10 Reasons You Should Date A Yoga Girl

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1. She is bendy.

Let’s face it, girls who get their stretch on every day are incredibly flexible. This quality comes in handy for things like oh, I don’t know, picking something up when it drops? Reaching an itch in the middle of her back? And maybe a few other things too, if you’re into that kind of thing.


2. She isn’t afraid to be different.

She is used to saying no to “drunching” (drunk lunch) on a Sunday afternoon or hitting the bars until 4 a.m. on Saturday because that might mean missing out on her favorite yoga class or being too hung over to enjoy it. She doesn’t have FOMO (fear of missing out) problems and is fully OK with a night in with her pajamas, a good book and a bowl of (vegan) ice cream.


3. She won’t become obsessed with you.

She knows the importance of balance, and she has too many passions and interests to spend all of her time texting you asking what you’ve been up to every few hours. She cares about you, and she is excited to hear about your day, but she isn’t thinking about you all the time. Girl’s got her own thoughts to worry about!

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4. She is spontaneous.

She’s the kind of girl who sneaks out of work early to do something that makes her happy if the thought pops into her mind. She will drop her plans to go on a yoga retreat or fly to Costa Rica for the weekend if she gets excited about it. She understands that happiness comes first, and she will never let stress, work, or social obligations get in the way of that.


5. She loves food.

A yogi understands the true meaning of “strong not skinny” and isn’t afraid to dig into some grub in front of her man. Yes, she may be the green juice-lovin’, raw veggie-eatin’ type (or maybe she’s not!) but Lord knows she will be ravenously hungry after that power vinyasa sesh.


6. She knows she isn’t perfect, and she doesn’t care.

The girl who is addicted to yoga knows that nothing is perfect, and she has learned to hold people, and herself, to a realistic standard. She values her life and what she has rather than worrying about things she does not have. She doesn’t deal with people who don’t make her happy, and if there is something she is unhappy about with herself she works on it. Yoga girls are confident in their bodies and their relationships.

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7. It isn’t hard to make her smile.

All you need to say is, “Sure, I’ll try that yoga class with you,” or “I tried that pose you showed me to stretch out my shoulders,” and she will basically leap with joy. That’s not to say that her wants are simple, because they’re certainly not (remember #5? She will never settle!), but putting an effort into her interests will mean the world to her. Plus, if you catch her while she’s still floating on her yoga high, pretty much anything sweet you say or do will make her smile.


8. She is independent.

She has learned that in order to be at peace, she must have a loving relationship with herself first. She knows that happiness comes from within, and she’s cool with being her own best friend. She enjoys spending time by herself, and won’t give you shit for trying to have some bro time.

9. She is one with her emotions.

She deals with her emotions on a daily basis in a healthy way. She has experienced the emotional shit that comes up in pigeon pose, or any extended hip opener for that matter, and she has let her emotions flow through her so they won’t come out and bite you in the ass later on.


10. She lives in the moment.

“Yoga teaches us to live in the present moment. The only place where life exists.”

 

(The original article link: http://www.theyogablog.com/24-reasons-date-yoga-girl/)

5 Poses For Seriously Sculpted Arms

You don’t have to spend hours at the gym pumping iron to get those lean, sculpted arms we all dream about. Many people are surprised to learn that yoga can be an excellent exercise to tone the arms and shoulders. Certain yoga poses require you to hold the burden of your own body weight, leaving you with some serious guns.

1. Downward Dog

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Begin on your hands and knees with your fingers spread out wide. Press firmly through your palms and knuckles, tuck your toes under and lift your knees off the ground to straighten your legs. Press the floor away from you as you lift your hips upward while drawing your ribs in.

2. Plank

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From downward dog, shift forward making sure your wrists are directly underneath your shoulders. Keep your gaze lifted about 6 inches in front of your fingertips, elongating the neck. Suck your belly button in toward your spine to activate your core.

3. Chaturanga

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Keeping your elbows directly over wrists, slowly lower your body down to hover a few inches above the ground. Keep your back flat and don’t let your chest drop or sag. Your elbows should be hugged along your ribcage at a 90-degree angle.

4. Upward Facing Dog

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From Chaturanga, keep your gaze forward and lift strongly from the core. Move your body forward while pressing into your hands to straighten your arms. Keep your chest lifted and thighs off the ground.

