These lessons merge the wisdom of yoga with the findings of Western research to create a rich and subtle experience for your whole being ..yoga sessions to rewire your brain & activate your genes for radical well being!
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Breath and movement together are introduced as a core concept of the practice in lesson 1. The simple poses help increase your leg and core strength, improve circulation, and thus increase the energy output of your cells. You will be left feeling grounded, stable and happy.
In Lesson 2 Eddie introduces a variety of postures and exercises that will stabilize your core muscles and legs and that begin to strengthen the arms and shoulders as well. Free and comfortable breathing is elaborated on as we slowly prepare for the more complex poses that will follow as the series deepens.
The last link in the chain of the limbs of the body is the opening of the shoulder girdle which is highlighted in lesson 3. Texting, computers and pressures of everyday life cause us to hunch forward little by little - these poses reverse that pull of gravity, opening the shoulders, chest, lungs and heart.
Lesson 4 alone is enough of a practice to commit to everyday for general health and wellbeing. The Sun Salutations consist of 9 movements that combined with deep breathing heat the body internally, activating the internal organs, and removing toxins.
This 2nd type of Sun Salutation is made up of 17 movements and helps to increase your stamina, endurance and cardiovascular health. This lesson 5 is a challenging practice, but suitable for all levels of practitioners.
The 6 fundamental standing poses practiced in this lesson, address the flexibility of the legs and back muscles, and increase the strength of the waist and arms. The liver and spleen are gently massaged. The standing poses also increase balance and spatial awareness, as you begin to hold your body in space in new ways.
There is a saying in yogic traditions that your life is as long as your legs are strong. Elderly people who have strong legs have more energy output from their cells due to increased mitochondria, and lead longer, healthier lives. The poses in this lesson 7 bring great strength to your legs and lower back!
A hallmark of Ashtanga Yoga is the jumping transitions featured in this lesson. They increase core, arm and shoulder strength. The lymph glands carry the body’s cellular waste to the detoxification organs, the liver and the kidneys. Jumping transitions along with deep breathing help the lymph do its job!
These seated poses illustrate the importance of balance and counter balance, or a pose and counter-pose, an idea that is a unique characteristic of this practice. If you bend forward, afterwards you need to bend backwards. If you rotate inwardly, following that, you should rotate externally.
The 3 head-to-knee poses practiced during this lesson, are fundamentally important postures, and can be practiced regularly for all around health and flexibility. They purify the pancreas, prostrate gland, and urinary tract. They also increase the flexibility of the hamstrings, ankles, and hips.
This lesson’s 4 poses gently massage the liver and spleen, and also stimulate the digestive tract. The positions require greater levels of flexibility and concentration. Please know, they don’t all need to be tried in one go. It’s quite enough to try one, and then add on the others as you become comfortable.
Core strengthening comes in many shapes and sizes. The boat pose is a basic core strengthening pose, strengthening the waist, hip-flexors, back and spinal cord. This requires hip flexibility gained from the earlier sessions, and a calm mind. Prepare to be challenged during lesson 12!
The postures in lesson 13 are said to be important poses for strengthening and purifying the lower intestines and sphincter muscles, strengthening our organs of elimination, as well as open the hips.
As you come to the final poses of the primary series, you will learn several, new movements that will test your core strength and control, as well as your hamstring flexibility. Lesson 14 features the dynamic poses, challenging your newfound abilities!
The back bending postures are invigorating, energizing, mind clearing and heart opening. After learning and practicing all of the different ways that you can bend forward, strengthen your core and open your hips, it is time to begin bending backwards.
During these most well known poses of yoga, gravity is reversed and you’re your body turned upside down. The headstand and shoulder stand redirect your energy inwardly and is sealed into your body in a specific way that’s very calming for the mind, and relaxing for the body.
The culmination of yoga is deep, controlled breathing and meditation. It is through meditation that transformation occurs on a deep level, when our attention moves inward, toward deeper and more profound levels of self-awareness, understanding, and wisdom. In this lesson Eddie teaches you how we can connect with our higher purpose and our authentic self by means of practice.
In this final session, all of the earlier sessions are linked together, in a continuous, 90 minutes long practice. Practicing along with Eddie and this video will increase your stamina and proficiency in the postures, insuring that your breathing ratios remain constant and disciplined.
Dr. Deepak Chopra gives a comprehensive explanation to the positive side effects of the practice you are about to engage in. This thorough introduction outlines how One World Yogis merges the wisdom of yoga with the findings of Western research. Once you watch this segment, your overall practice will create a rich and subtle experience for your whole being. As Deepak refers to it yoga sessions to rewire your brain and activate your genes for radical well-being!