Category: Yoga Class Themes

7 Benefits of Handstands

By Silvia Mordini Handstands are part of the Inversion family of poses. Inversions revitalize, detoxify, and nourish one’s entire system. Some of their benefits include reversing the effects of gravity on the body, improving circulation, and tonifying the digestive and eliminative systems. I highly encourage attending a Handstand workshop in your area to demystify what actions are necessary to enjoy a safe inverted practice. What will you learn? Through a thorough exploration of preparatory poses that strengthen the abdomen, increase flexibility of the spine and create stability in the arms and shoulder girdles, you will open specific areas of the body needed to safely practice inversions like handstands. A handstand workshop will provide you with many practical tools for starting to leave fear behind and let in the joy and…

The Power of Being Magnetic: How I Teach Yoga

“In a plain piece of metal, all the molecules are in chaos facing every which way. A magnet is a similar piece of metal in which all the molecules are perfectly aligned – the north poles facing one way, and the south poles facing in the opposite direction. Because of this alignment, the magnet gains the power to attract and hold other objects. If you stroke the ordinary metal and the magnet together in one direction only, the magnet will align all the molecules in the plain metal with itself, causing a second magnet to emerge. The power to attract and hold has been transmitted from one to the other, while amazingly enough the initial magnet retains its full strength. As we align our energies this way through regulating our…

Love Yo’ Self Written by Ferrah Seifert

Love Yo’ Self Written by Ferrah Seifert  wwww.ferrahchino.com @Ferrahchinoyoga  “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu To be honest, self-acceptance doesn’t always come easy for me. I grew up in an 80% white school, where I was not the typical blonde that received a ton of attention. Since this was pre J-Lo and Kim K, I constantly questioned my appeal as a woman with darker features. I can recall entering Jr. High with five horribly expensive Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch shirts that I would wear on each day of the week. I was constantly seeking approval from outside sources hoping that…

Abundance Mantra  Om Shrim Maha Lakshmi Yei Namah Lakshmi opens our eyes to the material and spiritual abundance in our lives, while also empowering us to create beauty in all that we do. What makes chanting so healing? When you chant Sanskrit, there is a marked difference in your entire being, from your mental state to your physical body. After chanting a Sanskrit mantra or even a few of its very simple bija sounds, your mind becomes tranquil, your body relaxes and your breathing steadies. Nothing major right? It’s pretty major. Additionally, when you chant Sanskrit sounds with the intention of goodness and love behind them, you draw that energy towards you and begin to heal your entire system through chanting. Sanskrit sounds emanate from five distinct mouth positions that exist on your palate….

Mantras + Chanting

 The word mantra means “tool” for the mind”. From the Shiva Sutras: man= to reflect, to be aware, tra= that which saves: “mental awareness by which one feels one’s identity with the highest reality enshrined in a mantra, and thus saves oneself from a sense of separateness and difference characteristic of the world”. Sally Kempton says that mantra are articulated sounds that approximate the “unsounded sound,” the vibration of the infinite that throbs in the silence of pure consciousness. High, subtle vibrations are said to be embedded in the syllables of mantra; they are said to be sounds heard by sages long ago (Rishis). Yoga Sutra II.33: vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavanam Upon being harassed by negative thoughts, one should cultivate counteracting thoughts. MANTRAS + BENEFITS OM SHAM SHANAYA NAMAHA Promotes calm…

Does Yoga Make you Sexy?

By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com The hot yoga topic in some circles has been about the marketing of yoga to make you slim and sexy. My first concern as a yoga instructor is not so much about sexiness as it is teaching folks that yoga is really about the Science of Happiness. I know that with consistent, regular practice, you will reconnect with what you’re feeling, learn healthy, stress-reducing techniques (like breathing on purpose), appreciate your life more and generally engage with the world in a kinder way. … Does yoga make you sexy? Yes, of course it does. Audrey Hepburn said, “There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples…

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