Teaching Hatha Yoga – Yoga on the Ball

Posted on March 21st, 2010 by admin in yoga for beginners | No Comments »

Where did this ball come from? Is the stability ball a legitimate Yoga prop or just a marketing gimmick for equipment sales? Who could benefit from the use of the ball in a Yoga class? When can the stability ball fit into a Hatha Yoga class?


Where did this ball come from? Stability balls have been around since 1963, originating in Italy. The first time I saw a stability ball, we called it a, “Swiss Ball.” Yet, the “Swiss Balls,” at that time, were all made in Italy. American Physical Therapists saw the ball, in use, within physical therapy Swiss units.


As a result, the ball was “nick named” the Swiss Ball by Americans for decades. The first balls we used at Aura Wellness Center were made by Gymnic Balls in Italy. We tried many brands, but my personal ball is an old Gymnic Ball, which has taken more abuse than it deserved.


Now, these balls are commonly referred to as stability balls, exercise balls, or balance balls. They are used in physical therapy, Pilates, Yoga, and health clubs. Many elite and professional athletes use them for coordination.


Is the stability ball a legitimate Yoga prop or just an exercise marketing gimmick for equipment sales? Any piece of equipment can be termed an exercise marketing gimmick, but the stability ball has hundreds of uses.


In Yoga, you can perform a standing warm up, Sun Salutation, seated series, prone series, table series, supine on the ball series, and supine on the floor series.


Who could benefit from the use of the ball in a Yoga class? Beginners can use the stability ball for many poses. For example: In wheel posture (Chakrasana), holding this position is not for everyone, but the stability balls, and a wall, make it possible for everyone. With a stability ball, beginner Hatha Yoga students can gain the benefits of Chakrasana for minutes.


Just this one pose is fantastic for improving elasticity of the spine and your daily posture. It is also said that this posture gently stretches the heart, pancreas, liver, and kidneys.


Yet, this posture is classified as an inversion, and may not be advisable for Yoga students with high blood pressure. Students with back problems should get their doctor’s permission and study under the guidance of a competent Yoga teacher.


When can the stability ball fit into a Hatha Yoga class? To be completely safe, you should consult a physician before entering a Yoga class where Yoga postures or Yoga exercises are practiced. The same warning applies to the use of a stability ball in any class.


With that said, Yoga ball videos are great for Yoga teachers, but can be risky for the unsupervised public. So, if you want to learn to use the stability ball in your Yoga practice, you should join a Yoga class and seek the guidance of a competent Yoga teacher.


Copyright 2007 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.

http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org

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Hatha Yoga Free Video: Beginners Yoga

Posted on March 19th, 2010 by admin in beginners yoga | 2 Comments »


www.yogabodynaturals.com — I teach people how to double their flexibility using Gravity Poses & nutritional supplements to support limberness. Click on the link above to join my free, 7-day email course. Flexibility is generally defined as the range of motion of the joints. It is the ability to bend and stretch easily without too much effort. Flexibility depends upon various factors like the state of the joints, muscles, length and looseness of muscles, shape of bones, age etc. Some medical conditions like arthritis can affect flexibility. This flexibility can be attained by effective exercise and also through yoga. Stretching is generally done to increase flexibility. Flexibility can be best gained by performing stretching exercises which may include exercises of back, neck, shoulder, wrist, legs etc. If exercise is done in a proper way it is observed that a person with a rigid body before starting exercise will have gained flexibility of almost every part of his body with regular practice of exercise. Backbending Tips www.yogabodynaturals.com Some benefits of flexibility can be as follows: – Flexibility allows the body to move freely without much effort for activities like bending, stretching, dancing etc – Flexibility exercises help to reduce muscle soreness, tension and muscle tear if done with properly – Flexibility exercises also help reduce the chances of injuries – Flexibility exercise helps improve the join function – Decreased recovery time It is said that

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Hatha Yoga Flow 2 with Diane – Full 55 minute class

Posted on January 20th, 2010 by admin in beginners yoga | 23 Comments »

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There is always a deeper or safer place to go in any yoga practice so there is something for yogis of every level in this Hatha Yoga class with Diane Jacobs. This class is great for beginners but more experienced yogis are encouraged to go deeper into the poses to make is a more challenging flow.

