(PRWEB) September 10, 2013 Drop-in Yoga New Online Directory For Busy People YogiSpot.com. Innovative yoga directory helps busy men and women stay fit by making it easy to find local yoga drop-in classes, studios, fitness centers, and personal trainers by city, state, and drop-in rate. Full Article: Staying fit and keeping to a weekly yoga class can be a bit challenging, especially for men and women who are always on the go, and away from home. For people who like to take yoga classes at their local yoga studio or fitness center but unable to stick to a routine due to their busy schedule, out-of-town obligations, or budget, then YogiSpot.com has the answer to all their concerns. YogiSpot.com is the first and biggest drop-in yoga directory on the internet with the mission to offer the most convenient way to find drop-in yoga classes all over the... Read more

Yoga has been around for an incredibly long time and over that period different practitioners have added their own refinements and styles into the basic Yoga discipline. There are so many different styles now it is nearly impossible to count, but they all stem from the same core philosophy and methodology. Unfortunately the multiple different styles often lead newcomers to the exercise discipline to become very confused as to what they are doing and what they can hope to achieve with Yoga. In this article we answer some of the common questions. What is Yoga? This question is the most common from newcomers. Most people have a general idea but they are not sure where Yoga fits into the world. Is it an exercise? Is it a philosophy? Is it a form of physical therapy? Is it a spiritual process? The answer is that to different people Yoga is all of these things. At it’s core it is a... Read more

Four thousand years ago Yoga was practiced in India, today it is popular all over the world and in numerous different styles and forms. Not only is the popularity of this form of exercises remarkable, but so is the results and benefits that people are getting from Yoga every day. The benefits can be broadly split into three different groups – physical benefits, mental benefits and spiritual benefits. Which benefits are most important to an individual will vary based on their preconceptions and motivations, but anyone can experience beneficial results in all three areas from a prolonged use of Yoga. Physical Benefits The first types of benefits are those purely on a physical level. Yoga is at it’s core a group of exercises. Some disciplines will use these exercises to prepare the body for a deeper meditative process, but they will still experience physical benefits from... Read more

Yoga is an ancient art that has been refined and modified by many great teachers across the ages. It now comes in so many different styles and techniques and different people may find different versions of Yoga more suitable for them. This is because Yoga is a very personal exercise routine with strong emphasis on looking within oneself in order to achieve personal balance and wellbeing. Regardless of which individual version of Yoga you practice there are a number of things that apply to Yoga universally rather than to individual branches of the discipline. If you want to get the most from your Yoga session you will learn to understand these things and develop them into your Yoga routine. You will find that much of your time performing Yoga is spent in a sitting or lying position, however the beginning of a Yoga session is usually a standard standing pose. The standing pose is the... Read more

In today’s society carrying excess weight is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Lifestyles are increasingly sedentary, peoples diet is becoming increasingly processed and fatty and food contains more and more calories, additives and preservatives. This only scratches the surface of the social move towards a sedentary and unhealthy society which is making more and more people fat. Yoga is a discipline designed to make the body strong and flexible and enhance the overall health of the digestive system as well as the hormonal and circulatory systems. It also assists us in controlling mental stress and achieving peace and clarity of mind. Yoga also has strong spiritual benefits which will see you becoming more content with yourself and more comfortable with who you are, all aspects which will lead to emotional stability. This mental component is often neglected in a physical... Read more

Whenever we start something new we have a certain feeling of trepidation and uncertainty of the unknown and in most cases it is completely unfounded and we get on with things very quickly and easily. Sometimes it isn’t and a simple little thing can cause us to have an entirely negative first impression and perhaps even never want to try that activity or passtime again. Yoga has so many health benefits, on both a physical and spiritual level, that it would be a tragedy for anyone to miss out on them because they made a silly avoidable mistake on their first day. With that in mind this article addresses the 3 most common mistakes of new Yogi, and how to make sure they don’t happen to you. Mistake One: Not knowing what you want from Yoga. The reality is that there are numerous different styles and forms of Yoga and each has it’s different attractions. Ask yourself what it was... Read more

