THE ABC’S OF SANSKRIT NAMES
When we come to a yoga class, sometimes the instructor uses the traditional Sanskrit names for each of the poses. “Asana” means pose, so you can take those letters off the end of each word to break down the letters that come before it. Here is a guide to 25 of the more common poses:
We started selling doTERRA essential oils in Spring, 2017. We chose doTERRA since the company uses rigorous testing for standards of purity and potency. They source from growers around the world to get the best compound possible. They are a little more expensive than some other oil brands, but they are 100% pure, while others are not. If you want the best experience possible, doTERRA is the way to go.
There are three main ways you can use essential oils: aromatic (diffused in the air or inhaled), internal (certain oils only**), and topical (put on skin using coconut oil as a base). Here are some of the oils we carry:
We offer free one hour essential oil workshops every other month. You come away with more knowledge about the oils, and a small sample to take home. Our September workshop focused on a healthy immune system for the Winter. OnGuard and Breathe were the featured oils. Come to our Retreat on October 14th to get a personalized aromatouch treatment by our doTERRA representative, or look for an upcoming workshop in November. Happy Oiling!
How often do you lie awake at night? Ease into a restful night with a yoga practice focused on deep breathing to calm your mind and release physical tension. This combination of breath and movement activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps counteract stress. Use a block or pillow under your forehead in several of these poses to encourage deeper relaxation.
In 10 Minutes:
In 20 minutes, do poses above, then add:
In 30 minutes, do everything above, then add:
Enjoy Marisa’s playlist designed to keep you motivated to practice yoga throughout the warm summer months, enjoying sounds from Latin America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. End with relaxation to some meditative music.
It’s never too early or too late to start yoga! From Prenatal Yoga, to Yoga for Teens, we’ve got yoga for everyone in your family at NiMaSte Yoga!
Prenatal Flow Yoga is a yoga practice uniquely designed for pregnancy that can help support moms-to-be emotionally and physically. No prior yoga experience required. Please consult your physician or midwife prior to class participation.
Baby and Me Yoga/Postnatal Yoga combines baby yoga and massage with yoga for you! Please check with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program; usually waiting 6-8 weeks postpartum.
Tot and Me Yoga is yoga for ages 17 months to 3 years with rhymes, songs, games, and yoga poses geared toward their development. An adult must participate with the child but no yoga experience is required.
Playtime Flow Yoga (All Levels) is a yoga class for you and your children are welcome to play, read, sleep, watch something, or maybe even join in the yoga!
Family Yoga is a workshop for families and children ages 3-10 to play yoga games, explore yoga breathing, and do fun yoga poses. No yoga experience necessary.
Tween (ages 7-11) Yoga and Teen (ages 12-16) Yoga will combine creative and playful functional movement with mind-body practices that reduce stress. Learn traditional poses, yoga games, and breathing exercises to calm the mind.
Move, Be Create is a summer camp (July 10-14 from 1-4pm) for children ages 6-10. Have a fun, creative, educational, and enriching experience doing yoga movement, mindfulness activities, relaxation, yoga games, and arts & crafts.
Zen for Men is a welcoming yoga class for men of all fitness levels designed to strengthen, stretch, and balance the entire body.
If you have ever taken Claire’s Candlelight Flow class, you have been treated to an experience that simply melts your stress away. Light some candles and play this playlist to guide your home practice after a long day.
Claire’s Candlelight Flow Playlist
Do you ever wish you could recreate the feeling of being in a yoga class when you are doing your home practice? In addition to incorporating some sequences you learned in class into your practice, you can also try a yoga playlist from some of your favorite teachers.
If you took Nicole’s class the week of Spring Break, you likely were transported to the Caribbean, North Africa, South America and even the Jersey Shore for a uniquely NiMaSte “staycation”. Travel the world with her playlist:
As instructors and students who roll out the mat quite regularly, we know what features we prefer to support our practices. However, considering the many styles of yoga and workout routines that involve mats, we wanted to see what other yoga professionals thought, including those that have been at it practically since the time mats debuted (despite the practice of yoga dating back over 5,000 years, the yoga mat hasn’t been around all that long).
