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Indeed if someone were to say they thought Yoga was just stretching after they saw a student leave a Yoga class and later on eating McDonalds or something, they probably are right. Why? Because Yoga, in its entirety, includes a proper diet. One doesnt exist without the other. Heres why.

Thats NOT Yoga, if one eats like that.

Thats NOT Yoga, if one eats like that.Indeed if someone were to say they thought Yoga was just stretching after they saw a student leave a Yoga class and later on eating at McDonalds or something, they probably would be right. Why? Well, Yoga, in its entirety, includes a proper diet. One doesnt exist without the other. This is THE factor that anyone seriously interested in taking up Yoga must understand. If one wants to do Yoga, youve got to include all its principles.When I started doing yoga some 6 years back, I did extensive research on the subject of diet and Yoga. Perhaps this was fate, as co-incidentally, this was around the time that an associate had told me to look into fasting and a natural diet as a means to cure my horrendous acne at that time.I stumbled on a book called The Complete Illustrated book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu-Devananda, and this had a whole chapter on diet. What he explained here made it clear that as beneficial as most- if not all- yoga poses could be for overall health, if one constantly subsists on unhealthy foods, it defeats the purpose of exercising in the first place.This is perhaps even more important in regards to Yoga.Why? Well, Yoga is more than just a physical exercise as Meditation, Breathing Exercises and even some Poses such as the Peacock, Shoulder-Stand and the Sun Salutations are known to have an effect on the spiritual core of ones existence. This is rooted in ones solar plexus and forms the basis of the Kundalini or life-force power inherent in all humans. Remember, we are mainly physical bodies living in a Spiritual World.Now keep that point in mind as I proceed to remind you of this quote and renowned cosmic law: You are what you eat Now, combine the gist of both factors and you should start to see the connection between how what you eat matters to your entire existence-physically and spiritually.When you begin to seriously practice Yoga, it is advised that you also begin to watch what you eat. ALL the sages and pioneers of Yoga such as Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnu-Devananda and BKS Iyengar have all attested to this fact. Here is Sivanandas quote on the subject of diet and Yoga (and keep in mind he is arguably THE guru when it comes to the who is who of Yoga) By the purity of food follows the purification of the inner natureSwami Sivananda. In addition here is another quote that supports his commentWithout observing moderation of diet, if one takes to the Yogic practices, he cannot obtain any benefit but gets various diseases(Ghe. Sam. V-16). Yoga has an adverse effect on yours and the spiritual forces around you, consequently eating what yoga sages coin as the Sattvic Diet (which co-incidentally is the mucus/disease free or alkaline diet of the alternative health fraternity) will be the best way to go.Simply put, it is your fruits, roots and leafy vegetables (raw and properly cooked). This is the Yoga diet and this has to be included in your lifestyle if you seriously want to practice Yoga.Is it a co-incidence that this is the exact diet prescribed in Gen 1: 29 in the Bible?Is it a co-incidence that this diet forms the basis of Hippocrates quote let your foods be your medicine? Is it a co-incidence this is the same diet that the drug-free fraternity labels as the best for delaying aging, having brighter eyes and complexion, better muscle tone and the like?I think not.Heck, if you just want to do any kind of exercise and not just yoga, you will still enjoy a lot of benefits from such a dietetic lifestyle. Ive read of several raw-vegan or vegetarian body-builders like Stephen Arlin, David Wolfe, Scott Brodie and Bill Pearl (A 4-time Mr. Universe contest winner) who do extremely well on a similar diet, so one will be on the right track eating as such and choosing any exercise they want.So do you want to experience all that Yoga has to give? Then remember to include perhaps its most important principle for your overall health-the Yoga diet.Your friend in the mirror will thank you that you did. Trust meIn Friendship,Foras Aje

