Yoga Music: Vinyasa Yoga Playlist No. 9 “Happy Hanuman”(with Link to itunes PING Playlist)

yoga hand mudra
Here is a new vinyasa yoga music playlist! It’s a dreamy mix of alternative, electronic, and world beats! Get entire playlist by clicking on this link to itunes PING playlist.
1. Narayana/For Your Love   Krishna Das
2. Beauty In the World   Macy Gray
3. Freedom   Akon
4. Sun  Caribou 
5. Express Yourself (Mocean Worker Remix)  Charles Wright & The Watts

6. 15 Step   Radiohead
7. Ghosts (Single Edit)   Ladytron
8. Skin On the Drum   Michael Franti & Spearhead
9. Natural Blues (Lulu Rouge Vs. Stella Polaris Remix)   Moby
10. There, There    Radiohead
11. Blank Slate     The National
12. Conversation 16   The National
13. Charity Case   Gnarls Barkley
14. Dream About Me (iTunes Originals Version)   Moby
15. Surround Me With Your Love (Mental Overdrive Remix)   3-11 Porter
16. Radiohead – Lotus Flower (The King of Limbs)   At the Piano 
17. ILU (Phantogram Remix)    School of Seven Bells
18. Waters of Life / Sacral    Jonathan Goldman

Yoga Inspiration: Advanced Yoga Demo with Heather Seiniger

Hey yogis! If you are like me  you believe that anything is possible with a little faith, courage and hard work (tapas/practice) First of all though you need to start with some inspiration!

Luckily for me living in Santa Monica I am surrounded by a ton of inspiring yogis, yoginis, teachers and downright gurus!

Here is some yoga inspiration for today! Watch as local Yogaworks teacher trainer Heather Seiniger demonstrates the advanced yoga transition Crow Pose (Bakasana) to Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) back to Crow Pose (Bakasana) to  low plank (Chaturanga Dandasana) and through the vinyasa.

If you would like to master these transitions here is the most logical way to go about it:

1. Learn Crow Pose

2. Learn to jump back from Crow to low plank (Chaturanga Dandasana)

3. Corework, Corework, Do a boatload of boat pose (Navasana), and half boat Ardha Navasana…everyday!

4. Learn Handstand (Watch my tutorials on handstand to get a good start and start practicing the actions of handstand in every pose!

5. Practice lowering to crow from handstand (use a yoga strap on your upper arms just above the elbows so your arms don’t splay out!) Just mastered this thanks to my teacher Krista Cahill  and I am so stoked!

6. Practice scooping your hips under, squeezing the knees to the midline and pressing into your hands to life back up to handstand. (You will prob need someone to help you with this by spotting you. Use your yoga strap! I am currently working on this myself, so far just a lift off, but not all the way up on my own.

7. Believe in yourself and of course practice, practice, practice! Good Luck!

Yoga Music: Vinyasa Yoga Playlist No. 8

woman doing yoga, head to knee pose janu sirsasana

My latest Vinyasa yoga playlists are available through itunes under ping playlists. Open itunes and click on ping, search for my full name Angela Kukhahn and follow me on ping to get my newest yoga playlists!

Little Gem euphoria

Reckoner Radiohead

Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People

Beware of the Boys (Mundian to Bach Ke) Panjabi MC

Splitting the Atom Massive Attack

The Suburbs Arcade Fire

Delirium euphoria

Climbing Up the Walls (Zero 7 Mix) Radiohead

Half Light I Arcade Fire

Little Faith The National

Vide Autour de Lucie Faux

Life in Mono (Deep Love Edit) SD Project

Written On the Forehead PJ Harvey

Codex Radiohead

To Heal Underworld

Corpse Pose Bill Laswell

5 Fast Facts About Deep Breathing

deep_breathing1. Breathing helps to burn calories by better oxygenating the blood. A California study found that women burned 140 percent more calories with 15 minutes of breathing exercises than by riding a stationary bike.

2. How the body removes its waste products by percentage.

 

Breath   70 %

Skin  20%

Urine  7%

Feces  3%

3. Deep breathing strengthens weak abdominal and intestinal muscles

4. Because oxygen is alkalizing to the body and carbon dioxide is acidic, when we’re not inhaling and exhaling fully, we tend to become overly acidic.

