Eager to master the arm balance? Equinox's Briohny Smyth shows there's no limit to what the artfully honed yoga body can do. Another Briohny Smyth yoga video...
Alice Jeong's insight:
When I watched this video first, my heart beat strong like a throbbing drumbeat. I followed her breathing (ujjay pramyanama), I imagined and felt it.
Especially I love ashtanga vinyasa called power yoga among many yoga, the lady can practice every asana(pose) freely. Those poses are needed strength a lot. I hope to have the power to make and hold the pose. Someday I will do it like her!
~ make your body and mind relaxing ~ This is video clip are used scientific materials Astronomical Centre NASA, the presented pictures are photographed by a ...
Alice Jeong's insight:
Deva Premal is the singer who has amazing voice, and sing meditation music. Personally, this music is good for praticing yoga by enhancing our concentration.
I think the most beautiful music is our own breating sound. I expainled the ujjayi prānayāma before, it is very essential breating style among diverse breath methods. Listen carfully your breath sound in the silence. : )
Music and Breath, Both are awesome to practice yoga : )
This is a demo that I did at Semperviva in Vancouver, Canada at the end of March 2012. I arrived in the late afternoon after a full day of travel, the class ...
Alice Jeong's insight:
I admire her movement. It's amazing, isn't it? Her strength and flexibility gave me strong motivation. I think the balance between soft and strong is important. She has a both. For me, my body was flexibility but no muscle, when I started yoga. At that time even I counldn't know about it. I was busy to follow class. Now I know my body's strength and weakness and try to remedy my shortcoming.
There is an old saying in Korea. You can see as much as you know.
Know your self, then you can see it.
then, you know what is real problem and finally find out solution.
http://www.KinoYoga.com Check out healthy shoulder alignment in backbend with Kino MacGregor talking you through the directions. Be conscious of keeping the ...
Alice Jeong's insight:
At first, I couldn't do this posture, even I could not try because of fear. but My tutor held my body and I did it easily. I felt a sense of accomplishment. I can do it from them on. It's not difficult to do it, unless you avoid it. Facing your fear is first step to every challenge posture.
When beginning a new pursuit of any kind there's a learning curve. There are often new terms to learn and lots of things to take in and try to make sense of; Yoga is no exception. Yoga has it's own language, movements, texts, philosophies and interpretations which can take several lifetimes to master. Luckily, you don't need to know anything about anything in order to walk into a yoga class and begin to reap the rewards of what it has to offer. It's a beautifully flexible practice where you can do yoga simply for the many physical benefits that it offers or you can go deeper. Either way, you'll walk out of any yoga class feeling great. To help demystify a few things, I'll start by giving a very basic definition of the different types of yoga. These are names that are often heard connected with yoga but unless you have some experience with the style, it's hard to know what's what so hopefully this will help a bit.
Types Of Yoga
Here are all types of yoga. Yoga also stands for 'Union'. Yoga learning is incomplete without understanding the different kinds of yoga. Specialization into one form of Yoga without understanding different kinds of Yoga leads a teacher to dilution. Softening is not bad, but dilution must be avoided.
It helps to balance mind and body via physical postures or "asanas", purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation.
It is the most natural path for seeking emotional fulfillment and well being by means of devotion, faith, and love.
Helps one surrender selfish motives and dedicate actions and thoughts to the absolute.
It helps one withdraw mind and emotions from perceiving life and work towards transformation and enlightment.
It helps alter one's normal awareness of self by focusing on hearing an internal, mystic sound. The mind will become steady and absorbed in the sound on which it focuses.
It helps to balances energy throughout mind and body and gives the pleasant sense of well being. It is rightly the 'Raja' (or king) of yoga. It focusses on scientific aspects of personality thereby explaining individual growth and differences through the science of chakras. Different types of meditations are just a small subset of the holistic 'Raja Yoga'.
It gives instruction in the knowledge of mantra results in the fusion of mental and physical energy with cosmic energy and makes the practitioner ready for Samadhi state.
