Put simply, yogalates is the combination of the flexibility of eastern yoga practices with the core and strength training of western pilates practices. Developed in the late 1990’s, yogalates has become increasingly popular over the past two decades and is practiced around the world.
How is Yogalates Beneficial?
Like the traditional versions of yoga and pilates, yogalates has proven to be an extremely beneficial practice for those who partake regularly. Because of the combined focus on the development of the participants core strength and flexibility, the regular practice of yogalates been deemed helpful in a number of ways.
Reduces back pain, specifically in the lower areas
Strengthens core muscles and strength
Increases overall posture
Improves the body’s overall reaction to stress
Benefits and increases metabolism speed and function
Leads to a clearer mind
Improves overall circulation throughout the body
As popular as yogalates has become over the past two decades, for many people who are less familiar with yoga in general and are still wondering, “what is yogalates?” there are a number of excellent resources available to provide more information regarding what yogalates is, how it is done, and where and how one can practice it.
Similarly to the way that both yoga and pilates are practices through classes, and independently, so too can yogalates. For people interested in attending an introductory class, here are a few things you should know.
Introductory classes generally run between 30 minutes and 1 hour in length
There will be a combination of some of the most common, and beginner pilates and yoga moves and positions demonstrated
Classes are generally offered anywhere you would be able to find a pilates or yoga class
Like traditional yoga or pilates, or any form of expercise really, it is important that you give yourself time to adjust to the new movements and not push your body too hard, too fast.
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I’m sitting down getting ready to Skype with Jessi Luna, one of our retreat leaders. To be perfectly honest with you, I’m nervous. I’ve never interviewed anyone before…except for maybe my old family dog, Daisy, when my sister and I used to record talk shows as children.
As I think about those times, it becomes clear that I do, in fact, have some interviewing skills to dust off and put to use. Thank you Mom and Dad’s camcorder circa 1990. Pep talk, check. Water poured, I’m ready to go. Jessi is a fiery, red-headed yoga instructor and practitioner who is also largely involved with community empowerment. As I talk with her more, I can tell she is a genuine person who really cares about others. She is leading a yoga teacher training retreat from November 20th to December 15th in Costa Rica – and wait until you hear about this place! You can find out about the details here:
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When people think of yoga, they generally think of a fit, 20-something year old woman in a tight ensemble doing splits and twisting her body into unthinkable shapes, right?
Here is Luke @skywalkeriam killing this Grasshopper pose on a cliff.
But with a 20% increase of yoga practitioners in the US from 2014 to 2015, this body-conscious routine has more men coming into the scene. In fact, most of the branches of yoga were founded by men.
Now, let’s deal with this fact: yoga is popular and it has gone far beyond the sex divide. Male athletes, celebrities, and “normal” people like you and me have found something appealing about yoga that has fit into our lifestyles.
So what is it with this females-only stigma behind yoga? For starters, 72.2% of yoga practitioners in the US are females. Maybe all these women are a reason for men to attend a class, or maybe it’s a source of intimidation. One thing is true: women dominate the yoga scene.
New to Yoga? Here’s some wise, gracious and some giggly Yoga Etiquette guidelines so that you’ll blend in like a pro.
“Namaste” is often translated as: “the divine in me is bowing to the divine in you.” In class and beyond we should always consider, honor, respect and appreciate one another as human beings and equals.
The MANTRA is a mystic formula – a sound, a syllable, a word or phrase containing special powers.
They are chanted aloud to create force fields or repeated within to quieten and harmonize the mind. The inner bodies are calmed and purified through the powerful subtle emanations of the inner mantra.
The mantra is bestowed by an Initiated Master who has been entrusted with the responsibilities and powerful mysteries which must be performed when bestowing such a mantra, given otherwise the mantra has no power and is useless.
AN INTRODUCTION TO MANTRAS
There are only a few mantras in the world. The power and selection of the mantra are chosen by the bestower, who works in accordance with the Universal Laws and cannot, and will not, go against these laws.
The thing about meditation is: you become more and more you.” David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish
The continued practice of meditation or mindfulness is the perfect complement to any process of coaching and personal development.
A regular practice, as frequently shown in numerous articles and scientific studies, will improve your quality of life in a wide variety of aspects, as it will help you reduce your stress and anxiety or the risk of suffering certain diseases.
This is the seventh and final chakra of our Seven Days of Chakras series. The Chopra Centered Lifestyle has one of the best chakra guides out there. Enlighten yourself about one of your most enlightened chakras.
Connect to the Divine with the Seventh Chakra: Sahaswara
The seventh chakra, Sahaswara, is referred to as the thousand-petal lotus chakra. This is the top chakra of the seven and located at the crown of the head. Sahaswara is our source of enlightenment and spiritual connection to all that is. It is a connection to our higher selves, to every being on the planet, and ultimately the divine energy that creates everything in the universe.
True opening of Sahaswara means the realization that you are pure awareness. You are pure consciousness, undivided, and all expansive. Like a drop in the ocean, you are a part of that ocean that contains and encompasses every aspect of it.
This is the sixth chakra of our Seven Days of Chakras series. The Chopra Centered Lifestyle has one of the best chakra guides out there. Enlighten yourself about one of your most intuitive chakras.
