Specific yoga poses targeting the hamstrings can alleviate tightness and improve flexibility. The hamstrings are the three muscles that run along the back side of your thigh, connecting your pelvis to your knee. Many people have tight hamstrings as a result of repetitive movements or poor posture.
There are a lot of ways to end up with hamstring tightness. Sometimes it just comes down to anatomy. Regular stretching, even beginning in childhood with activities like dance and gymnastics, helps, but most people don't do enough to maintain their flexibility.
Every person has been touched by stress, and anxiety, which can visit us in many different
forms and various degrees – it surely has no boundaries. Developing your yoga practice to help combat stress and anxiety will help stimulate one’s growth and ensure focus on your self-improvement. Various yoga poses help release tension, both emotionally and physically, all the while boosting
Ayurveda and Yoga: How to Practice Yoga and Balance your Dosha?
Yoga and Ayurveda are both key factors in improving our bodies physical and spiritual status. Ayurveda focuses on balancing our natural energies called doshas, by using herbal treatment, yogic breathing, and diet. Yoga awakens, and restores our physical balance, by using physical movement to create a flow of energy throughout. In combination, we can advance into a profound physical and spiritual journey.
Identifying and understanding one’s unique ratio of dosha’s is crucial in helping ensure they are balanced. Our three doshas constantly fluctuate and can be different for every individual, thus making every person’s path towards health different.
The Dosha’s are made up of five elements:
● Vata: Air and Space
● Pitta: Fire and Water
● Kapha: Water and Earth
Once a person can identify and focus on their unique combination, then they are able to pair this with a focused yoga practice. Studying and understanding Ayurveda and Yoga together will promise an empowered and enlightened physical and spiritual journey.
Vata: How to Practice Yoga
Vata represents the space and air elements, which governs our ability to walk, breathe, and
most importantly assist with how our bodies intake food (eliminating waste, distributing
nutrition …etc.). The home for Vata is in our colon. An imbalanced Vata will result in
Using our yoga practice to focus on stimulating the colon and finding ease in our back and
pelvis area will ensure we are grounded, and relaxed.
Pitta: How to Practice Yoga
Pitta represents the fire element but does have some water, as well. Pitta helps generate warmth, thus assisting with how our body digests food, encourages clarity, and reduces inflammation. The home for Pitta is in our small intestine. Introducing calming poses will help calm their intensity, and ensure they release tension.
Kapha: How to Practice Yoga
Kapha represents the earth and water elements. The home for Kapha is in the stomach and chest. It is in the mucus lubricating our joints, and organs, providing us with sustainability and enlightenment. Balancing kapha promotes harmony and warmth, however, when imbalanced can produce a tendency to be close-minded, physically lazy which could result in excess weight gain. Steering our yoga practice to alignment-based is very beneficial to assist with balancing kapha. Making sure one builds their practice slowly and gradually to avoid sudden high-intensity workouts is key.
Learn more about your dosha type in our Ayruveda Workshops this year.
December 3rd, 2022
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It’s that time of year again, and most people are waking up to a stuffy nose, or an irritating
scratch. You might think to grab that cup of tea once you feel the discomfort but introducing certain teas can help keep those cold bugs away.
Pure teas are loaded with tons of immune-boosting antioxidants and nutrients. Herbal teas are known for their ingredients, which can include a blend of different spices, herbs, fruits, and various plants.
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One thing is for sure, what we eat certainly has an impact on our body’s performance – physically and mentally.
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reoccurring back pain. One that we tend to overlook is wearing the wrong size bra. Lack of
breast support can lead to lots of different issues, mainly back pain, but others can include
breast sagging, breast and shoulder pain, and breast skin damage – also known as stretch
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If you are attending Yoga at fitness gym or heated studio, there's a chance it's not
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