Yoga Alliance

A non-profit organization, Yoga Alliance maintains a nationwide Yoga Teacher’s Registry to promote and recognize trained yoga teachers and meets their standards. Yoga teachers who are registered with the organization are authorized to make use of the “RYT” (Registered Yoga Teacher) initials, or the “E-RYT” (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) for those teachers who have significant experience in teaching yoga besides training. The Yoga Alliance also issues logos or registry marks for registered teachers that they can use with resumes, business, or advertising endeavors. It also upholds a Registry of Yoga Schools to distinguish training programs of yoga teachers that have as a minimum two-hundred to five-hundred hours of training. Schools that are registered are likewise allowed to use “RYS” (Registered …

Yama And Niyama: The Foundation Stones Of Yoga

Yoga is more popular now than it has ever been. Famous entertainers and other celebrities practice it and thousands or perhaps millions of other people are also doing yoga exercises in one form or another. Yet, despite this widespread popularity, yoga is still misunderstood. Many people think that yoga is primarily a physical activity, something that they can use to get their body in shape. While it is true that yoga has a great role to play in the physical realm, yoga is much more than this. Yoga is, in its deepest sense, the science of human perfection. It is the means by which a person can attain his or her fullest development: physical, mental and spiritual. Human perfection? This …

Yoga: How To Develop A Home Practice

Many people ask how to start a home yoga practice so here is some information to get you going. First I will review the basics and then discuss how often to practice and what to practice. Remember though, the only right practice is regular practice! Don’t let your desire for perfectionism get in your way. Just show up at your mat and practice. Yoga is a life-long journey – perhaps many lives! Environment The space should be quiet, and ideally used only for yoga. (Can be a section of any room) Place a mat, blanket or towel on the floor. The temperature should be moderate – not too cold and not too hot. The room should have fresh air but …

Yoga Classes

Overview Nowadays, the fame of this primordial religious practice from India has already spread far and wide. Originating in the continent of Asia, this ancient spiritual routine are now observed in America and Europe, among the others. A concrete example would be the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) which is the British governing body for yoga that has existed for four decades now. To date, the organization is now established in eleven regions aside from conducting yoga classes. One of the thrusts of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) is to conduct yoga classes. BWY offers a wide range of programs that will equip, not only British members but anybody for that matter, to learn more about the primordial religious …

What Everyone Ought To Know About Yoga For Kids

Yoga can be done by anyone, young, old, even kids. With a little help, even toddlers can do it. Even though it’s simply introduction to yoga and done with a little bit of game playing, it doesn’t mean that kids cannot get the benefit out of this particular sport. The benefits are: • To be healthier and help obesity in children. By taking yoga class, kids are triggered to move. Nowadays, because of the computer games, kids move less than they ought to. • To control their stress. Yes, children can get stressed out, too. Being over scheduled, tough competition in school, peer pressure, all are the cause of your kids’ strain. Yoga can help them to get relaxed. Their …

What Kind of Yoga is Best?

There are different forms of yoga. This type of exercise can leave you toned and supple or you may even be spiritually enlightened according to some teachers. Yoga is the latest thing. It has reshaped some of the greatest stars all the way from Madonna to Sting. Some forms of yoga are more physical and some are highly spiritual. Yoga is extremely good for fatigue, depression, arthritis, aging, stress-related illness, migraine, PMS, back pain and mobility problems. You must first decide why you wish to start yoga and then go about choosing the appropriate form for you. The principles of yoga are quite simple – relax, tune out everything and stretch and you will feel better. If you are looking …

What Is Ashtanga Yoga? Understanding the Methods

Ashtanga yoga, also known as power yoga, is quickly gaining popularity among practitioners. So what is Ashtanga yoga? It is the form of yoga most used by athletes and those interested in quickly increasing strength and stamina. Because of that, Ashtanga yoga postures have a higher degree of difficulty than those in other styles. Additionally, they are done as part of series. Usually, students doing Ashtanga yoga postures will move quickly from one to the other to maintain that focus on strength. That is in opposition to many other forms of yoga where the emphasis is on breathing, relaxation, and flexibility. Who Should Practice Ashtanga Yoga? Ashtanga yoga poses are for most anyone who is in decent shape. If you …

Nine Things You Should Know About Yoga for Children

Here are some guidelines and realistic expectations for parents, who are considering Yoga for their children. For your child, Yoga is much more than a kid’s fitness class. Just like adults — kids need time to learn to deal with life’s daily pressures, too. Make sure your child starts with easy postures, and be patient with your child’s progress. Some beginner children can often be more flexible than advanced adult Yoga practitioners, but they don’t know their own limitations. Discover your child’s real passions. When your child wants to go to Yoga class, it is much better than what you want for your child. This is not to say that you should avoid guidance. However, it is not advisable to …

