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Daily Yoga Pose

2022-06-22
Parivrtta Trikonasana

Pose Name: Revolved Pyramid

Sanskrit Pose Name: Parivrtta Trikonasana

Chakra: Root and Sacral Chakra

Level of Pose: Beginner

Health Benefits: Stretches hips, hamstrings and spine. Stimulates internal organs and improves balance. Strengthens legs and core while relieving back pain.

Emotional Benefits: Reduces anxiety and relieves stress.

Instructions: Begin standing and bring your feet about three feet apart. Turn your right foot to the side and your left foot in at an angle. Reach your arms out to the sides. Keeping your torso long, reach your right arm out as far as you can over your right foot and then bring your left hand to the outside of your right foot while reaching the right arm up effectively twisting your torso. Breathe in this position and the slowly come out to do the same thing on the other side.

2022-06-23
Marjaryasana

Pose Name: Cat

Sanskrit Pose Name: Marjaryasana

Chakra: Heart Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra and Sacral Chakra

Level of Pose: Beginner

Health Benefits: Improves posture and spinal alignment while strengthening the core. The kidneys and internal organs are stimulated to improve function and digestion.

Emotional Benefits: Helps you feel energized by releasing tension in the muscles and energy stored in the mind. Can help reduce stress, especially done with deep, slow breathing through the nose.

Instructions: Start on all fours with your hands shoulder distance apart and fingers spread wide. The knees are hip distance apart and the toes are untucked. As you exhale, bring your chin to your chest and push you spine towards the ceiling, knitting your front ribs in towards each other as you pull your belly button to the spine. The arch in your back will stretch your back muscles. This position is often paired with cow pose. It's a great warm up.

2022-06-24
Salamba Sirsasana

Pose Name: Headstand

Sanskrit Pose Name: Salamba Sirsasana

Chakra: Crown Chakra and Third Eye Chakra

Level of Pose: Intermediate

Health Benefits: Improves brain health, hair growth and complexion. Reduces onset of grey hair by delivering nutrients to the scalp and stimulating hair follicles.

Emotional Benefits: Helps eliminate depression. Provides energy, clarity and stimulates the pineal gland which is the connection to the soul and spiritual realms.

Instructions: Begin by kneeling, placing your forearms on the ground and intlerlace your fingers, creating a basket for the back of the head. Place the top of your head on the ground and keep the elbows at a slight angle but not too wide. Lift your hips and walk your toes closer to your face. Engage your core and push into your elbows to lift your feet, slowly coming into a tuck position. If you feel comfortable, slowly straighten the legs and continue to breathe. Come out the same way you went in with control. Do not put too much weight on the head to protect the neck.

2022-06-25
Trikonasana

Pose Name: Extended Triangle Pose

Sanskrit Pose Name: Trikonasana

Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra

Level of Pose: Beginner

Health Benefits: Strengthens legs, core and shoulders. Stretches, ankles, hips, calves and hamstrings. Improves circulation and digestion. Improves balance.

Emotional Benefits: Increases will power and builds positivity. Improves ability to focus, creativity and heal emotional wounds from relationships. Helps you open to love.

Instructions: Start standing with your feet together. Step your right foot foward three feet and turn your back toes out slightly. Place your hands on your hips and inhale lifting your chest. Exhale as you lean over your right leg and then reach your arms forward to the ground. Take a few deep ujayyi breaths here. As you inhale lift your left hand to the sky opening the front of your chest to the side. Place the right hand or fingertips on the ground outside of your right leg and bring the arms in one line perpendicular to the ground. Look up at your top hand. Pull the hips away from each other and press the back edge of your back foot towards the ground. Inhale coming all the way up and back to standing with your feet together. Repeat the same thing on the opposite side.

2022-06-26
Urdhva Dhanurasana

Pose Name: Wheel

Sanskrit Pose Name: Urdhva Dhanurasana

Chakra: Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra and Heart Chakra

Level of Pose: Intermediate

Health Benefits: Energizes the body. Stretches shoulders, increases spinal flexibility, improves respiratory health, helps with asthma, infertility and osteoporosis. Strengthens arms, lungs, spine, wrists and legs. Stimulates pineal gland and thyroid. Strengthens your cardiovascular, nervous, lymphatic and endocrine systems.

Emotional Benefits: Decreases depression.

