Poses to Effectively Develop Leg Strength

The practice of Yoga is very well-known for its enormous benefits to the physical body and the mind. It builds up strength, increases flexibility and mobility, and it is a very effective stress buster. Standing Yoga poses can increase the strength of the quads, calves and hamstrings. A strong lower body and legs go hand-in-hand in keeping the body’s stability while doing all sorts of body movement.

Putting your weight and finding balance throughout the standing poses demands leg muscles to work on stabilizing your body to avoid falling. As you dig deeper into the practice, familiarizing yourself with the techniques that not only tone and strengthen the legs but, most importantly, the mind!

Step It Up!

The following Yoga poses will significantly increase your leg power along with balance in no time. Practice with proper breathing and awareness. Listen to your body and do not force any movement that hurts. Accept your body’s current capabilities. Remember to avoid putting a lot of stress on your knees. Follow along for a fun and effective way of developing leg strength to keep your booty looking great in those new gym leggings!

Chair Pose/Utkatasana. This pose is a very classic move that targets the quads. It also helps correct poor posture and builds up heat in the body.
To do the pose: Start in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart and arms resting on your side. Inhale and extend your arms up, and exhale as you send your hips back. Make your thighs parallel to the ground and allow your heels to carry your weight. Keep your gaze forward to avoid straining the back of your neck. You can also keep your hands in prayer as a variation. Hold the pose for 10 breaths. To release, inhale; stand back up; and exhale as you bring your hands back to sides.

Warrior I/Virabhadrasana I. This posture stretches the hips while strengthening your thighs and back. If you suffer from any neck injury, avoid looking up to your hands. Instead, keep your gaze forward.
To do the pose: Begin in plank position, hands planted on the ground and feet are extended together. While inhaling, bring your right foot between your hands and turn your left foot out at 45-degrees. Exhale and straighten your body up while sending your hips forward, keeping a nice 45-degree bend on your right knee. Bring your hands in prayer, and inhale extending your arms up. Then, press your palms against each other. Keep your gaze on your hands and stay in this position for 10 breaths. Exhale as you bring your hands back to the ground and legs back to a plank position. Do the same technique on the other leg.

Standing Squat Pose/Utkata Kunasana. This pose is very helpful in developing the overall strength of the lower body particularly the hips, ankles, calves and glutes. It is also a good hip, back and chest opener.
To do the pose: Stand with your feet at least 4 feet apart with your feet slightly turned out. Place your hands in prayer and take a deep breath in. Exhale as you slowly send your hips back, bending the knees, making your thighs parallel to the ground. Slightly send your hips forward to tuck your tailbone. Keep your gaze forward and hold the position for 10 breaths. Remember to keep your spine straight. To release, exhale and stand back up then bring your feet together.

These are just a few of standing Yoga poses that will surely kick your leg power up in no time. If you recently suffered from a knee, hip or ankle injury, it is best to consult your physician before practicing. Remember to be patient and have fun while developing self-awareness!



Goat Yoga

An Unexpected Turn

The first time I heard about goat yoga, I laughed; I thought it was a joke. That was until I decided to find out more about it. Interestingly, even the founder of goat yoga did not expect that the practice would become such a hit. She only started it as a way to practice yoga and spend time at her farm.

Morse, a 44-year-old marketing professional, did not really set out to start a goat yoga class. In fact, the story about her goats and the farm came out when she sent some photos to a farming magazine. The idea about yoga at her farm was suggested to her by another yoga teacher who had attended a birthday party at the farm. After the first class, the story quickly spread and soon more than 500 people were on the waiting list wanting to be booked for the next class.

What Is So Special About Goat Yoga?

There is nothing special really. According to Morse, doing yoga while goats are playing around is the therapeutic aspect of this type of yoga. She found the idea practical after she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s is a condition that causes extreme fatigue and affects the lungs and brain.

Spending her time at the farm and doing yoga around the goats proved very beneficial for her. It was then that she decided to incorporate others into this experience. Now, many people think that this is truly an innovative idea. Most of the people who have enrolled for the class are those with various health conditions. It is easy to feel happy and at ease when goats and their young ones are playing around you in an open farm.

The people who fancy Morse’s goat yoga class include those suffering from cancer, disabilities, depression, and even veterans. Seeing the playful goats and experiencing nature in a farm setting is really the core of goat yoga. According to one client, “It’s more of an experience than it is a class.”