It is designed to awaken the kundalini energy in the body and addressing relationships and sexuality through rituals. It focuses on dynamic aspect of divinity called Shakti.
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Hatha: Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or "asanas", purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. In the West, Hatha is often used as an overall term for yoga and it's main focus is usually the postures.
Vinyasa: Vinyasa yoga has a very broad spectrum. It literally translates from Sanskrit as "to place carefully". In the West, Vinyasa classes are typically very flowing where one posture leads to the next and it's all linked together with breath. When you go to a health club, you are doing Power Vinyasa Yoga. It's a very popular form of yoga in the West as it is a cross between an aerobics class and a yoga class. It is sometimes done in a heated room and the Sun Salutation is the core component around which the class is built. Vinyasa Yoga can also go to the other end of the spectrum where the movements are still flowing and linked with the breath but the movements are done much more slowly with particular attention given to alignment and depth of the postures. These might be called Slow Flow or Deep Vinyasa classes, for example.
Ashtanga: Ashtanga Yoga is the parent of western Vinyasa Yoga. Where Vinyasa changes from class-to-class and teacher-to-teacher, Ashtanga has a set series of postures to which you graduate with time and practice. It's a very physical practice traditionally taught to children in India but is practiced by mostly adults in the West. There is also the basic system of yoga which is called Ashtanga and was laid out by Patanjali in "The Yoga Sutras" but these have no relation other than sharing the name.
Iyengar: Iyengar Yoga is a system of yoga brought forth by B.K.S. Iyengar. This system has a strong commitment to alignment in the postures and is also characterized by longer holds in the postures. The postures are done in a systematic way but the teacher chooses the postures based on the students needs instead of there being a set series of postures that the student practices each time like Ashtanga. Also, the postures are done one at a time instead of being linked together.
Bikram: Bikram Yoga (also called Hot Yoga), is a set series of postures that are practiced in a room 105 or more degrees and humidified. The entire series of 26 postures takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. One of the main difference between being named Bikram vs. Hot Yoga is that a teacher can only call him/herself a Bikram teacher if they were trained by Bikram Choudhry, the creator of the sequence.
Yin: Yin Yoga is a practice that mainly works on opening the lower part of the body (hips and hamstrings) with long holds of 5 or more minutes in each posture. Yin movements are static as opposed to Yang movements which are active. It is common to see a Yin class paired with a Restorative class.
Restorative: Restorative Yoga is the ultimate stress relieving yoga practice where a student uses several props and supports such as pillows and blankets, to help them relax deeply and bring restoration to the body and mind. We often find ourselves so busy that even during sleep our minds do not rest and so Restorative Yoga helps to facilitate true, deep relaxation. Postures are often held for up to 10 minutes to allow the body and mind to fully integrate into the posture and find the release that you need to fully let go.
Viniyoga: Viniyoga is a theraputic system of yoga used in very small classes or one-on-one to address specific things going on for a particular student such as back pain, an injury, a system imbalance, or other ailment. Viniyoga can be used to help ease the symptoms of many different forms of dis-ease in the mind and body and it's known for it's specially designed sequences for each student.
http://www.kinoyoga.com The power a trained mind shows that with regular yoga practice you can gain access to the ability to stay the course ...youtube.com
Alice Jeong's insight:
Kino send us improtant message " I believe in possibility " from this video. I totally agree her saying. No matter how your situation was, you can do it, if you can belive it. What you've got or you haven't got is secondary thing. The most important thing is atitude that don't give up and move forward. I belive your possibility.
Ashtanga yogis learn Ujjayi pranayama, sometimes called Conqueror's Breath or Ocean Breath, to help increase the flow of prana in the body. Ujjay Alternate Nostril Breathing i can be very helpful for beginners, because the ...
