Make your asanas practice more comfortable and effective

Maharshi Patanjali, compiler of the Yoga Sutras, wrote in the verse 2.46: “Sthira Sukham Asanam” : A Yoga posture must be steady and comfortable.

But the reality is many times we are far from being comfortable on the mat. How can we improve that? A great part of the problem is that many Yoga postures involve a big dose of stretching, some of them quite intense. So, which are the rules we should follow when we are stretching our muscles?

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How Yoga and Instagram may spoil your back

...Or at least how it spoiled mine. Yes, I always thought this kind of injuries only happened to other people so I would have laughed at an article titled like this some months ago. Then the pain came. Of course, it must be muscular, right? Nothing difficult to fix. That's what I thought until I visited my best I-fix-everything physioterapist and ostheopat and the pain was still there.

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Jose Manuel Gonzalez
Namaste, Namaskar...Do we know the real meaning?

Having a look at the Yoga community, these two words recurrently appear almost everywhere. Our blogs, webpages, instagram accounts, facebooks, magazines... they are all full of Namastes and Namaskars. But do we know what is the meaning of these words? , and even more, the difference (if any) between them?

To find this out, what better than asking the true "owners" of the words, Indian people.

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The perfect game for your meetings

Sometimes we need an icebreaker or a simple game for a pause at a meeting. Sometimes we are just with a group of friends and do not know what to do to. Others we are wondering who should be the one paying the next lunch, or cleaning the dishes, to mention some examples.

Not long ago, in a salsa dancing gathering, I came across this game. I have to say I really loved it. It is fun and allows you to practice your mindfulness as it makes you physically and mentally engaged, so it is an example of Vihar, or "yogic recreation" (one of the four pillars of a balanced lifestyle).

Let me explain then, how to play this game, the game of "Hon don kia!"

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Both Yoga and Psychology study the mind but... what is the role of each discipline?

The Indian Counsellor and Yoga Teacher Ajay Kalra throws some light on this topic:

   In my journey in personal growth two schools of thought have contributed immensely. They are Yoga and Psychology. Both deal with examining the mind. While yoga talks about transcending the mind, psychology focuses on understanding the mind. I see them as father and mother. Let me explain.

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Just in case you have not seen these Yoga parodies yet

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” — Henry Ward Beecher

These two funny videos caught our attention because they parody some famous Yoga stereotypes we want to stay away from. Actually we kindly encourage you to scold us if you see TwentyFour Seven taking that direction. In the mean time, we hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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What I learnt of Yoga from my first day climbing

I have never been a good friend of heights. Ok, planes don't count. In a plane everything looks like a Google Maps picture, it almost doesn't feel real. You are comfortably seated, there is a double layer window...

My problem is when the height looks me in the eye,  when I can feel its breath on my face and the floor threatens me from tens of meters below... ok, maybe just few meters... but still...

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PVC Yoga Mats: Safe or Toxic?

Via ireadlabelsforyou.com

  Polyvinil Chloride (PVC), a common material in many yoga mats, is one of the most toxic plastics. This explains why in TwentyFour Seven Yoga Mats we don't use PVC in our mats and all are made of natural rubber + microfiber suede.

   PVC is toxic during every stage of its life cycle. It is toxic during its manufacture; it is toxic to the end consumers; and it is toxic during its disposal. As consumers, we are exposed to PVC, through inhalation and skin contact.

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How to train the monkey mind?

Yogic meditation (Dhyana) implies an uninterrupted flow of attention and focus during a long period of time, so you cannot "meditate in a minute" properly speaking. However, the strategy explained by the Buddhist master Mingyur Rinpoche in this video for The Huffington Post, can be really helpful to start taking control of your mind through a busy day.

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Relax with these Yoga techniques

Yoga is not just a set of physical poses or exercises. Yoga is an attitude towards life to have it with you 24 hours, the 7 days of the week.

Nowadays, being able to unwind and relax is one of the biggest challenges in our daily lives but there are simple Yogic techniques that can help us master the art of relaxation. We are looking forward to sharing them with you:

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