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201 Yoga Quotes for inspiration

111 Yoga Quotes

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We have come up with a list of yoga quotes that will help to lead you along the path of this enriching practice.

Anyone who does yoga will tell you that it’s more than just difficult poses and positive affirmations; it’s not about incense and frills. Yoga is a lifestyle and approach to positivity which seeks to enlighten the spirit and attune body and mind.

Many yoga classes begin with positive mantras and may even end with uplifting quotes about mindfulness, or positivity. Everyone can use a little motivation when it comes to yoga. I hope you enjoy these yoga quotes.


Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

Etty Hittlesum

 

If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself.

Becca Lee


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True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.

Aadil Palkhivala

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When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.

– Peace Pilgrim

You either get bitter or get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.

– Josh Shipp

Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.

Linda Sparrowe

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Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source — the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life.

Julie Weiland

Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.

Osho

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I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.

Rumi

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You are the sky, everything else is just the weather.

Pema Chodron

Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.

Rolf Gates

It is not arrogant or egotistical to feel good inside. You had nothing to do with it. It’s simply the honest response to clearly perceived Reality.

Erich Schiffman

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I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

Gandhi

Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim, the better your practice the brighter your flame.

B.K.S. Iyengar

If you choose to see everything as a miracle, then where you are right now is perfect. There is nowhere to run to; there is nothing else to do except be in this moment and allow what is to be. From that place of radical acceptance, major change can happen. The first step in any transformational experience is acceptance and surrender to the present moment, the way that it is. From that place we have the awareness, humility and power to change what is.

Mastin Kipp

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Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like.

Ethan Walker III

Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go.

Pema Chodron

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Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.

Pema Chodron

Your soul is your best friend. Treat it with care, nurture it with growth, feed it with love.

Ashourina Yalda

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The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.

Sakyong Mipham


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Follow your nature. The practice is really about uncovering your own pose; we have great respect for our teachers, but unless we can uncover our own pose in the moment, it’s not practice — it’s mimicry. Rest deeply in Savasana every day. Always enter that pratyahara (withdrawn state) every day. And just enjoy yourself. For many years I mistook discipline as ambition. Now I believe it to be more about consistency. Do get on the mat. Practice and life are not that different.

Judith Hanson Lasater

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

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Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.

Buddha

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.

Ivan Panin

There will always be people who can do it better than you, but that’s a good thing! Start to see competition as inspiration — without envy.

Kathryn Budig

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Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.

Eckhart Tolle

What you think, you become.

Buddha

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Once you’re in touch with the life force around us, it’s natural to want to help keep it around.

Adi Carter

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Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.

The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is a dance between control and surrender – between pushing and letting go – and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.

Joel Kramer

Each of us is a lake of love, yet strangely enough, we are all thirsty.

Swami Kripalu

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Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.

Jason Crandell

Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.

Caroline Adams

The soul is here for its own joy.

Rumi

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The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.

Mama Indigo

The very heart of yoga practice is abhyasa – steady effort in the direction you want to go.

Sally Kempton

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

Mother Teresa

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Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are. Let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.

C. Assaad

Go from a human being doing yoga to a human being yoga.

Baron Baptiste

Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go. What does matter is who you are when you get there.

Max Storm

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Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.

Jigar Gor

Yoga does not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.

B.K.S Iyengar

Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour.

Rumi

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Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.

Amit Ray

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.

– Zig Ziglar


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First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.

– Aristotle

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

– Helen Keller

The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.

– Amit Ray

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The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.

– T.K.V. Desikachar

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The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

– Jimmy Johnson

May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

– Saint Terese of Liseaux

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

– Buddha

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When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

– John Lennon

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

– C.G. Jung

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.

– Geeta Iyengar

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Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal…. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.

– Sri Pattabhi Jois

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.

– Rumi

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– Rolf Gates

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My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel.

– Edward Abbey

Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.

– Cybele Tomlinson

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

– Henry David Thoreau

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

– Marianne Williamson

If you hear a voice within you say, “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

– Vincent Van Gogh

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Maya Angelou

When you are looking in the mirror, you are looking at the problem. But, remember, you are also looking at the solution.

– Anonymous


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There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

– Aldous Huxley

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

– Camus

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

– Willy Wonka

Make each day your masterpiece.

– John Wooden

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

– T.S. Eliot

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

– Lao Tzu

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ — a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest— a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

– Albert Einstein

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I close my eyes in order to see.

– Paul Gauguin

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

– Winston Churchill

Light tomorrow with today.

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.

– Sharon Gannon

A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.

– Terri Guillemets

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Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.

– Svatmarama

Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious.

– David Williams

Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.

– Amit Ray


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Yoga is really trying to liberate us from… shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing — I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body.

– Rodney Yee

Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.

– Sting

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The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.

– Sogyal Rinpoche

To perform every action artfully is yoga.

– Swami Kripalu

The peace of God is with them whose mind and soul are in harmony, who are free from desire and wrath, who know their own soul.

– Hagavad Gita

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.

– Terri Guillemets

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When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

– Patanjali

One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference.

– Dr. Timothy McCall

Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice Ashtanga yoga.

– Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Clinging to life, flowing by its own potency [due to past experience], exists even in the wise.

– Patanjali

By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.

– Patanjali

Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.

– Kripalvanandji

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The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.

– T.K.V. Desikachar

Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.

– Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered.

– Osho

Hope is not a prediction of the future, it’s a declaration of what is possible.

– Yogi Bhajan

The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living every moment of it. And to live in environments, which are calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. Whether you are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn’t make any difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful – great and full – that you are alive, and you enjoy it.

– Yogi Bhajan

The harmonizing of opposing forces is a key aspect of yoga — hot energy is united with cool energy, strong with soft, and masculine with feminine.

