We’ll meet on the beach, form a circle, set the boombox in the middle, and crank up a strength and mobility-focused workout in the sand. As the orange sun slips into the sea, you’ll be jumping, running, skipping, and playing your way to greater health and vitality. Finish with a swim as the sky fades from orange to red to purple to blue.
You are invited to take on the yoga challenge: twenty yoga classes in thirty days. But beyond these numbers, you are invited to a second challenge. Yoga practice is more than goal attainment, it is a balancing tool, and you are invited to strike a balance between the work and play of your practice.
When I started teaching yoga, it was a natural thing to be thinking about how yoga and music are related. If we say yoga is an act of joining the mind, body, and heart; my first experiences with that feeling was through dancing to live music.
Our Chinese medicine practitioner and yoga teacher Kileen Swenson explains the similarities and differences between yoga and qi gong to the Yoga Union community. Yoga is part of Ayurveda, as qi gong is an aspect of Chinese medicine. Historically, yoga and qi gong have different movements and postures and focus, but they both similarly use the…
Angelina Vasile shares with us about the power of breathing properly in your yoga practice and your daily life. How did you come to find yoga? I was a dancer and came to Pilates through my dance studies. I quickly got interested in injury prevention and recovery in my Pilates teaching. I started working in a…
“Bhukti” means enjoyment or worldly fulfillment. “Mukti” means spiritual liberation. Tantra is the bridge between bhukti and mukti. It is a way of reconciling the apparent opposition of spiritual and worldly fulfillment. The message here is that in the tantric practices it is possible to enjoy a “worldly” existence and discover full spiritual liberation in this life.
And, so on Friday, April 12th I embarked on a yearlong journey with Sianna and a few dozen others on the yogic path of Self discovery.
Only through committing do we build the consistency necessary to support growth for ourselves and others. Just as the bark of a tree forms layer upon layer, each passing year reinforces the promises of our past and we grow stronger, more dependable, and more capable of holding up life and love. This is a rebirthing of our purpose in life.
I love Anusara Yoga. Learning it has expanded my asana practice, yoga teaching, physical body, and willingness to finally and fully inhabit this world as ME. I have met John Friend a few times, even got the chance to interview him at last year’s Wanderlust Festival. He was gracious with his time, energy, and thoughts. While…
July 23rd is coming up fast- have you been practicing your dance moves in anticipation of Yoga Union’s first ever Yoga Groove?
July brings us a new pose of the month- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, or, Bridge Pose (setu = dam, dike or bridge, bandha = lock). This is a great pose for yogis in all stages of practice, and the benefits are extensive. The pose can alleviate stress, improve digestion and rejuvenate tired legs.
Chris has been practicing yoga for the past six years and has recently begun teaching in Portland, Oregon. He has been listening to music since Poison overtook his heart at age 12. Yoga and music, yoga and music, yoga and music! Jai!
As you find yourself wanting to relax during this hectic holiday season, then realize you forgot the gift wrap, don’t stress! It happens to the best of us. There are a lot of ways to stay calm during the holidays. Yoga can help free the mind of worrisome with a relaxing meditation.
Aligning your structural body can free you up to truly enjoy your practice and build strength in a functional and lasting way. Using your practice to align your thoughts and actions with your ethics and all that you find meaniful, valuable and purposeful in your life can bring you greater joy
Pranayama (Sanskrit: प्राणायाम), is at the core of every yoga practice. Yoga works primarily with the energy in the body, through the science of pranayama, or energy-control. Prana means also ‘breath.’ Yoga teaches how, through breath-control, to still the mind and attain higher states of awareness. The higher teachings of yoga take one beyond techniques, and…
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