Namaste!

Welcome to Yogaliciouse Life. I’m Marta Justyna, a fitness and yoga instructor in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I have participated in and taught many different workouts throughout the years. In my personal experience, yoga is hands down the most beneficial, both physically and emotionally. This is why I am so passionate about sharing yoga with you my readers. Whether you have never stepped on a mat before, or you are a seasoned Yogi, you are welcome here! Let me help you make this life so deliciously yours!

I could sit here and tell you about how yoga has given me more flexibility or physical strength, but instead I will share 5 ways in which yoga has helped me travel through life beyond the matt. Now keep in mind, all of these are still very much a work in progress.

  1. Self Awareness

As we get older we get to know our selves better, what we like and don’t like, how we want to conduct ourselves.  However, yoga helps guide us to get to that place quicker and on a deeper level. It forces us to ask the really hard questions such as: Who am I? A woman, mother, fitness instructor…what’s underneath all that? What are you here for? What kind of footprint do you wish to leave once you’ve gone from this earth? You see…yoga is not just a workout it’s a philosophy; a philosophy that helps you to realise how and where you fit in this crazy world of ours.

  1. Self Acceptance

Now this is probably the hardest out of all five. Like I said…a work in progress.  We all have things we don’t like about ourselves. Things we want to change. With my yoga practise I am slowly beginning to focus on my talents, instead of my downfalls and imperfections. Just imagine how boring the world would be if we were all good at everything. What the heck is perfection anyway?? All we can do is use our talents, and yes we all have one! To help each other and continue to work on things we would like to change. Be patient with ourselves and each other. This brings me to….

  1. Patience

It truly is a virtue! Have you ever stood or sat in a very uncomfortable yoga pose you couldn’t wait to get out of? Waited impatiently in line at the grocery store? Skipped to the end of a book? As a society we are programmed to get to the finish line quickly and to always be going. Meditation and yoga is designed to help us enjoy the journey just as much as we enjoy the accomplishment. Take a pause, stop and smell the roses, if you will. The way we feel in specific poses tells us a lot about the way we are going through life. Are you enjoying the asana or are you eager to get to the next one?

  1. Openness

In just about every fitness routine it’s about tightening, contracting, speeding up, etc. Yoga is all about lengthening, breathing, stretching and opening. It is the rebel of the fitness world and I love that! It spills into real life in so many aspects; welcoming other people, new experiences, nature, and different ways of doing things. I find this holds true especially in chest openers such, cobra, boat or cow arms. I like to think this because we are opening our heart chakra in these poses where we hold our ability to love.

  1. Courage

If it wasn’t for teaching and practicing yoga I would have never had the courage to start this blog. Enough said!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed reading my first blog. Please leave a like and your comments below. Also watch my Yogalicious Life YouTube instructional yoga videos. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as well.

Beginner Vinyasa Flow

Flow with me divine beings, and fill your heart with the power of the sun.

In this video I will take you through a beginner Vinyasa Flow routine designed to help you come up with Asanas which flow well together.

Vinyasa basically means to arrange something in a special way. Think of this as a foundation of any Vinyasa routine. Vinyasa Ashtanga or Power Yoga is great for burning calories, building stamina, increasing your strength and balance.

In this practise be prepared to sweat and move from pose to pose quickly, as well as moving up and down on almost a constant basis with very short breaks. Try to avoid having a big meal before the practice and save the feasting for later and keep hydrated.

Vinyasa A and Vinyasa B – which are also known as Surya Namaskar A and Surya Namaskar B – are a set of sun salutation or Asanas expressing gratitude to the sun. The transitions are just as important as the actual poses.

Most of all, have fun. Don’t put pressure on yourself to do the routine super fast. It’s completely OK to flow through each Vinyasa slowly and carefully until you feel more comfortable to speed up.

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Namaste!

Yin Yoga For Your Lower Body

I hope you enjoy this Yin yoga routine to release the psoas muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Since Yin yoga is such an introspective practise I have included this poem I wrote a few months back called “The Eleventh Tank”.

The Eleventh Tank

Let the universe take a snapshot of my thoughts
Carefully placing it in a puzzle of eternity
Creating a ripple effect of belonging
All lonely hearts strung together
Collecting synergy of parallel existence

Let it boil over and turn into a gentile hiss
That only the awakened can hear
Becoming the best-kept secret untouched
Hovering over the masses in perfect circles

Let my stillness move through the unseen
My closed eyes see through blackness
Cables attached deep in my neck
Use me – my strength, my vulnerability
As I float here in the eleventh tank

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Kundalini Yoga: The 10 Bodies Kriya

Try this beautiful Kundalini Yoga Kriya with me and open your 10 bodies. Kundalini yogis believe we have 10 bodies which are:

1. Soul Body

2. Negative Mind

3. Positive Mind

4. Neutral Mind

5. Physical Body

6. Archline

7. Aura

8. Pronic Body

9. Subtle Body

10. Radiant Body

We start each Kundalini Kriya by chanting :

Ong
Namo
Guru dev
Namo…

…3  to 5 times – This is a calling to all the teachers who came before you and of course; the most important teacher which lies within you!

