Monthly Archives: March 2016

What is your yoga? #3 Written by Hillary R. Hoff Part III: Inversions Inversions tap into our inner child, enhance confidence, core strength, balance, and may provide a humbling aftereffect. The reverse blood flow improves circulation, alters our perspective, and inversions are a natural caffine-free form of invigorating and revitalizing the body. More blood flow...
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What is your yoga? #2 Written by Hillary R. Hoff Balancing Balancing poses enhance concentration, memory, focus, coordination, and develop stability. Balancing poses help reduce tension and fatigue. Specific balancing poses help with certain areas of the body. Standing balancing poses strengthen the lower half of the body such as the legs and knee joints,...
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What is your Yoga? #1 Written by Hillary R. Hoff While being a yoga instructor many people comment to me with responses such as, “I’m not flexible, I have no time for yoga right now, or I’m just not a yoga person.” The funny thing is I believe everyone does yoga all the time without...
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A break! From negative spiral thinking #3 Written by Hillary R. Hoff Part III: What can we do to change these thoughts and patterns? There are numerous options that trace back thousands of years to how we can heal our thinking patterns and break the negative spiral from repeating. There is plenty of research encouraging...
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A break! From negative spiral thinking #2 Written by Hillary R. Hoff Part II: Why do we continue with these patterns of attracting negative thoughts and outcomes? Dr. Alice Boyes explains how we continue giving energy to unwanted behavioural patterns because we find the “payoffs” within each pattern. Payoffs that are physical, situational, and established...
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A Break! From negative Spiral Thinking #1 Written by Hillaray R. Hoff Those moments in life when you feel that the cloud will not leave from hovering over your head; whether an illness occurs, financial pressure arise, an accident takes place or a relationship goes bad, one altercation after the other. Moments when you have...
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Explore the three gunas Have you ever heard of the three gunas? The Samkhya philosophy describes the gunas as the threefold characteristics in it’s nature; in this sense every action, thought and event is created due to the interaction of the three gunas. All gunas are always present in all beings and objects surrounding us by...
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  Improve your concentration with pranayama Topic of all the previous articles was the 4th step of the eightfolded path: pranayama. I outlined what pranayama is. Also I’ll paid attention to physical and mental aspects of integrating pranayama in your daily life and I added breathing exercises I practise and might be beneficial for you...
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What are the benefits of pranayama? In his book, Prana and Pranayama, Swami Niranjanda Saraswati writes: “In the yoga text is written that through pranayama one can control one’s circumstances and character and harmonize the individual life with the cosmic life. The aspirant who practises pranayama in a sustained manner will find that every aspect...
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The koshas as map to balance yourself In his book Prana and Pranayama, Swami Niranjananda Saraswati, writes: One who identifies with anandamaya kosha is a yogi. He has evolved to the spiritual realm, where all the experiences are spiritual experiences’. Let’s try to understand this Swami. He writes: “However blockages in other koshas still exist...
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