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The Need for Office Yoga

The Need for Office Yoga
The typical office setting often includes quiet cubicles, where people spend most of the day sitting in a chair, facing a computer keyboard. Perhaps, they roll over to a fax machine once in a while, pick up the phone, or turn and bend to pull open a file drawer. Sitting for up to eight hours a day, while performing very little physical activity, can affect the overall health of a person. Studies even show an increase in heart disease, diabetes, body weight, cholesterol and more, in people who sit all day long.
It is time for offices around the world to wake up and encourage employees to get up and move throughout the day. Many large corporations provide on-site exercise facilities, as well as time during the work day, for employees to use them. However, that seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Many small offices do not have the resources to provide such luxuries for employees. For those types of companies, Hatha Yoga might be the answer. Yoga can be practiced anywhere, anytime, with little or no equipment needed.
Benefits of Hatha Yoga include stronger, leaner, more flexible muscles. Physical forms of Yoga increase blood flow throughout the body, giving a renewed sense of energy throughout the body and the mind. As the blood flow to the brain increases, so does creativity and critical thinking. Employers who encourage employees to practice Yoga, throughout the workday, will most likely see an increase in productivity as well. Yoga helps employees release built-up stress and anxiety, which will affect overall health. Employers might also see a drop in employee illnesses upon starting a Yoga program.
Yoga can easily be incorporated into an office setting. Employers need to find a certified Yoga teacher to educate employees about the proper alignment and practice of Yoga poses, teaching them how to perform them, and the benefits they can offer. Yogic breathing and relaxation techniques will also reduce stress levels within the office. Then, all employers need to do is encourage employees to take Yoga breaks throughout the day. Employees might choose to spend five minutes every hour practicing one or two poses, or perhaps, they would rather take a half-hour chunk at lunch to re-energize the body and mind. It is important for employers to give their employees the flexibility to make office Yoga work for them. Fatigue lowers productivity and Yoga reduces fatigue.
It is time for office Yoga to enter the work place to keep employees healthy. Since office work is generally sedentary, it makes sense to bring some movement to the day. Offices can designate a room for Yoga, or allow employees to practice in their own space. The nice thing is that Hatha Yoga requires only a small mat that rolls out anywhere. However, a Chair Yoga teacher could easily teach employees to practice techniques with office furniture. The more educated people become about the benefits of Yoga, the more likely it will be seen popping up in offices everywhere.














The Benefits of Doing Yoga

The Benefits of Doing Yoga
Yoga is often considered not much of a workout and a waste of time, but it is really one of the most important workouts you can do. Yoga has many benefits for your body, both physically and mentally. Men often especially hate yoga because believe it is only for women. People also dislike yoga because it's too long, boring, and However, doing yoga is very important for anyone involved in fitness.
When I first started P90X, I was not excited at all about doing an hour and a half of Yoga X from P90X. I wanted to do a hardcore cardio workout like I had been doing my whole cross country season, not some silly stretching routine. However, after doing my first yoga workout ever, I realized that it was not easy as I suspected, and it gave me a good sweat and felt refreshed and energized afterwards.
I also remember my dad doing yoga with me, and he was sweating buckets, he even had to go change his shirt half way through! Through the course of doing P90X I have come to love yoga and it has greatly improved my fitness. Yoga is also very important for me because I am a runner. Yoga greatly helps me avoiding injury and staying flexible for running. So what are all the benefits of doing yoga?
1) Increases flexibility. I have always been pretty flexible, but yoga has greatly increased it for me. When I first started I could touch my toes while keeping my legs straight, but now I can bring my head to my knees! Being flexible also reduces the chance of injury and always you to perform better in other workouts.

2) Muscle Toning. By doing yoga you are supporting own body weight in the moves. This increases strength, which helps tone your muscles.

3) Increases core strength. Yoga requires a strong core to hold a lot of the positions and stances, such as downward and upward dog, plank poses, and chair pose. You may not have a great core at first, but it will improve as you keep doing yoga. Core strength is also very important in sports.
4) Better Balance. In yoga you are often in positions on only one leg, which requires good balance. Also a lot of the lunge positions need balance because you are holding them for up to a minute. Balance is important in many sports such as gymnastics and dancing.

5) Better Posture. Yoga helps give you a strong and good posture. This helps keep you body in line and allow you to stand and sit taller. Also better posture will increase your awarness.
6) Increases internal lubrication. Yoga helps lubricate joints, ligaments, and tendons. Holding all of those positions requires certain muscles to work together. This helps cleanse your body and allow you to function better in physical activities.
7) Massaging of internal organs. By doing yoga you are massaging your internal organs and glands, which hardly ever get stimulated. The massaging of these body parts helps one to avoid diseases and helps you function better internally.
8) Refreshed. After a yoga workout, I always feel like a new person. You body has been "cleansed" and massaged. Blood has been flowing throughout your body, which helps flush out any unneeded toxins. This can delay aging and make anyone feel young and limber.

9) Breathing. Yoga requires deep, controlled, and mindful breathing. This increases your lung capacity wich improves endurance and performance. This is especially important for me while running.
I have noticed all of these benefits from doing yoga. But how often should you do yoga? I recommend doing a yoga workout at least once a week. I often try to get two in a week, but with a busy schedule it is often hard to get even a hour and a half Yoga X workout in. That is why there are also the Fountain of Youth Yoga (48 minutes) and Patience Yoga (40 minutes) from the One on One with Tony Horton workouts.

