“If there is pe…

“If there is peace in your mind you will find peace with everybody. If your mind is agitated you will find agitation everywhere. So first find peace within and you will see this inner peace reflected everywhere else. You are this peace! You are happiness, find out. Where else will you find peace if not within you?”

~ Papaj

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Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

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Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)┬á(boo-jang-GAHS-anna):┬áProbably one of my favorite poses in my yoga sequence. It’s one of the best poses to straighten out and stretch your back. Your back is such a sensitive part of your body. If you hurt it, you’ll notice just how much you use it constantly. Oh, the pain you’ll be in when you’re doing just the most basic everyday things. It’s very important to keep your back strengthened because it plays a huge role in your life.

Benefits:

  1. Strengthens your muscles in your shoulders, chest and core
  2. Opens your chest to help clear the passages of your heart and lungs
  3. Improves digestion
  4. Strengthens your spine

Listed above are a few of the major benefits I’ve noticed while practicing cobra pose in my sequence. It’s a very common pose in the Vinyasa Flow for beginners. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend finding a video on YouTube to start off with the basic poses. In the videos you will learn the cobra pose and I’m sure fall in love with it like I have!

Simplicity

Simplicity

We take so much for granted. Is life really that bad? Are you homeless? Do you have a terminal illness? There’s no excuse if you don’t fall into such categories. Even at those points I see humans being grateful for everything. We’re blessed with so much. It’s time to appreciate what you do have because you never know when your last breath will be.

Benefits of Yoga

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We all know yoga increases our flexibility when we practice often. But there’s a lot of people who don’t know the other benefits, which are much more important than just being flexible. These other benefits not only are physical, but also mental. I found an article on yoga from the American Psychological Association that talks about practicing yoga. Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, a┬áneuroscientist, commented about the practice:

“I believe if everyone practiced the techniques of yoga, we would have a preventive aid to a lot of our problems,” Khalsa says. “There would likely be less obesity and Type-II diabetes, and people would be less aggressive, more content and more integrated.”Image

We all have our own reasons for practicing yoga. Flexibility, strength, lower stress, find your calm, etc. When we commit ourselves to practicing on a regular basis, we’ll start to see us reach our goals, plus more.┬áIt’s incredible to see what yoga can do for us if we commit. It becomes such a big part of our lives because it leaves us feeling almost invincible. Below I’ve listed just a few of the benefits for both physical and mental. There are many, many more benefits!

Physical benefits:

  1. Improved flexibility
  2. Stronger muscles
  3. Helps prevent arthritis
  4. Helps prevent osteoporosis
  5. Improves energy
  6. Improves athletic performance

Mental benefits:

  1. Handle stress better
  2. Quiet the mind
  3. Focus on breathing
  4. Encourages positive thoughts
  5. Encourages self-acceptance
  6. Builds awareness of your body, feelings, and others around you

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/11/yoga.aspx

Try, Try Again

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Bakasana (Crow Pose): The most basic arm balance. Once you have mastered this pose, you can build off of it and go into deeper poses that aren’t so beginner. The photo above shows exactly how to master Bakasana.

As of yesterday, I have begun to master Bakasana! Typically, you hold this pose for about five breaths — I was able to hold it for two full breaths, which isn’t too shabby for just getting started. I’ve attempted this pose in the past, but was not able to master it. As I attempted a few times yesterday, I was able to find my balance — although I did fall on my face the first couple of tries, which is pretty common for beginning! It’s best to have a cushion or pillow in front of you to mask your fall.

Mastering a new yoga pose feels exhilarating. Your mind and body are working together to improve and test yourself every day. Your sequences are making you stronger each time you complete them. I look forward to tracking my progress as I hope you share yours.

Share your success to bring inspiration! This world needs more of it. ­čÖé