Modified Yoga Gives Relief for Depression and Anxiety

I have been teaching yoga for twenty-two years. I got into yoga at that time, because I was suicidal, not just depressed. During that time period, my state of mind, was so down, that I began to daydream constantly, on how to kill myself. My friend dragged me to my first yoga class, and insisted, that yoga would help with my emotions. I resisted by saying, “How can yoga help with your emotions?” I had done other exercises, and other fitness classes. I was a runner, I played volley ball, basketball, tennis, and I did all sorts of fitness work outs. I threw myself into weights, crunches, and sit ups. I was plagued with worry, guilt, rage, insomnia, depression, and sorrow. Nothing had helped my state of mind, until yoga. Yoga truly saved my life. Now twenty-two years later; I’m dedicated yoga teacher, with a passion to motivate, those who are; depressed or suicidal; and I urge them to come, to experience, the yoga difference.

From the very firs

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What Is the Difference Between a CYT-Certified Yoga Teacher and RYT-Registered Yoga Teacher?

While there are no set regulations on what level of training is necessary to teach yoga, choosing to pursue teacher certification, demonstrates a commitment to yoga. CYT certification reveals that a yoga instructor has pursued a certain level of education in yoga techniques.

There are many different programs offering certification to yoga instructors, and it is up to individual organizations to decide what the appropriate professional requirements are. Globally, there is very little regulation of yoga. There are some registries, in different countries, which work to set standards for yoga teachers and the public.

It is important to understand the difference between being certified and being registered as a yoga instructor. You may teach yoga as either a CYT or an RYT. The difference comes from being registered with the Yoga Alliance after a certain level of training has been completed, according to their requirements.

The Yoga Alliance publishes their requiremen

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5 Ways Yoga Works For Weight Loss

Yoga is practiced by millions of people around the world, including, many very fit celebrities and professional athletes who use it to supplement their regular workout regimen and enhance their performance.

And yes, this no strain workout that allows people to work at their own level can have profound effects for weight loss.

While Yoga does not burn calories at the rate that other cardio workouts do, it is still an effective and viable weight loss option.

Here are 5 Ways Yoga Works For Weight Loss:

The Mind Body Connection

Yoga, unlike other workouts, includes breathing as a focal point and complete integration of mindfulness with physical movement.

This practice of mindfulness does not go away when you leave the yoga mat, with regular practice it stays with you and effects all parts of your life.

This intense focus makes you pay better attention to your body, and that inclu

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Niyama: The Personal Observances of Yoga For Dynamic Personality

The principles and practices of traditional Ashtanga Yoga Curriculum of sage Patanjali is great contribution for the development of the human resources based on the synchronization of the energies of the mind and body. The second limb of this system is called as Niyama or the personal observances. These practices are very effective in the development of the traits of great willpower, sharp intellect and stable emotions for the dynamic personality. These practices are useful to harness the inner strength of the yoga practitioners for the greater endurance and competency in the journey of the path of Yoga.

They are:

1) Soucha is a practice of cleanliness both for the mind and body. This principle is useful for the purification of the impurities of psychosomatic nature. The mind generally affected by the mental toxins like anger, greed, lust, delusion, pride and jealousy. These impurities of the mind create lots of mental instability affecting the concentration as we

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Modified Yoga Relieves Leg Pain

So many people have severe leg pain which interrupts their lives. Nobody wants to move when they are in pain. I think that’s part of the problem. A catch 22. Once a person has severe pain; they become more sedentary. It’s because of the pain, that they don’t want to move too much. It’s completely understandable. Seniors who have fallen and broken a hip or leg, are then told by physician not to move too much. After they heal, many people are still in the mind-set of not moving. Sciatica, knee and hip pain, burning sensations, numb legs, and cramping are other severe leg pains. The challenge is, that the leg pains sort of get all mixed up.

Modified yoga is actually a really good remedy for leg pain. Many of my clients have hip replacements, knee replacement, sciatica, and at least one has a broken pelvis that has been mending for a year now, severe leg cramps, and blood clots. Modified yoga assist the client at his or her pace of healing. People can stop

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Yoga Old And Modern

Generally speaking the perception of Yoga has changed significantly. When we compare the traditional yoga of the ancients to today’s modern version we can see if there are indeed changes.

