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  1. Loving Kindness and Yoga

    You can find loving kindness with yoga, I did. Loving kindness is the natural by-product of my yoga practice and my growth as a yogi. To be a yogi is to desire and strive for my potential. I’m not sure how that will look yet I can keep moving in that direction by following what […]

  2. The Absurdity of Success

    While talking to my 16-year-old nephew yesterday about success, it was reinforced to me what is so obvious about our society’s opinions and beliefs about success. These opinions and beliefs are what our kids and we are seeing and therefore believing. Our topic was, “what is a successful business person?” This young man’s definition was […]

  3. The Definition of Yoga

    What is yoga? What is the meaning of yoga? The definition of yoga or its goal would be the same as the Power Yoga definition and goal. All styles, systems and practices of yoga should have the same objective of union, enlightenment or ????  The differences would be in the methodology in attaining yoga’s goal. […]

  4. Yoga for Back Pain

    Most people, when searching the topic “Yoga for Lower Back Pain,” are in pain or want to help someone who is in lower back pain. They want to know “yoga poses for lower back pain” or “which yoga is best for lower back pain,” or even “is yoga good for lower back pain?” So, I […]

  5. The Absurdity of Aging

    The absurdity is our culture’s attitudes towards aging. Aging is beautiful. I am 53 and, let me tell you, things have changed. In a certain sense, I’m falling apart. My hair is grey and my face wrinkled. My strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and cardio have all declined, not to mention my eyesight. I experience pain […]

  6. Who Put the Flow in Yoga? Understanding Vinyasa Yoga & Why It Was Created

    Hey, those of you new to yoga, or anybody looking for a little clarity pertaining to yoga terminology, let’s start with one of the most common Sanskrit (which is one of yoga’s original languages) terms, as most terms are in this language. Please be aware that Sanskrit was India’s original language (or at least one […]

  7. Yoga for Pregnancy

    As a clinical psychologist with an interest women’s health, I am a big advocate for integrative approaches to support emotional and physical well-being in pregnant and postpartum women. Pregnancy is life-altering for women, both psychologically and physically. As we are unique individuals, pregnancy can manifest itself in a variety of ways, when it comes to […]

  8. The Absurdity of Humanity

    “All knowledge comes from experience; everything else is just information.” (Albert Einstein) Our teacher is the experiences we have in our life. We cannot hear our teacher if we are not paying attention. Our brains cannot think about one thing and pay attention to something else. So as our mind wanders from thought to thought, […]

  9. Hatha Yoga

    What is Hatha yoga? If you google “hatha yoga definition“, you will get a wealth of info with lots of ancient texts, Sanskrit words, saints and sages and mythology. The Hatha yoga description can be complicated, contradictory and super interesting if you are into that type of stuff. I’d like to define Hatha yoga according […]

  10. Yoga for Beginners

    Yoga classes for beginners, whether in a studio or via beginning yoga video or even a yoga book for beginners, can vary. So please know it’s possible to dislike one class immensely while really appreciating another class. How to start doing yoga or practicing yoga? Well, as mentioned above, there are classes, yoga books for […]

  11. The Absurdity of Religion

    I’m sure the title of this article could be jarring, and that is not its intent. This is simply becoming the “Absurdity Series.“ For more on this, you can also read on The Absurdity of Yoga and The Absurdity of Competition. Religion has important cultural and personal benefits that need to be acknowledged, as we learn and […]

  12. The Beauty of Yoga Online

    Bryan Explains Why Online Yoga Videos Can Better Support Your Yoga Practice. The Internet and social media can be a big contributor to stress, as anything used in an unbalanced way can be harmful. The correlation between social media and depression is now apparent. So personally, when it comes to me or my kids, I […]

  13. The Absurdity of Advanced Yoga Poses

    Doing a quick Google search of “advanced yoga poses,” it seems the going definition is contorted-like positions or very hard yoga poses. To me, this is absurd for two reasons: Firstly: Now this simply may be semantics, but considering the personal nature of yoga, labeling a yoga practice “advanced” is absurd. Take an acrobat who can easily perform […]

  14. The Absurdity of Weight Loss

    Our cultural obsession with weight loss is a cultural sickness in itself. Sure, it is true, obesity is a ubiquitous problem and is considered the cause of other health issues. For the most part, even the act of losing weight is absurd, considering 80% – 90% of people put the weight back on. Surprisingly, even […]

