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Kundalini Yoga for Physical Vitality

An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning “truth is my identity.” The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. Yoga Journal Kundalini yoga is a blend of Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga and Shakti yoga. Each of these yoga techniques involves chanting, mediation/mental and physical control, and expression of power and energy. The term Kundalini means “a spiritual energy or life force located at the base of the spine,” which is usually conceptualized as a coiled-up serpent. These days Kundalini yoga is a synthesis of many traditions, and the kriyas and meditations in Kundalini Yoga are designed to raise complete body awareness to prepare the body, nervous system, and mind to handle the energy of Kundalini rising. Many of the physical postures are designed to activate the navel, spine, and focal points of pressurization on meridians (energy points). Through breath work (pranayama) and the application of yogic locks of energy (bandhas), the release, direction, and control of the flow of Kundalini energy …

How To Do The Crow (Crane) Pose

Bakasana/Kakasana… …was the first arm-balancing pose that I learned in yoga. It was the toughest and absolutely the most rewarding. I faced my fear of face planting onto the floor. But as I leaned forward and rested my weight on my hands, I instantly forgot about the fear and trusted that my mind and body will work interdependently to catch me if I fall. It was a moment of mind-body connection while flying in the air, and it felt accomplishing and rewarding as I continue to challenge my balance. Crow Pose stimulates inner focus and concentration of the moment. It strengthens Sacral Chakra, which enhances our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. (Aileena Cavali) If you have not tried this pose and want to learn how to, see the tutorial below by Kassandra. Her tutorial will help you to overcome the fear of falling and learn to trust your mind and body.   The Benefits The process of getting into Crow Pose and balancing on your hands is a full-body workout itself. It engages …

4 Benefits of Downward-Facing Dog

When I think of yoga the first thing that comes in mind is a downward-facing dog pose, or Adho Mukha Svanasana. Any form of yoga would have this pose incorporated, which benefits your entire mind and body. It aids in fending off certain ailments and gives you an emotional boost when practiced daily. … so grab a high quality yoga mat  and give it a try! See how Downward-Facing Dog Pose can benefit you below. Strengthens the Spine You are using gravity to challenge your core and back as you round your spine back and fourth in a gentle flow between Downward-Facing Dog and Upward-Facing Dog. This also helps to re-align your spine in a natural way. Strengthens the Arms This flow between Downward-Facing Dog and Upward-Facing Dog requires highly controlled movements and breathing, thus strengthening the the shoulder and arms. If you can bring your attention to really pressing your hands into your mat, and rolling your biceps away from your ears, you will get awesome muscular engagement throughout your whole arm, which in turn …

Doing half lord of the fishes pose at the beach to help alleviate back pain.

5 Yoga Poses to Release Tight Back Muscles

Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, based on Global Burden of Disease 2010. While back pain symptoms can be reduced with pain meditation, but studies have shown that yoga may help to reduce the need for pain meditation, according to research published in July 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Here is a series of yoga poses, recommended by the HuffPost and YogaJournal, you can do daily to ease your back pain. All age groups are encouraged to practice yoga to ease ailments such as back pain, or even to prevent some illnesses as you age. However, it’s always a good idea to check in with your doctor before starting a new fitness regimen. Once you get the green light, you can do these five poses for your back pain.  Bridge Pose Stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Release with an exhalation while slowly rolling your spine down to the mat. Once the shoulders are rolled under, be sure not to pull them forcefully …

“Happiness is an inside job”

Happiness is a skill and practice. Happier people do not have easier lives, with less hard work, grief, divorce, or financial strain than the rest of us. They’re simply more grateful for what they have and choose to be conscious of their contentment more often. Santosha, a Yoga Philosophy Rebecca Pacheco, Health.com To be honest, I was inspired to start doing yoga because of how impressive, graceful, and fun the poses look. But I got more than what I expected from the classes that I attended over the years. I was mentally and physically challenged to step out of my comfort zone. To get into a headstand, a crow, or a challenging arm balancing pose, I learned to adopt a positive attitude in order to break the mental barrier that was built by fear and self-doubt. The learning process, attention level, and attitude of the pose had a positive compounding effect on other aspects of my life. I learned to be optimistic and positive regardless of what goes on externally, and I found happiness and …

10-Minute Meditation for a Productive Day

Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you’re still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive. How? By increasing your capacity to resist distracting urges. Peter Bregman, Harvard Business Review Research has shown that the ability to resist urges and temptations will improve your relationships, decision making, and performance. One of the teachings of Meditation is to to learn how to resist impulses and delay gratification until you have achieved your goals for work, personal development, relationships, or anything. You do so by becoming more aware of your intentions, thoughts and self through a series of breathing techniques and mantras. By shifting your focus to your breathing and be present with the moment, you are distracted from external stress factors and the urge for activities that would hinder your productivity and long-term success. This quick …

An Organization Driven by Kindness & Gratitude

Welcome! We created this space to share our values, love, and respect for yoga and meditation with our community. The practice of yoga and meditation yields great benefits for your mental and physical health. Those who adopted this lifestyle, in addition to eating mostly plant based, are healthier, happier, and more fulfilled individuals. Yoga and meditation help us to overcome stress, fear, anxiety, external factors that we allow to define ourselves, envy and jealously (the root of all evil), and so much more. “Lotus & Poses was established to inspire and empower you to adopt a mindful and healthy lifestyle through the practice of yoga and meditation.” Andrée Hoang, Founder & CEO of LOTUS & POSES™ We do so by creating this information platform for health, yoga, and meditation that are practical and applicable to your day-to-day life. We also create quality and affordable activewear to assist your journey towards a healthier and happier life. We hope to bring you great values and happiness. Lotus & Poses Family, An Organization Driven by Kindness & Gratitude. …