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Yoga Poses for Digestion

Yoga Poses for Digestion

Have you ever been smack in the middle of your vacation, only to find yourself bloated, gassy, or draggy with fatigue? Experienced your summer walk interrupted by "Uh-oh" tummy pains? Or worse, spent the first week of your holiday constipated and stressed? Summer, with it's travel and, for most of us, more frozen treats and happy hours, can bring on abdominal woes. While it's good to pay attention to diet, the following yoga poses all help your digestion stay healthy and calm. Use them as a sequence, or choose 2-3 that speak to you. Seven Poses for Healthy Digestion Cat-Cow...

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Keep Your Cool: Yoga for Easing Summer Heat

You know when it's 95 in the shade, the humidity feels like 1000%, AND the a/c is broken? You feel cranky, puffy, and prickly? Yeah. We do too! The Bold Mats team recently returned from a stint on the East Coast where there was a hot, moist heat wave going on. How to stay cool? Of course, we busted out our yoga mats! Five Cool Poses  Fluid Half Sun Salutes These warm your muscles up gently, while creating a minimum of sweat. Begin with knees slightly bent, arms hanging down with hands in prayer position (reminiscent of a putting stance...

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Depressed or Anxious? Go Outside With Yoga

Depressed or Anxious? Go Outside With Yoga

I've been hearing a lot lately about people who suffer from sadness and a lack of inspiration in the summer! Now, winter, yes, that's common, especially with holidays and lack of light. But to hear about the summer blues, well, I was dumbfounded. It's true that the summer brings really hot temperatures and humidity to many places, which creates kind of a physical inertia if you aren't in air conditioning all the time. And it's true that summer busyness--especially if you have kids--can feel crazy, when all you want to do is kick off shoes and lie in the grass....

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How Yoga is Like An Octopus

How Yoga is Like An Octopus

  The physical asanas of yoga, followed by pranayama, are probably the most recognized forms of this ancient spiritual path. But like an octopus, yoga has eight limbs, and all are important for movement and life. The 8 limbs of yoga include: Yama: universal practices of right conduct Niyama: self-discipline practices Asana: practice of the physical postures Pranayama: breath control Pratyahara: withdrawal/detachment from our senses and our cravings and habits; self-observation Dharana: concentration on a single point; keen awareness with focus Dhyana: meditation, stillness of the mind; keen awareness without focus Samadhi: ecstasy! You may be thinking, life is busy...

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Want Killer Abs AND a Calm Mind? SUP Yoga Delivers Both

Imagine yourself in easy pose, the warmth of the sun on your face and the soothing lap of water against your board. The breeze brings the smell of salt or damp earth, and you spy the glossy arc of a dolphin or the energetic leap of a fish. Take a deep breath .... this is the life. This is you, and your yoga practice, on a stand up paddleboard. Why Practice Yoga on a SUP? Two good reasons: the whole practice becomes a serious ab workout, and the multiple benefits from practicing outside. Though made to be quite stable, SUPs that...

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