Author: yogajon

Sep 20, 2018

Death: The Ultimate Act Of Surrender

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My father, very reluctantly, turned 90 this month. It’s frustrating for me to witness his negativity towards aging. As his daughter, I try to be compassionate and understanding but what I really want to do is shake him and tell him to appreciate all that he has! At the age of 90 he is surprisingly sharp in mind and vision and hears with the help of hearing aids. Although weak and frail in his body, he can still walk without a cane and, horrors of all horrors, he drives.

He has a small sangha of male friends that he regularly meets up with for coffee. I’ve never joined him on his coffee klatch, but from what I hear from my mom, they all sit around and gripe about being old. When he’s not out for coffee, my dad … Read More

Why Yoga is a Growing Part of Global Healthcare

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When yoga was developed as a spiritual discipline in ancient India, it’s unlikely that its originators ever imagined how their practice would look thousands of years into the future. Intensely spiritual in its inception and throughout much of its history, yoga has evolved into something with a global scope and endless iterations – from the strictly traditional to modern inventions like beer and goat yoga.

But it’s perhaps yoga’s latest significant development–from a spiritually-centered pursuit to an increasingly regular feature of the scrupulously evidence-based, secular and scientific world of modern medicine–that is most striking. Evidence is growing to suggest that yoga has real value in a formal healthcare setting, and that this complementary therapy could become a part of both p… Read More

Sep 19, 2018

The Best Yoga Straps for Newbies and Pros

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Straps are probably the most intimidating of the yoga props. Some beginners are unsure of how to use a strap, and others are fearful that using one will make them appear inflexible and inexperienced. Quite the contrary! Yoga straps are very versatile for yoga students of all skill levels. You can use a yoga strap to achieve proper alignment, get deeper into a pose, play and experiment, or even carry …

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Sep 16, 2018

How to Use the 7 Chakras to Get in Touch with Personal Vitality

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We can use chakra meditation to help understand the nuances of our body, pinpoint our areas of weakness or overuse, and bring healing to those specific energetic centers.

Each of the chakras has traditional meanings that help us focus on tendencies that characterize the specific energy center.  If we meditate upon each center in a progressive fashion from bottom to top, we become acquainted with a more nuanced understanding of our deepest self.  By accessing each center or wheel, we activate its innate dynamism which propels us to a new level of vibrancy.

The first chakra, Muladhara or Root Chakra, originates from the base of our spine and governs down through the bottom of our feet.  Muladhara, which means “root-support,” is traditionally pictured as red… Read More

Sep 13, 2018

How Yoga and Meditation Can Boost Your Creativity

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If you practice yoga regularly, you might be more similar to great artists like Picasso and Beethoven than you think. The brain waves of both yogis and creatives have been the subject of much scientific study in recent years, and it turns out that they have quite a bit in common. Creativity is a wonderful yet elusive part of the human experience, seeming to abandon us when we need it …

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Sep 13, 2018

Love Yourself & Be Inspired Again

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Yesterday, I came across this great quote by Don Wright, “You are the only person that is with you from the moment you are born until the moment you die, so be your best friend and love yourself.”

Think of the moment when someone has criticized you or told you something negative, how did you feel? Now, imagine that happening all day. Sometimes we become that person that, throughout the entire day, is criticizing and saying negative things to ourself. This can have many negative consequences such as reducing motivation, making us less creative and leaving us feeling worthless.

Self-love plays a big part in helping us feel inspired and motivated to do something. If there is no self-love, why the hell doing somet… Read More

Sep 11, 2018

Watch: Taking Yoga to New Heights with Andrew Sealy

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Do you make a habit of challenging yourself? How do you work to find your edge in your yoga practice, then push into it? For Andrew Sealy, finding the edge meant elevating his practice—literally. At the beginning of Sealy’s yoga journey, he was a trail runner whose goal was to improve his flexibility. He was inspired by the beautiful landscapes he encountered on runs, and slowly began to bring his yoga …

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Sep 10, 2018

September Giveaway: YogiMall

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We’ve teamed up with our friends at YogiMall for our September giveaway sweepstakes prize. For the month of September, YogaBasics readers can have a chance to win a deluxe yoga mat and prop package! About YogiMall: Based in Austin, TX, YogiMall is committed to creating high-quality products that enhance the overall experience of yoga and fitness. All of their products are natural and environmentally friendly! Please take a moment to check out their website to see …

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Sep 6, 2018

Yoga Quiz: What Is Your Yoga Learning Style?

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Have you ever noticed that you tend to absorb information better when it’s presented to you in a specific way? Maybe you can memorize a yoga flow after seeing someone else do it once, or perhaps you do better when you practice along with an audio tutorial. It doesn’t matter how you learn best—yoga is still for you! Take this quiz to find out your yoga learning style and get …

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Sep 6, 2018

How Do You Establish Consent for Yoga Adjustments?

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Yoga adjustments can offer an incredible benefit for students in many ways, but what happens when that intention is misread? The act of touching students in yoga classes does bring up the issue of consent. Although yoga adjustments have the potential to make
magic happen on a physical, mental, and emotional level, some students may receive it negatively. This begs the question, “how do I receive proper consent?” Luckily, there are a few different ways to connect with students.

Communication, awareness, and intuition become key tools for yoga teachers to ensure students have a positive experience of yoga adjustments.

1. Communication

A good… Read More