• Posted on June 3rd, 2012 12:46:52 PM YogaGlo 2 comments

    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can help you let go of your fears. Once we learn how to breath through our fears and learn to believe in ourselves, often times we come to find out that anything is possible.

    • Breathing Through Fear – ” I take a deep breath and clamped my teeth around the mouthpiece. Taking a cue from Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, I place my right thumb and ring finger on either side of my encased nose, to metaphorically block it, and focus on getting oxygen through my tube as I put my head underwater.”
    • Padangustha Dhanurasana -  Kathryn Budig on her latest challenge pose: “I came out of the pose crying tears of joy. It was one of the most liberating and empowering moments in my yoga practice. I never said never again. I realized I can do anything I put my mind to as long as I believe in myself, keep doing my best and recognize that everything is going to happen as it should.”
    • Yoga Helps Feed Our Creative Genius - When we replace love with fear we can live life to the fullest. When I started to practice Yoga, I was always in a state of fear and resistance. I had anxiety that I was going to hurt myself, that I was going to do it all wrong, that I was going to pass gas, or that I was going to fall on my face…let  go of my fear, it rippled positively into all directions of my life.
    • Why Have a Spiritual Practice - We want to learn through our spiritual practices, how to control the mind so that we can find lasting happiness, be totally free from suffering and in control of the world we experience. Our spiritual practice helps us to discover that we are perfect and whole just as we are.
    • Mindfulness Meditation Helps Prevent & Treat PTSD - The U.S. Military is using new techniques to help reduce PTSD and increase soldier resiliency.  Experts with the Mind-Fitness Training Institute (MFTI) in Alexandria are training soldiers and civilian emergency responders in mindfulness meditation.


  • Posted on May 27th, 2012 8:02:45 AM YogaGlo No comments

    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can make you free – free from all the chatter that goes on in your head, free from chronic pain and free from limitations.

    • Yoga Eases Chronic Pain - According to a series of studies and trials, you can now get rid of chronic pain with yoga. Researchers of the largest U.S. randomized controlled trial of yoga to date, published by the Archives of Internal Medicine, claim “We expected chronic muscle pain to ease more with yoga than with stretching, so our findings surprised us.”
    • GPS to a Quiet Mind: 6 Meditative Steps to Freedom - It is not a matter of saying, ‘I am going to meditate,’ it is more like ‘I am just going to be here for a moment without doing anything, without following any thought.’ And, in that, there is peace, a surrendering the mind’s activity to this vast silence and spacious awareness.
    • How Yoga Helps Us Exceed Our Limitations - What most people fail to remember is that when you’re facing a limitation it’s not the time to give up. It is the time to make time and make the practice adjust to you…Maybe you will never learn to touch your feet to your head, but is that the point? Truly, the point is to learn to work with yourself and on all levels…
    • 4 poses that changed my life - When I took my first yoga class, I was a college student who had no clue how to just let go and let things unfold without force. That first Savasana left me with completely unexplained tears streaming down my face. I didn’t know what was happening, but I knew it was powerful. It was in that moment that I went from a yoga skeptic to a believer and I have never looked back.
    • Simple Meditation for Awesome Sleep - Sometimes just thinking of your unsettled evenings as peaceful time to yourself is all it takes to put a positive spin on the situation—and have it lead to actual shut eye. So give my meditation a shot and see if it works for you. May smiles awake you when you rise.


  • Posted on May 20th, 2012 8:30:07 AM YogaGlo No comments

    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can help you through certain challenges, on the mat and off – whether it’s challenges with sleeping, challenges at work or challenges with poses, yoga can help you face them head on.

