by Jessi Richardson | Dec 27, 2015.
Traditionally, with the coming of the New Year, we set out a list of goals, hopes, dreams, and resolutions. It’s here that we have reflected on the past year in candor, and choose to carve a new or more challenging path. While resolutions can vary widely person to person, we’ve put together some of our favorite yogi inspired resolutions – some specific in their task, and others more general or relating to the way we carry ourselves day to day.
We reading this list, reflect on what these resolutions would mean for you personally. How would you go about achieving them? Most of all, we encourage you to make a list of your own resolutions alongside this list. Take some time to devout thought into your goals and be realistic with yourself. Build plans around your goals, and place the list somewhere easy to see every day, helping to remind yourself of your resolutions.
1. MORE WRITING
Writing can be one of the most creative and cathartic outlets for a person. While it doesn’t always include what some may see as “artistic flare” (like, say, a canvas or myriad of paints and textures), writing is as much based in the soul as it is in the mind. Your thoughts become symbols on the paper, and you allow yourself to release your emotions, hopes, and/or insecurities into the world. You don’t need to make your writing public – perhaps it’s in a journal or private blog – but doing so opens up a whole new channel for creativity. Find yourself a pen pal or spend time creating content that can inspire others. By adding a reader to your writing, you’ll find that your mind works in new ways, and produces new artistic flows while writing.
2. INNER AWARENESS
Your breath has been your companion from the day you are born and is the only tool you need to help develop your inner awareness. Try taking ten minutes a day to pause and consciously focus on your breathe. If during this time your mind wanders, gently catch yourself and refocus back to your breath. This giving yourself permission to reset and refocus on what is important. Guide your breath and let your breath guide you to increased inner awareness.
3. PRACTICE MORE MEDITATION
For us, more meditation is on our list of resolutions every year. Meditation is very much a continued effort by all yogis, and consciously acknowledging the difficulty and necessity for commitment to the craft is extremely useful in taking as much away from the practice as possible. Even if you spend ample time meditating throughout your days, remember to practice the stillness of mind during the actions of the day, as you move place to place and talk to person to person. Meditation is a cornerstone of a healthy life and practice, and incorporating it into your days in as many ways possible can help keep stress down and vitality up.
4. CONNECT WITH NATURE
Connecting with nature awakens our original humanity. Simply go outside, look, listen, feel, touch, breathe. Pick berries, play a game, watch a bird, make a fire, have experiences. Unhurried time with nature is well known for giving bursts of intuition and sudden insights to long sought questions. As you ground yourself with mother nature, take notice in how she can create headspace for you to focus on both the short and long-term goals you have set for yourself.
5. FINANCIAL PEACE
In 2014, seventy-five percent of Americans said money was their biggest cause of stress. Regardless of your income level, the clutter that poor financial health brings is exponential. By educating ourselves and humbly seeking help when needed, we can bring more peace of mind to every aspect of life that our money is connected to. This year, let’s focusing more energy on the never-ending process of developing healthy financial habits.
6. TAKE A NEW YOGA CLASS
Perhaps you’re a seasoned yogi, or perhaps you’re still new to the practice. Whatever the case, a new yoga class – say Hot Yoga or Bikram – can be a fun way to add variation to your practice, meet new faces, and test your body in new ways. Ask yourself what part of your practice you want to improve, and try to choose a class that addresses that goal. Next, sign up!
7. TAKE A FRIEND TO YOGA
Not all resolutions need to be so self-centered, and we encourage you to include others in your plans for a happier, healthier new year. For this next resolution, we encourage you to bring a friend to a yoga or meditation class. Think back to when you first started practicing. You may have been a bit shy, confused, or uncertain as to what yoga could actually do for your life. Consider now what it has done, and how that has benefited your health and wellness. With this in mind, make the conscious effort this next year to include a friend in your practice – they could really benefit.
8. PRACTICE GRATITUDE
Like meditation, we constantly seek to add the practice of gratitude to our resolutions. The truth is, it can be hard to be graciously with every action, every day, and no one expect you to be perfect. Rather, it’s the consistent effort, either internally stated or spoken aloud, that helps direct us to a grateful state of being. For example, during traffic, long lines at the store, or otherwise frustrating instances in life, take a moment to reflect and bring gratitude back into your life. Let the stress of anxiety and anger melt away, and replace it with affection and understanding. This can be one of your most powerful resolutions.
COMMIT TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS
Committing to your resolutions is the real key to success, and that’s why we remind you again to place your list of resolutions somewhere easy to see and reference every day (and we mean every day!). Invest in a small white board, or perhaps print of a single sheet of resolutions to hang by your bedroom door. Whatever the method, internally devote yourself to your goals, and keep in mind that most resolutions may not be achieved in a single day, but in 365.
Posted on 12/18/2013 by Tara Nasira in Yoga Holiday
Twas the week before Christmas and all through the home, Not a yogi was stirring, not even an OM.
The yoga mats were rolled by the chimney with care,
In hopes that there'd be 20 minutes to spare.
The children were nagging, not going to bed,
While visions of Wanderlust danced in my head.