Yoga Diet

Yoga Diet

One of the essential things about yoga, together with the positive attitude, is the diet. It is highly recommended to perform your yoga session after about 2 hours from a main meal. Many specialists agree that what we eat is reflected both in our appearance, as well as in our health state. In other words, it is important to mind the things we consume, in order to prevent illnesses and discomforts. However, the question related to what does healthy food mean, remains a constant reason of inquiry for many people. According to reliable studies, a very diversified diet represents the ideal food for any human organism. However, fruits and vegetables, containing fibers and vitamins should be a permanent component of your daily meals. Furthermore, everything that can be defined as natural food is recommended, when it comes to preserving your state of well being.Despite the fact that many people try to eat as little as possible, as they believe food can produce them harm, you have to keep in mind that your body needs nutrients, in order to properly function. Nevertheless, do not exaggerate when eating, even if you are consuming healthy food, because it will not have the same beneficial effect on you. Try to stop eating once you are not hungry anymore, or, even better, stop before reaching the full saturation state. By doing this, you will discover that the state of fatigue, which we sometimes experience after eating, is considerably diminished, while your energy level goes up substantially.Another issue related to eating is how often should a healthy person eat? Should we have three meals a day? Should we avoid having dinner, in order to prevent becoming overweight, because we do not move sufficiently during the night? Or is it better not to have lunch, so that you do not have to deal, in the middle of the day, with the unpleasant sensation of fatigue, which we experience after serving a consistent meal? Well, the right answer to all these questions would be to eat whenever you are hungry, as your body needs to be fed in order to function at the standards you desire, but, nevertheless, pay attention to what and how much you are eating. More than a simple energy source, food can be a way of purifying one's body and soul, which is why, together with the variety of exercises, yoga trainers encourage the practitioners to keep a wise diet, based mainly on natural food. This way, their body is protected from the danger of contracting toxins and it is prepared, at the same time, to find the synchronization with the soul and mind, which is actually one of the main goals of yoga practices. As a final remark, when carrying out constant yoga practices it is important, in order to reach your goals, to meditate both on what you are doing to your own body, as a direct consequence of the food you are eating, and to what level you respond to your soul's and mind's needs.

Sun Salutation

Sun Salutation

The Sun Salutation yoga pose is recommended for practitioners of all ages and especially for the ones who cannot dedicate a lot of time to their yoga routine. The reason why this pose is so highly appreciated has to do with the fact that it involves most of the muscle groups, as well as the respiratory system. In fact, the "Sun Salutation" is a sequence of twelve yoga positions, linked together by a flowing motion and accompanied by five deep special breaths. Each of the twelve positions contributes to stretching a different part of the body and different muscle groups. Moreover, it helps expanding and contracting the chest in order to regulate breathing. Specialists and yoga trainers recommend this exercise for the daily routine, as it can contribute in a very efficient way to the flexibility of your spine and joints. * The first of the twelve positions require you to stand up with your feet together. Your palms should be in praying position, in front of your chest. Once you make sure your weight is evenly distributed, exhale profoundly.* While inhaling, push the arms up, keep the legs straight and relax the neck. * While exhaling fold your body forward, press your palms down and try to place your fingertips in line with your toes. * While inhaling bring a leg back and place it on the floor. Arch your back and lift the chin.* Bring the other leg back and try to support your weight on hands and toes. Keep your chin down and retain your breath, while performing this move.* While exhaling, lower your knees and then your forehead, but keep your hips up and make sure your toes are curled under.* Lower your hips, while inhaling. Point your toes and bend as back as possible. Your shoulders should be kept down and your legs together.* Curl your toes under and, while exhaling, raise your hips. You should end up in a V position. You should push your heels and head down, while keeping your shoulders back. * While inhaling, step forwards and place one of your legs between the hands. Keep your chin up, while resting the other knee on the floor. * Bring the other leg forward and bend down from the waist keeping your palms on the floor. Exhale.* While inhaling, stretch your arms forward and then up and back over your head and try to slowly bend back.* Return to the upright standing position, while exhaling, and bring your arms to your sides.

Yoga for Kids: What Yoga Poses are best for My Child?

Yoga for Kids: What Yoga Poses are best for My Child?

