All You Need To Know About Inversion Yoga 

 All You Need To Know About Inversion Yoga 

Yoga

 

For most people, when the thought of inversions cross their minds, they trigger a fear response within their body. It ’s not surprising, because the act of getting upside down does not come naturally to the majority of us. A perfectly balanced headstand is usually accompanied by various falls along the way. My hope is that you will find that Yoga inversions should not be panic-inducing, but full of benefits.

What Is A Yoga Inversion?

These are Yoga poses in which the Yogi’s heart is at a higher level than the head. However, not all Yoga inversions require an individual to be entirely upside down. Various mild inversions may be performed by beginners before trying the complicated poses.

The mastery of inversion poses improves both mental and physical strength. Yoga inversion poses include; standing forward bends, legs up against the wall, dolphin pose and downward facing dog.

Downward Facing Dog Pose

This type of yoga inversion pose is quite easy to practice and is perfect for Yoga beginners. Apart from significantly calming your nervous system and boosting digestive mobility, it also aids in reducing menstrual problems. You can also use this pose for stretching exercises before and after your regular workout.

Legs up The Wall Pose

This posture enables various parts of your body like head, throat, and neck to be supplied with sufficient blood. Ultimately, the pituitary glands, nerve centers in the brain and the thyroid gland get a new boost of energy. This pose eases the lower back pain, helps in curing insomnia and depression, rejuvenates tired legs, and heals varicose veins.

Headstand Pose 

This inversion is self –explanatory, and you will invert the body entirely which can be done along the wall, enabling the head to rest on the floor. Your arms will support your head, and the feet will rest firmly on the air. Performing the pose will strengthen your shoulders, neck, and arms. In addition to that, it helps you in boosting your digestive power and calming your mind.

Dolphin Pose

The dolphin pose is also known as the “puppy pose” and is a variation of the downward facing dog pose. It focuses on the shoulders, core and upper back. When women incorporate this pose in the regular workout, it eases their menstrual discomfort. It also combats several sleep disorders and can treat sciatica, asthma, and hypertension.

Hare Pose

Hare pose is the best stretch to get more comfortable with all the inverted poses. It is not a full inversion, but it will make your spinal cord elastic and more flexible when you stretch the back. Apart from that, it helps to elongate your spine and improve your posture.

Inversion Yoga has many benefits and can take your Yoga practice to the next level. Join us in studio to discover all the benefits of Yoga.

by Aug 16, 2018
5 Mental/Spiritual Benefits to Practicing Yoga or Meditation 

5 Mental/Spiritual Benefits to Practicing Yoga or Meditation 

Meditation

 

The practice of Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years with its origin in India and involves the combination of spiritual, physical and mental elements. Yoga is a type of meditation that demands the practitioner to pay full attention while he/she moves from one yoga position to the other. As you learn the new methods of shifting and responding to your body and mind, other parts of your life will change significantly.

The Spiritual Stretch

The practice of Yoga is partly physical involving the movement of one pose to the other. When you practice Yoga regularly, it eventually develops your strength and stamina. The spiritual benefits are attained when you get much broader because without this it will merely be a gym session or a stretch class.  Yoga is a mental practice that enables you to get through psychological challenges and emotional stress.

It Makes You More Inspired and Creative

There is always guidance, wisdom, and inspiration deep within us, but we often get distracted by thoughts of worry, and we fail to notice this.  With regular practice of Yoga or meditation which primarily involves calming and clearing our minds, it leads us to a broader sense of hope, well-being, love, and inspiration that is deep within us.

It Improves Focus

The practice of regular Yoga and meditation makes people more focused and present. Whether you are making a challenging pose or closely following the step-to-step movements of a Yoga sequence, people tend to develop better concentration skills and increase their ability to focus on the challenges at hand. When children practice Yoga, for instance, the series and flow of Yoga can be positively transferred to increased attentiveness in their school work and other extracurricular activities.

Cultivating Awareness

When people get committed to a consistent Yoga practice, they seek to experience and be aware of the energy, spirit within and without them. In this case, spirit refers to higher consciousness which involves a driving force, high motivation and having a clear reason behind everything we think and perform. During such a practice, being aware of this energy is spiritual. On that note, awareness is significant to Yoga as a spiritual practice.

