Sunday, October 28, 2018

Yoga Music


Have you ever asked yourself why you are not one of the millions of people worldwide practicing Yoga. The millions are not getting it wrong in their choice of  yoga on how to keep fit and healthy.

Research behind Yoga exercise has proven to many disbelievers that it is very affective on infected body departments like the mind - joints and muscles.

Yoga exercises practised under the guidance of an expert is the best route to take on your first introduction. Instructors can show you the best techniques on how to combat stress and stiffness of the joints.

Yoga moves and poses encourage the muscles to become fully toned while at the same time going to work relaxing the nervous system. The power of Yoga should never be underestimated.

Body organs are not ignored. Yoga exercises see to the body organs in the way of a rub down similar to that of a massage where it acts as a detoxifier to help rid waste toxin build up in the body.

What does yoga involve is a common question asked by newcomers, well the answer to that is yoga gives you control over two things - one is your breathing and the other is the physical exercise which helps improve strength and flexibility.

Music to be played in the background of a yoga class will be picked accordingly to create an atmosphere for what ever exercise is taking place.

Orchestral tunes set the scene for a serene and mellow feel.  Meditation music will relate to comforting sounds - sounds such as the call of the forest, whistling birds and wind chimes.

Concentration is very important when in the sedate calm world of meditation - so therefore the music has to be suitable. For Example the famous ballet swan lake would never of had the same affect if those graceful moves were performed to the tune of  "Baby Got Back".

Invigorating noises that please the mind can help improve yoga exercise. The word Yoga is like music to some people's ears due to the fact that they get to keep in shape while increasing lubrication of the ligaments, tendons and joints.

Health matters are behind many peoples  involvement with yoga because of its amazing results, helping to ease pain and pressure.

Why not make the most healthiest decision in your life and let others ask themselves why they are not part of the now million and ONE people doing yoga.

Our content is for information purposes only, and is not to be considered medical advice. At 1st N Yoga Tips, we understand that regular exercise can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, and strengthen your bones and muscles. But if it's been awhile since you've exercised and you have health issues or concerns, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Yoga And 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.

Our content is for information purposes only, and is not to be considered medical advice. At 1st N Yoga Tips, we understand that regular exercise can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, and strengthen your bones and muscles. But if it's been awhile since you've exercised and you have health issues or concerns, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Can Meditation Change Your Life?


What exactly is meditation? It seems that so many people nowadays are hooked up with this form of activity. By definition, meditation is often used to describe the individual's state of intense attention on an object of awareness or thought. The individual tries to turn his or her attention inward.

Meditation is said to be of Vedic Hinduism origin. This is usually practiced in the eastern religions but now even the western culture is already involved in such activity.

People want to practice meditation so that they can focus their mind to God for their personal development, to attain peace of mind, and to be healthier.

Many Americans are now involved in some form of meditation. According to Time Magazine there is one meditation practice that can be used by almost anyone. This can be considered as the basic primer of Americans wanting to begin meditation but have no idea where to start.

There was a book published in November 2005 authored by Victor Davich that is all about the 8 minute meditation. If you purchase the book and study it carefully, you will learn a lot of things about meditation, and you can do it in just 8 minutes.

Almost every individual who starts with anything new to him or her will often have lingering questions, hopes, and doubts about it. There are even people who hopes that when they begin to meditate, they will be enlightened. Or perhaps you're one of those individuals who think that meditation is just like an exercise or diet that you've been trying to do for the past few months. But these things are normal; so don't be surprised if you're also like that.

The best thing to do is to face all the positive and/or negative expectations, and after doing so, forget about them and start with a clean slate. If you want to try the 8-minute program of meditation, you should learn how to approach it one minute at a time.

While many people think that meditation is a simple practice, then you'd better think twice. You might not notice it, but your mind is always racing from here to there. You can't concentrate. According to the book's author, you must watch your breath. This is the very first step to meditation. Do your inhalation and exhalation by breathing deeply. If you always do this and just keep on practicing, you can become good in meditation.

As a word of reminder, if you catch yourself thinking about other things, or in other words your mind strays off, focus again on your breathing. After all, meditation is all about concentrating and if you realize that you're not on the right track, you can always return to that state of mind gently. Don't get discouraged easily and just keep on practicing. There is a popular saying that says practice makes perfect; so always keep that in mind. If you quit easily, then you will remain a quitter.

Meditation can help you in achieving peace of mind. With all your problems at work, in your family, and the entire world, you should at least experience a few minutes of peace. Don't miss this chance to attain personal development at no cost at all.

Our content is for information purposes only, and is not to be considered medical advice. At 1st N Yoga Tips, we understand that regular exercise can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, and strengthen your bones and muscles. But if it's been awhile since you've exercised and you have health issues or concerns, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Popular Yoga Poses You Must Try


Yoga is taking the world by storm. Millions of people around the world practice this ancient discipline which is from India. There are many mental, physical and spiritual benefits that can be derived from yoga.

You may have seen people on TV doing certain yoga poses and you may not have any idea what these poses are or what they are called. Each pose has a purpose to either strengthen a muscle or gently massage your internal organs. There are several other reasons for each pose.

