Types of Yoga

Posted on March 31st, 2010 by admin in yoga for beginners | No Comments »

Yoga is more than a physical discipline of keeping fit. It’s an ancient concept, and has a lot to do with the philosophical and the spiritual. Various types of yoga are being taught and practiced in today’s world and it is very important to choose the correct type of yoga. Each type has its own philosophies and practices. Some styles of yoga are meditative and focused on spiritual centeredness. Other styles of yoga are more physical and based on poses or exercises. Yogas that are more physical are called Asanas. Hatha yoga is a popular type; it focuses on breathing control. Mantra yoga focuses on chanting and can be a very spiritual practice. Power yoga is great for building stamina and strength. At any rate they all seem to provide similar benefits for your mind and body.

The varieties of poses flow one into another, always breathing through the nose. Kundalini yoga aims to awaken the potential energies at the base of the spine (Symbolised as a coiled snake) and direct this energy upwards through the spine and the Chakras thus bringing about increasing degrees of enlightenment. Bikram Yoga is the method of yoga that is a comprehensive workout that includes all the components of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular flexibility and weight loss. Ashtanga, or power yoga, is designed to build strength and endurance. It is an aggressive workout where you move quickly from one pose to another. Ashtanga is for you if you’re looking for a tough, physically challenging workout.

Mantra Yoga involves the practice of chanting words or phrases repeatedly either aloud or internally thus influencing the consciousness. Jnana yoga is another popular type of yoga. This type of yoga generally emphasizes on mind in order to discern the mind. The main goal of Jnana yoga is to make an effort eternally to know, to understand and to explore more and more knowledge. Kriya Yoga is a very systemised form of yoga from the Tantras. Kriya yoga increases concentration and leads to meditation and ultimately to enlightenment but this is done more through awareness than pure concentration. Iyengar yoga is best type of yoga for beginners and for those who have not exercised at all. One can even use pillows and chairs to balance in case of lack of flexibility and if one is suffering from joint or back problems.

Juliet Cohen writes articles for fitness tips and weight loss tips. She also writes articles on home remedies.

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An Introduction To Pilates

Posted on March 31st, 2010 by admin in yoga pilates | No Comments »

Over the last decade Pilates has become increasingly popular among dancers, athletes, models and celebs.  Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Liz Hurley, even John Cleese.  These are just a few of the big names who swear by Pilates and have helped to fuel the ever growing popularity of this “wonder workout”.  But what is Pilates, what are the benefits, and how do you choose a Pilates instructor

What exactly is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates during the First World War to help rehabilitate returning war veterans.  He recommended a few, precise movements emphasizing control and form that help to strengthen, stretch, and stabilize key muscle groups.  These movements focus particularly on what he called the “powerhouse” – the abdomen, lower back, hips and bum.  Fitness professionals call this part of the body “the core”, and as any Pilates instructor or personal trainer will tell you, it is the starting point of all strength, balance and posture.

Unlike gym workouts that focus on repetition, Pilates exercises focus on fluidity of motion as you perform each pose with slow, graceful movements, starting from the mid-section and moving outward.  Breathing, concentration, muscle control and precision of movement are central principles of the Pilates method, making it slower and less aerobic than other fitness classes.  For this reason Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, and is recommended for those suffering from osteoporosis, as well as those who are overweight. 

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Muscle Toning– the flowing and controlled movements of Pilates help to firm up and lengthen the muscles, resulting in a sleeker shape and more toned look to the body. 

Body Control – the emphasis on precision of movement helps to improve your mind-muscle connection, which means better control over your body in day to day life.

Core Stability– by targeting the mid-section Pilates helps to strengthen the core muscles, which not only improves balance, but also flattens and tones your waistline.

Injury Rehabilitation– the low impact nature of Pilates helps to develop strength and flexibility without straining the muscles, making it ideal for rehabilitation.

Improved Posture– by correcting muscle imbalances and strengthening the back and spine, Pilates improves posture and lessens the risk of back injury and neck pain.

