I don't mean this in some sort of etherial, why are we on this planet? who am I? what is this? type of way (not yet anyways). I just mean, what are we really doing when we meditate? What are we gaining from this? And what is actually happening to our brain during meditation?
Crow pose is one of the first arm balances introduced in yoga classes and as a yoga teacher, one of the poses that I am asked the most about how to execute. In order to do this pose, you not only need upper-body strength, but you also need core strength and to let go of the fear of lifting the feet off of the floor.
The best thing you can give is the gift of health and happiness, to not only your loved ones, but to yourself as well. This year, gift a yoga class or retreat to someone that you love. Here's how:
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There are three main components to headstand: strength, balance, and the elimination of fear. Many practitioners lack the upper body strength to properly hold themselves in headstand without placing too much weight on the head, resulting in possible injury to the cervical spine as well as the muscles in the neck and shoulders.
We all have heard of the benefits of meditation, at least in some sense. Reduced blood pressure, more mental clarity, better sleep patterns, even re-growing the grey matter in the brain (yes, that can actually happen with a consistent meditation practice). We hear celebrities like Oprah, Ellen and Russell Simmons talk about how meditation changed their life. We see the glow on the faces of those who meditate. So why aren’t we doing it?
Hillary Wright is a 500 Hour E-RYT who travels the globe teaching yoga.
Hillary truly loves being a student of yoga, maintaining a daily practice, and has completed over 800 hours of training to date. She has traveled to many countries to teach and has taught in many cities across the US, as well.
Hillary encourages her students to work from within during their practice.
The transformation of winter to spring represents so much in our lives. During this time, we strive to let go of what has seemingly bogged us down throughout the long hibernation season, moving forward with positivity and gratitude. We can think of "spring cleaning" not only to clear out the clutter in our home, but in our body and mind as well.
I’ve been on quite a journey the past six months. I have gone from being a completely healthy, excited, world traveling, newly married, glowing, heart-exploding-with-happiness human to a sick, grey-skinned, weak, sad, feverish human in chronic pelvic pain.
Springtime can be a very busy season for many of us. We often find ourselves running around and doing all the things we wanted to do all winter long, whether it's meeting up with friends, seeing family or taking our children to various activities.
…“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage. I spent a large part of my youth travelling the world as a hippie, and what money did I have then? None. I barely had enough to pay for my fare, but I still consider those to have been the best years of my youth: eating badly, sleeping in train stations, unable to communicate because I didn’t know the language, being forced to depend on others just for somewhere to spend the night. "