10 Surprising Benefits of Yoga

10 benefits of yoga

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One of the things people ask me about constantly is the health benefits of yoga. People want to know if yoga will help them live longer, lose weight, or even grow a few inches taller. Sure, yoga can help your health in amazing ways (that goes without saying – and the studies don’t lie!), but I also love telling people about all the ways yoga can improve everything from their careers to theirs love lives. Embracing yoga is all about maximizing the mind/body connection and letting your movements transform your life. I’ve put together a list of 10 of the most surprising ways yoga can improve all areas of your life. Keep this list around for the next time you need some encouragement for waking up early or carving out a few extra minutes from your day to treat your body and soul to a yoga session.

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Got Your Period…Take a Break from Yoga

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Got Your Period…Take a Break from Yoga
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger, Julie Bernier
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Every yoga teacher has their own yoga-during-menstruation theory. We’re definitely not all in agreement. Some teachers say no problem! While some say avoid inversions. Taking the wisdom of ayurveda into account, I say take rest. Here’s why.

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BaliniSports joins Summerlin Weekend Market

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BaliniSports joins Summerlin Weekend Market

Don’t you just love outdoor markets? There is something about them that really makes me feel in tune with nature and connected to the vendors who are selling their merchandise. In my travels, I’ve had so much fun hunting for treasures at sprawling outdoor marketplaces in Asia and Europe. I smile when I think about filling my arms with fresh papayas and jackfruit in Cambodia or picking out some handmade baskets to bring home at a colorful market in Vietnam. There is something satisfying about exploring stalls to find great food and clothing like our ancestors did for centuries before indoor malls and mega stores were invented. My favorite part of visiting outdoor marketplaces in various countries and cities is interacting with the vendors who are so proudly putting their goods on display. It’s amazing how every seller seems to have a story – and the passion that they have for their merchandise is so refreshing in a world of huge, faceless companies.

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Finding Gratitude in Your Daily Routine

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Adorn Your World: Finding Gratitude in Your Daily Routine
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger, Kimi Marin
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The goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity who bestows abundance.  She does not care what you look like, your socioeconomic status, or your age. She appears to those people who cultivate gratitude. Her gift of prosperity is available for anyone willing to acknowledge the beauty around them.

In this world it is easy to forget the beauty surrounding us every day. We can easily get distracted by the bustle of trying to succeed, get depressed by world events, or feel inadequate by the images of unattainable perfection constantly displayed on television, social media, and billboards. Yet, real beauty lives around us constantly. Blooming trees, the smile of a stranger, and the taste of fresh garden vegetables are ways beauty touches our lives daily.

To cultivate gratitude in your daily life is akin to cultivating inner and outer beauty. Here are five ways to notice beauty, abundance, and richness in your own life.

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Tips on How to be a Master Traveler

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Tips on How to be a Master Traveler

Summertime is just around the corner – and if you’re like me, the season means lots of long weekends and fabulous trips with friends or your special someone. Everybody I travel with is constantly amazed when they see how lightly I travel. Others are lugging their heavy suitcases down flights of stairs while I glide through the airport or hotel lobby with a petite luggage set trailing behind me. My travel companions are also usually blown away by how rested and relaxed I look regardless of how much jet lag we’re all suffering from. I have earned the reputation of being a master traveler among my friends. Trust me – I wasn’t born being good at traveling. But I’ve been around the world and back over the past few years, and when it comes to mastering the art of traveling healthy, I have a suitcase full of ideas to share with you. Age and a commitment to health have both taught me that taking care of myself while traveling is a HUGE part of keeping myself healthy and avoiding getting run down. Do you have a trip on the horizon (or know of a friend who does?) Here are my super smart tips for taking care of yourself while traveling.

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How to Survive Your First Yoga Class

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How to Survive Your First Yoga Class
By BaliniSports Guest- Blogger, Julie Bernier
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Yoga classes are not supposed to be intimidating.

In fact, yoga is an entirely non-judgmental, non-competitive, and peace-promoting endeavor. But as with anything new and unfamiliar, unnecessary fears can pop up: being the worst student in class, not looking good in yoga pants, and other concerns that actually hold no place in yoga.

If this is you, read on! Knowing what to expect from your first class will help ease your anxiety so that you too can learn the beautiful practice of yoga.