Increase Wellbeing – In a similar way to yoga, Pilates is a balanced, holistic approach that relieves stress and anxiety by working on the mind as well as the body. 


Getting started…

Before starting a Pilates class it’s a good idea to book a home or studio session with a private Pilates instructor.  Ideally look for a REPS Level 3 Pilates Instructor, or one who is registered with The Body Control Pilates Association.  A one-to-one Pilates session will give you an idea of what a Pilates class feels like, but with a lot more personal focus.  Your Pilates instructor will be able to show you where your body’s strengths and weaknesses lie, and give you some exercises you can try at home.  If you enjoy and feel the benefits of the exercises then you might want to join a local Pilates class, or combine a class with one-to-one sessions. 

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Power Yoga Strength for Beginners

Posted on March 30th, 2010 by admin in yoga for beginners | 25 Comments »

A beginner’s instructional video for practicing yoga to achieve greater strength and flexibility. This is a great program for guys who have been pushing up free weights for years and need to add some flexibility without sacrificing size and strength. More Yoga dvds: www.gaiam.com

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Basic Yoga Poses : Yoga Benefits

Posted on March 30th, 2010 by admin in benefits of yoga | No Comments »

benefits of yoga include increased flexibility, stabilization and cardiovascular endurance. Discover more benefits ofyoga with expert tips from a yoga instructor in this free video about basic yoga positions. Expert: Linda Black Contact: www.alpineyoga.org Bio: Linda Black is the owner and instructor of Alpine Yoga in Highland, Utah. Filmmaker: joseph wilkins

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Ashtanga Yoga For Beginners Part 1

Posted on March 29th, 2010 by admin in yoga for beginners | No Comments »

Ashtanga yoga for beginners Part 1. no copyright

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How To Become A Pilates Instructor In 4 Quick Steps

Posted on March 29th, 2010 by admin in yoga pilates | No Comments »

Pilates is now one of the most popular exercise methods in the world today. Many individuals enrol to different fitness centres just to achieve the ultimate Pilates experience. Pilates has two key elements: core muscle strength and spinal alignment.

This requires complex movements and muscle flexibility to learn efficient exercise methods and to achieve successful results. Most health schools and fitness institutions need qualified instructors to guide Pilates practitioners and help them attain the best results from Pilates. Job opportunities are pouring in for many health and fitness providers to be able to build a career and here is how to become a Pilates Instructor in four quick steps.

Enroll in Pilates Training Courses

Pilates certification is necessary to be able to qualify and professionally teach Pilates. Pilates certification is generally divided into two parts: the Pilates mat certification and the Comprehensive Pilates certification. Aside from these, there are various levels of advanced training available for those who would like to specialise in a certain field of Pilates teaching.

Take the National Pilates Certification Exam

Every professional practitioner requires certification exams to evaluate their technical knowledge and skills in teaching their chosen field of profession. Although some fitness centres or health schools might not require any certifications for those who want to teach Pilates, it is still advised to acquire one. It will be your best protection in being a Pilates provider. You can also acquire certification for combining Pilates with the use of fitness equipments and other exercise methods. This includes yoga-Pilates or Pilates on ball techniques that will enhance your skills and efficiency as a Pilates instructor.

Be Physically Fit

In order to provide effective Pilates teaching, you should be physically fit yourself. Pilates uses muscle flexibility and core muscle stability that can be very difficult to execute and teach if your body is not properly conditioned. You may be putting your students and yourself at risk when performing complex movements and exercises. You should also be aware of the six essential Pilates principles to give your practitioners the real Pilates experience. Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath and Flow form the foundation of providing the correct Pilates approach that makes it unique from any other exercise methods of today.

Build Discipline

In order to become an effective Pilates instructor you should be able to acquire self-discipline and passion for Pilates. Teaching requires patience, diligence and love for the field. Many students will need your energy and attention towards their own performance to be able to teach them the proper ways of executing Pilates. Communication is also a very important part of being a Pilates instructor. Pilates is more physical than any other kind of physical exercises or activities. You should be able to let your students feel Pilates in a more holistic perspective.

