Month: October 2016

3 Tips For Choosing A Yoga Teacher Training

So you’ve made the decision to do it. You are prepared to register and pay the deposit for your very first 200-hour yoga teacher training. But the question of where to register for this life-changing encounter needs a little more thought than what studio is closest to your home.

Yoga teacher training is an actually and emotionally complicated encounter where you will undoubtedly force yourself personally while getting into your new role as an instructor. Whether are getting into the training to boost your skills, or in hopes of making a means of income, keep in mind that you are making an investment of time and money into a potentially lifestyle changing encounter.

If you’re prepared to start, but don’t know where to begin, let this yoga teacher training checklist be your help.

Find an instructor (or teachers). The most study you need to do should be the fun part – simply take a lot of different yoga classes! If you are already thinking of the training, it’s likely that you already have a design of yoga that resonates with you.

Notice what you like about certain instructors and what you don’t like. Does the teacher give amazing anatomical cues? Does she talk about the spiritual factors of yoga in a way that moves you? Do you appreciate the way she is ready to help? The point of an instructor training isn’t to become a carbon copy of your teacher, but the teacher you will become is undoubtedly dependent your coaching. Choose your instructors smartly.

Consider your schedule. While many of us have dreams of living the yoga studio lifestyle when registering for training, most aren’t prepared to stop their day jobs just yet. Programs are from two-week intense sessions (where you will exercise and learn from mornings through nights or weeks) to weekend-only programs that are spread out over the course of many months. Time problems and schedule-related pressures will still likely occur, but ensuring that the fundamentals of your routine are in good line with the program you choose will make the process a whole lot smoother.
What and how do you want to learn? While your schedule is important, choosing between an extensive program and a long-term program also has to do with how you want to get this information. Maybe you like the idea of being completely engrossed in yoga for a shorter period. Perhaps you choose to spread out your sessions to allow the learning to integrate more completely into your day-to-day lifestyle. One isn’t better than the other-it just relies on your learning approach.

Ask for a course outline from potential training schools. Is there a lot of real exercises that you will be needed to do? Is the team little enough that you will be getting individual attention? Will there be different professionals to educate you about different topics, or are you spending most of your time with one teacher/mentor? (There are advantages to both.) Is there a lot of lectures? Is there focus anatomy? On the history of yoga? What books will you be reading? What projects will you need to do? Ask yourself what you think is important to know, and ensure that your program satisfies those needs.

Ways To Remain Dedicated To Your Yoga Practice

When we make resolutions or set our goals, we do so with the best intentions. After setting our goals, the next task for us is to keep them. Most times, we find it very difficult to stand up from our bed and start practicing. When you consider waking up to the cold outside and the comfort your bed, you might get tempted to skip practice sometimes. However, when you discover that the newness of your resolve has worn off and you started skipping practice often, how do you remain motivated and dedicated to your course?

The good thing everyone should understand is that it takes a very long time to form a new habit and skipping practice for a day does not mean that you have failed. What it means is that it is time for you to renew your commitment and get back on your mat quickly.

Let us take a look at some tips that will help you stay dedicated to your yoga practice.

Self-reflection

The first thing you need to do is to ask yourself what really keeps you coming back to your yoga mat. You can also write down the things that motivates you and post them in a place where you do your practice. Ensure that you put it in a place where you can see them daily. On a constant basis, re-evaluate your list. Maintain those practices that keep you motivated and let go of those that no longer serve you.

Daily readings

Doing short reading at the start of practice can help you set the tone for your practice and prepare you for either yoga asana or meditation. In addition, it can also help you to set the tone for your day or help you in the evening to wind down. Reading will give you some reminder of your goal as well as connect you to the wider yoga community.

Inspirational messages

It is very important to know that listening to inspirational messages throughout the day, which could be short, can help to keep you focused on your goal, and give you an added boost, especially when you may face the temptation of skipping practice.

Sign up for some challenge

You can sign up for a yoga challenge. It could be two weeks or one month long.

Try social media

Social media can also be a great place to find support as well as inspiration. There are many yogis out there, who are looking for consistently talking about their journey and looking for means to connect with other people like them, in order to share ideas.

10 Top Anti Aging Tips For a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

The desire for youthful energy never leaves and is capable of staying with you well until your later years. Boomers are, however, faced with the old adage, “use it or lose it.” It’s no wonder boomers are keen to put passion back into their lives and fight the effects of aging. True we are living in a society with an obesity epidemic and what a better motivator than living an independent life well into ones retirement with an increased zest and ability to perform activities of daily living with greater ease and function.
How do function and aging co-exist and blend with fitness? They are a twin-ship, even if we don’t see them that way. No one wants to feel and look old before their time. Much of what we blame on aging: weakness, decreased range of motion and obesity can be reversed in 30 days. How do we look and feel younger in 30 days? Through a blissful discipline called Functional Fitness.
Americans are getting older every minute and life expectancy is ever-increasing. People leading full productive lives after the age of retirement are no longer a “wow.” Most baby boomers want to live active lives and learn how to enjoy a fulfilling active life. You’re as fit as your body is functional. Contrary to popular opinion, not even all young people are limber, for keeping flexibility relies on regular stretching. However flexibility, one of the three primary components of physical fitness, is extremely important to attaining a healthy life. Without flexibility, simple activities, such as reaching and bending become painful. True, muscles shorten with age, but according to the National Foundation for anti-aging, “most aging is premature.” Here are 10 tips to help you stay younger, fitter and functional.
1- Drink six to eight glasses of water each day. Hydrate skin, nourish it, and prevent wrinkles.
2- Stretch and strengthen your legs. Doing calf raises and tiptoe walking every other day improves circulation and helps prevents spider veins.
3- Incorporate upper-body exercises. Lift mini dumbbells, and stretch back muscles. This protects against osteoporosis.
4- Strengthen your abs five days a week. Sit-ups enhance blood flow to vital organs, repairing tissue damage.
5- Add aerobic exercise. Keep your heart and lungs youthful and fit.
6 – Choose aerobics that enhance brain power. Jogging, bicycling, and speed walking sharpen memory and increase attention span.
7- Use diaphragmatic breathing. Inhale through your nose so debris and pollutants are filtered from the air. Make your belly rise, and then fall slowly, exhaling through pursed lips. Relaxed breathing decreases levels of stress hormones that accelerate aging.
8- Eat baked, broiled, or grilled salmon two times per week. Its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins combat disease-causing free radicals.
9- Try colorful vegetables. Dr. Roy Vartabedian, author of “Nutripoints,” and Nutrition Expert for Functional Fitness starring Suzanne Andrews, ® recommends spinach, broccoli and romaine lettuce daily with lunch and dinner. Dark green vegetables have cancer-fighting properties and vitamin C to boost your immune system. Tomatoes are also on this “fighter veggies” list.
10- Enjoy fresh fruit for dessert. Dr. Vartabedian suggests cantaloupe, guava, and papaya. These also combat the cell damage that causes premature aging.