Yoga Articles

If you have every want to know more about the ancient discipline of yoga, you have come to the right place. The articles presented here have seen especially selected for our site users and talk about a variety of topics. You’ll find information on everything from yoga poses, to yoga classes, to hot yoga. Written by acknowledgeable experts, and especially selected by the staff at Self Growth Engine, these articles will help you better understand yoga.

Feel Like Not Eating?

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Yogis (male yoga practitioners) and Yoginis (female yoga practitioners) believe in the practice of fasting to cleanse the digestive system. Fasting is not eating for an extended amount of time. Other benefits of fasting may include increased mental energy, enhanced concentration and improvement in some senses. Although Yogis and Yoginis believe in fasting for added health benefit, not everyone agrees to the practice. You should always consult your health physician prior to starting a fasting routine.


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Workouts That Improve Body Image

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In today’s culture, body image and appearance dissatisfaction is often promoted. This informative article proves that you can release body-related tensions through exercises like yoga and Pilates. These exercises are for the mind as much as they are for the body, and they actually teach participants to respect their bodies whatever their shape. Read how you will soon learn not to worry how they look in tights in front of others in their yoga class, but instead how their bodies are feeling through each pose.


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Trataka - Meditation for Everyone

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One of the primary benefits of yoga is relaxation and concentration. One simple and effective yoga technique to achieve these goals is trataka, also known as yogic gazing. Practitioners of trataka focus on an object for an extended period of time and then continue to visualize it with their eyes closed. If you’re looking into yoga as a type of meditation, then trataka might be for you.


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Truth about Yoga: Defying Common Myths

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The many benefits of yoga are spoken around the world. Most everyone has heard the term yoga, but many are unclear on what a yoga class entails. They may think they know, but what they think they know is often based on one of the many common myths about the practice. For anyone who has considered taking a yoga class, but still have not done so, they are probably basing their knowledge on a myth this article is about to defy. 


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Yoga Cures Stress

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Why do so many people turn to yoga when looking to reduce stress within their daily lives? Why is stress so unhealthy? What are the risks of living a stressful lifestyle and not taking action to relieve stress? How does stress contribute to weight gain? There are so many questions in regards to stress and the effects it may have one one’s mind and body. Following are the answers to reducing such effects through yoga practice, and how yoga contributes to a stress-free mind, body and soul.
 


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Yoga Defines Muscle

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There are many common phrases uttered inside a fitness club at the first of the year. The “New Year’s Resolutioners”, as often referred to, are trying to hit their weight loss and fitness goals. One common phrase heard from women is “I want to sculpt my body, but am afraid lifting weights will make me bulky”. This is because the ideal body image for many women is slim, tall and defined. Yoga is a form of exercise that actually lengthens the muscle in order to strengthen and define versus breaking down the muscle to rebuild, as weight lifting does.


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Yoga: The 2010 New Year’s Resolution

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So you’re looking in the mirror at those thighs, and starting to think about that new year’s resolution this year. What is that one thing you have been telling yourself you were going to try year after year, and still haven’t done? It’s in the news, it has many proven benefits and all the celebrities are doing it. It’s called yoga! Maybe you tried yoga, and the class was too challenging or too “easy”.


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Benefits of Bikram Yoga Poses

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Many people like to sweat when they workout, and Bikram Yoga caters directly to that desire. Bikram Yoga, often referred to as hot yoga, encourages sweat by increasing the room temperature to anywhere between 90 and 100 degrees. The idea behind this is heat makes a participant more flexible and able to move fluidly from one pose to the next. Most yoga practices encourage sweat simply through the intensity of each pose, so adding a hot environment to this promotes extreme sweating.  Just imagine working out inside a sauna. Why on Earth would anyone want to do such a crazy thing?


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Yoga Rx for Digestive Complaints

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An exercise that is most commonly known for improving flexibility and reducing stress can actually cure those very irritating stomach aches. This may be difficult to believe, but certain yoga postures can flatten that stomach by decreasing bloating and irritation caused by weak digestive systems. Yoga uses a combination of postures to balance the mind, body and soul. In the process of doing so, yoga practitioners (or yogis) become more in tune with their bodies. In focusing on the body, the mind is relaxed and stress is reduced.


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Cross Training

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When most people think of cross training for a race, they think of swimming or weight lifting. Cross training does not stop there, in fact for runners; it really should not even begin there. Practicing yoga before and after a race will benefit a runner pre and post race. A flexible runner is less likely to suffer an injury, and more likely to recover sore muscles more quickly. Improved body alignment will also reduce the risk of injury in a runner. Deep breathing techniques learned through yoga practice will help runners to feel energized throughout their race.


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