– Tara Fraser

That’s exactly how it is in yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.

– Rodney Yee

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The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called ‘the still point of the turning world.

– Barbara Stoler Miller

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.

– Sharon Gannon

Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.

– Donna Farhi


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Practicing yoga during the day is a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and one ear turned toward the infinite.

– Erich Schiffmann

Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.

– Erich Schiffmann

Yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward.

– Micheline Berry

Mountain pose is an affirmation. You can conquer anything with your natural boldness and resolute strength. Only you can reach the peak of your success.

– Terri Guillemets

The reward for doing yoga well is simple—you get to do a better job at living a fulfilling life.

– Randal Williams

I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all aligned. My mind is cleared of all clatter and I’m looking out of my third eye and everything that I’m supposed to be doing. It’s amazing what comes up, when you sit in that silence. Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight, Mama’s got the magic of Clorox.

– Ellen DeGeneres

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Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight or flight mode.

– Melanie Haiken

The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the fight or flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms.

– Richard Faulds


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This calm steadiness of the senses is called yoga. Then one should become watchful, becomes yoga comes and go.

– Katha Upanishad

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.

– Rumi

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.

– Bhagavad Gita

Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice.

– Upanishads

This yoga is not possible, for the one who eats too much, or who does not eat at all; who sleeps too much, or who keeps awake.

– Bhagavad Gita

The more you meditate, the more helpful you can be to others, and the more deeply you will be in tune with God.

– Paramahansa Yogananda

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Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly.

– Sri Chinmoy

The perennial wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita can teach us how to transform our character, conduct and consciousness to meet the challenges of everyday life.

– Leonard Perlmutter

You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. When will they be released? Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute.

– Baba Muktananda

Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet…. teaching us to root ourselves into the earth…. Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth.

– Carol Krucoff

The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.

– Yogi Bhajan

Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.

– Amit Ray

Yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.

– Sri Pattabhi Jois

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.

– Patanjali

What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.

– Donna Farhi

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Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it & use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.

– Sri Aurobindo

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

– Jack Kornfield

Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.

– April Vallei

Every waking moment we talk to ourselves about the things we experience. Our self-talk, the thoughts we communicate to ourselves, in turn control the way we feel and act.

– John Lembo

Habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing . . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way we check out of the present, out of happiness itself.

– Alex Levin

Yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.

– Sri Pattabhi Jois

This world is your body. This world is a great school, This world is your silent teacher.

– Swami Sivananda

All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world.

– Robin Sharma

Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that’s the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it’s unequaled.

– Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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The five points of yama, together with the five points of niyama, remind us of the Ten Commandments of the Christtian and Jewish faiths, as well as of the ten virtues of Buddhism. In fact, there is no religion without these moral or ethical codes. All spiritual life should be based on these things. They are the foundation stones without which we can never build anything lasting.

– Swami Satchidananda

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.

– Bob Harper

For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.

– T. Guillemets

Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.

– Krishnamacharya

The Self in you is the same as the Self Universal. Whatever powers are manifested throughout the world, those powers exist in germ, in latency, in you… If you realize the unity of the Self amid the diversities of the Not-Self, then Yoga Will not seem an impossible thing to you.

– Annie Wood Besant

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.

– Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.

– Patañjali

Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind.

– Ravi Ravindra


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A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.

– Albert Einstein

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The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.

– Sri Aurobindo

Do your practice and all is coming.

– Sri Pattabhi Jois

Feel good, be good, and do good.

– Yogi Bhajan

Everything is sorrow for the wise.

– Patañjali

When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.

– B. K. S. Iyengar

The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union.

– Rabindranath Tagore

Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.

– B.K.S. Iyengar

Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it’s much, much more.

– Patricia Walden

For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.

– Mary Glover

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By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart.

– Phillip Moffitt

Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.

– Osho

True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.

– Aadil Palkhivala

Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form.

– Patañjali

Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.

– B. K. S. Iyengar

Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.

– Amit Ray

True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.

– Craig Hamilton

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.

– Amit Ray

Inhale the future. Exhale the past.

– Unknown

Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.

– Kevin Trudeau

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When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga.

– Petri Räisänen

I was looking for someone to inspire me, motivate me, support me, keep me focused… Someone who would love me, cherish me, make me happy, and I realized all along that I was looking for myself.

Unknown

That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.

– Peace Pilgrim

Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.

– Desikashar

Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head.

– Swami Satchidananda

Although yoga has its origins in ancient India, its methods and purposes are universal, relying not on cultural background, faith or deity, but simply on the individual. Yoga has become important in the lives of many contemporary Westerners, sometimes as a way of improving health and fitness of the body, but also as a means of personal and spiritual development.

– Tara Fraser

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.

– Bob Harper

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Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.

– Ymber Delecto

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

– Zen Shin

The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.

– B.K.S Iyengar

All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world.

– Robin Sharma

Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.

– Stephen Cope

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.

Rumi

You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. When will they be released? Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute.

– Baba Muktananda

There is always room for change but you have to be open to that change.

– Kathryn Budig


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    July 6, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I am not so perfect in yoga…but I promise to bring a change in my life.Thanks for your inspiration.

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    July 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Great work!

    This source is really helpful for yoga lovers.

    Thanks and cheers!

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How To Build Your Fitness Brand With Instagram

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How To Build Your Fitness Brand With Instagram

Instagram is a platform for sharing photos, videos, and stories that appeal to audiences globally. Instagram posts are attractive and engaging & delighting the customers, further seeking for more. Posting pictures of your Zumba sessions and keeping them excited about your upcoming trends in the industry can be a great way to personalise and promote the brand.

