How To Fall In Love With Your Life This SUMMER!

This article will show you how you can harness the fiery, yang energy of the fertile growing season to make changes and to create the life you have always dreamed of. Now is the perfect time for your yoga practice and your life to blossom, and for you to fulfil your full potential. Here are seven seasonal yoga tips to help you to fall in love with your life this summer!

TAKE ACTION AND REALISE YOUR DREAMS!

The exuberant, expansive, yang energy of the growing season makes it the perfect time to take action and to get your ideas, schemes, plans, and projects out there in to the world. Between now and the summer, in June, the light is expanding and whatever is planted at this time will grow and blossom. So, if you have a new project you want to launch, now is the time to do so. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and see them grown and blossom!

During this season although the focus is on outer activity, at the same time remember to balance action with quiet reflection. Your yoga and mindfulness practice will help you to stay connected to that quiet, wise, and knowing place within. If you listen, your inner wisdom will always guide you and steer you in the right direction.

FALL IN LOVE WITH LIFE!

During the growing season, get sensual and use all of your five senses to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of life. Get out and enjoy your neighbourhood. When out walking be aware of the contact your feet make with the earth, and, remember to breath. As you walk feast your eyes on the riot of colour as flowers open and blossom appears on the trees; smell the flowers; hear the bird song; taste the fruits of nature; touch and be touched by the world around you. This is the art of everyday ecstasy!

DANCE YOURSELF HAPPY!

Traditionally May is the month for dancing around the maypole. Yoga and dance combined make great partners. Try using dance as a warm-up for your yoga practice. Put on your favourite dance music and just allow yourself to be danced. Make this into a dancing meditation by focussing your awareness on the sound of the music, the sensations of your body moving, and the dance of your own breath. Feel those happy hormones soar!

Flowing yoga sequences (vinyasas) also have a very dance-like quality. Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation is a fiery dance to the sun, combining wave-like movements with breath awareness. Natarajasana, the Dancer's pose, is of course the perfect asana to include in your dance inspired vinyasa.

LET YOUR YOGA BLOSSOM!

Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and picture a beautiful tree in blossom. Hold this image in your mind as you do Vrkasana (Tree Pose). Imagine that you have roots from the soles of your feet going way down into the soil and that your raised arms are the branches of the blossom-laden tree. Stay in the pose for a few breaths and allow yourself to sway gently in a summer breeze.

 -Source - internet and Yogic books

Bandhas

Another useful yogic tool for Yoga Meditation is an understanding of internal energetic seals or locks known as bandhas. The Sanskrit word bandha means "to lock" or "to hold". 

When a bandha is practised by applying a physical contraction to a specific body part, the energy flow is temporarily blocked, and controlled. When the bandha is released, the energy flows more strongly in that area, with increased pressure. This redirection of the flow of prana has a calming effect on the mind, strengthens our inner focus, and also directs our awareness toward higher consciousness. As such, using the Bandhas can be linkened to the temporary damming of a river for it to be redirected more usefully. The three major Bandhas to be used in conjunction with certain yoga asana and pranayama are as follows.

Mula Bandha - Root Lock

The Sanskrit words Mula and bandha mean "root" and "lock" so Mula Bandha refers to the energetic "lock" near mula dharma chakra, at the base of  the spine. Also called the "perineum lock", this involves gently contracting the muscles of the pelvic floor, which lifts and tones the organs of the pelvis. Think of the squeezing action that you would take to stop urinating mid-stream and you have a good idea of the feeling you are trying to achieve. There is no external sign when you are applying this bandha so no photograph can illustrate it.

Uddiyana Bandha - Abdominal Lock

The Sanskrit term Uddiyana means "fly upward" - an appropriate notion for this lock which, when applied by contracting the upper ubdominal muscles, causes the diaphragm to "fly upward", or rise, toward the chest. It helps to direct prana into the sushumna nadi( the central energy pathway in the spine) so that it flows upward to sahasrara chakra, thus helping you on your journey towards self-realisation. To apply this lock, think of gently sucking your stomach in and up as much as possible.

CAUTION: Practise only on an empty stomach. Pregnant women and those suffering from high blood pressure, heart problems and stomach ulcers should avoid it.

Jalandhara Bandha - Throat Lock

This lock is achieved by lowering and pressing the chin to the sternum, while the chest is raised with the inhaling breath toward the chin to the sternum, while the chest is raised with the inhaling breath toward the chin. The Sanskrit terms jalan and dhara mean "net" and "stream" so this lock seals off the network of nadis in the neck, preventing the "stream" of prana between the chakras, and instead directing it into the sushumna nadi. This promotes an increased sense of calm.