5. Deep breathing enhances immunity by eliminating toxins. While the heart is the pump for the vascular system, the lymphatic system has no real pump: It depends upon movement (exercise) and breath for stimulation. Properly used, the lungs act as sort of a suction pump for the lymphatic system.

Yoga for the Athlete: Excellent Tips for the Yogi Runner

running
Here is an excellent article on yoga and running I found over at Daily Cup of Yoga blog.

This article has a complete sequence of yoga poses specifically for runners along with pictures (always helpful) With running yoga is especially helpful as it helps to prevent injury, increase stride length, and loosen the pesky IT band that tends to be particularly troublesome for athletes!

Yoga is the perfect compliment to running as it loosens the hips, hamstrings and lower back muscles which will improve your posture while you run. Improved posture also means improved breathing, which of course means better athletic performance! Yoga is to Running as Yin is to Yang

Advanced Yoga Backbend Transition Video with Angela Kukhahn

Here is a video of me practicing an advanced yoga backbend in Krista Cahill’s class at Yogis Anonymous. Below is a yoga sequence that leads to the backbend in this video.

You should always warm up with some backbends and chest openers first such as…

1. Forward Fold “Uttanasna” with Hands interlaced behind your back (hold 5 breaths and then switch the interlacing and hold for another 5)

2. Cobra Pose with hands interlaced behind back (hold 5 breaths and then switch the interlacing and hold for another 5)

5. Sun Salutes A and Sun Salute B (5 rounds each is my preference but at least 3)

6. Low Lunge + Half or Full Hanumanasana (hold each 8 breaths)

9. Sirasana (Note position of hands as you will need this for the final pose)

7. Dhanurasana “Bow Pose” (2 rounds holding 8 breaths each)

8. Ustrasana “Camel Pose”

9. Supta Virasana

10. Kapotasana or Kapotasana prep

11. Bridge

12. Wheel (5 rounds holding 5 breaths each)

13. Dwi Pada Vipariti Dandasana

14. Eka Pada Vipariti Dandasana Variation (Final Pose!)

1.Come into Wheel pose with the crown of the head placed on your mat.
2.Lift your shoulders vigorously away from the ground to keep pressure off of your neck.
3. Line the elbow up with the shoulders so that they are in ine with and no wider than your shoulders.
4. Draw the shoulders into your shoulder sockets, away from the wall you are looking at and towards your hips.
5. Straighten your arms
6. Bend your right knee and set the shinbone flat on your mat.
7. Grab your heel with your hands and try to snuggle the crown of your head to your inner arch of your right foot.
8. Pull the elbows in as you press into the mat with your forearms and lift your shoulders up.
9. Wiggle the left foot free as your roll your inner thighs to the floor.
10. TA DA!

To come out: Step your left foot back in. Uncurl your right leg.

Cool Down

End with a gentle twist on your back (Hold and breath in to your lower belly to release your lower back muscle and spine), Happy Baby, a few forward folds (Paschimottanasana, Baddha Konasana, and Pigeon or Thread the Eye of the Needle), Plow, Shoulderstand, and a long, juicy, restful Savasana!

Yoga Music Vinyasa Yoga Playlist 5 “Bliss Your Flow”

YOGA DANCE

YOGA MUSIC PLAYLIST

All music available through itunes


“VARIATIONII: DREAMTIME”

ARCANGELOS CHAMBER

“SACRED STONES”
SHEILA CHANDRA

“AI DU”
ALI FARKA TOURE’ & RY

“RADHA RAMANA”
TULKU

“BOEE (COME TO ME)”
THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT

“FELLING GOOD”
NINA SIMONE

“ABOVE THE BONES”
MIKSHA

“BLESSED BE A WITNESS”
BEN HARPER

“SHAVASANA SITA RAM”
GOVINDAS

Yoga Music: Vinyasa Yoga Music Playlist No.4

Yoga dancing music

Yoga music Playlist for Vinyasa Flow Yoga.All music available through itunes. (Sorry no imix today, my itunes was acting funny)

BHAKTI BOOMBOX
MC YOGI

GANESHA SHARANAM
JAI PLAYLIST
UTTAL

HYMM
MOBY

PANDORA
ARNOS ELIAS

MILLION VOICES
WYCLEF JEAN (FEAT AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR)

ANGELS
NORAH JONES & WAX POETIC

SMOKE & MIRRORS
RJD2

CLOSER
KINGS OF LEON

SHRI GURU CHARANAM
KRISHNA DAS