Author Archives: Sejal Shah

How You Can Approach Yamas and Niyamas in Daily Life

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Practicing yoga is much more than doing some postures. Learning to practice the full “on and off the mat routine” including observing the five Yamas and Niyamas—yoga’s guide on social and personal ethics— in your daily life can transform you and your yoga practice. Our thoughts, actions, decisions, interactions with others, our daily routines, our […]

Tree Pose or Vrksasana for Better Balance, Focus and Strength

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Tree pose is a classic standing yoga pose that helps improve your strength, balance and focus. It replicates the graceful, steady stance of a tree and helps you feel grounded and centered.  In Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga it is known as Vrksasana (Vrak-sa-sana) or Vrkshasana (VRik-shah-SUN-aa). Vriksha (or vrksa) means tree, and asana […]

SAD? 5 Yoga Poses for Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Fighting off Seasonal Affective Disorder or winter blues? Here’re 5 yoga poses and easy-to-incorporate habits that help defeat SAD naturally.  Winter is upon us, which means that in many parts of the world the weather is colder, the dark descends earlier, and the coats are heavier. For many, the colder months bring on the winter […]

10 Best Yoga Poses For Beginners

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There are many great reasons to incorporate yoga into your routine. Yoga improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength, and balance. It helps you relax and reduce stress, thanks in part to its signature pranayama breathing. Research has also shown that yogic practices also reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain; help you sleep better; and enhance […]

Beyond the Studio, 11 Options of Teaching Yoga

Whether you have recently graduated from yoga teacher training or you are an experienced yoga teacher, figuring out how to take your skills and offerings to the next level can be daunting. There are many ways and opportunities for teaching yoga. Today let us have an overview of elevan potential options of teaching yoga that […]

Embracing Change: Yoga Practices For Fall Season

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The season of fall calls us for a change and detox—physically, mentally, spiritually. These yoga practices including asanas, pranayama, and yogic cleanse will help you move through it with ease.    Growing through the change “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. […]

7 Breathing Techniques For Your Physical and Mental Health

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Breathing techniques and pranayama can help you relieve stress, calm the mind, enjoy better sleep, and also improve your lung capacity. These can also be therapeutic for many ailments. Try one of these time-tested techniques today, and start breathing optimally and feel better! Breath is life! Our first act when we’re born is breathing in. […]

Full Yogic Breath: How to Practice and Reap Its 7 Benefits

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Full yogic breathing is a simple deep breathing technique that offers so many benefits. Learn to practice it step by step along with a video. Full yogic breathing is a simple deep breathing pranayama with many profound benefits. It revitalizes the entire body with prana (the life force energy). It is sometimes known as three-part […]

Chair Pose or Utkatasana: Strengthen Your Legs and Willpower

Chair pose — or Utkatasana (OOT-kat-AAS-ana ) in Sanskrit — is a challenging leg-strengthening posture that builds intensity and heat in the body as it brings all parts of your body together into a cohesive and powerful whole. Utkatasana is a great pose to do after completing other standing postures, in preparation for seated and […]

Uttanasana: Standing Forward Bend For Strong Legs and Back

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Standing Forward Bend — Uttanasana (OOT-un-AA-SUN-aa) — is an intense, standing pose that provides a deep stretch along the backside of the body while calming the mind. It can be adjusted to increase or decrease levels of intensity in the hamstrings. The pose gets its name from the Sanskrit words, Ut, meaning intensity, tan, meaning […]

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