Would you like to improve your overall health and well-being? Would you like to increase your flexibility, strength and relaxation?With ancient roots in India, this art and science has changed the lives of millions of individuals. It is ancient enough to provide a set of techniques and tools to reach your potential while it is new and improved enough to fulfill the requirements of modern life. It’s important to notice that the benefits of practicing Yoga don’t stay on the mat, but reach all areas of your life by providing you with ever increasing levels of awareness and mindfulness. These two benefits are critical not only for physical well-being, but also for happiness. By integrating the body with the mind and spirit you will be able to reach your goals in other areas of your life, along with an intrinsic feeling of satisfaction.
Personalized yoga training is an important aspect if you want to integrate the discipline into your life. In order to maximize the use of your time and energy and achieving your goals faster it is wise to be led by a qualified and professional instructor when performing your poses. By connecting your mind and body you will incrementally get rid of your worries, by being present you will discover new states of mind that might probably have eluded you in the past, but will be now within your grasp. You might even notice that the usual aches and pains will begin to disappear as you learn how to use the correct positions intrinsic to your body. You’ll begin to enjoy many areas in your life because you’ll be more aware not only of yourself but by your surroundings and fellow human beings.By focusing on your breathing you can increase your lifespan and the quality of it too.
Along with correct breathing will come increased relaxation and the many benefits derived from it such as an increase in your immune system healing powers, overall levels of energy and stamina coupled with improved creativity and being in the present moment.Other areas of your life will see an immediate improvement, whether you want to excel in business, a craft or sports, or if you want to increase your overall satisfaction, health and happiness levels, there is something for you on the magnificent practice of Yoga. Millions of individuals are harvesting the many benefits Yoga provides them, with the correct instruction from chino hills yoga you will now be able to their ranks.
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So, the method that I use for relaxation and stress relief is super simple, but it takes some practice and doing it consistently makes a huge difference!
So you want to find a quite place that you feel comfortable in. It could be a room in your house or a place outside away from all of the hustle and bustle. Find a comfortable sitting position, either on the ground or in a chair. All you are going to do is sit there with your eyes either completely closed or 90% closed if you feel that having your eyes completely closed will make you fall asleep. As you focus on your breath, you want to notice everything there is to notice about it. Is it deep? Is it shallow? Is it fast? Is it slow? And as you are focusing on your breath you will at some point notice that your mind will start to drift away. You may find yourself going down a thought stream. As soon as you realize that you are think you can say to your mind “Thank you for you input”. Then go back to focusing on your breath. You may find yourself doing a lot of thinking at first, and it is important to realize that this is not a bad thing, but instead it is good because you are realizing that you are thinking instead of having all of those thoughts occur without being noticed. As your practice longer and longer you may start to find that there are longer gaps between the thought steams and eventually you may be able to make it through an entire mediation session without being disturbed once by your thoughts. Again, keep in mind that if you do find yourself thinking, it is not a bad thing. Do not get frustrated with your thoughts, because they are just simply thoughts. Acknowledge them then bring your focus back to your breath.
Do this for 10 mins a day everyday, and see how it effects you. When you get up from formal meditation that does not mean that it is time to stop thinking about your breath. Instead, do you best to continue focusing on your breath for as long as possible as you continue throughout your day. There is no past breath, and there is no future breath, there is only ever the breath that is happening in this moment. For this reason as you focus on your breath, you focus your mind in the present moment, which allows you to see things from a different perspective. This also helps because we can’t change the past, and we can’t travel into the future to change that either. All we can ever do is effect the present moment as it happens. As you being to practice presence, you will find that you are no longer wasting energy on the things (past and future) that you have no control over, and as a consequence will have more energy to dedicate to each moment as it happens.
