DOGA Sessions – Yoga With Your Dog

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By Fiona Appleton

walkingdogHave you heard about Doga classes being held in your neighborhood? Are you intrigued by what it is all about and what are the benefits of such sessions?

New yoga form—known as Doga—became popular in last few years. Doga is yoga with your companion pet that helps you connect with your pooch at a deeper level. Doga benefits both the dog and the dog-owner. Doga has meditative effects that calm your nerves and the dog’s anxious behaviors.

Doga is not about fidos imitating your exact poses, but a sense of companionship to provide an extra motivation for you to continue the classes. However, not all pooches are interested entirely, so it’s better to develop positive associations in the Fido’s mind to make his routine.

Here are some of the benefits you can reap after joining Doga classes:

Stronger Bond with Fido:

Yoga with the dog is simply a fun-filled exercise that strengthens the bond between you and your dog. When both of you are involved in a single relaxing activity, the dog feels important and loved, so his anxiety fades away. The exercise makes you mindful of the dog’s body language and, similarly, increases the dog’s focus on your commands.

The dogs relax as the soft music fills up the surrounding space. Moreover, dogs are interested in the pet-massage they get during the session.

Dog’s love to gain your attention will act as a trigger to leave behind unwanted behaviors. You will find him behave more calmly and listen to your commands more attentively as his focus will be enhanced.

Beware of dog poops during the class, especially, if he is suffering from stomach problem. Take the poop bags and pooper scooper to clean up after your dog.

Mind and Body Connectivity:

The mindfulness exercise develops a feeling of connectedness in both the yogi and dogi.  It relaxes the muscles via stretches, and both parties involved feel exhausted yet relaxed.

Deep breathing and relaxing stretches are the crux of Doga sessions. Doga is based on the model of meditating with a close partner to help reduce the sense of solitude. It assists in relaxing dog and you mentally as well as physically.

The meditation together develops awareness in you about the dog’s behavior. It will help you maintain a patient behavior towards the little furball.

Better Social Skills:

As the dog parks create an opportunity for you to socialize with people, doga class will provide you a chance to meet more self-aware and mindful people. If you are not fond of the extroverts, at doga class, you will encounter many introverts or I would say, like-minded people.

Dog parks do not necessarily have well-trained and well-behaved dogs, but doga class is the right place to socialize, for your four-legged. Your pooch may find some well-behaved ‘poochy furrends’ at the doga class. Your dog will remind you daily to visit the yoga class so they can meet some good ‘furrends.’ It might help the pooch improve his behavior by imitating other dogs.

Exhausting Stretches:

The stretches will not just relax your muscles but also exhaust the pooch too.

If you have an obese one, doga class will burn the extra calories without him knowing it and getting hungry too often.

If you want a substitute for daily long walks, join doga classes to enjoy greater benefits. With increased blood circulation, the dog begins to feel calmer and abandon destructive behaviors.

Additionally, daily dog massage will strengthen the bones to prevent injuries, early onset of arthritis, or hip dysplasia.

If the dog has survived a trauma recently, the mind-full exercise will ease the pain and strengthen the muscles again.

Joyful Activity:

In an attempt to imitate you, you will find the pooch making funny poses that will entertain you throughout the class. Their curious spirit is a great distraction from your stress.

The dog enjoys the equal fun at the class because he gets to meet and play with his ‘furrends.’ They get entertained by the playtime they get between sessions.

– Fiona Appleton is a Labrador owner. She is the manager of ultimatehomelife.com which has been developed to help people solve the troubles of pet ownership. She is an active advocate of animal protection campaigns. She wants people to understand that dog-behavior is reflective of our behavior.

Benefits Of Yoga

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By Sophie Morgan

Yoga encourages overall health and wellness

yogaposeYoga is a type of relaxation done to detoxify mind and spirit. It has a beneficial impact on a person’s overall look and emotional actions. It is valuable not only to stay fit but it is also valuable for mind’s serenity and comfort. It is regarded as one of the best treatment for treating all kinds of illnesses. It is observed that one who is constantly on the exercise yoga relaxation can stay for years. There are various roles to execute yoga exercises.

As we all know that serious illnesses such as cardiac arrest, center illnesses, joint disease, joint disease and many more are improving day by day. There are several reasons behind their growth and the main causes are unnecessary eating, being overweight and high consumption of calorie consumption. Yoga exercise is valuable in developing resistance and fighting these illnesses. We can save our body from being the sufferer of such illnesses by exercising yoga relaxation.

Benefits of Yoga in modern day life

* Yoga Increases endurance, Builds human body immunity, Keeps mind and human body relaxed Maintains fitness and activeness, Ensures living, Decreases heart diseases risk

* Yoga can help respiratory problems by teaching students how to control their breathing and improve their exhaustion, diabetes, digestive complaints and spider veins.

