Yoga: A Way to Beat Anxiety

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Are you suffering from a living hell that I like to call “anxiety”? Well, I might just have a solution for you.

Anxiety Overview

Since I have had my own struggles with this nightmare, I happen to know pretty much about it. In a huge sea of information I have also discovered a few solutions that might help you beat this problem. However, in today’s article I will talk specifically about one anxiety solving method – yoga.

You see, anxiety is a dangerous problem. A “silent killer” is another name I use for it. You can look at anxiety as a single problem (because it can be just that); however, anxiety can trigger “the domino effect.” What I mean by that is that anxiety can just be a stepping stone that leads to other problems, any type of problems and diseases. So, if you want to avoid it and get rid of it, you must find a method that’s suitable for yourself.

Yoga versus Anxiety

I have found a possible solution in yoga. I say “possible” because it depends whether it will work for you or not. To be more specific, it will definitely work if you put in the time, focus and energy. If you aren’t committed to yoga, and on top of that if you don’t believe it can work – it won’t!

So, why does yoga work? Why doesn’t some other training method work?

Well, here is the deal. Yoga is designed to represent a training method for both your mind and your body. It connects the two and strengthens them, both of them! Yoga is made up of many different poses and techniques. Each and every one of them has their own effect to a human body and spirit.

Besides the poses, yoga also includes breathing techniques. That’s where the answer lays. The mixture of breathing techniques (which aren’t hard to master, by the way) and various poses, you will learn how to control your thoughts and your body, therefore, you will learn how to relieve yourself of stress and anxiety.

Some of the poses that are more effective than others are the following:

These poses are the best ones you could use for tackling on anxiety and stress. Of course, they aren’t the only ones. There are tons more, and to be honest, all of the poses that you can find in yoga are good for stress relieving.

So, what you could do is, well, do yoga! Learn yoga’s breathing techniques and movements. While you are learning, your focus should be mastering each and every move you are working on. When I say mastering, I mean learning every single “little move” that yoga includes.

Only that way (if you master all of the fundamentals) you can achieve what you want – full benefits of yoga, the elimination of anxiety included!

Yoga for the Beach

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If it is the summertime or you live near the beach then you can easily combine your love for both yoga and seaside. Practicing at the beach has the added benefits of soaking up the relaxing ocean waves, fresh air, and grounding your body in the earthy sand. If you go beach camping or swimming in the ocean, these are great times to do a few yoga poses. Even if the place where you live is prone to the windy damp weather you can still benefit from the waves and the sand.

The difference between the studio and home yoga is that there is no yoga mat; however, if you plan in advance you can grab a yoga blanket as long as you don’t mind getting a little sand on your body.

Step 1

Breathe and begin to do yoga stretch poses. Find a comfortable spot on the beach.

Stretch #1: Do the Crescent Pose each side.

Stretch #2: Heart Mudra (Anjali Mudra)

Close your eyes and bring palms together. and this sacred moment in which you the ocean and nature. e thankful in your heart and let a sense of gratitude and devotion take over.

Stretch #3: Upward Salute

As you inhale, bring hands to meet overhead. Look up at your hands. Ground into the earthy sand and let your body in opposition to the grounded feet.

Stretch #4: Standing Backbend

Tuck the tail bone down and out of the lower back engaging the core bend backward. You can keep hands together, point index fingers, or leave hands apart. Hold for a few breaths and then slowly use your abdominal muscles to come back.

Step 2: Hip Opener Yoga Poses

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Pose #1: Lunge

This Yoga Pose helps stretch and wake up the leg and hip muscles. Be mindful of tightness in the legs and hips.

Pose #2: Half Splits

From the lunge, drop back knee and pull hips backwards to give the extended leg a nice hamstring stretch.

Pose #3: Crescent Lunge Variation Pose

From the half splits return the hips forward to repeat the lunge position. Hold for a few breaths, then drop the knee down and grab the back ankle or toes and look back. Feel the stretch along your front hip and relax into the pose. Release the handgrip and switch legs to repeat the sequence again.

Step 3: Advanced Yoga Poses

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The scenic beach is a great motivator for practicing more complicated yoga poses. Also, the soft sand provides you the ability to modify the pose by making small sand holes.

  1. Explore the sand as you slowly slide your legs apart into a front splits position. Be very aware of how deep your splits can go without any pain!
  2. Find a comfortable split position. You can choose to dig your heels into the sand to modify the split and make it less hard on your hamstrings. Bring the hands to heart and feel a flood of love and positive energy pouring into you from the beach and a relaxed mind!

