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By admin / August 22, 2018

Breathing to the Beat

  By: Kat Tudor as originally seen on Live Naturally. Why (and how) Music Matters to yoga.   Back in the day, yoga purists practiced in silence. Flash forward to 2018, and rare is the class that doesn’t feature a playlist of specially curated music, from gongs and drums to classical, pop and rap downloads created specifically for yoga. According to a study in the journal of Sports Medicine Open, listening to music increases the likelihood of sticking with your exercise program by 70 percent. The music industry has taken notice with two dozen albums inspired by bhakti yoga included on the first 58th Grammy’s Ballot list. Even the pop group Maroon 5, led by the yoga-loving Adam Levine, has created a playlist. Both yoga and music are known for their ability to de-stress and make us feel better about ourselves. Recent studies have also shown that music can allow a person to enter a “flow state,” which, according to renowned psychologist and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” At SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado, we offer a range of yoga classes from Sivananda (traditional hatha yoga)...

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By admin / July 17, 2018

Beat the Heat with SunWater Spa

Summer is full swing, and the temperatures are on the rise. With 90+ degree days already here, and more on the horizon, many of us are searching for ways to simply keep cool and survive the summer. Beat the heat this summer with SunWater Spa--- here’s how! What to Wear It can be tough to decide what to wear, especially in Colorado in the summer, where cool morning temperatures clash with the intense sunlight and heat of the afternoon. Generally speaking, the clothing that will keep you as cool as possible will be made of 100% cotton, fit loosely, and incorporate lighter colors. Clothing which is made of 100% cotton and fits loosely allows for airflow near the body, aiding in regulating one’s body temperature. Lighter colored clothing, by nature, tends to absorb less light, and therefore, less heat, keeping you cool during the hot summer months. Essential Oils Peppermint Peppermint essential oil contains a significant amount of menthol. Menthol is known to aid in easing tension headaches and various other aches and pains, as well as providing a cooling, tingling sensation when applied to the skin.  However, please be aware that peppermint oil is quite stimulating and could potentially...

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By admin / June 1, 2018

Celebrating International Yoga Day

  Thursday, June 21 is International Yoga Day--- a day of celebration, practice, and intention setting. What better way to celebrate our yogi journey than gaining a deeper understanding of our roots, the benefits of our practice, and ways to further expand our practice?   A Brief History of Yoga Ancient Times The term “yoga” first appeared in ancient India’s earliest known transcripts, the Vedas. These scriptures date back to the beginning of the Vedic period, or 1500 BCE. The Vedas are written in Vedic Sanskrit, and are the oldest writings of Hinduism literature. In the Vedas, “yoga” actually refers to the yoke one would use to attach to animals pulling a cart or chariot. It is also often used to describe a warrior dying and going to heaven, carried by a chariot to reach the gods. By 3rd century BCE, the term “yoga” was being referenced more commonly in the religious scriptures of various religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. In Buddhism, yoga was referred to as Yogachara, and involved eight steps of meditation. In ancient times, yoga was a practice of religion and meditation, rather than being viewed as exercise as we do now. It wasn’t until 5th...

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By admin / May 3, 2018

Just Breathe: How to Channel Your Breath to De-stress and Relax.

By: Kat Tudor as originally seen on Live Naturally.   Are you struggling with sleep? Have the kids gotten you down? Are you stressed by day-to-day traffic? The road to calm just might be as easy as changing your breathing patterns and channeling your breath. According to a 2015 article published by Harvard Medical School, the practice of “deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange,” which can result in the stabilization or lowering of blood pressure and the slowing of your heartbeat. And, with a bit of practice, including “breath focus”—slow and deep breathing—can help you disengage from your thoughts and stresses. See also Mindful Living with Meditation. There are numerous breathwork techniques used to bring about different results. These methods include alternate nostril breathing, abdominal breathing, upper chest breathing, and fast or slow breathing, among others, according to Kris and Savanna Cassidy of Breakthrough Breathwork, who are leading a Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation workshop at Manitou Springs, Colorado’s SunWater Spa in early September. Their methodology utilizes “connected breathing, also known as circular breathing, to facilitate deep healing and transformation.” To begin your home practice: Start by finding a comfortable place to sit, away from your daily clutter. Gently close your eyes. Take a normal breath....

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