* Through exercise of yoga the aging can be slowed down by keeping the whole body clean, flexible and well oiled. By stimulating the thyroid through some of the yogic presents the whole body metabolism enhances assisting in fat loss.

* Yoga works not only on a physical stage but also has many psychological advantages as it reduces stress, depression and anxiety assisting to increase a feeling of well-being and peace.

* It enhances memory, concentration as well as social skills and self-acceptance.

* The biochemical advantages of yoga exercise are: reduce blood cholesterol stages, reduced sugar stages, reduced sodium stages, increases hemoglobin and vitamin C stage.

Things to know about yoga

* Yoga workouts should be done without Extreme Strain:

* This simple tip comes directly from the Buddha. Try simply to stroll the center direction when you do yoga. Not enabling it be too simple, but even more essential is never overdoing it or over stressing.

* Exercise Yoga workouts with Complete Awareness:

* This is the variety one need of doing yoga, regardless of whether you are just a starter yogi or a yoga expert. Try to be as conscious as possible of every position and activity is a valuable aspect of yoga practice.

Consume Properly

saladheartsmallDon’t eat a big food at least 2-3 time before your yoga practice. The abdomen should be vacant when you practice yoga. This also applies, if you can just going to do yoga respiration workouts.

When to Practice

The best a chance to use yoga is beginning in the beginning morning. This is when there is highest possible prana in the air and the air is finest. Presently your thoughts is also vacant and clean, enabling you to adhere to the recommend from tip variety two above, and doing your practice with higher attention.

Breath is Key to Yoga

Breathing knowingly is a valuable aspect of yoga to the next stage. Presents and workouts done with appropriate respiration are much more efficient in bestowing their advantages that if done without appropriate focus on respiration for more health care benefits take suggestions from an yoga tutor.

Kinds of yoga

Iyengar Yoga: These kinds of yoga exercises are completely targeted on the positioning and accurate movements.

Ashtanga Yoga: These kinds of yoga exercises are generally called ‘power yoga’ because it is focused on a highly effective streaming activity.

Bikram Yoga: These kinds of yoga exercises are also known as the ‘hot yoga’ for this is done in a very warm room. These kinds of yoga exercises are excellent resources for improving flexibility because the heat helps cells to expand.

Raja Yoga: These kinds of yoga exercises is designed for freedom through relaxation. These kinds of yoga exercises are only for those people who are capable of extreme focus.

Bhakti yoga: It’s generally known as devotional yoga exercises. These kinds of yoga exercises focus on self-give up in the face of the heavenly.

As we all are familiar with overall wellness about yoga in daily life along with changing to healthy lifestyle one need to also secure their family health with a best insurance plan.

Sophie Morgan is a Passionate blogger and a Nutritionist who loves to provide many suggestions to people for planning proper diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Presently she works on behalf of an EHIC a European health insurance card which provides medical benefits.

Ideal Yoga Asanas For Seniors

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By Tim Chesbro

seniorwomanThe ancient practice of yoga is becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages, living across the world. Several people refer to yoga as a science of living, which can help cure several mental, physical and emotional problems. Some of the most common benefits that have been associated with yoga asanas or poses on a regular basis are weight loss, reduction in stress, increased immunity, additional strength, better balance, improved focus and many more. Hence, yoga can reduce the risks of suffering from heart problems, diabetes, and strokes, among other conditions, to a great extent. There are different yoga asanas that are suitable for people of all ages, right from children to senior citizens.

There are several senior citizens who are trying to explore different yoga asanas and their benefits. However, unlike children or younger people too, it is important to realize that senior citizens may have certain limitations and therefore cannot practice all yoga asanas. Moreover, there are some poses which could have an adverse effect on their body and therefore should be strictly avoided. Certain yoga asanas are ideal for people who are elderly and cannot engage in the more strenuous stretches. At the same time, these yoga asanas can improve those conditions and ailments that the elderly people are more prone to. Given below are certain yoga asanas and their benefits, for the elderly people:

Shavasana (The Corpse Pose)

• Improves conditions like sciatica or other backache related problems, as the makes those nerves and veins supple, which are connected to the lower spine

• Enables to entire body, including the nervous system to rest and relax

• Relieves stress and helps to rejuvenate the body

Bhujangasana (The Cobra Pose)

• Relieves certain digestive problems, such as constipation and flatulence

• Cleanses the body internally, right from the mouth, to the intestines

• Improves the overall appearance of the body, by making the stomach slender by reducing fat from the abdominal area

• Alleviates many types of back, kidney and liver disorders

• In women, it helps alleviate menstrual problems

seniorwoman2Naukasana (The Boat Pose)

