Our popular contributor Kara-Leah takes some inspiration from a novel she’s been reading to better understand plank pose, proving that we can learn about yoga in all sorts of interesting places.
by Kara-Leah Grant
In the novel I have just finished reading (and highly recommend) - People of the Weeping Eye by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, one of the main characters is a “Contrary”.
Yoga to Lose Fat
There are countless weight loss success stories from those who have taken up a consistent and serious yoga practice. So there is little doubt that yoga is an effective weight loss solution and that yoga helps burn calories and reduce fat. The reason though that yoga is so good for helping you lose weight and keep it off, is not simply because of the physical workout that a yoga practice obviously provides. It is also due to the many other benefits and powers of yoga, such as helping you find positivity, joy, confidence, self-love, peace and emotional balance, while also helping you detox, heal and move towards a more wholesome and healthier way of life. All this combined really helps with the problem of excess weight and obesity.
If you want to have a nice flat stomach and toned abs, there are a few important things that you must do. Besides the obvious of watching your diet, you need to develop an exercise routine that combines both, aerobic exercise along with stomach specific resistance exercises. Although there is evidence that resistance exercises help burn fat, aerobic routines are still the best way to help reduce belly fat and body fat in general. Along with aerobic exercises though, you need to combine abdominal training, to achieve the final result of a flat and toned stomach. Luckily yoga can provide you both, an aerobic exercise as well as stomach toning exercises.
Simple Yoga Move
Some Kundalini Yoga sets are seriously tough. They are physically and mentally challenging, requiring both, a sound body and mind, to do well. But, thankfully, often in such difficult sets are yoga moves that are easy to do and thus offer an opportunity to recover a little. The exercise I am going to detail in this article, is one such exercise, which is easy to do, makes one feel good and has some very useful benefits as well.
Wishing all of you a very happy, healthy, successful and awakened 2013. I would like to thank everyone for all their love and support in 2012 which has helped Mastery of Meditation and Yoga become one of the biggest yoga websites on the internet. I have a some great plans for 2013, which include more online classes, yoga and meditation videos, mantra and music mp3s and even live webcasts and workshops, all for free of course :-).
Cow Pose for Stress Relief
It is no secret that yoga is great for releasing stress and tension, and is probably one of the best sciences for inducing relaxation and a peaceful state of mind and body. As the body heals itself best when it is relaxed, this ability of yoga to bring harmony and tranquility is certainly one of the reasons why it is such a wonderful healing modality and why it is prescribed so often for so many ailments. Now, all yoga is not necessarily relaxing.
Although a great deal of emphasis is often placed on the higher chakras, the importance of the lower 3 charkas, the root chakra, sex chakra and navel chakra, should not be underestimated. Balancing these chakras is equally important for living a healthy, productive and happy life, and of these 3 charkas, the one that is often out of balance is the root chakra.
In the article, Chakra Healing | How to Balance Your Chakras, I provided details for how to analyze your chakras and determine which ones needed work. In that article I also provided various exercises and poses you can use to heal and balance the weak chakras. Below is the criteria to determine if your root chakra, which is responsible for physical security, fear and overall health, needs attention…
Yoga Exercise to Improve Willpower
There are many traditional yoga exercises that are indicated for those interested in improving their willpower and overall mental strength. Many of these techniques work on the navel region, which is the location of the Manipura or Navel Chakra and is responsible for one’s willpower and strength of character. Here are some testimonials of how working on this center has helped readers develop their confidence and willpower – Yoga for Willpower and Self-Confidence Testimonials.
Basic Yoga Exercise for Flexibility
One of the most important basic yoga sets on this website, is the Yoga for Meditation Set. It is part of the Silent Mind Meditation Program, which is the essence of my personal meditation practice, and details the Silent Mind Meditation Technique, which in my view is the ultimate meditation practice.
This Yoga for Meditation set is excellent for those looking to improve their flexibility, especially the flexibility of their lower body, which is essential if you are going to sit for long periods of meditation. It consists of some great basic yoga stretches which should be a part of every yogi’s toolbox. But, of all the great flexibility improving yoga poses that are a part of this set, there is one that is key for those who are keen on sitting more comfortably. That is Yoga Cradle Rock.