Not all programs are created equal. Ask yourself these six questions before enrolling.
Leading yoga classes can be rewarding, but getting certified to do so takes time, money and realistic expectations.
Almost every yoga studio has a teacher training program. If you practice regularly, you have probably heard the teachers or studio owners talk to students about it before class. For the right people, completing a yoga training can be life-changing.
But it's important to know what you're getting into since trainings aren't held to strict, if any, quality standards. While studios can pay to become registered with Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit that represents yoga schools and teachers, they don't have to. Even studios that are registered aren't tightly regulated.
This term “self-realization” is used and asked about quite often. I see no wrong answers to this question, however there are certainly different layers to its meaning and understanding. The term “self-realization” is often related to the concepts of self-actualization, self-discovery, self-reflection and self-exploration. In this article I will be expressing what I have experienced to be the core of this term Self-realization, which is to understand and experience our Self in a concrete way.
It is no easy task to have a discussion about Self-realization. The deepest values of the question above cannot be taught or intellectualized, but must be directly experienced. The Self by nature is an abstract experience—to understand and live with the awareness of this abstract Self through direct e...
I've been practicing yoga "seriously" for almost two and a half years. I began yoga mostly because I needed to start exercising again after an intense job kept me from working out. I felt remarkably lazy. I thought, mistakenly, that yoga would be easy and I was hopeful that it would be bizarre enough to distract me from feeling as miserable as working out can often make you feel.
I was quite wrong and I'm so grateful for that.
Yoga has done some wonderful things for my body (the usual suspects of increased flexibility, strength, balance etc.) and wonderful things for my general approach to exercise. But, yoga definitely is not easy, and it's often unpleasant. I love that yoga continues to challenge and frustrate me while also being a necessary part of my sanity and well-being. I crave it,...
Good news just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: A new study has found that participation in a yoga program helped cancer survivors feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It also showed a correlation between practicing the more “contemplative” aspects of yoga — intention setting, mudra, pranayama, and final relaxation — and a greater increase in emotional and spiritual well-being.
“Participation in the Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship (HYCS) protocol showed an 8.8% decrease in physical symptom severity (i.e., fatigue, sleep disturbance, pain, and interference of side effects), a 6.6% increase in functional well-being (i.e., ability to work, concentration, ability to sleep, and acceptance of illness), a 10.3% decrease in emotional symptom seve...
The practice can teach you how to turn daily conflicts into opportunities to grow.
When faced with overwhelming demands, take a deep breath. Yoga can help you get in that habit.
As overworked and stressed-out Americans, we face many challenges. We all work tirelessly to support ourselves and succeed. Eventually, the frenetic pace of life may catch up to us and affect our health and relationships.
Life is a like a battlefield. Yoga is a means to navigate the battle skillfully.
Yoga trains us to perform at our best when the stakes are high – whether at our jobs or during a meaningful conversation. How we handle these defining moments shapes our character. With practice, yoga helps us use conflicts to our advantage so we can advance and grow. Here's how:
Maintaining a yoga practice throughout your life can help keep your mind sharp and your body nimble.
There is no avoiding aging – it’s one thing that’s certain. Yet, out of fear of the inevitable, we often neglect to take logical steps to prepare for the future.
Yoga is a safe and fun way to stay physically healthy, and to keep our minds sharp and positive. Committing to a yoga practice helps us accept the life cycle and prevent becoming a burden to our loved ones as we age. Yoga is a practice we can grow old with, and allows us to flourish and receive ourselves and our lives as a gift.
Here are the ways it can improve your health and well-being now and in the future:
As you grow older, yoga practice gets sweeter in so many ways. Fo...
Mindfulness is a committed, concerted, targeted practice -- a life skill. While pausing for a few deep breaths may make you feel better in the moment, practicing and training regularly will allow you to achieve long lasting results, brain health, and that calmer, less reactive place of being. Just as you would not tell someone who wanted to be physically healthy to take a five minute walk to achieve solid results, you would not expect physiological well-being from a few deep breaths.
Skeptics beware: once thought of as a new age idea, scientific data is establishing that mindfulness is as an effective and credible wellness tool. A growing body of research is providing actionable data that institutions, organizations, and corporations can apply. An experimental study conducted in Washington...
The saying goes that when the Buddha was confronted with fear he invited it in for tea. Fear is something we all feel at one time or another; for some it can be crippling, for others it is subtle and pervasive, possessing different faces and disguises. On the one hand, fear is a natural response to physical danger, but it can also be self-created, such as the fear of failure, of the dark, of being out of control, of being different, or of being lonely. We fear loving because we fear being rejected, fear being generous because we fear that we will not have enough; we fear sharing our thoughts or feelings in case we appear wrong or stupid, and we cannot trust when self-doubt or insecurity dominate us.
We can find self-generated fear in its acronym FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real (or Fuck...