 

Posting photos of a yoga pose or aerobics and posting real sessions where customers are having fun paves the way to interact with audiences and initiate their action to enroll for the classes. Fitness is the need of the hour as it becomes difficult to lose weight due to a sedentary lifestyle.

 

Being fit, accompanied by nutritional modifications can do wonders for the body. This can reduce various lifestyle ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, PCOD (hormonal problems), further decreasing the chances of cardiovascular diseases.

 

Having a healthy body can be a boon to flaunt on Instagram, as it can be an inspiration for many who are longing to lose their extra pounds. A methodical approach with step-by-step instructions can instill hope in the audience by converting them to customers.

 

Posting videos from free video ad creators can be an excellent way of posting videos with any fitness sessions. Sharing useful tips on fitness can attract the audience, like posting movements that are less tiring which can increase metabolism, which can bring a sparkle to the audience’s eye.

 

There are myriads of fitness programs these days which not only help in being fit but also help in psychological wellness. Exercise releases hormone endorphins, resulting in the release of feel-good hormones that prevents depression and is beneficial in maintaining psychological health.

 

Fitness can be achieved through dance, which is ample in number, in different forms from different regions. Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and a variety of forms increase the skill of a person in a variety of art forms. The skill developed can be implemented by performing on various stages in India and abroad. If you are a popular dancer, you can conduct classes and can brighten the prospects of your students by educating them on the skill.

 

Though fitness can be accomplished by dance and other exercises, the need for a nutritional diet calls for a healthy mind and body. Sharing useful nutritional information like the nutrients present in the food they eat, helping them in getting the body they desire, and the absorption of essential nutrients for a hormonal balance can be impactful tremendously.

 

  • Share the upcoming events on the sessions to inspire and motivate them.
  • Add success stories of people who have lost weight and are fit.
  • Post photos of their inspiring journey from being obese to fit.
  • Appreciating your customer’s working online can be encouraging.
  • Value your customers by regularly updating them about time management, setting goals, and educating them on nutritional information.
  • This fascinates them enough to enrol for the program with enthusiasm.
  • Keep the videos interactive and fun by striking a two-way conversation.

 

The ability to connect with the audience with human emotions is a nice way to help people with difficulty in losing unhealthy pounds for maintaining the same. Sharing ideas, knowledge, and information would imbibe transparency along with sharing the values, practices, and culture of the brand. This emphasises the authenticity of the brand. The image to video converter can be an additional asset that gives a chance to convert an image to video. This inspires us to craft Instagram stories on the video, enhancing the brand value, and getting subscribers if the stories are genuine and impressive.

 

People who are skilled in karate and other martial arts can have their own Instagram stories for self-defense as the safety of women is in question most of the time. This would be a great way to create compelling stories for brand recognition, trust, and promotion.

 

Video content with stories and well-written content to support the message can have a significant impact on the audience globally. This can bring about many followers on Instagram and can spread the message on Instagram or other social networks in building a team. This helps in connecting with global audiences from any part of the country. Ensure there is flexibility in the timings of the session and information on conducting online classes. This will help many professionals who are working, further inspiring, and thus resulting in enrolling for online classes.

 

Updating the posts regularly with nutritional information on food that must be consumed during fitness sessions can help boost their weight loss goals. Regular updates on the session can be a perk for audiences who are eager to see recent trends in the fitness industry.

 

The techniques involving specific body movements can ease their tension in taking the session. These techniques can create a positive effect on the audiences for taking a decision. The ability instill hope in people who are obese and are having various other problems, because of their weight can motivate them in being attentive in the session.

 

Instagram stories with videos and inspirational stories are a boon for many entrepreneurs who have ventured into the industry with a reason to spread smiles and laughter in people across the globe.

 

Instagram influencers are people spreading happiness, people with their unique and innovative niche catering to audiences from a wide variety of backgrounds and different cultures, accruing immense value to their brand, and helping people lead their dream of the achievable target.

 

The stories, videos, and photos can be impressive and gain attention; however, the goals and the patience to reach the goal are attributes as weight loss is not a one-day journey. It takes effort and practice with pertinence and patience in achieving the goal while gaining self-confidence and triumph over cravings in attaining a fit and healthy body.

 

Fitness journeys are a real-time motivator for some of us who are trying hard to lose and maintain a healthy weight. The fitness session conducted is a boon of technology as many people get to interact with each other sharing their own storie

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5 Natural Ways To Relax & Get Centered

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5 Natural ways to relax and get centered.Yes, there are plenty of ways you can de-stress, unwind, enjoy time with your self and get centered. Getting centered, it sounds a little offbeat to those of you who don’t meditate or practice other self-awareness rituals. Maybe the word mindfulness is better. Either way, hear me out.

We all have a busy and hectic life, throw in kids and it gets even crazier.  So how do you destress? I know you have a girls night or even guys night out to unwind and blow off steam.  Aren’t their ways to do this without the potential use of alcohol and a hangover? The next morning is never any fun.

No need to be wary this doesn’t require guru knowledge on meditation, yoga just open-mindedness.   Being centered merely means being at peace with who you are, in every moment. Stillness and quiet are what that means for me. To thine own self be true.

These five things will help you to de-stress and allow you to exhale.  The key is to be in the moment and let your feelings, energy and mind flow in all of these exercises.

5 Natural Ways to Relax and De-Stress

Journaling

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First, let’s discuss journaling. Yes, we are going back to the “dear diary” days but a more grown-up version.  Pick out a journal or notebook, whatever you like. You may ask “what do I write once I open the notebook (love that movie BTW, the book was even better)?”