Many yoga beginners do not realize that following the breath through each pose is just as imperative as the pose itself. The idea is that by focusing on the breath, one has a greater sense of one’s movements and awareness of the present moment. This greater sense is a way of training the mind to focus on the present moment rather than wandering off into other thoughts. In yoga, the breath is considered the ultimate life force. A proper beginner yogi trains by taking deep full breaths during each pose and counting each breath throughout each movement.... Read more

In addition to yoga’s physical benefits, yoga also has many mental benefits. It is often used as a form of concentration training because you are training your mind to focus on your breath and movements. Yoga poses are designed to require intense concentration, for example balancing poses. Tree pose is a well-known balancing pose where you stand on one leg while the other leg is bent with your foot resting against the standing leg. This pose is not necessarily physically challenging but mentally challenging. If your mind is not concentrated on your pose and your breath, you could easily lose balance. Therefore, when yoga is practiced regularly, your concentration levels increase and you find yourself having a more relaxed and calm state of... Read more

Yoga movements are intended to be done at one’s own pace and limits. It is not productive nor recommended to compare oneself to other yogis. Everybody has different physical capabilities. Some people are even born more naturally flexible than others. This is why it is important to stay focused on the breath and one’s own movements. To keep your mind from losing focus on yourself. Beginner yogis often make the mistake of forcing themselves into poses. This will only cause you injury. To gain the most benefits out of yoga, it is proper to go at your own pace by easing into each pose rather than being forceful. Having compassion for yourself is part of the practice. Do the best you can given the physical and mental state you are currently in. Yoga is a gradual process. Eventually, your body will adapt and adjust but this is only after years of... Read more

Yoga is both a mental and physical activity. Beginner yogis often mislabel yoga as purely a physical activity which involves extreme stretching and putting oneself into unusual poses. On the contrary, yoga is a practice of complete physical control and balance. It means easing through each pose gracefully and in moderation while focusing on the fluctuations of one’s breath. Yoga is a type of low-impact exercise because it does not involve intense aerobic activity. This is another reason why it is very popular. Yoga practitioners gain the benefits of physical activity without the intensity of high-impact aerobics. In addition, beginner yogis also experience an increase in flexibility as they do more yoga on a regular basis. It is a misconception that yoga involves extreme stretching and putting oneself into unusual positions. This is not the case with... Read more

In the yoga world, yoga poses are often referred to as “asanas”. There are many types of yoga poses, each having their own purpose and benefit. Many of the poses are named after the animals they resemble. Cobra pose, upward or downward dog pose, cat pose, and pigeon pose are some commonly known examples. Each of these poses have a different effect on one’s muscles, nervous system, glands, energy centers, core, spinal column, and other parts of your body. Many athletes practice yoga because it is a well-balanced system that incorporates every part of your body. It is also used as a form of treatment for physical... Read more

The benefits of Yoga are well know to everyone who has ever tried the discipline but if you are new to Yoga let me recap. Yoga is a fantastically popular and effective way of strengthening you physically as well as mentally and spiritually. This last ‘spiritual’ aspect may turn some people off, but it’s not something that needs to be associated with religion. Really the best alternate word for the spiritual strength of Yoga is contentment or happiness. It allows you to be a calmer person and more happy with yourself. Put like that it sounds pretty great doesn’t it? So you’ve probably heard a little about Yoga and wondered what it’s all about. you probably have a few preconceptions and maybe an image of an old man with a long beard sitting in the lotus position springs into your head in automatic association with the word. Let’s go through step by step what you can... Read more

For a beginner yoga practitioner (i.e. Yogi), understanding the history and meaning of Yoga is just as important as the practice itself. Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “union”. That is, the union of mind, body, and spirituality. Yoga is an ancient practice originally invented in India around 3000 BC. An Indian guru named Patanjali developed yoga as a strategy for disciplining the mind and body in order to reach a higher level of consciousness. Therefore, the practice involves both mental and physical techniques specifically designed to increase awareness, concentration, balance, and strength. The ultimate result of yoga practice is relaxation, concentration, and equanimity. During ancient times, Yoga was primarily practiced to reach a higher level of consciousness or a greater awareness of oneself and his surroundings. For beginner yoga practitioners, this involved a daily... Read more