The Oldest Style of Yoga

The Oldest Style of Yoga
The history of Yoga is rich and complex. Yoga is an art, science, and way of life that has been evolving before people knew how to write things down; and as such, is an interesting, but mysterious body of knowledge. What we know about Yogic studies helps us determine our future, our history, and our past.
It is believed that Yoga began around 3,000 B.C. This evidence is based on stone seals, which were excavated from the Indus valley region. However, the existence of stone seals, with human figures practicing asanas, only means that this is as far back as we can trace it, by excavating artifacts.
When we find artifacts of anything, it is an indication of an ongoing practice that pre-dated the artifact itself. Therefore, it is safe to guess that Yogic practices have existed for more than 5,000 years. The Indus-Sarasvati civilization can be credited, also, for creating the Vedas, which are the oldest existing scriptures in the world.
Pre-Vedic or Vedic Yoga?
The study of Yoga and the Vedas can be linked together for thousands of years. Therefore, Yoga in its oldest form is not practiced today. How can I say this? None of us knows if there was a Pre-Vedic Yoga style or if there has always been a symbiotic relationship between Yoga and the Vedas.
The oldest known form of Yoga is referred to as "Vedic Yoga," and sometimes it is called "Archaic Yoga." You may also see this referred to as classical or simply, classic Yoga. Parts of this specific type and style can be seen in the main style.
Yoga Today
There are nine main types of Yoga today that are practiced. Many of them, like Vedic Yoga, also have deep history roots. Many people say "What's in the past is in the past," but that doesn't work with Yoga. The following nine main types that are commonly practiced are:
Karma Yoga
Jnana Yoga
Raja Yoga
Mantra Yoga
Laya Yoga
Tantra Yoga
Hatha Yoga
Bhakti Yoga
Kundalini Yoga
Hatha is the most commonly known, but the other eight styles are widely practiced in the world today. Out of the nine main styles, it is believed that Jnana (union through knowledge) may be most closely related to Classical Vedic Yoga. To study scriptures, gain knowledge, and apply wisdom to life, are some of the objectives of modern Jnana. Mental, spiritual, and emotional development would follow a steady practice of Jnana Yoga.
Vedic Yoga would also teach one to focus on the mind. Now, if you practice one of the popular styles today, how could you tailor your practice toward wisdom and spiritual beauty? It should be understood, that all forms of Yogic practice lead toward living in harmony with the world around us.

Beginners Yoga - Top 8 Tips

Beginners Yoga - Top 8 Tips
Those who are new to yoga practice can often find it quite difficult to settle in. It feels like you have to learn a whole new language as well as learning to control and manipulate your body into the various poses, called "asanas". Yoga is not just difficult for beginners, it's also challenging for long-term practitioners. As one advances in yoga, the challenges change in their nature, but they are there nonetheless. Remember, the reality is that yoga is a "practice", and you will get better in time. The following tips will allow you to begin to practice and understand more about yoga at home. So where do you practice?
You Need Your Space
It is vital to find a proper space to practice yoga. If you are starting at home you will have a small disadvantage in that you need to create a space for your practicing, where in a yoga studio, it is already done and the space is maintained for that only. A reasonable space should be set aside so that you are not going to have to keep adjusting the area around you all the time when you are trying to focus on your moves. There is some equipment that is also very useful to help you practice.
Yoga Mat
One piece of equipment that is very important to your successful practice of yoga is a yoga mat. This is to help support your efforts by preventing injuries from hard or rough surfaces, and will also give a comfortable and gripping surface for doing the poses. You don't need much equipment for your yoga practice so don't skimp out on the mat, get a high quality sticky one. Remember, you will probably be using it for years to come. It will make all your practice more successful.
Practice Relaxation
For the modern versions of yoga that most people practice, relaxation techniques are very important and need proper attention to get right. Daily practice will help you to get used to performing these correctly. You can get guidance from some of the many good yoga books available today.
Reading Feeds Your Mind
Reading is important in yoga to be successful, just as it is in any endeavour. Experts say that rising early and doing just one half hour of reading in your field of activity will at least double your level of achievement in your attempts. You will be getting some solid up to date ideas and inspiration when the progress seems slow, as is inevitable in any endeavour that requires discipline. Traditional yoga texts called Sutras and Shastras were written in the Sanskrit language.
Sanskrit - The Mother Of All Languages
You could study Sanskrit if you like, but be warned, it takes on average 12 years to get the grammar down, so don't expect to be an expert in short order or you may be disappointed. There are many texts that you could study with a focus on Hatha yoga for the external movements, but they are limited in their understanding of the real higher purpose of yoga. According to the most learned and dedicated practitioners, to understand the topmost goals of yoga you will need to study the text called "Bhagavad Gita - As It Is" by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. This text was written 5000 years ago in India in Sanskrit, and has the real detailed understanding of the yoga process from the highest level of understanding.
Don't Forget To Breath
When doing Hatha yoga, it is important to take breaks to get your breathing to allow you to move on. The breathing process of yoga is technically called "Pranayama", and is in fact a separate rung of the yoga ladder that comes after Hatha, although most schools and authors today teach them together.
Sleep Well
Remember to get a good nights rest each night when practicing yoga. As the old saying goes; "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise". The reason that good rest is important is that it allows the intelligence to become stronger and clearer, and this is vital to good yoga. In the Bhagavad Gita it is explained that "one cannot be a yogi if he eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough".
Be Positive
Negative thoughts will cloud your mind and spoil your progress. One needs to continue with an attitude of expecting success, to make progress. As all advancement in purifying our consciousness through yoga is based on divine inspiration, we need to positively expect to get this mercy, and wait patiently for it.