  15. The Absurdity of Yoga

    To the Western mind, yoga is absurd. Growing up in a Christian society, we are born sinners and we need to repent. We are constantly being told in various ways, we are not good enough. Whether we are having images of “success and beauty” imprinted onto our minds (psychological fact: the more you see something, […]

  16. Neanderthals We Are!

    Back in the Neanderthal period, we never had enough. We did not have enough food, shelter, warmth, safety or clothing. Tribalism and fear were necessary for survival. Today most of us have enough of all these things, so why are fear and tribalism still our most dominant qualities? Has our intellectual prowess fooled us into […]

  17. Yoga Meditation Poses, Techniques & Exercises for Beginners

    As a beginner to yoga and meditation, I often pondered questions such as: “Are yoga and meditation the same thing?”, “Am I doing this the right way?”, “How should I place my hands when I am meditating, and does this really matter?”, “Should I meditate before or after my physical asana practice?”. The more time […]

  18. 5 Yoga Poses to Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally

    Yoga is highly beneficial for any and all stress-related issues. Yoga for high blood pressure and yoga for hypertension, as well as yoga poses for high blood pressure are powerful tools in healing these conditions, especially healing these conditions naturally with no ill byproducts only beneficial byproducts. Yoga’s most famous attribute is stress reduction. Stress […]

  19. Yoga Teacher Training Questions, Tips & FAQs

    If you are anything like me, at some point early in your entrée to the yoga world, you experienced a blissful high at the end of a yoga class. In the beginning you may have been pessimistic, questioning if this feeling was “real” or just some figment of your imagination. The dark clouds following you […]

  20. Yoga Stretches & Poses for Lower Back Pain Relief

    Lower back pain is prolific! I’ve actually heard that 80% of people suffer from or have suffered from back pain. Yoga for lower back pain and yoga poses for lower back pain relief is a common theme. Even yoga sequences for lower back pain have been developed. With a little flick of a mouse and […]

  21. Best Yoga Poses for Pregnancy

    NOTE:  Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting a yoga practice while pregnant. My pregnancy was a yoga practice in itself. When pregnant, I had so many expectations around what my practice “should” look like. And, I had a strong practice prior to pregnancy so did not think for a moment that I would […]

  22. The History of Power Yoga

    Power Yoga history is very much tied to the history of modern Power Yoga, a name I coined but never trademarked (thus you have its generic use), is really one of the first types of yoga that stepped outside of the traditional yoga systems, even though its goal is the same as the traditional systems. […]

  23. What Yoga Poses to Avoid When Pregnant?

    Disclaimer: As always, consult with your healthcare provider before engaging in any type of exercise program during pregnancy. Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life that is ripe for nurturing, slowing down, and reflecting. Practicing yoga during pregnancy can prepare a woman’s mind and body for the wild, magical journey of pregnancy and […]

  24. What Are The Benefits of Yoga & Meditation?

    Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and chronic stress are prevalent in the United States, and are considered serious health conditions alongside heart disease, cancer and asthma. Integrative and holistic mind-body practices such as yoga and mindfulness meditation have become increasingly popular and beneficial as well when it comes to psychological and physical health […]

  25. How Yoga & Meditation Help with Stress, Anxiety & Depression

    The confluence of Western psychology with Eastern mind-body practices such as yoga and meditation creates a ripe environment for working with emotional and psychological issues. As a result, the mental health field has witnessed an upsurge in these mind-body healing modalities to address issues ranging from mood and anxiety disorders to stress relief. What is […]

  26. How to Teach Yoga

    I like to describe teaching yoga like this: Let’s say your grandma has a great recipe for chicken soup. You love this chicken soup, it’s amazing!!! Your grandma gave you her recipe, and now you cook chicken soup all the time. One day your friend comes to your house to visit. He says, “what smells […]

  27. The Absurdity of Competition

    Could you imagine how radiation for a cancerous tumor might affect our energy level? What about dealing with the very recent death of a loved one? Could you imagine the limitations or discomfort of being constipated or having a herniated disc? What about neck problems or hamstring issues, a recent surgery, tobacco withdrawals, bad eyesight […]

  28. The Mental Health Benefits of Yoga

    If you practice yoga, then you most likely have experienced the “high” that yoga offers—that feeling like you are grounded in your body, calm, connected, clear, and centered. In this space, it might feel like a dark cloud that was following you around prior to class has suddenly disappeared. Or, that negative thought, emotion, or […]