Young health professionals are more and more interested in taking Pilates courses in Dublin to enhance their own skills and well-being. Pilates teacher training courses are widely offered by most health and fitness schools to many health practitioners and professionals and Pilates isexpected to become a flourishing career in the years to come.

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ANITAYOGA: Healthy Bodies = Healthy Business Get Yoga at Work!

Posted on March 29th, 2010 by admin in benefits of yoga | 1 Comment »

Leading companies today Get Yoga at Work! www.anitayoga.net Anita Lopez, founder of anitayoga and former TV anchor shows you the benefits of yoga at work. Top businesses know in order to sustain the financial Health of their company, they must invest in the Health of their employees. Special wellness workshops and nutrition awareness available nationwide and in the UK. anitayoga world hubs are in Boulder and Denver, Colorado. Sponsored by www.zamuhappy.com in efforts to Save the Rainforest and make a difference in Global Warming

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The Balanced Body Pilates Miracle

Posted on March 28th, 2010 by admin in yoga pilates | No Comments »

A balanced body Pilates workout is ideal for general strengthening and achieving better overall balance. Pilates is known for its benefits when it comes to balance and coordination. There are several reasons why a balanced body Pilates workout helps with these key areas.

Joseph Pilates designed the exercises after studying dancers. And who has more grace and balance than a dancer? A dancer’s movements are always controlled and strong by their very nature, so Pilates movements that mimic some dancer’s moves offer those same qualities.

To give you a balanced body, Pilates designed the Reformer. The Reformer is also known as the Pilates machine, a machine designed to “reform” your body and your muscles. This machine is a precision instrument compete with straps, pulleys, springs and a sliding platform that helps you achieve balance and strength.

A Pilates machine uses your own body weight as resistance. Many pieces of exercise equipment are made this way today, but they’ve taken their cues from the Pilates Reformer, as it was the first with that innovative and effective design.

To help you achieve a balanced body, Pilates doesn’t just provide a workout; it ensures that muscles are worked at every angle and with every inch of movement. You won’t just get the benefit, for example, of a bicep curl that works the bicep muscle alone. In a movement like that, there’s just as much resistance coming out of the “curl” so that the opposite muscle is worked equally.

This method of resistance that targets both the flex and the relax movements makes it possible to get an excellent workout in fewer moves with more benefits, and unlike using free weights or doing other types of exercises, it allows you to achieve a balanced body. Pilates also achieves balance, not just in the size and shape of your muscles by toning them evenly, but it gives you more balance.

Because of the nature of the Pilates movements, people who do it regularly find that their general balance improves. The focus on the core muscles—the muscles in the abdomen and lower back—helps give overall body strength and balance.

This balance isn’t just achieved and used while doing Pilates workouts, either. Most people report that they feel more balance and strength while going about their everyday activities. When the core muscles are strong, they support the spine and back, and can make every movement easier and more balanced.

Along with a balanced body, these exercises can also help you achieve a balanced mind. Like yoga, Pilates seems to work best when it’s done consciously, with awareness. Each movement should be focused on and done with a deliberate intensity. There’s also a focus on breathing, just like in yoga, that helps with the workouts.

These conscious movements and stress on breathing at the right times, deeply and evenly, make it a very meditative exercise. So not only will you get a balanced body, Pilates can help you to achieve a calm and balanced mind, and help to ease stress.

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Chair Yoga Trailer

Posted on March 28th, 2010 by admin in benefits of yoga | No Comments »

Chair yoga with yoga certified instructor Ann Richmond is a seated yoga practice designed specially for those who would like the benefits of yoga, but for whom a standard yoga practice is not possible. In this practice, you will be gently guided through a series of stretches and modified yoga poses designed to increase stamina and bloodflow, as well as to help with problems that many of us deal with, such as fatigue and stress. Yoga tones the body and clears the mind. Yoga is something that can help every person and every body. Yoga is highly beneficial, regardless of your level of flexibility. Enjoy the benefits of yoga without having to perform rigorous standing poses! Yoga is for EVERY body!

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