CAUTION: Those with high blood pressure, heart problems, mental stress and migraine should only practise this under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher.

 -Source - internet and Yogic books

How the human skeleton works?

Without a skeleton, we would not be able to live. It is what gives us our shape and structure and its presence allows us to operate on a daily basis. It also is a fascinating evolutionary link to all other living and extinct vertebrates.

The human skeleton is crucial for us to live. It keeps our shape and muscle attached to the skeleton allows us the ability to move around, while also protecting crucial organs that we need to survive. Bones also produce blood cells within bone marrow and store minerals we need released on a daily basis.

As a fully grown adult you will have around 206 bones, but you are born with over 270, which continue to grow, strenghten and fuse after birth until around 18 in females and 20 in males. Human skeletons actually do vary between sexes in structure also. One of the most obvious areas are pelvis as a female must be able to give birth, and therefore hips are comparatively shallower and wider. The cranium also becomes more robust in males due to heavy muscle attachment and a male's chin is often more prominent. Female skeletons are generally more delicate overall. However, although there are several methods, sexing can be difficult because of the level of variation we see within the species.

Bones are made up of various different elements. In utero, the skeleton takes shape as cartilage, which then starts to calcify and develop during gestation and following birth. The primary element that makes up bone, osseous tissue, is actually mineralised calcium phosphate, but other forms of tissue such as marrow, cartilage and blood vessels are also contained in the overall structure. Many individuals think that bones are solid, but actually inner bone is porous and full of little holes.

As we age, so do our bones. Even though cells are constantly being replaced, and therefore no cell in our body is more than 20 years old, they are not replaced with perfect, brand-new cells. The cells contain errors in their DNA and ultimately our bones therefore weaken as we age. Conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis can often be caused by ageing and cause issues with weakening of bones and reduced movement ability.

Here are some of the most important bones:

  • Cranium - The cranium, also known as the skull, is where the brain and the majority of the sensory organs are located.

  • Vertebrae - There are three main kinds of vertebrae (excluding the sacrum and coccyx) - cervical, thoracic and lumbar. These vary in strength and structure as they carry different pressure within the spine.

  • Pelvis - This is the transitional joint between the trunk of the body and the legs. It is one of the key areas in which we can see the skeletal differences between the sexes.

  • Femur - This is the largest and longest single bone in the body. It connects to the pelvis with a ball and socket joint.

  • Fibula/Tibia - These two bones form the lower leg bone and connect to the knee joint and the foot.

  • Rib cage - This structure of many single bones creates a protective barrier for organs situated in the chest cavity. They join to the vertebrae in the spine at the back of the body, and the sternum at the front.

  • Radius/Ulna - The radius and ulna are the bones situated in the forearm. They connect the wrist and the elbow.

  • Sternum, Scapula and Collarbone

It is well documented that Yoga strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight. And some, like Downward and Upward-Facing Dog, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures. Yoga practice increased bone density in the vertebrae. Yoga'a ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones.

 

Source - internet and Yogic books

Introduction to Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga nidra, which is derived from the tantras, is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. In yoga nidra, sleep is not regarded as relaxation. People feel that they are relaxing when they collapse in an easy chair with a cup of coffee, a drink or a cigarette, and read a newspaper or switch on television. But this will never suffice as a scientific definition of relaxation. These are only sensory diversions. True relaxation is actually an experience far beyond all this. For absolute relaxation you must remain aware. This is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep. Yoga nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. The term yoga nidra is derived from two Sanskrit words, yoga meaning union or one-pointed awareness, and nidra which means sleep. During the practice of yoga nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. For this reason, yoga nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the subconscious and uncounscious dimensions occurs spontaneously.

In yoga nidra, the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences. If the consciousness can be separated from external awareness and from sleep, it becomes very powerful and can be applied in many ways, for example, to develop the memory, increase knowledge and creativity; or transform one's nature.

In the raja yoga of Patanjali there is a state called pratyahara where the mind and mental awareness are dissociated from the sensory channels. Yoga nidra is one aspect of pratyahara which leads to the higher states of concentration and samadhi.

 -Source - internet and Yogic books

Root Chakra

The first chakra is situated at the base of the spine, where the Kundalini energy lies dormant. It is connected to the organs of elimination and is the foundation of everything in our lives. As every builder knows, you have to dig deep through the accumulated muck and dirt to build strong foundations! All our fears are stored here, so if do not clear it, you will live a fearful life. All our habits and addictions come from this area too, and you need to do quite aggressive and physical positions to clear it, working on the legs because you need to be grounded. Once you have cleared the energy points of blockages, you will start to grow in confidence. You will begin to accept and love yourself exactly the way you are. And you will accept that everything is as it is - and that it is perfect, at that moment. So first you accept yourself, and then you accept the way life is, and you do not fight it: instead you go with it, flow with it. And very often, later on, you will find, 'Wow!'! I was so worried about that, and now I realise I should not have been, because look where it brought me. As you start clearing the energy, clearing the chakras, you will find that this flow comes ever more easily.

