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Once a predominant school yoga, Anusara has splintered in the last decade. Here's why -- and why this is a shame.
Aparigraha is the final yama, or restraint, in Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga. As such, it's arguably the most difficult, drawing from the other four for skillfull execution.
Named with the term used by Patanjali to describe the Eight-Fold Path of yoga, this athletic style will get you into shape, but it can also do a great deal more. Practicing this predecessor of vinyasa yoga gives students the opportunity to experience some of yoga's history.
Balance Your Practice
Yoga isn’t “one size fits all,” and your overall practice shouldn’t be, either. Consider shaking up your yoga to add some balance – it’s better for your body and your mind.
Basic Poses for Beginning Practice
It's best to practice yoga regularly, but not every day has room for a complete class or video. Here are a few basic poses and an easy vinyasa that can be practiced in as little as five minutes.
Bhramari, or Bee Breath
Bhramari Pranayama, or Bee Breath, is an exercise that will calm the mind and help to control roiling emotions. Practice at the beginning or end of asana practice or meditation will allow the yogi/ni to use it when needed in the course of one's day.
Bikram, or "Hot" Yoga
Curious about Bikram yoga? This style has been in the news lately due to its charismatic yet controversial leader, Bikram Choudhury. However one feels about Mr. Choudhury, his series itself is well worth checking out.
Often translated as “chastity”, brahmacharya involves much more than just our thinking about intimacy.
Buying Yoga Pants
What to wear to a yoga class? It's a good bet that yoga pants or tights will be one of the items. Here is a run-down on wear to shop to find offerings for a range of budgets and figures - for both men and women.
Cobra, Sphinx, and Seal Poses
These asana will help to open your chest and throat and access Vishuddhi chakra or several meridian lines in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cobra is an essential part of Sun Salutations, while Sphinx and Seal are integral Yin poses.
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