Great Morning Stretch Sequence

Written by Ann Pizer on . Posted in Yoga

raisedarmsSome days, it's just not possible to put in a full hour and a half of yoga. But most days will allow for this 10- to 15-minute sequence that stretches the back, hamstrings, and hips, problem areas for many people. Over time, you will see the positive effect these stretches have on your longer practice sessions. Get the full sequence with photos and tips by clicking here....Read More...

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7. Swan Dive to Forward Fold (uttanasana) - to Flat Back (ardha uttanasana) or Halfway Lift
9. Your body's choice - ask what it wants to do - anything goes
urlAnn Pizer has been the Guide to Yoga since 2004, the same year that she completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher-training program. Ann began doing yoga while living in New York City as an antidote to the stress of big city life. Though she was neither particularly flexible nor fond of group exercise, she quickly found herself hooked and has been sustained by her practice ever since.

Yoga Fans Donate $170,000 to Smithsonian’s First Ever Exhibit on Yogic Art

Written by Ethan Engel on . Posted in Yoga

courtyard mvjantzen lgAround 600 generous souls helped raise more than $170,000 for the Smithsonian’s ”Yoga: The Art of Transformation” – with a bit of help from Whole Foods who matched donations and gave a total of $70,000. The Smithsonian’s first ever crowdfunding campaign began May 29th with a funding goal of $125,000. When the deadline arrived on July 1, they had already surpassed that at $129,000 and decided to extend the campaign for another week. Apparently, that’s when all the wealthy yoga fans decided to jump on board, raising the total another $40k in just a few days. Amazing!

A 5 Minute History of Modern Yoga

Written by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya on . Posted in Yoga

Enjoy this nice, short biography of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989).

Lululemon's Sheer Disaster

Written by Ethan Engel on . Posted in Yoga

lulu5n-1-web(Reuters) - Lululemon Athletica Inc has been hit with a U.S. lawsuit accusing it of defrauding shareholders by hiding defects in yoga pants whose sheerness led to a costly recall, and concealing talks that led to the sudden departure of its chief executive.

The lawsuit in the U.S. district court in Manhattan was filed by a shareholder on Tuesday, three weeks after Lululemon Chief Executive Christine Day announced her surprise exit after 5-1/2 years at the helm, calling it a personal decision.

It is separate from a May lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court that accused Lululemon directors of boosting possible executive bonuses just before the recall.


From 3 to 16,000 yogis in eleven years

Written by Ethan Engel on . Posted in Yoga

NEW YORK (AP) — People around the world were up at the crack of dawn on Friday, June 21, to celebrate the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In New York City's Times Square, more than 15,000 yoga enthusiasts signed up to roll out mats from 7:30 a.m., with classes going all day. "It's a counterpoint to the other big solstice celebration, New Year's Eve," said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance and co-founder of the event.

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3 Ways to Go Beyond Fear-Based Thinking

Written by #dailycupofyoga on . Posted in Yoga

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. ~Albert Einstein

savaYoga gets us out of our head, and into our body.

It gets us feeling-thinking, not just thinking-thinking.

It taps us into the non-verbal part of our brain, which processes between eight to 11 million bits of information per second. Did you know the verbal part of our brain only processes about 40 bits of information per second? 40!

So all those fear-based thoughts…they’re not based on all the information. They’re not based on everything our non-verbal brain is processing. And, for most of us, they’re coming from an over-stimulated amygdala.

These little almond-shaped parts of our brain are stimulated by stress hormones, and when they are, the kind of take over our show. Fear-, anger-, and negativity-based thinking become our m.o. And the part of us that knows how to operate from a different place takes a backseat.

Yoga brings that part of us into the driver’s seat again. It gets us out of fears and stress and into our peace and strength.

Yoga brings our ultimate knowing—not just thought-based thinking—on board.

Yoga brings us our self.

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