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Just Add Yoga!

Yoga Day is coming soon and I’m very much looking forward to releasing another new song this year. It’s incredible how popular yoga has become, but it’s no surprise. Once you feel the benefits of practicing yoga, whether it be asanas, breathing techniques, or meditation, you begin to feel something is missing if you skip a day of practice. It’s kind of like how you wouldn’t feel comfortable going to bed at night if you haven’t brushed your teeth.

Another wonderful thing about yoga is that it can be practiced almost anywhere, at almost any time. It is such a comprehensive practice, with many different branches aimed at bringing us various physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.

Some people may feel that yoga is not for them as they may not be flexible, are overweight, or are too old or too young. But there are various yoga practices for that can be adopted by anyone, at any age, with any body type. Even fifteen minutes a day of regular practice will allow you to begin feeling the results.

So no matter where you are, what type of body you have, or how limited you may feel, it is easy to sneak in a few minutes of yoga here and there. Whether it is five minutes of yoga meditation, a quick pranayama breathing session while at work, or an actual yoga asana routine for your afternoon exercise, you can always find ways to incorporate yoga into your life. And the more you start to incorporate it into your routine, the more you will find yourself looking forward to it! Three minutes will soon become fifteen. Fifteen minutes will easily become a half hour.

In addition, yoga teaches one to be patient and to accept one’s own limitations. It is a lifestyle that not only helps us cope with life’s many challenges, but gives us insights into the cause and solution to whatever problems we may be facing. So whether you are at work, at home, on vacation or wherever, whether it is morning, afternoon or evening, you can practice yoga and reap the benefits.

So I humbly encourage you, add a little bit of yoga to your life today!

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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Sleep Tight

We often hear people say “sleep well” or “sleep tight” before bed. When you care about someone it’s natural to wish them a good night’s sleep—you know they will feel better when they’re well-rested.

A good night’s sleep is key to feeling our best—relaxed, energized, cheerful, and it keeps our bodies strong and our immune systems in tune. It often means the difference between having a good day or bad day, feeling positive or feeling low, having a helpful conversation or a confusing one, a productive day or wasting time. In other words, good sleep is essential for quality of life.

It’s practical…we need rest

Not only do we not feel good when we don’t sleep well, but it’s hard to keep up. According to an assessment provided by the National College of Health in 2013, the second major damaging factor that students said affected their academic performance during the course of a year was difficulty in sleeping.  The runner up was stress which we all know can be closely connected to poor sleep.

 

 

We need support

It’s horrible to lie awake at night knowing that the next day you need to wake up early and take care of things. Those who have difficulty in sleeping often find themselves frustrated and the cycle perpetuates itself. With such a large percentage of people searching for support, it’s not surprising that Pew Research Center listed sleep disorders as one of the top 10 medical conditions that people “google”. Because of that need for relief from insomnia many people take sleeping pills.

 

But at what cost?

According to the center for Disease Control and Prevention over 9 million adults in America today use a prescription sleep aid and the numbers are increasing. As use of these drugs increases so does use-related emergency room visits.  A recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration observed that emergency room visits related to Zolpidem (an active ingredient in Ambien and other prescription sleeping aids) have dramatically increased. The study did not include instances of suicide or drug overdose which can also occur.

 

People want natural solutions

Considering the risky side effects, the emphasis on finding natural ways to improve sleep has grown and simply searching “natural sleep aids” brings up an assortment of people offering natural solutions and alternatives. One article that I read recently lists several alternative supplements and herbs that one can try to support restful sleep. The author urges his readers to “Stay away from synthetics and stimulants, and try the following natural sleep aids instead:

- Calcium
- Magnesium
- Essential oils
- Passion flower
- Valerian root
- St. John’s wort

 

You can also try the guided relaxation techniques on my Yoga Nidra product, which offer simple methods for reaching a deeply restful state. In addition, consider using a journal to track the results so you can better determine what works for you, and make sure you get a good night’s sleep every night. Your health depends on it!

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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Depression and Anxiety : A Yogic Cure

A friend of mine shared an article with me recently entitled “Mutiny of the Soul” from UPLIFT. It chronicles the difficulties people face with depression and anxiety, so very common in today's society.  The article says that while a diagnosis comes as a “relief”, in the sense that you know you aren’t imagining what you are experiencing, it presents a new problem: “How am I going to cure myself of this ailment”?

