Basic Yoga

Five Reasons Why Touch Is Good For Your Health

Contributed by:  Lola Rephann Touch is essential for well-being and emotional balance. In our society today, we’re often over-sexualized and under-touched. Fed a strange diet of messages that say we must be sexually attractive and provocative to merit touch, there is no model for non-sexual yet intimate healing contact. Even within our own families, we’re not guaranteed touch as many children

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Asana is Rebellion: Part One

By Amy Elizabeth Mareno, M.T.S., RYT-200 In the ancient language of Sanskrit, one of the essential translations of the word “Asana” is simply “sit in a comfortable posture”. More broadly as the practice of Hatha Yoga has evolved in the West, the term “Asana” has come to connote , “physical posture”, whatever shape it may take.  However, the practice of

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Finding the Right Mat for Your Practice

Reviews.com, a research team dedicated to finding the fact behind products and industries, recently did some in-depth research on yoga mats! Yoga mats are no longer in the one-type-fits-all-users category. Each yogi is unique, so this guide can help you find the mat that is the right fit for your practice. The following nine mats were selected from 30 of the best-rated

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What Meditation Isn’t

by Lola Rephann Meditation is a word that has been often mis-used in our modern Western society. It’s sometimes used to mean daydreaming, thinking intently about something, or contemplation, but meditation actually is none of these things. Meditation is a specific technique for resting the mind. Even “rest” in our society is often misconstrued. We think “rest” is sitting in

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YOGI TESTIMONIAL: ROGER HEITMANN

Yoga in the Heights has such a vast demographic community! That’s truly one of the unique things about our Wellness Center. In every yoga class, we’ve got all generations, all colors, all shapes and sizes. We are the community that breaks the myth that yoga in not for everyone! And we LOVE when a new yoga student transforms before our eyes! One of those

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30 Day Challenge Winner

Shaargul Naimanbetova completed the 30 day challenge with more classes than any other participant. We sent Mel to check in with her and find out her secrets! Mel Kozakiewicz: How long have you been doing yoga? Shaargul Naimanbetova: So when I started the challenge, that was actually my first time taking yoga classes. What? Wow! What prompted to you to

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Success: Completing the 30 Day Challenge

During the month of August, I (and dozens of other Jersey City yogis) participated in my first ever 30 Day Challenge at YitH. I completed 23 classes in 30 days. Ultimately, it was one of the most profound months of my life. Below are the words I wrote upon completion. Success looks like 20 yoga classes in 30 days.

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Day 7 of 30: Yoga in the Park

Day 7 was a community class, taking place under the trees during the Riverview Farmer’s Market. The boys were running around the playground with the neighborhood kids and my partner was foodtrucking breakfast. The weather was perfect for a daytime stretch and bend in the park. I could hear the wind in the trees and the birds overhead. Easily distracted,

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Restorative Yoga Poses for Better Sleep

by Bridget Fujioka One of the most common causes of insomnia, or trouble falling and staying asleep, can be anxiety and stress. Taking some measures before going to bed can aid in getting a good night’s rest. Be sure to eliminate caffeinated drinks by 3pm. Other factors that can stimulate the body before sleep are cigarettes, television, and our mobile devices. Try to

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