Alice Jeong's insight:
To regulate the breath during the practice of asanas, the technique of ujjayi breathing is important. In ujjayi breathing you constrict your vocal cords slightly as you breathe so that you can feel the air as it flows past. A slight hissing sound often results—the more you constrict your throat and force your breath, the louder the sound. Conversely, the more finely you control your breath, the softer the sound. The goal is not to create a lot of sound but rather less sound. With practice and greater control, you should be able to breathe slowly and very smoothly. Then the sound will diminish and you can direct your attention to a more subtle indicator: the internal sensation of your breath flowing. Krishnamacharya used to give the standard instruction, “Feel a rubbing sensation in throat”.
A. G. Mohan, “Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings” (p. 24)
http://www.mdhil.com In our fitness series, Pro Golfer and athlete Sharmila Nicollet takes you through yoga exercises for core strength. The core is essentia...
Alice Jeong's insight:
Core is important. There is no need for words. What is core? The major muscles of the core reside in the area of the belly and the mid and lower back (not the shoulders), and peripherally include the hips, the shoulders and the neck. CORE refers in its most general of definitions, to the body minus the legs and arms.Why is it important? Functional movements are highly dependent on the core, and lack of core development can result in a predisposition to injury.( this information came from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_(anatomy) )
So These core muscle can make us pratice all asana(pose) correctly and stable. Because, core is the power that can make and hold correct pose. I though this core is very essential to entry all sports.
In my case, I couldn't practice these boat pose (even mimic!) few month ago. NOW? This pose is not a problem, I can do it. Because I increased my core power, I worked my abs about 20 min everyday. The most important thing is EVERYDAY, even one day I didn't skip it. To build and keep your muscle? You won't skip. Faithfulness and perservance make you the best.
I really love this traning. It's kind of love-hate relation to me. I know it's not yoga, but It is benefial to improve muscles. It build your looking-good muscles whole body. But, You will meet some hell, because this is bootcamp like Billy said.
"When a yogin becomes qualified by practicing Yama and Niyama, then the yogi can proceed to asana and the other means." -- Yoga Bhashya Vivarana (II.29)
Yama and Niyama are the ethical precepts set forth in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras as the first and second of the eight limbs of yoga. They are the foundation of our practice without which no spiritual progress along the path of yoga can be made. Many people come to yoga initially as a physical exercise and only later begin to understand the profound spiritual effect it has on our lives. But to establish these spiritual effects firmly upon our mindstream, to embed them within our consciousness, they must be grounded on the bedrock of ethical behavior. Our practice begins with Yama and Niyama, and extends into asana and the other limbs of yoga.
Yama: Precepts of Social Discipline
Ahimsa -- Non-violence. Not harming other people or other sentient beings. Not harming onesself. Not harming the environment. Tolerance even for that which we dislike. Not speaking that which, even though truthful, would injure others.
Satya -- Truthfulness. Note that sometimes we may know our words are literally true, but do not convey what we know to be truthful. This is a child's game. Satya means not intending to deceive others in our thoughts, as well as our words and actions.
Asteya -- Non-stealing. Not taking that which is not given.
Brahmacarya -- Sexual responsibility. Regarding others as human beings rather than as male and female bodies. The spirit of this precept is conservation of energy for the purpose of spiritual practice. This includes not only sexual restraint, but protecting our energy for instance by avoiding endless chattering with no clear purpose.
Aparigraha -- Abstention from greed. Not coveting that which is not ours. Avoidance of unnecessary acquisition of objects not essential to maintaining life or spiritual study.
Niyama: Precepts of Invididual Discipline
Sauca -- Cleanliness. Not only external cleanliness of the body, but attending to internal cleanliness such as avoiding the impurities of anger and egoism. Moderation in diet.
Santosa -- Contentment. Not spiritual complacency, but acceptance of the external situation we are allotted in this life.
Tapas -- Austerity. Deep commitment to our yoga practice. "Blazing practice with religious fervor."
Svadhyaya -- Self-study. Spiritual self-education. Contemplation and application of the scriptures or sacred texts of our chosen path.
Isvara pranidhana -- Surrender of the self to God. Acknowledgement that there is a higher principle in the universe than one's own small self. Modesty. Humility.