Yoga teacher and personal trainer Julia Chan shows us how to build our own yoga practice in a four-part video series.
I am a huge believer in the power of yoga to prevent disease and aid recovery. Many people think of yoga as stretching and a way to reduce stiffness and increase flexibility. Yes, yoga does that but it is also a powerful discipline that goes far beyond stretching.
Yoga is the Sanskrit word for union and that is exactly what the practice of yoga does. It unifies the body, mind and spirit, creates mental clarity and emotional and physical stamina.
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One of summertime’s greatest joys? Travel to faraway places. One of its biggest headaches (other than the TSA lines)? Jet lag. It’s the traveler’s equivalent of a hangover, with the main difference being that you probably had no fun getting it, and the pain will last longer than the alcohol-induced kind. And why does jet lag still have such power over us?
It’s time to move.
It doesn’t matter if you are reading this from your bed or your chair or from the line outside of your favorite lunch spot.
The time is now, because any time, really, is the time to move.
Twists are a favorite among many yoga practitioners. These poses can be advanced and have several health benefits.
Rotating and twisting your upper body releases tightness in the lower back to promote spinal neutralization and better rotation and aids in detoxification and digestion. However most who attempt these twists are often doing them incorrectly. Jamming their bodies into a position they’re not ready for or not fully understanding the alignment of the pose are the common reasons yoga twists are often done wrong. The end result of incorrect twisting are over stretched muscles in the hips and lower back which in time will create instability and injuries.
In the female dominated world of yoga, I’m actually seeing more men attending my yoga classes. Although the classes I teach are more of a power yoga style, they’re still coming week after week and I love it. It shows me that the old association of yoga being touchy feely, only for women and for hippies is finally making its breakthrough. Men are understanding the importance of adding yoga and stretch to their fitness routine and those who are consistent are seeing results.
We all know the importance of getting to the gym and working out. Is showing up really 80 percent of the challenge? If so, why do so many people show up to their workouts but have not gotten closer to their personal fitness goals? Does your workout look something like this: you’re on your phone reading or sending messages, your face is tense, at times you forget to breathe and hold your breath, you are speeding through each exercise to get it over with as quickly as possible, you stop when the movement becomes challenging.
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Colleen Saidman Yee is an internationally respected yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for almost 20 years. Prior to that, she had many chapters ranging from a heroin habit to a top fashion model working around the globe. The first time she took a yoga class, she left feeling inexplicably different—something inside her had shifted. She felt alive—so alive that yoga became the center of her life, helping her come to terms with her insecurities and find her true identity and voice.