The first three chakras are closely interconnected, and together are known as the lower triangle. They all focus on elimination, on getting rid of dead energy and waste matter, and their elements of earth, water and fire work closely together.

  • Governs: Acceptance, confidence and security

  • Shadow emotions: Resentment, rigidity

  • Colour: Red

  • Symbol: A lotus with four petals

  • Element: Earth

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10 Tips For Practicing Yoga

“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.”

Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

Yoga is an art within itself; this journey to self-improvement has the power to influence your life greatly. As opposed to conventional opinion, training for yoga does not necessarily have an age barrier. No matter what stage you are in life, this path requires a great deal of commitment and dedication. In order to transition your mind and body into this form of training, here are a few practice tips to keep in mind.

1. Understand That Practice Makes Perfect

Yoga is not something that can be learnt spontaneously. It requires a great deal of prior planning and commitment to regular practice. Establish a schedule that does not overwhelm your daily routine and hold yourself accountable to it.

2. Friends Who Practice Yoga

One of the most effective, and fun ways to practice yoga is to have a partner or a friend who can practice with yoga. Introduce yourself to other yogis in the studio and share experiences, or simply, opt for a yoga training program with your best friend or partner!

3. Give Yourself Leverage

Yoga is something that promotes self-satisfaction and positive self-esteem. Being hard on yourself will only add to the stress and frustration in your life. Give yourself leverage and know that yoga isn’t as easy.

4. Stay Persistent

Similarly, it is important to stay persistent. Do not give up on this. Be patient, and you will see the positive changes in the overall quality of your life.

5. Feel The Difference

Yoga can make you conscious about the changes of energy within you and your surroundings. Be open to these gradual changes and feel the difference in your body posture and outlook on life.

6. Breathe

Breathing is the link between your mind, body and soul. Understand its importance and focus your attention to breathing correctly both on and off the mat!

7. Practice On Your Own

Dedicate at least 10 minutes of your daily life to practicing yoga on your own, outside of the studio. Consider having a small, personal space to practice yoga at home; a soothing place where you can escape to for a mere 10 minutes, every day.

8. Enjoy It

The most important thing in practicing yoga is to have fun with it. Yoga is not a vigorous exercise regime that you have to force yourself to follow. It is something that has the power to heal you both mentally and physically. Enjoy it.

9. Absorb yourself into yoga healing

The world of yoga is a vast one and now, with the advancement of technology, you are free to explore it in the best way possible. Join communities, read articles and stories from the lives of other yogis.

10. Choosing a Compatible Studio and Yoga Training

Finally, one of the most fundamental aspects of effective yoga practice is to ensure that you join a training studio that you love and are compatible with. Explore your options, and follow your instincts!

-Source - internet and Yogic books

Yoga is one of the best ways to maintain a balance in life. Consider training for yoga Phuket, or Koh Samui with the Spiritual Yoga School team. Not only do we offer certified training to you, enabling you to share the amazing gift of yoga with others, but also give you the experience of a lifetime.

If you want to change your life today by becoming a professional yoga trainer, join us today! At the Spiritual Yoga Schoolwe can help you with our destination yoga teacher training programs in a confident and fearless manner. Whether you want to practice yogaKoh Samui, Koh Phangan, or Phuket, we have the perfect destination and accommodation packages for you! Feel free to get in touch with us for more information!

Revive and Retreat With Yoga Training

If you are hoping to go away on a vacation simply to relax and escape from a stressful, and difficult daily routine, consider yoga retreats in Thailand and a variety of other beautiful destinations. Yoga helps one revive and relax in ways that help promote growth, and spirituality.

Since yoga basically deals in understanding inner energy, this sort of experience lasts for a lifetime. Many people consider yoga teacher training courses so that they may implement this therapy in their life as a career path. Here are a few of the many benefits of revitalizing your inner self with yoga training.

Wellness and Health

Yoga is considered a lifestyle, rather than a means of working out. It not only promotes healthy physical health, but it also focuses on overall wellness. In today’s chaotic world, the impact of stress on our health is quite obvious. Yoga allows individuals the escape they need from this chaos to focus on the smaller, but better parts of life through positive energy and meditation exercises.

