February 16, 2012 § Leave a Comment
You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard talk of Mayan mysticism as we move into 2012, the supposed end of the world according to the Mayan calendar — or as many are interpreting, the “rebirth of a new calendar cycle” (a much less dismal interpretation!) To celebrate this rebirth, Fairmont Mayakoba, a stunning resort located on the beautiful Riviera Maya, presents its “Awakening to Wellness,” an exclusive getaway with master yogi Ana Paula Dominguez.
This experience will include daily lessons of Kundalini yoga, a Meditation Techniques workshop and a Stress Managementsession. Participants will relax with luxurious spa treatments and soothing massages at Willow Stream Spa. Sounds like the experience of a lifetime!
January 31, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Tulum, perched on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, has long since been considered a hotspot for yoga travelers and wellness tourists around the world. The great thing about Tulum as a yoga destination is that it’s the perfect spot for beginners and experts alike to practice and perfect yoga techniques.
The New York Times recently featured a piece that laid out the perfect four-day yoga expedition in scenic Tulum. From exploring the jungles, to eating ceviche at one of the city’s best restaurants, to exploring the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean, this guide goes far beyond just yoga time and provides a great sense of the sites and activities you won’t want to miss when visiting Tulum. Take a look at the full Tulum itinerary!
January 9, 2012 § 1 Comment
We often hear about the many health benefits to be gained from a regular yoga practice. But while there is much potential for healing, there is less-widely reported potential to harm—that is when we push our bodies so far we end up injured. “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,” published yesterday in the New York Times Magazine, states that “a growing body of medical evidence supports [the] contention that, for many people, a number of commonly taught yoga poses are inherently risky.” The piece was excerpted from the forthcoming book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, written by a Times senior writer and longtime yoga practitioner William Broad. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
If you’re thinking that in 2012 you want to become a yoga teacher, join the club. According to statistics compiled by Yoga Alliance, there are now more than 50,000 yoga teachers in the U.S., and that number is growing.
Some yoga practitioners dream of living the life of a nomadic traveling teacher. Others of someday owning their own studio. Other yogis, particularly in a still-uncertain economy, are turning to teaching yoga as a second source of income.
Is it really worth investing in that 200-hour-or-plus teacher training? Will there be a job out there for when you’re done? Is it time to quit your day job? Here’s an infographic, which first appeared on Teachasana (a website resource for yoga teachers), with all sorts of facts and figures from recent articles that might help you make up your mind.
Via Yoga Journal
December 12, 2011 § Leave a Comment
SAT NARAYAN, WHA HE GURU, HARI NARAYAN, SAT NAM.
Narayan is the aspect of Infinity that relates to water, and Hari Narayan is Creative sustenance, which makes the one who chants it intuitively clear or healing. Sat Narayan is True Sustainer, Wahe Guru, indescribable Wisdom and Sat Nam, True Identity. This is the ancient Chotay Pad Mantra.
Via Kundalini Yoga
December 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
If you feel the need to refresh your spirit, reignite your passion for living, and rediscover balance in your life, then Xinalani Yoga Retreat may be what you’re looking for. Xinalani offers guides and life coaches that they claim will help you reach your full potential in a friendly, unpretentious and supportive environment. Certainly looks like a wonderful experience to us!
November 30, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Over 12,000 people backed into Mexico City’s Zócalo, the massive central square that is usually used for political protests and national celebrations last Sunday. They gathered to participate in what the group claims is the world’s largest yoga class.
The yoga class was led by Naam Yoga founder Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, who engaged the popular Naam Yoga prayer, a mantra that includes prayers of love, peace and light.
“This truly was an explosion of joy and happiness,” said Rebeca Torres, founder and president of Naam Mexico. “Many of us were touched and transformed.”
November 18, 2011 § 1 Comment
By Jeff Cannon
Every day someone tells me how great they feel when they practice yoga. They feel whole and complete and relaxed and alert — all at the same time. Yet no sooner than they leave the yoga studio, does the old stress and worry start to seep back into their life. So quickly at times, that it makes them wonder just how long the healthy benefits of a great yoga class stay with them.
When I mention extending those great feelings through meditation, I am inevitably told, “I love the idea, but I just don’t have enough time to meditate.” Or, “There’s just no way I can sit and think for twenty minutes. There’s just too much going on in my head.”
Well guess what, you actually do. You don’t have to sit for twenty minutes or half an hour to benefit from a meditation practice. You only need a few minutes here and there to reduce your stress, minimize the noise from the world around you, and gain control of your life, so you can start to live your life as if you carry your yoga mat with you. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 15, 2011 § 1 Comment
Wellness travel, the segment of medical tourism which consists of relaxation and general health treatments, is becoming an increasingly important as well as lucrative travel market — one that continues to grow in size and scope.
Wellness tourism is now at a $106 billion global industry, according to “Spas and the Global Wellness Market,” a study by the nonprofit research and consulting firm SRI International.
So what is wellness travel? According to Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, Inc, “Wellness travel is about the desire to promote, maintain and improve one’s health and well-being. Wellness travel can take a number of forms and encompass a lot of different activities.”
Ellis explained that spas are a big part of wellness travel, specifically destination spas. The concept of wellness can incorporate stress reduction, meditation and yoga. It can also refer to adventure travel, hiking and eco-tours.
November 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
Dating far back, yoga has been recognized for its healing properties, both physically as well as emotionally. Now, an innovative yoga program that has been implemented in certain prisons in Mexico is proving to help prisoners break their cycles of addiction and violence.
In 2003, Ann Moxey, a yoga instructor and psychologist specializing in addictions, founded the yoga program in the Atlacholoaya federal prison in Cuernavaca, Morelos. The program is called Parinaama Yoga.
Since its implementation, the yoga program has spread. Today, yoga is taught in three juvenile jails and one adult prison in Mexico City and in adult detention facilities in the cities of San Miguel de Allende, Guadalajara and Puebla!