How to Detox

Detoxification, or detox, is the process of eliminating the toxins from your body. In the modern world, food additives, stress, exhaustion, environmental pollution, and more work together to leave our bodies and minds sluggish and unhealthy. Detoxing returns your body to the basics, giving it the opportunity to naturally cleanse itself. Yet figuring out exactly how to detox can be confusing for beginners. Although there are many different methods, yogic thought focuses on gentle methods that can last, rather than harsh cleanses.

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A Guide to Yoga on Koh Samui, Thailand

If you are interested in deepening your connection to your yoga practice, and learning some valuable new techniques, one of the best ways to go about it is to study on the island of Koh Samui, in Thailand. Although it is true that yoga originated in India, Thailand has long been an epicenter of yoga training. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Koh Samui, you will find yourself more spiritually connected to the art of yoga.

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How to diet during stressful periods in life

One very important aspect of recovering from and defending against stress is diet. How and what we eat are vital. When you have been stressed and burned out, your body easily suffers from loss of nutrients, as the production of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol steals vitamins, minerals and good fatty substance from your body. The body needs these nutrients for the production of the vital melatonin, serotonin, oestrogen, testosterone and D-vitamin, which keep the body healthy, balanced and stress free. And often, due to stress, digestion is reduced and, therefore, vitamins and minerals aren’t being optimally absorbed in the body. For this reason, when suffering from long periods of stress, it’s advised to eat the proper quantity of different kinds of foods. To de-stress, the proportion of food on your plate should consist of the following:

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Three tips to start your day off right

When you first open your eyes in the morning, what is your first thought? Is it, “Ugh, oh my god, I don't want to get up…Not another day…I don't want to go to work” Or is it, “Today is going to be a beautiful day. I have a good feeling about today.”

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“Where the Eyes Go…”

Just as in Yoga, Indian Classical Dance too has the concept of outer and inner. In dance the orchestration, the movements and the costuming are part of the outer life, just as asanas, kriyas and breathing techniques are in Yoga. However, more importantly, or perhaps more interestingly, is the hidden depth of consciousness that may present itself through the long term nurturing and devotion to the practice.

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Excerpt from “Unbound”

Much of what appears to you to be personal tragedy upon your plane of earth is, in reality, nothing more than an unwillingness on the part of the personality to listen to the wishes of the deep self. In this way does it set up the drama for movement.

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Yogis united

Over the past 7 years I have been returning to Samahita Retreat regularly to continue my studies with my teacher Paul Dallaghan - continuing on my path of diving deeper into the practices of Yoga. And whenever I return back home to my own community of students, I bring along new insights and inspiration to share with them.

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Yoga for self-transformation by Monika Makitalo

With practice, yoga can give us a strong and stable mind and also an open and loving heart. These are qualities that are important for the wellbeing for all of us, yoga teachers included.

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10 Tips for Making it to Yoga Class When You Are Too Busy

Even if you are busy, yoga still makes sense. Okay, we get it; you’re absolutely rushed off your feet – who isn’t? With that in mind, then, wouldn’t you like to take the weight off those tired old feet for an hour or so and just…well…relax? Of course you would! And guess what? Yoga is the best thing for you right now. Getting you back to ‘you’, it’ll relax your body and your mind and give you the boost you need when everything else seems like one big stress. To help you, here are our top ten reasons you should make it to yoga class when you’re just too busy to do much else:

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The breath is the most important part of the practice. Focus on the breath, even if you forget the posture or the sequence. Breathe through the nose with sound, constricting the glottis, and creating an aspirated sound in the throat. Breath should be soft, smooth and audible. Breathing with sound creates an object for the mind to focus on, creates heat within the body, building an internal fire, and helps to circulate the blood. Coordinate one breath with one movement and let the breath initiate the movement. Breathing properly ensures that you receive the subtle benefits of the practice.

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Why should we incorporate yoga into a fitness routine?

Yoga asanas are the physical postures that we all know well and see in local fitness studios, healthy lifestyle magazines and on wellness retreats. Indian sages spent lots of time contemplating the human body and nervous system and developing asanas over generations to mobilize the body and create a sense of psychosomatic balance. When combined with breath, this idea of balance is experienced and extends to the mind, helping it move towards silencing the ongoing dictation of deadlines, worries and troubles that knock us 'out of sync’ with the present moment.

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Why should we incorporate yoga into a fitness routine?

As a yoga teacher, I’ve always advised my students to work on their poses from the ground up. This means that their legs must be strong to first ground them in the pose before they work on everything else. If you can’t keep your legs firmly grounded on the mat while doing triangle pose, there is really no point to opening your chest and bringing your arm up. If they practice arm balances, their arms must be strong and capable of carrying their weight. Forget about the fancy leg work. If you can’t lift your body off the mat, the ethereal-looking splits in the air don’t matter. Flexibility can be worked on and eventually your hips, chest, and shoulders will open. But to get there, strength is paramount.

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On the value yoga retreats and spiritual vacations

As we calm our minds and begin to unravel the knots of the stress that is wound throughout our bodies, we can ask, "what do I really want from this life, and will that make me truly happy?" After all, happiness is what we are after, and all the money in the world cannot buy it.

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Yoga as Psychosomatic Therapy

It is now a well researched fact that mental pathologies directly effect the condition of the body. Personality disorders, stress, depression, neuroses etc. to some degree cause or are caused by lack of body awareness, shallow restricted breathing, chronic muscular tension, decreased muscle tone and low energy among others.

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