Stop blaming your arms! A tip for those who struggle with upper body strength in yoga inversions.

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If you struggle with inversion poses, such as downward dog, headstand or handstand, it is very easy to blame your arms and your lack of arm strength. While this may be true, if you have been regularly practicing yoga, you may be surprised to learn the reason could be in your shoulders, and more specifically your arms and shoulders not working together as a team.

One way to work on this area is by bringing your focus to the rhomboid muscles. These muscles are located on the back between the shoulder blades. When your posture is habitually rounded forward (common for people working at a desk all day), the rhomboids become over stretched. Learning to contract these muscles to draw the shoulder blades together is an important step toward improving inversion poses.

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Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

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Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training gives you the knowledge and skills to become a Certified Yoga Sculpt Teacher.
Learn the Yoga Sculpt Primary Series, the essentials of yoga philosophy, and receive the tools needed to teach an innovative, fun Yoga Sculpt class.
Deepen your own practice through posture clinics and personal feedback.

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Come Play!

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It has been told in yogic history that Lord Shiva in Guru Gita tells Devi Parvati “There is no Mukti without Bukti.” This means there can be no freedom (mukti) without enjoyment (bukti).

As adults, yoga can help us reconnect with the spontaneous fun we had when we were kids. We move and breathe, while trying our best to put ourselves in funny looking shapes without feeling self-conscious, much like children do. When we don’t take it so seriously and become playful, it is easier to connect with that sense of “freedom.”

Remember your spiritual path should be one that you enjoy!

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Yoga and Weight Loss ~ Yoga Promotes Healthy Eating

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There has been much debate on this subject, as yoga is mostly known to tone the muscles, create flexibility and de-stress the mind and body. What we do know as medical fact is that yoga de-stresses and boosts brain health, making you feel sharper and clearer, which helps you make better food choices.
With regular practice, you remove toxins that jam the body, and you start craving different (healthier) things. Also, when you calm the mind, you’re not releasing the stress hormones that lead to cravings that cause weight gain. So it’s important to add yoga to your cardio routine or if nothing else, to your daily regime of healthy living.

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Beyond Just Stretching ~ Why All Athletes Should Practice Yoga

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Because yoga requires that the practitioner hold poses in a controlled manner, demanding perfect alignment (well, at least that is the goal for athletes) it forces the body to activate muscles that have been dysfunctionally dormant. Just stretching pre- or post-workout, usually just stretches the muscles in the same direction and plane of motion in which they will be exercising. Yoga goes beyond simple stretching by working the muscles and joints through all ranges of motion–activating the little-used muscles that support real mobility, ensuring a more well-rounded development.

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Yoga for the Busy Mom ~ Make It Happen

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Even the most Rockstar of Moms have the same issues that they share in common:
– Body changes that come with pregnancy & parenting
– Feeling exhausted on a regular basis
– Wishing you had more time for yourself
What’s great about yoga is that it addresses ALL of these issues. It energizes the body, calms the mind, and heals the spirit.
Just about any type of yoga that motivates you, is the one you should be practicing. After all, 90% of the work is just getting yourself to the mat. The rest is just listening to your body and doing what feels good. It’s your time. It’s your practice. Make it happen!

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Be a Poser! Here’s One for All Practioners ~ Bridge Pose

A backbend a day keeps the doctor away! This rejuvenating backbend will open your chest up and keep your spine flexible. It also provides an array of health benefits. Beginners can easily practice it safely and skilled practitioners can use it in preparation for more advanced backbends.

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Benefits:
• Stretches the chest, neck, spine, and hips
• Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings
• Improves blood circulation
• Helps alleviate stress and mild depression
• Calms the brain and central nervous system
• Stimulates the lungs, thyroid glands, and abdominal organs
• Improves digestion
• Helps relieve symptoms of menopause
• Reduces backache and headache
• Reduces fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia
• Rejuvenates tired legs
• Relieves symptoms of asthma and high blood pressure
• Therapeutic for hypertension, osteoporosis, and sinusitis

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Yoga Teacher Training Changed My Life

Allie Beyer shares her experience on becoming a registered yoga instructor and the inspiration behind her journey.

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I had been practicing yoga for about two and half years when I decided to pursue teacher training. I did not go into the process expecting to teach, I just wanted to see where the training could take my personal practice. Essentially, I wanted to determine why I loved yoga so much and why it made me feel so good!

Teacher training gave me a great background of the history of yoga, the myths behind the asanas, and wonderful insight into anatomy. With the direct feedback from our expert instructors and tons of time on our mats, my physical yoga practice grew immensely.

Completing my 200 Hour Teacher Training at NEXT Yoga, a uniquely small studio blessed with amazing instructors, gave me the chance to grow my practice and develop into a confident new teacher. I’m so happy I did my teacher training at NEXT!

– Allie Beyer

 

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How to Use Yoga to Cultivate Happiness

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The pursuit of happiness isn’t just thinking positive thoughts and all will come to you. We can’t just ignore the challenges of our jobs, our family, our financial responsibilities. We often times neglect seeing and appreciating our inner strength.

Yoga invites you to consider your strengths of character—from creativity and perseverance to kindness and humility—and put them into practice. Every time you visit your mat, select a strength and make a plan to use it in a new and different way. Make note of what you learned and synthesize the experience into your every day life.

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“Yoga Transcends ALL Ages”

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“Yoga Transcends ALL Ages”
Lori Conley shares her experience with Senior Yoga Teacher Training.

When I learned that NEXT Yoga was offering Senior Yoga Teacher Training, I felt this was a good opportunity for me to learn, as I feel passionate about maintaining flexibility and balance as we age. Seniors can fall easily, resulting from aging bodies, and yoga can aid in prevention of bone loss, muscle control and balance. Chair yoga is a practice that includes everyone, whether in a wheelchair or upright, which appealed to me. I have never taught a class, and I felt that teaching seniors would allow me to work with a group at a slower, mindful pace and reach a population that would benefit from this practice.

Debbie is a wonderful teacher. She is truly passionate about senior health and making yoga accessible for all. She made the process simple, with accurate descriptions of the poses and cues to use while teaching seniors. She provided what to expect from the senior population and how to adjust to their needs. Debbie is a truly gifted teacher.

I love the mind, body, spirit connection of yoga, whose health benefits transcend all ages.

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