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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Yoga in the News

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Houston Chronicle - United States
Zen and yoga: The Houston Zen Center, 1244 Heights Blvd., will host a weekend workshop that brings together two spiritual streams, Zen meditation and yoga.

Just Chillin’ With Snoop Dogg: A Rapper’s Blend of Offspring and ...
New York Times - United States
He tries yoga, works at becoming a soccer dad and even does light housekeeping. But his gangsta outlook is intact. Sprawled out on the yoga mat, ...

Studies show Yoga has multiple benefits

Reuters India - Mumbai, India
By C. Vidyashankar, MD CHANNAI, India (Reuters Health) - Yoga induces a feeling of well-being in healthy people, and can reverse the clinical and ...

The Yoga Fitness Center

New West - Missoula, MT, USA
The Yoga Fitness Center sits at the far end of downtown Missoula, just before the town’s main north-south street dead ends into railroad tracks. ...

Fitness trends for 2008

Dallas Morning News - Dallas, TX, USA
More people are going to choose small boutique fitness centers, including pilates and yoga studios. Expect more classes based on childhood experiences, ...

Consider everything when choosing a gym

Dallas Morning News - Dallas, TX, USA
And they didn't charge extra for yoga or Pilates. That was really a big plus, and that's hard to find. I really wanted to try yoga, but I didn't want to pay ...

Yoga enthusiasts told: Know your own limitsNZ Herald Auckland Metro - Auckland,New ZealandBy Errol Kiong Yoga - that system of gentle stretches and meditations - was cited in 843 injury claims received by the Accident Compensation Corporation in ...See all stories on this topic

Guest speaker on yoga coming in mid-March

Ridgecrest Daily Independent - Ridgecrest, CA, USA
Very early in life, his deep spiritual interests found expression in Yoga. While still very young, he began to study at a deeper level Quantum Mechanics, ...See all stories on this topic

Yoga class offered at REC

Newport News Times - Newport, OR, USA
Olivia Schroeder will be teaching a new yoga class called Flow Yoga on Fridays, beginning Jan. 4 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm This yoga class is designed for all ...

Family Yoga & Dance at Enso

Coastsider News - San Mateo, CA, USA
Ages 3 months to 4 years old: Mondays 11- 11:45am (followed by a gentle yoga class for adults at noon, with childcare). Ages 5 -11 years: Mondays 3:30-5pm. ...

India Yoga meditation tours

India is a land that is known for Yoga and meditation for thousands of years. In fact, Yoga owes its origin to India and is one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy. Yoga is a vibrant living tradition not only in India but also across ...

Yoga has multiple benefits: study

Yoga induces a feeling of well-being in healthy people, and can reverse the clinical and biochemical changes associated with metabolic syndrome, according to results of studies from Sweden and India. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of ...

Basic Yoga Exercise

If you take the wide range of basic yoga poses it can help you attain a high level of self-awareness, strength and balance. The seven primary types of movements that your body can make through basic yoga exercises are extension, ...

Know The Different Types Of Yoga

By Phillip Longmire
I have to admit that my first experience with Yoga was not a good one. I actually thought it would be a bunch of crazy ohms, and stretching with no real benefit. That is until I did p90x yoga. It not only challenged me but had me ...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Yoga Myth - Advanced Physical Prowess


By Paul Jerard

There are many myths which surround Yoga. Most of them are circulated by people who have never practiced Yoga of any kind. Yet, there are some myths about Yoga, which have been accepted as fact, by Yoga practitioners. It is difficult to shatter an "urban legend, but let's look at one of them.

"An advanced Yogi can perform amazing postures and feats of physical prowess."

While this can be true, and Hatha Yoga practice can lead to physical mastery, feats of physical prowess can be performed by young people, who never practiced any form of Yoga before. Please bear in mind that there are many forms of Yoga, which are not based upon physical exercise.

Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Karma Yoga, are primary forms of Yoga, which have advanced practitioners, who do not have to perform physical feats to be known as "advanced." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was an advanced Karma Yogi, who inspired non-violent civil rights movements within India, and around the world.

The flaw in all of this "labeling" of Yoga practitioners as advanced, intermediate, and beginner, stems from the idea that Yoga is a physical exercise. Pilates and weight lifting are physical exercise systems, and they require a mental presence in their practice. All forms of Yoga require a mental, physical, and spiritual presence in the practice.

Hatha Yoga (union by physical mastery) does not represent all forms of Yoga. If Hatha Yoga were the only style in existence, it still would require teachers with experience and deep knowledge on a vast subject.