    • Working Through Handstand-phobia – “Whatever it is, every time we were told to bring our mats to the wall, I felt that rush of fear and began to grit my teeth. Handstand and I were not getting along.”
    • Yoga for a Better Night’s Sleep – …if we let our minds actively relax, we let go of negative thought patterns that keep us stressed, unfocused, and consequently restless at night. This is a transformative way to meditate that can ultimately calm your nervous system by letting go of anything that is no longer serving your meditative process (i.e. to-do lists, problems with work, relationship anxiety, etc.).
    • Challenge Pose: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II -  I hope that you tackle this pose with a vast sense of possibility. It is challenging, wobbly and not even close to being an everyday pose, yet with time, attention and discipline, it creates such profound beauty in the body and sensibility.
    • Crazy day at work? Try these “serenity now” yoga poses – The beauty of this ancient mind-body therapy is that it can be performed nearly anywhere, including a cubicle, conference room, lobby or bathroom stall (depending on the pose). If you feel like yoga has little to offer you in the office, think again! Studies have shown that stretching and meditating can reduce tension and anxiety in seconds.
    • Peace of Mind is a Powerful Tool Against Cancer - “A sense of tranquility can go a long way for cancer patients. Calming techniques like yoga and meditation can improve quality of life and treatment response for cancer patients.”


  • Posted on May 13th, 2012 8:30:07 AM YogaGlo No comments

    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how your practice teaches you how to deal with everyday situations in life. Once you have learned the importance of your breath, you now have the tools to help you through anything life throws at you.

    • The Battle with Self-Doubt in Yoga - The basis of the yoga postures lie in training the mind to move with the body in a continuous stream of prana (generated by the breath). Ultimately, it is not about touching your feet to your head or sitting in lotus as it is about understanding the scattered behaviour of the mind.
    • Managing Stress with Yoga – A Proactive Approach - A yoga practice is like the handiest tool kit at the hardware store; there is always some jewel of wisdom, meditation tip, yoga pose or breathing technique in that toolbox to help you through every single situations through life.
    • First Yoga Class? Everything You Need to Know - When we find ourselves in a physical shape that is challenging, we begin to gain some awareness around how we respond to difficulty in life. We learn to breath through it. Over time this awareness that we cultivate on our mat can serve us in the world outside of the yoga studio.
    • How Yoga Makes Me a Better Mom – “Because of my practice I know that I won’t get any moments of this life back and that makes every moment a precious jewel that I keep close and sacred.”
    • The 4th Limb of Ashtanga – Pranayama - When we practice pranayama, we focus and regulate the breath, making conscious an unconscious action we do mindlessly all day.  When we bring the breath under our control, the mind follows.


  • Posted on May 6th, 2012 8:16:20 AM YogaGlo No comments

    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can be beneficial to children, teenagers and adults alike. Whether it’s teaching us that it’s ok not to be perfect or if it’s increasing muscle strength for sports, yoga can be extremely powerful for everyone, no matter what age, on and off the mat.

    • The Benefit of Yoga for Teens - Teens can benefit from learning anything that increases their focus and ability to calm themselves, which I’ve found to be one of the great, lasting benefits of yoga. And while team sports are great, I think it’s important to promote physical activities that kids can still be doing at age 80. Like yoga.
    • Yoga: it’s never too late to reap the benefits – “Yoga can help fight stiffness, hardening of the arteries, hormonal fluctuations, depression and loss of bone density. And — you can start at any age.
    • The First Declaration of Love: Presence. Yoga Off the Mat - On practicing yoga and mindfulness off the mat: The practice of presence is cultivated over time through honest self-confrontation, positive discipline, and belief in our potential. Practices like meditation, mindful breathing, and yogasana can be invaluable in moving us toward this more connected alignment.
    • Why Yoga For Kids - With all this in mind, the benefits for a child discovering yoga can be bountiful. As I mentioned, children’s creativity and imaginations are encouraged and stimulated by these yoga adventures. This is achieved in a completely non-competitive and non-threatening environment allowing children to completely express themselves and truly “bloom”! Along with developing improved strength, balance, poise and flexibility, comes pride in attaining all these qualities, therefore boosting self esteem and confidence. When targeted to key joints and muscles, yoga benefits children’s skills in other athletic fields as well.
    • How 1 Hour on Sundays Will Change Your Life - Taking just an hour to center yourself on Sundays will set you up right for the entire week. This hour will allow you the chance to align your mind, body and soul in preparation for the challenges that will (and they always do!) arise throughout the next few days.


  • Posted on April 29th, 2012 8:38:26 AM YogaGlo No comments

    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga is universal. All across the globe, no matter who you are, what you do or what you believe in, yoga can be there for anyone, anywhere, anytime.