Flexibility and Vigor

The exercises used in yoga promote flexibility and vigor in one’s physical well being. The postures and aerobics implemented in this training strengthens the muscles around the spine and since this part is the central part of a body, it helps direct the other muscles of the body in a healthy manner. Moreover, chronic conditions like constipation, migraines, IBS, etc can be controlled very effectively through yoga, that too, without harmful side effects.

Spiritual Satisfaction

Control over inner energy attributes towards a satisfied and fulfilling life. Yoga training educates individuals with the power to manipulate the energy within them and around them to promote spiritual satisfaction. This gives individuals a broader perspective in life, endowing them with the capability to deal with stressful circumstances in a practical and positive manner.

Yoga is one of the best ways to maintain balance. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for this career path is to consider training and proper certification to become a yoga teacher. A suggestion is the yoga teacher training in Koh Samui by the Spiritual Yoga School. Not only do we train you to share the amazing gift of yoga with others, but also give you the experience of a lifetime.

-Source - internet and Yogic books

Looking For A Future In Yoga Training? Here’s What You Need to Know!

The advancement of technology today has opened the gates of understanding and knowledge by a great deal. People are developing a broader level of awareness over the therapeutic benefits of practicing yoga. Pregnant women, people suffering from painful chronic conditions have found great relief in this form of therapy.

Additionally, a number of people today are seriously considering the many advantages of starting a career in yoga training. Thanks to the elevated awareness, yoga teacher training schools are not as difficult to find anymore. However, here are a few things you need to keep in mind before embarking on this quest!

Anatomy and Physiology

In order to practice as a successful yoga trainer, you need to have a thorough knowledge regarding anatomy and physiology. Yoga therapy is about complementing bodily movements alongside deep, rhythmic breathing. The techniques and positions that are suitable according to individual requirements can be effectively employed if one has a clear understanding of the body’s structure and function.

Ethics

Yoga therapy is not something that can be learnt overnight, especially if you are hoping to see yourself on this career path. The ethics involved in this profession are highly valuable as one deals with individuals on a spiritual level. Moreover, since a number of the techniques in yoga are used to alleviate chronic pain like arthritis and migraines, it requires a serious and committed approach.

Commitment

Being a yoga trainer requires a great deal of effort if they want to help those who want to benefit from this therapy. Yoga training requires a great deal of investment in terms of the time you give. Ultimately, your focus and commitment will determine your success.

Simply learning yoga will not help you in becoming a yoga trainer. You need to acquire proper certification to become one. This is where destination yoga teacher trainings are considered helpful. Not only do they train you to share the amazing gift of yoga with others, but also give you the experience of a lifetime.

-Source - internet and Yogic books

How You Can Overcome Your Fear As A Yoga Teacher

Practicing yoga and becoming a practicing yoga trainer are two unique entities in a manner. Many a times, there is some uncertainty associated with becoming a yoga teacher. Much of it is attributed to the responsibility a trained teacher has to carry over his/her shoulders.

Even if you have been trained from one of the best yoga schools in the world, fear can extinguish your ideas and dreams in an instant. However, the best part is that you need not worry, as there are few things that can help you overcome this fear!

Recognizing the Fear

The most important thing is to recognize and pinpoint the source of the fear. Meditate and give yourself time to find the source. Sometimes, this fear can crop up due to distractions. For instance if you are unable to come up with a proper logo for your training venture, that might slow down the overall process, eventually making you fear your success as a teacher.

In situations like these, train yourself to focus on the big picture. Meditate and trust your skills; the smaller puzzle pieces will fall into place!

Breathing Fear

Many prospective trainers feel that they haven’t completely mastered the breathing techniques. This leads to low self esteem which can lead you to quit. However, since yoga can be practiced in accordance to your requirements, focus on fixing the practical aspects. If you, as a trainer, are uncomfortable in a hot and moist environment, invest in a studio that has proper flooring and heating systems.

Remember, if you are at your best comfort level, your students will learn from you in the best possible manner!

Overcoming fear as a yoga trainer requires a great deal of commitment and trust on your part. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for this career path is to consider training and proper certification to become a yoga teacher. This is where yoga retreats in Thailand come in. Not only do they train you to be able to share the amazing gift of yoga with others, but also give you the experience of a lifetime.

-Source - internet and Yogic books

Meditating for Mind over Matter

The key to mastering yoga techniques is being patient and persistent while practicing on a constant basis. It is a way of deepening the understanding of one’s own spirituality and self-awareness. As a result, the serenity of life can be more extensively enjoyed and there will be a greater enthusiasm for the profit of others; inspiration in one’s spiritual life is reinforced as they come to comprehend the profound and deep happiness that can be achieved through yoga and meditation. Yoga is a little complex but is very powerful as well.

