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Yoga vs. Stretching: Which is Better? What's The Difference?

Yoga vs. Stretching what’s the difference? Which is better? It’s a pretty simple question, and the benefits are similar. However, there are some distinct differences between the two. While stretching is excellent for your muscles, relieving tension, and improving circulation, so is yoga.  The most significant difference between yoga and stretching is the mindfulness and breath practices that are intertwined with a yoga practice. Yoga is, essentially, mindful stretching. But, there’s much more to it once you get under the surface.  Let’s dive a little deeper into the differences between yoga and stretching. Main Benefits of Stretching These are the main benefits that a simple stretching routine will afford.: Improves posture Decreases muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise Relieves and reduces stress Increases range of motion Improves circulation When you stretch, you’re elongating the muscles and allowing blood and energy to pass through them more easily. Tense muscles can hold
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Yoga Terms - What Do Common Yoga Terms Mean?

A newcomer to the yoga world will undoubtedly be faced with terms they have never heard of. Asana, Pranayama, Vinyasa, Kundalini. While seasoned yogis and practitioners are accustomed to such terms, and many know what all of them mean, for a beginner, they are terms of a foreign language that don't hold much personal connection.  Yoga roots itself deeply in eastern cultures and finds its origin in the Sanskrit language. From this language, we receive the terms that we hear so often during a yoga practice.  For a better understanding of the meaning behind some of the most common yoga terms, read on for a brief explanation.  Common Yoga Terms Some of the most common yoga terms will not be foreign to you, but the meaning of them may still be out of grasp. When we talk about common yoga terms, we are referring to the ones you generally hear in most practices. They include asana, vinyasa, chakra, pranayama, and more. When you discover the meaning behind the most common yoga terms, it c

Optimizing Your Flow and Go Yoga Experience

You’ve done it! You’ve taken the plunge and I’m so proud of you for choosing yourself, your health, and your well-being!! But now what? How do you optimize your at-home yoga practice?  The good news is there are several ways! The premise behind Flow and Go Yoga is to make it easy and accessible for you to show up, rock out a flow, and be consistent with it. Life is hard enough. Fitting a quick yoga flow into your day shouldn’t be one of those things. Our flows are all 20 minutes which is something you can do daily (or at least most days) and we offer more live times than any other yoga platform to help you stay consistent and accountable!  Without further ado, here’s how to get the most out of Flow and Go Yoga: #1. Use Yoga Props I can’t say this enough: Use Props! In fact, just have them handy! You don’t need to have fancy ones but here’s what we recommend: Yoga Blocks (2) - You can use a couple of sturdy, hardcover books instead and in cases where you just want to bring the ground h

The Best Time To Meditate

Best Time Of Day To Meditate  People often wonder when the best time to meditate is. There is never a bad time to meditate. Unless you're barrelling down the highway at 120mph. But as long as you're in a comfortable spot where you can relax, taking a little bit of time to focus on your breath and find calmness can be a good thing.  For the purpose of this article, we are going to talk about the most beneficial times to meditate, and how coming up with a meditation routine will ensure that you experience all the benefits of meditation.  The Ideal Time To Meditate is When You Wake Up Or Before You Sleep Meditation in the Morning Some yogis suggest that the ideal time to meditate is between 3am and 6am. The reason for this is because generally, there are fewer distractions, the world is still very much asleep around you, and you can connect on a deeper level. However, not everyone lives a lifestyle where getting up that early is possible.  No matter what time you arise, your brain

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Yoga Practice

Lately, I’ve been asked a lot of questions surrounding yoga and how to improve one’s practice. Do I have any advice for…? From how to start a yoga practice to how to have my body back after pregnancy to how to grow and improve flexibility and strength and make it easy, I’ve been asked it all.  As an instructor, the best advice I am able to give has always been the same: Listen to your body, play with your practice and use your breath.  I’ll run through each of these and then pull it all together with an example at the end so keep reading!   Listening to Your Body: Whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned yogi , your body is always giving you feedback. It’s telling you when you’re approaching or at your limits (it feels like you’re straining and you’ll find your breath is tight or you’re holding it entirely). This is your body’s way of saying “no” which means we need to respect where we are at and play this. You’ll often hear this referred to as “your edge”. Breathe In Breathe Out: