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Inversions, or poses that get the feet in the air, are yoga's fountain of youth and this article from Real Beauty Explains why.
How does it work? First, inverting reverses the force of gravity — that pesky little universal necessity that wreaks such havoc on our bodies over the years. In a sense, spending time upside down temporarily suspends aging since you aren't susceptible to gravity in the same way that you are for the vast majority of your life. You also give your heart a break, as it doesn't have to work so hard to get blood to and from your extremities when you are upside-down. This little breather helps your heart gather its strength — and if you had to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your entire life, wouldn't you appreciate a little slacking off now and then?
Finally, inversions help the flow of lymphatic fluid, which is an important component of the immune system. A sister to the circulatory system, the lymphatic system is a series of ducts and glands that gathers waste products from and delivers immune cells to the entire body. But unlike the circulatory system — which has the heart — the lymphatic system has no pump, so it relies on gravity and muscular contraction to keep it moving to and from the extremities. When you go upside-down, the lymph can flow more easily. And when you return to right-side up, lymph flow gets another big boost (think of turning an hourglass upside down). And when your immunity is high, you are less likely to get sick, meaning you are less likely to look run down and bedraggled — two instant agers.
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There are some great new videos released of Ashtanga teacher, Kino McGregor, doing a workshop in Zurich.
This one talks about How To Do Leg Behind The Head
This one talks about How To Do Kurmasana
This one talks about How To Deepen Standing Forward Folds
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I just discovered a great website called YogAnatomy. It has amazing articles that deal with common anatomy issues faced by yoga students. The information here really helped with some pesky knee discomfort I was having.
Some great articles from this site are:
Just Blame Chaturanga: Talks about how yoga students blame all their shoulder injuries on Chatarunga when it is really just improperly performed chatarunga's that is the culprit.
Inner Knee Pain: This article changed my life
Many Great Articles on the illusive Bandhas referred to in Ashtanga and other Vinyasa Styles.
As well as many articles on the Psoriasis, Knees, Hamstrings, Feet and Sits bones. All the articles are easy to understand and apply.
Please check out the site for more information: Yoganatomy
Articles Index is here
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Great Video on how to build towards handstand. To see more, check out Sadie's Channel on You Tube.
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Dharma Mitra's book, 908 Asanas, is essential for any yoga students library. It features 908 poses ranging from simple to advanced in unique and challenging variations. The book is a beautiful work of art and also a great reference guide for asanas and their names. It has been instrumental to my practice and has inspired me to try new and different poses.
Dharma Mitra completed the book in 1984 as an offering to his Guru. Dharma Mitra began studying yoga in 1958 and is often seen as the teacher's teacher. He was born in the late 1930's and is still teaching today. Click on the link below.
Ashtanga is an 8 limbed path of yoga that includes a very dynamic, beautiful, healing, meditative and physically demanding practice. Part of learning the yoga is memorization of the poses. Below are websites that offer pose guides that can be printed and referenced when learning Ashtanga.
Has First, Second and a little Third Series.
Has primary series and the opening and closing mantras. Has Primary, Second, Some Third If you know of any more, leave it in the comment section!
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Has primary series and the opening and closing mantras.
Has Primary, Second, Some Third
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