13 May

Stop Sliding In Yoga With A Non-slip Yoga Mat

If you’re still using a regular yoga mat, your hands and feet may slide out from under you once you start to sweat.

There are many mats on the market now that can help keep you from slipping and sliding.

These non-slip yoga mats are more expensive, but can make your yoga experience much more enjoyable.

Your investment in a more expensive mat will pay off over time, especially if yoga is an everyday part of your life and not a passing fancy.

These upscale yoga mats rely on superior materials and textures that grip to prevent sliding, slipping, and skidding.

Here are the leading non-slip yoga mats currently available:

The Manduka BlackMatPRO has been the most popular premium yoga mat for years, and one reason is because you don’t slide on the mat even when it’s wet with sweat. It is also one of the most expensive mats on the market, but fans say the extra cost is worth it. Though heavy, the dense materials used in contruction of the mat are very supportive, even in standing balancing yoga poses. This Manduka mat stays in place on hard or soft surfaces, like carpet.

Hugger Mugger Tapas Performance Yoga Mat: Once called the Mandara, this top rated yoga mat shares many of the qualities of the Manduka Black Mat Pro. This mat is much cheaper in cost, however.

Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat: This mat is much like the bigger and heavier Black Mat PRO, only it comes in more colors and is the same size as a regular sticky mat. It is a great mat for vinyasa, Bikram Yoga, and hot yoga because it is lighter yet prevents skidding, sliding, and slipping. And it is very affordable.

Jade Fusion Yoga Mat: This thick mat is made of open-cell natural rubber, so it’s very eco-friendly. Having open cells gives the mat a texture that has a lot of grab, which prevents sliding. The thick natural rubber is very cushioning and supportive, and dense enough to support you in standing and balancing poses. This is also a great mat to prevent soreness in the wrists and knees from floor poses.

Jade Harmony Yoga Mat: Also an eco-friendly natural rubber mat, it is 3/16-inch thick. This is one of the most popular yoga mats ever made, and one of the major selling points is that it is non-slip. It is lighter than the Jade Fusion, which makes it easier to carry. Just be aware that some people don’t care for open cell mats because they pick up dirt and can absorb sweat and odor.

I hope this non-slip yoga mats review will help you find the right yoga mat to buy so you can stop sliding in your yoga classes.

16 Apr

How Meditation Has Changed My Life

Every week day for the past 2 years, I’ve done a daily practice with others virtually. Here’s how it works. I call the others on the phone, then one of us rings a bell to start and then again at the end, after 30 minutes. When we’re done, we each wish each other a wonderful day and go about our business.

During the 30 minutes, we each do our own practice. Sometimes I do all mindfulness meditation, sometimes I add in some meridian tapping and at times I’ve done some energy work on myself during the half hour. I always state my intention for who I want to be as the day unfolds.

Having this daily practice has probably been the most significant factor in helping me be my best. I never would have stuck with it so consistently if others hadn’t been involved. Just knowing others were waiting for my call each day made all the difference. We’ve been going for 2 years now and I can really see how it’s changed me.

Here’s what I notice: *Instead of helping me -get away from it all’, my practice helps me to show up for it all. I’m clearer about who I am, so I’m not so rocked by the world and others. I can let WAY more of life in and just BE with situations that before would have been very stressful or difficult.

*It gives me a daily reminder of a bigger picture of myself and who I am as a spiritual being. Instead of reacting like a pinball machine to things in my life, I actually feel as if I have choices.

*I feel healthier than ever. No colds or flu this year….

* Since I review my intentions every day, I am much more likely to act in congruence with them during the day after this reminder.

Having a daily practice has been very rich and rewarding and I heartily encourage people to design one for themselves and then create the support to make it happen.

