Yoga and meditation are essential in living a health and wellness lifestyle. Longevity highlights yoga poses, celebrities, trends, and fads.
How To Clear Blocked Chakras
Chakras are important concepts in Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Derived from the Sanskrit word for “wheel”, the term chakra refers to points of concentrated energy in our subtle bodies (meaning our non-physical bodies). Chakras are meeting points of energy channels, or Nadi. These channels carry our what tradition calls “vital energy”, “life force”, or “prana”. The total number of chakras in a subtle body varies depending on certain sources and scriptural teachings, but there are seven major chakras that are considered the most important:
A Glimpse of My Pilgrimage
For the past two years, I have been struggling with my seated meditation practice. I was given my personal mantra from my teacher in 2011 at Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. It has been an amazing relationship as I have gone from being an excited child to feeling like it isn’t worth the time to missing it and wanting nothing more than to sit and meditate and yet found it difficult. Prior to my personal mantra I do an starting mantra that my teacher has given me to continue to nourish my body, mind and soul. However, this mantra was so difficult and became my struggle for the past two years.
What is Practice?
Sutra 1.13: Ardent effort to retain the peaceful flow of mind free of roaming tendencies is abhyasa.(samadhi pada, translation by Pandit Rajmani tigunait)
Start Your Meditation with Contemplation
When I first started meditating it was so difficult. My mind was everywhere and with each thought a strong emotion followed. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster and thought, “why in the hell is this going to help me?” I felt so tired after each sitting session.
Yoga Poses to Release Stress
If you’ve ever wanted to know the best yoga poses to release stress, then look no further. We’ve compiled this extensive guide for your convenience. With so many fads and products out on the market these days we understand how frustrating it can be to sieve through to get the information you want and the things best designed for your needs. With that said, let us be clear, if you need to expel stress from your life, clear your mind, cleanse your body and achieve your full potential… you’ve come to the right place. Our ultimate list of yoga poses to release stress is perfect for you.
Samadhi - The 8th Limb of Yoga
According to 'The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali,' there is a gradation of Samadhi (translated as equanimity). The subtleties of this final limb of yoga can only be understood when we begin to train the mind to focus through our meditation. Dharana (one-pointed concentration) leads to Dhyana (continuous flow of meditation) which ultimately leads to Samadhi, the superconscious state where we gain the power to transcend the mind. When we surrender and allow ourselves to let go of control over the mind, then the truth can be revealed.
Yoga Poses for Better Sleep
If you are tired of the noxious tentacles of chronic insomnia and the daily disruptive stress, it is time for you to incorporate a few yoga poses for better sleep into your pre-slumber ritual. Often, counting sheep or fantasizing about our dreams does not do much to put us to sleep. Be it the last sip of our cup of camomile or the most mundane story we have ever heard, everything fails to realize the goal. Anxious thoughts about the next day’s presentation or ongoing personal troubles run rampant in our minds. That is when yoga comes into play. The meditative elements of yoga can make us more in tune with the sensations of the body, relieving the continuous battles of the mind and assuring a way to steady the wandering soul. By practicing these yoga poses for better sleep, you can happily hit the sack and weave beautiful dreams of tomorrow.
Gaining Mastery of Your Senses
"If a man's reason succumbs to the pull of his senses he is lost. On the other hand, if there is rhythmic control of the breath, the senses instead of running after external objects of desire turn inwards, and man is set free from their tyranny." —B.K.S Iyengar 'Light on Yoga'
Dharana - Concentration
“True concentration is an unbroken thread of awareness. Yoga is about how the Will, working with intelligence and the self-reflexive consciousness, can free us from the inevitably of the wavering mind and outwardly directed senses.” —BKS Iyengar in Light on Life
Moving Into Stillness
“I am always at the beginning” —The Aged Buddha, on being asked what life was like. As the holidays come to an end and winter settles in there’s a beautiful yin energy; introspective and still, that provides us with the time and space to unearth our soul’s desires, to mirror Mother Nature. She retreats back to her soil and works hard to ensure her gifts are received in abundance in Spring time.
Best Yoga Poses For Runners
Yoga poses for runners go beyond incorporating a healthy stretch regimen prior to an intense run. Traditionally, yoga is formatted to focus on regulated breathing patterns. As a result, it affects the human body in multiple ways including increasing blood flow to vital organs and tissues, elongating muscles, toning the body through prolonged muscle contractions, and improving sitting/standing balance for a variety of activities. So it only makes sense that yoga pairs nicely with running. For instance, when an individual is training for a half marathon, they will rapidly learn of the demands and tolls placed on the body: pulled hamstrings, IT-band syndrome, lower back pain, sciatica, asthma/anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, shin splints, headaches, neck pain, rolled ankles… and the list goes on. This is not meant to scare readers away from starting a running schedule. Rather, it is meant to recommend an easy way to take all of the potential pain and damage from training and resolve it through basic yoga techniques. The following yoga poses for runners are easy to use and can be used daily in preparation for races of any pace and length.
Self Care Rituals
Why is self care always the first thing to go when life “gets in the way” when it should be our number one priority? Isn’t our body supposed to be our temple? It should be treated with the utmost respect like the expensive sports car, fed the finest fuel, kept pristine and sparkling, both inside and out. Instead, we’re skimping on sleep and meals—or worse yet, eating fast food and loading up on stimulants. We can’t live a life we love on fumes! We’re letting ourselves get so consumed with work and projects and commitments and things that don’t serve us. Even spending quality time with friends and family is considered food for the soul and we’ve probably been neglecting that as well.