• Strengthens the digestive system and relieves constipation

• Reduces the flab in the abdominal area

• Helps in the treatment of many lung diseases

• Increases strength in the legs, neck, back and shoulders

Uttanpadasana (The Foot Stretch Pose)

• Affects the legs, hips, thighs as well as the other parts of the body in a positive manner

• Restores the displaced center of the body (navel)

There are several yoga studios that are offering special classes for the elderly people. However, due to time or financial constraints not a lot of people can take up such classes. Fortunately, it is possible to get a lot of information on the correct way to practice such poses, through various means. Certain online resources also have yoga asanas animation clips or videos, with detailed instruction on how to perform each pose. However, it is best to avoid practicing any yoga asanas after dinner, or after any meal, as it could lead to problems. Hence, a time gap of at least two hours should be maintained between dinner and yoga asanas.

Elderly people are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking up yoga. Please visit http://www.yogawiz.com for information about various yoga poses.

– Tim is freelancer & love to write about natural remedies, diet & yoga. He has very deep interest to explore natural solutions for various diseases.

The Importance And Benefits Of Yoga For Children

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By Anthony Smith

boytouchingtoesFrom hot yoga to power yoga to dog yoga, it seems that yoga is everywhere these days and we Australians are more than happy to embrace it. In fact more people take a yoga class each year than play Australian Rules Football.

The advantages of yoga for adults are well known, which is why we keep going back year after year. But yoga’s benefits are not just restricted to stressed-out adults with tight lower backs. In fact, yoga offers a wealth of benefits to children, from young toddlers through to teens.

It is not surprising then that kids yoga has taken off around the country. Seen as a viable alternative to (or complement to) joining the local sporting team, tai kwon do, or even French lessons, young people around Australia are taking up regular yoga practice in fun supportive environments. Here are 5 important reasons to consider seeking out regular yoga classes for your child.

Enhances concentration: Focus and concentration is a natural by-product of a child learning to move his or her body through the various poses, he or she acquires focus and concentration. It helps develop their attention span, which helps school performance and behavioural issues.

Confidence: Learning to master any skill is great for your child’s self-esteem. Children are naturally flexible and it is easy for them to enjoy poses early on, helping them to believe in their abilities and provide motivation to go on. Yoga also teaches persistence and patience as a path to success.

Positive body awareness: As children are still growing and developing yoga is a fun and safe way to improve co-ordination and body awareness, teaching kids to tune in and listen to feedback from their bodies as they move through the postures. Alison Potts, owner and director of Brisbane Yoga Tree says yoga helps children get in touch with movement in a culture dominated by digital screens. “We’re in a time now where kids are getting fewer opportunities to do what comes naturally to them – that is, running around and getting energy moving through their bodies, really feeling who they are in their physical selves, head to toes, “ she says. “Yoga gives kids an experience of their whole selves – it is dynamic, energetic and centred on their whole selves. That’s why kids love yoga – because the reward they get from it is what their natural bodies already crave.”

Relaxation and stress relief: The practice of yoga is a natural anti-dote to every day stress in kids’ lives. The relaxation benefits help with sleeping patterns and keeping kids calm. Breathing and meditation also goes hand in hand with yoga and these tools empowers kids to find ways to cope with and manage their own stress, creating positive habits for life. Ms Potts recommends meditation to tackle childhood pressure from social media and feeling the need to fit in. “Meditation is a powerful practice for children, rooting them in the present and allowing their real self to connect with them. Calm and relaxation are the obvious benefits but the feeling of being deeply connected to one’s own power is immeasurable.”

Kind social interactions: Inside the yoga class, kids are nurtured by the non-competitive environment and differences are encouraged and celebrated. In this atmosphere, tolerance and kindness flourishes.

Strength and flexibility: Like all forms of exercise, yoga helps keep kids active, building strength and maintaining flexibility. Yoga helps maintain healthy joints and growing bones.

Yoga is for children of all ages. Yoga for kids, especially very young kids, are fun and upbeat. Kids are engaged with singing and stories woven through the yoga movements so it really feels like play while they are still getting all the benefits of the practice.

– Anthony Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of an Australian childcare management company, Guardian Early Learning Group. As a parent himself, Anthony recognises the importance of providing children with physical activities which encourages self-confidence, and positive body awareness in a safe and nurturing environment.

Yoga For Children

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By Donna Davidge

boytouchingtoesWith Mommy and Me Yoga classes which include infants in yoga classes, the natural progression would be for children to learn yoga at a young age. With the boom in yoga popularity in recent years it is possible that children may get exposed to yoga and benefit from learning it. In New York City there is an organization called Bent on Learning that offers yoga in the high school system.

For children to become involved in yoga at six or seven years old is easy if you do it the right way. I worked with a group of children that age that quickly picked up the names of the poses in English as many are based on nature, especially animals.

Children as young as three years old can be introduced to the idea of putting their bodies in the shape of different animals. They can be a frog and jump around! They can be a cat and and a cow, a rabbit, a camel, a cobra or a sphinx. If the parents do yoga they can invite the children to learn with them.

From sitting in school children’s backs can start to tighten at a young age. We think of children as inherently flexible but in the group I taught some were already tight. Children also pattern their parents’ breathing and physical posturing by as early as age seven. Most adults breathe in a shallow manner, not the way we breathed when we were born. We soon begin to breathe like our parents. If children are taught that the breath can calm them it can help with the overload on our systems (stress) that modern times bring.

Some parents might have a concern that yoga has a religious connotation. Yoga works with the breath and mind as well as the body. It is a science and an art. If you delve into it deeply there are mantras and sound that affect the energy. With children the use of simple songs can be the way to use sound in yoga. It does not have to be mantras that some think are religious.

yogaposeYoga means to balance the energy of the sun and moon within us. Besides the names of animals children can become aware of body parts through yoga. The belly is their sun center and having them breath there you can tell them will help them feel bright. You might then have them place their hands on the chest and feel their heart, taking about how it physically pumps blood through the body and how it is the area where we learn to love our self and others. A simple song like “ May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you and the pure light within you guide your way on” can be sung at the end of a class.

Yoga helps children use excess energy in a positive way at the same time as it teaches them methods to be calm. So many children have ADD and other learning disorders that yoga can only help these conditions, teaching focus and concentration.

– Donna Davidge has been teaching yoga and meditation in New York City since 1985 and owns and operates the acclaimed Sewall House Yoga Retreat in Maine since 1997 in the summer and fall months.

How To Pick The Best Style Of Yoga For What You’re Trying To Accomplish

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By Shawn Tremaine

yogaposeYoga has been around for a long time.

Historic Sanskrit texts have it dated back to the 3rd millennium B.C. with the first formal “guide” to the yogic philosophy, the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” dating to around the 2nd century A.D. With a history like that, it’s hard to argue the practice’s efficacy and positive effects on human health and wellbeing.

The idea behind yoga is to unite the mental, physical and spiritual through the “asanas”, or yogic positions. As practitioners make their way through a series of exercises, “oneness”, or what many people refer to as “yogic bliss” is achieved rendering peace of mind, body and spirit.

The yoga practice strengthens the muscles as it stretches them, unlike a standard weight workout which strengthens through contraction. As greater flexibility is realized, ligaments and tendons begin to loosen up, bringing lubrication to the joints. Additionally, the body’s glandular systems are stimulated, which is said to make the body’s many functions run more smoothly.

The practice is cheap and convenient. You can do yoga in your home and, with a good book or DVD, learn the positions easily, though experts recommend you attend at least one class in a hands-on environment, with a teacher, at the outset of your practice to ensure you’re doing things correctly.

There are several different types of yoga to choose from. Let us examine some so you can choose the style that best fits your needs.

Hatha

The most popular form of yoga here in the west is called Hatha. This is considered a basic practice, where beginners tend to flourish. It’s slow, deliberate, and emphasizes the basic positions.

Iyengar

Iyengar yoga is concerned, primarily, with bodily alignment. The poses are held longer than Hatha, through which greater stretching is achieved and, it is assumed, the body returns to its natural “aligned’ positioning. This is a good practice for people who are out of shape or with some form of limited mobility.

Kundalini

Kundalini yoga is a fascinating practice that is said to bring the energy from the base of the spine up through the rest of the body’s energy points or “chakras”. There is heavy emphasis on the breath or “prana”.

Championed by those of the Sikh faith, this practice is thought to be one of the most “spiritual” forms of yoga. Highly recommended for those who need to strengthen their immune systems or rid themselves of negative habits such as reliance upon drugs or alcohol.

Acroyoga

A newer form of yoga is Acroyoga. Do you have friends with whom to practice yoga? Acroyoga is a 2- or 3-person form of yoga, which has one person on the bottom (the base) another person on top (the flyer), and a third person watching and making sure all goes well (the spotter), though the poses may be done without a spotter for those more experienced in the practice.

The flyer is propped up on the base’s legs and poses performed in this way. One form of this practice even brings in non-yogic acrobatics and Thai massage. Acroyoga, like myriad other forms of modern yoga, is recommended for those who have already mastered some other, more basic form of the practice.

One of the best ways to tell if a style is right for you is to try it out! Many yoga studios will offer a first class free or for reduced charged, so you can get an idea of what it’s like.

– Shawn Tremaine is a personal trainer and health and fitness writer, and has reviewed yoga classes in NYC. In his spare time he coaches his sons soccer team, helping everyone learn the fundamentals.