Class Design

When people hear about Goat Yoga, they think it’s silly. However, the yoga part of this class is a real yoga class. It is a Vinyasa-style class where students engage in all the poses commonly included in Vinyasa. The class is three hours long, known as the ‘goat happy hour’. This is where attendants get time to play with the goats and take selfies with them.

The best time to hold the classes is during summer and spring according to the founder. However, since the demand for the class has grown tremendously, she is considering building a barn that is customized for goat yoga. Her future plans include having goat yoga retreats for people with special needs or having various illnesses. $30 for a class of yoga, who ever thought that we would come to see a type of yoga known as Goat Yoga? Truly interesting.



Finding Inner Peace in a World of Chaos

The kids are screaming something about a missing sock, the oven is smoking, and the school bus is rolling past the house… Has your Monday morning ever looked like this?

If you can relate, now imagine a world where the whirl of commotion cannot penetrate the stillness inside of you. What would a world of inner peace look like? While we probably can’t picture a state of being where we are constantly at one with ourselves, it is possible to find a place of deeper understanding where both our shortcomings and our gifting are present.

So how do we move forward toward a place of self-acceptance and inner peace? Especially in this world where the only constant thing is the turbulence? Here we’ve compiled four steps you can make towards more patience and more peace.

Understand Your Goals

What are you really looking for? What does the Ideal You look like? What do you value? How are your daily activities lining up with your values? These are just a few of the questions we should ask ourselves throughout our journey toward peace. Each step we make toward bettering ourselves should be recorded and celebrated. Each step we make backward should be inspected, learned from, and put behind us. The more time we take for mental and spiritual self-inspection, the less time we will take questioning ourselves and doubting our core beliefs.

Be Active in Your Pursuits

The worst thing we can do is remain complacent. There is always room for improvement in our yoga practices, our careers, our families, and our thoughts. Of course, this does not mean that we should eliminate time for stillness – in fact, quite the opposite. Being active and moving forward is not the same as being busy. We can make progress internally without physically moving at all. Meditation, self-centering activities, and yoga practices are all ways we can do this.

Make Time in the Day

Each day only has 24 hours – there is nothing we can change about this. However, we do have control over how we spend those hours. Devoting more time to further live out your values will improve not only your well-being but also the well-being of those around you.

Focus on Deepening Relationships

One of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott, wrote this in one of her books: “Never compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides.” I think this quote encapsulates the human experience of constant comparison to those around us, which inevitably leads to a lack of joy and peace. The more we focus on deepening our relationships and uncovering the strengths and weaknesses of our friends, the more we will discover those things within ourselves and learn not to judge what we see.

We are all works in progress – none of us will ever be completely whole during our time on this earth. This means that we must be ever focused on our goals of finding peace, remaining alert and open to change, and determined to deepen relationships. May we ever be individuals who love wholly and are continuing to learn ourselves by heart.



High Waisted Yoga Capris Help Tuck That Tummy In Tightly!

High Waisted Yoga Capris Help Tuck That Tummy In Tightly!

High rise style

Yoga trousers have taken of being the #1 day-to-day, anyhow, fad that is no longer, jeans long time spot. But what has recently made its way into the yoga trend is they just developed fitted yet trendy that splendid nevertheless strangely never have a malodor, get rid of wetness and have concealed pockets and quite noticeable vents. But lately people have been seeing good that was great looking high waistband yoga pants. Most people can relate to needing to pull our yoga trousers up sometimes, although not anymore. These high waist band pants have become their favorite equipment to wear all day long particularly when it comes to working out. No need to be worried about pulling up your trousers while you’re trying to run.

High midsection yoga pants

What makes these high waistline yoga trousers as popular if not more than yoga pants that are common that are regular? That’s right! These astonishing are the go to chill out athletic yet hangout, work out and all kind of occasional gear that everyone has fallen in love with.
These high-rise pants can be bought at very low prices in lots of stores like 90 Degree by Reflex made to provide a fantastic look from the front as well as a thinning appearance from the trunk, making it the right equipment for afterhours. Join it with a mid- crop top and polish off your appearance with some high heels. Most for its diversity like yoga pants. You can create any kind of style- from road to chic. 90 Degree by Reflex makes the best black yoga capris in all sizes. They even have different prints. It’s entirely up to you when it comes to how you want to dress – just make a statement!




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