Yoga Beginner - Getting It Right

December 21st, 2005

When it comes to promoting relaxation and reducing stress, nothing beats Yoga. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for everyone. Most people who quit Yoga think they fail because they are unable to get the positions and technique right. In fact, the reason they fail is that they put too much importance on getting the positions and technique right.

I do not profess to be a master of Yoga. In fact, I am a beginner, with very little skill. However I have taught drumming for many years, and the pitfalls are similar. Here is my advice for Yoga beginners.

Week 1 - Enjoy the activity:

Grab a beginner Yoga video and set up your mat in a place that you can be comfortable and alone (there’s no room for self-consciousness in this step). Go through the exercises, but act as though you are a six year old having fun, rather than an adult worrying about technique. Try all of the positions, don’t worry if there are some you can’t perform right away, modify as necessary.

Week 2 - Examine the sensations:

By this time your body has probably memorized the routine (if you have been having fun and not obsessing about technique, your body will have learnt the movements quickly). Try to concentrate on your breathing. Be aware of how oxygen and energy are flowing to, from, and through the various body parts. Feel the release of Tension and sensations in your muscles.

Week 3 and beyond - Observe the instructor

Most likely you have been improving your technique throughout, without even trying. You have probably figured out which Yoga exercises are the easiest for you, and which are more difficult. Concentrate on the position you are most comfortable with. You are most likely so at ease with this position that you don’t even have to think about it anymore. The breathing and motions should be second nature by now, so you can begin to observe and emulate details in the instructor’s technique. Continue this step for each exercise.

Many people will try to learn Yoga, and other activities, by only using the method I explained in week three. Many instructors are guilty of teaching this way. Unfortunately, beginners who start by obsessing about their technique may never enjoy what is described in week 1 or week 2.

About the Author

Mark Altman is the webmaster of www.soundsleeping.com, a web page containing free relaxing music, sleep-aids, relaxation advice, stress reducing tips and an active discussion.

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Yogic Gaze - Trataka

December 19th, 2005

Trataka means steady gazing. It is a very simple and beautiful Meditation technique.

Method:

In this a regular Candle is used, however any other object of choice can be used. The Candle is set up at an arm’s distance, level with eyes, and steady gazing is first done with the eyes open. After some time, the eyes are closed, and the after image inside the mind is used for gazing. Try not to move through out the practice. Relax your breath , let it lengthen, deepen.

Benefits:

*It improves the optic function, both external and internal, such as poor eyesight and visualization abilities. *It helps develop Concentration and mental resolve. *Develops the ability to maintain one-pointedness in amongst the noise and distractions of daily life. * Develops the psychic eye, that is the ability to “see” or understand what is inside and beyond the obvious

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Breathing, Oxygen and Yoga

December 18th, 2005

There are a growing number of people drawn to the health benefits of Yoga. For good reasons. The deep breathing exercises taught in some schools of Yoga cater to the healthy living of every cell in our bodies.

Many people don’t realize that every cell in our bodies requires oxygen on a continual basis in order to have active metabolism. The cells of all glands and organs require active metabolism in order for those glands and organs to be functional and productive, and we cannot maintain a state of good health for long without their function.

Once we understand this basic principle we can look at our modern sedentary lifestyle and see that it is not the most conducive to health. Coming from nature where all the creatures are moving the majority of the time - we also were designed with motion in mind.

When we do move two things spontaneously occur: first, the activity engages muscles which produce carbon dioxide through their metabolism; this triggers deeper breathing in order to eliminate the carbon dioxide and to acquire more oxygen for continued muscular activity.

Second: the activity stimulates better Circulation in both the Cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, so that both oxygen and other nutrients can be distributed throughout the body.

The lack of activity that usually comes with a desk job, or sitting at a computer all day, is really not to our benefit. Not only does our Circulation become more sluggish and our breathing very shallow but all the brain activity also requires fair amounts of oxygen, and this type of activity does not stimulate sufficient deeper breathing nor better Circulation. Consequently we fall into oxygen depletion.

The result is known as the oxidative stress, produced at a cellular level by cells in a panic because they are suffocating, and communicated up to the brain as stressful Anxiety. Both this stress level and the oxygen deficit are damaging to the entire body.

When these conditions remain for long periods of time they lead to a degeneration of our internal organs and subsequent malfunctions.

How many people accept that they have stressful jobs? Yet this situation could easily be alleviated by breathing breaks and exercise breaks instead of coffee breaks, or even as well as coffee breaks. Looking into the health statistics of our modern society we can see rising numbers of a variety of immune deficient and degenerative diseases. Should we continue to go this route or would it be better to start applying some simple solutions now?

The science of Yoga has many practical methods of reversing the trend. It does not require amazing flexibility nor acrobatic feats to promote a better state of health. Simple movement and deeper breathing would suffice and these can be done right in the office.

