• Posted on October 14th, 2012 8:00:03 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 practicing yoga can help reduce stress.

    • 3 Ways to Increase Your Focus During Meditation: But it’s worth it to mentally quiet down. It’s now well-documented how a practice of regularly calming our thinking is healthy — evidence abounds showing that meditation is good for emotional and physical wellbeing.
    • Scientific research shows yoga to relieve stress and depression: Practicing yoga helps release an acid called GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), which greatly reduces stress levels and improves overall health. According to the researchers, having low levels of GABA can be linked to epilepsy, depression and anxiety.
    • New study suggests meditation could improve empathy: Meditation could help people to be more empathetic, according to a small new study from Emory University.
    • Yoga Can Reduce Stress & Inflammation: Practicing yoga has been found to reduce stress and fight inflammation. Dr. Holly Phillips reports.
    • Yoga at work relieves stress & back pain: If you’re stressed at work, a little yoga on your lunch break might just help. A new study from the United Kingdom suggests yoga done at work can reduce stress levels and lower back pain.


  • Posted on August 5th, 2012 8:00:14 AM YogaGlo 1 comment

    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 practicing yoga can help change your perspective.

    • Coming Home: “I used to need a concrete image of home—a house or a place that was always the same. But what I’ve found in my yoga practice is a consistency within myself that grounds me, making me feel, quite simply, at home.”
    • A Simple Practice That Can Make You Happy: Want to practice meditation but can’t find the time? Start with two minutes a day. It will change your life.
    • Yoga for Fear: ”By letting go of ego, you are ultimately acknowledging that there are things in your life that you cannot control. By letting go of the need for control, we can be present. Learning to be present is what yoga is all about.”
    • 8 Tips for a Successful Home Yoga Practice: ”One of the most beautiful and liberating aspects of yoga is that you don’t need any fancy equipment or a designated building or field to practice. Yoga is accessible. The practice meets you where you are – as long as you are willing to approach it.”
    • Yoga Helps Stroke Survivors Regain Balance: “Those in the yoga groups also reported better independence and quality of life and were less afraid of falling.”


  • Posted on July 29th, 2012 8:00:06 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 practicing yoga can make you successful in your career, in business and at the work place.

    • 10 Things Yoga Teaches Us About Small Business Ownership: Whether it’s a handstand or that next creative idea for your business, sometimes trying too hard to make it happen is exactly what you don’t want to do. Take a step back from the situation. Stop thinking about it. You’ll find the answers you were looking for when you let go.
    • 5 Unexpected Things Yoga Will Teach You: Through yoga we discover a deep inner strength paired with the knowledge that we can accomplish anything, and that power extends to all areas of our lives.
    • How Meditation Can Give a Huge Boost to your Career: It’s interesting because people are always telling young people that the best thing you can do for your career is go network with people, promote yourself, ask for raises. But the most valuable thing that I have done in my career to date is have a meditation practice.
    • 5 Easy Ways to Start Your Meditation Practice: Making meditation a part of your daily life is super beneficial. As part of your morning ritual, it is very centering, grounding and can really set the tone for your day. Done in the evening, it’s great for clearing your head, quieting the mind, relaxation and reducing stress. Personally, I have noticed that my day runs more smoothly, with ease and flow when I spend even just a few minutes breathing with my eyes closed every morning.
    • The Secret to a Successful Yoga Practice? Practice!: The beautiful thing about a yoga practice is that its effects have the potential to permeate into all parts of your life. The deeper you practice, the greater your opportunity of becoming a successful human being.


  • Posted on July 15th, 2012 8:00:48 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 change you. From the way you think, to the way you act, to the way you handle situations and find gratitude where you least expect it, if you embrace yoga with open arms it can change you for the better.

    • How Tadasana Brought Me To Life: When you wake every morning, thank your feet for supporting you. Thank your heart for working even while you’re asleep in bed. Thank your stomach for helping you to be nourished. Thank your lungs for filling you with life. Take a breath. Thank your entire body.
    • Can yoga counteract the effects of a disability?: The aging process that turns us inward, restricts our movement, can be slowed down and experienced differently through yoga’s regiment of mindful — or purposeful — stretching.
    • A Morning Meditation Can Change Your Whole Day: “It’s incredible how a quick morning meditation can shift you away from a case of the cuckoos and back to your centered self — ready to embrace the day!
    • How Doing Yoga Changes Your Child’s Brain: Kids yoga is like kale for the brain—extremely healthy. From emotional regulation to social intelligence, kids yoga classes offer plenty of opportunities to build positive synaptic connections.
    • Yoga and the Art of Transition: In life, the beauty lies in the transitions. In times of change, we must maintain our calm, remember to breathe, find a focal point, and trust. It’s in the space between the steady (the known, the familiar) where I practice yoga in my daily life.


  • Posted on June 24th, 2012 8:00:31 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 gives you strength. Not just physical strength, but the kind of strength that makes you a better person – inner strength.

