yoga before bed to help with insomni
Benefits of Yoga, Healthy Living, Mindfulness

Yoga Before Bed: Holistic Guide to Better Sleep Infographic

Sometimes sleep can be hard to come by; you lay in bed for what seems like hours, yet you can’t seem to fall asleep. That may be acceptable for one or two nights a month, but it’s definitely not something you want to get into the habit of. You’re not alone, 45% of Americans claim that they suffer from disrupted sleep. If you factor in that Americans sleepless hours on average than what’s recommended—that makes for some very grumpy individuals!

Do yoga before bed to help you sleep better and enjoy the benefits of having enough sleep.

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Yoga Inspired Pokemon Go Characters
Yoga for Children, Yoga For Kids

7 Yoga-Inspired Pokemon Characters We Want to See in Pokemon Go

How about some Yoga Pokemons doing some Pokemon Yoga? By now, you’ve probably heard about the huge phenomenon and ridiculously addicting game, Pokemon Go. For those that haven’t, it’s a location-based, augmented reality game that was designed for iPhone and Android. Players use the maps from the game to travel their surrounding areas to find and “catch” Pokemon. The more they catch, the higher they move up in the game. The game has been popular among kids and adults alike and has been praised for being a video game that encourages players to go outside and be active, which is fantastic.

So which Yoga-inspired Pokemon characters would we like to see? Check them out!

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Yoga for Air Travel Infographic
Yoga for Travel

How to Beat Jet Lag: 10 Yoga Poses for Air Travel (Infographic)

We’ve all had the joy and the misfortune of traveling in an airplane. On one hand, it’s exciting to travel somewhere foreign and far away from home. On the other hand, you have to sit in a hot and stuffy airplane to get there. Chances are by the time you step off the plane your body is stiff and desperately needs to move.

Luckily, we’ve gathered up some great yoga poses you can before, during, and after traveling so that you can beat jet lag and feel restored in no time. Without further ado, yoga poses for air travel.

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Yoga for Travel

Traveling? 10 Yoga Poses for Air Travel to Help You Arrive Stress-Free

The majority of us enjoy being on the move, visiting different countries, and exploring the world, but that also requires spending a long period of time sitting, which is why we’ve created 10 yoga poses for travel—ways to help you arrive at your destination feeling fresh and restored. Keep on reading!

 

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yoga for running - post run poses for injury recovery
Yoga for Running

Yoga For Running – Injury Recovery – 12 Yoga Poses to Do After a Run to Recover from Injury and Tightness Faster

Yoga and running should go hand-in-hand. These post-run yoga asanas will help reduce pain, stretch your tight muscles, and help you to recover faster after your run. Meaning that you get to run again sooner!

It could be argued that any yoga is good for runners and while we wholeheartedly agree, there are definitely some select poses out there that benefit us who hit the tarmac or treadmill on a regular basis.  Read on and find out what these poses are.

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Yoga for Seniors
Benefits of Yoga

10 Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

Yoga isn’t just for the stereotypical young, female yogi. In fact, the beautiful thing about yoga is that it’s truly never too late to start practicing. And you’re never too old to stop! At an older age a gentle practice can do wonders for keeping the body and mind healthy for as long as possible.

Knowing what poses are best for your body as you age is important, so older beginners may want to utilize private classes or even a home practice to begin to explore what works for them. Even if a sequence feels too strenuous remember that there is always relief in returning to child’s pose and knowing that there is no judgement in yoga. You can also try yoga poses for bone health and osteoporosis. After finding what feels good the benefits won’t go unnoticed. Here are ten to take note of.

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Happiness is right now
Inspirational, Yoga Lifestyle

What makes you happy? Join the Happy Train

Tweet @yogatailor with #whatmakesmehappy with a pic, a quote, a link to an inspiring blog, a book, an inspiration, a twitter account, a person, whatever!

