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Archive for April, 2012

Vegan Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

I got inspired to make these Quinoa Chocolate Chips cookies from a recipe by Peggy Kostopoulous. With no processed sugars or traditional 'fats', these cookies are a fantastic treat that boost your nutrition. The blend of proteins and fiber help make these a medium glycemic treat which is ideal for post-exercise recovery as well as an intra-meal snack.

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Knee Integrity in Warrior Yoga Poses

A variety of Hatha Yoga poses provide a wealth of strengthening and endurance conditioning. Many Standing Yoga Poses like Virabhadrasana (warrior pose) or lunging Yoga poses require proper knee alignment to allow for complete flow of energy and to maintain strength, safety, and stability in your Yoga class.

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Kapalabhati: Using Pranayama as a Kriya Yoga Cleanse

Kapalabhati is a highly energizing abdominal breathing exercise that acts as a kriya or a yoga cleanse. The vigorous exhalations act in many ways to yield benefits beyond the energetic qualities of this advanced yoga breathing exercise.

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Committing to Your Whole Heath Nutrition Plan

So you have decided to take the plunge into a more healthy and nourishing nutrition plan? Back up these great intentions with some simple strategies and tips to keep you motivated and make this a long-term routine with success.

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Using Reciprocal Inhibition Techniques in Yoga Forward Bends

In Janu Sirsasana and many other Yoga Forward Bend Poses, we explore the expansion of the hamstring muscles. The resistance of the hamstrings against the sit bones (ischial tuberosities) limits the motion of the pelvis structure in relation to the thigh bone, thus reducing the amount of forward bending motion we can generate at the hip joint.

By applying the principal of reciprocal inhibition in our Yoga practice, we can manipulate the neural signals of key muscle groups to more effectively relax the hamstrings and to increase our ability to fold into our yoga forward bend poses.

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Vega has changed: for the better

Vega’s Whole Health Food Optimizer has changed! It is now Vega One (all-in-one nutritional shake). I had the opportunity to try out the updated formula and I am happy to see that their vegan goodness continues. I am a huge fan of the Vega products and in particular, the Vega One product. I am a food label junkie and I avoid anything and everything that looks like junk for the body. With Vega One, there are no preservatives, no added sugar, no artificial flavours, no soy, no dairy – just great tasting alkaline-forming, whole foods to boost one’s daily nutrition plan.

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Satya: Bringing Truth to Our Yoga Practice

Satya is a powerful, foundational element to apply to our Yoga practice. When adding this element during our Yoga class, a greater purpose to each asana (Yoga pose) occurs. Even though we are performing Hatha Yoga (physical practice of postures), we move ourselves to a powerful place of observing and awareness.

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Mountain Pose: A Starting Point for Integrity in Yoga

What is the purpose of Yoga poses? For me, the purpose of Yoga poses is to create a healthy flow of energy through the body to transit an aurora of vitality into the mind and soul. With new each practice, I establish an intention that every position develops with pure, balanced space in the spine and, from this, the core's energy is invited to move outwards into the limbs. This positive flow of energy transmits back through the nervous system to the mind in a healing manner rather than a stimulation of struggle and ego.

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Toronto Yoga Show 2012

I am back from a busy weekend at the Toronto Yoga Show. I had a great time meeting people via the My Yoga Online booth as well as hanging out with the teams at Vega and Halfmoon Yoga. We handed out amazing hourly prizes along with a mega grand prize valued over $1000.

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Tapping Into Purnam Yoga Flow

Purnam means Wholeness. In this intermediate level Hatha Yoga flow class with Kreg Weiss, connect into your sense of wholeness and being complete with contentment. With a meditative, slow pace, this hatha yoga practice emphasizes fluidity of breath as you explore traditional as well as some unconventional variations of asanas.

Moving with Safety and Awareness in Yoga Forward Bends

Forward bending Yoga poses provide great release and rejuvenation to the back lines of the body. When done correctly, they yield wonderful physical, mental, and emotion benefits. When done incorrectly or with ego, they can produce serious damage including herniated intervertebral discs. Like all Yoga poses, spinal integrity should be one's first priority and then, from this place, inviting this quality outwards into the limbs.

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