To start, looking at a blank page can be intimidating if you’ve never journaled before.  The first thing I like to do is start by writing the date at the top of the page. On days you have a lot of feelings to get out just start writing. You’re not getting graded on these entries so don’t worry about how to properly get started and use correct punctuation and grammar.  Just let yourself flow.

Start with “I feel…” and go from there. The entries can be short or long. I’ve written pages upon pages before and then only a single page other times. Really allow yourself to be in the moment and let your emotions flow. Something happens during this process that is therapeutic.  You’re able to self reflect and analyze a situation better, step back and see things differently. Read how to do automatic writing or journaling here.

You can do this at the end of my day, or when the mood strikes you.  I believe getting emotions out and not holding them in helps to heal your spirit. At the very least, it helps you to be calm and learn about yourself.

So pick up a pen and notebook and start de-stressing.  Journaling is for your personal use only. No one ever has to read it or see it, unless you want them to.  Over the years I’ve used many different kinds of journals. I’m currently using this moleskin journal. I love the feel of the paper and smooth writing.

Walking in Nature

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Nature is an all-encompassing cure for feeding the soul.  A simple walk in nature can alleviate stress, calm you down through exercise, and feed your soul.  Listening to birds chirping, wind rustling through the leaves of tall pine trees, water gently waving in the lake as the reflection of the sun bounces off the water.

That my friend is relaxing and total de-stresses the best of us.  Nature almost forces you to be still and quiet. Listen to the sounds around you and lookup. Oh my gosh, the joy of just looking up! We don’t take the time to just look up and observe.

Look at the trees swaying in the wind, geese flying over information, clouds moving pass. Do this and take a breathe and exhale. The simple things we don’t pay attention to because we look down, at our devices. Busy rushing through from one stop to the next.

Take that walk in the park, listen to the sounds, and breathe.  Breathe and walk with intention. It’s more of a stroll rather than a timed fast walk. Try not to have your headphones in the entire time. It’s tempting, and some days I do it myself.  Or I listen to audible but nonetheless I’m still observing nature and taking it in. If you live in a busy loud city then turn on calming music.

Taking the time to do this a couple of times of a week or more, if you can, helps bring you back to being centered. Quiet on the inside to where you can hear your true self. Not the restless chatter that you hear all day.  Give yourself a break and take a walk.

Meditation

There are so many different types of meditation from mindfulness, transcendental, guided, sound and the list goes on and on.  I’ve tried a lot of these, read about it here, to see if there was one that worked best for me or that I connected to most.

As I mention throughout my blog, no two people are the same therefore no two people will meditate or do anything for that matter the same.  We will all have different experiences with meditation. Trying different types will help you not only learn what you like but also allow you to practice meditation itself.

I have found that mindfulness of breath meditation is best for me. It is bringing awareness to your breath.  I prefer to be in a quiet room where I will not be interrupted, hard to find these days with 2 little shadows.  Don’t be surprised if you catch me in the closet trying to get some meditation time in, just sayin’ do whatcha gotta do.

You can use an eye mask, to make it dark, I find this helps me to relax and focus.  You’ll have to try again and again before you learn to really quiet the mind.

This is a learning process so please keep on the path and don’t give up.  Start with a few minutes at a time and build up from there. You’ll notice over time you can meditate a little longer each time, and it becomes easier to get into that state.


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Yoga

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Don’t be intimidated by the postures, everyone learns at their own pace and becomes more advanced in time.

Everyone should practice yoga, at least once.  You have to try it to know if you like it. My yoga journey started around 16 years ago or more.  I will admit that I haven’t done it continuously during those 16 years. There were some years that I didn’t practice at all.  Other times I would attend a yoga class 4-5 times a week. Currently, I practice yoga in my bedroom with my favorite yoga youtube channels.

Just like meditation, there are many types of yoga styles.  As a result, I’ve tried many of them and learned which ones I like best.  You do the same.

Yoga has many physical benefits such as increased flexibility, muscle strengthening, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and the list goes on. As far as de-stressing, well this helps with that too.

You don’t even have to leave your own home to try, especially if classes aren’t your thing.  With that yoga classes have a different environment than other “gym” type classes. Everyone is focused on themselves and their own practice. There isn’t that feeling of everyone is watching me.

The flow of the poses is very soothing once you learn the salutations or sequences. That word mindfulness comes in again. It’s hard to not be during yoga.  You become very focused on your pose and breathe that this, in turn, becomes its own meditation.  It never ceases to amaze me how quiet the mind gets when you are practicing yoga. It’s almost effortless.


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 5 – HTP

5–Hydroxytryptophan (5–HTP) is an amino acid that your body already produces. It’s derived from an African plant known as Griffonia simplicifolia.  It helps to increase the serotonin levels in your body thus boosting your mood. Allowing you to be more mindful and less stressed and preoccupied.

It’s a natural supplement that offers numerous benefits including a calming effect.  To learn more about 5-HTP as a natural stress reliever read the article that goes into more depth.

There you have it 5 natural ways to relax and take a moment for your self. Self-care is a buzz word that we’re hearing everywhere right now. Don’t think its not for you or you don’t have time. Making time will only improve your daily life and mental health.

Being mindful during any of these activities will bring you to a more relaxed state and bring you into alignment. Find what works best for you and continue to develop your own self-care routine.

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Rock Your Boat Pose with These 7 Fun Navasana Variation

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Boat Pose (Navasana) strengthens both the front and back body and core, works the hip flexors, and provides a nice test of your balance and stability.

Boat Pose provides a range of benefits, so it’s good to incorporate as a regular part of your yoga practice.

But let’s be real – Navasana is typically not a fan favorite. It’s not a pose that students request very often, and certainly not one that brings a feeling of bliss while in the middle of it.