Let’s keep this train going

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How Yoga helps Mother to Run
Benefits of Yoga, Inspirational, Yoga for Backpain, Yoga for Running, Yoga Lifestyle

How Yoga has become Essential for my Running – a Mom’s Story

Running and Yoga: A match made in heaven? How Yoga has helped Sarah Oxley run in spite of sciatica and having 3 wonderful kids. This is a personal story of a long time yogi, mom and runner who explains why she thinks yoga has been essential for her running (and maybe the other way round too, in some ways)
I have been running regularly since my twenties. Back then I never really suffered from injuries and I was definitely what you would call a lazy runner – not in the sense that I dawdled through them – more in the fact that I rarely warmed up properly and post run stretching was an unfortunate evil which I only did if I could be bothered – which was hardly ever. Of course being young meant that there were no serious come backs; I rarely got injured. Indeed, I was very happy to abuse my body in this way for years and years. Continue Reading

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Best yoga books to read
Yoga Books for Millennials, Yoga Lifestyle

Yoga Books to Read this Summer: Fuel your Mind, Body & Spirit

A comprehensive list of yoga books to read this summer. Updated for the latest yoga books of 2016 with a big thank you to our twitter followers for some great recommendations.

Before we begin, I have to confess that I have avoided any and all books relating to yoga since my teacher-training days; instead, preferring books as far away from yoga as possible. Thankfully, I have seen the light and gone back to many yoga classics.

So here, in no particular order, are the books about yoga that have inspired me (and my fellow yoga teachers), which I guarantee won’t put you into Corpse Pose—unless, of course, that is the pose you were aiming for…

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Ayurveda effect of hot or cold water on digestion
Ayurveda, Healthy Living

“Water, no ice” – how this simple phrase could help your digestion

We have always been told that drinking lots of water is good for digestion and overall health. Well, turns out, you have take that advice with a pinch of salt. Especially if you like your water cold, with its colder cousin, ice.

TL;DR version – Britt gives the lowdown 

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mental health
Healthy Living, Inspirational

Yoga for Mental Health: Your Issues are in Your Tissues

Whether you struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, an eating disorder or some other mental health challenge, being fully alive means being connected with all of who you are…body, heart and mind. Your issues are stored in your tissues. This is a scientific fact. [ Tweet This – you can edit before sending ]

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Healthy vegetarian breakfast - saffron muesli
Vegetarian Recipes

Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast – Saffron Muesli (overnight soaking required)

Soaking oats and grains overnight helps to break down those hard-to-digest components of the grains and helps to release the beneficial nutrients, making them more “bio-available” or more easily digested and absorbed. Soaking oats in apple juice makes for a delicious muesli, but add cardamom and saffron to that, and it makes it all the more sumptuous, adding a layer of richness to each bite. I’ve also added flax seeds and sunflower seeds here, but you can add any seeds or nuts you like.

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Yosemite Mirror lake - still waters like a meditative mind
Benefits of Meditation, Benefits of Yoga, Yoga Lifestyle

The Importance of Meditation and Yoga for Startup Founders

How 2 minutes of meditation/yoga can jump start your startup and prevent you from burning out.

I love this image of Mirror Lake in Yosemite. It looks Photoshopped, doesn’t it? The lake reflects the mountain perfectly. There is a sereneness to it. It’s clear. It’s picture perfect. Even a single drop of rain in this lake would be visible. This is like your mind, when you are rested. When there are no mental tensions. When you do not have to raise money. When you do not have to hire 10 employees in 3 months without paying them an arm and a leg. When you do not have to pull all-nighters because your overseas team suddenly has a week long vacation.

Guess what? All of these things happen to each one of us startup founders and our mind looks something like this

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What’s happening here?

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Healthy Living, Inspirational, Mindfulness, Other

Building a Culture of Empathy in Your Life and Work

By John Kinyon

Physical exercise for decades now has been popularly accepted as important to healthy living. Yoga and mindfulness/meditation have recently become commonly accepted as beneficial practices for health and higher functioning. Similarly, the many benefits of emotional intelligence, particularly empathy, are talked about and written about often these days. However, structured giving and receiving of empathic listening with one another is not yet commonly practiced in people’s daily and weekly lives. I believe structure is needed to reap the benefits of empathy and develop skill utilizing it. The benefits of empathy, and the emotional intelligence that goes with it, include: the ability to create the conditions for happiness and fulfilling relationships, stellar work performance, and outstanding leadership (from Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, 2012). Structured routines of exchanging empathic listening and speaking builds the habit of empathy, which in turn creates a culture of empathy in our personal and work lives, and leads to compassion and collaboration.

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