Yoga

Positive Effect Of Yoga On Type 2 Diabetes

A study, conducted on 60 patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes, revealed that performing yoga can help control the disease. Researchers found that practicing yoga controlled patients’ blood sugar levels, resulted in weight loss, and the participants reduced their body mass index from 25.9 to 25.4. The study also showed that yoga reduced the level of oxidative stress levels in the body, which occurred due to the increase of reactive oxygen in patients’ bodies. (Rise in oxidative stress can result in other various health disorders). Science is proving what yogis have known for ages – yoga has a positive effect on health!

[source: frenchtribune.com]

 

Love Yoga And Writing? We Might Be Looking For YOU!

Do you enjoy practicing yoga on a regular basis and love writing? Would you like to combine your two passions? Vancouver Yoga Review is looking for an enthusiastic yoga blogger to join our inclusive yoga community. We’d like for you to commit to submitting one new and unique yoga/health/fitness related article per week. Contact us at [email protected] if you’d enjoy being apart of Vancouver and the lower mainland’s yoga community!

Blindfolded Yoga Classes

For some people, and especially for those just starting the ancient practice, it can be challenging to focus during yoga class. One minute you’re in-tune with your body and breath, and the next your gaze drifts to someone’s perfect tree-pose or to a snazzy new mat you’ve been eyeing across the room.

A few acclaimed yoga instructors at New York City studios are trying to shift the focus inward by wearing blindfolds during classes! For Matt Lombardo, a teacher at downtown NYC’s Jivamukti studio, what started as a temporary way to shut out distractions became a consistent practice.

“I did one class blindfolded, and it was so great,” says Lombardo. “It totally revitalizes one’s practice.” Now, he’s practicing blindfolded on a regular basis, and so is his girlfriend, Broadway actor Cristy Candler. With mats side-by-side, the two flow from chaturanga to upward dog, invisible to each other.

I feel wearing blindfolds, or even just keeping your eyes shut during practice, forces you to have dialogue within yourself – your positive or negative thoughts, judgements, and criticisms cannot be escaped via outward distractions. You must confront them, head-on. I think blindfolded yoga classes would catch on quickly in Vancouver. What do you think?

Set Yourself Up For Success

Adhering to a regular, consistent yoga practice is difficult at the best of times. It takes dedication and commitment, love, sweat and hard work. It can be almost impossible to find the time to attend yoga class when things get busy. And this time of year is very, very busy.

Today is the last day of August. Although the weather isn’t great, many people have been desperately trying to take advantage of every sunny day before the September crunch starts. Back-to-school preparations are well underway. A general sense of business and fret are circulating with the impending sense of another fall.

What I have found is that my practice hasn’t remained the same as usual. My body wants gentler routines, my mind wants them shorter. Rather than promising myself to “start in September” or “do more next week,” I have promised myself to continue my routine, but in a way that suits my needs right now. I am setting myself up for success.

What does this look like? I am practicing more at home right now. Sometimes my sessions only last 20 min. Sometimes they are quiet and easeful. Sometimes all I have time for is Legs up the Wall and a bit of breathing. That’s OK. The important part is to show up on your mat and make the commitment to spend a little time every day to love and cherish your own self, body and mind.

In this busy week before back-to-school, try not to put off your yoga practice until later. Negotiate though—figure out a way to absorb some practice into the little gaps of time you have. Pick the 5 poses your body absolutely needs and practice them with love and intention. Take a little time for yourself no matter what. Breathe. Smile. Appreciate your little victories.

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Hockey Star Turned Yogi? Milan Lucic Visits Bikram’s Yoga Metrotown

Vancouver native and Boston Bruins forward, Milan Lucic, tried yoga for the very first time this month when he stopped by Bikram’s Yoga Metrotown. The Stanley Cup champion (who was toting the coveted cup around Vancouver last week) was surprised the hot and sweaty yoga class was so challenging and he even found relief from a shoulder injury.

Lucic’s not the only professional hockey player to include yoga in his fitness routine. Teammate, Tim Thomas, has been practicing yoga for over four years and openly attributes his success on the ice to regular yoga practice. Other hockey players such as Mark Messier, Mark Recchi and George Laraque have all practiced yoga to further compliment their game.

According to Bikram’s Yoga Metrotown’s owner, Brad Colwell, Lucic has insisted he will return to the Burnaby studio for training in summer 2012.

Bikram’s Yoga Metrotown
Tel: 604-451-FIRE (3473)
3665 Kingsway, Suite 150, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2

Yoga + Spinning = Spynga

Spynga, the yoga and spinning philosophy is about living authentically: Yoga + Spinning = Spynga! The routine involves a half-hour of cycling on a stationary spinning bike and then 30 minutes on the yoga mat for lengthening and strengthening poses.

