Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal

July - August 2021

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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United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
kr 85,92

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1 min
editor’s letter

WHEN IT COMES TO AYURVEDA, I’m a relative newbie. I still have a lot to learn about how to keep my tri-doshic constitution in good balance. But after working on this issue, I’m a lot closer to understanding the sister science of yoga and how it can help me to stay healthy and calm. Let’s face it: After the past year and a half, most of us are still feeling a bit off-kilter. Which is why we’ve packed this issue with Ayurvedic practices and tips designed to help you regain equilibrium. On page 32, Ayurveda expert Sahara Rose shares her best routines and rituals for combatting stress and getting a good night’s sleep. When you wake up refreshed, turn to page 53 for a stabilizing flow from yoga teacher Michelle Briks Prosper…

2 min
our contributors share invigorating morning rituals

DETOXIFY WITH OIL PULLING Practitioners of Ayurveda have long used oil pulling (called gundusha in Sanskrit) to whiten teeth, freshen breath, detoxify the body, alleviate migraines, and improve digestion. Studies have shown that swishing oil in your mouth reduces harmful bacteria that collects there, including Streptococcus mutans—the strain which contributes to plaque, cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath. TRY IT: • After brushing your teeth and scraping your tongue, put ½ to 1 tablespoon of sesame oil (for vata), coconut oil (for pitta), or grapeseed oil (for kapha) into your mouth and gently swish it around.• After 5-20 minutes, spit out the oil into a trashcan or your toilet. (Don’t spit oil into the sink because it will clog your drain over time.)• Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to gently kill any leftover…

2 min
find gifts in your heart to share with your community

Our monthly planetary invitations help you find alignment and embodiment in your daily life through perspective, reflections, and inquiry. July We enter July with an opposition—when planets are across from one another and their energies are at odds. Saturn, the authoritative planet, is in humanitarian Aquarius, while Mars, the planet related to primal action, is in fiery Leo. This opposition will fuel a drive to pursue your heart’s desires, while also calling for discipline and restraint. Strive to be present during this challenging period. Ask what action is being called forth from your heart. On July 9, the new moon in Cancer invites you to feel into your emotional body and nurture the part of yourself that desires to be soothed and feel secure. Tune in to this energy by practicing left-nostril breathing…

1 min
hit the road with day trip essentials

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2 min
3 ways to treat sunburn

AYURVEDA Both oil and water can help broiled skin and overheated bodies heal. Below, how—and when—to use them. Hydration: Severe sunburn can produce flu-like symptoms: fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. Ample hydration speeds recovery, just as it does when you're under the weather. Here’s how to get more H0,² depending on your dosha. Vata (air and ether dosha) needs more than just water to rehydrate. Aloe juice, honeydew melon, and cucumber are great options. Pitta (fire and water dosha) also needs to take extra steps to cool down. Try coconut water, celery, and watermelon. Kapha (earth and water dosha) types should opt for homemade low-sugar lemonade, romaine lettuce, and green apples. Oil Application (Abhyanga): Turmeric-infused brahmi oil, which is made from gotu kola (Centella asiatica) or brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) herbs, helps tone down inflammation and itchiness…

2 min
deepen your practice

MEDITATION 101 GROUND YOURSELF WITH PHYSICAL TOUCH Connecting with your physical body and sensations can help root you in the moment. During meditation, deeply inspect a sensation in your body that draws your attention, such as how hot or cool your hands feel, or the texture of a blanket or mala in your hands. In your asana practice, focus on the strength of your spine or the suppleness you feel in your body. Practice this with the same degree of detail as you would when monitoring your breath. You may find that observing a physical sensation can be more challenging than observing the breath because you’re switching from thinking to feeling. Practice to stay attuned to the subtle cues that your body is alerting you to. —Mara Carrico, author of Yoga Journal’s Yoga Basics…