    • How yoga can help golfers on the course: Breathing is the fastest, most effective way to bring the mind into focus and to alleviate tension in the body, allowing for a more fluid golf swing.
    • Namaste: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Yoga | Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC):“Although yoga and entrepreneurship may seem worlds apart, they have many underlying similarities. The word ‘yoga’ means ‘to join’ and ‘to unite,’ and the practice of yoga aims to bring the mind and body together to work as one. Similarly, entrepreneurs juggle many different relationships, challenges and responsibilities, with the end goal of harnessing these entities to work together in sync. I apply the principles of yoga to my journey as an entrepreneur.”
    • My Yoga Experience After Baby: Once I began showing up less self consciously, I began to tap into something just underneath the surface and I realized it was my innate ability to celebrate my body. Even though it had lost some surface level strength, this body had accomplished an unbelievable amount.
    • Relief for The Stuffies: I’ve changed up my yoga practice to work with my physical symptoms rather than against them. Here’s what I’m doing to get some relief from The Stuffies.
    • Yoga Reminds Me There is Nothing I Can’t Handle: I learned two things this month: 1) Healing takes time. Most days I’m strong and moving forward, but sometimes, little things like a pregnant woman’s belly or hospital bill can bring on the waterworks. 2) Yoga truly is relaxing and medicinal. When I feel like I’m losing control, I remember the things that yoga has taught me: relaxation, focus, awareness, balance, and strength.


  • Posted on April 22nd, 2012 8:03:06 AM YogaGlo No comments

    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can make you feel empowered. Whether you are a maxed out mother, frustrated child or someone in the fight of their life, yoga can make you feel like you can take on the world.

    • On how a yoga camp is used to empower children: “Because of the environment and the things going on around the children, knowing how to calm themselves down and how to deal with some of the trauma that they’ve been introduced to is important,” Saddler-Walker says. “They need to know how to respond in a nonviolent way.”
    • Restorative yoga helped with the healing: As she grappled with the rigours of fighting a terminal illness and breast reconstruction surgery, Skaey took action, leveraging several complementary practices to stay active and positive… She found a restorative yoga class that allowed her to gradually rebuild her strength and address physical challenges associated with her breast reconstruction, which had involved repurposing a muscle in her back.
    • Yoga For Busy Moms: Busy moms run around with so many items on their to-do list while taking care of their child and subsequently forget to breathe! We take it for granted that we breathe automatically but when you do not breathe correctly, this is what causes stress…
    • Yoga Helps to Relieve Aches and Pains from Gardening: To prevent fatigue and energize your body, it is important to take periodic stretch breaks. The following yoga inspired stretches will help relieve bodily discomfort brought on by spending hours in the garden.
    • The Yoga of Parenthood: “Parenting is truly the greatest joy, but the most difficult ‘job’ in the world. I, for one, need all the tools I can get to negotiate this path. Sometimes it is a simple asana to bring me clarity, other times it is yogic philosophy. Even a few meditative breaths go a long way. The beauty of parenthood, though, is like yoga – there is no right or wrong.”


  • Posted on April 15th, 2012 8:29:33 AM YogaGlo No comments

    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga is yours. There are few things in life that we truly have control over, so when life throws us a curve-ball, take solace in knowing that in this world full of uncertainty, once you are on that mat, you are in total control of you – your practice is yours and yours alone.

    • How I Learned to Love Yoga: Soon enough, the class became about more than just bending over back and forth, quaking on my legs and trying repeatedly (and generally unsuccessfully) to reach my toes. The poses soon became more comfortable, more reliable. My muscles slowly got stronger, and my movements more deliberate. Yoga actually became something personal, kind of like writing, in which I actually got to learn new things about myself.
    • 108 Steps: “In yoga, we put ourselves into intentionally challenging situations, either in the poses or in meditation, and we practice being present in the face of the challenge. Thus, we sharpen the skill we need to show up and be useful in life’s involuntary challenges.”
    • Coveting Your Neighbor’s Practice: ”The yoga practice has taught me about acceptance. It’s not about trying to make your body like someone else’s or look like the perfect yoga picture. It’s about meeting yourself where you’re at, loving what is, as is. When we stop judging ourselves and stop trying to make ourselves wrong, a space opens up for something new to come in!”
    • How to Meditate Daily: Actually, some of the best benefits of meditation are hard to define — you begin to understand yourself better, for example, and form a self-awareness level you’ve never had before. Most simply, sitting for just a few minutes of meditation is an oasis of calm and relaxation that we rarely find in our lives these days. And that, in itself, is enough.
    • Yoga Is for Everyone (Even If You’re Not Perfect!):”Yoga also helps you get still, find peace, and remember who you are, why you’re here, and what you want out of life. And if you can bring that stillness, peace, and confidence from your practice into the rest of your life, life is going to change in amazing ways.”


