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Why We Say Namaste

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The word namaste is a common greeting used throughout India, similar to how we in North America may say “excuse me” or “have a good day.” Namaste is frequently used to signify the end of a yoga practice and is most appropriately used when addressing each student individually.

The Light Within the Dark: Yoga After a Miscarriage

Yoga and Meditation for Miscarriage

A miscarriage can be a significantly devastating experience for any woman, both mentally and physically. Many of those who have suffered a miscarriage have reported depression, feelings of unbalance, and anxiety. Physically, there may be soreness, abdominal cramps and various other symptoms. Today, I’d like to suggest some yoga poses and techniques to help women cope during such a difficult time.

The Benefits of Yoga for Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Research shows that one of the main symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is insomnia and poor sleeping patterns which leads to fatigue and tiredness. Practicing a gentle, restorative yoga routine at night will encourage your body, mind and spirit to develop a new sleeping pattern.

Make the Most Out of Your Ride: Yoga for Cyclists

Whether you’re commuting, riding for fun, or in training, bikes are a great mode of transportation that allow us to view the world from a different perspective. However, spending long periods of of time hunched over handlebars with improper form and/or bad posture can lead to a number of injuries caused from chronic tightness in many parts of the body.

A Yoga Journey: Finding Acceptance Through My Hips

I was once told that all our sorrows collect in our hips. The ball and socket joints grind together like a mortar against a pestle, the hip flexors tighten like winches and our muscles coil and stack around them like piles of tangled rope. Our day-to-day steps are quick and measured, the hips stretching open just enough to propel us forward.

Let Your Yoga Practice Keep You Present

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The personal practice of yoga is a constant state of progression, but what makes it so beneficial is that the progression is not possible without first fully immersing ourselves in the present moment. In silence, we practice the journey within and discover a present state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being.

How to Teach Yoga During Personally Difficult Times

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Despite popular stereotypes, becoming a yoga teacher does not make you immune to the problems of the real world. However, as a teacher, you always have your yoga with you and can use it to help you overcome your own personal hurdles. Today I’m sharing some ideas about how to maintain your yoga teaching practice during difficult times.

The Difference Between Hatha Yoga and Gentle Therapeutic Yoga

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Hatha yoga focuses on physical postures, breathing and meditation while gentle therapeutic yoga is a popular style for people recovering from, or living with injury or illness, or simply for those looking for a calm and relaxing experience. What does your body need today?

Yoga for Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs, such as Autism or Downs Syndrome, can benefit from daily yoga as it helps to promote body awareness and improves concentration.

10 Yoga Poses to Relieve Back Pain

Yoga poses for back pain relief

One of the most common reasons many of our students at Feel Good Yoga and Pilates practice yoga is to relieve back pain. Whether it is caused by an injury or computer work, back pain is a common topic in the studio.

Five Yoga Poses for Springtime

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Spring is a time for renewal. In Victoria, BC, the appearance of fresh new flowers and dewy green grass reminds us that we should rejuvenate our bodies too. Here are five yoga poses that you should try for renewing yourself this spring to help keep you in tip-top shape for the rest of the year.

Choosing a Yoga Class Based on Your Needs

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Tips from seasoned yoga practitioners on what to look for when choosing a yoga class and some suggestions on yoga classes you can take at Feel Good Yoga & Pilates in Victoria, BC.

Common Yoga Myths Busted

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We at Feel Good Yoga and Pilates have heard our fair share of misconceptions about yoga. As I touch on a few of the most common misconceptions of yoga, I want to note that many of these mistaken beliefs, or perhaps even stereotypes, are often formed by those who have not tried yoga or have had a less than positive experience as a beginner.

Practicing Yoga for Diabetes Relief

Yoga for diabetes relief

Practicing yoga for diabetes relief can assist by encouraging exercise, stress relief, and mindful living. Learn more about yoga as a diabetes treatment.

Practice Yoga for Martial Arts Success

Yoga for martial arts

The relationship between martial artists and yogis has been a consistent cultural influence throughout Asia for hundreds of years. Practicing yoga for martial arts speaks to the warrior archetype in us all, helping not only the physical aspect, but also mental focus.

My Story: Environmental Stewardship & Spirituality

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In the late 1980’s, I casually picked up a book about our global environmental crisis and what I read nearly tore my heart out. It opened my eyes, immediately setting my life on a new course – one of promoting environmental stewardship to the masses. The Search for Better Begins In my zealous search for […]