Costa Rica Yoga Retreat – Live a Pure Life

Combining a Yoga Retreat with a trip to Costa Rica, a beautiful location in nature is the perfect recipe to help you relax, recharge and renew. Costa Rica has become extremely popular as a destination for yoga retreats due to its natural beauty and biodiversity, outdoor activities and adventures, and it’s positive and happy attitude and vibe, Pura Vida!

Pura Vida means ‘pure life’ and is used regularly in Costa Rica by locals instead of saying hello, goodbye, thank you, and more. It basically means ‘everything is great and life is good’. What a great way to live life each day! This positive attitude, Pura Vida, aligns very closely with yoga philosophy, such as being happy and content with what is, and living life authentically and purposefully. One of the yoga spiritual observances that make up the eight limbs of yoga, called Saucha, literally means purity. This includes purity, cleanliness and clearness of mind, speech and body, the outer body a

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Yoga and Kindness

Once I was teaching in Idaho, and the class was full of beginners. I noticed two older men in the back of the room, struggling with every move they made. I gave them my best despite their lack of promise, and treated them with kindness.

That evening, I learned that one of the men was chairman of the board of one of the world’s top corporations. He had appreciated my kindness and efforts, and later arranged for me to deliver lectures to his executives, managers, and staff about the mind, integrity, and the workplace. As teachers, we are constantly around people who are struggling to do what we can do with relative ease. Our superior skills can draw us into the traps of the ego and we begin becoming less respectful of others.

To counter this tendency, I constantly remind myself that my classes are filled with professional chefs, concert pianists, ballet dancers, marathon runners, expert swimmers, mothers of five children, CEO’s, medical doctors, massage thera

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Modified Yoga Poses to Strengthen Back and Core Muscles

Many of my clients come to me with back and neck injuries. As a result they have real fear that they will hurt or reinjure their back. Let me tell you, back and neck pain is not any fun. That pain affects every position and every social event in your life. People with back challenges, are fully aware of their back and hips if they stand too much, walk too much, or attempt new exercises. As a person and teacher who has lived with back pain, I will honestly tell you; in order to alleviate back and neck pain, a constant adjustment may be required. Chronic back pain sufferers are usually on the defensive to protect their back. But many reinjure their back carelessly by moving a piece of furniture incorrectly or to carry a heavier load (like their favorite three-year-old child, grand-child, or niece or nephew.) You know what I mean.

To me; modified yoga is a way of life to manage back, neck and hip tension. I have practiced and been teaching for twenty-two years, because it works.

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The Purpose of Yoga – Motivation for Better Health

Yoga, in all of its forms, creates positive energy. Positive energy will cause you to become successful, and live a life where powerful visions become reality. Your complete health will improve exponentially, as a result of regular Yoga practice.

Yoga has so many good health aspects for a person to benefit from. Yet, some people see it only as a “workout,” and as a result, Yoga has become classified, in the west, as an exercise. Although Hatha, Kundalini, and Raja Yoga contain many breathing exercises (Pranayama) and postures (Asanas), Yoga is not merely another physical exercise system.

Hatha Yoga is the most popular form of Yoga outside India. Hatha Yoga is also known as the unity of mind, body, and spirit, through physical mastery. The initial results of regimented Hatha Yoga practice are physical fitness, motivation, clear thought, and increased energy.

There are many more benefits from long-term Hatha Yoga practice. If I could make a &#82

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How to Pick The Right Yoga Teacher Training

I have narrowed down the choosing process to five simple questions that you should ask yourself while trying to decide on the right teacher-training course for yourself!

How long should my course be?

200-hour? 300-hour? Perhaps even 500-hour? These numbers determine the length of each yoga teacher-training course. Typically, most yogis start with a 200-hour course, and should you want to teach, most yoga studios require teachers to have a minimum of 200-hours YTT.

A 300-hour course is usually more suitable for intermediate or advanced yogis as it delves further into asanas and anatomy. Some schools also require that the participant first complete a 200-hour course before taking the 300-hour.