Breathing can be practiced sitting in an office chair for example, so why not change the direction of our health trends. Deep breathing does not require a huge amount of effort, and oxygen is still free, not even taxable.

About the Author

David Goulet has been a certified international Yoga teacher since 1972. David and his wife Marina offer Yoga Teacher Training in Victoria British Columbia and beautiful beach island of Koh Phangan in South Thailand. Visit his website here.

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Yoga Versus Pilates - Which Should I Do?

December 17th, 2005

Many have heard of Yoga and Pilates. But, not everyone realizes that there are several differences between these two types of exercising regimens. In fact, Yoga is hardly classified as just an exercise program. Each of these methods are quite powerful tools to allow you to feel and look better. But, they are also very different. In order to help you to make a choice between Yoga and Pilates, let’s explain them a little further.

Yoga - It came way earlier

Yoga has been around for over 5000 years. It is something much more than just a way of exercising. In fact, it is a lifestyle change that many people need to take seriously. This type of program is centered on the spiritual healing of the body as well as the physical aspects. It uses a wide combination of breathing and movements to get the body back into its targeted range. Yoga is something that encompasses the entire lifestyle in ethical, spiritual and physical form.

It is important to note that Yoga is centered on Meditation and that the poses that are done are done to allow for better Concentration and better Meditation abilities.

Pilates - It’s a whole different animal

Pilates, on the other hand, is a physical healing process that uses movements and breathing to work. In Pilates, the body is taken from one movement to the next in a fluid change. This allows for continuous improvement in the body in a normal way. Pilates uses Contrology in its dance form. In this, the poses that are done are more fluid and provide for a more natural movement from one to the next.

Both of these types of programs allow for individuals to improve in their health and well being through breathing techniques. Controlled, regulated breathing is very important to the success of Yoga or Pilates.

Which Should I Choose?

In order to know which of these you should choose, the best way to know which the better choice is for you is to actually give them a try. Sign up for a couple of classes and give them a try each. Which methods and processes do you feel more comfortable with? Which works the best for your lifestyle?

The choice between Yoga and Pilates is something that you need to make on your own.

About the Author

Mike Singh is a successful webmaster and publisher of this site. He provides more Yoga health benefits and Yoga sequences for your convenience .

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The History of Yoga

December 16th, 2005

The history of Yoga is long and steeped in tradition. Contrary to what some people may believe, Yoga was not developed as the newest way to slim down so they could fit into a smaller pants size.

The history of Yoga goes back 5,000 years. It originated in India, and the first time the word Yoga was found in written form was in the Rig Vada, one of the sacred texts used by Vedic priests. Yoga is a means of achieving spiritual enlightenment.

Originally, Yoga techniques were passed down from teacher to student through word of mouth. These techniques had never been written down until the Indian Sage Patanjali wrote down a systematic method of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali is considered to be the father of Yoga.

According to Patanjali, there are eight limbs of Yoga, which lead to the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

Yama - abstaining from violence, stealing, lust, greed

Niyam - developing devotion, purity, studiousness, contentment, discipline

Pranayama - controlling the breath

Pratyahara - going inward and withdrawing attention from the outside world

Dharana - Concentration

Dhyana - Meditation

Samadhi - merging with the universal consciousness

The Swami Vivekananda added to the history of Yoga by bringing it to America. In 1893, he addressed the Parliament of World Religions and discussed the path of Yoga. As a result of his speech, it quickly began to Blossom as a practice in many areas of the country. Yoga has since gained major popularity in the United States and many different styles including Hatha, Bikram, and Iyengar, are practiced by millions of people.

Knowing the history of Yoga can help you, the practitioner, realize the richness that it has to offer. More than just a means of being fit and trim, Yoga can help you live a healthy, whole, and empowered life.

About the Author

Della Menechella is a Yoga and fitness enthusiast who has been involved in fitness for over thirty years. Her website is filled with practical information about how you can make Yoga and fitness a positive part of your life.

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Stress Management Tip: Physical Exercise

December 15th, 2005

Any form of physical exercise can be a great way to reduce stress. By regularly going to a gym, for a run or competing in a team sport, an outlet is created that gives you the opportunity to focus on an enjoyable activity and literally forget about the day to day events that may contribute to stress in your life.

By doing physical exercise the body will inevitably get fitter and stronger. A fit person is less likely to get sick and tired especially during stressful periods. As a person becomes fitter, their self esteem and self worth will naturally increase. This also reduces the likely hood of succumbing to stress and in fact will typically have a better chance of coping with stressful situations.

Competitive forms of exercise can also help reduce stress. Normally, competitive sport will require participants to regularly train, set goals and work in a team. They are also required to learn how to cope with stressful moments during a game as well deal with both victory and defeat. Such activities emulate real life situations and therefore will help you to deal with the challenges that life may bring you.