With hubs in his yoga pants and I in mine too,
We were deeply in need of our Inner Guru.
When up on the roof there arose such a blast,
You’d think Shiva Rea was giving a free class!
And what to my wondering third eye should I see,
But Santa himself, breathing in Ujjayi.
His hands placed in mudra, he looked so serene,
Sitting in Lotus, right under the tree.
“Santa!” I exclaimed, “how can this be?”
“I came to align your chakras,” said he.
He rose up to standing (His pants were see-through,
He must have bought them last year at lulu).
We rolled out our Mandukas and lit our inner flame,
And he whistled and shouted each yoga pose name.
“Now up dog, now down dog, now to chaturanga!
On cobra, on cat/cow, on parsva bakasana!”
The prana was flowing, my worries were gone,
My mantra, “I am grateful,” carried me on.
Santa, it seemed, was a wonderful mentor,
The yoga was helping me come back to center.
“Your practice need never be out of your sight,
YogaDownload is with you, all day or all night.”
And I heard him exclaim as he drove off in his sleigh,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all Namaste!”
Reposted here from INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY
When you think of exercises that may help your golf game, yoga may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it should. Golf academies all over the U.S. are adding in yoga practices to help students improve both their mental and physical golf game. Shawn, the director of physical training here at IJGA, works with students on flexibility, mobility, and core strengthening using yoga.
How Does Yoga Benefit Golfers?
You may think that increasing flexibility is the only benefit that yoga offers for golfers, but in fact there are many additional benefits. Yoga conditioning increases flexibility, range of motion, muscle elasticity, and other functional aspects. Consider when you need to make a long drive on the course. If your shoulders don’t have a good range of motion, you won’t have the follow through to really push that ball where it needs to go. If you don’t have muscular strength, you won’t have the force needed to make that shot. Think about how your body moves when you make a golf swing; this is a complicated and balletic movement that can be improved using yoga.
Top Effective Yoga Positions for Golfers
There are three top yoga positions that help golfers balance their strength on both the right and left sides of their bodies, protect their backs from wrenching with repeated swings, and improve core strength for better balance, more power, and less pain after a day on the links.
Fun Facts: Pro Golfers and Yoga
There are different poses that target different areas of the body and offer different benefits. Choosing a program that is designed for golfers is important to ensure that you’re getting the most out of this wonderful exercise.
Golf training programs that include yoga conditioning, such as those found at the International Junior Golf Academy, are now becoming highly sought after and demanded by beginning and advanced golfers. When looking for a training program to improve your game, be sure to ask whether there is yoga training included. You will be surprised at how much yoga will improve your swing, your focus, and your flexibility.
A tid bit about the author Rachel scott
Currently the Director of Teachers’ College and Development for YYoga, Rachel Scott manages a department of educational offerings that spans yoga and fitness. She conceived, structured and created YYoga’s 200-hour teacher training and mentorship program as well as curated the 300-hour and continuing education offerings. Rachel is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Instructional Systems and Technology so that she can enable others to bring their educational dreams to fruition.
I’m not a big clothes horse. I figure, practice yoga in what works rather than worry about what’s fashionable. That said, it’s a good idea to wear clothes that are appropriate to the style of yoga that you are practicing. Let’s take a look at some different styles and what you might want to keep in mind.
RESTORATIVE AND YIN
In a restorative and yin class, you’ll be fine in just about anything. Wear your favorite sweats! If you get cold easily, make sure to cover up as there’s not a lot of movement in these styles and you will get cool. Wear clothes that are comfortable and cover you well. Feel free to bring socks, or even a hat (I chill easily, so I do!). One caveat: check out what temperature the studio is set at. Some of these styles are practiced in “warm” rooms, so you’re gonna want to keep that in mind.
FLOW / POWER / VINYASA / HATHA
You say tomato, I say tomatohhh…all theses styles of yoga are in the same family and involve full shoulder and leg movements. Hatha may be a bit more mellow, but it’s such a broad ranging style. Better to dress for more movement than less.
Wear clothes that would be appropriate for going on a light jog; ladies, you want to make sure you’re not bouncing around/ falling out of your shirts, and gentlemen, you want to wear underclothes that hold your goods in place while you move to avoid swinging and chafing. Do a “friend” test with the fabric: do a downdog and have a friend check out how your clothes fit around your hips to make sure that the fabric doesn’t “thin” out and become see-through. It’s hard to check this on our own.
Sweat wicking fabric is helpful to avoid a sweat rash. I generally prefer clothes that are form fitting, stay in place, and move well with my body. Basically, I don’t want to think about my clothes – or about exposing any parts of my that I don’t want to expose. The right clothes keep your mind on what it should be on: your yoga practice.
As you move into hotter styles of yoga, you may be tempted to pare down your outfit to a minimum. While this is understandable, make sure that you are still well-covered and held in. Everyone, we don’t want any of your bits falling out…particularly when everyone is looking into the same mirror. Gentlemen, let’s avoid the banana hammock look. Wear snug undies and shorts rather than a speedo. Balance comfort with modesty.
