Winter is here and so is the cold and dark time of the year. If you are living in a tropical country, this might not be the case for you, but many of us do go through this tricky yet beautiful time of the year. Winter is the season of cosiness, snow, Christmas, heating spices, biscuits and sleep ins.
There’s no doubt that our minds are overstimulated and constantly on the go in today’s world, leaving us feeling stressed, anxious and depressed. Before I set out on my yoga teacher training journey, I was working flat-out in advertising, constantly feeling tired and exercise was the last thing on my to-do list. I felt completely overwhelmed and unable to cope with not just my job, but my life outside of work too. I was binge drinking on weekends and in a bad cycle of ‘work hard and party harder’ that I didn’t want to be in. My energy, confidence and will to do anything, other than Netflix and chill, was out the window. My physical and psychological health was at an all-time low- and I knew it because I actually noticed it.
The Sanskrit word mudra is translated as gesture or attitude. Mudras can be described as psychic, emotional, devotional and aesthetic gestures or attitudes.
Yogis have experienced mudras as attitudes of energy flow, intended to link the individual pranic force with the universal or cosmic force.
Sometimes it lasts in love and sometimes it hurts instead” was singing Adele, an English singer and songwriter, in 2011. She is not the first and won’t be the last to sing about the pain love can cause.
Heartbreaks can indeed have devastating effects on the mind and the body: at best you lose some self-esteem, feel less grounded, get some anxiety. At worst you fall into depression, abusing your body with alcohol, junk food and inactivity, and abusing your mind with negative thoughts about yourself, the people around you, and the Universe. It feels like your whole world has collapsed, you don’t know who you are anymore or where you’re going, you feel lost.
Get your day started with these 6 most efficient yoga postures to start your morning. These are the perfect postures to practise every morning in order to feel fresh, energised and ready for the day!
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation increases the blood flow in your body and makes sure that all of your muscles wake up, fill with prana and release stiffness from the night. It’s a highly effective flow of 12 asanas that stretch and counter-stretch your body while taking deep breaths and releasing accumulated carbon dioxide.
In this essay I am going to explain how yoga can help you overcome a traumatic experience. Many people experience a traumatic situation at some point in their life. Often this is not really looked at and integrated in the biography leaving blockages and emotional wounds inside of you that don't heal. You can move on with your life but you will never be balanced and happy. It may show in insecurities, unexplainable behaviour in some situations or health issues. You can adapt and pretend that everything is alright, but you won't be whole until you heal that trauma. That is why I want to write about this topic.
From my own experience I can say that yoga can really help in this healing process. Because yoga can give you strength and help you regain your inner balance. It reconnects you with your body, a connection you often lose when you are shaken by a traumatic event.
Yoga is a lifestyle and practice that can help any woman have an empowered birth experience. By living a yoga lifestyle, the body and mind are prepared for one of the most important and exciting times in a woman’s life. As a birth worker, I gained an interest in yoga when I learned about prenatal yoga at a local studio. I began my personal yoga practice with a goal to better help my clients and friends with their birthing experiences, and I have found that yoga can be a great tool in achieving a wonderful birth!
In this essay I’ll try to point out few important things that you should know about transformation which could be experienced through yoga. Why it is important? Because nowadays everyone is seeking for some kind of transformation and I think
people alwas did. Because it looks like the people are never happy with what they have, they still want something different.
In the western world, yoga is rather known for its physical practice. Practising asanas helps getting to know your own body better and improves your strength and flexibility. Also it improves the concentration and relaxes. Doing a yoga teacher training in India, I got to know so much more about yoga: yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, anatomy, Shatkarma, pranayama and meditation. The yoga philosophy teaches how to be a better yogi
Dualism refers to two entities (e.g. mind and body) which are in opposition and are separate to each other in some essential, irrevocable way. “‘Non-duality’ is a translation of the Sanskrit word ‘Advaita’, which simply means ‘not two’ and points to the opposite of duality: an essential oneness, wholeness, completeness and unity).