Yoga Teacher Training Programs Online

Have you been practicing yoga for years now? Thinking of sharing everything you’ve learned about yoga? So you want to teach yoga? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you’ll probably be happy to know that you can teach yoga as a professional by taking a yoga teaching training program first. Yes, a yoga teacher training program is available offline and online these days, after all. The yoga teacher training programs were developed in the first place knowing that more and more people are becoming interested in the yoga practice. According to several statistics, more than 2 million of people in the United States alone have already considered yoga. The practice is even recommended in health care facilities …

Yoga Pants

In the market today, there are a lot of companies that produce bottoms fitting for the execution of the primordial religious practice from India. There are the likes of Fit Couture, Dancewear Solutions, Paiva, Lucy, Rawganique, Shakti Activewear and Greener Paths. Fit Couture has been established by fitness enthusiast and fashion designer, Amy Cerny. With headquarters in Houston, Texas, her company is famous for capris that come in a wide variety of flairs. Average price of yoga pants from Fit Couture is $45 where each can be known from names of places such as Key Largo, Madrid, Rio, Miami, Barcelona, Shanghai and Santa Barbara, among the others. (www.fitcouture.com) Dancewear Solutions will give you more reason to be in sync with …

Yoga on the Net

At one time it seemed that yoga was little more than a dated hippie fad, rather like the lava lamp. But now this ancient health system is back in vogue. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and Julia Roberts and Sting are not shy about advocating the mental and physical benefits of the discipline. It is cool to carry around a little purple mat and tie yourself up in knots in local gyms and draughty church halls. It seems yoga is everywhere, and nowhere is it more omnipresent than on the net. Should you wish to learn more about Sting’s views on the subject, for instance, you might care to read the in-depth interview available at the White Lotus website. …

Yoga for Modern City Life: Most Urbanites Start with a Class

The best place to start is with a class, where a teacher can show you how to adapt poses using props and help you learn proper technique for the postures. The good news is that yoga classes have never been more widely available. You’ll find them at small studios, health clubs and gyms. The hard part is finding a class that’s just right for you. Studios that are dedicated to yoga also foster a more dedicated practice. The same students return to class week after week, and instructors usually follow a particular discipline of yoga. Some classes are aimed at beginners. Whether you consider a studio or health club classes, here are some tips to find qualified instructors and classes …

Frequently Asked Questions about Pre Natal Yoga.

When you are pregnant everyone has an opinion and an important skill to learn early on in the pregnancy is to be able to listen to these opinions, comment politely and then make up your own mind. There are as many different ways of having and raising children as there are children, and once your child is born you need to do what works for you and your family, not what worked for someone else. This doesn’t mean you should ignore advice that is given to you. Usually it will be being dished out by women who have been there and done this before, and knowing what works for others is often a good indicator of what may work for …

How To Perform Yogic Exercises

When you have decided to start with your yoga practice, it is imperative for you to learn how to perform a pose properly. Thus it is advisable for you to find a right teacher who will guide you in the correct manner of performing these poses. Since yogic exercises involve the static and isometric contraction of the muscles, where the muscles are held in a state of tension without causing the corresponding body part to move; it is important to note that the stretching or contraction of the muscles should not be done abruptly or suddenly. You should endeavour to reach the final pose as slowly as you can, so that there is a steady rise in the tension of …

How to find the right Yoga teacher?

I am often asked by beginners about how to evaluate a Yoga Teacher? The following is the “CALM check list.” These factors are basic criteria that your Yoga Instructor should meet before you continue on to a second Yoga class. CALM gets it name from four main factors: Communication, Assist, Listen, and Modification. For the right Yoga teacher, you should be answering with a “yes” to all questions. • Communication: Does your Yoga teacher talk to you, and other students, in a manner of mutual respect? Can you ask a question during class time? Does your teacher show compassion for you and other students? Does your Yoga teacher take the time to lead you through a guided meditation or relaxation? …

How To Choose The Best Yoga Videos

Finding the best yoga videos is not as easy to walking down to your local video store and wandering over to the exercise aisle. Not all such videos on the market are ideal for effective home practice. In order to make sure you get the best yoga videos for your home, consider a few things you should really look for. Easy To Understand First of all, a quality yoga video will be easy for you to follow. You should be able to understand what is being done, how the positions are achieved, how long you should hold each one, and how often you should do it. It should also be easy to follow into each subsequent move. If you cannot …