Breathe Easy—These Yoga Poses Were Made for Relieving Lower Back Pain by CHRISTIE CALUCCHIA

Yoga is so much more than a wellness trend. While the ancient practice is often touted as a strengthening workout for those with an affinity for Lululemon gear, it boasts more than just the ability to tone your arms and core. Yoga offers both physical and emotional benefits and no one understands this more than the founder of Thyroid Yoga Fern Olivia and Los Angeles-based instructor Nicolette Ficchi.

Take lower back pain, for example. According to Olivia, discomfort in this area can be related to everything from insecurity to anger. Additionally, daily routines like sitting at a desk all day or being stuck in the car during long commutes can contribute to back problems, Ficchi points out. Because yoga tackles both emotional and physical factors, the practice can be used to alleviate lower back pain.

“Yoga can be very beneficial for the lower back because it will help to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support the back and spine,” Ficchi explains. Not only can doing yoga help to ease lower back pain, but it can also help to prevent injuries in the future, she adds. This is done through a variety of specific poses that work to release tension in the lower back while strengthening muscles that support the spine, like your abs.

Of course, yoga is like any other workout routine in many ways and you shouldn’t jump into a new practice with the hopes of curing pain without first consulting your doctor and taking necessary precautions. Ficchi advises easing into new movements and listening to your body during the process in order to avoid injury. “If something feels ‘off’ in your body, stop doing it and utilize modifications as opposed to just jerking your body into a shape you think it needs to be in,” Ficchi says. You can also use props like blocks, straps, blankets, and bolsters to help you transition into new postures.

If you’re ready to try yoga for lower back pain, start out with this flow designed by Ficchi to target your back and help soothe pain while strengthening important muscles. Here’s how to get into each pose and exactly how it will benefit your back.

Cow Pose

Cow Pose

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  1. Come into a tabletop position on hands and knees with the wrists stacked under the shoulders and the knees stacked under the hips.
  2. Inhale and press your chest forward as your head looks up and spread your sit bones apart.
  3. Make sure to keep the core engaged and to not “dump” into the lower back, which may cause pain.

Cat Pose

Cat Pose

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  1. From cow pose, exhale and press the earth away from you.
  2. Allow the head to come into the chest and round out the spine, coming into a dome shape.

The Benefits: The movement between cat and cow pose is known as spinal flexion. This frees up the spine to release tension in the back, Ficchi explains.

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog

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  1. Begin in a plank position to measure the correct distance for your body.
  2. Pressing down evenly through each finger, lift the hips to this sky.
  3. Keep the heels lifted and leave a slight bend in the knees, especially if your hamstrings are tight.
  4. If the shoulders are tight, turn the hands out.

The Benefits: “When the heels are lifted and knees are bent, this allows for the torso to move towards the thighs, articulating the natural curve of the lower spine,” says Ficchi.

Forward Fold

Forward Fold

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  1. Make sure your feet are hips distance apart.
  2. With bent knees, hinge at the waist and maintain length in the front body.
  3. Allow the head to hang and weight to shift to the fronts of the feet.

The Benefits: “This cooling posture allows for stability in the lower back while stretching the

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Tantra for beginners: 8 easy steps to learn tantra meditation

Tantra for beginners: learn tantra meditation

Tantra for beginners is exciting! It’s already a long time ago that we did our first tantra meditation, but I still remember it. Wow, from the critical mind to the depths of my heart. For the first time, I FELT my body, my energy, my heart, my love. I FELT intimate with everyone around me. It was mind-blowing. I hope it will be the same for you.

Tantra for beginners

So where to start? Well, first you need to know if you are really looking for tantra.

Step 1: why tantra?

When starting with tantra it is important that you know where you’re going. So there are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself.

  • Are you sure you want tantra? Maybe mindfulness, yoga or biodanza (or Reiki, ayahuasca, shamanism) is better suited for you.
  • If tantra, what kind of tantra are you interested in? Red, White or Pink tantra?
  • Are you looking for an (exciting) workshop or do you want to (safe) practices at home?
  • Are you single and/or looking for couples meditation?
  • Do you see Tantra as fun or as spiritual/personal development?

Tantra for beginners: tantra themesStep 2: know the essence of Tantra

Tantra is growing in love and consciousness. So when you start with tantra you must be willing to face your conditioning and personal limitations for growth. In tantra themes, you can read about the six themes that are important in Tantra. The big difference with mindfulness is that tantra is very bodily oriented. Sensing/feeling/touching are key to Tantra. Tantra is also more Heartfulness then Mindfulness.