The final chant at the end is a protection mantra:

Ad gury name
Jugad gury nameh
Sat gury nameh
Siri guru devay nameh

Kundalini yogis also believe that there is a female serpent lying dormant at the base of your spine just waiting to be awoken. Let’s see what kind of trouble we can get into together and WAKE HER UP!!!

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Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners

If you have never tried Ashtanga flow before THIS is the perfect routine for you! Flow with me slowly with each pose explained so there’s no frustration. Enjoy!!!

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Beginner Yoga Against A Wall

Namaste!!!

Practice beginner Hatha yoga poses against a wall with me. This is one of my favourite routines because it forces me to put extra effort into my alignment and posture. Not to mention there is an oh so delicious Shavasana with your legs up the wall which does wonders for your back and helps with insomnia. Enjoy and please don’t forget to like and subscribe and share your comments below. Also check out my YouTube channel for more great yoga videos 

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Yoga And Emotions: The Not So Mellow Hippie

Hi yogis and yoginis!

Today I want to talk about the different emotions I experience during or after my practise and how it’s not always pretty.

What’d you say!? Isn’t yoga supposed to relax and get rid of negative feelings? Sometimes yes, but then I have those days where I feel extreme anger especially during a Kundulini or Vinyasa practise. You see, I have come to realise that yoga doesn’t allow me to forget that I am human. A red blooded human with ego, greed, jealousy, loneliness, frustration, competitiveness and all those ugly feelings we wish we didn’t have. What yoga DOES do however is to force us to face and acknowledge those feelings so hopefully we can deal with them while away from our mat.

In Kundulini yoga we often practise a lot of vigorous breath work for long periods of time, especially while performing breath of fire, where we pull in a lot of air and fire into our bodies. This is a very masculine and aggressive element, so it’s not uncommon to feel very angry after. I’ve had moments where I’ve said to myself “I didn’t know I was so mad at this person, I want to punch them in the face”! Yes…yogis have those feelings too! The good news is this gives me the opportunity to face the situation without cowering away from it and hopefully coming up with a good solution. We keep so much bottled up inside of us for various reasons, perhaps we want to fit in, maybe we don’t want to face judgment or we want to keep up some sort of image we have of ourselves. The more we do this the more negative emotions we store in our cells or we get that mysterious stomach ache, tightness in our muscles, headaches, etc. It may sound cliché but our mind and our bodies are much more connected than we realize.

During my Yin practise I have had moments of frustration, sometimes as little as “oh…I wish I could be more comfortable in this pose”.

Other times I had a very cleansing cry after. Yin yoga is a series of poses – mostly hip openers – held for 3 to 5 minutes with very little talking. Therefore, it becomes a very introspective experience without any distractions. Hip openers are very connected to the second chakra which holds our emotional and creative side. I have found that this practise can help with issues of forgiveness for yourself and others. It also increases our creative potential and feminine sexuality.

With my Vinyasa practise I experience feeling of impatience, disappointment and jealousy. Jealousy towards yogis who are better than me. Yes, I know…this is very immature of me.

After all, it’s our competiveness which makes us push ourselves harder and do better. With that being said, I very much admire all these yogis and am grateful that I feel challenged by them.

I guess the moral of the story is; don’t be afraid of the human experience, it is what it is for a reason, with all its shit and glory. After all, you can’t appreciate the sweet without the bitter. Accept all your feelings, even the nasty ones and deal with them, face them head on and stop hiding. Allow yoga to help you with this and remember, it ok to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all!

I’d really love to hear about your own experiences. What emotions bubble up to the surface when you are doing yoga? Please tell me about them in the comment section below and don’t forget to leave a like, subscribe and share my blog. You can also check out my YouTube channel by clicking on the link. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-FQOAyJIek3IJa01GWspOg

Namaste!!!!!!!!!

Yoga for a Healthy Back

UNWIND and ALIGN through your spine!!!!  Here is video number 3 to help you heal and strengthen your back. According to the Yogi world flexibility of the spine is the secret to youth and vitality! Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think by leaving your comments and suggestions below. I take requests!
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