Yoga For Golfers: How To Maximise Your Performance On The Fairway

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Yoga for golfers provides strength and flexibility that can help you improve on your overall performance on the fairway. As a golfer, you may never notice immediate result for these exercise, however, committing a couple of hours a day are very beneficial and here are some of the reasons why you should do yoga regularly. Get started in a kneeling position with your arms straightened and your hands under your shoulder. Straighten your legs while supporting your weight with your arms and tighten your belly muscles.

i. Develop Stronger Muscles With Yoga For Golfers

Yoga can help you develop stronger core muscles. It will give you a stronger back, stabilize your midsection and enable you to have more power when swinging your club. To realize these consider performing plank pose regularly.

ii. Yoga For Golfers Improves flexibility

Every golfer needs good hip flexibility for better speed and swinging power. To boost your hip flexibility, lay on your back with your knees bent. Extend your feet further beyond your yoga mat. Breathe in and gently move your knees leftwards. Gently straighten your knees and breathe out. Switch to the right and repeat the exercise several times on each side.

iii. Increased Back Strength From Yoga For Golfers

Most golfers get back injury more often which can be very costly. However, yoga for golfers can help you avoid this. To make a stronger lower back, you need to exercise the knee to chest pose. Lie on your back and breathe in as you gently pull one knee to your chest. Slowly lower this leg while breathing out. Switch sides and draw the other leg to the chest. Repeat this up to 15 times before drawing both legs to your chest.

The goal of yoga is to help you improve your mental focus. By doing yoga for golfers regularly, you will meet this goal besides boosting your strength and improving your performance on the fairway.yoga for golfers

Yogalates

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How To Lose Weight Fast With Yogalates

If you are wondering how to lose weight fast with yogalates, you are not alone. Yoga and pilates have been creating a buzz in gyms across the country for a few years now, but the buzzing is starting to build around a new combination of the two workouts known as yogalates. Fusing pilates and yoga into one workout creates an intense exercise series that will train, tighten and tone your entire body.

Lose weight with yogalates

Loosing weight with yogalates is easy since the workouts combine to give you extraordinary strength and cardiovascular benefits. Both yoga and pilates require the practitioner to be mindful and present, focusing on breath and movements to lengthen and tone muscle groups with resistance. Studies have proven weight loss is most effective when strength and cardiovascular exercise are coupled with a healthy diet and yogalates provides resistance training and cardiovascular benefits simultaneously.

How Yogalates Works

Working through a core group of exercises of about forty postures, yogalates practitioners will engage support muscles deep within the core, strengthen your body and increase awareness of your breath and breathing. Holding static stretches that require support of your full body weight will sculpt and tone your muscles, redefining your shape and helping you shed unwanted pounds and inches.

What Happens in a Yogalates Class?

In any typical yogalates class, you may be asked to go through any number, of forty poses. Leg lifts, back lifts, leg circles, sternum lifts and yoga classics such as Downward Facing Dog, The Warrior or Sun Salutations. Most classes will start with a gentle warm up that increases in intensity as the warm up builds to the beginning of the routine. Warm ups are usually followed by floor work that incorporate pilates and then transition into yoga poses. Some yogalates studios also add a series of calisthenics before going into the cool down segment of the routine to ensure attendants receive a full body workout that will benefit them mind, body and soul.

No matter what your weight loss goals are, yogalates can be a great way to get there. Look online for classes and instructors near you and take a class to see if yogalates is something you would like to add to your regimen. Once you see the unwanted pounds and inches melt away and see sleek, toned muscles emerging to replace unsightly bulges, you will be a lifelong yogalates devotee.

A Few Good Reasons To Buy A Great Quality Yoga Pant

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The yoga pant you wear when you work out has become an integral and important part of getting the most of your yoga workout session. There is nothing worse than wearing a yoga pant that isn’t really made to workout in! Here are a few very good reasons why you should dress accordingly in a suitable yoga pant or yoga clothes when doing yoga.

1.Get The Fabric Of Your Yoga Pant Right The First Time:

As you know, yoga involves stretching and twisting your body into amazing shapes and postures. This means that the yoga pant you wear must be flexible, let your skin breathe and be comfortable. A good quality cotton Lycra that moves with your body is the most suitable and if you can get organic fabric to boot, then you are styling!

The fabric your yoga pant is made from should also allow your skin to breathe and spread the excess perspiration, so that it isn’t logged in one area! Eeek, like under your armpit or under your bust! Especially important for you Hot Yoga Yogi’s and Yogini’s! And finally, the fabric should be smooth and durable which in turn makes it comfortable to wear. Nothing itchy or rough thanks!

2.Get The Right Style Of Yoga Pant For Your Practise:

You may be thinking what the…? This is very important for your practise. If you practise traditional yoga and do individual pose after pose, with emphasis on working the pose, then a yoga pant that is long and slightly flared at the base will probably suit your practise best. This is what I wear when practising traditional Iyengar style yoga.