Similar to life, almost all of the hurdles in life are mental and psychological rather than physical. We can definitely argue that technology and diets have altered the world, but it is still believed that life, at its core, depends more on mental shifts and psychological behaviors rather than physical matter. The impossible turns into possible through one’s positive attitude and endless efforts.

It is believed that we cannot really exceed our self image. If we choose to believe that we are worthless and stupid, we are creating a cocoon around us that doesn’t let us achieve things that are outside of it. It is proved through several researches that a person behaves according to the perception he has of himself in his mind and with self image that is not good, consciously or even unconsciously, we tend to create hurdles for ourselves. On the other hand, those of us with good self image tend to strive to do better and end up being more productive. Our brains are strange yet amazing instruments that are trying to comprehend life as much as they can.

Yoga doesn’t help us directly change things around us but it alters the way we think by infusing positivity in our perceptions about life. As a result of which, we perceive things in a positive manner and end up attracting positivity as well which may be in the form of physical goodness, spiritual wellness or even mental peace. So push yourself and learn and practice yoga regularly because yoga will unveil secrets of a happy and fulfilling life for you. Your mind will let you trust the wisdom of your body and all you will have to do is focus, experience, feel and imagine. That is how you can achieve progress.

-Source - internet and Yogic books

5 Ways Being a Yoga Instructor Will Benefit You for the Rest of Your Life

People these days generally look into pursuing careers that will help them in the long run. Becoming a professional yoga trainer is not just a fun career choice but it benefits the pursuer in the long run as well. Even though it can be hectic and time consuming, it is truly fulfilling. A person who is dedicated to give his best to this career will not only get equal reward in return but will also get benefits that he can never expect from any other profession. Following are some of those perks:

1. Achievement of supreme physical efficiency

Practicing yoga on a regular basis improves and enhances the physical efficiency. Not only does it make one healthy but it also helps in the elimination of all sorts of mental and physical disorders. Becoming a yoga instructor takes these benefits to the next level because yoga isn’t just a part of your life now, it is your lifestyle. A yoga trainer’s body is perfectly tuned up which helps him in staying healthy for longer periods of time without getting sick or catching diseases frequently.

2. Being a Helping Hand

Another benefit of becoming a yoga trainer is having the opportunity to help others. A professional yoga instructor plays a huge role as a helping hand for humanity. This he does as he spreads awareness about yoga practices and instructs others so that they can lead better lives too. Becoming a professional yoga trainer gives people a chance to grow personally as well as socially.

3. Opportunity to learn new moves

A person who chooses to become a professional yoga trainer doesn’t only get to train but also gets to learn new things over the span of his life. It helps him in improving his practicing skills. Being a teacher can bring huge improvements in one’s skills enhancement. It can also help one in learning new yogic moves in an easier and more efficient manner. After you have polished your skills, you can help your students in achieving the same level of skills enhancement too.

4. Development of better job skills

An instructor or teacher has an opportunity to enhance his job skills through regular yoga practice as it can offer a new way to deal with different kinds of people. When you teach, you are not only teaching but are learning yourself as well, not just from your students but from your surroundings and experience. As an instructor, by being attentive, you can actually bring about huge improvements in your profession.

5. Development of self-confidence

Habitual and progressive yoga practice boosts confidence that helps one in dealing with difficult life situations. Many yogic postures help in boosting one’s patience, persistence and strength levels. Thus, becoming a professional yoga teacher will not just increase your confidence but it will also give you the chance of passing this precious gift to others as well.

-Source - internet and Yogic books

Some more tips for healthy breakfast: ALMOND PORRIDGE WITH APRICOTS

Some more tips for healthy breakfast:
ALMOND PORRIDGE WITH APRICOTS
This simple breakfast is a good source of iron which helps build red blood cells, which then carry more oxygen around the body to benefit your heart, skin, hair and general health. It is also good for replenishing iron lost during menstruation. If you do not want to prepare ahead and soak the almonds overnight first, simply blitz the dry raw nuts coarsely and use bought almond milk.