Any child can perform amazing athletic feats of flexibility, but would you place your absolute faith in the ability of a child to teach you Hatha Yoga? Would you be concerned about your safety, your physical limits, and the teacher's experience level?

"Experience" is a keyword, because experience is what really separates the advanced Yoga practitioner from the rest. An experienced Hatha Yoga teacher will guide you through the many aspects of Yoga, such as: Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Yama, Niyama, and much more.

If you are practicing in a Hatha Yoga class, which contains postures, but does not contain meditation or Pranayama, you are probably practicing "Yoga Fitness." There is a saying: "Half a loaf is better than none." This has never been truer than it is in the case of Hatha Yoga's exposure to the world.

It may take generations before Yoga practitioners stop to read the Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Swatmarama. The Yoga Sutras, by Maharshi Patanjali, also deserve more contemporary attention. At this time, there are many Yoga books to read, but the classics are worthy of note, and should be "required reading" for advanced Yoga practitioners.

© Copyright 2007 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, has written many books on the subject of Yoga. He is a co-owner and the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at: Aura Wellness Center, in Attleboro, MA.


He has been a certified Master Yoga Teacher since 1995. To receive a Free Yoga e-Book: "Yoga in Practice," and a Free Yoga Newsletter, please visit:

Friday, May 25, 2007




By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500


Yoga, in all of its forms, creates positive energy. Positive energy will cause you to become successful, and live a life where powerful visions become reality. Your complete health will improve exponentially, as a result of regular Yoga practice.


Yoga has so many good health aspects for a person to benefit from. Yet, some people see it only as a “workout,” and as a result, Yoga has become classified, in the west, as an exercise. Although Hatha, Kundalini, and Raja Yoga contain many breathing exercises (Pranayama) and postures (Asanas), Yoga is not merely another physical exercise system.


Hatha Yoga is the most popular form of Yoga outside India. Hatha Yoga is also known as the unity of mind, body, and spirit, through physical mastery. The initial results of regimented Hatha Yoga practice are physical fitness, motivation, clear thought, and increased energy.


There are many more benefits from long-term Hatha Yoga practice. If I could make a “Hatha Yoga Pill,” I would be a billionaire! When some people hear the words, “physical fitness,” they think of torture, so they avoid Yoga of any kind.


Yet, the masses will gladly spend billions of dollars on ineffective, over the counter drugs, fad diet products, ineffective exercise gadgets, and life endangering pills, to try to manage their body weight.


So, a Hatha Yoga pill, with no side effects, would “sell like hot cakes.”


However, the Hatha Yoga pill is only part of my imagination and the dream of “couch potatoes.” Yet, couch potatoes do not have to worry because Yoga is not physical fitness, but it is complete health on the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional planes of existence.


The benefit of motivation from Yoga practice is what makes Yoga so different from all other health maintenance systems. Yoga can become a lifestyle because there is no torture.


Why do most diets fail? Why do most exercisers quit? Lack of motivation is the reason for diet and exercise failure. People already know they should eat better, walk more, exercise, and drink more water, but they need to maintain their level of motivation, without “burning out.”


In Yoga practice, positive energy is all around the classroom. Positive energy creates motivation and creates powerful visions of success. The next step is to believe the powerful visions of success, which you see.


Some people have a fear of success. Maybe they inherently feel a lack of self-worth, but Yoga also works on improving this aspect of life. It is normal for people to feel apprehensive about change, but change is often one of the gateways to success.


Lastly, regular Hatha Yoga practice will lower stress levels, allowing you to sleep better, and feel energized the next morning. No wonder Yoga teachers and students are so full of motivation.


© Copyright 2007 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
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Attleboro Yoga & Pilates Classes - June Schedule

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Dear Yoga & Pilates Enthusiasts of Attleboro,


Below is our June 2007 - Yoga / Pilates Class Schedule:


Each month the Tuesday night class will show case a different class. There will be no Tuesday classes in July.


Monday: 6 PM – 7 PM Beginner / Gentle Yoga


Tuesday: 6 PM – 7:15 PM - Introduction to Yoga on the Ball *


Wednesday: 6 PM – 7 PM Pilates/ Body Sculpt


Thursday: 6 PM – 7:15 PM Beginner / Gentle Yoga


Tuesday Night Classes will become the featured class of the month.


*Starting June 5, 2007, Introduction to Yoga on the Ball, will meet on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.
This class will focus on firming the mid-section, toning the body, enhanced coordination, and improving balance.