  • Posted on April 8th, 2012 8:48:01 AM YogaGlo No comments

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    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can help change the way you interact with the world. Whether it’s coming to the realization that there is no such thing as a perfect practice or that real beauty comes from within, yoga can shift the place of your awareness, thus changing the way you look at the world.

    • 10 Quotes to Inspire Your Yoga Practice – “The fluctuations in my practice have taught me an incredibly important lesson: There is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ practice. The only thing ‘perfect’ about yoga is the opportunity it presents – the opportunity to be present and honor that place within all of us which is of love, truth and peace. Easier said than done? Maybe. But believe me, I am trying.”
    • KATHRYN BUDIG: SLOW BEAUTY THROUGH YOGA - “The modern world is full of fast fixes and opinions on what makes someone beautiful. Buy the perfect eye cream to banish 10 years or eat only cabbage for a week to drop 15 pounds. There’s solution after solution to make you more beautiful when perhaps the ultimate solution is remembering that you already are. I feel most beautiful when I am balanced, relaxed and far away from the voices and events that stress me out. Practicing yoga has been a key factor in creating this balance of effort and ease.”
    • Being Alright With Being | Intent Blog – “Yoga unites and brings together all parts of our selves that feel fragmented, so we feel whole and complete. When we make the choice to step away from our daily lives and onto our mats, it is an act of devotion to our Who: who do we want to be in our relationships, careers, communities, and ultimately, how can we show up aligned with our highest truth? Exploring this question can inspire us to live our passion and manifest our unique purpose.”
    • What Handstands Say About Your Energy – “Every handstand, or challenging asana, we do is an invitation to transform our approach from rhetoric lead to one that flows from breath. When the dialogue shifts from being dogma driven (thinking, logic) to breath motivated (awareness, energy), the consciousness automatically shifts from the head (brain/cognitive) to the heart (body/viscera). This simple shift in perspective will change the place of your awareness, radically transforming the way you interact with the world. If you don’t believe me, try it. You’ll be amazed at what you see.”
    • Life lessons learned from Ashtanga Yoga - Breath focus is a big part of what got me through 30+ hours of unmedicated labor…not to mention innumerable other episodes of physical and mental challenges. I’m a believer that breath can get you through almost anything.


  • Posted on April 1st, 2012 9:22:38 AM YogaGlo No comments
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    Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can reduce pain. Whether it’s physical or emotional, yoga can play a part in alleviating some of the pain.

    • Letting Go of Needle and Thread“Life is not what we want it to be. It’s just not. The pain of losing my mother and her sometimes inability to say my name, or to remember what I told her five minutes ago has stretched me into forms and dimensions I never dreamed of. Scorpion pose or hanumanasana don’t hold a candle to the way my heart has been torn but stretched wider. What ARE these poses anyhow, but metaphors for the expansiveness of our hearts?”
    • Yoga For Wrists - Some yoga poses require strength and flexibility in the wrist joint. Help strengthen joints and alleviate wrist pain with poses like Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) or Mountain Pose (Parvatasana).
    • 17 Ways Yoga Can Ease Back PainIf you let it, yoga can teach you to live more in the present and go about your daily life with more awareness and more attention. That can translate into sitting and standing with your head in line with your spine, and your shoulders over your hips – so your back isn’t doing all of the work.
    • Yoga Positions To Reduce Labour Pain - Yoga for pregnant women is very important. It helps counter the symptoms of pregnancy and ensures smooth delivery. Postures that put pressure on your abdomen must be avoided. Poses that are difficult must not be tried. Do not push yourself too much during pregnancy.
    • Meditation Program Enhances Teachers’ Emotional Lives - Researchers found that schoolteachers who underwent a short but intensive program of meditation were less depressed, anxious or stressed – and more compassionate and aware of other peoples’ feelings.