Keep in mind that this is a practice. It is not something that will immediately make everything different. Everyone has a different journey so I cannot tell you what yours will be like. All I can tell you is that as you become more present you will be able to see things more clearly and give more of yourself in every moment. Do not be discouraged if you have trouble, it may be the reality of that moment in that breath, and that is perfectly okay. Remain aware, stay diligent, and remember that the breath is the key to presence. Presence is a gift that you can share with anyone. Remember to pass it on!
There comes a time in a yoga practice where we begin to be ready to start the lift the body off of the ground. The way we do this is yoga is by way of arm-balances. Now these may look challenging at first, but I assure you, with practice they can be come easy and fun! It has a little to do with strength and a lot to do with balance. By far, one of the most important things to work on for arm-balances is the uddiyana bandha. This is a way of engaging your core that keeps everything locked into place. If you find that you are having a tough time lifting into the arm-balances, then I recommend working on your uddiyana bandha. Be safe, always listen to your body, and have fun!
Today we are going to go over the full wheel. This is one of the poses in the finishing sequence of the ashtanga yoga series. There are a few modification of this pose that are meant more for beginners, but I have been getting a lot of people asking me lately how to do the full wheel, so here it is. The trick to doing this pose easily is to get your feet and your hands as close to your body as possible. If you are spread too far it will be much more difficult to do this pose. If you are having any discomfort do not force the pose, and if you want help feel free to stop in to our Yoga studio in Chino and we will be more than happy to help you, and if you are a first time student Click Here to get 3 classes and a Yoga mat for only $20! Namaste
Today I would like to take some time to tell you about balancing. In all yoga poses there is an opposition of forces. In balancing poses the opposition of forces come from gravity and yourself extending up through the top of your head. You can imagine this by imagining that there is a string at the top of your head and someone is gently pulling up on it. Balancing also requires patience. Don’t try to move quickly through balancing poses at first. Take your time and enjoy the journey!
Today we will go over the 10th pose in the standing sequence, Utkatasana. This pose is some what easy, so it is a great chance to focus on your breath. Take the time to feel the sensations in your body as your work to increase the capacity of your lungs with every breath. As you exhale, sink a little bit deeper and keep the weight evenly distributed between the fronts and the backs of your feet.
Today I would like to go over the 10th pose in the standing sequence, Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana. This is an advanced pose and should be attempted with caution. If at any time you feel discomfort in your knee then it is advisable to back off of the stretch. At first it is common to only be able to do the “tree pose” modification. This is still a challenging balance pose that will help to not only increase balance, but also over-all body awareness.
Today we are going to go over the 9th pose in the standing sequence, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana. This pose can be a very challenging pose no get into not only because of the balance involved, but also because of the flexibility involved. If you have a difficult time keeping your back flat while grabbing your toe, then feel free to just take a hold of the shin while you work on the balancing element of this pose. balancing is a tricky thing to get the hold of. One thing to keep in mind is to try not to think too much. Focus on your breath and don’t worry if you happen to fall out of the pose. Accept the reality of each moment and get back into the pose. Be patient, and enjoy!
Good afternoon Yogis,
Today we will be going over the 9th pose in the Standing Sequence, Parsvottanasana. This pose is translated to mean intense hamstring stretch, and that is exactly what it is. Make sure to listen to your body when choosing which hand position you take. Be sure that you are not putting any unnecessary pressure on your shoulders. One of the most common mistakes I see in this pose is people not keeping their hips and shoulders square, so be sure to check your alignment. Feel free to come practice with us at our yoga studio in chino!
Today we will be going over the 7th pose in the standing sequence, Prasarita Padottanasana. This is a great pose for stretching the inside of the thighs and the hamstrings. This pose goes through four different progressions with the hands in a different position in each progression. The most common mistake I see with this pose is either not having the feet wide enough apart, or having them too wide. To know how wide to go, your legs should make an equilateral triangle with the ground. If you arent sure whether or not you are doing it right, you are always welcome to stop into our Chino Yoga Studio and take a class to get the right instruction. Click Here to get 3 Yoga Classes and a mat for just $20!