4 Apr

Basic Chakra Meditation Grounding & Centering

Whether you are new to meditation or well experienced with yoga or tai chi, anyone can learn basic chakra meditation. Each has its own rewards and benefits. Unlike yoga or tai chi, anyone can practice chakra meditation since there is not the same physical aspect to it. Also, chakra meditation can be practiced almost anywhere. All you need is a quiet place where you will be undisturbed and about 15-20 minutes. Wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing is recommended but not required.

Before beginning, it is important to ground yourself in order to get the full effect from the chakra meditation. Some people do this by walking through a lawn barefoot, reconnecting with nature. This can also be done by sitting cross-legged on the floor or sitting with your legs folded under you and concentrating on your breathing.

To help clear your mind in preparation for chakra meditation, first choose a focal point. If you are more comfortable with your eyes open, focus on a point on the floor 5-10 feet in front of you, but instead of looking directly at it, look through it. If closing your eyes is more comfortable, mentally focus on the spot between your anus and genitals. This spot is the location of the root chakra, the foundation of the chakra system. Allow your mind to clear. If you notice your mind starting to wander, gently guide it back to your focal point.

Breathe in and out slowly, making each breath deliberate. As you do this, you should feel your body and mind start to relax and center. Once completely relaxed, you will be ready to begin the chakra meditation. As a rule of thumb, it is not recommended to skip this step when practicing chakra meditation because a quiet mind and body is more open to the benefits and healing it provides.

If you only have a short amount of time in which to practice chakra meditation, it is recommended to set an alarm rather than trying to keep an eye on the time yourself. This will allow you to fully concentrate on the meditation without distractions. 20-30 minutes a day is the recommended time for meditation.

Proper grounding and centering before chakra meditation is so important it deserves its own article. A follow-up article will go into detail on various techniques and chants often used in general chakra meditation as well as how to open the different chakras.

5 Feb

Maximizing Yoga’s Health Benefits In A Hot Yoga Sessions

Though Yoga (hot) has lately turn out to be popular in western cultures, it’s a practice which has been in existence for hundreds of years within India. Many individuals now grow to be students of Hot Yoga simply because of the amplified set of health benefits that outcomes from the distinction in heat.
Performed in a ‘hot room’, hot yoga gives students with a bunch of health benefits. Here are 5 techniques for learners to maximise health benefits obtained from Hot Yoga.

1. Set to it that you follow your class plan.
Attending hot yoga classes always is good, but it’ll not be consistent enough in your lifestyle to have a good impact. Try and attend a hot yoga class at least two times a week, so that your body becomes used to the heat and stretches being conducted on a regular basis.
2. Eat a sensible diet
With any healthly way of life and exercise programme, a well balanced diet is paramount. Your diet need to contain a lot of complex carbohydrates and proteins, allowing the body to refuel itself and repair torn muscle fibres. Having basic carbohydrates such as fruit is a fast way of gaining energy, just just before a class or just after (to regain energy quickly). Make certain your
fat intake is low and your fibre intake is high, allowing your food to be broken up and used far more efficiently.
3. Stretch out your muscles outside of the class
By allowing your body to become supple outside of the class in normal temperatures, you’ll be able to see bigger differences in your flexibility within the hot classes you attend. This will enable you to push beyond your boundaries, allowing your body to grow to be a lot more supple and muscles more stronger.
4. Try another sorts of yoga classes.
Ashtanga Yoga instructional classes or Hatha Yoga classes are other common varieties of Yoga, based on the health advantages that they promote. Mix up your weekly schedule by attending these other classes, as well as flow classes which need you to continue yoga movements in sequence, making the class far more challenging.
5. Don’t forget your 2 liters of drinking water per day.
Drinking a lot of water allows toxins to be flushed out of your system and more importantly for your body to be properly hydrated at all times. The slightest bit of dehydration can trigger you to underperform and not reach your full potential, so ensure you drink 2 litres of water per day, as well as taking a bottle of water to your hot yoga class.

