Category Archives: Yoga and Ayurveda

The Many Health Benefits of Pranayama and How to Begin your Practice

Pranayama is the powerful practice of controlling one’s breath.  The health benefits are quite substantial, and generally speaking, include healing the mind, the nervous system and of course the physical body.  Since Pranayama works so intimately with the subtle, energetic body, it is of great importance to utilize the many different breathing variations properly.  This will allow one to reap the full benefits of the practice, as well as avoid harming the system further.  Whatever your goals are for establishing a Pranayama practice, this article will share a bit of ancient knowledge with you to help get you started!

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Ustrasana (aka Camel Pose)

Ustrasana: Camel PoseThe winter season is often a time of increased Kapha dosha, causing symptoms such as coldness, congestion, depression, stagnation and heaviness.  Therefore it is only fitting to choose a Yoga pose that will help to balance some of these common wintertime Kapha issues.  Ustrasana, translated as camel pose,  is a great choice, as it is well known for its ability to increase circulation, warmth and digestion while removing heaviness and fatigue.  Continue reading »

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Vrksasana

vrksasanaWith the Fall season in full effect, it is the perfect time for a grounding pose to honor one of the very things that makes Fall so special, the trees.  Vrksasana, also known as Tree Pose, is a great way to find balance and stability during this season of Vata dosha.  This season is known to increase issues such as a restless mind, anxiety, worry and fear, all of which can be calmed with regular practice of this posture.  Vrksasana teaches us a strong sense of rootedness, all while finding the softness and ease that is equally as important for standing comfortably in this powerful asana. Continue reading »

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6 Essential Yoga Poses for Healthy Menstruation

badhakonasanaAs a woman it is essential that we take care of ourselves during the time of menstruation.  In fact, doing the wrong activities during this time or simply overexerting yourself while menstruating, are major causes of chronic PMS, menstrual irregularities, reproductive issues and eventually disrupted menopausal transitions.  Instead we should focus on nourishing our body and mind during this time of lowered energy and inward healing, making some gentle restorative Yoga postures essential for all women.    Continue reading »

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Vasisthasana

VasisthasanaAs we make our way into the summer, I wanted to incorporate a pose that will shed any residual Kapha (congestion, weight gain, sluggishness, etc) that may be left over from the winter and spring seasons.  Vasisthasana is the perfect choice, as we get moving and shaking in a very balanced manner.  This posture is considered tri-doshic meaning it is suitable for all body types, as it targets and tones multiple areas of the body from head to toe. Continue reading »

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Hanumanasana

hanumanasana In honor of this year’s Hanuman Jayanti (aka Hanuman’s birthday) on this full moon day of April 22nd, I felt it quite fitting to have this month’s Yoga pose be Hanumanasana, the very pose that is named after the lovable Monkey God.  Hanuman represents courage, strength and devotion which are the very qualities this posture offers to one that practices it on a regular basis.  Hanuman, as the son of Vayu (wind), was known for his giant leaps using his back leg to propel the jump, and the other leg stretched to the front to guide the way.  Hanumanasana or the front splits, is an advanced posture that needs to be practiced in a modified version, until the openness of the shoulders, hips, lower back and hamstrings come with ease.  This can be acquired with patience and consistent practice, along with utilizing other postures to open these areas of the body. Continue reading »

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Kapha-Reducing Springtime Yoga Routine

gomukhasana modificationSpring is finally here, the sun is shining and the cold is slowly melting away.  As we shift into a new season, we must remember that our daily needs are shifting too.  Winter was a time for restoration, but now with the blossoming of Spring, we must begin to incorporate more movement and lightness into our daily habits.  A powerful way to begin to shift this energy and flow with the seasons is to incorporate these changes into our Yoga routine.  Continue reading »

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