5. Dolphin

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Come back into a plank pose, then lower down to your forearms, making sure they are parallel to one another and shoulder width apart. Slowly begin to step your feet in toward your face, continuing like you would to downward dog. Lengthen your tailbone away from your pelvis and continue to press your forearms actively into the ground.

(The original article link: http://www.youbeauty.com/fitness/yoga-poses-strong-arms)

5 Yoga Poses for Flat Abs

1. Plank

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Your arms should be shoulder-width apart and directly below your shoulders.

Focus on tightening the core muscles while you’re in this position, and make sure your butt stays in line with the body and doesn’t drop down or raise up below your body line.

Hold for 30 seconds. Work towards holding this position for up to 2 minutes.

2. Boat Pose

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The is one of the key yoga poses for flat abs, so don’t miss it…

Begin by sitting firmly on the mat with your legs out in front of you and your hands just slightly behind your hips.

Slowly raise your legs up to a 45 degree angle using your arms to help you balance.

Once you feel balanced and steady enough, slowly raise your arms to the outside of the knees.  Bend your knees slightly if you are not yet flexible enough to fully straighten them.

Hold for 30 seconds. Work towards holding this position for a full minute.

3. Warrior III

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Begin with your feet placed firmly on the mat and your arms reaching towards the sky. Slowly lean forward, keeping your arms raised and raising one leg at the same time.

This pose requires a lot of concentration, strength, and balance.

Rather than focusing on trying to keep your leg balanced and steady, focus more on your core and using the core to keep your body align and balanced. Draw strength from the core, not the legs.

4. Superman Pose

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Lie face down on the mat with your arms out in front of you. Slowly lift your arms and legs up at the time, as high as you can comfortably reach and hold the position as long as possible.

Focus on using your core to hold the position rather than your arms and legs.

5. Revolved Chair Pose

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Begin in chair pose, which is a slightly seated position with your legs together, your back slightly leaning forward, and your arms reaching straight outward in line with your head.

Slowly reach your right arm down to outside of the left foot, and reach your left arm straight upward.

Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat and hold for 30 seconds on the other side.

 

(The original article link: http://avocadu.com/yoga-for-flat-abs/)

5 Energizing Poses You Can Do in Bed

1. Wide-Legged Child Pose

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From a kneeling position, lower your bottom down and between your feet. Then extend your torso and arms out in front of you between your thighs. Allow your forehead to rest on the bed. Breathe and hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute.

2. Cat Pose to Cow Pose

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Start with your hands and knees on the bed, and make sure your wrists are in line with your shoulders and your knees are under your hips. Inhale, then exhale as you gently round your spine up into Cat while keeping your abdominals engaged and allowing your chin to drop to your chest. Inhale, and then exhale into Cow by arching your back, lifting your head up and letting your belly relax. Flow back up into Cat and repeat, warming up your spine.

3. Seated Forward Fold

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From a seated position, extend your legs in front of you and flex your feet. Lift your arms up and then reach for your feet or ankles, making sure to remove any curvature from your spine. Breathe and continue to bend forward, maintaining relaxed shoulders and a flat back. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.

4. Supine Spinal Twist

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Lying on your back, bring your right knee into your chest and gently lower it over the left side of your body. Draw your right arm (and your gaze) out to your right side and place your left hand on your right knee. Hold for five to 10 breaths and then repeat on the opposite side.

5. Fish Pose

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Begin lying on your back with your legs together and your arms close to your body. Bend your elbows in and lift your palms up to the sky with your fingers pointing up. Exhale, push into your elbows, lift your chest to the sky and place the crown of your head down onto the ground. Keep your legs active, and squeeze your shoulder blades on your exhalations. Continue to breathe, expanding your chest, for 30 seconds.

(The original article link: http://www.livestrong.com/article/1011650-8-energizing-yoga-moves-can-bed/)

10 Signs You are a Yogi

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1. Your laundry each week is mostly yoga pants. However, unlike many college girls and freelance writers, they are there because you actually do yoga, not just because they are more comfortable than any other pants on the planet.

