Yoga Positions, Yoga Classes Philly Philadelphia, Yoga Beginner
Dec 3rd, 2011 by Aldouspi

Questions Beginners Often Ask Before They Learn Yoga

What benefits can I get from doing yoga?
Yoga offers you rejuvenation and improved health, more energy and joy in life. Greater flexibility, sound sleep, improved digestion, peace of mind, clearer concentration, better balance and more smiles.

These are just a few of the gifts that await you. A regular practice of Yoga will influence all aspects of your being; it is far more than physical fitness. It is a profoundly integrated experience of health and renewal.Feel your body heat up;  muscles starting to release their grip on your bones. Shoulders and neck begin to relax, you become one with the rhythm of your breath and the day melts away.

Can I do Yoga if I am not flexible? Yoga is not intended to be a practice to get you ready for a Cirque Du Soleil try-out.  Yoga is about accepting your limits and respecting the boundaries of your own body  Since we all have different body types and some people have been doing yoga for decades it can take a long time to do the full- expression of the pose.  Yoga is ultimately about awareness of our selves and restraint.  We can honor the limits of our bodies when we do not push ourselves past our edge.  When we reach our physical or mental limit, can can simply be aware of that.  Yoga is about open-ness and feeling connected on a deeper level to our own bodies, whether that is touching our toes or never touching our toes. 

Ultimately, Yoga is about acceptance and detachment to results.  The poses will not be accessible to all body types due to fitness level, bone structure, past injuries, height, age and weight.  Being aware and present in our bodies is the ultimate gift we can give our bodies.

Is Yoga just an exercise practice?  Yoga is a set of mental and physical practices that lead to self-realization.  In the West, Yoga has been associated mostly with physical postures that can lead to a more supple and toned body as well as stretches that are relaxing.  Yoga includes follow many mental and physical restraints such as non-greed, non-stealing, and detachment to material possessions, status and results. 

It does require a high level of discipline, commitment, awareness and self-restraint in order to be in compliance with the many limbs of Yogic Philosophy.  Meditation was one of the the original practices that helped to cleanse the mind of ego-based wants such as these in order to gain self-mastery and awareness.  Poses were later added in order to help with the breath work so that one could sit more comfortably for a long time in the meditative poses.  Yoga encourages leading a clean lifestyle with an emphasis on eating foods that are clean, nourishing and leave us feeling full of vitality.  Evolution and enlightenment is a possible result of a life of contemplation, compassion, awareness and purity.

Is yoga a type of religion? Yoga is not a form of religion. Yoga is a more internal path and it is not necessary to do certain lifestyle practices in a group or even at certain times of year in a ritualized fashion. One is frequently encouraged to question and to do a deep process of self-inquiry.  Yoga also holds that our consciousness is closely related to our subconscious in such a way that by exerting superior control on the conscious states, we can control our subconscious one in which are contained deeply ingrained values, beliefs and behaviors that may not be healthy or positive or beneficial for humanity.  Since we often think and act in ways that we know are not positive or healthy, we often feel powerless to change.  Various yogic practices help to gain the necessary awareness that gives us access to our subconscious.

Is yoga just a set of poses and stretches? Yoga is not just a set of physical poses.  Yoga does not refer just to the poses as is commonly thought in the West.  Yoga is a series of lifestyle practices that include diet, hygiene, yoga philosophy, breath-control techniques, meditation techniques relaxation techniques, awareness techniques, self-mastery techniques and physical poses that lead to self-realization, compassion and evolution.  Yoga philosophy emphasizes non-judgement, acceptance and compassion at its core.

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The Different Styles of Yoga
Sep 4th, 2011 by Aldouspi

There are many different styles of yoga being taught and practiced today. Although all of the styles are based on the same physical postures (called Asana’s), each has a particular emphasis or path. Here is a quick guide to the most popular types of yoga that can help you decide which style is right for you.

However, I am strongly advising that you try as many different styles, classes and teachers as possible.  It is crucial for your development, that you have a rich and varied experience of Yoga. 

Hatha is a very general term that can encompass many of the physical types of yoga. If a class is described as Hatha style, it is probably going to be slow-paced and gentle and provide a good introduction to the basic yoga postures.  Highly recommended as a standard experience in the basics of yoga. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.

Like Hatha, Vinyasa is a general term that is used to describe many different types of classes. Vinyasa, which means breath-synchronized movement, tends to be a more vigorous style based on the performance of a series of postures called Sun Salutations, in which movement is matched to the breath. A Vinyasa class will typically start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for more intense stretching that's done at the end of class. 

Ashtanga, which means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit, is a fast-paced, intense style of yoga. A set series of postures are performed, always in the same order. Ashtanga Yoga is very physically demanding because of the constant movement from one pose to the next. In yoga terminology, this movement is called flow. Ashtanga is also the inspiration for what is often called Power Yoga.  If a class is described as Power Yoga, it will be based on the flowing style of Ashtanga, but not necessarily keep strictly to the set Ashtanga series of poses.

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Based on the teachings of the yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this style of practice is most concerned with bodily alignment. In yoga, the word alignment is used to describe the precise way in which your body should be positioned in each pose in order to obtain the maximum benefits and avoid injury. Iyengar Yoga usually emphasises holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). Also, Iyengar practice encourages the use of props, such as yoga blankets, blocks and straps, in order to bring the body into the most perfect alignment.

Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the US in 1969.  Now the practice is world wide and growing. The emphasis in Kundalini Yoga is on the breath, internal concentration, mantra (words or sounds) in conjunction with physical movement, with the purpose of freeing energy within the body and allowing it to move upwards. All asana practices make use of controlling the breath. But in Kundalini, the exploration of the effects of the breath (also called prana, meaning life force energy) on the postures is essential. Kundalini uses rapid, repetitive movements rather than poses held for a long time.

Pioneered by Bikram Choudhury, this style is more generally referred to as Hot Yoga. It is practiced in a 95 to 100 degree room, which allows for a loosening of tight muscles and profuse sweating, which is thought to be cleansing. The Bikram method is a set series of 26 poses, but not all hot classes make use of this series.

Anusara Yoga

Founded in 1997 by John Friend, Anusara combines a strong emphasis on physical alignment with a positive philosophy derived from Tantra. The philosophy’s premise is belief in the intrinsic goodness of all beings. Anusara classes are usually light-hearted and accessible to students of differing abilities. Poses are taught in a way that opens the heart, both physically and mentally, and props are often used.

This style of yoga emerged from one of New York’s best-known yoga studios. Jivamukti founders David Life and Sharon Gannon take inspiration from Ashtanga yoga and emphasise chanting, meditation, and spiritual teachings. They have trained many teachers who have brought this style of yoga to studios and gyms, predominantly in the U.S. These classes are physically intense and often include some chanting.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and gaining popularity around the U.S., Forrest Yoga is the method taught by Ana Forrest. The performance of vigorous asana sequences is intended to strengthen and purify the body and release pent-up emotions and pain so that healing can begin. Expect an intense workout with an emphasis on abdominal strengthening and deep breathing.

The name Kripalu is associated both with a style of hatha yoga and a yoga and wellness centre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Both were founded by yoga guru Amrit Desai, who came to the United States from India in 1960. Kripalu is a yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows into daily life. Kripalu also focuses on looking inward and moving at your own pace.

Integral yoga follows the teachings of Sri Swami Sachidananda, who came to the U.S. in the 1960s and eventually founded many Integral Yoga Institutes and the famed Yogaville Ashram in Virginia. Integral is a gentle hatha practice, and classes often also include breathing exercises, chanting, kriyas, and meditation.

Swami Vishnu-devananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda, founded the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in 1957. There are now close to 80 locations worldwide, including several ashram retreats. Sivananda yoga is based upon five principles:

1. Proper exercise (Asana, focusing on 12 poses in particular)
2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)
4. Proper diet (Vegetarian)
5. Positive thinking and meditation (Dhyana)

Siridatta is an International Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer. Author of Open Your Heart with Kundalini Yoga and the Raw Food and Yoga BIBLE, Mini Size Me.

She can be connected with at jeshoua33@aol.com and her site is www.anaharta.com or through Raw Food www.minisizeme.co.uk

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Meditation Postures Leading to Success
Apr 4th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Meditation Postures Leading to Success

Mediation and its daily practice is a centuries old phenomenon. People of ancient times were also known about mediation and its advantages. Today, people love to incorporate meditation as an essential part of their lives to bring a great difference in their attitude and lifestyle. The procedure of mediation involves various postures and steps. Following are the most common postures which are considered as daily guide to success.

1. Cross Legged Posture:

Most of the spiritual customs and rituals as well as meditation instructors suggest a number of physical postures for mediation. Cross legged is one of the most popular postures, which is in fact a lotus position. In this posture spinal cord should be straight. Slouching is not allowed in the majority of meditative positions. The reason behind is that when a person sits by keeping spinal cord straight, it enhances the good circulation of spiritual energy- a life force.

2. Seated posture:

In this posture meditator needs to sit on chair with bare feet. In traditional Christianity, a meditator can sit on stool instead of chair. On the other hand, a meditator bemoaning to Theravada Buddhism can walk in mindfulness. Walking meditation of religious people is termed as bas-relief in Sukhothai (Thailand). In this posture the meditator is required to sit by keeping his back straight to hold spine, and thighs parallel to the ground you are sitting on. There should be no inclination in head alignment. Meditator's hands should rest on arm's chair comfortably or on his knees in case of floor sitting.

3. Kneeling posture:

In this posture meditator kneels on floor with his buttocks relaxing on his heels and toes. Hands will rest on his thighs.

4. Corpse posture:

This is a lying down style posture. In yoga this position is called as savasna. Technique of this posture is that the meditator has to rest on carpet by keeping his legs relaxed plus straight. However, it is a less commonly used posture because there are chances that meditators' may fall asleep. It is due to the resemblance of corpse posture with natural sleeping position. So, this posture usually used to reduce stress instead of meditation purposes.

5. Hand gestures:

Hand gestures and incorporating mudras have a theological importance behind them. These gestures affect meditator's consciousness according to Yogic philosophy. The position of Buddhist's hand is the best example.

In addition, there are numerous still repetitive activities which incorporation with each other brings outstanding meditative results in performer's life. These activities include deep breathing, chanting and humming.

The time interval and frequency varies according to different meditation techniques. Lifetime meditation generally belongs to the religious people like monks, nuns etc. On the other hand, 20 to 30 minutes is widely accepted time span for mediation. This duration may increase for the experienced meditators as process continues. Instructions and advices of a Spiritual teacher are required to get the maximum advantages of meditation.

Most of meditation methods need practice on routine basis. Determination and acceptance are required to get successful results from meditation. This will aid you in extended hours of meditation.

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