SERVES 4
125g raw almonds
1 typ vanilla extract
12 apricots, halved, with Stone removed
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp linseeds, crushed in a pestle and mortar

1. Rinse the almonds, tip into a bowl, and pour in twice the almond of water to cover, so the nuts can swell and still remain submerged. Leave to soak overnight.
2. Strain the soaked almonds, rinse, and place in a blender or food processor. Add 500 ml of water and the vanilla extract, and blitz until the ingredients turn into a milky liquid.
3. Strain the liquid through a sieve, reserving the almond milk and leaving the almond meal in the sieve to drip-dry.
4. Pour a little water into a medium saucepan to cover the base of the pan. Add the apricots and cook over a medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes, or until they soften, adding a little more water if necessary. When the apricots are soft, but not mushy, add the maple syrup, stir to combine, and remove the pan from the heat.
5. To serve, put 2 tablespoons of almond meal into each serving bowl and sprinkle each portion with a half tablespoon each of chia seeds and crushed linseeds. Put some of the apricots and maple syrup on top and pour in a little of the reserved almond milk before serving.

-Source - internet and Yogic books

 

Fall in Love with your Body doing Yoga

Most people in our society today are dissatisfied with their bodies and they just cannot stop obsessing over the fact that they want to change how they look. Body bashing is basically obsessing over your flaws and talking bad about your body in front of the people that you hang out with and it is something that most people do not even realize that they indulge in on a regular basis.

Valuing your own body is very important in order to be in peace with yourself and your surroundings. When you are unhappy with your own self, you produce negative vibes and in return attract negativity. However, when people do yoga, not only does it help them in falling in love with the world that surrounds them but the world inside themselves as well.

During yoga practice and meditation, we are conscious of our thoughts and our body which lets us scrutinize what we think about our bodies. There’s no diversion from self-judgment and rejection. We also grow to be eagerly conscious of what we think and say regarding our bodies which is the initial step to not letting ourselves believe in those negative notions.

By focusing on what we are doing during the yoga practice and not focusing on the thoughts related to our bodies we choose to stop feeding those negative thought cycles that tear our confidence down. There’s a fraction of our mind that decides to lean into them and makes us take pleasure in the way we feel.

We learn to use our body in a different way. During our yoga practice, our body becomes a tool for physical strength and flexibility. It becomes a part of us that enables us to do a handstand, rise into a tree pose, or arc into a backbend. It becomes a part of us that supports us as we learn something new, and then master it.

When we start doing yoga, not only does it help us in thinking positively but we also start appreciating what our body can do, as it gives us a whole new perspective. We stop taking our body for granted especially because of the dramatic change in how we begin to feel because of yoga. Since we learn to see our body in a different spotlight, we realize that our bodies are not something that we should assess, measure and compare to others. We also learn to appreciate what we are blessed with and as a result we choose to love our bodies.

Source - internet and Yogic books

5 Ways to Master the Art of Meditation

Meditation is usually known as the engagement in thought, expression or mental exercise for the sole reason of attaining a heightened and finely tuned stage of spiritual and mental awareness.

Meditation is found to be helpful in stress management, attainment of mental serenity, focus building and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. In actual fact, most people who practice meditation say that meditation has brought them a major relief from all sorts of stress related issues including physical and mental troubles. They have also reported that meditation has helped them in building a stronger immune system that makes them feel youthful, energetic and mentally more active.

Mastering the art of meditation is not difficult but it may require constant practice. Before you are ready to be able to learn to teach others how to meditate, you should first teach yourself. Following are a few ways that can help you:

1. Choosing the perfect place

Finding a comfortable place to meditate is one of the basic things that one must do in order to be able to meditate without interruption. Most people pick places that are remote, quiet and full of natural beauty for example a peaceful corner in a garden or near an ocean.

2. Finding the right position

Find a position that you feel relaxed in. If you are not comfortable it means that you are doing it wrong.

3. Breath Control

Proper breath control is the key to flawless meditation. Once you learn how to do that, you will have no troubles in learning the next steps as they are all correlated. It all begins with closing your eyes and focusing on the rise and fall of your abdomen while taking slow and deep breaths.

4. Control your thoughts

As you try to stay quiet and close your eyes, the thoughts in your mind will start racing. Try calming them down by focusing on your breath, at first it will be a little challenging but with practice you will start finding it a lot easier.

5. Slowly increase time

Keep a track of time and slowly increase the duration depending on your need and flexibility.

Source - internet and Yogic books

If you want to change your life with the help of yoga, join the best yoga school in the world today. Spiritual Yoga School will help you with its remarkable meditation and yoga courses. Visit their website www.spiritualyogaschool.com for more information on the available yoga courses and get ready to transform your life.

Destination yoga teacher training: what should you expect?

If you are planning to sign up for a destination yoga teacher training program with the spiritual yoga school and are wondering what you should expect from this program, here are a few things that we suggest you should get ready to experience.