With a calming sequence of backbends, heart opening postures and twists you will tone your nervous system and massage your internal organs. The opening postures will reduce the symptoms of PMS. Enjoy a special relaxation at the end as you are guided by Diane’s warm voice, deeping your experience of Savasana and leaving you feeling refreshed and open. This class will still be slightly challenging because of it’s duration. Duration: 55 minutes

Benefits: opens heart chakra, lengthens the spine, increases lung capacity, reduces anxiety and PMS, tones the nervous system, improves digestion, increases body awareness

Contraindictations: if you have any acute shoulder pain or lower back pain, be sure your spine and shoulders are safe at all times; always modify the poses so that you are comfortable

Teacher: Diane Jacobs

Poses in this Class:

Seated Twist
Side Stretch
Cross Legged Forward Bend
Cobblers Pose
Lateral Inclined Plane
Plank
Butterfly Pose
Downward Dog
Cobra
Crocodile
Cat Cow
(Angry Cat)
Child’s Pose
Hero Pose
Lunge Pose
Triangle Pose
Wide Legged Forward Bend
Wide Legged Windmill
Sun God Pose
Standing Side Stretch
Forward Bend
Prayer Squat
Half Moon Variation
Dolphin Pose
Seated Twist
Bridge Pose
Head to Knees
Two Knees Twist
Tree Pose
Mountain Pose
Corpse Pose

Duration : 0:55:28

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Hatha Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain – 57 minutes

Posted on November 25th, 2009 by admin in yoga for beginners | 25 Comments »

http://yogayak.com presents Michael Riel leading you through a one hour yoga flow designed to release those hard-working neck and shoulder muscles as well as loosening the related muscles and joints through the whole body. This class is designed to decrease headache and shoulder pain as well as increase awareness of how the whole body interrelates. Using twists, strength building postures and backbends, this class will help you bring circulation to your body after a long day. Duration: 57 min

Duration : 0:57:3

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Yoga

Posted on November 25th, 2009 by admin in beginners yoga | 25 Comments »

http://www.MyYogaOnline.com The emphasis in this hatha class is on asanas involving twisting postures and movements. Twists release tension in the spine and increase shoulder and hip mobility, thus help to create structural balance. Twists stretch and open back muscles, and in this way are great for relieving backaches. Twists rejuvenate and revitalize internal organs and glands, keeping these important systems of the body healthy and balanced. Yoga Postures include: Navasana , Sukhasana.

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Duration : 0:9:59

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Beginner Hatha Yoga Class

Posted on November 14th, 2009 by admin in beginners yoga poses | 17 Comments »

Alix Rodrigues – http://www.MyYogaOnline.com

Learn some of the beginning hatha yoga postures that will begin to build your foundation towards a deeper practice. Proper alignment, corrections, and body awareness, plus modifications of each pose will be shown to address common difficulties in performing yoga poses. This yoga class is an excellent foundation to creating a strong practice for a beginner yogi, or to develop greater understanding of various poses for a more experienced practitioner. Yoga postures include: Child’s Pose , Easy Pose

Duration : 0:2:51

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Hatha Yoga Flow 3 – 42 minutes

Posted on November 14th, 2009 by admin in beginners yoga | 6 Comments »

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Join Sarah through this gentle, vinyasa based yoga flow, designed for all skill levels. This class covers many of the basic postures found in any given yoga class and is both short and thorough. Sarah leads you throw the postures with easy to follow instructions that leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. At only 42 min, this flow is perfect for a yoga class during a lunch break or any time during the day your body needs a lift. Duration: 42 min

We filmed this class at Trout Lake Park in Vancouver, BC it was the first filming session for Yogayak.com and Sarahs first time on camera.

Benefits: tones and lengthens the entire body, relieves stress, improves posture, increases circulation, increases well being

Contraindications: this yoga flow is suitable for all levels, however, if you have any chronic pain, or are recovering from injury consult your health practitioner before beginning any yoga practice

Teacher: Sarah Holmes

Duration : 0:42:0

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YOGA FOR BEGINNERS Pt3

Posted on September 15th, 2009 by admin in yoga for beginners | 25 Comments »

Part 3 of the yoga for beginners series

Duration : 0:6:51

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YOGA FOR BEGINNERS pt 2

Posted on September 8th, 2009 by admin in beginners yoga | 25 Comments »

Esther shows you a next step for all of you who just started or for everybody really.

Duration : 0:5:5

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Yoga

Posted on August 25th, 2009 by admin in yoga pilates | 4 Comments »

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My Yoga Online offers a large selection of On Demand Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, and Health and Wellness videos broadcast directly over the internet.

Visit our site at http://www.MyYogaOnline.com and receive a limited time only special of two months for the price of one month. That’s 2 months of unlimited access to all our videos in full screen DVD quality for only $9.95. For Youtube users only. This offer expires soon. Go to the Join Now page at www.myyogaonline.com, scroll down and enter the code “YOUTUBE177″. Practice Hatha, Power, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Pilates, and more with experienced and highly qualified instructors. Stay in shape, lose weight, tone your body, manage stress, and clear your mind. We also offer yoga music downloads and audio practices for your mp3 player.

Duration : 0:5:16

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