Yoga has six different branches. Yoga is an ancient tradition and practice. It began in India thousands of years ago and it is now a popular activity around the world due to its many benefits. For a beginner yogi (yogi means yoga practitioner), it may seem overwhelming at first because there are so many different styles and types of yoga classes. Each style of yoga, also referred to as yoga branches are based on the same underlying principle. They differ only by their goals and techniques. This is why yoga is often compared to that of a tree with multiple branches. The tree represents the spiritual meaning of yoga with the many different branches all connected to the main tree. The six different branches of yoga are: Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga. In this article, we discuss the most commonly known branches of the yoga tree. Hatha... Read more

Yoga has many benefits, however to reap the full benefits of yoga, one must also take into consideration the foods that you consume. In the world of yoga, the saying “you are what you eat” holds true and constant. Yoga is all about balance. Balance of the mind, body, and spirit. But the definition of balance does not necessarily mean perfecting your warrior three pose. It also means practicing equanimity in everything you do including what you eat. Among the essential goals of yoga is to achieve a healthy and normal physical and mental equilibrium. In order to do so, it is necessary that we effectively manage the internal and external forces that affect our lives on a daily basis. To the extent that we have control over these factors, we are able to change our habits. Our eating habits are changeable no matter how difficult it may sound. Our bodies are designed to adapt to... Read more

The practice of Yoga brings with it many physical and emotional benefits that the majority of people are unaware of. This article is quite long, so we have broken it up into two parts. The first part is an introduction to Yoga and overview of the major physical and psychological benefits of Yoga, while the second part shows how practicing yoga daily can have a profound effect on your ability to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself. For many, yoga is not just an activity or exercise it is a way of life. The benefits of yoga extend off the mat and into our daily lives. If you are a yoga beginner, you probably feel a little intimidated or confused by the lingo, poses, and general idea of what it is. But, you’ve also heard that there are many benefits to yoga and you want to know more about them. You’ve come to the right place. As you practice yoga more on a regular basis, you... Read more

Yoga exercise is a type of purification and cleansing process. When you practice yoga on a regular basis, you are cleansing your body of harmful toxins and poisons that enter your body via the foods you consume and other external sources. Therefore, if you are serious about your yoga practice, it is very important to be mindful about the foods you eat. There is a common saying in the West, it’s called “Garbage in is garbage out”. This is true when it comes to what you eat. If you eat bad foods, you are polluting your body with unhealthy levels of... Read more

When you are new to Yoga you are probably going to be uncertain as to what to expect when you first enter a beginner Yoga Class on your first day. Most people are uncertain about what they should even be looking for in a beginner Yoga class, so this article will let you in on the four secrets to finding the right class for you. Secret Number One: Decide on what you want to achieve before choosing a style. The number of different reasons for taking up Yoga is usually at least as high as the number of new people in a Yoga class. Broadly people will be looking for one of three things –... Read more

Classical yoga has developed over time to include many different styles for a range of situations, needs and preferences. However the majority of Yoga styles still fall neatly into either the therapeutic or the meditative category. Both categories have many hundreds of different Asanas,(poses or positions) and all of these are designed to benefit both the body and the mind. Yoga takes the five ‘prayer’ positions and uses a corresponding yoga position to activate the seven chakras in the body. A Chakra is a type of energy field or is sometimes... Read more

Yoga has been described as a science which seeks to achieve the harmonious and balanced development of the body, mind and soul. It is a system which allows us to bring culture, balance and happiness to ourselves. It works via a need for strong mental discipline and the ancient theories, which it is based on regarding the interconnection between the mind and body, are now being regularly supported by modern scientific theory. Yoga consists of a number of different exercises or poses. Examples of these poses are the cat and cow poses. Both are connected and begin... Read more