Let’s change that! With these fun, creative, and challenging Boat Pose variations, you can bring a fresh spin to a classic pose, test your strength and mobility, and maybe even find a new appreciation for this strengthening yoga pose.

Here’s How to Practice a Traditional Navasana:

Before moving onto variations, make sure you have a solid grasp on a traditional Boat Pose first.

navasana boat pose

 

Let’s try it:

  • From a seated position bend your knees and put the tips of your toes on the ground
  • Bring your hands to rest on the outside of your thighs
  • Lean back slightly, finding your balance on your sit bones
  • Inhale as you lengthen your spine and lift your chest by broadening across your collar bones
  • Pull your belly button in and up to engage your core and stabilize your lower back
  • Engage your pelvic floor by activating Mula Bandha
  • On your exhale, lift your feet and bring your shins parallel to the ground, finding a modified Boat Pose
  • Squeeze your inner legs together
  • Keep your breath slow and full
  • Activate your feet by pointing or “flointing” (pointing your feet and flexing your toes)
  • Gaze at one spot ahead of you or at your feet
  • Extend your legs out straight to find traditional Boat Pose, use your core to help with this (not just the strength of your hip flexors and legs)
  • Play around with your hand placement: plant your hands behind you or grab your thighs for a bit of extra support; extend your arms parallel to the ground; or lift your arms up overhead for an extra challenge

    Now You’re Ready to Try These 7 Fun Boat Pose Variations:

    Once you’ve mastered Boat Pose, play around with these fun Navasana variations for an extra challenge.

    1. Boat on a Yoga Block

Yoga boat pose

Add an extra balance challenge by sitting on a yoga block. It’s harder than it looks!

Let’s try it:

  • Place a yoga block on the floor on its shortest height
  • Perch on the block, making sure both of your sit bones are resting on the block. You can use two blocks next to each other for a bit more support
  • Balance is much harder on a block, so you may want to stick with a modified Boat Pose for the first few times you try

2. Revolved Boat Pose (Parivrtta Navasana)

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Add a twist to your Boat Pose to increase the difficulty and work your obliques. This is a great pose to use in a sequence preparing for a twisting arm balance such as Side Crow (Parsva Bakasana) or Grasshopper Pose (Parsva Bhuja Dandasana).


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Let’s try it:

    • From traditional Boat Pose, loop your right big toe with your left peace fingers
    • On your exhale, twist to the right, extending your right arm to open across your chest
    • Bring your gaze toward your outstretched right hand
    • Add an extra challenge by crossing your ankles. Loop the big toe of your bottom foot with your index finger when trying this version

3. Low Boat Pose (Ardha Navasana)

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Occasionally called Canoe, this pose is deceptively challenging and seems to find core muscles you didn’t know you had.

Let’s try it:

      • Start in traditional Boat Pose
      • Slowly lower your mid-back and legs toward the floor until they are hovering about six to eight inches off the ground
      • Keep your legs firm and together
      • Hover your arms by your hips with your palms facing up or sweep them long overhead
      • Keep your core muscles drawing in toward your spine
      • Transition between traditional Boat (Navasana) and Low Boat (Ardha Navasana) several times to really work your core
      • If you feel any strain in your neck, you can bring your hands behind your head to gently cradle your neck

4. Both Big Toe Pose (Ubhaya Padangusthasana)

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This version of Boat Pose combines core and balance work with a deep hamstring stretch.

Let’s try it:

      • Start in Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)
      • Loop both big toes with your peace fingers and thumbs
      • Shift your weight into your sit bones as you lift your knees up toward the ceiling
      • Lift your feet off the floor and find your balance
      • Slowly stretch your legs out in front of you
      • Keep your spine long and straight while broadening through your front body to prevent rounding in your back
      • Lengthen your legs from your pelvis through your heels and flex your feet
      • Gaze slightly upward toward your toes

5. Wide-Legged Boat Pose (Merudandasana)

boat pose

This option is similar to Both Big Toe Pose, but it can be a bit more challenging on your balance. If you start to fall backward, stay relaxed and roll with it.

Let’s try it:

    • Start in Butterfly Pose
    • Loop both big toes with your peace fingers or grab the outside of your feet
    • Shift your weight into your sit bones as you lift your knees up toward the ceiling
    • Extend one leg at a time out wide to the side of your mat
    • Once you’re stable with extending one leg at a time, try extending both simultaneously
    • Gaze forward or up toward the ceiling for an extra balance challenge

6. Boat Pose With a Yoga Strap

boat pose with yoga strap

Try this variation for a supported Navasana. The yoga strap and block combination helps you to find lift through your spine and chest. It’s also a great tool to use when working toward L-Sit (Brahmacharyasana).

Let’s try it:

    • Start in Staff Pose (Dandasana)
    • Make a large loop with your yoga strap
    • Bring the strap around your upper body, placing it under your armpits and around your shoulder blades
    • Bend your legs, bringing your knees close to your chest
    • Place a yoga block width-wise at the base of your feet and loop the other end of your strap around the block
    • Press your feet firmly into the block as you extend your legs out and up
    • Use your hands as needed and find your balance
    • Extend your arms parallel to the ground or overhead when you’re ready
    • Push out through your feet toward the block as you lift up and back with your upper body

7. Half-Bound Lotus Boat Pose (Ardha Baddha Padma Navasana)

yoga fun boat pose

This beautiful variation is based on a standing forward fold, Half-Bound Lotus Pose from the Ashtanga Primary Series.


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It may cause strain on the knee due to the foot placement, so you might want to skip this variation if you have any knee issues. Make sure your body is warm and stretched before trying this pose.