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Red Carpet Event in NYC with Talia Sutra

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Gemini Collection Launch in New York City with Talia Sutra

This week’s newsletter is a special wrap-up edition following our successful Red Carpet event. I am riding a wave of gratitude and happiness this week after visiting New York City to host the BaliniSports red carpet Earth Day launch party for our new Gemini Collection. I am SO grateful to all of the fashion editors who attended our event and yoga workshop at the legendary Mercedes Club. One of the highlights of the evening was having the talented and inspiring Talia Sutra lead our yoga workshop. I want to share with you some of the things I learned from her.

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How to Feel Beautiful Every Day

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How to Feel Beautiful Every Day
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger, Katie Ashley
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I recently posted a vintage pinup style photo of myself on my blog. The photo is not risque, I am wearing a vintage one piece swimsuit and my hair and makeup are done old school style. The pose is more playful than provocative.

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5 Tips for Choosing A Yoga Retreat

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5 Tips for Choosing A Yoga Retreat

One of the things I really encourage everybody to do is sign up for a yoga retreat at some point in their life. Not only will a retreat help you strengthen your poses under the guidance of a devoted professional, but you’ll also gain a new perspective on life and tackle your ego. I have had the privilege of attending yoga retreats around the world and working with some of the most dedicated, trusted, and innovative experts alive.

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Gemini Collection Launches on Earth Day

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Gemini Collection Launches on Earth Day

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. As the Earth is waking up from its long slumber and plants and flowers are blooming back to life, I am also living through a season filled with newness and excitement. This spring is unlike any other period of my life, and I want to share some of my big news with you.

BaliniSports is about to launch the much-anticipated Gemini Collection on Earth Day, April 22nd. This collection is perhaps the most ambitious project I have ever taken on. As you know, I set out to create a clothing line that doesn’t harm the environment or exploit people when I created BaliniSports. I have always gone the extra mile to make sure we use eco-friendly dyes, materials, and production methods. I work tirelessly to design and make clothes that are good for the Earth, good for people and look amazing. My decision to move production to the United States with the creation of the Gemini Collection has helped me take this commitment one step deeper.

As I write to you now, we’ve completed the sewing and inspection phase and we are ready to move on to the last stages of packaging and organizing warehouse space. This means that we are only a few weeks away from getting extraordinary new designs into the hands of our eagerly waiting customers. I am so thrilled by all of the positive feedback I’ve gotten so far from people who have gotten sneak peeks at the collection. I am especially proud of the brand new bra attachments we’re introducing. What I am most proud of, however, is the fact that the Gemini Collection if full of good energy.

My products are all embossed with a charm that is intended to be a blessing and bring peace and good luck to our customers. The logo is very personal to me because it was my own intimate interpretation of a mantra given to me by a meditation guru. I was honored when he blessed the logo when he visited the United States a few years ago. My designers and I played around until we were able to integrate an ancient lucky charm into the logo that is intended to connect our customers with higher vibrations of energy.

I wanted to take this idea of positive energy and really integrate it into the creation of the Gemini Collection. I had the idea to gather a few of my friends at the facility where my new line was being produced and take some time for mediation. In unity, we chanted a mantra using a vibration that was meant to block unwanted thoughts, lift our energies, and bring us in harmony with the universe. Of course, the fact that the workers were busy wrapping pieces from the new Gemini Collection in biodegradable bags made me feel confident that I had just created a product line that truly is in harmony with the Earth. We all mediated that day with one pure and simple intention: that everyone who wears pieces from the Gemini Collection will feel peaceful, calm, and loved.

I wish to wrap you all in positive energy and vibrations this spring, and I hope you will celebrate the launch of the Gemini Collection with me.

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An Omstastic Teacher Will Teach You To Realize That You Are Already Awesome

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An Omstastic Teacher Will Teach You To Realize That You Are Already Awesome
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger, Rhyanna Watson
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For me personally, teaching is a gift that can’t be earned or certified. Although I feel it is absolutely necessary to go through the proper channels to teach, I believe it is a gift you are born with. For me, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Giving back to others is more meaningful to me than anything I would achieve in my own yoga practice. I have noticed lately this idea that becoming a yoga teacher has to do with how amazing your asana practice is. I have literally overheard people say “you should become a yoga teacher” after the person did an amazing backbend. But there is more to an Amazing or as I like to say Omtastic Yoga Teacher.