22 Jan

Meditation Retreat In An Ancient Chinese Buddhist Temple

Meditation Retreats are increasing in popularity throughout the world offering participants the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to a quiet and restful location where one can take an inward journey of self-discovery. At Guang Jue Buddhist Temple in China people come from across the globe for temple stay and meditation retreat.

Guang Jue Monastery is situated near the small town of Zaoxi, West of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang Province in China. It is surrounded by scenic bamboo forested mountains and immersed in pure silence apart from the sound of birds during the day and the small bell-like sounds of crickets at night. This is the ideal place for a meditation retreat and temple stay.

It is very early in the morning at 4:30am. A dense fog has descended upon the valley and the deep silence is broken by the sound of the huge temple bell. Within the main cultivation hall the Abbot of the temple pounds the bell with chanting a ceremony that has continued for hundreds of years. Next the large drum has sounded reminding participants of the call of the dharma at the beginning of each day. The morning crisp air is perfumed with the scent of incense. The morning chanting liturgy begins. It is in these special morning hours that the meditation retreat participants start their day in this Chinese temple stay. At the end of the liturgy the lights are dimmed and there is deep silence again during meditation before breakfast.

As the day continues the Retreat Master, Malcolm Hunt, takes participants of the temple stay through a meditation experience which starts with simple mindfulness of breathing. Gradually the meditation retreat takes participants through Pure Land Buddhist meditation and chanting, Tonglen and finally to diminish the hold of the ego, Naikan meditation.

A temple stay in a Qing Dynasty temple in China gives the participant the opportunity to discover themselves and to refresh the spirit and to come away changed even in some small way.

Guang Jue Temple is situated only ten kilometres from the world heritage listed Tianmushan national park which boasts of breathtaking mountain scenery, rushing mountain streams and the oldest Ginko Bilbao trees in the world. Many of the meditation retreat participants take the opportunity to visit this part of China and immerse themselves in nature and history.

A temple stay in an ancient Chinese Buddhist temple is more than a meditation retreat and learning experience. It may also be life changing.

Key Words: meditation retreat, Chinese temple stay, China, temple stay

Brief: A temple stay in a Qing Dynasty temple in China gives the participant the opportunity to discover themselves and to refresh the spirit and to come away changed even in some small way. A meditation retreat in a Chinese Buddhist temple can have a powerful effect on the spirit.

12 Jan

The Growing Popularity Of Yoga Certification Courses Worldwide

Yoga has become a popular discipline and people across the world are now opting for yoga classes. The increasing popularity of this discipline has also encouraged people to take up yoga as a profession and this is why the popularity of yoga certification courses has also increased. If you also want to take up yoga as a profession then it is best to opt for a yoga teacher certification course.

In the present times, people prefer to hire yoga instructor that have yoga certification as helps them to be sure of their choice. Yoga instructor certification can help you build your own credentials and gain your pupils trust. Therefore if you want to be a yoga teacher then you can look for yoga teacher training courses that offer yoga teacher certification and can help you get good clients in future.

If you plan to open your own institute or wish to be a trainer at another institute then also it is best to opt for the yoga teacher certification course. People now prefer to check the yoga instructor certification before joining any institute. The institutes also prefer to hire instructors who have undertaken yoga teacher training and are certified. Therefore it is advisable to join a yoga certification course and once you have finished the training, you can easily start your own classes.

There are many institutions that offer yoga certification courses and undertake yoga teacher training. You can join these institutions and learn about yoga through them. In case of a regular course, you may be required to go to the classes regularly before you get your certificates. If you can not afford to enroll in a regular course you can opt for online courses or distance learning courses. There are many good institutes that offer distance learning programs also. Under this you need to go through the study material and practice the asana. Thereafter you need to give an examination and if you qualify then you can get your yoga instructor certification through it.

Getting a yoga instructor certification can improve your credentials and is therefore very beneficial. It can help you start your own yoga classes confidently and even get you a good job as an instructor. If you want then you can also offer personal training that can prove to be very profitable. Thus Yoga certification courses are very useful for anyone who wants to build a career in this field. Practicing yoga can help people lead a healthy life and can put a tab on diseases.

