25
Apr
2015
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A New York State of Mind

Most people have a love/hate relationship with New York. Mine’s more one-sided, I’m afraid. My relationship with the apple that beat all others is aaaaalllllll about love. Love, love, love. All love. Chew on THAT. Here’s the thing with New York and me: I’ve been there more times than I’ve visited any other place on Earth. New York is my “fairiest of all” mirror that reflects back to me where I happen to be in...
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14
Apr
2015
1

Bhujapidasana

Bhujapidasana (otherwise known as “Arm Pressure Posture”), is an arm balancing asana which requires both balance and strength, while all body weight is supported by the palms. The illustration shows an entry transition into the full pose for advanced practitioners. PHYSICAL BENEFITS - Strengthens wrists and arms - Strengthens upper body and shoulders - Tones abdominal organs - Stimulates metabolism - Improves balance - Nourishes thyroid gland - Increases blood circulation towards abs/legs MENTAL BENEFITS:...
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12
Apr
2015
3

The Power of Ten Sun Salutes

I discovered yoga a decade ago while I was living in South Korea and had no real clue what yoga even WAS. I fell into it by mistake, because Korean bookstores sucked. Let me explain. Back then I thought yoga was something only old people did once they could no longer do “real” exercise. I know, I know… But I was in my mid-twenties, I was living in a foreign country, nobody spoke of yoga...
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8
Apr
2015
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Navasana

Finding stability in Navasana (otherwise known as Boat Pose) requires many simultaneous actions and (if we must be honest), a considerable amount of effort. Once attained however, it will align your body, calm your mind, and provide countless other mental and physical benefits that may come as a surprise. PHYSICAL BENEFITS - Strengthens and tones abdominal/core muscles - Strengthens spine, back and hip flexors - Tones arm and leg muscles - Improves digestion - Improves...
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31
Mar
2015
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Marichyasana A

Named after the sage Marichi (aka Ray Of Light), this series of Ashtanga Primary Series hip openers inhibits our tendencies to push ourselves too deep into poses by the asana’s binding aspect, while opening our hips/shoulders, and offering numerous physical, mental and therapeutic benefits. Maichyasana poses consists of 4 variations (A,B,C and D) progressing from forward bends to deep twists. The variation featured here is A, which helps open the hips as our bodies prepare...
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25
Mar
2015
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Janu Sirsasana

Janu Sirsasana literally means “Head to Knee Pose”, because, well… that’s where your head (more specifically your chin) will eventually end up if you keep on working at it. This could take years for some of us, or mere seconds for the bendy people, but there’s no need to despair if you’re not there. Remember, our bodies are all different, this is not a race, and you will still reap the benefits of this pose...
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22
Mar
2015
1

Lost That Lovin’ Feeling? Me Too. How I Got Back in My Yoga Zone.

Hi. I’m Alex, and I’m a yogaholic. Recently, I came dangerously close to falling off the yoga wagon. Since returning to Montreal from India, I decided to ditch my yoga studio and focus on developing my own sequences while cultivating my own yoga practice at home. For three glorious months, I was hitting the mat six to seven days a week, an hour and a half each day, and despite a wrist injury, I was...
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18
Mar
2015
2

Purvottanasana

Purvottanasana is known as Upward Plank pose or “Intense Eastward Facing Stretch”. The East is associated with new beginnings and renewal stemming from the direction of the rising sun. Don’t let the word “stretch” mislead you, however. This pose also requires strength from the legs, butt, back, core, shoulder and arm muscles and can be quite intense, especially if held for more than five breaths. PHYSICAL BENEFITS - Strengthens shoulders, triceps, wrists - Strengthens glutes...
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14
Mar
2015
1

10 Spring Powerfoods

Now that spring is here (or just around the corner), it’s time to do some spring cleaning on our bodies by loading up on these 10 powerfoods. With an abundance of fresh, healthy, seasonal products packed with vitamins, antioxidants and countless health benefits, eating well doesn’t have to be boring. The following 10 products will benefit your skin, brain, mood and memory, and can easily be incorporated into your diet. Enjoy!