May 2016 / 11 posts found

Banish Belly Fat with Yoga

by Ross Bryant
A ‘spare tire’ seems to be unavoidable as we age, but that is NOT the case. The truth is that if we understand the changes in our metabolism and hormones due to aging, we can stop packing on the pounds around our middles. Stubborn belly fat is not just ugly, it can also be dangerous. Doctors refer to it as ‘waist roundness’ and it has been linked to pre-diabetes and diabetes. Other studies have linked abdominal fat to a range of other serious diseases, including: • cancer • high blood pressure • high cholesterol • heart disease • dementia and […]

How Can Seniors Benefit From Yoga?

by Ross Bryant
Many seniors think there is no way they can ever do yoga because they are not skinny enough not bendy like a pretzel. In fact, seniors are the ones who can benefit most from a regular yoga practice, for a number of reasons. Strength and Stability Yoga can be done almost anywhere, at any time. It is a low impact workout that can lead to greater strength and stability, which in turn can help prevent slips, trips and falls in older people that can often lead to other serious health issues such as a broken hip. A Faster Metabolism and […]

Introduction to Bikram Yoga

by Ross Bryant
  There are a number of different kinds of yoga being taught these days, some ancient, and others modern inventions which emphasize different aspect of yoga. Yoga means union, the union of mind, body and spirit. The best yogas, will combine them all. However, many yogas focus many on the poses, or asanas. Bikram, on the other hand, is a modern invention that emphasizes physical strength. It is commonly referred to as hot yoga, though not all hot yoga these days is Bikram. It is also commonly referred to by others who do yoga as ‘boot camp’. Bikram (pronounced BEAK-Rahm), […]

Introduction to Hatha Yoga

by Ross Bryant
  There are a number of different kinds of yoga, some ancient, and others modern inventions which emphasize different aspect of yoga. Yoga means union, the union of mind, body and spirit. The best yogas will combine them all. However, many types of yoga focus mainly on the poses, or asanas, the physical side of yoga. Hatha yoga is an ancient form of yoga with thousands of positions to learn, but it also focuses on concentration union of all aspects of humanity, within ourselves, and in relation to all other living beings. No man (or woman) is an island; Hatha […]

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

by Ross Bryant
  Yoga is not just а form of exercise. It is known to revitalize your body, mind and spirit as well. The word yoga means union, and the best forms of yoga are those which allow you to improve all three. Hatha yoga is the oldest of the yoga forms, dating back to 1,500 BC. Kundalini is slightly more modern than that, having been developed in Indian in the 5th century AD. Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening your power within through two means, physical movement and mental improvement. You can develop strength and power in all aspects of your life […]

Introduction to the Basic Types of Yoga

by Ross Bryant
  There are quite a number of types of yogas these days that try to differentiate themselves from one another and emphasize certain aspects of yoga. If you live in a moderately large city, you should be able to find several different kinds of studios and teachers, including: • Hatha • Vinyasa • Kundalini • Bikram Hatha (HAA-THAA) Hatha yoga is the most traditional of the yogas. The name means willful or forceful, and the word is a combination of hat, sun and ha, moon. It works with the energy centers of the body, flesh and bone. The main focus […]

Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga

by Ross Bryant
  There are a number of different kinds of yoga, some ancient, and others modern inventions which emphasize different aspect of yoga. Yoga means union, the union of mind, body and spirit. The best yogas, will combine them all. However, many yogas focus many on the poses, or asanas. Vinyasa (Vin-YAH-sah) is also known as flow yoga. The word vinyasa means to place in a special way. It uses the same asanas as hatha. However, rather than being done individually, the poses are put together into sequences whereby the body is in constant motion as it moves smoothly from one […]

Myths and Facts about Yoga

by Ross Bryant
  There are a lot of myths about yoga that can often prevent people interested in it to even try it. In this article we will look at some of the most common myths and let you know the facts so you can see whether or not yoga is right for you. Myth #1: Yoga іѕ not much of a workout. Fact: yoga uses the weight of your body for strength training. It is as effective as other forms of workout, though you may not always break a sweat. Myth #2: Yoga is for lazy people because it is so […]

Safety First When Starting Yoga

by Ross Bryant
When first starting with a new form of exercise, safety should come first. This is particularly true if you have not worked out for a while. Yoga is a complete workout of body, mind and spirit, though most people think of it mainly in relation to a physical workout. It is true that yoga has a range of postures, so of which look impossible for the average human body. Yet yoga is suitable for people of all ages, body types and levels of physical ability. Even if you have some health concerns, yoga should be safe provided you know what […]

The Benefits of Yoga

by Ross Bryant
There are many benefits to practicing yoga regularly. It will not only give you a stronger and better-looking body, it can also enhance your concentration and other mental abilities. Most people think of yoga as being some strange form of exercise that requires you to turn yourself into a pretzel. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some types of yoga like Hatha and Iyengar most focus on perfect postures, and peculiar ones too, but others like Kundalini yoga are easy enough for anyone to do. Some people also think they are too old for yoga. In most cases, however, […]