Keeping It Real On The Mat: The Gold Coin or Token Theory

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Senior Yoga, Yoga for Men

I’ve lived my life based on the notion of keeping things “real”.  In other words, working with what I’ve got from where I’m at. Little did I know that that kind of thinking is actually Yogic in nature: never knew I was a philosophy kinda guy. I also have this tendency to tell it like it is, call a spade a spade: I think you get the picture.

Since I began my Yoga practice I’ve noted a few things here and there out in the Yoga world; specifically, things that come into play when I’m on my own mat in a self-practice or leading a class.

Without labeling things that give rise to the Ego, here’s a topic that really hit home in a class recently and I figured I’d share it here.

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What Are You Doing to Deepen Your Yoga Practice?

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Yoga for MenSometimes we yogis miss very clear opportunities during our daily lives to take our practice off of the mat and place it firmly and prominently into our every day existence. It can be all too easy to become comfortable with how we view our practice and the world around us. Yoga provides a wonderful toolbox for us to use to continually hone the physical asana aspects of our practice, but even more importantly, the mental (mind) and spiritual aspects as well.

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Simple Restorative Yoga Wall/Floor Series

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Restorative Yoga, Yoga for MenRestorative 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.

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5 Ways to Engage More Fully With Happiness

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Yoga for MenHappiness is not some “magical” place at which we arrive, and lasting Happiness can be difficult to obtain…without hard work that is.

That’s not what you wanted to hear is it? The truth is, happiness is a discipline, a practice and a persistence in challenging yourself and your belief systems. Happiness depends upon remaining open to different viewpoints and taking what suits you while leaving the rest behind.

Happiness is a state of mind, not brought about by external material objects or internal desires, but by cultivating an ability to tap into the abundant joy that fills the space between the spaces on a daily ongoing basis.

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75 Minute Power Yoga Flow with Mark Gonzales – Onese1f

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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.

Yoga for Men Video: Shoulders, Hips, and Hamstrings

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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.

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Community Submitted Yoga Photo Gallery of Men 45 and Up

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Tim Glover, 51At 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.

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9 Amazing Yoga Floating Videos to Inspire You

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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.

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Simple Meditation for Balancing the Chakras

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Chakra Meditation, Yoga for MenMeditation is one of the best things we can do for our body, mind, and spirit. Especially when it comes to achieving balance in one or all of the chakra centers, the art of meditating and visualizing is our greatest ally and tool. There are many methods for balancing and opening the energy centers. This meditation is aimed at moving through the chakras one at a time, allowing you the freedom to spend as much time as you want in any specific area. This gives you the power to customize your experience based on what you need in any given moment. We recommend moving through all the chakras the first few times. This will help you assess which ones need the most time and focus.

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