It boosts confidence

Are you an individual with low self-esteem and often develop butterflies when you need to interact with other people? Even if you are someone that is a “people person”, I am sure you have experienced times where you felt anxious and had low levels of confidence.  Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum, you should consider incorporating a Yoga practice into your regular work out plan. The greatest attribute of practicing Yoga is mainly focusing on self-discovery and evolution instead of wasting time competiting and comparing yourself to others. When adults and children alike practice Yoga, they get encouraged to follow their paths, move in their own pace, and have confidence.

 

Maybe it’s your first time doing yoga or perhaps you have been practicing for years – regardless, I invite you to join me in a class, workshop or retreat. We can practice what it means to truly surrender and discover our place and purpose in this world.

by Aug 06, 2018
A Short History of Yoga in India

A Short History of Yoga in India

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Yoga is primarily a spiritual discipline that concentrates on subtle science that focuses on achieving harmony between an individual’s mind and body. The word Yoga first appeared in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda and is derived from the Sanskrit root “Yuj” which means join or unite. According to the Yogic scriptures, the practice of Yoga leads an individual to the union of consciousness with that of universal Consciousness. It eventually leads to a great harmony between the human mind and body, man & nature.

Humble Beginnings

The practice of Yoga was started during the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. It was first mentioned in Rig Veda, a collection of texts that consisted of rituals, mantras, and songs which was mainly used by Brahmans, the Vedic priests. Yoga was slowly developed by Brahmans who eventually documented their practices and beliefs in the Upanishads that has over 200 scriptures.

Yoga in Vedas means a yoke. In some early writings, Yoga was mainly used in describing a warrior dying and transcending into the heavens while at the back of his chariot to the gods and the higher powers of being.

During the Vedic times, Vedic priests were generally self-disciplined and avoided any forms of indulgence instead; they performed sacrifices which were known as yajna and used poses that most researchers believe are the precursor of the kind of Yoga poses we use today in the modern world.

The Spread of Yoga

In the 3rd Century BCE, the word “yoga” became common in other religions like Jain, Hindu, and Buddhist writings. In Mahayana Buddhism, the practice of yoga for both spiritual and meditative use was known as Yogachara which consisted of eight significant steps of meditation called “insight”.

In the 5th century, yoga was meant for meditation and religious use, but not as a form of workout. At around the same time, the concept became even more established among the Jains, Buddhists, and Hindus. The first versions of yoga were meant for spiritual practices and revolved around several core values.

The first core value analyzed an individual’s perception and cognitive state while understanding the cause of suffering and eventually using meditation to solve the issue. The second core value focused on boosting consciousness, and the third was used as a way of achieving transcendence. The fourth value was full of mystery because it used Yoga to penetrate into other people’s bodies and act supernaturally.

Yoga later became widely valued because of the Indian nationalist movement as a way of building up pride and cultural identity. Surprisingly, the practice of Yoga was widely promoted by powerful families, institutions, and activities until India attained its independence in 1947.

Today, Yoga is practiced worldwide by millions of people in many forms and variations. At Replenish we focus on an ancient wisdom, modern living approach to Yoga. Join us in honoring the traditions of Yoga with a modern approach as we travel to India this November.

by Jul 12, 2018
The Benefits of Yoga in Nature

The Benefits of Yoga in Nature

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It is a fact that Yoga was born in the woods and came into existence by purely observing nature’s laws, the surrounding environment, animals and the balance between humans and the five elements. From various applications, yoga can take your workout anywhere, and it is better than being confined to your smelly, hot gym for hours. Yoga can be done anywhere! Parks, mountaintops, beaches and even your backyard. The following are the benefits of yoga in nature.

No Competition for Floor Space

It happens to most people, and you will realise that the Yoga class is packed with a lot of people and becomes a significant challenge during the warrior pose. However, when you take your mat outdoors, floor space becomes a non-issue. Placing your feet in the sand or grass is the best way of relieving stress, and establishing an earth connection. Besides, having direct contact with the earth reduces the risk of developing heart-related diseases and stress.