Trust Your Intuition With the Sixth Chakra: Ajna
The sixth chakra, Ajna, is in the area of the third eye, which is found in the space between the eyebrows. It encompasses the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain. An invisible yet powerful third eye, this is your center of intuition. A spiritual chakra, which means “beyond wisdom,” Ajna leads you to an inner knowledge that will guide you if you let it. An open sixth chakra can enable clairvoyance, telepathy, lucid dreaming, expanded imagination, and visualization.
The Sixth Sense
Your world is experienced through the five senses. Even before you passed through the womb, you heard noises like your mother’s voice and heartbeat, and listened to muffled sounds outside. You experienced touch, taste, and even perceived light. And since the moment of birth, you’ve attributed your experiences to what you perceive through the senses. You’ve learned to trust your senses in what you can taste, smell, touch, see, and hear. While sense perception is great in life experience, it limits you when it comes to expanding your awareness.
This is the fifth chakra of our Seven Days of Chakras series. The Chopra Centered Lifestyle has one of the best chakra guides out there. Enlighten yourself about one of your most communicative chakras.
Speak Your Inner Truth With the Fifth Chakra: Vishuddha
The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is the first of the three spiritual chakras. In the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. Faith and understanding combine the essence of the Vishuddha chakra. The element corresponding to the fifth chakra is ether or space, and the sense is hearing.
Determine Your Highest Truth
Authentic expression is not something that comes easily. There’s a delicate dance between saying what you mean and staying tactful or diplomatic. Often it’s easier to say what the other person may want to hear instead of speaking your truth. Fear of not being accepted, or judgment from the other may hinder your truthful verbal expression.
This is the fourth chakra of our Seven Days of Chakras series. The Chopra Centered Lifestyle has one of the best chakra guides out there. Enlighten yourself about one of your most compassionate chakras.
Open Yourself to Love With the Fourth Chakra: Anahata
The fourth chakra is at the center of the seven chakras with three below and three above. This is the area where physical and spiritual meet. The fourth chakra, also referred to as the heart chakra, is located at the center of the chest and includes the heart, cardiac plexus, thymus gland, lungs, and breasts. It also rules the lymphatic system. The Sanskrit word for the fourth chakra is Anahata, which means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” The name implies that beneath the hurts and grievances of past experiences lies a pure and spiritual place where no hurt exists.
When your heart chakra is open, you are flowing with love and compassion, you are quick to forgive, and you accept others and yourself. A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others.
This is the third chakra of our Seven Days of Chakras series. The Chopra Centered Lifestyle has one of the best chakra guides out there. Enlighten yourself about one of your most powerful chakras.
Find the Power and Warrior Energy in Your Third Chakra: Manipura
The third chakra is called Manipura, which means “lustrous gem.” Located around the navel in the area of the solar plexus and up to the breastbone, it is a source of personal power and governs self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation. The Manipura chakra also controls metabolism and digestion.
When you feel self-confident, have a strong sense of purpose, and are self-motivated, your third chakra is open and healthy. If your third chakra is out of balance, you can suffer from low self-esteem, have difficulty making decisions, and may have anger or control issues. The element is fire and the color is yellow, bright like the sun.
This is the second chakra of our Seven Days of Chakras series. The Chopra Centered Lifestyle has one of the best chakra guides out there. Enlighten yourself about one of your most creative chakras.
Awaken Your Creative Chakra: Svadhisthana
The second chakra, Svadhisthana, is also known as the creativity and sexual chakra. It is located above the pubic bone and below the navel, and encompasses the genital region and the hypogastric plexus. The word svadhisthana can be translated as “the dwelling place of the self,” and the element of the second chakra is water, which equals cohesiveness. A balanced second chakra leads to feelings of wellness, abundance, pleasure, and joy. When this chakra is out of balance, a person may experience emotional instability, fear of change, sexual dysfunction, depression, or addictions.
You can open this chakra with creative expression and by honoring your body. The energy of this chakra is feminine, passive, and lunar.
This is the first chakra of our Seven Days of Chakras series. The Chopra Centered Lifestyle has one of the best chakra guides out there. Enlighten yourself about one of the most important chakras.
The Root Chakra: Muladhara
Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. The word Muladharabreaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” andAdhara, which means “support” or “base.”
This is the first of the chakras of matter. Balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the chakras above. Imagine that you’re laying the foundation for a house in which you’re going to live for a long time. A solid foundation embedded in firm soil will provide the stability you need to create a home filled with joy for years to come.
1. Have a designated sacred space for daily meditation sessions. This can be the same room you use for yoga and pranayam.
The room should be clean and well ventilated with fresh air. If you can’t have a separate room, you can allocate a portion of a room to your practice.
2. Overeating and fasting should be avoided.
3. The recommended time for meditation is early morning as the mind is naturally calm and fresh at that time.
4. Be consistent. Meditation should be done at the same time daily. Don’t give up within few minutes of starting the practice. If you feel restless it’s only because you become more aware of it when you sit down in meditation.
Air Yoga is an amazing technique using silk hammocks to truly make new space in the body and allow our selves to completely surrender to gravity.
Combining the ancient healing traditions of yoga with the unique conditioning of aerial arts , air yoga brings the gift of flight, and an incredible lightness to soaring, stretching and floating through the air suspended hammocks.
With this practice we find many unique ways to stretch and squeeze and twist our physical body, refreshing the circulatory system, and redirecting the spine to her beautiful natural way.
Air yoga can be practiced by anyone. Even if you have never taken a yoga class you will be truly surprised with how much new movements you can do and how much more body awareness you can achieve.