Let’s try it:

      • Start in Staff Pose (Dandasana)
      • Bend your right leg and guide your right foot to the crease of your left hip
      • Extend your right arm to the front, and turn your palm away from you so your thumb is facing down
      • Sweep your right arm around your back and grasp your right big toe or foot with your right hand
      • Bend your left leg, placing your foot on the ground as you find balance on your sit bones
      • Lasso your left big toe with fingers from your left hand
      • Extend your left leg in front of your chest
      • Gaze toward your extended left leg

Have Fun Playing With These Navasana (Boat Pose) Variations!

Next time you’re feeling bored with your core work or your traditional yoga postures, try one of these Boat Pose variations. Your core will very likely thank you!

 

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Have An Active Life & Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

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Have An Active Life & Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

Having an active life is beneficial to your health. Regular exercises help boost your immune system. Here are some points you can learn from boosting your immune system.

How Exercise Strengthens the Immune System

As we confront the difficult, enduring nature of COVID-19, finding long-term habits of immunity is becoming more important than ever. By now, we’re getting pretty good at social distancing, mask wearing, and handwashing.

But what else can you do to strengthen and vitalize your immune system? Exercise. In a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, participants who exercised for 20 minutes or more at least five days per week experienced 43 percent fewer cases of infection in their upper respiratory tract than those who were sedentary.

They also had milder symptoms when they did get sick. Many similar studies repeatedly find that getting the blood flowing strengthens the body’s defense against illness.

 

Have An Active Life & Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

 

Effects of Exercise on the Immune System

More blood circulation means cleaner blood. Not only does the heart provide life-giving oxygen to the body, but it also plays a role in fighting infection and neutralizing toxins. Immune cells, also known as white blood cells, continuously circulate the body and ward off potential bacteria and viruses.

When we increase our heart rate, our heart pumps blood faster and circulates these immune cells through our system faster, giving them more chances to locate and dispose of threats.

This increased circulation also encourages the body to produce even more immune cells, which consequently strengthens our ability to manage dangerous bacteria and viruses. After a moderate period of increased heart rate, the body enjoys a boost to the immune system for a few hours.

While any single instance of this boost may be fleeting, a daily habit of exercise will repeat this process, thereby cleansing your system on a daily basis.

Indirect Benefits of an Active Life & Exercise for the Immune System

In addition to increasing the strength of your immune system, exercise provides a host of other positive side effects that also lower your chances of getting sick.

Exercise correlates with reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality, and reducing fat and cholesterol content in the body, all of which support the immune system in their own way.

There are many benefits to being active—and not just to help boost your immune system. As a general rule, people who sustain habits of regular exercise have happier bodies and happier lives.

Just Do It!—But Don’t Overdo It

While regular exercise can strengthen your immune system and enhance your overall health, you need to be careful to not strain yourself.

Per the old adage: “It is not requisite that a man [or woman] should run faster than he [or she] has strength.” Making high demands on your energy without supplying the necessary sleep and nutrition can do you more harm than good.

The benefits of exercise come most abundantly when paired with other healthy routines of balance and nourishment. If you push yourself too hard, your body may lack the energy it needs to support your immune system.

Exercising for Immune Health During the Pandemic

Currently, with the danger the pandemic presents, you should also be careful about how and where you exercise.

Certain kinds of exercise make maintaining social distance more difficult. For these reasons, a walk or a jog in the park, or some time in nature, may be a better option than attempting to go to a gym or a health club.

Dr. James Turner, who recently studied exercise and immune function, says: “People should not overlook the importance of staying fit, active, and healthy during this period. Provided it is carried out in isolation—away from others—then regular, daily exercise will help better maintain the way the immune system works.”

 

Have An Active Life & Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

 

The Bottom Line: Get to Boost Your Health

Our bodies crave exercise. The body rewards you with more peace of mind and better health when you give it what it needs.

In this time of fear and worry, you should heed the subtle hints your body gives you and give it what it needs.

 

Find time to exercise in your daily routine. an active life helps boost your immune system. Having an active life does not mean you do not rest. It only means to have balance. Have an active life with a dose of exercise and the right amount of rest time.

Original article by Ryan Cook

Additional good reads:

4 Easy Steps to Get Back Into Full Body Exercises Immediately

 

7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

 

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

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7 Easy Ways To Conscious Cooking: Preparing Meals with Mindful Awareness

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7 Easy Ways To Conscious Cooking: Preparing Meals with Mindful Awareness

There are several key elements to conscious cooking that transform it into a mindful experience. Consider these tips as you set out to create your next meal.

“A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.” —Thomas Keller

Many of us are familiar with the practice of eating meditation, or a mindful approach to consuming your food with reverence, deliberate attention, full sensory embodiment, gratitude, and present-moment awareness. Mindful eating is a great way to infuse a deeper awareness into one of your most fundamental daily activities.

However, before your food reaches your plate, it must be prepared or cooked. Enter the practice of conscious cooking, or preparing meals with full awareness.

Conscious cooking is about being totally present in the act of food preparation. It brings a deep awareness to the unique details of the cooking experience and a deep, in-body sense, of creating a nourishing and healing meal with attention, compassion, gratitude, and love.

While it may sound simple, there are several key elements to conscious meal preparation that help it to be a truly mindful experience. Consider the following as you set out to create your next meal.

 

7 Easy Ways To Conscious Cooking: Preparing Meals with Mindful Awareness

 

Begin with Intention

To begin your conscious cooking practice, pause and set a clear intention. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and declare to yourself that you are going to use this time to prepare your meal with your full attention.