It is also possible to do a 500-hour program where you combine a 200-hour and 300-hour successively. Bear in mind though, that with more hours into the course, the longer the length of time you will have to spend. A 200-hour course is typically 20 to

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How to Create a Princess Themed Yoga Class – Perfect For Birthdays and Kids Yoga Classes

Princesses are loved by little girls. Out of my three darling daughters two of them have been princess aficionados. I have lost count of how many princess parties, princess costumes and princess cupcakes I have been responsible for organizing and creating. So if you are in a similar situation and have a special little princess in your life who is looking for something princess themed and fun to do, you are in luck because this article is all about how to create a princess themed yoga class. It is fun, easy, and will involve your princess and her court of closest friends and advisors.

First of all, you need to define what kind of princess is desired. I personally like my princesses to be friendly, adventuresome, creative, problem solvers, graceful, full of integrity, compassionate, and lovers of fine chocolate. I most often use Dancers Pose to represent the princess.

Next your princess needs a side-kick, usually an animal, with which she shares her adventures and dreams

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Yoga As A Way of Life

Yoga is an art form which is vast, elaborate and could easily roundup as a comprehensive workout for an individual. Notwithstanding elaborate positive effects yoga has on the emotional, psychological and spiritual well being of an individual.

For someone who has a passion for yoga, getting an in depth know how about the art form could have life transforming effects for one’s psyche! You’d simply come to understand and recognize yoga in its true essence.

Yoga definitely goes beyond being a set of poses which boost the individual’s flexibility while improving posture. It’s something which helps create a link between individual consciousness and divine consciousness.

There are some formats of yoga which one might not be aware about.

Let’s consider Ashtanga Yoga for an instance. Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient practice which is focused on body cleansing and purification. This is achieved by synchronized body breath and movement.

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Perfect Match: Chiropractic Care and Yoga

Yoga Benefits

Yoga, being the oldest form of exercise has been known for its numerous benefits to fitness and wellness. It is proven to enhance the vitality of the person doing the activity. It helps the person to relax – alleviating stresses and anxieties; making notable impact in promoting good breathing.

Yoga helps improve the flexibility of the performers’ skeletal structure; strengthens the body’s core and muscles, reducing strenuous movements of the bones and joints allowing better mobility and minimizing the chances of getting physical injuries.

Chiropractic Care along with Regular Exercise

Chiropractors, aside from doing the therapy, also provide patients information on how to promote a healthy lifestyle. It is part of the concerns they must address. And so, they often teach patients on what particular exercise routines they can perform even in the comforts of their own home. These exercise routines are advised to act as an aid t

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What Is the Difference Between Kundalini, Vinyasa, and Hatha Yoga?

There are several different types of yoga practiced today. Three popular forms are: Kundalini, Vinyasa and Hatha.


Kundalini Yoga, also called the Yoga of Awareness, is named after the Kundalini, or an energy thought to lie curled like a serpent at the base of the spine. The teachings say this serpent, or energy, is “asleep” or dormant. By practicing this type of yoga, the energy gradually “awakens,” expanding your awareness.

Kundalini Yoga focuses on exercising the spine and navel center in an effort to awaken the Kundalini energy stored in the spine. Breath is very important. Each asana should be practiced with a specific breathe sequence.

Although it can be physically challenging, it is one of the more spiritual types of yoga. In addition to the Asanas, there are specific mantras, chanting, and meditation sequences.

Although it’s been said Kundalini is over 5000 years old, almost all of what we know

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Secrets of Teaching Yoga

What you are about to read applies to teaching, in general. In fact, we are all teachers, to some degree. You teach your friends, co-workers, strangers and family members on a daily basis.

The example you set teaches someone in some way. Whether you are a positive role model, or not, people, and the world, react to you. Sorry to say, you have more responsibility than you thought possible.

Do you realize that when you hurt one person, it will set a chain of events into motion? Even worse is that, most violent acts were stimulated by smaller, seemingly unimportant events.

When you talk to your students, always show mutual respect. Don’t take advantage of your position as a Yoga teacher to temporarily feed your ego.

The first thing a Yoga teacher should instill, in his or her students, is self-motivation. The serious Yoga student must be a self starter. This is a person who practices Yoga at home, as well as in class. They don’t depend on their

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