1. Sharing the passion

Our destination yoga teacher training programs have proved to be life changing for many yoga enthusiasts. These programs are designed in a way that makes it easier for these enthusiasts to interact with people who are as passionate about yoga as they are. Meeting new people from different backgrounds with different life stories will broaden your perspective. The destination yoga teaching training program will also give you friends for life who will be able to understand you in a way that no one else can.

2. Exploration

Traveling and exploration teaches people a lot about the world around them and the world inside of them. Many people find their true self while exploring the world. This is because being in a place where we don’t know many people teaches us a lot of things about ourselves and helps us identify our true preferences. Going away from your busy schedule will also let you get rid of all the stress that has been polluting your mind. The beautiful scenery, breathtaking views will immerse you in a relaxing experience.

3. A holistic world

Unlike regular yoga teacher training programs, destination yoga teacher training program also highlights the most common aspects of your day to day life. This program enters you into a world that completely changes your lifestyle. It affects your diet, your sleeping routine, fitness schedule and even your relationships. Not only does it detoxify your body but your mind and soul as well. While regular yoga teacher training programs only teach you how to coach yoga exercises, destination yoga teacher training programs introduce you to things that will ultimately liberate you.

4. A Change

After your destination best yoga teachers training you will come back home feeling different. The experiences you will have throughout your training program will help you become a different person for the better. You will also become more self aware and considerate of all the things that surround you. Not only will your body change but the way you think and perceive things will transform as well. Yoga will not just be your passion anymore; it will become your lifestyle.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about the destination yoga teacher training program!

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Why Learn to Teach Yoga in a Different Country?

Spiritual Yoga School offers advanced yoga teacher training destination programs that enable you to travel for a month to an exotic location in Thailand, as you complete the 200 hour yoga teacher training. Many people wonder how learning to teach yoga in a different country can help them. If you are planning to learn to teach yoga, it is most likely that you are already aware of the things that come to you with the yoga experience.

Destination teacher trainings can be an amazing experience because going to a new place not only helps you relax but it also gives you an opportunity to rebuild yourself. It is believed that if you want to create something new you need to let go of the things of the past so that you can move forward. Cleaning the sink is necessary if you are planning to start something new.

Destination yoga teacher training courses are a wonderful opportunity for people to immerse themselves in to the world of yoga. Destination trainings are life changing as most people learn a lot of things about themselves that they did not know were a part of them because of the self imposed limitations.

Although local yoga teacher training programs are harmless, they will not give you the benefit of you having an opportunity to forget about the worries of your daily lives. They give you an opportunity to focus on yourself for once. It also gives the participants a chance to meet people from different parts of the country and even from different countries. Meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures helps a lot in learning how to connect with people.

Your new friends who share the same passion as yours will help you change and you will go back to your life feeling liberated and changed. Not only will your body change during this training program but your thoughts, ambitions and your take on life will change as well. You will also establish long-lasting relationships with people and will get to hear many stories. All in all, you will transform everything about yourself. All yoga teacher training programs are great but destination yoga teacher training programs are absolutely amazing and worth the money that is spent on them.

If you want to change your life today with the help of yoga, join the best yoga school in the world today. At Spiritual Yoga School, we can help you with our destination best yoga teachers training programs.

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6 Ways to Become Your Own Yoga Teacher

Before you start teaching yoga or sign up for a yoga teacher training program, it is always a good thing to become your own yoga teacher first. You should know that the most dominant supply of wisdom comes from within and you need to explore it, in order to be able to inspire others.

Following are some of the ways that you can follow in order to find out your inner yoga guru:

1. De-stress

The first thing you need to do is to stop worrying because fear is derived from worrying too much. The verbal part of your brain is responsible for generating thoughts that make you over think about things that you cannot change. By getting rid of all the stress you accumulate on a daily basis, you will be able to cherish life and have a positive outlook.

2. Find peace

Finding peace by relishing wisdom and truth is one of the basic steps in being able to achieve a state where you can learn to inspire yourself as well as those around you. You do not only have to be in peace with the things that surround you but also yourself so that you can be in harmony with everything that affects your life.

3. Learn to trust yourself

Most people have a hard time when they are learning to trust themselves. This requires lots of practice. You can start with practicing it on least risky things because the consequences won’t affect your life if something goes wrong. Learn to take chances and try facing your fears until you become fearless.

4. Work on your instincts

There is a voice within you that talks to you when you are in need of a solution. Often times, people ignore this voice. Working on your instincts and listening to them will transform you into a person who is more aware.

5. Free your physical self

Our instincts are interesting and fun. Not only do they provide us with relevant information but they guide us as well. Something that matters a lot alongside our instincts is our sensations and feelings. These sensations are the language of our body and they constantly direct and guide us through wisdom. A guru needs to take these sensations and feelings into consideration through which his/her body is trying to communicate with his mind.

