Yoga

Self-care and Well Being

Self-care and Well Being

What is Self-care and Well-being?

We have a tendency to put self-care aside as the challenges of modern life make us over-stimulated, exhausted, stressed, tired, frustrated, and desperate. If it sounds like this is you, you’re not alone. We live in a society that’s asking us to work harder, faster, and longer to accomplish more in less time. You may start feeling as if there is no off switch. To make it worse you may think, feeling this way is normal.
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Spirituality and Happiness

Spirituality and Happiness

What does Spirituality have to do with Happiness?

Yoga, meditation, prayer, journaling, reading, chanting, and/or contemplation, at some point in your life you may have turned to one or more of these practices as a way of connecting to your higher self. Spirituality is a way of uncovering mysteries of life. There are many religions old and new in this world, practiced or not practiced by some, science shows that spirituality is a universal practice that can have a powerful positive effect on happiness, health, and relationships.
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5 Kleshas That Cause Suffering

5 Kleshas That Cause Suffering

The tapestry of life is made up of experiences—ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and pleasures and pains. The one experience that is most challenging for most of us is suffering. The tradition and wisdom of yoga reminds us that, in the absence of enlightenment, life becomes suffering.

Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. Pain can be defined as an uncomfortable physical, mental, or emotional experience, suffering is a state of being caught up in your painful situation and making it as an aspect of your being. In other words, pain is what happens to us; suffering is our interpretation and reaction to that pain. What are the roots of suffering, and how and where do they come from.

Let’s look at five specific causes of suffering—the five Kleshas.
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Ayurveda And Your Health

Ayurveda And Your Health

Ayurveda And Your Health

If you’ve have been taking yoga classes, you may have heard about Ayurveda.

It may seem mysterious and complicated at first. Ayurveda (pronounced: “ah-yer-vey-duh”) is a beautifully complex system. But if you understand the foundation, it is beautiful and simple.

Let’s start with by knowing some simple facts about the basics about this ancient approach to improved health and wellness.

Ayurveda and Yoga have evolved

Ayurveda and Yoga have evolved side-by-side for 5,000 years. It’s roots are in the Indian Sub-continent and it’s the world’s oldest health system.

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and is associated with living life harmoniously in the body, mind and in our environment. It literally translates as Ayur- life, Veda- sacred knowledge.

Ayurveda is a holistic system

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine and serves as a guide to healthy living. The ultimate goal of both Yoga and Ayurveda is to strive to attain a state of physical, mental and spiritual harmony that will allow us to realize Consciousness.

Ayurveda identifies five elements

Ayurveda identifies five elements that are building blocks of all matter. These elements are space, air, fire, water and earth.

Ayurveda represents 3 vital energies

According to Ayurveda, the five elements are represented in the human body energetically by the three vital energies (Doshas):

Vata (space & air)
Pita (fire & water)
Kapha (water & earth)

Ayurveda and digestive fire

According to Ayurveda, there can be no physical health without a strong digestive fire, Agni (pronounced: “ugh-nee”). Agni is what transforms nourishment into something we can use to grow and develop both physically and spiritually.

Ayurveda to alleviate disease

To help alleviate disease and maintain health, Ayurveda focuses on diet, lifestyle, and herbal therapies to balance the vital energies.

So, the next time you come across Ayurveda, you can perhaps follow these simple facts to get you started. You can create a lifestyle and diet to compliment your yoga practice, and also reap the benefits of healing therapies.

 

Take your practice to the next level and consider learning more about Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda. Check our upcoming workshops on Ayurveda. Learn your own Mind Body composition and the foods you should be eating suitable for your mind body composition. For more information, call our studio at 905-712-9642 or email at info@mindtobody.ca.

Why Yoga Is Great for All Dads

Why Yoga Is Great for All Dads

Why Yoga is Great for All Dads

Not only celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Adam Levin, Robert Downey Jr., LeBron James, but even the manliest of men are finally catching on to the fitness, health, and the feel-good benefits of yoga.
Last time we checked women still far outnumber men on the mat. Does your dad still need some convincing that yoga is for bro’s, too? In honor of Father’s Day, here are few reasons why your dad (and all dads) should be doing yoga.  Here are 4 reasons to consider yoga for all dads:

1. Yoga reduces stress

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of men (it also strikes men at a younger age than women), and stress may affect behaviors and factors that are proven to increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating.  If the dad in your life suffers from stress (and who doesn’t?), a yoga mat could be the best Father’s Day gift you give him this year. Several studies suggest that yoga activates the vagus nerve—a very influential parasympathetic nerve affecting the heart—and so the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) becomes more dominant than the adrenalin-based sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), this reduces blood pressure and consequently the workload of the heart.

Some suggested poses for reducing stress: Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) and many other forward bends. Forward bending poses stimulate the internal organs, all of which have sensory connections to the vagus nerve.

2. Yoga improves flexibility

More often men complain about not being flexible enough, and just about every yoga pose works to improve joint range of motion and muscle suppleness. Men with poor ranges [of motion] can start with with lots of props and standing poses like Trikonasana (Triangle), Warrior I and Warrior II, forward bends like Upavistha Konasana, and simple twists like meru wakrasana (spinal twist).
Go easy at first. Men have a tendency to often pit their greater strength against their reduced ranges of motion and hurt themselves.. Patience and being kind to yourself and ahimsa (non-violence toward all living beings) are really quite important.

3. Yoga helps ease back pain

Yoga’s ability to alleviate back pain is possibly its strongest swaying factor when it comes to winning converts. 80 percent success can be achieved through poses like Salabhasana (Locust Pose) and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) for a herniated disc.

4. Yoga may shrink that beer gut

There are many yoga poses that stimulate the stretch-receptors in the stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine between the stomach and middle part of the intestine), these receptor help turn off the appetite centers in the brain. According to Dr. Fishman, doing Warrior I, Warrior II or Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) approximately 20 minutes before a meal helps curb caloric intake. Something to consider before your Father’s Day barbecue, eh!

 

Calling all dad’s of Mississauga and surrounding areas! If you are unsure of which yoga classes to take, please feel free to contact us at any time. Also read our blog on “A Guide to Mind to Body Yoga Classes and How They Can Benefit You”. Haven’t given our studio a try yet? Sign Up for unlimited access with our $65 – 30 day intro offer or check our promotions page for current promotions. Or just drop by to chat about what options might work best for you. We are so proud of our studio and will continue to build and develop a positive community that supports the health and wellness of our clients. We hope to see you soon!

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