Yoga Trends: Laughter Yoga

July 24, 2015

 

Laughter Yoga, also called Hasyayoga, was created in 1995 by Indian doctor Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri, a yoga instructor. The Katarias created laughter clubs that met in the parks of Mumbai, and soon the concept grew into a worldwide phenomenon. Today there are thousands of groups in dozens of countries!

The practice of Laughter Yoga combines yogic breathing, stretching and laughing as a form of exercise. It has many benefits, such as relieving stress, reducing depression, improving cardiovascular health, and enhancing the immune system. When practicing, it’s not necessary for participants to have something funny to chuckle at; even simulated laughter has the same benefits as a genuine belly laugh. And as practitioners quickly find out, with good eye contact and an open mindset, even self-generated laughter quickly turns into the real thing when you’re practicing with a group.

To participate in Laughter Yoga near you, you can check out a number of websites including Dr. Kataria’s website LaughterYoga.org and Meetup.com. And for all your yoga needs, visit barefootyoga.com!

“We are paying very high price for taking life seriously. Now it’s time to take laughter seriously.”

– Dr. Madan Kataria

 


Upward Dog Days of Summer

July 22, 2015

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Sometimes when summer life heats up, yoga time takes a hit. What’s needed is a jumpstart – a friendly push off the dock – inspiration to UP your summer yoga game. So challenge the Downward Dog Days of summer, unroll your mat, and lighten UP your Yoga practice. Here’s how:

  • Disrupt

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If your practice is stagnant, change it!  Switch the time of day –Sign up for a class or festival if you have been practicing at home – Practice somewhere new – Try new poses – Alter your routine – Take that private class with your favorite instructor.  Disrupting your practice is about upgrading your Yoga experience.

 

  • Upgrade

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Are you still using your first mat from five years ago? If so, it’s time for an UPGRADE! Sometimes inspiration comes with the motivation a new MAT or Yoga RUG can bring. Internally associate and connect your new mat as the turning point to your fresh new yoga path.

  • Discipline

For many, Yoga takes more than just motivation. It takes discipline. Yoga isn’t always about what you WANT to set your mind to; Disciplined Yoga is about the ACTION taken to achieve your yoga. The discipline vs. motivation philosophy, when properly applied, can help you focus for all aspects of life. Practicing discipline with Yoga might be the first step towards achieving your spectrum of goals and aspirations.

  • Share

Let your peeps on social media know your Yoga! Take a Yoga Selfie. You may find lost friends leaving comments over your shared interest of Yoga. Reply back by suggesting an afternoon filled with Yoga, Picnic, and Park. Socializing Yoga might bring out that extra inspiration to practice!

 

  • Barefoot

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Take off your shoes: Because Yoga.

 


6 Simple Ways to Give Your Old Yoga Mat a New Life

July 20, 2015

You’ve bought a brand new yoga mat, and now it’s time to retire the old and trusty mat that’s gotten you through years of practice. You probably don’t want to just toss your old yoga mat in the landfill, so what’s an eco-conscious yogi to do? Here are some suggestions from both Barefoot Yoga staff and customers on how to give your old mat a second life:

1. A quick-cleaning play mat

If your kids are working on messy projects with markers, clay or other things that might leave your table sticky and stained, try rolling out the yoga mat instead of newspaper. A closed cell mat will wipe down easily with household cleaner, and can be used over and over during play time!

 

2. A comfy surface for pets

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If you’re taking your furry friend for a ride in the car, laying a yoga mat out over the car seat can save your upholstery. Mats also work well as cushioning inside crates and pet carriers, and many animal shelters will welcome donations of gently used yoga mats to line their kennels.

 

3. Protection under house plants

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If you want the beauty of nature indoors without water and dirt on household surfaces, try cutting out circles of mat to sit underneath your plants. Many mats cut easily with a strong pair of scissors, and you can use a utility knife on thicker mats.

 

4. A cushion for outdoor fun

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Your well-worn yoga mat can double as a camping mat underneath your sleeping bag. Say goodbye to rocks and sticks digging into your back and enjoy sleeping comfortably in the great outdoors! You can also cut a smaller square of mat to create a portable and lightweight cushion for picnicking in the park or sitting on the bleachers at little league games.

 

5. Perfect packing material

If you’re planning a big move and need durable packing material, forget the styrofoam peanuts and try wrapping pieces of yoga mat around your fragile items. This works especially well with thicker and spongier mats.

 

6. An easy floor saver

Line the bottom of your closet with a piece of yoga mat to protect the hardwood or carpet from muddy shoes. You can also put trimmed pieces of mat under trash cans, pet food bowls, or any number of areas where a spill or stain is likely.

 

If you’re ready to retire (and repurpose!) your yoga mat, and you’re looking for a durable and high-quality replacement, visit us at www.barefootyoga.com!