- Yoga Meditation

Yoga Nidra Meditation to Achieve Inner Peace of Your Mind

If you are Yoga practitioner for some time, you probably know that Yoga is not only about practicing asanas to stretch your muscles or improve your body functions. But meditation is a part of every Yoga session. Most people do a short meditation before starting the session and short meditation afterward. This helps you to be focused on your practice and relax after, so you will recharge your energy levels.

For those who are interested into the spiritual aspect of Yoga, I have found a great article written by Jen Mulson which explains what is Yoga Nidra meditation and visualization and what was her experience during the whole guided meditation by her instructor. Here is the original article as published here:

Nidra Meditation

What Is Yoga Nidra Meditation?

Nidra is not hypnosis, nor is it sleep. At the first full-length nidra I went to, we moved through an evening flow of postures, then zipped up our sweatshirts, put on socks and laid on our backs on mats with pillows under our knees and heads.

For the next 45 minutes, we lay in the dark as the instructor guided us through nidra. I don’t remember much of the guided relaxation. I vaguely remember being asked to bring awareness to each of my fingers, toes and the rest of my body parts.

When it was over, I realized I’d been present for the first 10 or 15 minutes and then, strangely, not present. I’m fairly certain I didn’t fall asleep, but did go into a super-relaxed state of mind between wakefulness and REM. It took a bit to fully wake up, as it did for all the other zombie-like students around me who couldn’t form full sentences other than, “Wow,” “What just happened?” and “I don’t remember anything.”

This is yoga nidra. It can take you someplace else. We typically spend our days in beta brain waves, an active and alert state of mind. Nidra can help lead you to the next level of alpha waves, a relaxed and more passive state, into theta waves, an unconscious, half-asleep state where there are still images and streams of thought, and into the last stage of delta waves. This is a state of deep, dreamless, non-REM sleep where one still has awareness of one’s surroundings.

In meditation, you stay in the waking state of consciousness. In nidra, you aim to leave the waking state, go past the dreaming state and go to deep sleep, yet remain awake.

Of course, entering the delta state mostly happens after consistent nidra practice. Numerous benefits come as soon as an alpha state of mind is reached. It can help with insomnia, stress and anxiety, digestive conditions, chronic pain and cancer. It can help lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, increase blood flow to the heart and balance the autonomic nervous system.

Original Source: gazette

I recommend everyone involved in any Yoga practice, martial arts or even to everyone interested in personal development to try the Yoga Nidra meditation. You will get into the best relaxation state where you are tapping into the higher energies, which can give you many benefits not only in your health and fitness but in all your personal and business areas. Do not forget to share this article with your friends on Facebook or Twitter below, if you enjoy this reading. You will help us to get more great Yoga tips out there. Thanks a lot, Namaste.…

- Yoga Benefits

Yoga Health Benefits for Women

Every time I walk to any yoga class I am always wondering why so many women practice Yoga positions more than men. Maybe it is just my observation but I am thinking it could be because women are more knowledgeable about the health benefits Yoga can offer to them.

In the morning I was browsing the internet and found a great article at the mdgazette.com talking about health benefits of Yoga for women and there were couple great things I did not know before. Anyway, I hope that you will like this information.

So What Are the Benefits of Yoga That Women Love?

Yoga enthusiasts claim that this ancient form of exercise is the key to helping women relax, restore and renew. Yoga involves performing specific poses, called asanas, in combination with meditation and breathing exercises. But yoga is much more than a “new age craze.”

If you haven’t tried this practice, there are some benefits you’re missing. Studies show that yoga can increase flexibility, improve balance and boost muscle strength. It also can teach women to reduce stress and anxiety and may even help relieve some symptoms associated with heart disease and cancer.Benefits of Yoga That Women Love

Yoga also is an effective complementary therapy for the following medical conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neck and back pain
  • Experts say women can reap the health benefits of yoga by practicing just ten minutes each day.

You see, in just 10 minutes you can completely change your day. The best routine for this I always suggest the Sun salutation, because it is very simple, yet very effective. This Yoga set of positions will stretch and strengthen the muscles you use the most and give you great cardio workout as well. When you finish, do not forget to do closing meditation for couple minutes. You will feel the energy!

Another simple exercise any women can do to relax is as the above-mentioned article author Mike Wozniak suggests:

Breathing from your diaphragm can give you a sense of yoga’s relaxing powers. Here’s a simple exercise for you to try:

1. Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.

2. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose. Feel your diaphragm move down toward your stomach.

