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Open your Chest and Let Go of Fear and Interior Conflicts

Chest and Shoulders openers are a must and need to have an important place in your yoga routine. Many of us spend long hours in front of computers or in postures leading to an excessive rounding of the upper back and a closing of the chest. In this article, I outline the many benefits of having a broad open chest, share a video on how to use a yoga strap as a chest opener and another video to practice a gentle chest opening yoga sequence.  Now let's start with the benefits of opening your chest and shoulders: 1- Better Posture It is commonly known that there is no better posture than one that expands the chest and rib cage. Such...

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Yoga against Coronavirus

While "battling" against Mr. Coronavirus, mixed feelings emerge: fear, anxiety, stress, anger... Whether your are fearing for your health or your loved ones, stuck at home getting anxious, stressed looking to organise the coming days with your kids and/or angry at your government's actions, try and take a deep breath and reconnect to the present moment: we are all in it together. Let's enjoy and savour this moment and make the most of it. Yoga is your perfect ally to go through these tough times healthy both physically and mentally. This ancestral tradition provides tools to boost your immune system, calm your mind, improve breathing and give you the physical excercise you need while staying indoors. For those who have been...

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Yoga Iyengar for Beginners - Recommended Books

This is an excellent yoga book for beginners or yoga practionners wishing to fine tune their postures. It includes detailed information on 23 basic key yoga postures with 360degrees pictures and clear explanations to perform postures correctly. Written and commented by BKS Iyengar, the book is a gem. A must have for any yogi looking to start yoga, improve and reach better alignment (one of the main goal of iyengar yoga).  I particularly enjoyed the first 2 chapters providing a quick yet interesting introduction to yoga: goals, meaning and yoga theory/philosophy. BKS Iyengar having a deep knowledge and being an amazing guru, gives clear and easy information on the subject. The chosen postures are especially selected to be performed by starting...

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Main Yoga Styles: Quick Overview

Physical Yoga (hatha yoga) has existed for thousands of years in an unstructured way until an Indian sage called Patanjali put all the teachings together in a book called the Yoga Sutras. And with that book, yoga became more of an structured practice but only for a few yogis living in remote places. Yoga had to wait until the beginning of th 20th century, to get formally organised, described and illustrated. That is when yoga travelled outside of India to the West and started becoming popular. A number of famous gurus developed their own way of teaching, adding their personal touch and thereby creating unique yoga styles (although we need to bear in mind that there is only 1 yoga, aiming...

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