The five yoga poses below are some of the most popular poses and you should strive to be able to do them and hold the pose if necessary. As with all things, there is a learning curve with yoga too. It may take you some time to get accustomed to the pose if you're new to yoga. Persist and you'll be able to do them in no time at all.

The Downward Dog

Definitely one of the most popular and most often seen poses. To do this pose, you will be on your knees in a baby crawl position. Your palms will be directly below your shoulders on the floor and your knees just below your hips.

From this position, with your fingers wide open, you will move your palms a few inches forward and raise your knees so that your hips are lifted off the floor. You should be in an inverted V shaped position. Straighten knees but do not lock them. Your head should be between your arms. Do not let it hang.

The Mountain

This is a relatively easy pose. Stand straight and keep your feet close together. Keep your arms by your sides and your shoulders relaxed. Slowly raise your hands till they are above your head. Breathe deeply as you do this and both palms must face each other. Keep your arms raised as you try to reach for the sky. Breathe deeply and in a relaxed manner.

The Warrior Pose

This is the pose that you see on the cover of most yoga books of DVDs. Its a stylish pose to look at and very beneficial for the body. To do this pose, you need to stand with your feet apart wider than your hips. Next, you turn your right leg 90 degrees and slowly lower yourself till your right knee is bent at 90 degrees. Extend both your arms by each side with the palms facing down. Hold this pose for a minute and breathe in a gentle manner. After that, change sides and repeat.

The Tree Pose

Another common pose. You will stand straight with both your feet together. Slowly shift your weight to the left leg and raise your right sole and place it against your left thigh. Then raise both your arms above your head and place both palms together as if you are praying.

The Bridge

Lie flat on the floor. Keep your knees bent. Your hands must be by your sides and your back must be flat on the floor. Slowly raise your hips till the angle your knees form in almost 90 degrees. Your arms will press against the floor for stability and keep your thighs parallel to the floor. Keep your chin tucked to prevent injury to your neck.

These are some of the most common and beneficial poses that any beginner should aim to do. They will build your strength and balance. As you progress, you can learn the more difficult poses.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pilates vs. Yoga


This is a common question that many people have. To the ordinary onlooker, there really does not seem to be much difference between yoga and Pilates. However, upon further inspection, you'll see that the differences can be rather profound.

In truth, neither exercise is necessarily better nor worse than the other. The one you choose to embrace will depend largely upon your own personal goals and preferences. Here, we're going to take a look at some of the similarities and differences associated with both of these disciplines. This should help you to make a quality decision for yourself.

Of course, there is no rule stating that you can't do both. There is no right or wrong answer here and neither discipline need be mutually exclusive. Unlike bodybuilding which requires its practitioners not to engage in long cardio sessions, neither yoga nor Pilates has such rules. You can certainly alternate these exercises on a daily (or weekly) basis.

At this time, let's take a brief moment to cover a few key aspects of each discipline. Expect to gain a much clearer understanding of both yoga and Pilates in the next few paragraphs!

Yoga originated in India over 5000 years ago. Pilates was created far more recently by a gentleman named Joseph Pilates, in an attempt to help with his own physical rehabilitation and to strengthen his body. So, yoga has a considerably more expansive history, as well as many more forms than Pilates.

Yoga aims to strike a balance between the body, mind, and spirit. This is an eastern philosophy. The breathing and meditation techniques in yoga aim to connect with the spirit. Pilates however, only focuses on a mind and body connection.

Generally, most Pilates sessions are more intense than yoga sessions. If you are looking for quicker results, you may wish to go with Pilates. It is more focused on strengthening your core muscles and making you stronger. Yoga aims for flexibility, circulatory benefits, and mental well-being. There are some forms of yoga, such as Ashtanga yoga or Bikram yoga, that are far more challenging. But in most cases, Pilates is a harder workout with faster results.

As such, you'll need to decide if you'd prefer something fast, furious, and more results oriented... or something slower, steadier, and more well-steeped in tradition. This is the classic hare and tortoise scenario, and which of these two animals you'd like to be will clearly be determined by the personal goals you've set for yourself. That said, it bears repeating that you can engage in both activities.

As a whole, yoga tends to be a bit less structured than Pilates. Since there are many poses in yoga, these poses may be arranged in many different routines with no set order. Pilates is generally quite structured, and each move follows the next. Yoga also has a meditation element.

Many yoga practitioners chant and meditate at the beginning and end of a session. This is to create focus, dedication, and appreciation for the art. Pilates, which is much more modern, does not embrace this particular element. It's a more calculated form of exercise that aims to strengthen and heal the body with specific moves and specific goals.

The breathing techniques in yoga are considerably more complex than Pilates. With Pilates, the breathing technique is pretty straightforward. You inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. With yoga, your breathing will be much deeper and your breaths will follow the movements, poses and postures. You will be breathing in and out through the nose. Usually in yoga classes there is a dedicated period of time just for breathing techniques known as pranayama.

So which do you choose? Pilates or Yoga? Well, are you looking to de-stress and calm your mind? If the answer is yes, then yoga is for you. If you are only interested in strengthening your core muscles and back muscles, Pilates is your answer.

Our content is for information purposes only, and is not to be considered medical advice. At 1st N Yoga Tips, we understand that regular exercise can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, and strengthen your bones and muscles. But if it's been awhile since you've exercised and you have health issues or concerns, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

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