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.
Yoga is a journey of self-discovery. There are times when individuals become frustrated from tough situations in life and unconsciously increase more stress on the body while coping with them. Yoga helps you cope with them from more of a meditative perspective. Since you are struggling with tight hips it can be quite frustrating to stand up after sitting too long, or practicing an asana that requires hip flexibility and strength. Thankfully, there are asanas that will help open and stretch the hips. Before my yoga journey, I had no idea how tight my hips were, until I gained interest in learning about my body.
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.
Yoga is an incredible technology that can help to prevent many problems, make them more manageable in daily life or sometimes even provide a cure. Many people suffer from high blood pressure (HBP) and it can lead to the manifestation of other serious issues or disease
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.
In this essay I am going to tell you about the benefits that doing yoga will have on your spine, posture and all the aches and pains a lot of people struggle with in these areas.
The reason I am choosing this topic and why I think it is important is mainly because I have struggled a lot with my back and these areas and yoga has helped me so much getting stronger, leaner and with managing my pain. Back pain is also something that I have noticed a lot of people in general is struggling with, and I would love to help bring awareness of the beauty and power of yoga and the amazing health benefits it can have on your body and mind if done right.
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!