Cultivate a Flexible Mind in Your Yoga Practice

bendy-treeI have always hoped that my boys grow to be flexible thinkers. I think this will lead to a happier, more creative and interesting life. So I try to do little things to cultivate this. Like expose them to different kinds of food (they love everything from sushi to grilled cheese!), encourage them to read any book that grabs their fancy and encourage them to question things (this one backfires sometimes…). [Read more...]

How to Use our Yoga Stick Figures

In this video I am going to show you how to create yoga sequences using the yoga pose drawings that you can purchase here at YogaFlavoredLife.com. You can use any software applications that supports jpeg files. I use Microsoft word.

Use the drawings to create sequences for your own practice, to guide you as you teach or to create handouts for your students.

In the video I mention some Microsoft Word templates that I use. You can download those here.

Check out this page to buy the drawings!

 

A Fun Yoga Sequence with a Focus on Balance

vrksasana-treeLast week was all about balance. We need to balance all kinds of things in our crazy lives. And we need to balance body parts in some of those crazy yoga poses!

It seems that balance is what I am in need of these days so I been working with this short yoga sequence over the past week.

I start with the intention of finding steadiness. Steady does not mean stiff. It implies a certain amount of flexibility and movement. It  requires awareness and encompasses the idea of equilibrium, a state where opposite forces are balanced. This is just what we strive for in standing poses. For example, we create a strong foundation by grounding and rooting through the feet. At the same time, we lift and reach through the torso creating extension. [Read more...]

How to do Breath of Joy

Breath of Joy is energizing and fun. It’s a great way to start off a yoga practice or as a pick me up throughout the day. Have a look at this video to see how it’s done.

If you would like more information on the many great benefits of Breath of Joy and why I love it, have a look here. If you get a chance to try it out, I guarantee it will make you smile!

 

Learning to Love Half Moon Pose

Half Moon pose (Ardha Chandrasana) is a challenging pose for me. I find the balancing difficult. And the fact that I can’t do it well, makes me want to do it even less. This seems like a loud and clear call to practice half moon! Not quite in love with this pose yet but we’re working through it ;)

Benefits

  • Challenges and works balance
  • Both strengthens and stretches the spine
  • Strengthens abdominals, thighs, ankles and buttocks
  • Tones lower back muscles
  • Helps with sciatica
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves anxiety and fatigue
  • Helps with focus and concentration
  • Can be very humbling … yet also fun!

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