Yoga indeed has become a popular, mainstream alternative for exercise and fitness. Here in Los Angeles, hardly a day goes by that I dont see people walking by with their Yoga Mats rolled up underneath their arms coming from or going to their Yoga class. Most stay-home moms have picked Yoga up as well as their method of keeping fit and maintaining physical, mental and emotional balance. Upon seeing the apparent results most naturally wonder how their children might be able to benefit form using Yoga for kids. Well, it is my hope that as a Yoga enthusiast myself, you will find this article much helpful in choosing the yoga poses that could be incorporated into your childs recreational endeavors.Yoga for Kids: Recommended Poses.1. Sun Salutations: These are a group of poses that serve as a warm up to a yoga session or class. For staying fit, keeping obesity at bay and fun (especially when performed at a high speed), the Sun Salutations will be an immense source of enjoyment for kids getting introduced to Yoga. Do you know in India, they actually hold contests of how many rounds of Sun Salutations kids can do in one go? Yeah, they are that much fun.2. The Shoulder Stand: Trust me, behind your back, kids already try this pose. You probably did as a kid without knowing you were actually doing Yoga. So in your use of yoga for kids, make sure the inclusion of this pose is of priority. Executed with the bridge pose and fish-poses as counter poses, for kids doing yoga, the shoulder-stand will reap many benefits.3. The Forward Bend Pose: This teaches your kids self-dependence and aids immensely at curbing digestive disturbances as an added bonus. Ill have you know, some authorities of Yoga have said that these three poses mentioned thus far are enough for humans-although this may be slightly erroneous or incomplete as the execution of their counter-poses for a specified amount of time is also of great importance as well. 4. The Wheel Pose: Okay, I was walking through the park the other day and saw a kid who couldnt have been more than 8 years of age executing this pose for literally 90 seconds. Yes, I counted this out of amazement and intrigue. Its been hailed as the forever young pose, consequently when using yoga for kids; this has got to be included. Co-incidentally it is the counter-pose to the third pose above.5. The Relaxation Pose: Of course this is a must-do for everyone. When introducing your kids to yoga, this will be a good time to show them how to relax with its use as a secret for relief from school stress and the little challenges they may face in their young lives. Yes, they do have some demands placed on them parents. Moreover showing this to them now will go a long way with laying the foundation on how to deal with the daily demands of life. Other great poses to consider are the Bow, Triangle, Spinal-Twist, Inclined and Diamond Poses. Kids should also be shown proper breathing exercises with emphasis on Abdominal Breathing.Other factors to be included when using yoga for kids are the use of a proper, nourishing diet of Fresh Fruits and vegetables-(emphasis on leafy ones) and positive thinking techniques. On the subject of diets, you can add some celery juice to their fresh fruit juices if you have one of those popular juicers such as the juiceman. This is one way of sneaking in a good source of powerful minerals into their bodies, tastefully. Oh, before I forget, they love BARHI dates! Moms, these are just like their rather harmful counterfeits (candies at the store) but of course are sources of great nutrients.Yoga for kids is best begun around the age of seven, however, kids-being-kids, they of course will emulate what they see you doing, so as long as you know they are not in harms way, its okay to let them dabble a bit into Yoga.Indeed using Yoga is both fun for kids and beneficial for as the book of Prov. 22. 6 states, it is one effective method of Training your child in the way he should go... as the discipline and confidence that comes from Yoga (and Martial Arts too-just a hint)may only be attainable from this ancient form of physical culture. So Moms and Dads, go on and get your kids started on yoga. Youll be glad you did.

Learning About Hatha Yoga

Yoga has become one of the most popular types of alternative medical treatments and its popularity is growing rapidly every year. Hatha yoga is only one of many "types" of yoga that exists today. Yoga was originally meant to be a spiritual treatment of the mind and the soul. It has, in todays world, become more of a physical treatment than anything else. Hatha yoga is the type of yoga that prepares your body for its spiritual journey. This is mainly done with physical and breathing exercises as well as asceticism. This type of yoga requires the most physical exercise than any of the other types of yoga. A few of the main factors for Hatha yoga are concentration on your breathing and your posture. This type of concentration can be more difficult than you think. Once you try this for yourself and see what this type of concentration can do, you will want to continue with this type of yoga. The purpose of practicing a great posture is to practice great meditation. You need to find a position that you can sit in for a long period of time. If you cannot be comfortable in your meditation and yoga positions, then you will be unsuccessful. The more postures and positions that you can acquire, a better meditative state will result.Hatha is the form of yoga that anyone should begin with. Hatha begins with the basics of yoga and teaches you the inner workings of meditation and how you should begin. Once you master your own postures and positions of meditation comfort, it is time to master your breathing patterns. If you can master your own breathing patterns, than mastering your mind is not far out of reach for you. It takes many steps to reach these different levels of meditation and yoga. With practice and concentration anyone can do it. If you are beginning your new adventure with yoga, Hatha is the form of yoga that you should begin with. If you want your yoga career to be successful you must begin with the proper steps and then learn in the right order. If you only learn the superficial methods of yoga, then you will not experience the desired results from this amazing technique of holistic meditation. In todays world, Hatha yoga mostly used for its physical exercise. We do not take advantage of the other benefits that Hatha yoga can give to us. It is a form of yoga that if done properly, can heal you in the most holistic way possible. Hatha yoga does evolve from its physical exercises. It is these exercises that begin and promote the mind and soul healing. No matter why you are participating in yoga, you can receive all of these benefits. The only way you can recognize them or use them to your benefit is to practice the other side of yoga, meditation. If you are unaware that these features, they will be of no use to you. When practicing yoga, you need to be aware of everything going on within you. Pay attention to yourself and you will instantly be able to see the changes that are going on within you. Hatha yoga can be easy to learn if you are open minded and want to learn. It is a technique that can be mastered if you put all your energy and concentration into it. By learning the techniques of Hatha yoga, you are well on your way to an alternative way of healing in the most holistic way possible.

