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Yoga and Mental Health

By Elisha Jachetti, Certified Personal Trainer We all have watched as celebrities have touted and praised new fad workouts and diets to help them drop a significant amount of weight in a very short period of time. Whether they want to slim down for a new film role, tour, or bounce back after having a child, the excruciating lengths they go to always send the public into a mimicking frenzy, hoping they too could achieve such a quick fix. As these short-lived crazes fade into the background, there is one exercise regimen that remains constantly relevant, yoga. Plenty of celebrities have cited yoga as being very important in maintaining their physiques. Why, though, is yoga a consistent practice for them while the other methods seem to be easily forgotten? The answer to this question perhaps has to do with the fact that yoga offers much more than a physical challenge. It also opens, frees, and reinvigorates the mind and the spirit.   Michelle Williams explained in an interview with Marie Claire magazine that yoga and meditation helped her to handle the grief and devastation of losing her former partner and father of her child, Heath Ledger. Williams says, “Yoga gave […] read more

Win a Free Yoga Mat!

Hello Hummingbirds!   Here’s your chance to win a FREE Yoga Mat!   How to enter:   1. Follow us on our social media pages below: •Facebook: @Hummingbird Yoga NJ •Twitter: @hummingbirdnj •Instagram: @hummingbirdyoganj   2. Every Thursday for the month of JUNE 2014 (6/5. 6/12. 6/19. 6/26), you can upload an image of yourself in your favorite yoga pose to any of the social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram).   3. In the comments of your image, write: #FavoritePoseThursday and #HummingBirdYogaNJ 4. Also, be sure to tag us in your post, so that we can see your picture. At the end of the month, we will go through all your favorite poses and select a winner. The winner will not necessarily be chosen on the difficulty of the pose. Winner will be announced by July 7th.   Any questions? Email Heidi at Heidi@hummingbirdyoganj.com or send us your questions on social media. read more

Wanderlust: A Yoga Festival to Talk About

Wanderlust: A Yoga Festival to Talk About   Elisha Jachetti, Certified Personal Trainer Wanderlust is an event that began in 2009 and has continued to build momentum year after year. It is a celebration of yoga and can now be found in multiple places around North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile. Wanderlust has two different formats. One is a multi-day festival that is hosted amongst nature in the countryside.  The other is called, “Yoga in the City,” and has been redesigned to work within an urban setting for one day. At both events, there are yoga classes, yogic performances, lectures and discussions, music performances, workshops, and culinary delights. As the popularity surrounding Wanderlust has grown, so has the organization. Not only has the touring cities expanded, but Wanderlust now has a handful of permanent yoga studios that operate throughout the year. In addition, they also offer a yoga teacher training course.   On June 7th, 2014, Wanderlust is hosting a “Yoga in the City” in Philadelphia. The yoga classes are complimentary and feature some great and well known yogis. At this particular event, Diana and John Vitarelli, who both co-own Dhyana Yoga studios will be there. John Vitarelli is not only a trained chef, but he […] read more

Defying Physics: A Look At Aerial Yoga

Defying Physics: A Look At Aerial Yoga Elisha Jachetti, Certified Personal Trainer Aerial Yoga, or Anti-Gravity Yoga as it is also called, is a yoga practice during which students are suspended from the ceiling with fabric straps. They are taken through a series of inversions and poses while hanging, allowing for decompression in the spine through traction and deeper stretching. It is inspired by acrobatics, gymnastics, and dance in a similar fashion to AcroYoga. However, unlike AcroYoga, Aerial Yoga is a more individual practice.   As yoga is meant to lead to a spiritual revolution, as well as a physical one, Aerial Yoga does that and then some. There is a large component of this particular practice that forces the student to let go of fear and replace that emotion with trust. Trust in the stability of the ceiling, that it will support the yoga hammocks. Trust in the strength of the yoga hammock, that the fabric will not tear. Finally, trust in yourself, that you are capable to engage in this activity. In addition, introducing new equipment to a yoga regimen will force you to be very present in the moment, aware of the changes and novelty.   Since its conception, Aerial Yoga has soared in […] read more

What is AcroYoga?

Elisha Jachetti, Certified Personal Trainer   AcroYoga is a relatively new practice that fuses the strength and power of acrobatics with the poses and movements of yoga. Over time, two different schools have formed that possess the authority to certify other instructors. Both schools were created completely independently from one another and without knowledge of the other’s existence. As a result, each school has its unique approach and ideology, but regardless, they share similar foundational basics.   AcroYoga, Inc., which began in California, was founded by Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer. According to their website, their practice is grounded in three main elements (1) “Solar Acrobatic Practices that cultivate trust, empowerment, and joy” through inversions with spotting and partner acrobatics, (2) “Lunar Healing Arts Practices that cultivate listening, loving, and letting go” through massage, therapeutic flying, and partner yoga, and (3) “Yogic Practices that cultivate breath awareness, life balance, and coordination,” through postures, breathing exercises, and mantras.  The company offers classes and workshops all over the world, claiming that anyone can get involved regardless of body size or level.   AcroYoga Montreal, which began in Canada, was founded by Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku. It is the older of the […] read more

Consumer Reports?? For health and wellness? Yes!

Heidi Farber, Owner of Hummingbird Yoga Studio I recently received the September issue of Consumer Reports and noticed something unusual.  There was an article about health and alternative therapies.  When I think of this magazine, I immediately conjure up ideas of products and ratings.  So this definitely struck me.  Consumer Reports surveyed 45,601 subscribers online and found that three out of four were using some form of alternative therapy for their health.  Hands-on-treatments such as chiropractic and deep-tissue massage, as well as the mind-body practice of yoga, dominated the lists of helpful treatments for discomfort from conditions such as back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis.   Respondents based their opinions on personal experience.  Some people say they have gone through a transformational process, such as a major illness that caused them to  look at their life in a different way.  Others say, they chose alternative treatments to avoid the side effects of conventional medications.  Out of 9% of people who used yoga to alleviate back pain, 49% said that this program helped significantly.   For depression, about 1/3 who used meditation or yoga therapy rated that treatment highly.   Yoga and meditation were also used to combat anxiety.  Of the 16% who did […] read more

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