Life Lessons from Yoga


I have been attending Bikram yoga classes for nine years. Bikram (90 minutes, 26 poses in a 105-degree room) is so strenuous and demands so much focus that I stop thinking about anything else. The result: I am treated to a vacation from my head. I also know that after class, I am calmer, nicer and less reactive for the rest of the day. As an added bonus, there are many lessons from yoga that anyone can apply to life. 1) Breathing is mandatory. OK, I know this sounds stupid because we all breathe, but we don't breathe deeply (inhale and exhale to a count of six).

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Can Bikram yoga really help the heart?


I do Bikram yoga, and between postures we go into a position that the teacher says means our hearts have the least possible amount of work to do: lying on our backs, heels together and feet flopping apart, arms close to the body, palms up. Are the teachers correct? When you are horizontal, your heart doesn't have to pump the blood upwards to your brain, and your venous return from your lower body doesn't have to be forced upwards against gravity. So, simply from a mechanical viewpoint, this is the position in which your heart has the least work to do.

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Bikram yoga: Have you tried it for cross training?


The main obstacles to my running as loosely and freely as I would like are the heat, humidity and my balky back. If I want to continue to run outdoors, which I prefer, I will have to deal with the heat and humidity. My back? I’ve tried stretching, strengthening my core, limiting the distances that I run, all in an attempt to allow me to continue lacing up my running shoes and going. Then an old friend of mine in town this past weekend suggested Bikram yoga, which is yoga performed under hot conditions.

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Why the majority of fitness plans fail


In recent years, I've armed myself with the relevant knowledge and information on health and fitness. While there are many such articles online, I deliberately targeted the ones on AsiaOne because I can be sure that they have been selected for their relevance to the Asian community. Even though I possessed the knowledge, my inaction meant that I never put them into practice. My first challenge was to shake off my apathy and inertia and start taking concrete steps to achieving my fitness goals. For me, this meant mapping out a weight loss programme.

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Quick'n'Dirty Podcast: Health, Fitness and iPads


Running! Walking! Cycling! Sleeping! iPads! All of these things were discussed on last week’s Quick’n'Dirty Podcast, which focused on a central theme: fitness. How does the iPad fit in? Well, it doesn’t, but we did talk about it. And when I say “we”, I mean me and guest co-host Kyle Flaherty, as regular co-host Aaron Strout was off doing his globetrotting thing for work. The show started with a look at ChallengeApp, a pretty cool site that helps create and track challenges among friends.

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Tantric Yoga Exercises


A Tantric yoga exercise is a great stress buster. This is one of the many forms of yoga practiced in ancient times. Here are a couple of Tantric yoga exercises…The term yoga means union of mind and body, derived from Sanskrit language. Yoga is more than meditation and it helps in harmonizing one’s physical and spiritual body. Yoga is a holistic technique practiced for self-improvement and it is almost five thousand years old. A female practitioner of yoga is known as yogini and the male practitioner is known as yogi.

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Tantric Yoga Postures


Tantric yoga is one of the eight major forms of yoga and is often called tantra yoga or tantrism. The word 'tantra' translates to 'expend beyond all limitations.' In other words, the science of learning to go beyond the mind. Most people think of sex when they hear the word tantra, but the truth is sex is just a very small subset of tantra, compared to its real intent of attaining spiritual wisdom. Typically you need a spiritual teacher to progress in the practice of tantra where you become free of any desires and impure thoughts.

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Kundalini Yoga


In Kundalini Yoga we work with the Kundalini energy, one's dormant spiritual energy. The Kundalini energy in its' dormant state is visualized as a snake coiled up in the first chakra at the base of the spine, the Muladhara chakra. When an aspirant of Kundalini Yoga starts activating the Kundalini energy through various kinds of pranayamas, the nadi system is vitalized. The roused Kundalini energy moves upwards in the central nadi, the Sushumna, passing through each of the lower chakras to reach the seventh, the Sahasrara Chakra.

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