23 Dec

Meditation And Meditation Music

First, I’m seriously wired by nature and am not someone who can stop thinking. I have learned to meditate very effectively once I learned some facts about real meditation.

Problem one is thinking that you can’t meditate, or it’s not real meditation if you have thoughts going through your head. You do NOT have to stop thinking, or empty your mind of thoughts…that will happen ON ITS OWN if you meditate correctly.

If you’re closed-minded, your ability to reach deep states of meditation, or spiritual connectedness, is restricted. This is the way we are designed…scientifically. Meditation at its core, is meant to slow down brain waves, whether you know it or not. It’s just like you may know how to drive a car, but have no clue what’s going on mechanically. People will meditate for relaxation, healing, spiritual connection, communication, access to the infinite field of consciousness…whatever your reason, it is all only attainable directly as a result of slowing your brain waves to a certain frequency range.

The four major brainwave states/frequencies are: Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta in that order. More info is available on the specific states via the link in my bio. Meditation is mainly attempting to bring the brain to the Theta and Delta states. This is where everything happens: the connection, communication, healing, access to the quantum field of consciousness. So the point is to slow your brain waves.

You do need time, especially if you don’t use tools to help you. It’s just like trying to relax, except much deeper. You need time to relax…and you can also use music or other tools to help you. Meditation music was what I found to be the most helpful for me. Real meditation music…like with binaural beats. The music is specially made to influence your brain to slow down…to chill out.

Watch on things that raise the rate of your brain waves, like certain colors. Red, for example is a very high rate of vibration. Deep blue is among the slowest. I recommend keeping your eyes shut the whole time.

Most of the meditation music that I bought, was effective, but very long. I decided to make my own music which is made to bring the brain waves from Beta to low Alpha in less than 6 minutes, and then another music track that goes from low Alpha to low Theta in less than 6 minutes again.

The Beta to low Alpha meditation music track is available for free. The Theta music track is available to buy. There is a music link in my bio.

Dennis Andrew
NNOS Studios Brainwave and Meditation Music

22 Dec

Yoga License And Certification

If you adore yoga and can’t imagine your life without it, you may want to look into getting your yoga license and certification. Your dedication and passion will make you a great instructor.
There are many ways to get your yoga license and certification. All come through the Yoga Alliance, but you can choose any location that’s accredited for your studies. Every state has yoga license and certification courses. So you shouldn’t have trouble finding one that’s a good fit for you.
Choose between a retreat-type training where you go away for an intensive program and then receive your license. Or choose a program that’s spread out over the course of several months or a year if you have other commitments. Your love of yoga and your daily practice is your entry into a great new career.
What can you do with your yoga certificate? You can open your own yoga studio, of course. If you have a head for business as well as a love of the art form, you may want to consider this route. But if you’re more interested in teaching than running a business, you may want to look into joining the staff of an established yoga studio.
There are many different types of yoga practice and there are also many target markets in which to teach. You can opt for prenatal yoga where you teach pregnant women yoga, kid’s yoga, yoga for couples, yoga for stress reduction, corporate yoga classes, yoga for seniors, private yoga lessons or yoga for therapy. Any and all of these are great career paths. You should choose who you want to teach based on your passion. Each has its own rewards.
Yoga teachers are much in demand due to a new generation of yoga lovers entering the scene. Grandmothers, teens, moms and dads and kids are all discovering the benefits of yoga. It helps keep you physically fit, grounds you spiritually and helps you with stress reduction. What could be better?
Locate a certification program through the Yoga Alliance. They have listings of the accredited yoga teacher programs around the country. You are bound to find one close to you that is within your price range.
Go for your dream of becoming a yoga teacher. Your life will be more fulfilled when you are doing something that makes you happy and helps others. If you are practicing yoga regularly, there’s no reason you can’t succeed at this exciting new career.