The article presents a very different way of looking at the cause of depression and anxiety.  It suggests that the problem is not our inability to be happy with the way things are in this world, rather the real problem might be our misunderstanding of where actual happiness can be found. So the question is: “Is the problem the world itself, or our own world view?

What rings true in this article is that when a person comes to a stage in their life when something deep inside them rebels against their accepted world view of happiness, that this is not a problem at all, but an opportunity for spiritual awakening—to reevaluate one's true identity and purpose in life. And in order to fix the problem, we need to know the root cause; its origin.

In the ancient yoga scripture, Srimad-Bhagavatam, we find the following quote:

Simply by cleansing the cage of the bird, one does not satisfy the bird. One must actually know the needs of the bird himself.”

We, as spiritual beings, are spiritual in essence, and therefore require spiritual food.

By regularly engaging in Yoga Sound Meditation, our true self is awakened and we gradually become more and more satisfied within. In such a state, the outside world, with its myriad of problems, will no longer cause us depression and anxiety.  

Everyone needs refuge from the stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, emptiness, and other aspects of life that can sometimes be overwhelming. Meditation relaxes the mind and body, increasing alertness and mental clarity, and brings us spiritual happiness. It is such a simple practice, yet with so many wonderful benefits.

Yoga sound mediation with breathing is one of my favorites. If you have a minute, grab a comfy cushion, or lie down on the floor and practice this ancient yoga sound meditation. It’s very easy and effective. Even if you don’t verbally participate, just listening to the yoga sound lifts a huge weight from your shoulders:

 

Many people have asked me for a compilation of meditation methods that I practice, so I put together 10 different methods of Yoga Sound Meditation in my Easy Meditation for Everyone Kit. Even just a few minutes of regular practice everyday can help you tremendously. If you are interested in applying meditation to your everyday life, this kit makes it very easy to follow and will help you in your quest to inner peace and happiness.Below is a 10 minute meditation video from the Easy Meditation Kit.

 

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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Bringing Balance into Parenting

With childhood obesity, diabetes and cardiac issues on the rise at alarming rates, it is important that we help our children learn to make good choices that will lead to their optimal long-term health and well-being. There are many simple steps families can take together to start making healthier choices.  Avoiding junk food, limiting time on mobile devices and screens of every size, and getting plenty of exercise are things we all can benefit from.

But rather than just telling our children what not to do, it’s better to take the time to educate and involve them in making positive choices. This will help them take responsibility for their own health and understand the consequences of bad habits.  

It all starts with be being a good example. Yoga lifestyle activities, like practicing asanas, meditating, developing proper eating habits, and getting sufficient sleep, can significantly help both parents and children alike. 

Embracing a yoga lifestyle can also give one the clarity and strength needed to be able to make good personal choices and thereby set a positive example for one’s entire family. If we experience the benefits of taking care of our own health, managing our own stress, and eating healthfully, we can help our children do the same.

Yoga asanas and a regular meditation practice can also help us to be able to control the mind and senses.  It gives us a positive and uplifting alternative for dealing with the onslaught of stresses, decisions, and input that we face in this modern day, allowing us to make healthy choices and be more grounded in dealing with the many challenges of parenting.

Wishing you and your family well,
Wai Lana

 

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Yoga for Kids

Did you know yoga is also wonderful for kids? If you have kids, grand kids, or any children in your life, you can give them a healthy start by introducing them to yoga. It has so many benefits for them. I’ve always liked to make yoga fun for kids and make them feel special; it’s yoga just for them. I have a few little yogi friends with me. Would you like to see some of my favorite poses?

KIDS:

Yeah, yes!

WAI LANA:

This pose feels so good! Do you know why I like it?

Kids:

Why?

WAI LANA:

Because it keeps my back flexible and it also stretches my stomach and my chest. And this pose stretches my legs. Do you do this one?

Kids:

Yes!

No!

WAI LANA:

Don't go too far down when you first learn it. And this pose stretches both my legs and my back. It's also a very good one to do if you want to calm down like before you take a nap or go to bed at night. Or if you've been playing and running around a lot outside you can come inside and do this pose before you eat lunch.

Wai Lana to Girl 1: Do you have a favorite pose?

