Nothing is more of a drag than poor health or annoying injuries so at the very least remember that all that you learn on your mat will help you learn how to walk, run, dance, swim, hike, think, breathe the right way.
Remember that while strength and speed have their place, dexterity, coordination, agility, focus, efficiency and range of motion are just some of the other tools that are required for optimal movement. Because yoga is so all-inclusive, yoga fills in the gaps of your training, speeds recovery and ensures that you don't have any weak links in your musculo-skeletal system.
It's play for adults, who never get to stand on one foot and pretend they're a tree. It lets you try new things without fear. It's a chance to meet like-minded people and learn something new. It teaches you about yourself..more »
Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again.
He stumbled upon an article about Yoga and decided to give it a try. Even though doctors told him walking would never happen, Arthur was persistent. He fell many times, but kept going ..
His story is proof, that we cannot place limits on what we are capable of doing, because we often do not know our own potential. Neither Arthur nor Dallas knew what he would go on to accomplish, but this video speaks for itself. In less than a year, Arthur completely transformed his life.
Do not waste any time thinking you are stuck - you can take control over your life, and change it faster than you might think. Hopefully this story can inspire you to follow your dreams - whatever they may be .. and then there's Ellen.. more »
Yoga Take 2
"You have to decide that you want it. You can't wish or hope your way to reach your goals; you actually have to do the work."
It doesn't have to take up your whole life, but you need to commit. Train your yourself to think of it not as optional, but as necessary. Practicing yoga starts with being conscious in all aspects of your life, fully embodying who you are and taking charge of your life.
From movement to manifestation, yoga offers a wholehearted awakening to life's potential. More than 15 years later Nicole is still amazed by yoga's magic & inspiration.more →
As Maria Robinson once said, "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.
Here are some ideas to get you started.. 1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
Anxiety is the body and mind's response to a dangerous or distressing situation. Everyone experiences some degree of anxiety at some time. However, anxiety can occur persistently, often triggered by vague notions of a threat, and interfere with normal activities. When this happens, it's called an anxiety disorder.
Modalities such as meditation, homeopathy, yoga, breathwork, herbs and other therapies offer a holistic approach towards treating the source of the problem rather than the symptoms.
Ask nearly any smoker or ex-smoker why cigarettes are so addicting and they'll probably say, "It's the nicotine." But delve further into the hook, and what is revealed is that most smokers breathe quite differently while smoking than they do when they're not, aiding in relaxation by simply engaging in the same inhale - hold - exhale rhythm, sometimes 500 times a day.
This pattern for many can be considered meditation, used for reflection or forward-thinking time, and when most people attempt to quit smoking cold turkey, they don't even think about what they're "missing."
Yoga instructors are the first to tell you that breathing is core to a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, despite the fact that cigarettes are loaded with addictive chemicals and nicotine, the breathing pattern is part of the "escape" for smokers. more →
It should be obvious that more is not necessarily better.. but some of us just don't get it because 'more' means.. more, right?
Well theres good news and bad news.
over-exercising can increases the release of cortisol (stress hormone) and decreases DHEA. Over training also increases free radical production and weakens the immune system...
** everything in moderation ** more »
I hate to be a buzz kill right before the holidays, but you need to shape up. For starters, STOP all that sitting, take off those clunky shoes, dump the poor posture and stop slacking in the exercise department.. and thats just for starters.
The above said cultural norms are the culprits for our aching backs among other things. In a super nutshell here's why our backs get burdened so often..
Our weak core and poor posture result in a collapsed front body and a strained weak back body. Visualize the familiar collapsed front, rolled in shoulders, rounded back.. (think computer work, driving, TV watching, texting, ugh.. )
Most of life is really much simpler than modern medicine and science would like to have you believe. You can have a tremendous impact on how your genes express themselves, simply by providing your cells the right environments.
All you need is a basic understanding of how your body works and a simple philosophical roadmap you can use to find answers to just about any questions of health and fitness – whether it involves personal choices or lifestyle adjustments or whether medical intervention might be appropriate. With this simple strategy, you will forever be able to examine or evaluate any food choice, any form of exercise or any other behavior in the context of how it impacts your life!