All Yoga and Pilates Classes at Aura Wellness Center will be closed for the first two weeks of July 2007.


The next Aura Yoga Teacher Training will be held in our Attleboro, MA facility, located at 21 Park Street, Suite 202 in downtown Attleboro.


Orientation night for Yoga teacher training will be Friday, September 7, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.


Aura Wellness Center

21 Park St.Suite 202, 2nd Floor

Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: 508-222-0092
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Why Yoga Exercises Are Different From Other Forms Of Exercise

By Nelly Luprimo

If you are thinking of taking up a form of exercise with the aim of making yourself look and feel much better you should give very serious thought to yoga exercises.

Yoga works holistically on the body and mind and so its positive effects can be seen in many different aspects - on our bodies, their health and how they look, and also on our minds - in how we view the world.

So how do yoga exercises differ from other forms of exercise?

Yoga exercises, also known as asanas or postures, are applied to the entire anatomy of the living body. On the other hand, many other exercise regimes are a form of engineering applied to the muscles of the body. This means that yoga exercises are concerned with more than just the superficial development of muscles. The postures used in yoga exercises tend to normalize the functions of the entire organism.

The advantage of yoga exercises is that they can regulate the involuntary processes of respiration and help the circulation, digestion, elimination, metabolism etc. The yoga exercises also work to affect the working of all the glands and organs, as well as the nervous system and the mind. This result is achieved by doing deep breathing while the body is placed in various postures. Each of these yoga exercises creates a different totality in the functional relationship within the organism.

Hence, yoga is able to influence man physically, mentally, morally and spiritually. Yoga emphasizes the philosophy of exercise. Under its training one experiences a sense of awakening.

All of one's capacities are heightened, and one achieves balance and stamina through these yoga exercises, some of which are modeled after the movements of various animals. In yoga exercises, relaxation is taught as an art, breathing as a science, and mental control of the body as a means of harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit.

The advanced stages of yoga require many years of special preparation-practices. Today's mode of living , its tempo and surroundings, mean that this is difficult to achieve. However, practicing yoga exercises and deep breathing and relaxation techniques, with some of the time devoted to concentration and meditation is something everyone can achieve.

Yoga exercises can have a positive effect on individuals who are suffering from disease or illness. Whilst it is not able to cure these things, practicing yoga can means that obstructions and impurities are removed so that nature can perform its healing work.

So if you are looking for a form of exercise that works positively on the body and mind, and one that is relatively easy to fit into your daily routine then why not take up yoga exercises. The growing popularity of yoga exercises means that you will likely find a yoga center or a gym offering local classes in your area. If, however, you do not have time to attend classes there are many books and dvd's available on yoga exercises, so you can do it at home at a time when it is convenient to you.

Within only a few days of performing yoga exercises it is possible to feel revitalized and stronger. Continued practice of yoga exercises can make us healthier and happier.

Author Nelly Luprimo spreads the message of yoga through her online yoga community - www.blackyogamat.com

Thinking of taking up yoga? Then you should visit Nelly's website by clicking this link ...Yoga Exercises.
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Attleboro Yoga & Pilates Classes - February / March Schedule
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Dear Yoga & Pilates Enthusiasts,

Below is our February / March 2007 - Yoga / Pilates Class Schedule:

Monday: 6 PM – 7 PM Beginner / Gentle Yoga
Tuesday: 6 PM – 7:15 PM Vinyasa Yoga
Wednesday: 6 PM – 7 PM Pilates/ Body Sculpt
Thursday: 6 PM – 7:15 PM Beginner / Gentle Yoga
Saturday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Yoga / Pilates Body Sculpting

Chakra Workshop is Friday, March 30, 2007 - 6 to 9 p.m.

Aura Wellness Center
21 Park St.Suite 202, 2nd Floor
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: 508-222-0092
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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Hatha Yoga’s Attraction for Middle-Aged Students


By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Why are more, and more, students, over 40 years of age, discovering Hatha Yoga classes for the first time? What can Hatha Yoga do for a “couch potato?” What can Hatha Yoga offer the active person, who is over 40? Let’s take a closer look at each of these issues for the deeper answers, which Hatha Yoga contains.

There are many styles of Yoga, and Hatha Yoga is just one of the nine main styles from India. Hatha Yoga has many sub-styles, such as: Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, and many more. Before we go too deeply into this subject, please realize that outside of India, the most common form of Yoga is Hatha Yoga.

