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The Benefits of Reformer Pilates for Athletes

If you haven’t tried Pilates yet, either Reformer or Mat, you are seriously missing out. Pilates is a workout that is not only great on it’s own, but it’s a great complimentary workout for athletes. In between intense training days, Pilates can be used to keep your muscles loose and flexible which is important for staying injury-free, and allows your body to recuperate while still working your muscles. Other benefits of Pilates include: 1. Body awareness: One major reason why people are such big fans of Pilates is because the practice helps you become more aware of your body both in and out of the studio. Pilates teaches you how to breathe — useful when you’re out on your daily run — and how to stand correctly — useful for making your belly look that much flatter. It’s not all deep breathing and better posture; a regular Pilates practice can also connect you with your body and help you be better coordinated and mindful in all your movements. 2. A Killer Core:The instability that is created by the rolling carriage in Reformer Pilates with the springs set at different levels of resistance helps us develop serious core strength—and the stronger our core is, the better …

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7 Law of Attraction Hacks That Will Change Your Life Forever

1. Start Your Day with Positivity The morning, right when you are waking up, is a magical time for your mind. As you are waking up and putting yourself together for the day, your mind is making a big transition from the unconscious, abstract world of sleeping and dreaming to the more rational, concrete reality of day-to-day life. What you are thinking, feeling, and believing during this time has a profound rippling effect on your entire day. As soon as you wake up, declare positivity into the day! Bless it. Find something to be grateful for and focus on it. Instill your intention (for peace, positivity, abundance – whatever it may be) into your subconscious mind to instantly start finding reasons for the day to be fantastic!The morning is also a great time to do spiritual practices like yoga or meditation, or to at least give yourself a little dose of something you love, whether it’s music, creative writing, that cup of coffee or tea, or some extra snuggle time with your cat. ☺ 2. Balancing the Scale No matter who you are or what you do, you are always going to encounter a certain degree of negativity throughout your day …

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Complete Yoga Lifestyle Guide: The 8 Limbs of Yoga

The history of yoga can be traced back 4,000-5,000 years, but in the second century B.C.E., the “8 Limbed Yogic Path” was introduced. The 8 Limbed Yogic Path is a step-by-step guide on how to attain the realization of yoga, or union, with the universal self. Credited to a sage by the name of Patanjali, the 8 Limbed Yogic Path was likely created by a group of individuals. If you’re looking for ways to expand your yogi lifestyle both on and off of the mat, having a basic knowledge of the 8 Limbed Yogic Path is a great way to start.  Below we’ll scratch the surface of the 8 Limbed Path. If after reading this you’d like to learn more, we encourage you to check out The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (by Sri Swami Satchidananda) or The Yamas & Niyamas (by Deborah Adele). You should also consider signing up for Yoga Teacher Training where we discuss these concepts at length.  1. YAMA Patanjali lists five yamas, or moral restraints, which apply specifically to how one should behave towards other humans:  Ahimsa – Non-violence, freedom from harming Satya – Truthfulness Asteya – Non-stealing, freedom from stealing Brahmacharya – Moderation Aparigraha – …

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DIY: All Natural Yoga Mat Antibacterial Spray

In yoga philosophy, the practice of saucha relates to cleanliness and purity. And keeping your yoga mat clean is pretty essential to honoring that, if not just a healthy habit to get in the swing of. Even if you use a towel on top of your yoga mat, it is still important to spray your mat down and wash the towel between uses. This is a simple and natural recipe for creating a spray to keep your Yoga mat clean and free from bacteria. What You Need: 1 cup white vinegar 3 cups filtered water 1 tsp tea tree oil Essential oil (about 10-30 drops depending preference) peppermint, lavender, bergamot and thyme are nice, but use anything you like! Spray Bottle How to: 1. Place all ingredients into a large spray bottle and shake before each use. 2. Spray down your mat on one side and let it sit for a few minutes. With a damp cloth, wipe it down. Finally, wipe it with a dry towel or simply let it air dry. 3. Repeat on other side. *Make it a little more fun with a pretty spray bottle. Also, use different sizes of spary bottle, one to leave at home and …

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7 Ways Kids Benefit From Yoga

Children deal with many distractions, temptations, overstimulation and peer pressure. Schools are challenged to do more with less and be creative in how they reach even the most isolated child. Yoga is a low-cost, helpful tool that can have a positive impact on children. Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids: Yoga helps kids to: Develop body awareness Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement Build concentration Increase their confidence and positive self-image Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices Here’s what your kids can expect to learn in yoga class: 1. Awareness of the breath Breathing exercises can energize kids or encourage relaxation, depending on what you teach. Different games and techniques help kids connect to how their bodies feel as a result of deep breathing. Focus increases, as does their breathing and lung capacity. Stress is naturally reduced and healthy hormones are released. 2. Strengthening and energizing Kids think that yoga is great for stretching, but doesn’t build strength. It’s important for a teacher to include conversations, as well …

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10 Ways to Practice Yoga (in Life) Without Practicing Yoga (on a Mat)

The truth is, yoga isn’t just about flowing through a series of poses, twisting yourself up like a pretzel, going upside down and sweating your butt off (although that part can be super fun and highly beneficial both physically and mentally in its own right). Yoga is also about how you live your life in all contexts. Below are ten ways to live a yogic life off the yoga mat, whether or not you practice asana on it. 1. Be honest with others. Speaking openly and honestly, and always from the heart, is truly a virtue. Speak the truth – no lies (even the littlest white lies can taint your integrity), no exaggerations for dramatic effect (we’ve all done it), no purposeful omissions. 2. Be honest with yourself. Sometimes the person we are least honest with is ourselves. Try to look at yourself and your actions (the good and the bad) from a detached, objective, third person perspective. Then, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back or a kick in the butt, if you deserve it. 3. Be true to who you are. Get to know yourself and what you believe in, and don’t be afraid to …

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