Instructions: Being laying on your back and bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor and your heels are in to your backside. Place your palms on the floor next to your ears with your fingertips pointing towards your shoulders. As you inhale lift your hips and press into your hands. Come to the top of your head and make sure your elbows are in, no wider than your shoulders. Feet should be no wider than your hips. Keep pressing into your hands to keep pressure off of your neck. On your next inhale, press equally into your hands and feet and lift your body. Take a few deep breaths through your nose and then slowly lower yourself back to the ground. Do the pose three to six times for more energy and finish by hugging your knees towards your chest slowly to neutralize your spine.

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What is Yoga?

In Sanskrit, yoga literally refers to a connection or uniting, or the act of discipline. A practice that dates back thousands of years, yoga involves a combination of meditation, movement, and spirituality to bring us into connection with the Universal energy that allows us to connect with our soul. Yoga guides us to enlightenment, not just through the flows and poses themselves, but through a retraining of the mind that harnesses the energy of the body to expand one’s consciousness. Yoga has many forms and the benefits reach far beyond the physical body. Like meditation, yoga is a personal practice that will look different from person to person.

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What are the Different Types of Yoga?

In the west, there are 22 main different types of yoga. The poses in traditional yoga are called asanas. The traditional branches of yoga include Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, and Ashtanga. Traditional yoga almost always includes mantras, breathwork, and meditation. Kriya yoga, kundalini yoga, and yoga nidra focus more on the emotions, mind, and soul through a development of the mind and energetic body. Recently, more westernized versions have evolved, giving us Bikram, Restorative, Yin, hot yoga, and many other variations.

It’s important to realize that every type of yoga will have an entirely different feeling, depending on the style, speed, environment, and the teacher (if there is one) - so don’t let one bad experience throw you off. Yoga takes study, persistence and personal dedication. Keep experimenting until you find the style that works best for you and your unique needs.

How to Decide Which Type of Yoga is Best For You

If you are looking to lose weight, a regular vinyasa or heated vinyasa class can help speed up your metabolism. The emotions can best be aided in slower, more traditional forms of yoga where meditation and breathwork are prioritized. Hatha yoga is a great way to prepare the body to sit in meditation. Ultimately, reading about the types of yoga will allow you to intuitively pick a type that will help you grow the most.

If you’re dealing with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, or abusive relationships, just getting to class can be difficult. Not everyone has access to a yoga studio either. At Daily Life, we want to assist you in developing your yoga practice by meeting you exactly where you’re at. Check this page every day for a new daily yoga pose that you can experiment with in the comfort of your own home.

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How Does Yoga Affect Mental Health?

Yoga is continually prescribed to help people with depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health issues. While yoga is not a substitute for serious mental health condition treatments, it can be incredibly impactful as a supplement in the healing process. Yoga helps regulate the chemical balance and hormones in the body, bringing the mind, body, and soul into harmony. Because yoga teaches us how to manage our mind while strengthening the physical vessel we take through the world every day, yoga can be a crucial catalyst of growth and healing.

How Does Yoga Improve the Mind?

Yoga works by making you more conscious of your mind, allowing you more control over what you keep inside it. For many people, yoga is actually much more about the mind than the body. A lot of people don’t realize the myriad mental benefits of yoga that they keep going back because they start to feel a little better each time. The gentle coaxing of the teacher, the fluidity and flow of movement, and the calmness of the yogic mind all contribute to the health of the mind.

How Does Yoga Affect the Soul?

Yoga’s purpose is to connect you with your soul. The Ego, the sense of one’s self as a physical being in the world, often obstructs our ability to communicate with the soul, which is where the true self is housed. Yoga allows us to raise our health and emotional state to be able to perceive the higher frequency through which our soul communicates with us. Once we establish a clear channel through which to access our soul, we can align our thoughts, motivations, words, and actions to be in harmony with ourselves and the life force that we are all a part of on this planet.

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How Does Yoga Improve the Body?

Yoga improves the 10 main systems of your body: skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, and respiratory systems. As if that’s not enough, yoga is designed to bring harmony and balance to the mind, body, and soul. If the mind and soul are not in balance, the body will feel the effects. Adopting a regular yoga practice into your daily life will allow your brain function to improve and your body to detox as well as strengthen itself to defend against illness naturally. Yoga is the science of optimization.

Can Yoga Assist in Weight Loss?

Yes! Yoga stimulates the metabolism and internal organs, regulating digestion. With consistent practice, yoga builds momentum that aids in weight loss in various ways. As your muscles grow and strengthen, your body burns more fat since the fat cells store the energy that is used to feed the muscles. Even breathwork can improve the metabolism because it creates heat in the body, causing the metabolism to speed up. Of course, yoga is not an overnight fix (but what is?) and the results will be greater with more frequent practice.