9 comments on “7 Benefits of Online Yoga”

7 Benefits of Online Yoga

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With the world shifting more and more into the digital realm, it was only a matter of time before yoga took the plunge also. Transporting an age-old practice into an online space may leave you wondering whether the authenticity and spirit is lost.  Yet yoga practitioners are eagerly swapping their yoga studio memberships for the digital version with glee. So, what’s so terrific about practicing online yoga at home? Well, plenty actually!

1. Your Time, Your Space

Without the need to arrive at a studio at any certain time, online yoga allows you to select the time of the day that suits you to practice. Whether you’re a morning bird or a night owl, the ability to roll out your mat at any given time offers a great amount of freedom and allows you to commit to your practice in a way that is simple and easy. Perhaps you have just popped your baby down for a nap and have time to move or meditate. Maybe you’re traveling and taking your laptop allows you the opportunity to practice in your hotel room. Perhaps you have set up a sacred space in your own home where you love to flow. Online yoga offers an abundance of options and solutions for the modern-day yogi.

a-live-yogi-22. A Plethora of Choice

Let’s face it, we love choice. Online yoga allows you to browse and choose the class that you feel like diving into. You have the ability to select from different teachers, various styles, guest lectures, and special workshops. Flow with acclaimed teachers who you may never get the chance to practice with in ‘real life.’ Perhaps you wake up feeling like you need to open your hips. Maybe you feel energized and seek out an invigorating flow. Being able to choose what you feel like your body truly needs in a yoga class is empowering, liberating, and deeply satisfying.

3. Absolute Comfort

Perhaps you’re new to yoga and feel a little self-conscious in a studio. Perhaps you feel intimidated or find it hard to focus in a room full of other people. Online classes enable you to develop your practice in a comfortable environment whilst having the support of a teacher right there with you. Whether you are an advanced yogi looking to take your practice to the next level, or if yoga is an entirely new ballgame for you, having the space to build your own relationship with yoga makes it a deeply personal and nourishing experience.

4. Online Community

From yoga classes to festivals to retreats to trainings–yoga builds community. For many people today, building and fostering communities online is our primary way of engaging and interacting. Online yoga connects you with teachers from all over the world, and often, other yogis from all walks of life. There are no barriers, no boundaries, just the union that makes yoga so intrinsically special. Start an online chat with your teacher or make a yoga date with someone on the other side of the world! The possibilities are endless.

5. Deeper Connection

While live yoga classes can help us connect to the greater world, they also have a powerful ability to connect us to our own self in a deeper way. The digital realm maintains that very special connection that comes through the practice of yoga. Online classes still have the power to transport you into the present moment and invite you to show up and dedicate this time to yourself. Online yoga classes are a simple and powerful way to stay connected, inspired, and committed to your wellbeing and personal growth.

6. Fall in Love with the Pause

Having trouble balancing? Want to work on your handstand for a little longer? In a deep twist that you want to move deeper into? Hello p
ause button! Practicing yoga online comes with several unique benefits that a studio class could never offer and the pause button is one of them. Taking a little extra time in postures or poses that you are working towards mastering is easy with online classes. And the best part? You can pause in Savasana also!

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7. Try it LIVE!

Still not convinced? Well, further advancements in the online yoga world now allow you to practice live-streamed classes from the comfort of your own home. Combine all the benefits of an online class with everything you love about a live studio class. Have a teacher right there practicing along side you and experience the energy and dynamic nature that comes with a live class.

Whatever way you look at it, online classes offer you freedom and flexibility, with the added benefit of not needing to rush out the door, find a parking spot, call up a baby sitter, or worry about what your yoga attire may look like! With yoga literally at your fingertips, there is every reason to embrace yoga in your daily life.

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lauren Verona, a passionate business woman, yoga teacher and business mentor who has created and grown four thriving yoga communities across Australia including Australia’s first LIVE online yoga studio. Lauren’s energy and enthusiasm for life is contagious and over the past 10 years Lauren has guided hundreds of people to connect with their true sense of purpose so that they can become the best version of themselves. Learn more about Lauren at www.laurenverona.com, www.aliveyogi.com, Instagram, and Facebook

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4 comments on “Even Runners Need Yoga”

Even Runners Need Yoga

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I’ve spent A LOT of time running lately. Obviously “a lot” means different things to different people, but I’ve been running 40-45 miles a week for the last few months. My goal for 2018 is to run 1,700 miles, which requires a pretty consistent daily effort. I’ve tried to mix in some yoga and weight-training, but unfortunately I probably haven’t been doing enough regular non-running exercise to steer entirely clear of the injury bug. I really should know better!

Luckily I haven’t encountered any major afflictions, but a few small irritations–mainly with my feet–have reminded me that it’s not healthy if I can run 15 miles, yet can’t manage to walk normally from one side of the kitchen to the other. Hence, after I put in a few miles this morning running through the virtual Zwift world on the treadmill (more on Zwift in a later post), I decided to see if Youtube yoga sensationYoga with Adriene, had any good routines for runners. Happily, I quickly found that Adriene had a handful of runner-focused yoga practices.

If you’re looking for a great way to loosen up some of your running muscles, this 30-minute video is a perfect place to start. My hips, hamstrings, quads, and calves loved every minute of this practice…and they’ve been thanking me all day for finally giving them some much-needed yoga attention.

Yoga with Adriene also has a few more sequences for warming up and cooling down.

Here are a few pre-run routines:

And here are a couple post-run sequences:

In addition to my running goal this year, I now have a new goal to integrate yoga into my daily running routine. To keep it simple I think I’ll stick with these videos for the next month (thanks Yoga with Adriene!). I get the feeling that a little more yoga is exactly what I need. I’ll let you know how it goes. Just remember, runners need yoga too!

4 comments on “The Rad Health Benefits of Yoga”

The Rad Health Benefits of Yoga

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Let’s get real for a moment Daily Cup of Yoga readers: There’s a large portion of the population who STILL think yoga is only for the hippies and the naturally flexible…s.m.h.

Many of us know that yoga is so much more than that and has a growing body of research and studies proving its incredible health benefits. That’s why the new up and coming YouTube Channel, The Health Nerd, has taken a moment to break down some of the science of why yoga is so amazing.

The video is aptly named The Rad Health Benefits of Yoga and is

  • Fun
  • Educational
  • Packed with yoga goodness we can all appreciate

Check out the short 3 ½ min video below and see for yourself 🙂

Also, if you enjoyed the video and are feeling particularly generous, consider giving them a “like” or a “subscribe” for helping take yoga out of the dark.

12 comments on “How to Take Yoga Photos for Instagram…”

How to Take Yoga Photos for Instagram…

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The three most important things in my life are God, my family, and my Instagram account, and not necessarily in that order…  ~JP Sears

Bro, How long does it take you to take a picture? I can’t hold this all day…~(also) JP Sears

I apparently don’t spend enough time on Youtube or roll with the right crowd on Facebook because, well, I can’t say that I’ve ever seen an Ultra Spiritual Life episode starring JP Sears. How is that possible?! He’s hilarious!

My lovely wife (who’s not all that into yoga, but does put up with piles of yoga paraphernalia tucked into every closet in the house) sent me this spoofy collaboration between JP and real-life yoga photographer Brian Crawford poking a bit of good-hearted fun at a certain segment of the yoga world’s seeming obsession with striking the perfect pose in front of the camera. (Who doesn’t love seeing perfectly struck yoga poses against picturesque backgrounds?) I couldn’t help but laugh the whole way through the episode.

Great humor, great quotes, excellent photography, and actually quite good yoga poses–definitely Instagram-worthy. enjoy!

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