Step 4: Getting Close to the Sand

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Pose # 1: With palms together, press the thumbs into the brow center (your third eye center) and feel a universal connection and sense of UNION and DEEP REVERENCE. Listen to nature’s soundwaves and be receptive to any wisdom that comes in at this time.

Pose # 2: Bring the palms to the sand behind your back. If, and only if, you feel you can go deep, bend the elbows further tilt torso towards the ground. To make it even harder, release back fully onto the sand. This is an excellent front body stretch. Explore hand positions like joining the palms overhead with bent elbow channels spiritual devotion. Stay for up to a minute and carefully come up the way you came down.

May the beach bring you deep true joy and may yoga be the bridge that connects you to oy!

Here’s How Yoga will Improve You in Any Kind of Sport

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Quite a lot of coaches are now incorporating yoga classes into their training sessions in order to enhance the performance of their players and athletes. These coaches understand that yoga will improve their strength, balance, and flexibility to make them active in any kind of sport. In addition, yoga will strengthen ligaments, joints, bones, and tendons. These athletes and players are on course for winning with little injuries, when combined with meditation, known to enhance the game-time focus.

Are you one of those athletes who want to follow the footsteps of the professionals? Continue reading to know how yoga will improve you and make you active in any sport.

1. Prevents Muscle Fatigue

Yoga is all about breath and movement on the fundamental level, even though it is a mixture of many other things. With yoga, you can relax and focus on deep breaths, resulting in additional oxygen ingestion and extra body awareness. On the other hand, healthier breathing practices will prevent variable breathing, side stitches, and muscle fatigue. Does it not sound like a dream to run on the track or play on the field for several hours without experiencing fatigue or stitches? But, the truth is that all these are achievable with just a few Yoga workouts daily. Yoga is the core or soul of any routine, while training is the heart.

2. Mental Toughness And Control

 There are many physical advantages of yoga for sportsmen and sportswomen, particularly the athletes. Nevertheless, nothing can be compared with the more transient gains. A good number of these athletes regard yoga as a great “exercise” – it is a way of tightening the core, flattening the stomach and toning the butt. Of course, yoga does just that. Yoga will make you build up your level of concentration and make you aware of both your body and mind. It will make you focus strongly on your game.

3. Build Up Strength And Improve Lean Muscle Mass

As an athlete, routine and consistent practice of different types of yoga postures or poses will help you improve lean muscles mass and build up your strength. Most notably concerning more than a few muscle groups under-utilized in selected athletic disciplines of running, cycling and swimming. These benefits have improved the steadiness of the central part of the body considerably. Taking on constant yoga practice will give each athlete the potential to build up his or her strength and improve the lean muscle mass – no matter the discipline or sport.

4. Flexibility

Another reason yoga will make you active and do well in all sports is that it improves the muscular and joint flexibility, which is vital to the general structural soundness of the body. Improved muscle and joint pliancy transform into an increase in the performance latitude for a specific series of movements, a particular movement or a greater range of motion. For instance, if you are a swimmer with stronger hip joints and more flexible shoulder, you will be able to capture and pull more water than a swimmer with a more restricted range of motion. The outcome is improved muscular economy and more forward movement per stroke.

Conclusion

You are contending at a disadvantage and also missing the chance of boosting ultimate performance if you are an athlete or sportsman or woman who is not practicing yoga. Yoga is not only helpful for the hippie ladies, but it will also increase your flexibility and benefit you greatly if you are prone to tremendous pain and injuries.

What’s the Right Way to Wear Harem Pants?

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There’s a new trend on the contemporary yoga fashion scene that may even usurp the popularity of traditional black leggings. Harem pants are a traditionally-inspired item that many yogis are flocking to as a result of their extreme comfort and flexibility. These pants allow you to move and breathe with very little restriction. In fact, many yogis note that harem pants allow them to feel as if they aren’t wearing anything at all.

These baggier styles could be dangerous for beginners, as they can quickly obscure your alignment. It should be noted that harem pants are ideal for seasoned yogis who are confident that they maintain proper alignment and who practice under the instruction of a qualified teacher. However, if you choose to wear harem pants, you should know the most stylish way to do so.

The pants themselves are extremely loose and baggy. While this may have been seen as unflattering in the past, they lend themselves well to a bold and bohemian style. If you’re trying to find the right way to style this difficult piece, take a closer look at these top tips.

Opt for Bold Patterns and Colors

You don’t want your harem pants to simply fade into the background of the rest of your outfit. Instead, they should be viewed as a bold fashion move that others need to take note of. As a result, most yogis should consider selecting bold prints or seasonally-inspired colors to suit their personalities.

