stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to five or 10 minutes. Your instructor will cue you when to slowly awaken your thoughts and return to a seated position.

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February 15

My favorite yoga blogs in 2016

I love yoga blogs to learn more and get inspired. [...]
MY FAVORITE YOGA BLOGS 2016

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my favorite travel blogs and I promised you that I would follow up with my favorite yoga blogs 2016. Here they are (in no particular order):

The best yoga blogs in 2016:

The Journey Junkie

The Journey Junkie is a new beautiful yoga blog with lots of yoga information, yoga tutorials, travel tips and more. Definitely one to check out!

http://www.thejourneyjunkie.com/

 

Yoga by Candace

This yoga blog is beautiful, well written and full of great content. It’s a great place to get motivated to get your butt into shape.

http://yogabycandace.com/

 

 

JuYogi

Ju is a young yogi from Austria and shares yoga insights, healthy recipes and more on her blog. She describes it as „a blog for happy hearts and healthy souls“ and that really fits.

http://juyogi.com/en/

 

Jayne Becca Yoga

The best thing about Jaynes blog are her yoga videos. I really love her flows, they are always great. She also shares playlists and recipes.

http://www.jaynebeccayoga.com/blog/

 

Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl

Everybody knows her Instagram account (which I love), but she’s blogging, too. I especially love her yummy recipes!

https://rachelbrathen.com/blog/

 

Daily Cup of Yoga

On Daily Cup Of Yoga you will always finds something interesting. There are lots of articles every day and inspiring posts from great guest authors like Silvia Mordini.

http://www.dailycupofyoga.com/

 

 

Do You Yoga

DoYouYoga is a light, fun, and energetic blog that offers thousands of articles and videos related to yoga and healthy living.

http://www.doyouyoga.com/

 

Elephant Journal

This online yoga powerhouse is one of the longest standing resources for yoga online and a must-read. I love that Elephant Journal is still down to earth and relatable, while at times edgy and always compelling.

http://www.elephantjournal.com/

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February 15

Yoga exercises you can try at home - Heart Matters magazine

This yoga sequence has been modified to make it ch [...]

Yoga exercises you can try at home

Seated yoga starting pose

Marie Toms introduces a chair-based yoga exercise sequence for a taste of yoga in your own home.

We’ve given some suggestions below for a yoga sequence. It is suitable for most people with heart disease, but see the ‘Before you start’ box and always check with your GP first.

This yoga sequence has been modified to make it chair-based, meaning that it may be suitable for people with limited mobility as well as the general population. It is part of the Cardiac Yoga ® programme devised by Dr M Mala Cunningham, founder and director of Cardiac Medical Yoga and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing.