Dangers of Pigeon Pose

Of all the postures near and dear to the hearts of so many yoga practitioners, poor misunderstood Pigeon pose may well be the most precarious. Loved by so many, but executed correctly by so few, this pose stands out amongst all others as the most likely to help you and your local orthopedic surgeon get…

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Have Faith

I have been urging my husband to go with me to a place I think is “Heaven on Earth,” the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania, for some time. It is a place that I go to at least once every year. Like food feeds our bodies HI feeds my soul; visits are a must for me,…

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What is Namaste?

Definition: Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” It is a gesture made in the belief that there is a divine spark located at the heart chakra within everyone. This gesture is used to respectfully greet another person and acknowledge…

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Tree

Instructions: 1. From Mountain pose, bend the right knee shifting all the weight into the left leg. Turn the right knee to the right wall resting the heel against the left leg. 2. Look down at the floor and stare at one point. Slowly slide the right foot up the left leg, only as high…

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Warrior 3

Instructions: 1. From Mountain pose, step the right foot a foot lengths forward and shift all of your weight onto this leg. 2. Inhale the arms over your head and interlace the fingers, pointing the index finger up. 3. As you exhale, lift the left leg up and out, hinging at the hips to lower…

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Warrior 2

Instructions: 1. From Five Pointed Star,  turn the right toes to the right wall and bend the right knee directly over the right ankle. 2. Turn the hips and the shoulders towards the front and reach out through the finger tips, reaching towards the side walls. Turn and look at the right middle finger. 3.…

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Warrior 1

Instructions: 1. From High Lunge Pose with the right knee bent, engage the legs to ground down through the feet, and inhale the hands up to the bent knee. Use the arms to draw the torso back slightly. Make sure the right knee is directly over the right ankle. 2. Bring the hands to the hips…

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Crocodile

Instructions: 1. Lie on your belly, with the arms crossed under your head. Rest the forehead on the wrists of the hands. 2. Close the eyes and let your whole body relax into the floor.  Let the heels turn out and let the legs flop open. 3. Breathe deeply, pressing the belly down into the floor with…

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Athletes Need Yoga

There is a misconception that yoga is for mainly females but it’s something that should be done by men too, especially athletes. There are 5 ways all athletes may benefit from doing yoga.: 1. Core Strength- Most athletes ignore building up their core strength, but it is vital for connecting the upper and lower body’s overall…

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Yoga at Work

Want to do something that can benefit your career? Yoga is the answer. I’m sure you’re asking at this point: “How the heck can yoga help me when I’m working?” To answer your question, yoga directly affects your job performance. Yoga has been proven to scientifically improve your concentration and boost your memory. You can check out…

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Meditation and the Mind

You always hear about how meditating is good for your mind, but you don’t really know why and know? Here are 4 big ways that meditation affects your brain: 1. Increased grey matter/cortical thickness in key areas- • Anterior Cingulate Cortex: There is an increase in grey matter in the ACC which allows for more cognitive…

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