The Best New Music for Yoga: June 2018 Edition

The Best New Music for Yoga: June 2018 Edition

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June is a month of light. Of the twelve months, June has the longest daylight hours and even includes the longest day of the year: Summer Solstice. We find that the abundance of warmth and light throughout the month encourage openness, lightheartedness, adventure, and movement both on and off our yoga mats. We hope you find these same qualities reflected throughout this month’s radiant collection of yoga music. 光 by …

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Do you really understand CO2? Part 2

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In this video (part 2) Simon talks about the benefits of holding your breath out. Here he demonstrates holding his breath completely out and practicing nauli (rectus abdominis isolation) and lauliki (abdominal churning using rectus abdominis as well as the oblique muscles) while expanding the chest as if inhaling to the chest but not actually inhaling. This practice, which is sometimes likened to the Mueller manoeuvre in Western medical science builds up carbon dioxide even more rapidly than the Valsalva manoeuvre and is less dangerous to attempt. It is really great for improving digestion by massaging the internal organs. You can read more about this technique in one of our earlier blogs at http://blog.yogasynergy.com.

Although there are many benefits to learning how to use all the muscles of breathing, and to learn to breathe in many ways, in the more advanced stages of yoga it is the art of breathing less than normal (hypoventilation) that gives the most physiologi… Read More

Do you really understand CO2? Part 1

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One of Simon’s most popular videos on YouTube

Although there are many benefits to learning how to use all the muscles of breathing, and to learn to breathe in many ways, in over breathing (hyperventilation) can have significant physiological disadvantages while breathing in a relaxed and natural way and approaching under-breathing (mild hypoventilation) has the most physiological benefits.
In this popular 6 minute video clip, which is an extract from the Yoga Synergy Yogic Nutrition Video physiotherapist and research scientist Simon Borg-Olivier explains the benefits of not over-breathing and actually allowing carbon dioxide to build up.

The less you breathe in and out the more you will build up carbon dioxide inside your body. Contrary to popular belief carbon dioxide and the carbonic acid it becomes in your blood has many benefits inside the body.

Carbon dioxide and carbonic acid build up inside you from breathing less than normal (mild hypoventil… Read More

Jun 21, 2018

The Best Free Yoga Videos for June 2018

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Our list of this month’s best free yoga videos is just the encouragement you need to slow down and give your whole body–from your head to your toes–a good stretch. Each of the six videos we’ve chosen focuses on opening up a different part of your anatomy, so grab your mat, choose the body part that needs TLC, and get ready to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. Yoga …

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Jun 19, 2018

The Best Yoga Tops and Bras of 2018

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With yoga’s popularity today, you’ll find there is a dizzying multitude of choices when it comes to yoga clothing. It’s great to have so much variety to choose from, but it can also be challenging to find the best yoga tops and bras to suit your personal yoga practice. As you begin your search for the perfect yoga top or bra, evaluate your needs for comfort, style, quality, and eco-friendliness. How …

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Jun 19, 2018

Finding Your Dharma Through Yoga Teacher Training | 300 HR YTT

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Have you ever had that moment of clarity – like a weight dropping effortlessly off your shoulders – when you become aware of your life’s calling? It’s that moment in space where time stands still, and everything you’ve been questioning threads together effortlessly. It’s been referred to as an “ah-ha! moment”, an epiphany, a revelation of thought, or possibly, something greater. Something that’s beyond us all. I call
it, “25 years later and now my life’s starting to make sense”.

I honestly threw my arms up and laughed, thinking how simple the answer was all along. “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!” I yelled to myself as I sat with the wav… Read More

Jun 15, 2018

Yoga Quiz: What Type of Yoga Student Are You?

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The myriad mental, spiritual, and physical benefits of yoga are what bring so many different types of people back to their mats time and time again. What about you? What brings you back to your yoga mat? Is it that peaceful, easy post-yoga feeling, the satisfying pool of sweat on your mat after a challenging practice, or something else entirely? This What Type of Yoga Student Are You? quiz will help you …

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Jun 15, 2018

Have You Witnessed the Strength in Being Vulnerable?

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When was the last time you used your vulnerability as your strength?

I cried while watching the Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brené Brown that Andrea shared with us during our 45hr Yin Yoga training in Hawaii. This topic reminded me of a time when I believed I was not allowed to be vulnerable and exposing any emotion would lead to the destruction of my survival. I listened as some of my peers shared their personal struggles with vulnerability, and I observed how we all supported one another without judgement.

I crawled into my bed feeling fully supported by my Yogacara family, and I started to reflect on my time spent around the AA/NA program as a child.

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Jun 13, 2018

5 Steps to Unleashing Joy, Opening Up, & Being More Yourself

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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

How much of the time is the authentic YOU showing up in the world?

Do you have a different persona for your work, home life, friends, strangers, and the check-in person at the airport?

Stress, grief, past or current pain or trauma, illness, or anxiety can cause us to retreat inward.

Just like preparing a house to survive the impact of a hurricane, we can close the shutters, protect fragile points of entry, conserve resources, stock up on necessities, and retreat inside.

If you have found yourself hiding the real you from the world, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Unless you are age four or u… Read More

Jun 12, 2018

The Best Meditation Technique for Boosting Creativity

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Creativity is an elusive and highly idealized quality that often appears in fits and bursts. While we often recruit our creativity to help complete challenging projects or resolve problems in our lives, making time to be creative also provides powerful health benefits and improves our mental well-being. Creativity is also associated with better leadership, productivity, and problem-solving, which can enhance teamwork and employee satisfaction in the office. Unfortunately, most of …

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