(SHARED FROM CAMERON DIAZ BLOG- THE BODY BOOK)
The versatile yoga pant has become an athleisure wear staple that can be found in every woman’s closet. With all the different styles and prints available, you might find yourself coordinating your yoga outfits more often than your office ones.
However, in order to avoid any scrutinizing glances or fashion faux pas, you’ll want to check out these fashionable yoga pants Dos and Don’ts.
Do Steer Clear of Sheer
Unintentionally sheer material is a big fashion faux pas, and yes, that most importantly extends to yoga pants. The spandex quality of many kinds of yoga pants is often desirable because it moves with your body, but make sure your pants don’t become sheer when stretched. Your pants should be sufficiently opaque, so stretch the material under a bright light or try them on for a more accurate idea of how they’ll look once worn. You don’t want people seeing certain parts of you that should be left to the bedroom.
Do Play With Prints
We have to thank printed yoga pants for their contribution to chic and stylish athletic wear. Different prints and patterns provide us with more opportunities to show our enthusiasm for one of our favorite pastimes. Those with loud and bold taste will have no problem finding something quirky. However, if you consider yourself more subdued and traditional in your style preferences, there are plenty of prints that use subtle, similarly toned colors. But maybe this is a chance to break out of your normal print and color choices and spice it up a bit.
Do Make Sure the Size is Right
Different brands and styles can have some variance in their sizing, so keep that in mind when buying your size. If you can’t try them on, then read reviews whether they run big or small, or look at the sizing dimensions. Clothing that’s too tight or lose will be distracting, and having your pants constantly riding up during practice will definitely put a damper on your session. Buying the correct size will also decrease the appearance of panty lines and will help you feel extra fetching.
Do Know When to Say Goodbye
Unlike your jeans or leather jacket, the worn look won’t translate well onto your yoga pants. When signs of age start to show up in the form of tears, stretched-out material, or they become quite faded, thank them for their service and retire them. Yoga pants can be the most alluring and body-loving pair of clothing you own, so be sure they’re as fit as you are.
Don’t Wear Them to Work
You might love your yoga pants but that doesn’t mean your boss will. Many people put their yoga pants on double-duty, wearing them to practice and out around town or at home, but don’t expect coworkers and clients to share your enthusiasm for your favorite athletic apparel. Don’t try to pass them off as dress pants. They’re great for a brunch with girls or the gym, but meeting with clients in them is a big no-no.
Don’t Deny Neutrals
We love fun prints, but neutrals have an important place in your yoga wardrobe too. The look of long and fitted black, navy, or charcoal yoga pants will lend a more sleek and sculpted appearance to your legs. They also transition well into street-style when paired with flats, boots, and layers. These basic, solid-colored pants also give you a great staple to enable you to wear more fun and quirky tops giving you more weekly options.
Don’t Wear Nude Colors
Notice that nude wasn’t included in the list of good neutrals. Wearing yoga pants that are flesh-colored can create a lot of side-eyed looks that you don’t want to attract. From a distance or in peripheral vision, it can even create the illusion of being pants-less! There’s just something about them that makes every fabric ripple look unflattering. Don’t make us bring out the photos to prove it.
Don’t Sacrifice Comfort
Maybe the waist band is too thick or tight, or you hate the feeling of stirrup yoga pants, whatever is causing discomfort won’t go away just because you like how they look. Wearing something uncomfortable and distracting will interfere with your ability to unite your mind and body. Your yoga pants should move and breathe with your body.
By following these guidelines, you can jazz up your yoga attire without committing any big fashion mishaps. While it might be true that some rules were made to be broken, these tips allow you to explore your own styles while making sure you stay tasteful and suave.
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All of my adult life I have been active with one form of exercise or another
including aerobics (which I taught for over ten years), weight training,
pilates, running, swimming, and horse back riding. Upon retiring after 26
years of a successful, but very stressful, corporate career, I found yoga.
My very first serious yoga class was an ashtanga Primary Series class taught
in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was very intimidating and challenging, but
also called to me. For two years, I attended classes at this studio and
practiced Primary Series five to six days a week. In 2009 I completed the
200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher training, which deepened my
understanding of yoga as more than just a practice, but as an entire
philosophy and guide to how to live your life. Since that time, yoga has
been a constant touchstone in my life.
The idea for Yoga Blessings was “hatched” in 2014. Upon moving to
Sedona in 2012, I had noticed how there was no store for yogi’s, despite
the large number of yoga instructors and studios in Sedona, the annual
yoga festival, and the thousands of locals and visitors who practice yoga in
Sedona! I thought a store dedicated to the yoga enthusiast could fulfill a
need. However, the timing wasn’t right in 2014, so I put the idea on the
shelf waiting for a better time. When Sedona Hot Yoga needed a new
space, the idea of co-locating the hot yoga studio with a retail yoga store
seemed like a natural fit and Yoga Blessings became a reality!
I feel truly blessed to have yoga as part of my life and hope you do also.
Please come visit us at Yoga Blessings – the store created just for you, the
yoga lover and enthusiast!
Blessings and namaste,