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Developing Alternative Sequencing for Pregnancy and Menstruation

9 Feb

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Do Not Practice Yoga During Pregnancy Unless Yoga Have a Certified Trainer

Pregnancy – Introduction

A carefully constructed yoga practice can help pregnant women get through the emotional and physical trials and tribulations of pregnancy, and it can also help women prepare for the experience of giving birth. What is more, pre-natal yoga can also help women celebrate their pregnant bodies, and come to thoroughly enjoy the very beautiful process of carrying a child.

First Trimester – Tips and Poses

During the first trimester of a pregnancy, many changes occur in a woman‘s body. Hormones are being released in order build up the uterine lining, and blood volume increases, so that this build-up can take place. Also as part of this process, a woman‘s blood pressure drops, enabling her heart to pump all the extra liquid. Muscle tissues begin to relax, and joints begin to loosen up, enabling the uterus to stretch as the baby grows. Continue reading

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Tips and Poses for Months Four through Six and Third Trimester

7 Feb

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Do Not Practice Yoga During Pregnancy Unless Yoga Have a Certified Trainer

Tips and Poses for Months Four through Six

Offer standing poses, with support. She doesn’t have to use a chair or the wall, but make sure she is aware of the option if she suddenly feels dizzy or weak. Let her decide how to modify the poses so she is in control of the practice; this will encourage her to listen to her body and build confidence in her ability to cope with the pregnancy.

Avoid poses that strain or put pressure on the abdominals. Navasana (Boat Pose) and Plank Pose can both wait until after she gives birth. Encourage twisting above the waist and modify forward bends to make space for her growing belly.

Encourage substitution. If she misses back bending, help her do a modified Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) at the wall. If she wants to do inversions, offer Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend) with the back of her hips at the wall and a block under her head. Continue reading

Poses-suitable for the first trimester

6 Feb

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Do Not Practice Yoga During Pregnancy Unless Yoga Have a Certified Trainer

Yoga during pregnancy is a great from of exercise, both for you mind and body, and readying for the birth of your baby. The first three months of pregnancy are a time of major changes in your body. Long before any outward manifestation begins to get in the way of doing poses, things feel different on the inside.

Standing Poses

Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)

Utthita Parvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)

Virabhadrasana I-III (Warrior I-III Poses) Continue reading

A General Linear Sequence from Iyengar Yoga

5 Feb

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Every contemporary school, such as Iyengar, Viniyoga, Bikram, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa to name a few, has its own ideas about how to sequence a practice, so you may have already been trained to sequence your classes in a particular way. Most yoga traditions have their own precepts on how to sequence an asana practice. Sessions usually start with a Prayer, chanting Omkar or Mantra for brief relaxation which helps students forget their anxieties, worries and let go of stress related thoughts.

Here is an example of a general linear sequence from Iyengar yoga, designed for a longer (approximately 90 minute) class:

1. Meditation and focus – begin the practice with either a simple meditation or breathing exercise (in a seated or reclining position) to collect and concentrate your awareness.

2. Warm up and Preparation – perform a few simple exercises (such as hip or groin openers) that warm up the body in preparation for the theme or focus of the practice. Continue reading

Partner Yoga

4 Jan

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Although Partner Yoga is comparatively a new concept in West, it has ancient roots in Tantric Yoga. Tantra, like Partner Yoga, is a word with many common misconceptions, including that it is all about sex, you need to be and for lovers only. For those of you unfamiliar with this practice, Partner Yoga is two or more people joining together to deepen the impact and experience of a yoga practice. Sharing time where you are focused on your own bodies, often with non-verbal communication, can be a wonderful way to spend quality time together. Continue reading

An Introduction to SUP Yoga

2 Jan

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It seems everyone these days is enjoying, or would like to experience the joy and excitement of SUP yoga. SUP yoga? Yes, SUP yoga. SUP stands for Stand Up Paddling (SUP). This is a new type of yoga where yogis practice some specific yoga poses on paddling board. Anyone can begin practicing yoga postures on a paddleboard, especially in flat water. SUP yoga is easier and more fun than you might guess. Yoga and Stand-up Paddle Boarding are the perfect complement to each other. Continue reading

Surfing Yoga

1 Jan

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Yoga is a widely known generic term for physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines which developed in ancient India. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite. But what to unite? With what? Yoga is the ultimate way to unite the body with mind and mind with soul. Yoga helps us achieve a happy, balanced and successful life. On the other hand surfing is the sport or pastime of being carried to the shore on the crest of large waves while standing or lying on a surfboard. In addition to being a dynamic sport which can be practiced by people at all levels of ability, surfing is also associated with a specific surfing subculture which some people aim to emulate. But what’s the relation between Yoga and Surfing? Continue reading