Some physical exercises which involve repetitive movement, such as running or riding a bike, can have a meditative effect bringing on change in your the state of consciousness. Like any other form of Meditation, the result is usually an increase in mental alertness and feeling calm yet more alive.

On an �etheric� level, it is believed that physical exercise has a cleansing affect on the energy body. All the dirty energy that contributes to stress is automatically expelled during physical activity. The energy body will naturally replace this with fresh energy freely available in the air and the earth.

About the author

David Tomaselli is the creator of the Wholistic Development Exchange. The Wholistic Development Exchange is a web site focusing on Stress Management. Here you can access frequently updated tips, news and resources on how to reduce stress and manage stress.

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How To Dress 10 lbs Thinner

December 12th, 2005

The Striped Shirt

Vertical stripes lengthen and slenderize your body by creating an optical illusion, making a short torso appear longer.

The Skirt Suit

A monochromatic dress under a bright blazer hides tummy bulges and a heavy bottom. The bright color draws attention away from your lower body.

The Navy Cardigan

A center stripe breaks up a wide frame and thick waist, making you look narrower.

The Pantsuit

A classic navy jacket and navy slim pants have an overall slenderizing effect.

The High Heel

Create the illusion of longer, thinner legs with a skinny heel.

The Shell

A sleeveless top with a wide boat neck smooths out a busty silhouette and balances out a full lower body.

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Stress Management Tip: The Power of Prayer

December 2nd, 2005

Prayer is a direct way of way of communicating and conversing with God. Prayer is a spiritual exercise that helps strengthen your own spirit as well your connection to God. The more you pray the more intimate your relationship with God becomes. It involves more than just asking for help. You can discuss the happenings of your day; you can give thanks to him for all his divine blessings; you can ask him to share his blessings with your family and the whole world; you can even use it as a way to listen to God.

The use of prayer can be a great form of stress relief. However it requires that you believe in God and that you have faith that he knows what is best for you and most importantly that he will look after you. By praying to God for help, especially during stressful periods, during your darkest hours, you can rest assured that God is listening to you and will help. No matter how hopeless your situation may be, have belief that miracles can and do happen. This ultimately gives you hope and the strength to carry on in your time of need.

Incorporate a regular prayer schedule in to your life. It does not take much time or effort to say a small prayer just after you wake up and/or before you go to sleep. It is your opportunity to thank God for his continual blessings and help, to tell him you love him and acknowledge that he loves you. The more you do this, the more blessings you will receive. Over time, you will find that your life will become easier, and hence less stressful. And if times get tough, your strengthened spirit will help you deal with stress better.

About the author

David Tomaselli is the creator of the Wholistic Development Exchange. The Wholistic Development Exchange is a web site focusing on Stress Management. Here you can access frequently updated tips, news and resources on how to reduce stress and manage stress.

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Exercise and Fitness For Seniors

December 1st, 2005

At age 47, Martina Navratilova returned to Wimbledon and represented the United States in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

In September, seventy-three year old Ed Whitlock shattered his own world age class marathon record by completing a marathon in under 3 hours. Ed is the first 70+ human in history to attain this goal and he has done it twice!

September 26th was Jack LaLanne�s birthday. The Godfather of Fitness turned 90! Still sporting his trademark jumpsuit, LaLanne is trim and strong. He�s living proof that diet and exercise are the keys to a long, healthy life.

Why is exercise so important as we age? After 50, we begin to loose muscle mass at the rate of 6 percent every decade (about 5 pounds) and we gain 15 pounds of fat every ten years to replace it. Less muscle and more fat stores in the body, combined with inactivity and poor diet, can contribute to a wide array of degenerative conditions and disabilities, among them: osteoporosis, Heart Disease, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and osteoarthritis. Researchers speculate that Alzheimer�s disease and certain cancers can also be linked to a lack of activity as we age.

The Stanford University Medical Center has conducted several long-term studies on active individuals over 50, particularly runners. They found that runners had a lower death rate and dramatically less disabilities compared to non-runners. They observed that running regularly was associated with an increase of HDL (good) Cholesterol, plus a positive effect on muscle mass, as well as heart and lung health.

Other studies have concluded that regular exercise increases bone strength, controls weight gain, and keeps Diabetes in check. Active seniors are better able to take care of themselves, perform common household tasks, and remain mentally sharp.

