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Book Review: Yoga for Beginners: Simple Yoga Poses to Calm Your Mind and Strengthen Your Body by Cory Martin

by Ross Bryant
Introduction Author and fitness expert Cory Martin earned her BA in English, Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, USA. Her love of books, and writing, led her to additionally study literature at Cambridge University in England. She turned her passion for writing into a career in Hollywood by the time she was just 25 years of age. Among her writing credits are the popular TV series “The O.C.”. Writing for that show, she drew the attention of Scholastic, the largest distributor and publisher of children’s books in the world. She went onto pen 3 successful young adult novels […]

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 […]