In the end, the top choices were pretty easy to spot. There is no perfect yoga mat, and no single mat fits everyone. If you’re looking for the best yoga mat that will support your asanas and be your new place to call OM for a lifetime, the Manduka PROlite is the way to go. It gets many instructor’s top pick because its durability and versatility are unmatched. However, if you’re always taking hot yoga classes and you want to stick to your mat with no towel needed, Lululemon The Mat is likely your best option. With over 50 hours of research on dozens of yoga mats, the process reconfirmed that choosing a yoga mat is akin to choosing your wine — some get better with age, and it all comes down to personal taste. To help find the best yoga mat for you, we’ve also recommended top picks for specific needs.
The 9 Overall Best Yoga Mats
The Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat
Jade Harmony Professional Mat: The Jade Harmony Professional is a favorite among yoga professionals everywhere because of its great balance of traction and support. It's made from all-natural rubber, making it environmentally friendly. As a bonus, JadeYoga also plants a tree for every mat that's purchased.
The Best Budget-Friendly Yoga Mat
Gaiam Print Premium: It's important to invest in a reliable mat, but if you are unsure of making that investment just yet, try the Gaiam Print Premium. It retails for under $30 and is backed with a lifetime warranty. It comes in an array of fun colors and prints, too.
The Best Non-Slip, Sticky Yoga Mat
Lululemon – The Mat: “The Mat" has an innovative moisture absorbing design for unparalleled grip under sweaty conditions. In fact, the sweatier you get (and in turn, the more moisture there is on the mat), the more the mat grips. Top yoga professionals say they will never use another mat other than “The Mat."
Partnership in yoga is communion. We learn about how to be there for another person, how to support and offer oneself as grounding, strength, and stability. We are here to offer support so our partner can experience a deeper range of movement than one can gain on their own. We are also here in partnership to learn how to receive. We learn to surrender to the other, to give and bend, to let someone else take our full weight. Trust is the guiding factor in partner yoga. If you do not trust your partner to support you, you cannot possibly let go. If you cannot let go, you will not experience the absolute joy and freedom of feeling supported.
“Partner Yoga” is typically done with both partners on the ground, or having at least one body part on the ground. Your main purpose is to let your partner find that deeper dimension of stretching as you assist them. This is a good place to start before you advance to “Acro Yoga”.
There are three primary roles in an Acro Yoga practice: base, flyer, and spotter.
Some guidelines for “Partner/Acro yoga”:
In a Restorative Yoga class, we deeply explore the interdependence between mind and body. That connection is there in all other yoga classes, but the emphasis is often on movement, not stillness. Restorative yoga embraces the power of passiveness. Tune out everything else so you can tune into your body, your breath.
Prop usage comes down to 3 basic elements: structure, space, and shape. First, the student’s body should be fully supported by props. Like a firm foundation for a house, the props should anchor the body so its full weight is supported. Often times, we can use 10 -11 props for one person! Second, fill any spaces with props so the student is fully connected to the earth. Look for gaps under the legs, or use props to elevate the dangling arms. Third, notice if the student’s body is exhibiting soft lines, or whether they look tense or uncomfortable. By experimenting with different props, you will find the right combination when the student lets out that familiar “AHHHHH” sound.
Props in a Restorative Yoga class can be many different things: mat, blanket, bolster, block, strap, wall, chair, eye pillow, towel, sandbag, or another person. It is an integral part of a Restorative class to allow a teacher to help the student get into a comfortable position. It may be to help place props for the student, it may be a gentle touch on the shoulder to help remind the student to relax, or it may be to temporarily provide needed support to someone’s back while in a side-lying position. Other aids for a restorative class can be soft music, low lights, essential oils, chants, poetic readings, or saying a few words about the chakras. With that being said, as a student you always have the right to refuse physical adjustments, just let the teacher know ahead of time.
If you are interested in learning more about Restorative Yoga, “Relax and Renew” by Judith Lasater is a great place to start. She was a student of B.K.S. Iyengar who was known for his use of yoga poses (asanas) and breath (pratyahara) to inhibit the stress-response, thus activating the healing and repairing systems of the body for optimal health. Lasater experienced firsthand the healing that comes with practicing these soothing and quieting poses, and now passes on her knowledge to others worldwide. Another option is to try Nimaste’s Yin/Restorative class on Sunday nights at 7:00pm. Hope to see you there!
The Namaste From NiMaSte Blog is written by the Nimaste Yoga staff.