All Blog Posts Tagged 'yoga' (142)

A Practice for Change in the New Year

This was written by one of our advisors, Kelly McGonigal.

A Practice for Change in the New Year

It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions – those passionate, determined, optimistic, and sometimes desperate pledges we make to change ourselves. How do we get from where we are to where we want to be, without… Continue

Added by Yoga Bear on January 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Yoga & Non-Greed

Aparigraha is the fifth yama and is defined as "greedlessness." How do we embrace and teach greedlessness is our culture of "stuff" and "more more more"-especially around the season of giving? I think this yama comes last in the list for good reason. As we bring non-harming, truth, non-stealing, and moderation into our lives greed begins to melt away. A sense of abundance and trust envelopes our every day and our perspective shifts. We need not fill our lives with all that "stuff"…


Added by Katherine Dowdney on December 22, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

9 Reindeer-Inspired Yoga Poses

A bit of Yoga Bear fun!  Watch yoga poses for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and of course--…


Added by Yoga Bear on December 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

One in four hospitals offer complementary medicine. Does yours?

According to the American Hospital Association, one in four US hospitals now offers therapies in complementary and alternative medicine to address growing demand. In fact, all 18 hospitals on the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" list provide some form of it.

The number of holistic providers and practitioners who offer these types of…


Added by Halle T on December 20, 2010 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Moderation is Key.

Brahmacarya is perhaps one of the most misunderstood yamas. This fourth yama was completely perplexing to me during my 200 hour teacher training - the definition taught to us was "celibacy." Much to the dismay of my partner, I seriously thought that refraining from sex would help me attain a higher understanding of yoga. Well, that didn't last for too long and thankfully that then-boyfriend is now my husband!…


Added by Katherine Dowdney on December 15, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

And the winners are...

Thank you to everyone who participated in CinemAsana, our generous donors/sponsors, and especially our volunteer Abbe Yale for running this very special film festival!

We are impressed and thrilled at the quality of videos that have been submitted, and hope that you all will continue to help us create and publish yoga videos for the Yoga Bear community.

Okay, and now for the winners. Drum roll, please!…


Added by Yoga Bear on December 14, 2010 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

5 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Yogic Heart

The commercialization of Christmas can seem a bit indulgent and excessive. But who wants to miss out on giving gifts to loved ones? Here are some clever ideas for meaningful gifts that will delight and surprise, without breaking the bank.

  1. Gift certificate to a partner yoga class. Spending time together is the greatest gift.…

Added by Halle T on December 13, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Yoga Yama - Asteya

Of course, none of us would ever consider directly stealing from another person or a retail store or anything like that! The third yama is asteya or "non-stealing." How do we apply this in our practice and/or when we teach? One thought that came to mind was avoiding stealing other's ideas as our own. This is interesting to me because I think knowledge is out there to share and… Continue

Added by Katherine Dowdney on December 8, 2010 at 1:21pm — 1 Comment

Yoga, what else?

Reading about yoga is another way that I practice, today, I read "The Sun Always Rises"; knowing, that darkness (accident, misfortune, illness) is part of the order of the Universe ~ Total Surrender to a higher power, no matter the outcome : Yoga Sutra I.23

On January 8th, 2011, I will be teaching at Yoga… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on December 8, 2010 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Welcome, Thank you, Thank you, Welcome

Greetings yogis!

First, I want to thank all of the incredible instructors who donated their time and resources to create videos for CinemAsana! If you haven't yet, please check out their videos and leave comments. We've been overwhelmed with the success of this program, and I want to personally thank volunteer Abbe Yale for dreaming up and executing such a great… Continue

Added by Halle T on December 6, 2010 at 7:41am — No Comments

Question About Leg & Lower Back Pain After Yoga

I'm in recovery but still have stage four melanoma, no breast cancer now. But I had both and had a lot of time lying down. Then I started almost daily yoga classes when Yoga Bear gave me the opportunity and I think it is an amazing gift. I love the studio and the people where I go an I mostly enjoy restorative classes. I can not do flow or too many standing poses yet. I used to do them before I got sick. I'm 70 years old and soo grateful to be alive.

Lately though I go to a class…

Added by mara cary on December 4, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Weekly YogaLetter - CinemAsana Is Underway!

Dear Yoga Bears,

Many happenings in Yoga Bear world this week:

  • CinemAsana Is Underway! Watch and rate the videos - everything from poses to reduce leg swelling and stretch your neck to more advanced moves. Winners will be announced later this month. Please share this link with your fellow yogis, teachers and friends.
  • Exciting…

Added by Moran Serr Hirsch on December 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Exciting New Partner Studio - Tell Your Friends in the DC Metro Region!

I just love laughter yoga. Few things in life are as pleasing as a good laugh. There's just something about laughing that gets the endorphins pumping, and awakens the spirit. That's why I'm so delighted by our latest partner studio-- LaughterRx. They are offering FREE classes to cancer patients currently undergoing treatment.…


Added by Halle T on December 2, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Yoga + Surf Retreats for Young Adults with Cancer

Check out this article about Rick Cowley, a surfer and cancer survivor who is raising money to offer free retreats at the Komune Resort in Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia. According to the story, three retreats are scheduled between December and February and the December and January retreats are almost full. Get more…


Added by Libby Lowe on December 1, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Yoga and Religion: The Debate Continues

Two of our members started an interesting discussion about yoga and religion, and we're not the only ones talking about it. The New York Times ran this story about a different side of the debate. Do you think about yoga as being…


Added by Libby Lowe on November 30, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Another write-up about yoga and breast cancer!


Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis and completing your treatment is only part of the battle. Next, you must navigate the choppy waters of cancer survivorship. Learning about how…


Added by Libby Lowe on November 22, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Weekly YogaLetter - Thankful

Dear Yoga Bears,

Only a week and a half left for CinemAsana! All yoga teachers - come join CinemAsana – the online video contest! Do good and win prizes!

Look at our… Continue

Added by Moran Serr Hirsch on November 19, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Discovering Truth

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." ~Oscar Wilde

My plan is to write about the yamas the next few… Continue

Added by Katherine Dowdney on November 16, 2010 at 7:32pm — No Comments

A Workout That Makes You Smile

By Karen Bossick of Times-News

It’s one workout where you can’t scowl.

After all, you can’t do laughing exercises with a frown on your face.

The workout is known as laughter yoga. And it’s got a number of Wood River Valley residents waving their arms as if they were elephant trunks, flitting from one corner of the room to… Continue

Added by Yoga Bear on November 15, 2010 at 11:39am — No Comments

Yoga Bear Classes at Maimonidies Cancer Center in NYC

As part of our Healing Yoga Project, Yoga Bear classes at Maimonidies Cancer Center in New York City will begin on January 6th. If you are a patient there and would like to join, please contact

About the Instructor: Elyse Sparkes

Elyse’s interest in human… Continue

Added by Yoga Bear on November 10, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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