Visualize the end product of a delicious, nourishing meal. Have the clear recognition that you are a channel of pure awareness and allow yourself to be the instrument through which the meal will be prepared. Consecrate the experience as an opportunity to deepen your journey of awakening.

Focus on Service

Preparing meals is an act of service; you are either nourishing your own mind and body or the mind and body of others. You are delivering love and attention to those you cook for through the food itself. Surrender yourself to bringing the fullness of your being into an act of selfless service. This is an act of Karma Yoga; performing the action acknowledging that those you serve are gods and goddesses in disguise.

Deliberately Prepare the Space Of Conscious Cooking

Before starting, take the time to methodically prepare your environment. Lay out your recipes, tools (knives, spoons, cutting boards, saucepans, etc.), along with your ingredients. In culinary school, one of the first lessons taught to new chefs is known as Mise en place, which means “putting in place” and refers to both the kitchen setup as well as the chef’s state of mind.

Like a tea ceremony, take time to arrange everything beforehand so you don’t have to scramble for an item once the cooking has begun. This is also the perfect time to take a moment to cultivate gratitude for everything set before you. Recognize the web of relationships that have to exist (farmers, workers, drivers, grocery clerks, and countless others) to bring these ingredients and tools before you.

Remember also to choose ingredients that are sattvic or pure, nourishing, essential, and filled with vital lifeforce or prana.

Proceed with Care and Attention

As you begin to follow a recipe or cook, bring reverence toward each step of the process. Follow each step in the directions with full awareness; don’t just muddle through and lob ingredients together into a bowl without tuning in to what you’re doing. Move as slowly and deliberately as possible given the required steps and cooking times involved.

 

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Relish in a Full Sensory Experience

Cooking is a wonderful experience that involves all your senses. Take note of how these gateways of perception help you have a deeper experience of the moment:

  • You can see the colors, watch steam rising off the food, and notice the freshness of each ingredient.
  • You can smell the food and the spices, and become aware of the blending of unique aromas into the larger fragrance of the dish.
  • You can taste the individual ingredients, diving into the sweet, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent qualities of each.
  • You can hear the rolling boil of water, the rhythmic pace of a knife on the chopping block, the sizzle of cooking food.
  • You can feel the texture of the ingredients, the thickness of a mixture, the grains of salt as you sprinkle them into a stew.

Embrace Total Presence

Allow the experience of cooking to be one of complete and total being. Let your mind slip beyond past or future and just experience this moment, this action in its complete fullness. Of course, it’s important to be safe and aware of cooking times, proper sanitization, hot burners, and sharp knives, but to the extent possible release any non-cooking related distractions. Put down your phone, avoid multitasking, and work to do just one thing at a time. It may be helpful to use a mantra to keep your mind anchored to the present moment. Consider either of the following:

  • Om Vardhanam Namah – the mantra of the Law of Giving and Receiving which means, I am the nourisher of the universe and the universe nourishes me.
  • Om Sri Danvantre Namaha – the mantra of the Celestial Physician, often chanted when preparing food to infuse it with healing energy, meaning Salutations to the being and power of the Celestial Physician.

These mantras, when used during repetitive tasks such as stirring or chopping vegetables help to entrain your awareness into a state of total absorption or Samadhi. We become one with the task, with the cooking, and the meal.

Serving and Blessing the Meal

Once the meal is prepared, it’s time to serve it to yourself, friends, family, or guests. Presenting the food with a mindful spirit of service and gratitude again helps to honor the divine in the food and those who will eat it. This is also an ideal time to offer a blessing for the food, either silently or spoken aloud, in such a way that gives thanks as well as recognizes how fortunate we are to be able to share in a meal together.

A traditional blessing often used by monks and yogis is to reflect on this passage from the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, verse 24:

The process of offering Brahman; that which is offered is Brahman. Brahman offers the sacrifice in the fire of Brahman. Brahman is attained by those who see Brahman in every action.

Which might be interpreted into a formal blessing as:

May I remember that the cooking of this meal is divine consciousness; the food itself is divine consciousness, and the process of consuming the food is divine consciousness. Therefore, may the act of cooking, serving, and eating be performed with full awareness that leads me to the awakening of my divine nature. Om, peace, peace, peace.

In serving and blessing the food, you surrender the practice of conscious cooking to all those who enjoy the results of your efforts. Or as Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh keenly observes: “When you prepare a meal with artful awareness, it’s delicious and healthy. You have put your mindfulness, love, and care into the meal, then people will be eating your love. People can fully enjoy the meal with body and mind, just like you enjoy a beautiful work of art.”

When you cook make it a worthwhile conscious cooking experience. The love for food will be enhanced if you do conscious cooking. It creates a mindfulness experience for you. Once you make it conscious cooking, your food will be worth sharing and eating.

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7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

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7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

Counting calories won’t make you healthy. Here are ways to be fit and get healthier without dieting.

Pop quiz. How many diets can you name off the top of your head? If you are like most people these days, you can probably rattle off at least half a dozen without breaking a sweat. Some of them may dominate TV advertisements, and others may tend to be passed around by word of mouth. Still others tend to survive in the pages of self-help books and are splashed across the internet.

All of them claim that you will be able to not only lose weight but also feel more confident, more sexy and all around happier and healthier. A lot of them are liars. Many diets will help you shed unwanted pounds in the short term, but there is nothing healthy or sustainable about living off maple syrup and lemon juice or following the rules of any of the other dangerous diets out there.

 In fact, diets in general are rarely a good way to improve your health. This is because most diets focus on losing weight, not promoting health. While you will need to alter your daily diet in order to improve your health if you are living off Chinese takeout and Big Macs, traditional dieting is rarely a sustainable path when it comes to your overall health. Here are seven ways to get healthier without dieting.