    • Elena Brower’s Community Trust: The minute people try yoga for the first time, they’re having an experience with their own physiology that they’ve never had before. People may not be able to articulate that that’s what’s going on in their bodies when they do yoga, but they feel it. It feels good. It feels right. It feels strengthening.
    • Find Your Body, Lose Your Mind: Meditation is about turning off your mind and getting in touch with an inner self that transcends your grade point average or your income or your love life.
    • The Healing Miracle of Yoga: Yoga can heal our minds, bodies and souls. It provides a way to turn within and feel grounded, to live in the moment and feel ones breath away from the frenetic world outside. If we listen to ourselves, it helps us get in touch with what we really want, need, and hope for and then it enables us to focus on compassion towards others and gratitude for our lives.
    • The Top 5 Reasons Why Vinyasa Yoga Has Changed My Life!: There may be others in the class who are stronger, more flexible, or more experienced, but the whole point of the exercise is to accept where your body is at the moment, and let it be.
    • Why Is Savasana So Important, Anyway?: Savasana integrates all the hard work you have done during the practice, the balance, muscle conditioning, stretching, breath work. Everything settles in Savasana. I equate it with baking a cake and taking it out of the oven and letting it settle.


  • Posted on June 17th, 2012 8:30:03 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 become a better person, inside and out.

    • 5 Ways Yoga Helps Addiction Recovery: That, for many people, yoga is an effective way to manage mental health issues like anxiety and depression is no secret; however, according to Jennifer Garam’s Sun Salutations in Sobriety, people also use yoga to break through the “spiritual wall” many recovering addicts hit and continue on their sobriety path.
    • 5 Ways Yoga Helps You Become A Better Person: In yoga, there is no wrong way to do it as long as you try. The same goes for life. Just showing up and being present is 95% of the effort. Being present in the moment will help you feel more peaceful.
    • Seattle nonprofit puts yoga to work behind bars: What yoga has taught Seattle inmates: It’s all about balance. Not just balance when you’re standing on your mat, but balance within, and a way to look at the world, to find peace in any situation.
    • How Yoga Can Improve Your Balance: Physical, Energetic & Mental: When we practice yoga, we’re not only working on our physical body. We’re also working on our energy and our mind. As we grow in our yoga practice, we can see the results of all this work in our life: we feel more comfortable in our bodies, we have more energy, our emotions become more stable and our minds more focused.
    • Discovering The Essence of Yoga: Yoga is not a competitive sport.  It’s not a team sport.  It’s not a spectator sport. Yoga is you and the mat experiencing what your body can do with the help of a teacher, that’s it, and the benefits to your spine and your overall health are huge.


  • Posted on June 10th, 2012 8:30:53 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 yoga tips – not just tips on specific poses, but tips on taking care of your yoga mat or tips on breathing so you can have a better surf session or travel stress free.

    • 6 Tips For Proper Care And Keeping Of Your Yoga Mat: Like a good friend, your yoga mat needs some nurturing every now and again–and if you don’t give it a little TLC, it won’t always be there for you to walk, sweat, and stretch all over. But don’t worry, because taking care of your yoga mat/buddy isn’t difficult. It doesn’t require long talks or motivational speech. In fact, keeping your mat in top shape is as simple as changing a few habits, and developing one or two tiny new on
    • 4 Tips for a Safe and Powerful Chaturanga: Even if you already possess a serious amount of core and upper-body strength, sometimes one quick shift or adjustment can help you reach the full potential of this energizing pose.
    • 3 Tips for Yogic Calm During Air Travel: “As an avid traveler who is prone to flight anxiety, I began to wonder if I could take my yoga mindset on the road to experience that same calm and tranquility even while hovering thousands of feet in the air in a metal tube.”
    • Breathe better to surf bigger: Add these breathing exercises to your regular surf fitness practice for best results. I find they are great to complete at the end of your surf fitness session to help wind down, relax, and centre yourself. Believe me they also help prepare you for uncomfortably large waves.
    • 5 Ways to Build a Yoga Practice with Purpose: In sailing there is a moment when the boat is in the right relation to the wind and the sails billow out. I can get that feeling when I am doing yoga; I stretch into a pose and my breath is that wind. That’s why I want yoga to be part of my life.


  • 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 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 March 25th, 2012 8:50:25 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 staying true to yourself on and off the mat. Often times we get in our own way by forcing something rather than yielding. Remember, you are the only person that knows what’s best for you, so listen to your heart and trust your instincts.

    • Yoga is More Than Getting Your Foot Behind Your Head – “Yoga is an opportunity to check in with what’s true for you. As you tune in and notice your tendencies, you also have a choice to recreate yourself in each moment. As you push the pause button, you have an opportunity to let go of old habits and conclusions of the past that no longer serve you or define you. It’s not always about the huge leaps.”
    • Funky Headstand – “The joy of yoga is that it is limitless and all we need is intelligence, awareness, and a sense of adventure.”
    • What a Backbend Can Reveal About Your Life -‎‎ “Ultimately this is a reminder that our yoga does not end at the mat. The major obstacle to our fullest expression is that we keep getting in our own way by forcing rather than yielding. Use your physiology as a road map to navigate the underlying energetic patterns that are both free as well as blocked. This is not blame but an invitation to cultivate awareness, let go of what you don’t need, and expand into your greatest self.”
    • Four Ways Yoga Can Help Your Career – “In yoga – as in life – some days you have balance and some days you don’t. A pose you nailed just hours before is now causing you to weeble wooble then topple over. It happens. It’s no big deal. The goal is to get to a place where you are no longer critiquing yourself when you stumble. You simply stop, find your center, and quietly start again. When you practice this inside class you will practice it outside as well.”
    • The Good Life – “Yoga has helped me come a long way in letting go of attachments. Most notably, the judgments surrounding my body’s abilities to do certain poses or look a certain way. It has also helped me become less obsessed with perfectionism. In yoga class it’s OK to fall down, and I’ve been able to translate some of that attitude into my daily life.”