YOGA NIDRA is a beautiful relaxation and meditation method that helps you deeply relax, rejuvenate, and therefore energize. It also increases your awareness and thus your ability to be truly present and calm. Taught at AHA! Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition, this approach to Yoga Nidra leads you to a wakeful awareness that allows your MIND as well as… Continue reading What is Yoga Nidra?
What is Yin Yoga, and Why Do It? Yin yoga is a slower, more visibly passive form of yoga, yet it leads to very deep opening. The focus is upon gradually stretching to release even connective tissue around the joints, particularly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine. Because this approach requires us to slow… Continue reading What is Yin Yoga, and Why Do It?
What is RESTORATIVE YOGA? Restorative yoga is just what the name implies: the purpose is to help you rest and revitalize. Restorative yoga provides relief and recovery from stress, exhaustion, and injury. The origins of restorative yoga are often linked back to the yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, a student of Krishnamacharya and one of… Continue reading What is Restorative Yoga?
This posture is a little known sleeping beauty waiting to be discovered, as it is one of the only yoga poses that has you lie down on your side. It is also a subtle balance asana (posture), sometimes easier for those who find standing or arm balance poses frustrating or painful. ANANTASANA: Pronounced: /Ahh—Nahn—TAH—sah—nah/ ANANTASANA… Continue reading Recline & Balance Pose: Anantasana
Yoga is more than just asana (physical poses) and stretching; pranayama (breathwork) is crucial for a well-rounded yoga practice. One of the best Pranayama methods to soothe the brain and calm the mind is also one of the easiest. And, it’s a lot of fun! “Bhramari” gets its name, “Bee’s Breath,” from the Sanskrit, “Bhramaraka.” … Continue reading Calm Your Mind with Breath: Bhramari Pranayama
In AHA! Yoga sessions, we often use yoga straps. No, it is not a strange torture device, nor is it meant to stick you in difficult yoga poses. A yoga strap can help you get all the benefits from specific postures, while maintaining comfort and ease. It allows you to practice proper alignment without strain, making… Continue reading Why Use a Yoga Strap?
Try this lovely lateral bend, side stretch, and balancing pose, for a vast array of benefits. Practice it at your next yoga class or private session. ARDHA CHANDRASANA: ARDHA CHANDRASANA = HALF MOON POSE Pronounced: /ARD—hah—Chan—DRAH—sah—nah/ “Ardha” means “half,” while “Chandra” is usually translated as “moon.” “Chandra” also means “shining, glittering, luminous, having the… Continue reading To the Moon & Back: Ardha Chandrasana
PARIGHASANA = GATE POSE This elegant yoga pose opens the hips, improves breathing, and more. Try it during your yoga practice. Pronounced: /PARE—eee—GAHZ—ah—nah/ “Parigha” refers to the iron bar or latch that is used to shut or lock a gate. During this pose, your body resembles that cross beam and latch. Pose Level: 1 Physical… Continue reading Parighasana: Opening the Gate