YOGIC LIFESTYLE

 
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Start simple.

  1. When you wake up, drink a glass of water

  2. Find a comfortable seat in sukhasana

  3. Do 5 minutes of Nadi-shodna Pranayama

  4. Do 10 minutes of Himalayan Sun Salutations

  5. Meditate for 10 minutes, setting an intention for the day

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  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-microbial

  • Brain-stimulant

  • Aids in weight loss

  • Slows down aging

*copper bottle sold at YFL

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“If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen? It will slowly wither and die.

Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest.

You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself” 

― Sri S. Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras


How To: Himalayan Sun Salutations

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Inhale, Urdhva Hastasana (Extended Mountain Pose)

Exhale, Uttanasana (Forward Fold)

Inhale, Right foot back (Low Lunge)

Exhale, Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Hold the breath out, 8-Point Pose (Astavakrasana)

Inhale, Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

Exhale, Adho Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog)

Inhale, Left foot forward (Low Lunge)

Exhale, Uttanasana (Forward Fold)

Inhale, Urdhva Hastasana + Backbend

Exhale, Samasthiti (Mountain Pose)

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How To: Nadi Shodhana Pranayama

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Bring your left hand to rest on your left knee in Jnana Mudra.

  • Bring your middle and pointer fingers of your right hand to your third eye.

  • You’ll use your thumb and 4th finger to close off your nostrils, alternating one at a time.

Before you begin, take a normal breath. Relax your shoulders. Close your eyes.

  • Close off your right nostril with your thumb.

  • Inhale through your left nostril, slowly.

  • When you get to the top of your breath, hold it. This is called Kumbak.

  • Release your thumb, close off your left nostril with your 4th finger and pinky.

  • Slowly exhale out of your right nostril.

  • When you’ve emptied your breath, pause there. Kumbak.

  • Slowly inhale through your right nostril. Kumbak.

  • Close off your right nostril, release your left nostril.

  • Slowly exhale, left nostril.

  • This is one complete set.

Continue this pattern. Make your breath slow and steady, making barely any sound.

Visualize your breath as it travels through your body.


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How To Thrive During Vata Season

by: Nya Riddle

December is the peak of Vata Season. In Ayurvedic philosophy, Vata is the element of air. Vata people are quick moving, lighthearted, often times lanky in stature, and have a tendency to carry nervousness or anxious energy. These traits translate to the Vata season until mid-January. What does that mean for your yoga? It may feel harder to stay grounded during this time. You may become more easily stressed or anxious, or feel a frantic energy as you move through the day. But, you may also notice a desire to be more productive and keep yourself busy. This is a time when people crave creative projects, exploring, and connection. Channel this energy season into your productive and creative tasks, but remind yourself to stay grounded and avoid imbalances. When the element of air is so strong, it’s important to keep two feet on the Earth - literally. In your asana practice try to stay as physically close to the Earth as you can. Your body will naturally crave things to keep you physically grounded such as longer meditation, heartier foods, and more sleep. Turn inward and allow your intuition to guide you through tis sometimes challenging season, and continue to remind yourself that you are not alone; helping hands are all around if you reach for them from a well-intentioned place.