  29. The Absurdity of Proper Alignment

    It seems to me that I might as well be talking about religion.  Different people, different schools, different systems, all have strong opinions on this subject and how it pertains to each pose.  Even to the degree where people are drawn like an addict out of sobriety into judgment and criticism and other toxic mentalities […]

  30. The History of Power Yoga

    The Origin and Development of Power Yoga Power Yoga history is very much tied to the history of modern yoga. Power Yoga, a name I coined but never trademarked (thus you have its generic use), is really one of the first types of yoga that stepped outside of the traditional yoga systems, even though its […]

  31. How To Teach Your First Yoga Class

    This is a great topic for me, as I remember my first class well. I also have a perspective on teaching your first yoga class, and any yoga class for that matter. Many have asked me: “How should I get started? How should I teach my first yoga class?” For me, the foundation of teaching […]

  32. What Are the Benefits of Yoga Teacher Training?

    Yoga teacher training: What to expect, how to prepare and benefits. So apropos, as I am currently in the midst of my five-day, 40-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training & Immersion. How to prepare for yoga teacher training? You may get as many answers to this question as times you ask the question. Each training will […]

  33. What Are The Health Benefits Of Yoga For Kids?

    Yoga can be applied to most all people and the age and condition of those people. The health benefits of yoga for kids are many, and kids yoga classes are many and profuse because of that. I just returned from a middle school tour for my oldest child, and the principal was telling me how […]

  34. What Is the Definition of Power Yoga?

    Power Yoga = Empowering yoga practice. So what is the difference between yoga and Power Yoga? All yoga should have the same objective, which is basically wellness. Although wellness can be expressed in many ways using many terms. The word yoga literally translated into English means “yoke“ or “to yoke;“ now, you can translate yoke […]

  35. Advanced Yoga Poses

    This is a subject that certainly is begging for clarification. Certainly, as one gets more experienced in anything, one develops more insight and understanding pertaining to the endeavor or subject one is partaking in. Yet understanding more does not necessarily mean doing more and could very well mean doing less, especially pertaining to the physical […]

  36. What Does Yoga Do for Your Body?

    Wow, where to begin. You know you can easily Google “yoga for health“ or “what does yoga help with“ or “physical benefits of yoga,“ and I think you would be blown away at all yoga can accomplish and yoga’s health benefits. What I want to express here is my 38 years of experience and how […]

  37. What is Hot Vinyasa Flow Yoga?

    What is hot vinyasa yoga and what is vinyasa yoga good for?   Vinyasa is literally 3 movements — plank, cobra or up dog, and down dog. These movements are used to connect other poses to each other, as you would connect a high-pitched sound to a low-pitched sound with something in the middle, so […]

  38. How Does Yoga Help Relieve Stress?

    Yoga, it seems, was built to relieve stress. So how does yoga reduce stress? Well, yoga does this in many ways. One way is using the yoga poses to help relieve stress. One by-product of stress is physical tension. So often, you hear people complain about neck and shoulder pain or tension, due to how […]

  39. What Is the Difference Between Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga?

    Vinyasa is a vigorous or flowing style of Hatha Yoga. A vinyasa is actually 3 hatha yoga poses — plank, cobra and down dog. These poses are used in between most other poses as a way of connecting one pose to the next, intertwining the movements into a very Yang type practice. This type of […]

  40. What Are the Benefits of Power Yoga?

    Let’s start by defining Power Yoga: Since I coined the term (but never trademarked it), I’m a good source for its definition, kind of. Well, since it’s not trademarked (even though Beryl Bender Birch tried, but since my use and others’ use was first, she couldn’t or wouldn’t), Power Yoga is just a cool name […]

  41. Western Fitness Absurdity

    Psychological fact (I’ve been told): “The more you see something, the more you believe it.“ What if all I’ve seen is wrong? Western-based health and wellness practices (exercises) are misguided and completely inappropriate for health and wellness. It’s like a story I’ve been told so much, I believe it. What’s misguided is this correlation between […]

  42. What is Hatha Yoga?

    Why should we know what Hatha Yoga is? Not sure, but maybe because over 30 million Americans and around 60 million worldwide practice yoga (and most of it is Hatha Yoga) and many more interested in trying–maybe even you? I decided to google the term Hatha Yoga to get a Hatha Yoga description. I ended […]

