Category Archives: Types of Yoga

The Radical Truth That Makes Tantra Relevant Today


Think ancient philosophy is outdated? Think again.

Think Tantra’s ancient spiritual teachings are too outdated for today’s world? Sally Kempton—who leads YJ’s upcoming Tantra 101 course—shares the radical truth at the core of this centuries-old philosophy that makes it so relevant for our time. (Hint: It speaks to freedom, love, and reality.) 

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Want to learn how to tap into your innate power called Shakti? Join our new online course, Tantra 101: Awaken to Your Most Divine Life, led by meditation teacher Sally Kempton. In six weeks you’ll discover Tantra’s potent teachings and practices, so you can transform every breath, movement, and feeling into a pathway to greater insight and peace. Sign up today!

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Open Up to Your True Self with a Tantric Invocation to the Divine Feminine


Use the power of sound to summon sacred energy of the goddesses.

Expand your meditation practice by calling on the Divine Feminine, which protects and nourishes you, as well as helps you open up to your true self. Sally Kempton—who leads our upcoming course, Tantra 101—reveals how to use the power of sound to summon this sacred energy with an invocation to the Hindu goddess Gauri, who is associated with auspiciousness.

Watch also The Tantric Secret to Amplifying the Power of Positive Thinking

Want to learn how to tap into your innate power called Shakti? Join our new online course, Tantra 101: Awaken to Your Most Divine Life, led by meditation teacher Sally Kempton. In six weeks you’ll discover Tantra’s potent teachings and practices, so you can transform every breath, movement, and feeling into a pathway to greater insight and peace. Sign up today!

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Find Refuge from an Overwhelming World

Our on-the-go culture places value on striving, but if you don’t accept who you are, you’re cheating yourself out of health, happiness, and feeling whole. Here, learn how to find refuge from judgment. (Hint: It’s closer than you think.)

When you were growing up, I bet you had a special place of refuge you could go to for comfort. I had a favorite swing in my backyard that I would settle into when I felt the need for solitude. There, I found sanctuary in the fluid act of swaying back and forth, the cool breeze on my face as I floated through the air—up and down, back and forth.

When we take up the practice of yoga, becoming deliberately self-reflective, it eventually becomes apparent that taking refuge—from busyness and stress—is not about running away, but rather it is about deciding what you want to move toward. Refuge is not dependent upon a location at all. Rather, it is actually an intention we can choose. What do I mean? We can always opt to focus on that part of ourselves that is not made of thoughts, feelings, or bodily sensations. We can choose to focus on that space behind our thoughts—on the silence from which we observe ourselves and the world and the space that we keep forgetting to notice.

See also An Intention-Setting Practice to Nourish the Soul

When you stepped on the mat in the first days of your yoga practice, you were likely still associating refuge with a specific place: the mat or the meditation cushion. Many practitioners believe that the sense of stillness they feel from their yoga is something that must come from what they have done rather than from who they are.

But Patanjali writes in his most famous Yoga Sutra (1:2): “Yoga is …

Boost Bliss (& Loosen Your Hips!) with This Restorative Gomukasana

It’s the perfect release following an energetic yoga practice.

Craving change but feeling too stuck, sluggish, or restless to take aim? Join John Douillard, founder of LifeSpa.com, and Larissa Hall Carlson, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, for Ayurveda 201: Six Weeks to Transformation and Bliss Through Ayurvedic Psychology. In this new online course, you’ll experience: unique yoga practices; inspiring discussions backed by science; and recipes, herbs, and a short, gentle cleanse. Sign up today!

After an energizing yoga flow, there’s one restorative pose that can help you boost harmony and bliss. (In Ayurveda, this easeful quality is called sattva.) This supported, supine variation of Gomukasana (Cow Face Pose) provides deep rest by elevating the legs and loosening tight hips. This soothing inertia rejuvenates!

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You’ll need the following props: 2 blocks, 1 bolster, 1 blanket, and an eye pillow

Instructions

  • Place a block in the highest position about 6 inches from the bottom of your mat. From there place another block in the second-highest position about 6 inches up the mat.
  • Drape a bolster over the blocks to make a ramp for your legs.
  • Place folded blanket (and any additional supportive props you need) on the top half of the mat. 
  • Lay yourself down on the blanket with your knees pulled into your chest, placing your buttocks close to the bottom of the bolster ramp. 
  • Mindfully lengthen your left leg, crossing it to the right and placing your thigh on the bolster. Cross your right leg over y left thigh. 
  • Even out the weight in your hips and let both feet hang. 
  • Comfortably position your eye pillow, then broaden your shoulders and rest your hands on your belly. 
  • Hold for 1-3 minutes. Then reverse your leg crossing for another 1-3 minutes. 
  • Rest and renew!

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Focused Vinyasa: A Strength Drill to Remake Your Wheel Pose


Build strength to transform your backbend.

Sometimes you need to step out of your flow, break your goal pose down to its key actions and body parts, and focus on those for a while. If you do, we promise that when you build that pose back up again, it’ll be an entirely different experience. Here, Irene Pappas teaches a drill that will transform your Wheel Pose. Don’t forget to warm up first!

Want to up-level your flow? In Focused Vinyasa: 11 Fresh Sequences and Drills to Advance Your Practice, Irene Pappas, cofounder of Bodhi Yoga Boulder, hits pause at key teaching moments in your vinyasa to break challenging poses down into moves you can practice and master. Learn more and sign up today!

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Focused Vinyasa: A Stronger (and Easier!) Way to Float Into Forearm Balance


Two words: Don’t jump!

Too intimidated to make Forearm Balance part of your practice? Irene Pappas has a drill to get you there. Inversions take focused practice, she says. And drills like this one helped her get stronger and more flexible than the typical vinyasa class alone could. Practice this drill to build the strength in your shoulders and flexibility in your hamstrings, so you can float effortlessly up into the pose. 

Want to up-level your flow? In Focused Vinyasa: 11 Fresh Sequences and Drills to Advance Your Practice, Irene Pappas, cofounder of Bodhi Yoga Boulder, hits pause at key teaching moments in your vinyasa to break challenging poses down into moves you can practice and master. Learn more and sign up today!

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Focused Vinyasa: A Glute and Hamstring Strength Drill Yogis Really Need


Psst: Yoga mostly just *stretches* the glutes.

As yogis, we spend a lot of time stretching our hamstrings and glutes. But consider this: How much time do we spend strengthening them? Not enough, says Irene Pappas. Here, she borrows a couple of strengthening moves from Pilates to target the glutes and hamstrings.

Want to up-level your flow? In Focused Vinyasa: 11 Fresh Sequences and Drills to Advance Your Practice, Irene Pappas, cofounder of Bodhi Yoga Boulder, hits pause at key teaching moments in your vinyasa to break challenging poses down into moves you can practice and master. Learn more and sign up today!

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Focused Vinyasa: A Couple of Yoga Block Drills for Strong Shoulders


Warning: The block gets heavy—fast!

Yoga asks a lot of our joints, and building more stability around them is one of the best ways to prevent or remedy pain and injury. Here, Irene Pappas walks you through two drills to strengthen the muscles on the front, back, and underside of your shoulder. You’ll need a cork block, heavy book, 3-pound dumbbell, or can of soup. (Warning: The weight of that block will sneak up on you!) 

Want to up-level your flow? In Focused Vinyasa: 11 Fresh Sequences and Drills to Advance Your Practice, Irene Pappas, cofounder of Bodhi Yoga Boulder, hits pause at key teaching moments in your vinyasa to break challenging poses down into moves you can practice and master. Learn more and sign up today!

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