In most classes, articles, books, blogs and other media sources on yoga we can observe how they differ from traditions of the ancients.

These modern-day practices on closer inspection are very different from those of antiquity.

Some purists of the day who see modern yoga as being so different from the traditional they refer to modern yoga as “Not Yoga”.

To be a miner of diamonds,

take care of your picks and shovels.

To be a miner of your spiritual Self,

take care of your body, breath, and mind.

But don’t confuse the tools and the goals.

Author unknown

Historically speaking, yoga was taut orally and there are subtle differences between those teachers of old.

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The Order of Things – What Happens in a Kundalini Yoga Class?

“Keep the teachings as given. Each kriya is whole unto itself, a perfect jewel that acts to create a flow. [Kriyas] are perfectly designed sets meant to produce predictable and subtle impacts on the total Self.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yoga is more than just exercise to stimulate the body. This yoga moves energy! KY is all about having an energetic experience. It is important to deliver the teachings correctly to produce expected results. How can we be pure vessels for the teachings if we mess around with the formula? It is specific and proven. It ain’t called a science for nothing!

To give you a bit of background, Kundalini Yoga classes have a specific 6-part teaching structure to follow, as outlined below.

  1. Tune in with the Adi Mantra
  2. Pranayam (breath work) and/or appropriate warm-up
  3. The Kriya (the exercise set)
  4. Relaxation
  5. Meditation
  6. Ending prayer and Long Sat Naams
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Practice Hatha Yoga for Happiness

Does life feel like a carnival ride? How do we deal with life’s challenges? What do you consider happiness to be? Can Hatha Yoga really open the “Gateway to Happiness?” Let’s look at solutions to happiness, which you can find in your Hatha Yoga practice.

Life is often compared to a carnival ride. The “ups and downs” of life cause us pleasure and pain. To a degree, we all need a certain amount of stress, but Hatha Yoga practice can help you gauge the amount of stress you take.

Picture stress like water: You need some water to live, but too much water can become a flood. Hatha Yoga controls stress, like a dam controls water. We want a steady flow, but not too much.

How do we deal with life’s challenges? Many people want to avoid challenges and stress, but in the proper “dosage,” challenges are what keep us going. Start or finish your day with Yoga, and you will face life’s daily challenges with

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Why I Love Iyengar Yoga

Yoga, the body-mind-soul technique, has several sub-branches – Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Hatha Yoga and Yin. What distinguishes them is the specific body part or ailments they target as well as the techniques each of them follow.

Iyengar Yoga takes its name from its founder B.K.S. Iyengar, the man who played a key role in introducing yoga to the West. It is a traditional form of yoga that gives importance to breathing exercises (pranayama) and asanas to correct postural alignment. Another highlight feature of Iyengar yoga is the use of props.

This form of yoga has several benefits to the body and is one of the most accessible. Here’s a list of 7 reasons why I love Iyengar Yoga.

1. Stress buster – The asanas coupled with breathing exercises harmonizes the body and the mind. With better control over your mind, you are able to silence all internal talk in a stressful situation. It is like meditation; you concentrate

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The Oath of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher

“The Oath of a Kundalini Teacher: “I am not a woman. I am not a man. I am not a person. I am not myself. I am a teacher.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

I have a confession to make. I struggled with The Teacher’s Oath when I started my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. When I first heard it, I rebelled. What do you mean I’m not a woman? If I’m not a person than what am I? And if I am not myself, then who is me? I didn’t get it and it confused me immensely. Who was this guy to tell me that I’m not me? Can you say “resistance?” How about that for a great start?

In this article, I’ll explain about The Teacher’s Oath and what it means to me now compared to my first impression. I’ll also touch on the key ethical responsibilities a KY teacher has in terms of service to students, personal conduct, and roles. And finally I’ll bring in my relationship to the teachings and to the source of the teachings.

Gu

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