Avoid the standard neutral colors that are often seen with basic yoga leggings. Blacks and greys won’t have the desired effect that harem pants should have. A deep jewel tone is always a classic color choice, as are fun patterns like stars and abstract swirls.

Find a More Revealing Top

Because harem pants tend to swallow up your figure, yogis can get lost in an outfit with such large swaths of fabric. If you’re going to wear harem pants, you will need to balance out your outfit with a more revealing or form-fitting top. Consider searching for a tunic with a strappy cutout pattern or a tight-fitting crop top.

Another popular option would be to wear a delicate bralette in place of a top. These simple accessories are all the rage right now, and they can be the perfect mate for an oversized pair of pants. You won’t be swallowed up by the fabric with an outfit as perfectly balanced as this.

Wear the Right Shoes

Harem pants need the right type of shoe to really look great with any outfit. You should consider wearing strappy sandals or wedges to make the most of this bohemian style. In this way, you can be casual and fashion-forward, while still maintaining the appearance of a traditional yogi.


Harem pants can be a bold fashion choice for any yogi, but you have to know how to style them appropriately. If you’re on the fence about whether you can pull off this fashion trend, try following a few of these fashion pointers first.

What Items Should Be in your Yoga Bag This Fall?

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The beginning of a new season means that it may be time for yogis to reevaluate the items they keep in their yoga bag. The extra towels and airy tank tops from summer can be retired in favor of more seasonally appropriate favorites. However, the space in a yoga bag is quite limited, so yogis need to ensure that each item taking up valuable space serves a purpose. What items are yogis favoring for the fall? 

Light Sweaters

The chill in the air means that you’re likely to feel cooler than usual at the end of your yoga practice. Ensure that your body will be covered appropriately to enter into the biting air outside of the studio with a light sweater. It is also great for keeping your body temperature stable and comfortable throughout the practice. As you prepare for resting poses and finishing sequences, it could be a great time to get comfortable with a light layer. 

Lotion And Lip Balm

When yoga studies and office spaces start to crank up the heat, your skin is more likely to become dry and cracked. Keeping a small bottle of lotion and a tube of lip balm handy allows you to hydrate your skin properly especially while performing Bikram yoga. It can help to prevent unwanted cracking and bleeding as the season progresses. 

High Waist Yoga Leggings 

High waist leggings are a must-have part of every yogi’s bag for the fall. They offer extra coverage and protection during class, as well as a little bit of additional warmth for the torso. Full yoga leggings are great to slip into comfortable boots at the end of class for a smooth transition to an on-the-town outfit. Depending on where you live, you may still be able to wear Capri leggings into the early fall months. 

Yoga Props

Even the most seasoned yogi may find that their flexibility is a little lacking as the colder air comes. Fall can sometimes be a great time to reevaluate how far you move into a pose, respecting that your body may need something different during this time. Yoga blocks and straps are a welcome addition to your yoga bag to help you modify and stretch intensely even during these more difficult months. Take the time to utilize props to ensure proper alignment this fall. 

Some yogis may even want to consider carrying their own pillows or bolsters to make certain poses, such as the seated lotus or even savasana, a more comfortable experience. A blanket could be a multipurpose tool that fills both of these needs when appropriately folded. 

Extra Water

Many yogis understand the need to hydrate more during the sweltering months of summer. The fall season brings about just as much need to keep hydrated as the heat kicks on in our homes and around town. An extra few glasses of water, especially hot water, can help you to better circulate and detoxify your system during the cold weather. Consider an insulated water bottle that allows you to carry hot and cold beverages. 

Kundalini Yoga & What To Wear

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If you’ve ever been to a Kundalini yoga class you might have noticed the teacher and several students were dressed in all white. This is because white clothing has a special significance in the Kundalini practice.

Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini yoga, believed that colors have an effect on our consciousness. White represents the seven colors and as a balance of all colors has a unique impact on the conscious and subconscious minds. He believed specifically that wearing all white clothing expands the auric radiance by at least one foot, which strengthens the identity and serves as a filter for negative influences. Wearing all white is a meditation in itself because it takes more mindfulness and care to keep white clothes clean, making the simple practice an exercise in awareness.

We ask you to wear white so that you will reflect what is outside and go within yourself – that’s what white clothes can do for you.” – Yogi Bhajan, 1975.

Yoga philosophy defines the Kundalini as a spiritual energy or life force located at the base of the spine. Kundalini asanas combined with breath exercises free energy in the body and allows it to move upward along the spine.