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Learning Self-Compassion

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Learning Self-Compassion

How many of you out there are dog lovers? I’m a recent convert to the canine crowd. I always simply tolerated my friends’ dogs – and held my breath whenever the furry little things tried to kiss me with their stinky breath. However, adding an Italian greyhound named Eden totally transformed my life – and my heart. Who could have guessed when I pet his cute little head for the first time that the universe was about to give me a MAJOR lesson in compassion? What is amazing about Eden is that in addition to teaching me how to love him, he is always showing me how to be more tender and compassionate with myself.

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If you’re hungry, you eat. If you’re thirsty, you drink. If you’re not flexible, DO YOGA!

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If you’re hungry, you eat
If you’re thirsty, you drink.
If you’re not flexible, DO YOGA!
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger Liza Janda E-RYT 200, PRYT, AAHCC
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1. Get supple, pliable and flexible only by practicing yoga.

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I like that cartoon in which Batman is slapping Robin. I don’t always feel like slapping people when they say they can’t do yoga because they aren’t flexible but how do you think you’re going to get flexible? Some people will never touch their toes in a yoga class. But practicing yoga isn’t a competition with your mat neighbors. It’s a time devoted to yourself. Your life can be complete, even if you never touch your toes in yoga class.

image22. What style of yoga is right for you?There are so many types of yoga classes. The class style you choose should depend on your fitness level. If you’re a runner, swimmer, gym-rat type of person, ashtanga yoga might be for you. Ashtanga is great if you like to practice the same poses and you like to know what to expect. You’ll have a chance to refine the same poses, or go a bit deeper since you’ll be familiar with them. Power Yoga is also great for athletes. Bikram is hot yoga where they repeat the same poses in every class.

3. Variety is the spice of my yoga life.
If you find variety and change challenging and fun, finding a Hatha Vinyasa class may be better for you. A lot of Vinyasa (marriage of breath and movement) classes are taught similar to the flow of a dance. Things may change and you learn new combinations of poses all the time. This would be good for someone who is active and physically fit.

4. You’re brand new to yoga? Beginner or Gentle yoga is for you.
Let’s say that you are brand new to yoga and maybe the most challenging physical exercise you get is walking the dog. Start with a beginner class. Ideally, find a studio through www.yogafinder.com or some online classes from www.yogadownload.com. Find an instructor who is experienced and has a 200 Hour Teacher Training Certificate from Yoga Alliance. But also make sure she/he has many hours of teaching experience.

5. Is Hot Yoga for you?
Hot yoga is great for some. I personally dislike it intensely! I think it’s great for younger people who may not be so affected by the heat. Since I’m in my 50’s I have my own personal summer several times a day. I don’t need any help in that department! If you’re pregnant, stay far away from hot yoga. It can cause neural tube defects in a developing fetus by overheating the mother’s body. It’s great for detoxing but drink water before and after class, not during class for best detox effects.

6. Is proper alignment and injury prevention important?
My main complaint about hot yoga and the “yoga studio chains”(in San Diego county) is that the students are not taught proper alignment. In the long run, this will cause so many injuries. It seems as though their clientele just goes to move and sweat. They are not aware of, nor are they taught, the importance of executing poses correctly and preventing injury. Or maybe they just hire teachers without much experience. If you can find a good studio that emphasizes proper alignment, then go for it.

7. Just get there. The rest is easy.
Making it onto your mat is 50% of the battle. Find a studio or gym that is close to your work or your home. If it’s not easy to get there, you won’t do it. Or don’t bother with a yoga DVD. You’ll get bored pretty fast. There are dozens of yoga classes online and you can do a different one everyday if you prefer. Go to www.yogadownload.com

8. Invest in the right equipment.
Invest in a good yoga mat. Don’t buy one of those cheap $15-$20 mats from Target, Ross, or Wal-Mart. www.yogadirect.com is a good source. Get a mat that is at least ¼” thick and has a non-slip surface, known as a “sticky mat”. If you’re doing hot yoga, make sure you have a yoga towel or you’ll sweat and slip all over your mat. If you’re not very flexible yet, invest in a couple of foam blocks and a strap to make poses more accessible. Set yourself up for success and you’ll feel the physical and emotional well being that yoga gives you.

