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Yoga On the Go

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the great things about yoga is how very transportable it is. You do not need a lot of equipment, and the equipment you do need is light and easy to pack. It can be practiced in a small space, even a hotel room. It also does not need any other people, but yourself of course. All these reasons mean that no matter where you are, you can experience the benefits of yoga, and keep your practice strong.

Required Equipment

In all reality, you do not need any equipment to practice yoga. However, there are some items that can make practicing yoga much more comfortable. All of these are light and won’t take up too much room in your luggage, so bringing them along is not going to be much trouble at all.

The first thing you will want to look into bringing is a yoga mat. Thinner mats will be easier to pack, but make sure it provides you enough padding. You can, if you find the thinner mat to be uncomfortable, use blankets underneath to provide more cushion. You may also want to check with where you are staying, many hotels now offer yoga mats that you can rent or gym space stocked with yoga mats.

For clothing, a simple yoga outfit just needs to include a comfortable bra, shirt, and pants. This can easily double as great loungewear doing downtime in your travels, so bringing it along should not impede your travel plans at all. If you are used to practicing in yoga socks, bring those along too. Adjusting to being barefoot can be difficult if you use yoga socks regularly.

Blocks and rollers are going to be a little more challenging to pack, as they can take up quite a bit of room. They are thankfully very light, they might just take some work to fit their bulk into your suitcase. Like mats, you may also find that your hotel has access to these pieces of equipment, so that can let you avoid trying to pack them.

Effective Locations for Your Practice

Most hotels will offer a small gym space, they may have some equipment there too. The space in most hotel gyms will be plenty to go through your practice. If there is no gym space, or you are just more into quiet and private practice, feel free to stay in your room. Don’t forget that outside can be a great venue for yoga as well, and this can allow you to enjoy some sights and sounds of a new place.

With the small space required and the minimum equipment that you need, your yoga practice can come with you almost anywhere in the world. It is also independent of other people. While having a favorite instructor is wonderful, it is possible to self-guide yourself through a few yoga routines. Yoga has also become popular enough that many gyms provide space and basic equipment to their guests. Vacation or business trip, there is no need to pause your practice. Keep yourself happy, strong, and in tune with your body, no matter where you go.

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The Purpose of Yoga Props

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

Depending on the style of yoga you do, you might already be familiar with the purpose of yoga props. If you haven’t yet had a class that allowed you to play with them, you really are missing out. Yoga props aren’t for everyone and they aren’t for every style of yoga; let’s see if yoga props are a good fit for you!

 

The Purpose of Yoga Props

There are a couple of general purposes of yoga props. Sometimes they are used for allowing better alignment in poses. For example, in Iyengar yoga there are a lot of yoga props used. Other times yoga props are used to help students relax into deeper poses. Restorative yoga uses many props and they are used for that reason. The third main reason yoga props are used is to allow for modifications to poses that may be difficult or otherwise impossible for certain body types. Let’s break down each of the main yoga props.

Blocks

Yoga blocks are the main type of yoga prop used. The purpose for yoga blocks are vast. Like mentioned above, it depends on the style of yoga that is being performed. One of the main reasons blocks are used is because they allow student to reach the “ground” easier. There are a lot of poses that student have a hard time reaching the ground in but once they place a block down it is much more realistic and comfortable. Blocks are also used to help students align themselves better in poses, to sit on, to elevate other props, and even to balance on. Yoga blocks are used for just about anything. Don’t be offended if your instructor suggests that you use yoga props; especially blocks because it could be for so many reasons.

Straps

Yoga straps are used for multiple reasons as well. Most commonly they are used to help students extend their reach. Extended reach can help modify poses and even make up new ones. Yoga straps are also useful in restorative yoga. In restorative yoga they can be used to bind feet, legs, and more together. This allows for more relaxation in poses that require you to stay still but would require muscle tension to hold for long amounts of time. Yoga straps are also really good for stretching in general.

Bolsters

Yoga bolsters are good for relaxation and comfort. You might wish to try sitting on one next time you are meditating. The height allows a lot more comfort in most people’s knees. You can lay back on them in restorative yoga or in gentle Hatha yoga classes as well. In savasana you can place yoga bolsters behind your knees if you get a sore back whenever you are laying flat. Restorative yoga in general commonly uses bolsters for many of its poses.

 

Other Useful Yoga Props

There are so many yoga props that it is hard to get to them all. Other props include blankets, sandbags, wheels, the right active wear like athletic leggings, and more. Ask your yoga instructor if you can try out different yoga props during your next class if you think that any of them will be beneficial to you.

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5 Foods You Should Consume Before Yoga

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You have probably read a lot of articles about things you should eat after exercise or how every nutritionist strictly forbids you to eat anything before yoga. However, the truth is that you must never ever go engage in exercise without proper nutrition. Healthy snacks are a necessary part of your exercise routine, especially if you are engaging in yoga training. Yoga requires a healthy balance in every aspect of your life. Therefore, learn all about the things you can eat before going to your yoga class and boost your physical and mental health.

Apples

Apples are one of the greatest snacks you can consume before going to your yoga class. By eating an apple, you will be instantly hydrated, while your body will take a proper amount of sugar necessary to complete your routine. They are a great source of vitamin C and they contain helpful fiber that will make you last through the whole class and make you feel full and happy.

Almonds

We cannot stress enough how powerful the nutrition almonds provide. Eat a handful of almonds before you attend the next yoga class and empower your whole body with energy. Almonds will make you forget any hunger you may have had and boost your body with vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. The best version of almonds is of course plain and unsalted, if you are aiming to a total healthy snack before your yoga class.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another great option as a pre-yoga snack. This snack will be burnt easily during your yoga practice and keep your energy levels high. If you thought this is a heavy snack, then rest assured that it isn’t. While keeping you energized, oatmeal will not make your stomach feel bloated throughout the exercise.

Raisins

Raisins are a powerful source of natural sugar for your body. A handful of raisins can give you the necessary amount of energy in order to complete your exercise and have a healthy, natural transition into your next meal afterwards. Raisins should be an important part of your daily nutrition, even the days you don’t do any yoga.

Bananas

Bananas and many other fruits are of course a great choice for a quick snack before yoga. Bananas are rich in potassium that will keep you hydrated during your sweat-filled yoga sessions.

All fruits and healthy snacks could work as a supplement to your yoga days. You have to always stay hydrated before and after your exercise and make sure you don’t starve your body. This way your body will create healthy and positive links with yoga, and you will be able to continue your training for a long time.

Make your own adjustments and create some other healthy snacks for you and the whole family, before any kind of physical exercise. Fruits and products with natural fibers are always the best possible choice.

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