Living Your Yoga

Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

Author: Judith Hanson Lasater

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1930485859

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

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If you think that you have to retreat to a cave in the Himalayas to find the enlightenment that yoga promises, think again. In this second edition of Living Your Yoga, Judith Hanson Lasater stretches the meaning of yoga beyond its familiar poses and breathing techniques to include the events of daily life—all of them—as ways to practice. This edition includes three new chapters (Relaxation, Empathy, and Worship), a full index, and new interior and cover designs.Using the time-honored wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita to steer the course, she serves up off-the-mat practices to guide you in deepening your relationships with yourself, your family and friends, and the world around you.Inspiring and practical, she blends her heartfelt knowledge of an ancient tradition with her life experiences as a daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend, and yoga practitioner and teacher. The result: a new yoga that beckons you to find the spiritual in everyday life.
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Yoga Abs

Moving from Your Core

Author: Judith Hanson Lasater

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 193048562X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 112

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We have unique ways of ascribing a variety of emotions to the belly: "My guts are in a knot," "I knew it in my gut," "gut-wrenching," and "No guts, no glory." Yet, too often, we place more emphasis on the way the abdomen looks rather than how it feels and functions. Yoga Abs outlines a series of exercises, yoga poses (asana), and breathing practices (pranayama), designed to achieve optimal health for this crucial area, which houses the organs of both digestion and procreation. Drawing on her experience as a yoga instructor and physical therapist, Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, discusses the anatomical and philosophical aspects of the abdomen, and offers a set of movements that create awareness of these important muscles, and develop and maintain abdominal strength. Each exercise and asana lists: • the props or supports needed • safety guidelines • practice instructions In addition, she has created a special section called "Everyday Abs," where you will experiment with moving mindfully through your everyday activites, such as driving, cooking, sweeping the floor, and more.
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Motivational Yoga

100 Lessons for Strength, Energy, and Transformation

Author: Nancy Gerstein

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 149258827X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 360

View: 9799

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The benefits of yoga are valuable to people of all ages and all fitness levels. Yoga teachers have a responsibility to keep classes fresh and challenging to help students discover their unlimited potential available. Serious yoga students have a personal responsibility to learn the principles of yoga in order to lead a more fulfilling, meaningful life. Motivational Yoga simplifies that task with 100 easy-to-follow lesson plans that vary in length. The lessons progress from basic yoga asana and pranayama lessons for beginning students to more advanced material such as mindfulness and meditation. Fully customizable to meet individual student needs, these ready-to-use lessons will save you valuable preparation time. Choose from beginning lessons focusing on body and breath awareness, basic postures, and breathing, or select more advanced instruction on the yamas and niyamas, guided relaxation, the heart center, the chakras, emotions, and mindfulness. You’ll also find lessons for kids, older adults, athletes, and pregnant women to ensure you are equipped to serve all populations. Most of the lesson plans offer a written script for use in class, or as a guide for student home practice purposes. For beginning teachers, these scripts provide a helpful structure and set the stage for mindful yoga instruction. Veteran teachers may use these lessons and scripts as a creative departure point for expanding on one of the eight limbs of raja yoga or designing a tailored focus for the day’s practice. Motivational Yoga is a starting point for bringing yoga’s abundant teachings into the daily lives of teachers and students alike. For ease of planning and organization, each lesson follows a five-part outline: The intention provides the focus for the day's yoga class. The lesson (script) embodies the essence of the day's teaching. The Asanas for Deepening section illustrates the lesson through body stretch, movement, and sensation. The Motivation Off the Mat section presents suggestions, homework assignments, and reminders for practicing the yoga teachings outside of the classroom. Teacher Tips and Wise Words offer advice for fine-tuning sequences and proverbs that convey a specific thought or feeling for the lesson. In addition, five full-length workshop lesson plans help you expand your teaching beyond a traditional class to offer focused workshops to your students on these popular topics: Spring Cleaning Yoga Detox, The Joy of Backbends, Yoga for Absolute Beginners, Introduction to Meditation, and Transformational Breath. With each lesson, Motivational Yoga demonstrates how the strength, balance, and stretching of the physical practice can inspire a healthy, complete, and joyous existence on and off the mat. CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. Motivational Yoga Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of Motivational Yoga With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.
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A Guide for Spiritual Living

Hundreds of Suggestions for Finding, Refinding, Refining, Redefining and Reinventing Your Own Personal Spiritual Path