2. You catch yourself standing in tree pose while waiting in line at the bank. Or the grocery store, or the coffee shop, or while watching TV . . . basically, you are slowly morphing into a flamingo.

3. “Happy hour” for you means an hour spent on your mat. An added bonus over the traditional happy hour is that yoga can lead to endorphins and improved physical health rather than an expensive bar tab and regret.

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4. You begin an inordinate number of sentences with, “My yoga instructor says . . .” Yoga instructors seem to have a knack for introducing a class theme at the exact point in your life that you need it. Have you been thinking about decluttering and having a garage sale? Your instructor talks about detachment. Feeling stressed and spread too thin? Your instructor talks about the importance of meditation and refocusing on your priorities. They always know . . . which means they are probably wizards.

5. You have practiced lion breath in your car . . . and caught other motorists looking at you funny. But who cares–haters only hate when they have not done enough yoga.

6. Wearing shoes feels weird and constricting. Oppressive foot prisons is what they are.

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7. “I’m holding a lot of stress in my body,” is a phrase you have started to say a lot. The best part is that you know exactly what poses you need to do to release that tension and get yourself back to center.

8. Your day has not truly started until you have done a sun salutation. Even if you wake up at noon.

9. When packing for a vacation, your yoga mat is the first item that goes in your suitcase. What else do you need other than (maybe) underwear and a toothbrush?

10. You feel happier, calmer, and as soon as you are done with a practice, you cannot wait to get back on your mat. Almost never would you hear someone say they regret spending time doing yoga. You might, however, hear someone regret eating cheesy poofs and watching reality TV when they could have done yoga.

 

(The original article link: http://www.42yogis.com/yoga/item/how-to-keep-a-yoga-journal)

How to keep a yoga journal?

Keep a yoga journal. Writing down details about your practice will make you accountable and have a stronger awareness of your yoga progress. Keeping a journal has mental health benefits. It gets your creative juices flowing and can give you an outlet for emotions. Are you feeling frustrated with your yoga practice? Write it down. Are you feeling joyful about your yoga practice? Write it down. Don’t keep those feelings bottled up. That won’t serve anybody. If you are a pro member, we would suggest you to start with some yoga programs in our app and the reminder will keep you alert to the time of practice. Namaste :)

1. Find a blank book you enjoy writing in.

2. Find a pen you enjoy writing with.

3. Make a commitment to log your practice.

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What to write about

Each of my journal entries includes the following information.

· Date and time of practice

· Practice details: Did I go to a class? Did I do a home practice? Did I supplement my home practice with a yoga video? What style of class was it? How long did I practice? Who was the teacher?

· How did I feel before practice?

· What asanas did I have difficulty with?

· What asanas did I finally conquer?

· What do I want to work on next time?

· How do I feel after practice?

(The original article link: http://www.42yogis.com/yoga/item/how-to-keep-a-yoga-journal)

3 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga

Today, there are more yoga studios and yoga classes than ever, but a lot of people—men in particular—remain confused about what happens inside those classes and how they should feel about it. Is it stretching, meditation, some combination thereof, or something else entirely? Could it be the secret to unlocking your tight hips and superhuman athletic potential, or will it just make you sprout a man bun and go all new agey?

Wonder no more! Here’s why you have nothing to fear—and everything to gain—from adding a little yoga to your life.

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1. Yoga Increases Range Of Motion

You may think that range of motion is the same thing as flexibility, but it’s a little different. Many guys know they have a tight muscle group or two—most frequently the hamstrings, glutes, pecs, and shoulders.

But they may not realize the limitations any of these place on their ability to train through a full range of motion. The more you train them through a limited range of motion, the more limited you become as a lifter—and a functional human being.

2. Yoga Improves Breathing

You might think that you breathe perfectly fine. But you’d probably find yourself challenged by how much yoga asks you to focus on inhaling and exhaling, particularly while you’re attempting to hold tough poses in unfamiliar movement planes.

As a yoga class gets more intense, the breathing slows down rather than speeding up. This teaches you to take in long, slow breaths when you need them most, expanding your lung capacity to allow you to take in the same or greater amount of oxygen from fewer inhalations.

More importantly, you’re training your body to oxygenate itself more efficiently. That’s important for cardio activity, strength training, and yes, muscle-building.