Get Inspiration

Our nature is filled with beautiful terrains, the atmosphere, plants and animals that can significantly inspire you during your workout. It is considering that Yoga poses and their names were derived from plants and animals. When you practice Yoga outdoors, it enables the yogi to symbolise the meaning of the pose while at the same time looking at what inspired the pose.

It’s Relaxing and Recharging

When you integrate walking meditation with yoga, you will manage to attain moments of clarity. If you enjoy yoga and look to experience something more profound, opt for eco-yoga. Besides, it helps those people who love practicing yoga outside have a connection with nature in a compelling way.

Feel Connected to Your Neighborhood

How best can you get connected to your surroundings while having a workout? Go practice yoga in nature.  You can practice Yoga in a park near your hood and enjoy the great experience accompanied by the syrinx of the birds. You will connect with other yogis, the city and the world around you in a unique way.

Be More Present

Did you know that when we get surrounded by nature, our senses get awakened?  Our ears can quickly pick up birds chirping within the surrounding and the warm breeze blowing around us. In addition to that, our skins will absorb the warmth directly obtained from natural heat waves. With our senses awakened, we become more present in our lives with little distractions.

Breathe In the Fresh Air

Yoga practice is mainly influenced by the awareness of your breath and synchronizing it to your movements. It makes a lot of sense to breathe in the freshest and purest air possible, and nature provides that in abundance. When we breathe in the fresh air especially when working out, its filled with oxygen that increases serotonin levels in the body.

Replenish has many outdoor yoga opportunities this summer, so join us outside for a beautiful yoga experience that will leave you renewed.

by Jul 10, 2018
The Value of Surrender

The Value of Surrender

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“Do the next right thing”

“Let Go, Let God”

“God always has a plan”

“Be still and know that I am God”  Psalm 46:10

 

My Thoughts on Surrendering

 

I have heard so many different phrases in my life offering wisdom with regard to surrender.  I quite probably have invited these comments due to a tendency to attach my energies in ways that offended others.   Deb Adele in The Yamas & Niyamas characterizes surrender as giving up the ego to a higher purpose, inviting us to pay attention to what life is asking of us.  To put it in even simpler terms, surrender is the practice of letting go.

 

Ego loves to tell us that we are God; that we are in control or ought to be.  Selfish, irrational thoughts and feelings can race through our minds obscuring our connection to a Higher Power and to one another.  

Surrender invites us to accept a possible higher, unselfish purpose to our being.   Dharma.  It encourages us to pay attention to the world around us and be willing to grow in a direction that may be more useful to life.  Surrender invites us to trust.  Metaphorically speaking, we are encouraged by the loving divine force to be as an acorn growing into an oak.  

We are asked to be actively involved and attentive to the stream of life in the moment, opening our hearts to what is.  Flow.    Selfless giving. Energizing joy.

Tamas Tapas Ahimsa:  Inertia Self Discipline Love

“Coming back to the mat” has become my new way to cope when life challenges me.  What this means to me is to quiet my racing mind with breath.  When I am teaching or doing a physical practice of poses, I invite relaxation into parts of the body with breath.   My mind quiets. I enjoy peace.  I emerge anew, no longer paralyzed. The mind body spirit connection of a yoga practice has been a beautiful gift to share.

“I.26   Unconditioned by time, Isvara is the teacher of even the most ancient teachers.

Surrender can give us certain knowledge of our interconnectedness with the rest of the world.   We all encounter teachers in our journeys. We may teach others as well. The connection and openness to one another benefit all.

“Although all knowledge is within you, and you need not get it from outside, somebody is still necessary to help you understand your own knowledge.  That is why a teacher, or guru, is necessary…  Union with God is the real Yoga.”  The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Maybe it’s your first time doing yoga or perhaps you have been practicing for years – regardless, I invite you to join me in a class, workshop or retreat. We can practice what it means to truly surrender and discover our place and purpose in this world.

by Jun 29, 2018
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