The big difference with yoga is the approach to meditation. Yoga is discipline, purifying body and mind. Feeling less, learning to live an almost ascetic life. Tantra is living from the heart. In the end Tantra is surrender, accepting life as it is and accepting all there is. Tantra is all for (conscious) indulgence. So power up…

Maybe you know Biodanza. It’s a beautiful form of dancing. It works with energy and movement. The difference with tantra is that tantra works also with (kundalini) energy and movement, but INSIDE you. So, yes in tantra we dance, but the real dance is inside. The focus is on the energy moving inside your body and between partners (energy circles).

Step 3: red, white or pink tantra?

There are many different types of tantra. White tantra looks like mindfulness, but then with the bodily/heart aspects as well. Red Tantra goes beyond that and involves sexual activity and lovemaking (also in the workshops). Red Tantra really breaks through the taboo on sex. So are you looking for sexually oriented tantra? Then search for red tantra, look for tantra sex (workshops). Read more via the link below.

White, red, pink, black tantra: the colors of tantra

Step 4: learn the Tantra basics

Tantra for beginners: tantra basicsFor Tantra everything is sacred. So whether you are at home or in a workshop, treat the place as if it’s a temple. Make it a temple. Treat yourself also as sacred. Shower, cleanse yourself, physically, emotionally. Make yourself beautiful, wear a longhi. See yourself, really see your partner, see all the beautiful people around you. Empower them.

Hugging is great. It fulfills the human need for body/skin contact and produces oxytocin, the happiness hormone. In tantra, we have another beautiful pose: to sit (naked) in Shiva/Shakti position. Every chakra is aligned, so energy can flow freely between meditation partners.

Learn about the tantra basics

Starters course a Taste of Tantra


Tantra for beginners


Step 5 start meditating

Let me first explain what we mean with meditation. It’s not that you have to sit still on a cushion for an hour. No meditation is everything that you do with awareness. So first thing maybe is… Relax, slow down for a minute, Then:

  1. Take a breather, have some time to breathe consciously. If you have a partner breath in sync.
  2. Awaken your senses. Listen to what can be heard, taste what you drink/eat with full awareness.
  3. Do the simple heart meditation.  It’s free! Just breath and focus on (the love in) your heart.
  4. Boost your energy! Dance, jump around, move your body. Especially your pelvis. Shake it!
  5. Do some eye-gazing. Look into the candle-light (or the eyes of your partner). Keep your eyes still.

Step 6 enjoy intimacy

Whether at home or in a workshop focussing on your heart will result in an intimate connection. You will feel more than oke with yourself. You will love the intimacy with your (rotating) meditation partner. Intimacy always proceeds to sexuality (at least that’s how we feel). Sex without love is nothing more then a workout, sex with love and awareness becomes lovemaking, sacred sex. So first and for all, enjoy intimacy. Overcome the tension and discomfort that you’re maybe having. Thoughts will come up, let them pass. Maybe emotions will arise, let them be. Tantra accepts everything, it’s oke. Enjoy intimacy, that’s your natural state of being.

tantric intimacy courses

Save at home

For many people, going to a tantra workshop is one step too far. Well, no sweat, then you start at home. Plenty of possibilities. You find many (free) meditation practices here on this website. You could buy some tantra books, read and practice them. If you are interested you can also do an introductory course or tantric theme course. In those courses, there are many guided meditations and practices you are invited to do. See below for what’s available. There are e-Courses for singles and for couples.

e-Course Intimacy starts with you!

Step 7 grow in couples meditation

If you are single, without a partner, don’t worry. Growing into tantric meditation is endless. Boeddha became

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.online-tantra.com/tantra-for-beginners/

38 Health Benefits of Yoga | Yoga Journal BY TIMOTHY MCCALL, M.D.

If you’re a passionate yoga practitioner, you’ve probably noticed some yoga benefits—maybe you’re sleeping better or getting fewer colds or just feeling more relaxed and at ease. But if you’ve ever tried telling a newbie about the benefits of yoga, you might find that explanations like “It increases the flow of prana” or “It brings energy up your spine” fall on deaf or skeptical ears.

Researchers Are Catching On to Yoga’s Benefits

As it happens, Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how

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Self Love and Self Power,

now belong to me,

I am imbued with wisdom, and integrity.

I come out of my shell

to seek and to find,

joy and fulfillment that now shall be mine.

I now believe in myself,

I am strong and full of Power,

I bow not or grovel, nor do I cower.

This is my will,

may it now begin to flower,

as of this day-

as of this hour.

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