Category Archives: Yoga Poses

How to Practice Sama Vritti Pranayama (Box Breathing)

Try Sama Vritti Pranayama (Box Breathing) when you’re stressed, anxious, or upset.

Sama Vritti Pranayama is a powerful relaxation tool that can help clear your mind, relax your body, and allow you to focus. The best part? You can do it anywhere. Just find a comfortable seat with your back supported and feet on the floor.  

  1. Close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose, slowly counting to 4. Feel the air filling your lungs.
  2. Hold your breath here and slowly count to 4 again. Try not to clamp your airways shut. Simply avoid inhaling or exhaling for 4 counts.
  3. Slowly exhale to the count of 4.
  4. Hold the exhale for another 4 counts.
  5. Repeat steps 1–4 for 4 minutes or until you feel calm and centered.

Find other pranayama techniques here

   

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Have a Wrist Injury? These Pose Swaps Will Help You Maintain Your Yoga Practice

Try these alternatives to get all the same benefits without bearing weight on your hands and wrists.

Regardless of the reason you have wrist problems, do not fear: You can easily modify a practice (vinyasa flow or otherwise) with other postures.

Injuries can be frustrating and upsetting, especially when the area that’s hurt feels primary to the heart of your asana practice. If you’re a member of the vinyasa yoga, Power Yoga, or Ashtanga Yoga communities, you definitely rely on your wrists for a majority of your practice.

See also Learn How to Protect Your Wrists in Your Practice

Your wrists are very small joints that are not made for bearing the weight of your whole body, and your asana practice can put large weight requirements on them. You may have come to yoga with weak wrists or perhaps acquired a wrist injury from misalignment in postures. Regardless of the reason you have wrist problems, do not fear: You can easily modify a practice (vinyasa flow or otherwise) with other postures. Remember, moving slowly is the key to avoiding injury, so take it easy. Modify carefully and insert these poses to help you enjoy your practice even when you can’t do everything. The good news is that just because you can’t lean on your wrists, it doesn’t mean you can’t explore, strengthen, and grow in other ways. 

See also 8 Yoga Poses to Strengthen Your Wrists

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The Most Comfortable Men's Yoga Clothes On the Market Right Now

Comfort is key.

We found the most comfortable men’s yoga clothes. 

Nothing is more annoying during a vinyasa flow than a zipper stabbing you in the thigh during revolved lunge. Or what about during a yin class when the elastic waist feels a little too tight in your supine twists? Uncomfortable clothing can quickly take you out of your meditative state. Avoid that problem all-together with these trendy and extremely comfortable pieces perfect for identifying yogi males. 

See also YJ Tested: 6 Yoga Pants + Shorts Guys Will Live In

5 Comfortable Men’s Yoga Clothes

prAna Men’s V Neck Short Sleeve Workout Tee

prAna Men’s V Neck Short Sleeve Workout Tee

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Vuori Men’s Banks Shorts

Vuori Men’s Banks Shorts

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Manduka Men’s Utility Knit Joggers

Manduka Men’s Utility Knit Joggers

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prAna Men’s Vaha Yoga Pants 32″ Inseam

prAna Men’s Vaha Yoga Pants 32″ Inseam

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Spiritual Gangster Men’s Wave Surf Tank

Spiritual Gangster Men’s Wave Surf Tank

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6 Yogi Dads Inspiring Us This Fathers Day


Here are six yogi dads who inspire us to continue to cultivate deeper and more meaningful relationships with the children in our lives through their sacred fatherhood. Thank you, dads!

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1. JahSun

“If you’re seeing this, it means you have a father. I had one too. He’s was a brilliant chemist of a top firm in NJ. Seen him twice my entire life. I’m thankful he made me. Truly! As much I longed to see him more as a kid, The Universe knew what I needed and having him more fully in my life could’ve been more damaging. Who knows? Doesn’t matter. What I do know it that’s it’s perfect – as is – and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I wouldn’t be me otherwise. So, today, I’m not simply offering up some generic “Happy Father’s Day” to all fathers. Because being a “Father” takes very little skill, 3 minutes behind a school bleacher at age 15-16 (some start younger than that) – if we’re keeping it real like adults. I’m raising the bar. Elevating the standard. I’m unwilling to continue to celebrate the bare minimum. Honoring men with zero, or little connection to their children and send money like they’re paying a car note. In and out, when it suits them, like a revolving door at a hotel. Instead, I’m standing up to SALUTE ALL DADS! Men who are there, present and CONSISTENT for their children (and being with Mom is not a requirement to be available for your baby). MEN who have taken up the mantle to raise another man’s child (that they left behind), and became Dad for them. I stand up and SALUTE ALL MOMS doing double duty as BOTH parents. I was a single dad …

5 Father's Day Gifts for a Mindful Dad

Tell dad you love him with thoughtful gifts that can inspire him to live a healthier, happier life.

Hydroflask 32 oz Growler

The Father of All Water Bottles 

Is dad drinking enough water? Probably not. Keep him hydrated with the roomy Hydroflask 32 oz Growler that keeps water ice cold and draft brews carbonated. ($44.95, hydroflask.com)

PrAna Men’s Super Mojo Pants 2.0

The Stylish Alternative to Sweats 

Give dad these stretchy, sweat-proof, quick-dry, ultra versatile, UPF 50+ pants and see if he ever takes them off. PrAna Men’s Super Mojo Pants 2.0 are perfect for the gym or just lounging on the couch. ($79, yogaoutlet.com

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perserverance, and the Art of Living

Inspired Reading 

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perserverance, and the Art of Living features philosophy from great ancient thinkers like Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. It might just motivate dad to live his best life. ($15, amazon.com

Men’s L.L. Bean Trail Tee

Do-it-All Tee

Lightweight, quick-drying and ever-so-slightly tailored, the Men’s L.L. Bean Trail Tee works for a yoga class, at the gym, or on the hiking trail. ($22.95, llbean.com)

Tiny Devotions Vision Men’s Bracelet

Intentional Jewelry

The semi-precious stones in the Vision Men’s Bracelet from Tiny Devotions can help dad find clarity and empower him to face fears head-on. Plus, he’ll think of you every time he wears it. ($48, lovetinydevotions.com)

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