21 Dec

Yoga – Contraindications For Inversions

As we practice yoga poses we want to do also inversions. Most common inversions are the Headstand and the Shoulderstand. But there are not only those two poses which are the inverted asanas.

Any posture in which the head is below the heart is called an inversion. Whether you stand on your head, bend forward or bend back, if your head is below your heart, you are performing an inversion.

This also means that Downward Facing Dog, Standing Forward Bend and Fish pose are also inversions; although those poses are mild in comparison to a Headstand. The Camel pose can also be an inversion if you bend back far enough.

Remember – inversions are not for everyone!

Your intentions should be clear when you perform any yoga posture. If the risks may outweigh the benefits there is no logical reason why you should practice any pose which can harm you.

Contraindications for practicing inversions:

If you have any of the following conditions, please omit inversions or work with a qualified and experienced teacher who will never put you at risk and tried to modify your practice.

Anyone who has high blood pressure, heart related problems, eye issues, neck problems, epilepsy, previous stroke or sinus problems should never practice Headstand or Shoulderstand, and omit other mild inversions or be adjusted by the yoga teacher.

During any stage of pregnancy yoga should be practiced in a prenatal yoga classes specifically designed for that purpose or privately with a qualified pregnancy yoga teacher.

During menstruation Headstand and Shoulderstand preferably should be omitted and other milder inversions should not be hold for long, but because of the controversy about the inversions during menstruation it is your personal choice. Let your body guide you.

If you are a yoga teacher explain to your students why the inversions can be dangerous for them if they have any of the condition mentioned earlier.

Why not stand on your head when you have pain in your neck or neck injury? What first thing will come to your mind as you there? Ouch … my neck! Can my small neck carry my whole weight as I am inverted?

Most students put lots of weight on their head and neck instead of shoulders. Use your common sense and listen to your body. Intuition will never let you down.

Why omit headstand if I have high blood pressure? Because the danger is when your blood pressure increase from 100/60 mm Hg while standing on your feet to 150/110 mm Hg or even higher when you go for headstand.

13 Dec

What are the best meditation cd’s for guided meditation

Learning how to meditate using guided meditation cd’s is an option that appeals to many meditation beginners. The question is most often asked “What are the best meditation cd’s for guided meditation?” Many meditation cd’s explore a number of different guided meditation and relaxation techniques for many goals. Fortunately, the best meditation cd’s for guided meditation are readily available to the beginning meditation practitioner and very advanced technology to teach beginners how to meditate.

Learning how to meditate can improve and create a unique ability of internal observation. This ability to be an internal observer will help you notice certain body reactions such as tenseness and clenching of your jaw when you feel anxiety and stress. Once this behavior has been observed, and you’ve determined that it is not desirable, you can release the tension.

Let’s explore a few of what are widely recognized as some of the best meditation cd’s for guided meditation for beginners.

Monroe’s Hemi-Sync Gateway Experience Waves

Hemi-sync Meditation CD’s are a popular series of audible guided meditation aids for the beginning practitioner. There is a small field of meditation technology to show you what meditation feels like. Many people agree that in just a short time, levels of success can be achieved with meditation that would typically take months.

The term hemisync simply means hemispheric synchronization. Within this process your brainwaves are synched allowing you to enter a whole brain wave state. There have been many reputable studies published that have proven this is an optimal ‘way of being’ for your brain. The Hemi-sync Gateway Waves are widely considered one of the best meditation cd’s aimed toward beginners.

Experience Meditation Today

This series of cds take a somewhat different approach than others using a calm, passive way to learn how to meditate. The process they use is called hemispheric synchronization that helps both sides of the brain synchronize with the other. The music these cd’s play create relaxing white noise, and in the background you hear calming tones that are heard by the brain. Those tones or hums then create a third tone that naturally guides you to a meditative state. They are considered amongst the best meditation cd’s for guided meditation along with the Hemi-Sync Gateway Waves.