Kundalini differs from traditional yoga in that each exercise is performed for extended periods of 1-4 minutes to build strength and endurance. Combined with chanting to center the mind and assist with breathing, Kundalini yoga offers tremendous health benefits, especially for people who need low impact exercises and want to reduce stress.

While the importance of wearing white for kundalini yoga is for spiritual reasons, comfort is also part of its purpose for modern yogis. Kundalini involves long meditations, series of movements, and breathing exercises for creating mental and physical endurance, reducing stress, and building core strength. To improve your practice your white uniform needs to be made up of flexible, comfortable, modest white clothing that allows for freedom of movement.

Kundalini yoga clothes are probably different from what you wear for other yoga classes. Trappy tank tops shorts are perfect for a Bikram class, but you’ll feel out of place in a Kundalini setting. Try sticking to natural white fabrics, modest fitting pieces, and make sure your clothes are easy to move in. Also, make sure that your white clothing isn’t see-through or that you wear an extra layer underneath.

So what should you wear to a Kundalini yoga class?

  • Long Shirts – Peasant tops and tunics are popular favorites, but your shirt doesn’t have to be long sleeve. Short sleeves are better for arm movements. Just make sure your shirt is comfortable and functional. Casual hoodies are also ok but you might want to wear an extra layer underneath in case you get hot.
  • Flowy Pants – Make sure your womens capri leggings are of the appropriate length so they will keep you comfortable and cool.
  • Harem pants are a popular choice for that reason.
  • Lofty genie pants are almost the same as harem pants and they are also ok and can be a fun option.
  • Regular white yoga pants are also acceptable in Kundalini classes.

Any style that you find comfortable is a good option.

The Numerous Benefits of Back Stretching Poses

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‘’, also called Paschimottanasana, is a popular seated yoga pose. It is often performed at the end of yoga class when the body is more loose and able to stretch.

This seemingly simple pose has some of the most benefits out any yoga pose. In order to gain the most benefits, repeat this pose daily or as often as possible.

To perform this pose, sit up straight, with legs elongated in front of you, hands on knees. Inhale, while raising hands above you and exhale while bending forward. Keep the back straight and hold on to your toes, ankles or shins. Concentrate on the navel and breathe deeply. Stay in the pose anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes

To release, inhale, raise arms back up, exhale, bring the hands to the knees. There are three other ways to perform this pose including the dynamic back stretch, involving rocking forwards and backwards.

In another version, you can spread the legs wide apart, stretching to each knee and then to the middle (hands on toes).

According to the Yoga text, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, these benefits include:

Pranic currents rise through Sushumna

Prana, is your vital energy and Sushumna is the main pathway (nadi) through which prana can travel up to your third eye chakra. The pose stretches the whole spinal column and central nervous system through which sushumna runs, thus enabling nervous and pranic impulses to pass directly up to the higher centers.

Where there is a lot of tension in the body and mind, this pose, helps remove it by regulating the adrenal glands and the whole system. In fact, the numerous effects promote health and harmony.

The digestive Fire increases

As the energy goes upwards it activates your Manipura Chakra (third solar plexus Chakra) and releases your prana upwards. This in turn, stretches the digestive organs and tract.

The visceral organs are massaged, in particular the pancreas, spleen, kidney, liver, reproductive organs, and adrenal glands and abdominal muscles. Therefore, it is very useful in the yogic management of digestive disorders, especially diabetes, constipation, flatulence, and loss of appetite.

The body is toned

The back, shoulder, arm, and leg muscles are toned by stretching them in a relaxed manner without straining.

The abdomen becomes flat

Seated forward bend, particularly the version where you rock from laying to forward bend several times (called Dynamic Back Stretch-Gatyatmak Paschimottanasana), helps remove excess fat deposits from the abdomen and thighs.

The practioner can reduce and possibly eradicate some disorders and diseases

For example, the reproductive organs are toned and sexual disorders can be relieved. Women can utilize this asana to regulate their menstrual cycle. Alleviates high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis

Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings

This is what we usually know the benefit to be of Forward Seated Bend. If I am not warmed up, and even if I am, I like to engage and pull up my knee cap so I don’t pull a hamstring. Trust me, a pulled hamstring is a big downer!

If you have back injuries, asthma or diarrhea avoid this pose or consult a teacher to assist you.

To Modify:

  • sit up on a folded blanket in this pose
  • hold a strap around the feet
  • place a rolled up blanket under their knees.

The increase in energy, stomach flattening, digestion and other health benefits are enough to have me go practice Seated Forward Bend right now and I hope you do too, just remember to warm-up a bit before practicing this stretch pose!