8 Amazing Benefits of Aerial Yoga

8 Amazing Benefits of Aerial Yoga

We are all in on aerial yoga! Our wonderful yoga retreat program implements this style as one of the most beneficial for our bodies and a joyful alternative to mat yoga practice. Aerial yoga is a very unique way of practicing yoga. It incorporates the use of a hammock/swing and combines traditional yoga asanas and postures which is suitable for all levels and styles of yoga, from beginners to advanced and from Yin to Vinyasa.

The swing is a tool to hold on to for balance, help refine asanas, assist in alignment, deepen stretches, and safely invert without compressing the spine. Some of the greatest benefits come from the therapeutic aspects the hammock offers. Here are 5 amazing benefits this practice can deliver.

 

1- Decompression and release of tight joints.

2- Increase muscular flexibility.

3- Relieves pressure while aligning the vertebrae.

4- Allows you to perform advanced yoga & postural inversions without neck or back compression.

5- Develops upper body strength and core stability.

6- Self-esteem enhancement through conquering fears.

7- Refreshes the lymphatic, digestive & circulatory systems.

8- Increases the Neuroplasticity of the brain (one’s ability to learn).

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The Power of Mudras

The Power of Mudras

Let me give you a little bit of a back story about this blog and what took me to research more about this fascinating topic.

I have four Unalomes tattooed inside each of my fingers. A couple of months ago I was showing my friend Kimani my Unalomes and as I was showing her my tattoos I folded my index and middle finger and pointed the rest of the fingers at her so she could take a look at the art detail on my fingers. Right away my friend re-arranged my hand to point away from her and she proceeded me to explain how your hand and fingers redirect energy flow. She also showed me which finger corresponded to the five basic elements (fire, air, earth, water, and ether).

I had know about hand gestures used in Hinduism but I had no idea what they meant or more importantly the innate powers hands hold.

  Mudras can be used to instigate particular energy flows and stimulate different emotions, spiritual reactions, and reactions in the body.  By pressing together, curling, touching or pointing different fingers or parts of the hands you can stimulate reflexes from the hand to the brain, stimulate endorphins, change your mood and increase your vitality.

It is said that there exist close to 399 mudras that have been used for centuries! Most commonly, they are performed during meditation or in pranayama practice but they can performed at anytime during your personal ritual as long as they are done in full concentration and in a state of serenity.

Today I am sharing with you a very special Mudra for this month: More Love- inspired by the Anahata Chakra (fourth Chakra) This Mudra amplifies the energy of love.

You can sit on a Lotus asana or lay down, place your thumbs right on your chest (Fourth chakra), take some time to send your intentions to the universe and take a few deep breaths.

Happy practice!

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4 Yoga Poses to Reduce Lower Back Pain

4 Yoga Poses to Reduce Lower Back Pain

4 Yoga Poses to Reduce Lower Back Pain

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), lower back pain is the second most common reason for visiting the doctor. It’s also one of the most common reasons for calling out of work.  What are the causes of lower back pain? According to the ACA, one of the causes of lower back is poor posture and if your job requires you to sit at your desk all day, then this can become the cause of poor posture and lower back pain.  We’ve put together 4 yoga poses that can alleviate lower back pain and help improve your posture.

The Cat and CowA simple and easy movement that stretches the spine and hips. Read more…
Supine TwistA twist to the spine offers a great tension reliever for the entire back, as well as the neck. Read more…
Thread the NeedleIf the hips are tight, the movement we need tends to come from the back, which results in back pain. Read more…
Sphinx PoseThe Sphinx is a great pose for toning the spine and stimulating the sacral-lumbar arch. Read more…

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Free Meditation e-Book

Free Meditation e-Book

How can you increase your mind’s function? Meditation. It’s free and it’s been shown to increase overall happiness, cognitive function, and focus. Don’t believe us? Readthis.

Start your journey with this free e-book.

Download the free eBook.

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Want to Have a Great Week? Here’s How

Want to Have a Great Week? Here’s How

Here’s a little secret. We listen to sleep meditation for an amazing deep sleep and even better day!

We’ve all been there. You wake up as if you never slept. Feeling like you need another 10 hours of sleep to feel your best.  Having to go through the day on caffeine and wishing your office would have sleeping pods. Well, we got you covered.

If you’re seeking to fall asleep faster and sleep deeper, listen to the video below. It’s 10 minutes long, but you probably won’t make it to the end. Those zzz’s come really fast.  You can listen to it on your headphones or connect your phone to a bluetooth speaker. At first it might seem weird if you’ve never done any form of meditation, in which case you can check out our previous post here.  But after a couple of nights of trying, you’ll be sleeping like baby and waking up ready to conquer the day.  Sleep tight!

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How to Get Started on Meditation

How to Get Started on Meditation

Not sure on how to get started on meditation?

In this tutorial Niki covers the foundations of meditation. She will prepare and guide you through a breathing meditation that will get you started on an amazing journey of self-growth.

It is important to understand that meditation should be incorporated as part of your daily routine/schedule. With practice, you’ll develop greater focus and will improve your meditation skills.

We hope you enjoyed our first tutorial series in collaboration with The Yogarden.

ૐNamasteૐ

Stay tune for our next tutorial series coming on November 15

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