If you prefer a faster Vinyasa style Power Yoga, you will be better suited to a cropped leg, fitting yoga pant which allows a greater area of skin to be exposed, keeping you cooler. For Bikram style Hot Yoga, shorts and a crop top for girls and Lycra shorts for the boys….’cos you are gonna get hot and sweaty!

Hot tip: Make sure your waistband is tight enough to keep your yoga pants up, and not too tight to restrict you and make you feel uncomfortable!

Yoga pantMy personal favourite yoga pant is the Pure Balance Pant by Lulu Lemon It has great length in the leg and a snug fit. It makes me look slimmer than I really am and for my yoga practise, the flexibility of the 4 way stretch and the moisture wicking of their signature Luon® fabric seals the deal.

For Vinyasa, I like Lulu Lemon, but I’m also a fan of Mika Yoga Wear when I’m doing a faster, power yoga practise! You won’t catch me in a crop top though! With such a huge range of options when it comes to finding a great yoga pant, there is no reason not to have the best yoga session in your chosen yoga pant, namaste.

The Benefits Of Prenatal Yoga

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Prenatal YogaPrenatal yoga practise during pregnancy brings a wonderful sense of calm and harmony to expecting mothers. Your developing baby not only relies on you physically but is completely receptive to your mental and emotional state, which is why prenatal yoga is so beneficial. If you are stressed and angry, or sad or depressed, your body releases different toxins into your body which in turn affects the chemical balance in your body and your baby therefore feels or rather picks up these emotions.

Pregnancy is a very emotional time with your hormones fluctuating wildy and major physical changes happening to accommodate the new life being formed inside a new mothers body. It becomes increasingly difficult to maintain normal fitness routines and activities and you will need to adapt these to accommodate your changing body. It is very important to stay fit during this miraculous journey. Enter Prenatal Yoga! Yoga calms the mind and brings peace and emotional harmony, and this ultimately creates a perfect environment for your growing baby.

Pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga And Posture:

As your body changes over the three trimesters of pregnancy and your uterus get bigger and heavier with the increasing weight of your baby and the placenta, your bodies center of gravity changes and this in turn affects your posture. Your back arches and you may even begin to hunch your shoulders. Yoga practise teaches you to be aware of your body, helping you to identify and relieve stressed areas, correct bad posture and ease tension in the muscles. Prenatal Yoga asanas (postures or poses) are done with co-ordinated breathing while in a pose.

Prenatal Yoga And Your Emotions:

Prenatal Yoga practise and breathing (pranayama) coupled with pregnancy hormones can sometimes release deeply buried emotions to the surface. If this happens to you, don’t resist and try to bury these emotions again. Rather let them out in the wonderfully controlled and non judgemental environment that is yoga practise. Feelings of grief or sadness or tears may appear for no apparent reason. Ride the wave of these feelings and just let them go. Weep or wail or both if you want to. This can be hugely beneficial and cleansing for both you and your precious little passenger. You may not experience this at all, but feel a deep sense of relaxation and connection with yourself and your baby.

It is important to practise prenatal yoga with a qualified and experienced pregnancy Yoga teacher. This is probably one of the most appropriate and beneficial forms of pregnancy exercise available. Enjoy your prenatal yoga journey, Namaste.

The Story Of Yoga

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Here is a delightful video about the story of how Yoga came to the west….

It tells the story of how Yogacharya T Krishnamacharya learnt Yoga from a Guru in the mountains of Tibet and then spread this knowledge slowly via his students.

These students, who include Yogacharya’s Sri BKS Iyengar and Sri K Pattabi Jois, in turn spread the ancient art of the Yoga to the west and beyond.

You can learn more about how this amazing journey continued to the west by reading about BKS Iyengar or watching another great video in which Pattabhi Jois shares his thoughts on the practise of Ashtanga Yoga.

Enjoy! Namaste.

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Yoga Mats

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yoga matsYoga mats are an important part of a successful practise or yoga session. They have many vital uses while practising yoga. It also defines your personal Yoga space if you are doing Yoga with other people, in a class or at the gym.

Some Very Good Reasons To Use Yoga Mats:

  • A Yoga mat improves traction for your hands and feet so you don’t slip whilst in Downward Dog!
  • Provides cushioning from the hard floor or ground if you are practising outside
  • Improves balance especially if using a sticky mat
  • Is easy to transport when travelling – have mat will practise!

Your Yoga mat is a very personal thing and will become a much loved part of your life. There are many different types of yoga mats available:

Eco Yoga Mats:

For the earth friendly, eco conscious Yogi.These Yoga mats are usually:

  • Eco friendly
  • PVC & Latex free
  • Don’t contain chlorides
  • Bio degradable

Thick Yoga Mats:

For A Luxurious Session…

  • Thicker and therefore more comfortable
  • Increased shock absorbency
  • Insulates you from cold floors
  • Around 6mm thick

Extra Wide Yoga Mats:

Wider and more spacious

  • Great for wide poses
  • Larger surface area
  • Larger personal space for yoga studio or gym yoga classes
  • Keeps your body on the mat and off the floor

If you’re anything like me, you’ll end up with one of every kind for different practise in different places. And throw in a yoga mat bag or three and don’t forget the yoga blocks and your yoga blanket! Somebody stop me! Whatever your needs, there is a mat (or 5) for you.

