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The Health Benefits of Laughter Yoga – It’s No Joke!

By Debbie Friend, MSc
October 17, 2012
File under: Fitness, Positive Psychology, Yoga

 

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. It is easy to comply with this Rx when we are enjoying a good comedy or reacting to a funny joke, but it can be nearly impossible to follow this recommendation when we’re just not feeling up to it. Or is it?

Laughter Yoga is challenging this notion. Laughter Yoga is a body-mind practice that combines simulated laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor.

You don’t have to be happy, in a good mood or even have a sense of humor to participate and enjoy the many mental, physical and emotional benefits of Laughter Yoga. When you engage in a session you simply fake it ‘till you make it and in time the motion will lead to emotion.

Laughter is visually contagious. When we see other people laughing, it’s natural for us to follow suit, even if we don’t find anything particularly funny.   For some implausible reason, genuine chuckles, snorts and mirthful peals of laughter just well up inside and we find difficult to avoid joining in. …read more of The Health Benefits of Laughter Yoga – It’s No Joke! here

 
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Whats Your Dharma? Your Purpose… Look to the Yogas!

By Lissa Coffey ecomii.com
January 24, 2012
File under: Spirituality, Yoga

In the west, we think of yoga primarily as a form of exercise.  Although physical postures make up one branch of this philosophy, yoga in general is so much more.

The Sanskrit word “yoga” means to yoke or to unite.  In Vedanta there are four different yogas, or spiritual practices to help us accomplish a feeling of connection, body, mind and spirit.

The yogas can be practiced individually or in combination, as each yoga path will balance and strengthen the others.

The four yoga paths could be thought of as bridges, taking us from a limited understanding of who we think we are to a greater understanding of who we really are. …read more of Whats Your Dharma? Your Purpose… Look to the Yogas! here

 
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Karma Veg: Is being vegetarian a requirement for yoga?

By Jess Lewis-Peltier ecomii.com
December 27, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegetarian, Yoga

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So you’ve taken up yoga complete with your sticky mat, chanting and deep breathing. You’re feeling the healthy glow and are now thinking of taking it a step further by becoming vegetarian. After all, it almost seems requisite; but whether or not someone is required to be vegetarian when practicing yoga is the subject of much heated debate.

The simple answer is no, it is not a requirement. However, as each aspiring yogi/yogini delves deeper into yogic philosophy, it is difficult to ignore the principles that support this lifestyle. While listening to your body and its diverse nutritional needs is very important, you must also listen to your spiritual and karmic needs allowing those to be your compass in deciding what’s right for you.

Although yoga by no means forces the vegetarian lifestyle, there are many aspects of the philosophy that can, for some, ultimately lead to this conclusion. Many who practice yoga feel that the vegetarian lifestyle is one that is kind, clean and sustainable and most importantly adheres to the principals of Ahimsa and Prana. …read more of Karma Veg: Is being vegetarian a requirement for yoga? here

 
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Exercise as Meditation: 5 Techniques for Success

By Angela Ewari ecomii.com
May 13, 2010
File under: Fitness, Spirituality, Yoga

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There is a stereotypical image that meditation can only be performed sitting cross-legged on the floor, eyes closed and without movement.

Proper breathing is the common denominator in both exercise and meditation. While meditation is all about the breath, these same breathing techniques can be applied to enhance your exercise routine.

When physically active, the muscles warm up, the blood moves more freely and endorphins kick in and make us feel more awake and alive.

Applying these yoga breathing techniques during exercise will help to reduce tension and negative thought processes, which open the mind to new ideas and paths to problem solving. …read more of Exercise as Meditation: 5 Techniques for Success here

 
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Meditation is all about the Breath

By Angela Ewari ecomii.com
May 7, 2010
File under: Belief, Spirituality, Yoga

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In Yoga, the three main practices are breathing, postures and meditation.

The breathing practice, or pranayama and the physical practice, or asana are performed to prepare the body for the mental and spiritual practice of meditation.

Learning to clear the mind and bring awareness to the breath is the beginning of a meditation practice. Focusing on the breath can be thought of as a distraction, which keeps the mind from wandering and gently brings your focus back to the present. …read more of Meditation is all about the Breath here

 
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