Based in Toronto, Spynga was created to bring the owners’ two favourite exercise regimes together and make them accessible to people in a non-intimidating environment. Their studio is set up as though you had a bike in the middle of your own comfy living room. No gym-style fluorescent lights or unsightly carpeting. The zen-like room has wood floors, high ceilings with a chic chandelier and large windows that let in loads of natural light.

Currently, Spynga does not have a location in Vancouver, BC. However, Vancouverites can enjoy a similar class called YRide at YYoga.

Yoga Photo Of The Day: On The Flyer

Yoga on top of the world! Master Saumik Bera of Real Yoga and his students practice yoga in a capsule of the giant observation wheel also known as the Singapore Flyer.

One of our readers, a Vancouverite yogi currently living in Singapore, kindly emailed us this captivating photo. Send us your yoga moment in time to [email protected] and you could be featured as Vancouver Yoga Review’s “Yoga Photo Of The Day”!

Yoga Arms

Popeye

I miss my yoga arms. I’ve put my pass on hold for the month of August and I’m really noticing some changes in my body. Less strength in my arms mainly, with a side of lower back pain.

So I need to keep up as I’m falling short. I found an extremely helpful article in Yoga Journal called Arms Control by Julie Gudmestad. She thoughtfully shares how to work our biceps, triceps, and upper body to withstand the many poses which require arm strength.

http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/1747

It’s interesting how the more we do yoga, the more change we see in our bodies for the better. Just as the less we do yoga, the more we see changes in our body for the worse. I’d like to be back in the “more yoga” category. Wouldn’t  you?

My Five-Minute Yoga Practice App

Eve Johnson, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher based in Vancouver, created My Five-Minute Yoga Practice app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

A useful application for beginners, Eve talks you through 11 five-minute practices, with detailed instructions describing exactly what to do in each pose. Gradually, five minutes at a time, yoga will become part of life. It’s also a great tool for those who struggle with finding enough time to fit yoga into their day, or frustrated with the lack of progress in their yoga practice.

Available in the App Store, you can also visit Eve’s website for additional information.

Teaching Your Teacher: Sharing the Love

Source: http://www.leeanncareyyogashopping.com/stretch-one-on-one/

My saga of being a newly certified teacher continues! Yesterday I taught a 20min segment to my very favourite teacher – it was one of the hardest things I have ever done.

After all the coursework, readings and practical teaching exercises in my summer Yoga Teacher Training, I was feeling pretty good about things. I was getting great feedback from friends and students about my teaching. My youngest brother had a sore calf, which I helped out with using my new therapeutic techniques and a couple of well-considered (and well-taught!) stretches.

I was feeling pretty good – until my favourite teacher in the world asked me to lead her through a short class so she could get a sense of my style. Yikes!

Last week I devoted myself to planning and fretting. I practiced and prepared. I visualized her loving it – and hating it. I’m usually pretty balanced and confident in front of people, but when I placed my mat down and she rolled hers out in front of me, I wondered how such an amazing teacher could even start to enjoy my teaching. How can I, her student, measure up as her teacher?  I became a little undone— I’m not going to lie.

When the music started and I launched into my routine, my voice was a little shaky and my instructions a bit garbled. I realised though, that teaching my teacher was a great opportunity to share my love for yoga in an expression that she hasn’t seen from me before. Not only that, but I could get tips and pointers from someone I respect and admire a great deal to apply to my teaching!

I realised that I should just do what I’ve been compelled to do all along – share my love for yoga in my own way and hope others will feel inspired and drawn to practice it with me. We both had fun!

Yoga Photo Of The Day: Leaving Hornby Island

Our good friend Krystle’s zen moment in Sukhāsana leaving British Columbia’s beautiful and serene Hornby Island. Ommmmmm… Today’s yoga photo of the day was captured by designer, producer, DJ, and photographer extraordinaire, Davin Greenwell.

Send us your perfect zen moment in time to [email protected] and you could be featured as Vancouver Yoga Review’s “Yoga Photo Of The Day”!

Post Yoga Thirst Quenching Cucumber Water

On hot summer days, post yoga session, the last thing you want to consume is a sugary beverage. Even sports drinks like Gatorade, supposedly more thirst-quenching than water, leave you feeling like you got chemicals coming out of your pores. What you need is something über refreshing, not too flavourful or sweet, healthy, and quick to make: cucumber water!

What are the benefits?

Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, two antioxidant nutrients that can help protect the skin from sun damage. Vitamin C boosts collagen and elastin, which helps keep skin looking vibrant while caffeic acid protects skin cells from UV radiation. Cucumbers also have natural anti-inflammatory properties and help to prevent water retention. Cukes also contain silica, an essential component of healthy connective tissue.

For a simple recipe, just combine sliced cucumber to a pitcher of water, add ice, and enjoy! Alternatively, for an augmented version, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Ingredients

8 ½ cups of water

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
1 medium lemon or lime, thinly sliced
12 small mint leaves

Let ingredients stand in a large pitcher for a few hours, or let flavors blend overnight for an intensified taste and aroma.

photo via healthesolutions.com

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