Corporate travel and health might seem like inherently conflicting notions, however, this is not the case. You can feel great and enjoy yourself when you travel for business if you adhere to the following:
Yoga is a lifestyle, a mental state, and a perspective. It’s how you breathe and how you transition from one moment to the next — whether on the go or going nowhere. It is that pause you take before acting, and the serenity you find in that moment of quiet. It’s how you approach all that you do, how you make decisions, and how you treat yourself as well as others. Yoga is moving through life with ease, grace, and balance regardless of what you are faced with. It allows you to get to know yourself and to use your energy efficiently in every moment of your living. It is being in the present — not getting stuck in the past or fantasizing about the future. Yoga is freedom — freedom from rules, expectations, and fragmentation. It is when you can be who you want to be and when you are complete.
Today marks the end of the first JWM Yoga Challenge. You now have a nice sampling of what yoga has to offer: asana, pranayama, philosophy, meditation, music (click for last week’s playlist), and more! If you are new to my website, feel free to browse the entire yoga channel to find more information and videos on all of the above topics (Please watch the videos on a computer screen as they are not viewable on all mobile devices). Continue reading
There’s nothing like a great morning yoga sequence to get you out of bed in the morning with comfort, balance, and ease. Join Julie Wilcox for this 10-minute AM morning yoga video. Julie guides you through a sequence designed to gently awaken your energy, get your circulation going, open your joints, stretch your muscles, and finally, to ground you through simple balances. Continue reading
There’s nothing like practicing yoga to the sound of great music. From Electronica, to Film Soundtracks, Rock to Yoga Instrumentals, TV Music (gotta love Tear Drop, the House intro) to Reggae, Jazz to Ambient..etc. You name it, it all works. An awesome playlist brings yoga to a whole new place just like the breath does. Try both! Continue reading
This tone-up yoga video is a quick yet strong and effective practice for intermediate yoga students. Take 20-minutes of your day to sculpt your muscles and find strength and balance in all areas of your body.
The sequence includes several simple arm balances, standing balances on one leg, and postures that fine tune the many large and small muscles of the body. It also includes backbends to strengthen and open your back, chest, shoulders, legs, and arms. Finally, no yoga posture escapes core toning when done correctly! Continue reading
In the aftermath of horrific events like yesterday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon, it’s hard not to feel and employ universal compassion and love, that which the yogis call Ahimsa. Yesterday’s event is a blatant reminder of the ephemeral nature of human life and well-being and illuminates the yogic idea that we should employ ahimsa not only in times of great distress but also every day with everyone. Repeating the following mantra to yourself is an incredible and beautiful way to recall and stay present with ahimsa. Continue reading
The Sanskrit word “satya” means truth and is one of the yamas in yoga philosophy (the yamas are the first limb of the eight limbs of yoga or ethical rules). According to the ancient yogis, being truthful to one’s self and others provides a path to clarity and self-contentment. They believed that if we are constantly in denial about what is true and what is not, we remain trapped in “avidya” or ignorance. Stuck behind a veil of ignorance, we can only exist in “maya” or illusion. Continue reading
Balance out your system with this awesome 30-minute evening yoga video. This PM yoga video will leave you feeling calm and mellow as you move through your evening affairs. Continue reading
What Does “Sadhana” Mean?
If you are practicing yoga once a week, try to bump it up to two times a week and then more if you want to or can. However many times you choose to practice yoga, try to develop a sadhana, meaning a chosen, committed, consistent, and aspirational approach to your practice. Yours could be a daily yoga practice or perhaps you practice 3x a week (or 1x a week). Make a decision, schedule your time for your yoga, and do it! It’s extremely difficult to reap the wonderful healthy benefits of yoga without sadhana. The more you practice, the more you will get out of your practice as long as you are practicing safely and in a manner that suits your constitution.