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3. Yoga Enhances Overall Health

Most athletes take as a given that their athletic activities are healthy, which, of course, they are. But training in the red all the time eventually causes wear and tear on the body, particularly without space for diverse movement and quality rest. Yoga not only helps you feel good after hard training, but it provides other more distinct health advantages.

More efficient breathing helps reduce blood pressure and lowers the stress response, for one. Yoga has also been shown to be excellent for helping to prevent or reduce problems associated with sciatica, carpal tunnel, or even rotator-cuff issues. In most cities, you can even find classes that are designed specifically for people rehabbing from injuries or with back pain. Don’t take any of this to mean that yoga is “easy.”

Sure, it can be sleepy and new-agey, but it can also give you a challenge that you totally didn’t see coming. But even when it’s intense, a well-run yoga class is somehow gentle on the body. This is a great way for you to live a longer active life. Don’t fear it. It’s not weird, exotic, or demonic. Start at an appropriate level—even if that’s at the bottom—and give it a serious try. Then report back in the comments.

(The original article link: http://www.bodybuilding.com/content/6-reasons-men-should-do-yoga.html)

6 Meditation Tips For Beginners

Meditation is a great way to recharge and enjoy the benefits of being centered, calm, peaceful and effective throughout the day. There is more and more scientific data that speaks to the power of meditation. By being aware of simple ways that can lead to a deeper experience, you can build a strong foundation for your practice.

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1 Choose a Convenient Time

Meditation is your time to relax and to be present with yourself, so it should be done entirely at your convenience. Therefore, choose a time that fits well with your schedule, a time when disruptions and distractions are unlikely. By dedicating a convenient time for mediation, you will be free to enjoy it.

At sunrise and sunset nature transitions from night to day and back again. These times are also ideal for meditation.

2 Choose a Quiet Place

The place you choose to perform your meditation techniques is equally as important as your choice of a suitable time. Consider selecting a location that is quiet and peaceful, somewhere you feel comfortable. The stillness around you can help facilitate stillness within you.

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3 Sit in a Comfortable Posture

Your posture can make a big difference too. Meditation exercises are best done in a position that allows you to be relaxed, comfortable and steady. Often people feel that they have to remain in the lotus position (Padmasana) for the duration of their practice. However, this is not necessary. If you find this position uncomfortable, simply sit straight with your spine erect, your shoulders and neck relaxed, and your eyes closed.

Again, just as with the other tips what is most important here is your comfort. When your body is at ease it does not distract your mind. In turn, fewer distraction make meditation easier and allow you to go deeper.

4 Meditate on a Relatively Empty Stomach

In order to meditate properly it is helpful to have an empty stomach. Mediation works best before meals or at least two hours after having eaten. When the stomach is full one can become drowsy or even distracted by indigestion!

On the other hand it is best not to try and meditate when you are extremely hungry, otherwise you may find that the only thing on your mind is the prospect of food! Needless to say this does not enhance meditation either.

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5 Warm-up Your Body

Before starting your meditation do a few warm-up or Sukshma yoga exercises. These will help to improve circulation, remove any inertia or restlessness, and will make your body feel lighter.

A short warm-up before meditation will also allow you to sit peacefully for a longer period time.

6 Take a Few Deep Breaths

Just before you begin your meditation take several deep breaths in and out, devote just as much attention to exhalation as you would to inhalation. You can also do a few rounds of Nadi Shodhan pranayama as well. These simple breathing exercises help to steady the rhythm of the breath and lead the mind into a peaceful, meditative state.

6 People You Get In Every Yoga Class

1. The super-flexible yoga show-off:

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She skips the warm-up moves and bends straight into a pose that looks really fucking uncomfortable. When everybody else is groaning and struggling, she asks in a “polite” loud whisper if she can please move into full bhujangasana now?

2. The one who can’t do any of the moves:

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At the other end of the spectrum is the person whose inflexible body is actually hewn from the trunk of an old tree. They can barely touch their knees, let alone their toes, and their downward dog looks more like a dog crouching for a wee. The whole thing is very embarrassing for them and they probably won’t come back next week, despite having optimistically paid £66 in advance for eight classes.