Girl 1: Butterfly.

Wai Lana to Girl 1: Butterfly! Show us.

 

 

Wai Lana: Very nice! Why is this pose your favorite pose?

Girl 1: Because I like butterflies! They’re very pretty! I like pretending I’m flying around smelling colorful flowers.

Wai Lana to Boy 1: Thank you. What about you? What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Boy 1: I like Grasshopper! Can I show you?

Wai Lana: Sure, we’d love to see it.

Wai Lana: Whoa, you can lift your leg high! What do you like best about this pose?

 

 

Boy 1: It’s fun! And it makes my back feel stronger.

Wai Lana to Boy 1: That’s because Grasshopper does make your back stronger!

Wai Lana  to Camera: All the yoga poses help kids’ muscles get stronger. They also help kids develop good balance, coordination, and concentration.

Wai Lana: Who likes to balance on one leg?

Boy 2: Me!

Wai Lana: Oh, can you show us?

Boy 2: Ok. It’s the tree pose. I’m a little shaky.

Wai Lana to Boy 2: Don't worry, just do your best.

Wai Lana: Why do you like that pose?

Boy 2: I like to imagine there are birds in my branches.

Wai Lana: Practicing balancing is really helpful for children, especially for those who are hyperactive or have a hard time concentrating. Because they have to focus their attention to be able to balance, it helps to center their minds. Learning to concentrate like this can help kids focus on their studies.

Boy 3: I like Rocking Beetle the best.

Wai Lana: Rocking Beetle is one of my favorite poses too!  It massages your whole back.

Boy 3: Yeah, and it’s really fun to roll around. I can even turn when I do it.

Wai Lana: Oh really? Let’s see! Well done.

 

 

Girl 2: Wai Lana, can I tell you my favorite pose?

Wai Lana to Girl 2: Of course, what is it?

Girl 2: It’s Jelly Legs! It’s so funny shaking my legs when I’m upside down. It makes me laugh.

Wai Lana: Come on, then, show us how to do it.

Wai Lana: This is a perfect pose after a long day of running around.

Girl 3: My turn, can I show you mine?

Wai Lana: Sure!

Girl 3: It’s the Lion. When I have lots of homework I take a break and do the lion. It helps take the stress away.

Wai Lana: Have we left anybody out?

Girl 4: Me! My favorite sport is wushu and I really like doing Seabird. It stretches out my legs so I can kick faster and stronger.

Wai Lana: Show us!

Wai Lana: This is a good one, you’re stretching and balancing at the same time.

Wai Lana:  Can you all do this one?

Kids: Yeah!

WAI LANA:

I sincerely believe that by teaching our children yoga, we can set them on a path to good health, to a happier life, and to respecting others. The children are the future, and happier children will make a happier world.

Can I join you? You are doing very good. Now keep your back straight like this.

 

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We Need Real Rest

Stress Harms Our Health

Most of us know that being chronically stressed is not good for us. But we may not realize how much stress is harming our health. Stress is associated with many health problems and diseases—heart disease, high blood pressure, weakened immunity, and digestive disorders, to name just a few. And the effects of stress aren't limited to our physical well-being. Chronic stress has also been shown to cause clinical depression and other mental disorders.

It is estimated that a whopping 75-90% of all doctor visits in the United States are stress-related. An American Psychological Association survey says that about one-fourth of Americans rate their stress level as 8 on a 10-point scale. That's pretty high stress.

We all experience stress. It might be caused by a tense situation at work, or family problems. Coping with disease and financial problems are also common causes of stress. Part of the reason we become chronically stressed in the first place is that we don't take the time to really relax. Endless activity and multi-tasking is stressful and takes its toll. We need to take some time out for yoga. A regular yoga practice can help relieve and even prevent stress.

 

We Need to Rest

Yoga teaches that we are active by nature, so it's natural for us to be busy. But it's not natural to live at such a frenzied pace and under constant stress. We absolutely need downtime & real rest. When we do finally have time to relax, we should be selective and choose those activities that will benefit us the most.

Some activities in our daily life can be agitating and can alter our mood or stir our emotions, like watching the news, a movie, or having a debate with someone online. Other activities are calming and prevent or relieve stress. For example, you can turn your attention inward and do some calming yoga poses or yoga breathing exercises, yoga relaxation, or meditation. These are wonderful ways to ease stress, for both the body and mind. By taking the time to practice these valuable techniques, we can prevent stress from becoming chronic.  Yoga Exercises, Yoga Nidra, Relaxation, and Meditation are very tangible and effective ways to ease our stress and to help prevent stress-related disease.