Yoga Your Way to Physical and Mental Fitness

Although considered by many simply as an exercise fad, yoga practice has in fact helped thousands of people in improving their physical and mental fitness. Remember the golden rule of never judging a book by its cover; if you think that yogas all about bending and breathing and nothing else, think again.The History of YogaThe practice of yoga has been around for more than four thousand years already. Its origins can be traced back to India where even today, it is considered as a highly valued practice to reach a state of enlightenment. Yoga as a means to receive enlightenment is a central point in several religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.In other parts of the world, the popularity of yoga is caused by its many health benefits and its associated use with asanas (postures) of Hatha Yoga as fitness exercises.Purpose of Yoga and Its Main ComponentsBesides reaching a spiritual state of enlightenment, yoga can also help individuals reach a better understanding of not only their bodies but their inner selves as well.When practicing yoga, youll notice that youll be concentrating on three main points:Body Positioning or Posture
Breathing Techniques
Meditating TechniquesAdvantages of YogaTreating Back Injuries - yoga can heal back injuries that you may have by increasing the blood circulation for your injured tissues to heal faster and strengthening your lower back muscles; yoga may also in several cases heal other types of injuries as wellPrevention - Yoga also has the power to reduce chances of re-injuring yourself, shorten the time needed to recover from injuries and serve as a regular exercise technique to prevent disabilitiesMental Clarity and Improved Stress Control The quiet and deeply relaxing techniques used in yoga would help you have a better state of mind every day at work and better control of your stress levelsGreater Self-Understanding and General Well-Being Find yourself amazed with how much at peace you feel with yourself when you start "practicing yoga" regularlyGenerally Better Physical Health Besides getting that ideal toned figure youve been aiming for, yoga will also help in refreshing your kidneys and maintain a better postureBetter Sleep Rediscover the simple pleasures of sleeping with the help of yoga.Beginners Tips for Yoga PracticeConsult Your Doctor Before launching on to the first yoga step you encounter, make sure that your doctor gives you the go-ahead to do so. Yes, its true that anyone can technically do yoga but there are certain difficult poses that would be impossible or dangerous to attempt if you are troubled with past injuries or disabilities.Just to be on the safe side, talk to your doctor and ask him if you can yoga your way to having a sexy figure or not.Classes or Private Lessons When youre determined to join a yoga class, make sure that youre joining a class whose level fits yours. Make sure that you join the class on the first day as well to avoid feelings of insecurity when you see others being able to tackle new yoga poses that boggle the mind. Secondly, choose a class schedule that you can regularly adhere to. If you only attend a class or two every two months, thats sort of defeating the point of joining a class in the first place. Lastly, choose the type of yoga class that fits your taste and abilities.On the other hand, if youre not the social type, you can always attempt yoga practice at home and with the comforts of privacy. The only disadvantage to this however is the chance that youre not doing something right and the possibility of causing harm to yourself. The best compromise, in this case, would be to hire a private teacher for a lesson or two or until you know enough to practice on your own.

Summary

Indeed if someone were to say they thought Yoga was just stretching after they saw a student leave a Yoga class and later on eating McDonalds or something, they probably are right. Why? Because Yoga, in its entirety, includes a proper diet. One doesnt exist without the other. Heres why.