Yoga Standing Poses to Build Foundation.

Namaste yogis and yoginis!

Build a strong foundation by practicing these basic Hatha yoga poses.

Through standing poses we improve balance, establish core strength, build overall strength and stability.

While in these positions, focus on working from the ground up. Start at your feet, through the legs…core…chest…shoulders, all the way to the top of the head.

Don’t worry if you shake that’s a good thing! It means your doing it right!

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Namaste!

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Yin Yoga For The Liver and Gallbladder Meridians

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We’re getting “Yin” deep into our liver and gallbladder.

The liver controls muscle health and it is the primary chemical factory of the body. It controls the health of tendons, hands, feet and nails. Your gallbladder stores bile which it releases into your small intestines to breakdown fats from foods. Therefore, it’s so important to keep these organs healthy.

Yin yoga is based on the Taoist tradition and Chinese medicine.

In this yin yoga practice we’ll be focusing on hip openers(my favorite 🙂 🙂 🙂 ) and side body stretches. Keep in mind that well be holding each position from 1 to 3 minutes so get as comfortable as you can and try not to fight against the stretch, the more you let go the more flexible you become.

Have lots of props ready to go and enjoy the release!

Namaste!

Silent Yoga Flow

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I’m trying something new in this video, I’ll be giving you a brake from my constant talking and flow through a full body Hatha yoga routine in silence.

I’m hoping that this will give you the chance to simply focus on your breath and your yoga practice with no distractions.

I will take you to quieting your mind, a short warm up, some sun salutations, standing poses, bringing you back to the floor for some core work, a short cool down and finally into savasana.

Let me know what you think of this yoga flow and if you would like to see more like it by leaving me a comment below.

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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.

Yoga to Help With PMS

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Have you been feeling irritable, cranky, sweaty, sweaty, hard to get along with???? Perhaps that time of the month is near and PMS is here!

So put down the chocolates and do some light yoga flow for PMS with me!

I will take you threw a gentle Hatha yoga routine focusing on chest openers and positions to stretch your pelvic wall muscles. Stretching the pelvis helps to elevate cramps.

Have fun and let me know what you think!

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Namaste!!

Post Holiday Yin Yoga De-stress

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The most stressful time of the year is over!!!!

I’ve prepared this one hour yin yoga class to stretch your whole body.

Make sure you have a mat, blanket, block and a strap ready to go.

Remember to always listen to your knees in Yin yoga, especially since so much of this practice is done on the floor and all the positions are held for so long.

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Namaste!!!

Hatha Yoga to Open The Sacral Chakra and Ignite Creativity

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Open your second chakra (Sacral Chakra) with me.

The sacral chakra is located between your naval point and sex organs. Therefore, I have prepared a series of hip openers, forward folds, and the bridge position to open this chakra up. The Sacral Chakra governs anything having to do with creativity, femininity, and the water element.

You can help to open the chakra off the mat by drinking lots of water or by reading, writing, dancing, singing, eating fruit or by wearing the color orange. If the chakra is weak or blocked one might feel angry, irritable, lethargic, have sexual problems or have some kind of creative blockage. It’s important to keep all 7 chakras strong because if even one chakra is out of balance it sucks the energy from the rest.

Prepare a mat and a blanket. Have a strap and a block handy, and get ready for your creative energy to explode.

I hope everyone has had a happy and safe holiday season. Don’t forget to like, share, subscribe and comment on my videos by clicking right here. I love to read your thoughts.

Namaste!!

Kundalini Yoga To Energize

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Let’s awaken that vibrant serpent at the base of your spine with this short but fiery Kundalini yoga energizer!!!

Be ready for some vigorous breath work and movement. There’s nothing like a little breath of fire to keep you going through this stressful time of the year.

Breath of fire is a a shallow, rapid way of breathing which sounds like a dog panting.

You’ll want to fill your tummy up with lots of air and pump your belly button up and into the spine on the exhale. Breath in and out through the nose only. Please don’t forget to stop and breath normally if you start feeling dizzy or nauseous.

Remember have fun, send me your comments and subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here.

We hit 50 YouTube subscribers with my last video. YAY!! Special thanks to everyone who helped me get there. Let’s see if we can get to 55 with this one.

NAMASTE!!!

Hatha Yoga to Energize

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That oh so stressful season is upon us once again, so let’s get fired up and energize with this Hatha yoga flow routine to keep our stamina up for all our shopping, decorating and cooking. Be ready to be up, down and all around.

I hope you enjoy.

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Namaste!

Yin Yoga to Open Your Hips

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It is time to release pent up emotion by opening your hips.

Think of your hips as emotional storage lockers. Because we have so much cold tissue running all through our hips – like the fascia and ligaments – hip openers in Yin yoga are so beneficial to both our mind and body. I can’t think of any better way to release our hips and legs than a yin style practice such as this one.

In Yin yoga we hold each pose for a relatively long time. Anywhere from 1-8 minutes. Therefore, the Asanas allow for a very deep stretch and opening through our cold tissue.

Please make sure you have lots of props ready to go such as pillows, a blanket and a block or two. Don’t forget, because it is a Yin style practice you don’t want to pressure yourself to go to far. Try to find your sweet spot and allow yourself to melt into each shape.

Please don’t forget to give me a like on YouTube by clicking here and subscribe! I’d love to see your comments too. Let me know what you think and give me ideas for upcoming videos.

Namaste!

Yoga to Open the Root Chakra

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Have you been feeling a little out of sorts lately? Having trouble staying grounded? Feeling insecure? It could be a sign that your root chakra is out of balance.

We have 7 chakras running through our body.
The root chakra is the first. It’s located at the base of your spine and it’s red in color.

One of the best ways to strengthen our root chakra is to perform Asanas which root you to the earth or any poses which push the base of your spine to the sky.

The root chakra rules anything that has to do with our roots such as money, family our home or just general feeling of security.
Please let me know what you thought of this yoga routine and of course like, share and subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Stay grounded.

Namaste!!!!