Shadow yoga offers a fresh twist


The yogis surrounded their teacher for a closer look at a pose that defied gravity and common sense."Should I leave now?" one woman had asked at the beginning of the sold-out class in shadow yoga, after she learned how difficult it would be. "It's up to you," instructor Scott Blossom said. "It's not going to be dangerous, though. I won't bend your spine or anything."

Blossom did not ask them to copy the most difficult pose, in which he extended his body parallel to the floor, held up only by his hands. But he led them through more than an hour of bending, twisting, squatting and breathing during the session at Yoga Journal's recent annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Blossom, who teaches in Berkeley and San Francisco, is one of few masters of the form, which he studied for nine years with founder Zhander Remete - a Hungarian native who is said to have begun practicing at age 6 - before being allowed to teach. Based on the traditional hatha yoga system, shadow yoga incorporates elements of South Indian dance and martial arts and has roots in ancient styles, poses and ayurvedic texts that Remete synthesized.

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Rolling Out the Yoga Mat


LIKE Wi-Fi, on-demand movies and fitness centers, yoga is becoming an amenity many hotels and resorts just can’t do without.Long popular at spas and retreat centers, yoga classes have been spreading to mainstream hotels, resorts and tour operators over the last several years. As the ancient stretching and meditation practice gained popularity, the travel industry began seeing dollar signs in sun salutations. Soon, yoga classes were showing up on the on-demand channels in Hyatts and Marriotts, and at the Kimpton hotel chain mats and straps were available to guests who asked. Spas and resorts began to tweak their yoga programs by hosting weeklong retreats with yoga masters like Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, who attracted a cultlike following.

Now, with yoga becoming so mainstream, properties from chain hotels to bed-and-breakfasts are looking for new ways to incorporate it into their programs to pique guests’ interest and reach their wallets.

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5 easy yoga steps – yoga vedanta tips


To clarify the science of yoga and make it accessible to the majority of seekers, Seami Vishnu-devananda extracted its essence and presented yoga in five universal principles for physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth.These five principles constitute the essence of the teachings of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.Proper Exercise(Asanas)

Our physical body is meant to move and exercise. If our lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints,then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body,mind and soul.
Proper Breathing(Pranayama)

Yoga teaches us how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
Proper Relaxation(Savasana)

Long before the invention of cars, planes, telephones, computers, freeways and other modern triggers of stress, the rishis(Sages or seers) and yogis of yore devised very powerful techniques of deep relaxation.

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Yoga for Healthy Aging


Practicing yoga exercises on a regular basis might lower reduce inflammation that rises as part of normal aging and stress. A new study by Ohio State University researchers showed that women who practiced yoga had lower amounts of the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood.IL-6 is part of the body’s inflammatory response. It’s been implicated in many age-related debilitating diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and arthritis. Researchers believe that reducing inflammation can provide great health benefits.

In the study, women who practiced yoga showed smaller increases in IL-6 after stressful experiences than women the same age and weight who weren’t yoga practitioners. The study participants included 50 women with an average age of 41 who were divided into one of two groups: novice yoga practitioner or expert yoga practitioner. The experts had been practicing yoga weekly.

With the help of psychological tests, blood samples and stimulated stress, the researchers determined that the novice yogis had inflammatory cytokine IL-6 levels that were 41% higher than the experts.

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Yoga – Ancient Practice, Younger You!


Have you been looking for ways to look and feel younger? Do not worry. You have at least one thing in common with the rest of us that you have not discovered a fountain of youth. If you had, you would press the magic bottled water instead of reading about yoga, right?

But do not lose heart! Here are some surprising things yoga can do for you.

A: Increased energy level – You have a life force called "chi" by the body. Yoga makes it possible to find that energyblocked. You learn the vitality and rejuvenate your mind to let go.

Two: Flexibility – If you are not quite as agile as you once were, yoga will help. You will be more active and less vulnerable to damage. You'll even heal faster if you hurt like you did when you were younger.

Three: a better sleep – According Alejandra Chaoul-Reich, a doctoral student at Rice University, yoga practice can help you sleep better no pills, no warm milk, nosheep. Pack in your mind. Manage your mind through yoga meditation. Use specific inviting relaxing sleep.

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