 

7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

 

Drink Water & Be Fit

One of the easiest ways to simultaneously get healthier and lose weight is to stop drinking anything but water. Drinks of every sort are filled with what most people refer to as empty calories. In other words, they are calories that do nothing to keep you feeling full or energized but do contribute to weight gain. Stop drinking soda, juice and bottled teas.

 

Skip the sports drinks as well. Unless you are a long distance swimmer training for an open water race, a runner preparing for a marathon or you spend multiple hours in the gym sweating like a dog, plain water will fulfill your hydration needs. If you desperately need flavor in your water, stick a bit of fresh fruit in the bottle.

 

This will give you the desired flavor without all the sugar in packaged flavors. Alcohol, of course, is packed with sugar and calories, but the biggest offender, after soda, is usually your morning coffee. Those flavor shots, bits of cream and sugar turn a light drink into a calorie bomb. Drink your coffee black, or at least use skim milk if you need a little dairy.

 

If you want to become healthier and sustain the appearance and feeling that health brings you, you need to learn how to cook. You do not need to be a gourmet chef in order to improve your health, but knowing how to put together a basic meal of meat and veggies will go a long way toward making you healthier.
When you cook your own food, you know exactly what is going into your body. Restaurants and take out chains tend to use loads of oil and fats that turn a dish you would expect to be low calorie, low fat and healthy into something that is little better for you than the average pizza. When you cook at home, you are at least aware of whether or not you made something unhealthy.
Home cooking also tends to use fresher ingredients instead of the heavily salted and preservative filled items found in the frozen section of the grocery store.

Avoid Junk Food

You have likely noticed that some people simply seem to have more willpower than others. They manage to avoid eating junk food and instead snack on carrot sticks or celery. Their willpower may seem incredible, but if you looked inside their cabinets, you would probably find that they do not have chips, candy or cookies in the house.

More Sleep to Be Fit

When it comes to staying healthy, sleep is perhaps the most commonly ignored requirement. Almost everyone is aware on some level that they need to get enough sleep in order to remain healthy, but that does not stop most people from acting as if they are convinced that they can teach themselves to go without sleep entirely.

If you want to improve your health, however, enough sleep is a requirement, not a suggestion. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep a night in order to remain in perfect health. Very few people get that much sleep on an ongoing basis. Make it a point, however, to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Going to bed every night and getting up every morning at approximately the same time will help tremendously in that regard.

Less Screentime

If you read any sort of health columns, parenting advice or technology news, you have almost certainly heard that spending too much time using your electronic devices is terrible for your health. Overuse of electronics tends to keep people sitting down for even longer periods of time than they were already prone to doing.

This has become such a problem that people are developing what has become called “gluteal amnesia.” Essentially, people sit so often and for so long that their gluteal muscles forget how to function which can set off a domino effect that has the potential to damage every muscle below their waist.
Overuse of electronics also contributes to neck and back strain and pain as people stare down at their phones and computers. The bright blue light inhibits melatonin production, one of the hormones necessary for healthy sleep, and many people use digital conversations as a substitute for face-to-face interaction, something that wreaks havoc on a person’s mental state over time.

7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

Exercise Regularly

Along with sleep, exercise is the closest thing to a panacea that exists in real life. Exercise is essential for healthy cardiovascular function, muscle strength and plays a key role in stress relief. It can improve the function of your immune system, give you better sleep at night and help you lose weight.
You do not have to become a gym rat to reap the benefits of exercise either. Taking a brisk walk several times a week can still do wonders for your health. It is best, however, to join a gym so that you can do both aerobic exercise, such as running or swimming, as well as resistance training, such as weightlifting or pilates. Aerobic exercise is the best way to improve the health of your heart and lungs while resistance training helps your muscles, skeleton and metabolism remain healthy.

Balanced Diet

If you are focusing on your health, you need to eat right. This does not mean that you need to give up entire food groups as many diets proclaim. Unlike what innumerable diets and weight loss “experts” claim, carbohydrates are not your enemy and neither is fat. If you scarf down French fries every afternoon, then yes, you are eating too much fat. A few tablespoons of olive oil or the fat found in nuts, however, is beneficial.
In the same way, if you live off of pasta and white bread, the sheer number of calories you are eating will do unpleasant things to both your waistline and overall health. A piece of bread with dinner, however, does not mean that you are doomed. You need to have a balanced diet that includes fruit, vegetables, meat or fish, a small amount of healthy fats from nuts or oils and, yes, carbohydrates. When you cut out entire food groups from your diet, your body may get smaller, but your health pays for it.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to shed a few pounds so that your jeans are a little less tight or so you can look fabulous in a tight shirt. Dieting, however, is not necessarily the answer to your weight woes. If you pay attention to your overall health by sleeping enough, eating right and exercising regularly, you will likely find that the pounds melt away without any sort of artificial assistance.

Better yet, those pounds will stay off with ease rather than creeping back on or forcing you to fight a constant battle with yourself. This is because focusing on overall health leads you to develop sustainable habits.
Being healthy feels good so you want to keep doing the things that keep you healthy. Diets, on the other hand, are the sort of things most people cannot wait to finish. So, prioritize health over weight loss, and you will likely end up getting the best of both worlds anyway.
If you want to be fit and get healthier these are some ways you can do it. These ways to be fit do not need a lot of dieting. You can do this daily. Be fit and be healthy. When you want to be fit, it is a way for you to love yourself. Love your body in a way that you want to be fit and be healthy all the time. Follow these ways and be fit always.
Original article by Stephanie Hertzenberg.

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