3. The token man:

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If the worst you have to suffer is a whiff of his luscious armpit hair, you’re lucky. Worst-case scenario is an accidental eyeful when his baggy shorts slip to one side during the lotus position.

4.The much older lady putting everyone else to shame:

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When you first arrive in class you’re pleased to see her – wrinkly, grey-haired, she’ll slow the class down and take the heat off you. In the end, she just makes you feel much, much more depressed about being in your late twenties and barely able to bend over without breaking a massive sweat.

5. The heavy breather:

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The class raise their hands as one, then gently roll forward into uttanasana. Everyone breathes slowly, deeply, and quietly, except ONE PERSON who sounds like they’re having sex. At least it covers up the sound of any accidental farts.

6.The injured person:

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She’s rehabilitating after a terrible desk-related neck strain, but isn’t actually able to do any of the moves at this point. She annoyingly occupies about 75% of the teacher’s time and loudly complains that she can’t do that because it’ll hurt.

5 Beginner Poses for a Strong Core

A strong core is important for maintaining a safe yoga practice. Having a strong core helps keep your lower back safe in poses (especially backbends), makes holding your body weight in arms balances easier, and aids in ensuring that you’re maintain correct form in poses. In this post, there are 5 beginner yoga poses for a strong core.

To practice these beginner yoga poses for a strong core, hold each pose for 3 to 5 breaths, and work your way up to holding them for longer periods.

Half Boat Pose

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How To: Begin by seating with your legs bent, feet on your mat hip distance apart. On an inhale, engage your core and shift your weight backwards to your sit bones while lifting your feet off the mat. Keep your abdominal muscles drawing in towards your spine, and your chest lifting up towards the ceiling. Reach your arms straight out in front of you, and strongly towards your toes. Your thighs should be at a 45 degree angle from the mat, and your legs parallel to the mat. Keep your legs engaged by flexing your toes back towards your body. To come out, slowly lower your legs to the mat.

Benefits: Strengthens the core and quadriceps muscles.

Dolphin Plank Pose

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How To: Begin in downward facing dog pose. On an inhale, shift your weight forward, lower your forearms to the mat, and drop your hips to bring your whole body into a straight line with your shoulders stacked directly above your elbows. Draw your abdominal muscles in and up towards your spine. Reach the back of your thighs up towards the ceiling, while pressing your tailbone down towards the mat; this action helps to activate the core. Ensure that your hips aren’t too high up, or too low, but instead in line with your whole body. Keep your neck in line with your spine by focusing your gaze a few inches in front of you on the mat. To come out, gently lower your knees to the mat.

Benefits: Strengthens the core, arms, and leg muscles.

High Plank Pose

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How To: Begin in downward facing dog pose. On an inhale, shift your weight forward and bring your body into a straight line with your shoulders stacked directly above your wrists. Draw your abdominal muscles in and up towards your spine. Reach the back of your thighs up towards the ceiling, while pressing your tailbone down towards the mat; this action helps to activate the core. Ensure that your hips aren’t too high up, or too low, but instead in line with your whole body. Keep your neck in line with your spine by focusing your gaze a few inches in front of you on the mat. To come out, gently lower your knees to the mat.

Benefits: Strengthens the whole body.

Knee to Nose Pose

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How To: Begin in downward facing dog pose. On an inhale, extend your right leg back, while keeping both hips facing the mat. On your exhale shift forward into a plank position, and pull your right knee in towards your chest. On that same breath, round your back, push the mat strongly away and tuck your chin in to bring your nose towards your knee. Remember to keep your abdominal muscles drawing strongly in towards your spine. To come out, drop your leg back into downward facing dog, and then lower your knees to the mat. Don’t forget to do the left side!

Benefits: Strengthens the core, wrists, arms, glutes, and legs.

Knee to Forearm Pose

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How To: Begin in downward facing dog pose. On an inhale, extend your right leg back, while keeping both hips facing the mat. On your exhale shift forward into a plank position, and pull your right knee to the outside of your arm, and up on your forearm. Keep your abdominal muscles drawing strongly in towards your spine, and your leg close to your thigh.  To come out, drop your leg back into downward facing dog, and then lower your knees to the mat. Practice on the other side.

Benefits: Strengthens the core, shoulders, wrist, hips and glutes.