  43. What Is the Difference Between Traditional and Power Yoga?

    Well I guess I’m the best person to answer this question, considering I grew up from age 15 in Traditional yoga. By Traditional yoga, I mean a vinyasa yoga practice I studied in India called Ashtanga yoga. I am also the person who coined the term “Power Yoga.“ The difference between Yoga and Power Yoga or […]

  44. Basic Yoga Positions for Beginners

    The Benefits of Basic Yoga Positions Basic yoga positions can be helpful for the beginner asana practitioner and the seasoned practitioner alike. Basic yoga positions for beginners can serve to create a solid foundation upon which to build your practice and are simple and easy to integrate with a well-established practice. Anecdotal and scientific information […]

  45. How to Do Yoga at Home for Beginners

    Why a home practice is important for beginners The growing demands on our lives in conjunction with technology’s ability to make us accessible 24/7 can leave us feeling overwhelmed and chronically stressed. Yoga is a mind-body practice that supports slowing down and taking time to tune into the breath amidst the chaos of our lives. […]

  46. What Are the Health Benefits of Restorative Yoga?

    The Gift that Keeps on Giving… Do you often feel run down and overwhelmed by the seemingly nonstop treadmill of life? Do you find yourself overcome by a relentless desire to reach for another cup of coffee or other stimulant to help get you through the day, all the while knowing that this will only […]

  47. How to Start Yoga

    A Beginner’s Yoga Guide Beginner Yoga or Yoga for beginners can be approached in different ways. One way to learn is of course to go to a beginners’ yoga class, where you will be guided towards how to do yoga according to that school and most likely get a breakdown of yoga poses and maybe […]

  48. Advantages of Prenatal Yoga for Beginners and Pregnant Yoginis

    Pregnancy is a significant transition for women on many different levels. It is a time of major hormonal fluctuation that can be associated with shifts in mood, appetite, and sleep just to name a few. In addition, expectant mamas can experience uncertainty towards pregnancy and what life will look like post-childbirth. While being healthy both […]

  49. What are the Benefits of Yoga for Men?

    Specifically, What Are the Health Benefits of Yoga for Men? Whether it’s Power Yoga or Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga or Flow, Yin or Restorative, whether it’s physical or mental (meditative), the benefits are most likely more than we even know. Yet so many of these benefits are obvious and need to be addressed, as it […]

  50. What is Hot Yoga? Benefits & Poses

    Yoga is the integration of mindful breathing with movement that cultivates strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and nurtures not only our physical but also psychological well-being. There are many different styles of yoga practiced in the West. One of these styles, “hot yoga”, is strongly influenced by a philosophy that suggests practicing yoga in an artificially […]

  51. How to Hold to Your New Year’s Resolution of Staying in Shape

    Ok, this question could only exist being informed by people’s inability to hold on to their resolutions. Three ideas come to mind for me when posed with the above question: 1) Find the tools and resources to help break old habits and instill new ones Make sure you have everything you need to support yourself […]

  52. What are the Benefits of Yoga for Women?

    Over the past few decades, we have witnessed a confluence of Western medicine and psychological theories with ancient Eastern practices such as yoga and mindfulness meditation for addressing women’s health issues. This marriage of ideas is reflected in and supported by the many benefits of yoga for women including emotional (e.g., feeling calm and relaxed), […]

  53. Fitness & Diet Beyond the Holidays

    It’s More Than a Trend! Beyond the holidays and all through the holidays as well. I actually rather use the word wellness, as it seems to encompass more than just an exercise routine or diet plan, yet is expected to be the result of an exercise routine. I view my wellness as me covering all […]

  54. What are the Different Types of Yoga that Work Best for Me?

    In considering what type of yoga is best for me, we need to consider the types of yoga practice that are directed at creating the highest level of energy, vitality and freedom. The only way to do this is to work with yourself, not against yourself. Whether we are doing a 90-minute class of Power […]

  55. How To Become A Yoga Teacher: Bryan’s Advice

    And How To Share Yoga What mostly separates a physical yoga practice from all other exercises is not the movements, it is the awareness. So as students and as instructors this has to be the primary agenda. To know how to become a yoga teacher or simply put, how to share yoga, we need to understand […]

  56. What Are the Health Benefits of Yoga?

    How Do We Reap the Best Benefits of Yoga? Throughout my travels and 35+ years in teaching yoga, I am constantly asked the question, “Bryan, how do I get the best benefits from my yoga practice?” The yoga poses and your experiences within the poses will bring your entire body to an alive vibrant state, […]

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