Why are more students over 40 discovering Hatha Yoga classes for the first time?

Recently, I’ve seen an influx of Yoga students, at our Attleboro Yoga Studio, who have been inactive for decades, but decided to make a “life change” to improve their health. As a result, they become physically active in Hatha Yoga classes and continue to practice their Yoga training at home.

Some of our new Yoga students arrive, due to a physician’s referral, but many have researched Yoga. Their research caused them to make an independent decision to improve their health on a mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional level.

As we approach middle age, body weight is harder to get rid of than it ever was. As a result, this extra weight can bring us many health problems and diseases.

In fact, shedding 10 or 20 pounds of body weight may just extend your life span. Heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and more diseases, prey on those of us who carry extra pounds around.

So, we are not considering living at a nursing home for an extra decade, but increasing our odds to have an active and quality life to the end.

What can Yoga offer the active person, who is over 40?

For those of us who have been exercising for decades, we realize there is a flaw in the “No pain, no gain” theory. Premature joint wear is the biggest problem. For most of us, recognizing the difference between muscular and joint pain comes with age.

Therefore, the new fitness motto for middle age should be, “Work smart, not hard.” This requires a bit of research, as to which style of Yoga is most suited to your body and then finding a compassionate Yoga teacher. One class can tell you if the style is to your liking. As for Yoga teachers: It is easy to recognize a Yoga teacher who is abusive from one who is not.

However, some people are very attracted to a Yoga teacher who will “push them.” Be careful if you fall into this category. A Yoga teacher is not a coach, whose goal is to push you to the next competitive level.

It is fine to have goals in life, but take the time to research your individual needs. Make sure the Yoga teacher, and the Yoga style, you choose will fit into your lifestyle. Yoga’s principles are more about training for longevity than training for a short-term gain.

© Copyright 2007 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Friday, January 05, 2007

The Benefits And Joys Of Yoga


By Peter Curtis

There are a lot of people who are crazy about yoga. The reason why most people do yoga is that it makes them feel better and in shape. The different poses and postures make their body healthy. Yoga for most is the best way to relax and unwind. If you want to keep your body in shape, this might be the best exercise for you. Did you know that yoga is good to fight certain illness that may come? There had been researches which proved that yoga helps you to control anxiety, reduces asthma, arthritis, blood pressure, back pain, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, diabetes, headaches, stress and many more.

Yoga has a lot of benefits and advantages. All in a day’s work, it can reduce tension and stress. Of course after a heavy day, you will feel that your muscles have been stuck up and you will feel wasted. If you do yoga, your self esteem will be higher. It is important to gain more confidence inside and out so that you can face people with no worries. Yoga is good for the body in increasing your muscle tone, strength, stamina and flexibility.

If you are too fat and conscious about your body figure, yoga can help you lower your fat and keep your body in shape. Yoga exercises can burn excess fat and give you the desired figure that you want. If you need time to relax and forget your responsibilities, yoga will be good to improve your concentration and enhance your creativity. Yoga helps you to think more positively away from all anxieties. If you have a fresh mind, you can think of good things and apply it easily.

Your body needs to relax once in a while. Sometimes, work can leave us wasted and exhausted. During the heavy days, we may not find time to unwind because work is still on our tail. Yoga can help you create a sense of calmness and well being.

Yoga exercise helps you improve a good circulation. Your organs and veins need to be exercised for it to function properly. Yoga can help stimulate your immune system and keep you away from diseases. If you have a good immune system, you can be sure that you are free from sickness. Some people do yoga to be enlightened. They believe that yoga will help them bring up their spirit and keep them relieved. Yoga works differently for people be it spiritual, emotional, psychological, mental and physical.

People think that yoga is only for spiritual people. But that belief is wrong. Even if you are not that religious, you can do yoga. You will see and feel the difference at the same time find out how it works for you. Due to the pressure and demands of life, we become stressed out and we forget the essence of life. We tend to lose touch with the ones we used to spend time with, even ourselves. We find ourselves rushing most of the time with the deadlines and hassles we need to keep up with. This leaves us a small time to wander and have that physical awareness. These are the few things that yoga can provide. Once in a while, find time to dedicate a part of it to yourself to relax and unwind which only yoga can give.

Peter Curtis is a full time aerobics instructer in Las Vegas. In his spare time he writes articles andguides for various website and online publications. You can visit one of his website about the Yoga here. http://www.aerobics-exercise.com/Yoga.html

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