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Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal October 2016

Yoga Journal offers all practitioners—from beginners to masters—expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat.

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get more yj

September 21-25 Join the self-care revolution Study restorative yoga and healing techniques with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee during a three-day training at our YJ LIVE! Estes Park event in Colorado. Their Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program helps yoga teachers and students become fluent in self-care practices that are gaining traction as treatment for pain reduction and in hospital settings. Learn more at yjevents.com. 27 Learn and live yoga philosophy The Yoga Sutra is a critical resource for any yogi. Learn from the best as Yoga Journal co-founder Judith Hanson Lasater and her daughter, Lizzie Lasater, take you through the sutra in their new online course. (yogajournal.com/sutra) November 10-14 Retreat yourself Transform your practice (and life!) in Hollywood, Florida, during the four-day YJ LIVE! escape at the Diplomat Resort & Spa. Start your self-styled spiritual journey…

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finding new focus

Last year, I took my first class with cover model Elena Brower. As she walked by my mat, we exchanged one of those “Hey, don’t I know you?” looks, despite never having met before. After her inspiring class, we connected, and I knew I wanted her to teach in YJ ASAP. This month, she shares a rich meditation practice on page 60. But first, learn a little about Elena: CARIN GORRELL How have your yoga and meditation practices evolved? ELENA BROWER My motivation has shifted. When I started, I practiced yoga to get strong, supple, lean. Now I practice both yoga and meditation to let go, focus, and come home. CG What do you think people misunderstand most about meditation? EB Folks are often under the impression that meditation should be a real struggle,…

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stay-young secret

It’s easy to see how yoga keeps your body limber and strong, and now research shows that the practice goes a long way toward helping your brain stay in top shape, too. A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reveals that a regular routine of yoga and meditation can help you keep your smarts while remaining happy and mindful. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles asked a group of older adults with mild cognitive impairment to practice Kundalini Yoga weekly and meditate every day for 12 weeks, while another group was asked to do a series of proven memory-enhancing brain-training exercises over the same time span. While before-and-after brain scans showed improvements in memory and brain connectivity in every test subject, the ones who practiced…

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take peace with you

Dealing with the stress of traveling and staying in unfamiliar spaces can be tough on your body—and a good reason to stick to your yoga and meditation practice. Fortunately, hotels across the country are ready to help you do just that. Westin Hotels now provide guests with a month’s worth of video yoga classes via the FitStar smartphone app by Fitbit, including hundreds of sequences created by Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles. And, along with stocking rooms with mats and offering a dedicated yoga TV channel, Kimpton Hotels recently partnered with New York City’s Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-Being to offer guided meditation, live meditative music, and even nutrition coaching to groups meeting or staying at three of their NYC hotels. Here’s hoping on-the-go yoga programs like these become…

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stuff we love

Seane Corn’s The Yoga of Awakening: Mystic Flow DVD Corn’s third volume in her Yoga of Awakening series reveals how yoga can become intimate, embodied prayer ($20, soundstrue.com). Nomadix Roswell Yellow Towel Props to Nomadix for making this soft, lightweight towel from 100 percent recycled materials. It’s great for yoga, camping, and more ($55, nomadix.co). Farmer’s Porch Heirloom Pumpkin Seeds We couldn’t get enough of these tasty seeds, with robust flavors like ghost pepper and turmeric lime ($12, thefarmersporch.com). Banyan Botanicals Daily Routine Kit Kick-start well-being with this Ayurvedic kit. You’ll get a nasal lubricant, massage oil, daily swish, tongue scraper, and herbal supplement ($44, banyanbotanicals.com). Sat Nam Necklace Keep your real identity close with this elegant necklace: Sat nam, a seed mantra used in Kundalini Yoga, translates as “Truth is my name” ($35, etsy.com/shop/gempassionjewelry).…

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tune in to your breath to find inner peace

YOUR BREATH IS ONE of your most powerful healing resources. For instance, deep, slow, and rhythmic whole-body breathing can reduce anxiety, fear, pain, and depression; activate your immune system; increase your ability to concentrate; and release healing and “feel-good” hormones, such as serotonin and oxytocin. Deep breathing do es this by activating your parasympathetic nervous system and a rest-renew-heal response, ultimately helping you feel relaxed, in control of your experience, and connected with yourself and the world. The practice of “breathsensing,” a meditation technique that teaches you to observe, experience, and regulate your breathing patterns, offers a way to access the benefits of deep, rhythmic breathing any time you’d like. By mindfully following and observing your breath, you develop a relationship with it and start to think of it as a…