A visual study/exploration of the body in motion with a focus on yoga poses.
Our goal for this piece was to create a realistic representation of radiological (x-ray) imaging.
Instead of just creating a still image, however, we wanted to combine the beautiful moves of yoga with this new visual approach to bring the full human skeleton to life.
Technical challenges included aspects such as achieving proper bone densities and representing actual bone marrow inside each individual bone.
via Hybrid Medical
Restorative Yoga is something that I’ve become a huge fan of over the last year. I find that it’s a terrific complement to the more powerful vinyasa practices that I do. Often in fact, I take breaks from doing any vinyasa flows and just stick with Restorative for a week or two depending on how I’m feeling and what else I have going on in my life.
Looking for a strong 75 minute practice video? Mark Gonzales takes you through the paces to get you focused, strong and controlled. This is a challenging sequence that will strengthen you from the inside out and will test beginners and more experienced yogis alike. But if you are a beginner, Mark shows you the modifications and variations you’ll need to customize the practice to your needs.
Charlie Samos guides us through a fast take on the shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Moving between yoga poses that open the shoulders and ones that open the hips, hamstrings, and the whole leg in general, this short sequence is great for guys who are experiencing tension in the shoulders, neck, or hips and hamstrings.
Athletes and runners in particular may benefit from this sequence, and as always, take your time, move slowly and remember to breathe.
At Yoga for Men, we believe that YOGA is for everyBODY. Big, small, short, tall and all colors in between. One important thing that yoga can teach a person is that the more time one spends practicing yoga, the more one begins to realize that we’re really all the same. We’re all just people going through our lives ultimately seeking happiness in one way or another despite how we identify ourselves (labels and attachments). So whatever stage in life you’re at, and no matter your skill level, the goal of union somehow is unchanging.
Something that I’ve been working on a lot in my own practice as of late is “floating”. Floating is done frequently in Ashtanga yoga but it’s also something that can be added to any yoga asana practice. Floating requires deep core strength, focus, and economical and efficient use of alignment. But even more importantly, proper and smooth floating demands that you get in touch with Mula bandha and Uddiyana bandha as learning to connect the bandhas together will add lightness and lift to your movement.
One of the most common questions we get at Yoga for Men is “How can I begin my home Yoga practice?” While there are many answers to this broad question, the solution varies greatly depending upon which stage of practice you are in, and what your prior physical history has been up until this point. While I’m not going to get too deep and throw a bunch of Sanskrit words at you…yet, I do ask that you give your Yoga practice an honest effort and keep an open mind to possibility.
Strength. Wisdom. Grace.
Each of these portraits embody all of these characteristics. Strength and flexibility for the posture combined with a gracefulness that comes from a quiet mind. Self awareness, patience, and inner wisdom are powerfully present with each photograph.
I am interested in focusing my series on male yogis simply because the current mainstream view of yoga is that it’s for women. The majority of magazines and advertisements for the yoga industry feature women in beautiful, elegant, and enviable poses. I want to show how elegant, graceful as well as masculine men can look while practicing yoga.
Here are thirteen different ways to make your way into handstand in your yoga practice. Handstand takes courage, practice, focus and determination. With a little practice, you can get there as well. The key then becomes, what are you learning from it that helps you off of the mat?
When dealing with hamstring injuries, it’s best to be proactive and avoid the desire to sit back and “let them heal”. We all deal with hamstring tightness, some more than others, but Yoga is wonderful in providing us the tools to create flexibility in the one of the tightest spots in our bodies. Hamstring muscles are also some of the biggest muscles in the body as well, making working with them a challenge.
“Avoid the temptation to rest a pulled hamstring,” says Nicole DeAvilla, an Ananda-certified RYT with a background in sports medicine. When muscle fibers tear and then begin to heal, they tend to bunch up and shorten if there’s no stretching, which makes recovery even harder. Don’t over do it, though-stretch only to the edge of the discomfort. And don’t forget about strengthening.