 

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a powerful yoga technique that's easy to practice and effective in bringing deep relaxation and inner awareness. Yoga Nidra can also help you sleep better and wake up in the morning feeling rested and recharged.

So many of us these days don't take the time to truly rest. Yet deep relaxation helps prevent disease and is vital to our overall health. Yoga Nidra is a wonderful, ancient technique that will help you achieve a deeply restful state. It allows you to relax your entire body, one part at a time.

While Yoga Nidra is primarily a day-time relaxation technique, many people like to practice practice Yoga Nidra just before bed-time to help quiet the mind and make it easier to fall asleep. By falling asleep with a relaxed body and calm mind, you will sleep much more soundly, the quality of your sleep will improve, and you'll need less sleep. You'll also wake up in the morning feeling rejuvenated. It truly is a wonderful technique that also helps with insomnia, nervousness, and anxiety.

As you are gently guided through the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, you will discover on this soothing journey that deep-seated tension and stress melts away. Lying down or sitting in your favorite chair, you can close your eyes and leave your cares behind as I guide you step-by-step through the relaxation of your body and mind. As you become still, you will experience healing energy flowing freely throughout your body bringing you calmness, clarity, and deep physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.

Yoga Nidra - Become aware of each part of your body that is touching the floor, feeling very heavy. Heels, calves, hamstrings, become aware of your breathing. Breath in and out, breathing slowly and evenly.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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Yoga : The Perfect Ounce of Prevention

Yoga : The Ounce of Prevention

This body is like a vehicle that we are driving. We need to look after this very important vehicle to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. We’ve all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well, yoga is the perfect ounce of prevention. This is why I make a variety of yoga TV Shows for people at different levels—so that everyone, from kids to the elderly, can experience the benefits of yoga.

Norma is a good example of someone who has used yoga as her ounce of prevention. At 85 she is still teaching yoga asanas, helping many seniors get much-needed exercise and experience a better quality of life.

NORMA WOLF:

The benefits are shown by people remarking how youthful I look and “what’s your secret?” and I tell them “Do Wai Lana Yoga, she’s the best”. First of all, I studied under many teachers, and I myself am a yoga teacher. When I first came in contact with Wai Lana on TV something clicked. Her teaching just resonated with me, and so when you’re seeking a teacher, and when you find the right one, it’s almost like an “ah ha” moment. This is the person I want to study under, so I’ve been doing yoga with Wai Lana over the years and every session with her I feel so peaceful, my energy is so good, and I can face my day much better. For me Wai Lana is very inspiring. I feel very fortunate to be able to do her postures.

 

Yoga Improves Posture

Many viewers who suffer from a sedentary lifestyle have written to tell me that practicing yoga poses has helped their posture. Combine lack of exercise with hours slouching at a computer, driving a car, or lounging in front of the TV, and we're likely to have problems as our body ages. Chronic poor posture can lead to back and neck pain, pinched nerves, poor breathing, reduced circulation, sluggish digestion—even depression. But we can reduce or even prevent the problems caused by poor posture simply by cultivating good posture. Practicing yoga poses regularly helps us be aware of our posture. This awareness helps us make a conscious effort not to slouch, and to sit and stand in a way that supports the natural curves of the spine.

If you haven't exercised much over the years, you may have lost some of your strength and mobility. It's subtle and gradual, so we often don't notice—until all of a sudden we have difficulty doing something that was easy before. Well practicing yoga poses will help you regain strength and flexibility. These asanas are also great for improving your balance and keeping you mentally alert. So after practicing asanas regularly for a while, you may even be able to go back to the activities you love—activities you once thought you had to give up.

Wishing you well
Wai Lana

 

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The Yogic Approach to Education

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This phrase, spoken hundreds of years ago by Benjamin Franklin, is very insightful when considering how to educate our children.

I recently read an interesting article from the Washington Post which explained that the majority of modern educators use numbers and data in developing educational systems, rather than emphasizing a more hands-on experience.