3. Exhale out through your mouth, contracting your abdominal muscles.

4. Repeat this pattern several times.

5. Stay focused on your breathing.

As you can see, Yoga can have a lot of positive effects on your health. Even though this post is all about Yoga health benefits for women, I believe that even men should try practicing Yoga and they will soon see how their health and wellness improved. What I like about Yoga is that you can learn it even at your own home if you do not have the time to go to your local Yoga studio or simply can not afford it. My favorite program is the 30 minute a day Yoga fitness system. See how many people have a great feedback about it.…

- Yoga Types

Best Yoga Types for Weight Loss

Need to Lose Some Weight? Try These Top 3 Yoga Types that Promote Weight Loss

It seems like no matter what type of diet craze is on, people just can’t get rid of the extra pounds. Maybe the one reason many of the dieters can not lose weight because they are on a diet! Yes folks, just diet alone won’t make you thin and strong. But the combination of a healthy balanced diet, regular fitness workouts and stress relief can have a very positive impact on your current weight loss challenges.

And because Yoga is great for relaxing your mind and muscles, it can be a great help when trying to lose weight. What many people do not know is that there are Yoga types specifically designed to promote weight loss. And I have found a great article at Yahoo Sports, written by  Rebecca Bardelli explaining the best Yoga types for weight loss.

I hope you will find the one that suits all your needs.

The Best Yoga Types For Weight Loss

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga originated in Mysore, India, and was brought to the U.S. in 1975. Ashtanga is the perfect type of yoga for those looking to lose weight because it provides a cardio effect. It flows nonstop from one move to the next. Men looking for yoga classes should try Ashtanga. It was originally created with teenage schoolboys in mind. An Ashtanga is an advanced form of yoga that is known for demanding movements.

To prevent injury, beginners should take several Ashtanga classes before trying the moves at home. Celebrities who partake in Ashtanga yoga include Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe. Randall Cunningham and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are former athletes who practice Ashtanga yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga

Power Yoga

Power yoga and Ashtanga yoga are sometimes considered one in the same, yet there are differences. Power yoga is an adaptation of Ashtanga, which is probably why the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Power yoga began in the late ’80s to catch the attention of Westerners who were obsessed with aerobics.

The sequence of poses change in power yoga and set it apart from Ashtanga. The sequence of poses will change depending on the class and instructor. Power yoga boosts metabolism by using isometric exercises that involve every muscle of the body. Power yoga is responsible for helping Drew Barrymore lose weight. The actress lost 20 pounds.

Power Yoga

Bikram (hot) Yoga

Bikram yoga is also known as hot yoga, and it was invented by Bikram Choudhury. Bikram yoga combines 26 yoga moves with a room 40 percent humidified and heated to 105 degrees. Every part of the body is worked during hot yoga, including organs, muscles and ligaments. The body becomes more flexible when it is warm, which is why Bikram takes place in hot rooms.

Bikram yoga flushes out impurities as you sweat. If you enjoy steam rooms and yoga, Bikram yoga is for you. Bikram allows you to burn between 350 to 600 calories per class. Many celebrities enjoy Bikram yoga including Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and Goldie Hawn.

And recently I have found a very interesting webpage called Yoga Weight Loss System. You should read the stories on there because they are real. No actors or celebrities, but regular Moms that used Yoga to lose weight naturally. I know how people feel about their weight and many can have big psychological problems. But Yoga helps to get their mind and body back on the right track. If you have someone who really needs help, make them read this story.

Bikram Yoga

- Yoga News

Can Yoga Help You to Relieve Pain?

Wow, what a controversial study. The New York Times came up with an article about Yoga and how it can help you to manage pain. I got interested to read this one because the headline was kinda catchy…”Really? The Claim…Yoga Can Help Manage Pain”. When my eyes hit this headline, I thought to myself…Hm, are they trying to be funny?

There are millions of people out there that relieved their pain by practicing Yoga diligently and now there is a study that says Yoga might help to manage pain, but there is not enough proof if Yoga is actually helping people get rid of the pain?

I do not understand this logic behind it, so I need your help. Here is the article and please tell me, by leaving a comment below what should I think of this? BTW, if you want to read this article, here is the original source.

Can Yoga Really Help to Manage or Relieve Pain?

You tell me! But these guys need some more results, check this out:

Some researchers believe that yoga may alleviate pain through relaxation and the release of endorphins. Others say it may reduce inflammation and promote positive emotions.

Oh well, they need to sell more drugs that relieve the pain and make people dependent on taking them for life! That is why this study could not get to a definitive conclusion. I am just curious why the newspapers these days are lying and making up stories just like that. It would be much better if they say, help the economy, buy our drugs and forget all natural and free methods of pain management!

My favorite part of that Yoga and pain management story is this:

THE BOTTOM LINE

Plenty of studies have tried to determine whether taking up yoga can actually help lessen pain. The control conditions were standard treatments and exercise, diet and lifestyle changes.