Namaste and Happy Yoga Mats!

 

YogaCharya Sri BKS Iyengar

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BKS IyengarBKS Iyengar can be said to be the Guru who was most instrumental in bringing Yoga to the West. This incredible man, who, at the time of writing this article, is 92 years old, will go down in history books as the most influential Yogacharya of the 20th and 21st century.

A Short History of BKS Iyengar.

BKS Iyengar, born in 1913 in India, started learning yoga at the age of 7, with his uncle, T Krishnamacharya, a man who  is single handedly responsible for bringing the ancient art of Yoga back to the world! Iyengar suffered from many illnesses as a child, including Typhoid, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Influenza and this is what led him to take up Yoga under the instruction of his uncle. BKS Iyengar moved to Pune in India in 1938 and Pune has remained his home ever since.

BKS Iyengar Founds The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.

In 1975 BKS Iyengar founded the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. It is dedicated to his late wife Ramamani Iyengar, who was his greatest supporter. The Iyengars’ two children, Geeta and Prashant, are directors of the institute along with Mr Iyengar. They are both authorities in Yoga and have taught thousands of students from around the world. Geeta Iyengar has written two books and is an authority on prenatal yoga. Prashant has extensive knowledge of the scriptures and ancient texts and is an experienced violinist.

The architecture of the building is wholly representative of Yoga in true Iyengar tradition. The three floors represent the mind, body and spirit. The eight columns of the building represent the eight limbs of Astanga Yoga.

Iyengar yoga made popular the use of props like straps, bricks, benches and stools to name but a few. The use of these props during practise ensures the absolute correct execution of each asana which therefore enables the aspiring yogi to experience fully from the benefits of Iyengar method yoga postures. This focus on the correct alignment and positioning in each asana along with pranayama is most important, especially when using yoga therapuetically to treat illness and ailments.

The Institute offers yoga teacher training,workshops and of course Iyengar yoga classes, amongst many other offerings. Here, in this remarkable video, BKS Iyengar tells his story….


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Anusara Yoga

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John Friend Anusara YogaAnusara Yoga is a school of Hatha Yoga, founded in 1997 by John Friend. It is based on Tantric Yoga principles. Anusara Yoga “unifies a life-affirming Shiva-Shakti Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment.” Anusara Yoga.

The Spread Of Anusara Yoga.

Since it’s creation, this school of yoga has grown exponentially over the last decade and has over 1000 licensed teachers and thousands of students the world over. It is now available in 70 countries and it’s attraction is mostly due to the uplifting philosophy behind it. Anusara Yoga Philosophy looks for the good in all things and all people. Regardless of a yogi’s level of experience and ability, everyone is celebrated for their individuality.

Anusara Yoga Class Breakdown.

Classes begin with an invocation and are centred around the heart, and the unitiy of the divine within. Asanas are coordinated with pranayama (breath) and the “Universal Principles of Alignment” are applied to each yoga pose without fail. These principles of alignment are broken down into three areas, Attitude, Alignment and Action and are applied to each pose in order to gain maximum mental, spiritual and physical benefits.

Teachers apply these alignment principles both physically and verbally, correcting posture during execution of each asana. Anusara Yoga has a syllabus of 250 hatha yoga poses which encompass floor poses, standing, balancing poses, backbends and twists to name but a few. Classes are mostly laid out using a sequence of poses and progressive sequences aimed at leaving the aspiring yogi feeling calm, happy within and empowered. Classes are concluded with Savasana and meditation.

Anusara Yoga offers yoga teacher training and has numerous yoga classes, workshops and yoga studios around the world.
Anusara Yoga is based in The Woodlands in Texas, USA.

YogaCharya Sri K Pattabhi Jois

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Sri K Pattabhi Jois

Sri K Pattabhi Jois

The late Sri K Pattabhi Jois was and will always be a renowned Ashtanga Yoga master, who was well known in the west where he had a big influence on the spread of Ashtanga Yoga.

He played an immensely important role in the teaching of yoga to the western world.

Pattabhi Jois was also a student of T Krishnamacharya from a young age, along with BKS Iyengar. You can learn all about the story of Yoga and how Krishnamacharya brought it back to the worlds attention on the Story of Yoga page.

In this short video, Pattabhi Jois talks about Ashtanga Yoga…

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More to follow on Pattabhi Jois. Namaste.

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“Yoga is for everyone. You need not be an expert or at the peak of physical
fitness to practise asanas. May Yoga’s blessing be on all of you”
Yogacharya BKS Iyengar

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