5 Parts of a Healthy-Aging Workout:

  1. Endurance Exercise: running, brisk walking, biking, aerobics, tennis, (a minimum recommendation of 25-30 minutes a day

  2. Strength Training Exercise: weight lifting, uphill training (walking, running, hiking up an incline).

  3. Stretching Exercise: pre- and after workout stretches retain flexibility. Try Yoga and Pilates.

  4. Balance Exercise: use a balance ball for core exercises or stand on one foot without support.

  5. Meditative Exercise: reduce stress with Yoga and tai chi.

5 Keys to Exercise Success:

  1. Dream big and set realistic goals. If you�re not use to exercise don’t try to run a marathon right away. Create a step-by-step plan to increase your Stamina, strength and stability. Too much, too soon can end up causing injuries. Gradually work up to your dream achievement, such as participating in the Senior Olympics or climbing Pikes Peak.

  2. Exercise daily. Create your own special time for exercise every day. Whether it�s a morning jog through the neighborhood, a mid-day walk with the dog or an afternoon swim at your local gym, daily exercise is much more effective at reaping healthy benefits than the �weekend warrior� approach.

Exports recommend 25-30 minutes of moderate to strenuous exercise every day just to maintain your current weight. If you are trying to loose weight, extend your workout time to 60 minutes.

  1. Be aware of your body. If you feel soreness or a slight achy feeling in your muscles, that�s OK. Your body is responding to a good workout. Use ice therapy to ease small aches and pains, and to reduce inflammation. A few 20-minute sessions with a cold pack and you should be ready for your next daily workout. Never use heat on stressed or strained muscles, as it will increase pain and swelling, slowing recovery time. Heat is appropriate to relax tight muscles. If you experience serious problems such as extreme pain, fainting, numbness in arms or legs, or chest pain, seek medical attention immediately.

  2. Stay well hydrated. Always a consideration for any athlete, dehydration can pose a serious problem in older athletes as aging bodies contain less body water. Sweating and exposure to heat can easily deplete the body of fluids. Drink plenty of liquids before, during and after your workout. 5. Be a health leader! Encourage others through example and participation. Be positive and motivated. An enthusiastic attitude is contagious! It will also keep you going running through puddles on a rainy day; surviving aching legs on a downhill descent; or arriving at the finish line of your first race!

Keep in mind the words of 90-year old Jack LaLanne, �I work at living, not dying�.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult with your physician in the event of a serious injury.

About the author

John has experience in many areas of health and fitness and shares this Fitness Information on his website http://www.Fitness4Living.co.uk/

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Tummy Tightening and Weight Loss

November 18th, 2005

With all the diet fads and quick weight loss claims out there, how do you know who and what to trust for a successful weight loss plan?

The truth is, there are so many different voices of reason out there that no one weight loss solution is suitable for everyone. If you are serious about wanting to Lose Weight successfully without falling victim to yo-yo Dieting, a reliable rule of thumb is: when in doubt, go Organic. This means no miracle pills, no secret formulas, no magical weight loss belts, but rather pure Organic exercise, healthy eating and nutrition. It may not sound as easy as a miracle pill but it is definitely more reliable. One great way to get a little exercise and work at slimming your bulge is to focus on tummy tightening.

Tummy Tightening the Organic way�

The good news about tummy tightening is that you can pretty much get started anytime, anywhere. Here�s a couple Organic tummy tightening exercises that you can perform either at a gym, in your living room or in the open space of your back yard:

  1. The crunch

    • Lie on you back.
    • Place your feet on the floor, as close to your bottom as possible, with your knees placed together.
    • Fold your arms across your chest and relax your neck.
    • Inhale and slowly raise your shoulders as high as you can while keeping your lower back on the floor.
    • Hold that position for a count of 1 and breathe out forcefully.
    • Slowly relax the stomach muscles and allow your shoulders to return to the floor.
    • Repeat this procedure 10 - 12 times, rest for 60 seconds then repeat.
  2. Lying Leg Raises

    • Lie on your back with your hands, palms down under your buttocks.
    • Raise your legs about 30cm (12″) off the floor and hold them there.
    • Now trying to use just your lower abs, raise your legs by another 15cm (6″). Do this by tilting the pelvis upwards instead of lifting the legs with the psoas.
    • Make sure your knees are slightly bent. Repeat the pelvis tilt 10 times, rest for 60 seconds then repeat.

In conjunction with good ol� Organic exercise, it�s important to include a healthy Organic diet and nutrition plan in order to reap the most long-term benefits of tummy tightening exercises and weight loss.

Healthy Eating and Nutrition the Organic way�

Although there are many food plans out there to help guide you in getting a sufficient amount of nutrients throughout the day, the truth is, it can sometimes be difficult to find time for healthy eating. If you tend to fall victim to a busy schedule, you may want to consider a nutritional supplement plan to help boost your energy and gain the nutrients difficult to get out of meals on the run. Nutritional Supplements can be a great addition to any tummy tightening weight loss plan and will help you develop longevity with your results.

About the author

For more information on tummy exercises please visit my site at Tummy Tighteners (http://www.tummytighteners.com).

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