Author: George L. McLaird

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475909969

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 144

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Religions come in predetermined packages. They come with an approved name for the creator of existence, the name of their superstar, their all-star team, their approved beliefs, songs, and, in some cases, dress codes and dietary requirements. In A Guide for Spiritual Living, author Rev. George L. McLaird presents a wide variety of alternatives if you are uncomfortable with or frustrated by your present religious experience or spiritual condition, or if you have no idea where to begin searching for your own personal spiritual path. A Guide for Spiritual Living offers a plethora of suggestions for living spiritually-living as healthily as possible, every day and in every way. It includes ideas for activities, contemplation, and self-nourishment, as well as advice for addicts to feed the spirit, mind, and body and exercises to help clarify your path. Advocating a holistic approach, McLaird teaches that spiritual living requires flexibility-growing, morphing, and constantly being revised, refreshed and reinvented. He helps you structure a spiritual path that is uniquely yours by showing you how to listen to your own internal dialogue and how to use that information for your growth. George is a spiritual guru of the highest order. People want what he's got and this book provides a roadmap for how to get it - a more spiritual, fulfilling, balanced and happy life. I'll be recommending it to anyone and everyone who will listen! William Morrison, Founder, CEO, Alta Mira Recovery Center, Sausalito, CA. www.altamirarecovery.com Many people are served by religious belief/practice. Others are either indifferent or have felt harmed by religion. George's workbook transcends either experience, by creating a workbook for spiritual seeking that can deepen one's religious practice or blazes a new trail for spiritual awakening. Sonnee Weedn, PhD, President and Founder of the Sonnee Weedn Institute of Integrated Therapies, www.drsonneeweedn.com/
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MegaYoga

Author: Megan Garcia

Publisher: Dk Pub

ISBN: 9780756619473

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

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A practical introduction to yoga for the plus-sized woman introduces a series of specialized poses, simple props, and encouragement to help large women achieve the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga, with clear, step-by-step instructions, full-color photography, and specially modified routines. Original.
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Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause

A Guide to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health at Midlife and Beyond

Author: Suza Francina

Publisher: HCI

ISBN: 9780757300653

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 302

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Hormone Treatment Is Called Harmful-Washington Post, 7/10/02 Estrogen Use Linked to Higher Cancer Risk-Boston Globe, 7/17/02 31.2 million women facing menopause in America are concerned by these headlines. Most women today will live over one-third of their lives post-menopausal, but what about the age-old solution of hormone replacement therapy? In 2002 the U.S. government halted a major study of hormone therapy because it increased the risk of invasive breast cancer. Now, millions of women are left wondering whether they should approach menopause without hormones, suffering from hot flashes and low sex drive or take hormones and live in fear of being another statistic. Suza Francina has a simpler solution: Yoga. In this practical book, Francina, a leading yogi and author of The New Yoga for People Over 50, shows how yoga can be a powerful tool to help women turn menopause into a positive and empowering experience, both physically and spiritually. Included are easy-to-follow, indexed photos of yoga poses that alleviate key menopausal problems including: hormonal changes; hot flashes; irregular bleeding; fibroids; stress and anxiety, mood swings, depression and fatigue; bone loss; heart disease and cancer. Francina delivers a timely and truly heartening message to women: you don't have to get weaker or depressed when facing menopause, it can truly be an empowering, restorative time.
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Yoga Morality

Ancient Teachings at a Time of Global Crisis

Author: Georg Feuerstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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Feuerstein thoughtfully explores yogic philosophy and practice to discover what it means to be a mature, moral person. Yoga is a spiritual tradition concerned with personal growth, which conducts the practitioner from a state of inauthentic existence to authentic being.
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Mind-Body Fitness For Dummies

Author: Therese Iknoian

Publisher: For Dummies

ISBN: 9780764553042

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 408

View: 8357

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Mind-Body Fitness For Dummies is the complete guide to the world of holistic fitness -- from Yoga and Tai Chi to Pilates and Qigong. Get started the smart way with expert advice on the essentials, such as breathing, posture, and choosing a program that best fits you and your fitness goals. Filled with instructional photos and illustrations, this book also features expert advice on warming up and cooling down, as well as taking your workout program beyond the basics with coverage of bodywork techniques including NIA and the Alexander technique. Mind-Body Fitness For Dummies will also help answer common questions about equipment and space needs, as well as other issues to consider before committing to a new fitness plan.
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