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The yoga system teaches a holistic approach to one’s mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Thus a yogic system of learning encourages a child to adapt and learn at their own pace, utilizing their own strengths, and building on their weaknesses. It also directly involves the child in understanding the bigger scheme of things and the connection between the material and spiritual aspects of life. They come to see all facets of learning are simply parts of a whole machine.

For example, in school cafeterias children are provided meals, but how often do the children actually know what is in their meal, where the ingredients come from, or what the nutritional value and dietary effects the meal has on them?

The yogic teachings provide children with the understanding of where their meal is coming from, how it is grown, its impact on the environment and their health, and much more. This kind of holistic approach allows a child to consider all the aspects surrounding a particular subject and how all subjects are linked together, whether it is history and physical education, or lunchtime and mathematics.

Learning in this fashion is less compartmentalized and offers a more complete experience, allowing a child’s mind to develop in a well-rounded way.

I hope this article provides you with some food for thought, and encourages you to find ways to help your child have a more holistic learning experience.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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The Importance of Being Little

A change in the way society is educating its children has highlighted a problem caused by transitioning children into academics too early in life. Erika Christakis has written an interesting book on this subject called “The Importance of Being Little.”

The author makes the point that very young children need to be doing more playing than anything else. More and more, it seems that kindergarten is “the new first grade”, and pre-school is the new kindergarten. What this means is that our kids’ childhoods are shrinking, depriving them of the important early developmental years.

 

                                        

                                            Photo Courtesy: Erikachristakis.Com

 

There are so many ways that kids can learn through playing - it is a great way for them to develop social skills and problem solving, language skills, and it gets them thinking creatively. Christakis said, “When you look at how kids learn, they learn when something is meaningful to them, when they have a chance to learn through relationships — and that, of course, happens through play.”

When playtime is lessened, this opportunity for kids to learn in a meaningful way is also lessened. In this digital age where kids are already turning to computers and phones earlier in life, this can present problems. You can checkout 4 tips to help & inspire your children to learn here.

My Little Yogis range of products has yoga DVDs, activity books, playing cards, music CDs, and many other products designed to help kids learn while having fun. 

Teaching children from a young age about the importance of yoga and meditation is also something that I believe is conducive to a successful future. Getting kids to unwind at the end of the day or for an afternoon nap can be made easier with my Daydream DVD or CD. They contain beautiful songs and fun animation.

I also have a Little Yogis DVD with yoga workouts designed just for kids. My kids and grandkids have all done yoga starting from a young age, and it has been a great foundation not only for physical fitness but to assist them with the range of problems that young adults can face these days, like anxiety and depression.

Allowing our kids to just be kids and learn in ways that are meaningful to them - such as through playtime - I think has benefits that far outweigh any perceived downsides.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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Yoga Increases Quality of Life and Brings People Together

In the world today, it is all too easy to feel isolated from one another. In modern culture, social gatherings and face-to-face conversations have been replaced with social media and texting, and people are feeling increasingly disconnected from their families, friends, and neighbors.

I recently read this article which discussed how strong, broad-based social support (the kind you tend to develop via in-person interactions) increases your odds of living longer by 91 percent. It also described that close connections have a proven impact on survival or quality of life for people facing health issues like cancer, stroke, dementia, depression, and diabetes.

There is no doubt yoga can bring people closer together. Sharing a yoga class can make strangers into friends as we work our way through a rejuvenating series of asanas together. And to join in a heartwarming Group Meditation (Kirtan) brings a sense of kinship like no other!

Photo: Group Meditation (Kirtan)

By following the path of yoga, we can cultivate genuine care and compassion for others, and thus experience a true sense of community. And as we grow spiritually, we will find that our feelings of inner peace and spiritual happiness will naturally increase.

In this way, being satisfied from within, we automatically have more harmony in our relationships with others. We will no longer feel like it is our spouse’s responsible for bringing us happiness. We will no longer feel like it’s up to our friends to fill our emptiness inside. And we will no longer feel like our children must provide us with boundless joy. We are free to love and cherish family and friends exactly as they are.

So let us put down our cell phones a little more often and make more time to be with the people we love. Let us get together with our family and engage in a morning session of yoga asanas before we start our busy day. Let us gather with friends for a relaxing evening of Group Meditation (Kirtan). Your relationships will blossom, and both your body and spirit will thrive.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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