9. Practice at least two hours after meal-time.
Eat 2 hours before class and drink plenty of water before and after your class to stay hydrated. If you eat too close to your yoga practice, you may not only feel crummy but you may have some issues with your personal wind vapors.

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10. What are the right clothes to wear?
Remember it’s not a fashion show, hopefully. You want to wear clothes that you normally exercise in that are stretchy, and have good coverage. You don’t need shoes and most studios will ask you to remove your shoes before you enter the sacred space of the studio. Now go ahead! Give it a try. You’re going to love it.

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Liza Janda has been teaching and practicing Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga and Prenatal Yoga for over 14 years. Liza’s passion for prenatal yoga was inspired by her own pregnancies and natural birth experiences. Liza taught fitness for 24 years, and worked at some of the world’s leading spas: The Golden Door, Cal-a-Vie, and Rancho La Puerta. 20 years teaching The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth has helped fuel her passion for helping mothers stay healthy and low risk in pregnancy and prepare for positive birth experiences.

Liza was certified as a childbirth educator and childbirth assistant (doula) through the Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth in 1995; and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and an Experienced Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance in 2002.

Find articles by Liza at her blog: http://www.yogajanda.com/resources/blog/ and on Ezine Articles: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Liza_D_Janda

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Ada Hung’s Story of Surrender

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Ada Hung’s Story of Surrender

As I collect my thoughts for this newsletter, I am sitting on a balcony that looks down over fragrant patches of Vietnamese peach flowers that are soothing my soul with their fragrance. The trip I’m on has taken me across the world to Cambodia and Vietnam. The journey my heart has taken since my trip began has covered a much farther distance. At the moment, I am steeped in serenity. My trip began just a few days ago on a note of chaos and confusion.

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The Fueling Fire Within

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The Fueling Fire Within
By Kimi Marin, BaliniSports Guest Blogger
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As humans, we have wishes, we create goals, we dream of desired outcomes, and from these dreams we brew the energy needed to transition our dreams into reality. Yet, as humans, in one way or form, we also experience mesmerizing enchantments that tempt us away from our path. In a Hindu myth involving Vasistha and Vishvamitra these two sages fall from their path. Like us, they get seduced by emotion and thoughts.

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Spring Detox Program by Karla Tafra

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Spring Detox Program by BaliniSports Ambassador Karla Tafra

3-day Juice Cleanse

Day 1

Breakfast: Water with lemon/lime, ginger and a dash of chili

Brunch: Strawberry, lime, celery, cucumber

Lunch: Kale, carrot, apple, lemon, spinach

Dinner (around 7pm the latest): Banana, almond milk, cinnamon, blueberries (or any berries)

Day 2

Breakfast: Water with lemon/lime, ginger and a dash of chili

Brunch: Grapefruit, kiwi, apple

Lunch: Cucumber, strawberry, beet, apple

Dinner (around 7pm the latest): Banana, almond milk, cinnamon, blueberries (or any berries)

Day 3

Breakfast: Water with lemon/lime, ginger and a dash of chili

Brunch: Strawberry, lime, celery, cucumber or Grapefruit, kiwi, apple

Lunch: Pineapple, ginger, mint, cucumber

Dinner (around 7pm the latest): Banana, almond milk, cinnamon, blueberries (or any berries)

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Blueberry Bliss Smoothie Recipe

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BaliniSports Ambassador Kaylan Fischer aka @yoga_ky shares her Blueberry Bliss Smoothie Recipe

Here’s all you need:

1 ½ cup of Blueberries

1 Banana

½ cup of Almond milk

2 tablespoon of almond

Stevia to taste

Combine all the ingredients together and #blendtobliss

 

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Who Inspires BaliniSports

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Who Inspires BaliniSports

When was the last time you took a minute to celebrate the women who make your life so much richer and fuller? I wonder if our friends, mothers, sisters, and coworkers know how much they inspire us. This week, I want to use this space to talk about some women who inspire me to be stronger and love harder.

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The Truth About Fabrics

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The Truth About Fabrics

I recently had a spirited discussion with a blogger about fabrics. I was telling her how many obstacles I had to conquer in order to offer bluesign fabric. She was only interested in clothes made with natural fibers like cotton, bamboo and recycle plastic. It dawned on me when I walked away from that (polite, yet divided) conversation that most consumers tend to know what advertisers and marketers want us to know and not the “true facts” about fabric.

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