6. Find grace

Elegance and grace are the forte of a guru and if you plan on being your own teacher first, you need to add some grace into your life.

Feel free to get in touch with us for more information!

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Top 10 Blogs for 2014

Before we get to the last month of 2013, we wanted to continue our annual tradition of creating a list of great yoga blogs for you guys. Ok, we’ve only done this once before, but then again we’ve only been around for a little over a year, so let’s just call it a tradition. Anyways, creating a list of other yoga blogs might seem counter intuitive, considering that DoYouYoga.com is a yoga blog itself, but just like with news, we believe that it’s always good to have more than one source of information. Plus, we read these blogs on a daily basis, so we’re really excited to share them with our readers (that’s you!).

And while these are our top 10 picks, we list them below in no particular order because we just couldn’t rank them! They are all great in their own ways, so let’s get right to it, shall we? Here are our favorite yoga blogs for 2013:

Daily Cup Of Yoga

dailycupofyoga.com

Yessss, we know we already featured this blog in our Top Yoga Blogs 2012, but what can we say? A year later and we still use Daily Cup Of Yoga as a constant inspiration. Owner Brian touches topics reaching from yoga books, gear, apps, tech, and videos to more practical yoga stuff (there’s a dedicated section on meditation). By the way, DailyCupOfYoga is definitely an evergreen and has been around for years!

Yoga Buzz

blogs.yogajournal.com/yogabuzz

Yoga Buzz is the yoga news and trends section at Yoga Journal and we love it because it doesn’t “sell” yoga to you as some other blogs tend to do. They cover even the complex and touchy subjects like the social, political, and religious aspects of yoga practice.

Rachel Brathen’s Blog

rachelbrathen.com/blog

We recently featured Rachel Brathen in our article about 8 Amazing Women Who Are Making a Difference so it’s not shocking that we would add her blog to this year’s list of top blogs as well. What we love most about her blog is that it really has a personal touch to it – you see pictures from her travels (though her Instagram covers that, really), classes, and her personal healthy recipes. Follow her on Facebook for tons of cool beach yoga photos 

Yoganonymous

yoganonymous.com/blog

Yoganonymous has evolved into one of the largest yoga blogs on the web. And it covers a lot of ground, be it yoga music, yoga practice, wellness, lifestyle, healthy eating or even weekly horoscopes. Also check out their Facebook page, it has a huge community and is fun to follow.

Fuck Yeah Yoga

fuckyeahyoga.tumblr.com

Fuck Yeah Yoga is a hub for short and sweet daily yoga inspiration in the form of photos, videos, short articles and quotes on Tumblr. The photos are freaking stunning and the stuff you see there is often funny (witty!) and sometimes inspirational and never too spiritual. We say fuck yeah!! Excuse our French.

Curvy Yoga

curvyyoga.com/blog

Anna Guest-Jelley founded Curvy Yoga with the aim of inspiring and providing a source of useful information for the full-figured, full-hearted yogis. She did this after noticing the lack of available resources for curvy women who want to start a yoga practice at home. But while the site caters to curvy yogis, the content it has can be helpful to yogis of all sizes.

Elena Brower’s Blog

elenabrower.com/blog

We like her blog because it offers a perfect balance of yoga practice/asanas and inspirational stuff that teaches you to love and nourish yourself – something that we all tend to forget to do in the busy-ness of daily life. Definitely check it out 

The Yoga Blog

theyogablog.com

“Life through the yoga lens” – that’s how TheYogaBlog describes their site, and they couldn’t be more spot on. They go beyond the usual yoga, spirituality, and healthy living topics. TheYogaBlog also covers poetry, product reviews (including apps/books/clothing and gear), and even world news and the latest in pop culture. Founder Matt also introduced curated content from other websites.

Elephant Journal

elephantjournal.com

Ask any yogi or even just wellness enthusiasts about their favorite blogs, and you’re sure to hear Elephant Journal in that list. And although a significant percentage of the blog covers yoga and wellness, you also get insightful content on family, food, sex and relationships, humor, etc.

Ekhart Yoga

ekhartyoga.com/blog

Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years or 20 minutes, there’s great advice in this blog for everyone. It has a focus on the technical and practical aspect of yoga, but also touches the more inspirational topics. The articles are written by Esther Ekhart (online yoga video legend) and many guest authors with different backgrounds.

That concludes our top 10 list of yoga blogs for this year. Obviously, this list is in no way meant to be exhaustive. These are just some of our favorite blogs and we’d love to hear your favorites too. So now it’s your turn!

Which yoga blogs inspire you?