Nine out of the 10 clinical trials found yoga could help provide relief from pain, which the authors called “encouraging.” But they also noted that no definitive conclusion could be reached, for a number of reasons.

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So if you guys know some people that would like to volunteer for the research share this news via Facebook or Twitter and let’s get them to meet people who live pain-free just because they practice Yoga, meditation and healthy living lifestyle.…

- Yoga Benefits

Relieve Stress With Yoga Breathing Techniques

How Can You Relieve Stress With Yoga Breathing Techniques in Five Minutes?

Today I have read a very interesting article about some scientific studies about how you can relieve stress with Yoga breathing techniques. I thought that it would be even interesting to my readers of this blog because in today’s way of living there are more people stressed out about the job, bills, education, economy etc… But if you practice Yoga, you will have a huge advantage in terms of beating the stress with as little as 5 minutes of Yoga! Let’s see what the researchers of Boston University in the US have to say about this:

“[Yoga] is resetting everything that keeps you happy and healthy. It’s calming…”

This was said after 6 week Yoga studies done by the above mentioned University in Australia. But there was much more great information about this, so here are couple other things the article published in MensFitness.com talks about:

Yoga Breathing Techniques

 

Relieve Stress In Five Minutes With Yoga

“I get a lot of people who come in with doctor’s notes for anxiety because they don’t want to go on mood-enhancing drugs,” says Stiles. “It isn’t mysterious anymore—it will help your body.”

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Stiles theorizes, “Yoga makes more room in your body and mind. You don’t get wrapped up in the roller coaster of thought patterns or stuff that is disruptive to yourself.”

It is amazing that something as old as Yoga can help relieve stress faster than any modern drugs many doctors are so fast to prescribe to you… All I have to say is, save your money, practice Yoga breathing techniques (air is free…) and get much better results. I hope many people start taking the Yoga breathing techniques more seriously because it can change lives to so many people on this planet.  Please do not forget to recommend this article to all people you know that are stressed out and do not know how to relax and feel better. Just use the Tweet or Facebook button below.…

- Yoga Benefits

What Are The Top Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga?

Many of you have this idea that yoga is only good for stretching or meditation, but actually, there is Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga much more benefits by practicing yoga asanas then just the two mentioned. Not only you will be able to relax your mind and body, but you will be able to take your health and lifestyle to a much deeper level. And I mean it in a good way.

And here I give you some best parts of the article, which you can read on their website.

So What Are the Best Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga?

Yoga Help to Fight Stress– The reason yoga is so helpful for handling stress is that it provides the space and opportunity for people to become more connected to their bodies.

“Stress can often occur when people get too caught up in their minds and lose the ability to connect with themselves, others and the worlds. In yoga, we try to drop all that stuff at the doorway and begin to connect with all of our resources–the body, the breath, the spirit, and the knowledge that the zillion things [we think about] can keep for 55 minutes,” Johnston said.

Yoga Practice for Weight Management– Yoga can also help with weight management, whether that involves helping someone cope with an eating disorder, or helping someone lose weight. Johnston explains that issues with weight often result from people wrestling with their bodies and a perception that the body is separate from the self. “The same integration of the body, mind and spirit that can result in stress reduction is also the key for weight management,” Johnston said. Similarly, she explained that yoga has been used successfully in environments that treat eating disorders because the patients begin to “connect with their bodies and food is no longer a weapon but part of the body.” Click here to visit the original source of this post

Because the versatility of yoga styles, each person will be able to pick the Yoga that is the best for them. As each style will have many others health benefits, but when you will be able to become a stress-free person with a fit body, you will feel much more about yourself and become more aware of the power that lies within you. And I believe that yoga can help you to realize that inner strength.

practicing yoga

Here is another great health benefit of Yoga from the UCLA that was talked about at the Atlantic Wire in the article called “Psychics Aren’t Real, Designer Electrons”:

Another point for yoga. The other day, the research found that yoga had real health benefits, beyond just all that peace of mind stuff. Now, science has confirmed the spiritual b.s. also does good things to our bodies, finding the meditation — a big part of the yoga experience, unless you go to one of those corporate Yoga Inc. type places – has physiological benefits.

“Meditators are known to be masters in introspection and awareness as well as emotional control and self-regulation, so the findings make sense that the longer someone has meditated, the higher the degree of folding in the insula [a part of the brain],” explains Eileen Luders. And, that is good because: ”The insula has been suggested to function as a hub for autonomic, affective and cognitive integration,” she continues. So, for the millionth time, boo-yah, haters. [UCLA]

Read the full story: Psychics Aren’t Real, Designer Electrons

That is some crazy scientific evidence about the benefits of Yoga on our psychical, physical and spiritual development. I guess that the old yogis were super smart in order to give us some exercise routines that have very powerful health benefits to human development in the whole. Go, Yoga, Go!…