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How To Do Yoga and Meditation Anywhere

YogaDownload.com is your own personal yoga studio, open 24 hours a day. A collective of students and teachers, YDL boasts a 100,000+ membership base, and offers exclusive access to world-renowned teachers, which will teach you how to do yoga and meditation anywhere you desire! Our library of audio/video yoga and meditation classes are available for both download and streaming, via four different membership packages.

I don’t often recommend a product or service on my blog, but when I do it’s simply because it deserves one. This is one of those times I am going to make an exception to the rule, based on my own wonderful experience with this program.

What does Yoga Download offer?

I have plenty of customers, who like me have a very busy lifestyle and want to keep up with their advanced yoga and meditation practice on the road.

I recommend that they get a yearly elite yoga subscription at Yoga Download. It allows them an unlimited access to all the yoga and meditation download of videos and audios, together with live yoga and meditation classes, theme workshops and music for yoga practice.

This site simply has it all, their classes are starting from yoga and meditation for beginners to ones dealing with specific health problems, weight loss and pregnancies.

My clients have had specially good results with their program for helping people with back pain. Yoga For Back Pain  introduces you to the ways yoga can help you to regain normal posture and rid yourself of aches and cramps.

Find the Perfect Style of Yoga for You allows beginners to explore different types and yoga styles in order to find the one that best suites their physique and needs. I often use this class when my students are doubting if Hatha, kundalini yoga and meditation, Vinyasa flow yoga sequences or Ashtanga yoga practice and philosophy would best fit their needs.

Their yoga program also includes a lot of advanced yoga videos. For people with busy lifestyle  I would like to highlight gems such as:

Dana Damara Yoga Class – Be Still and Reflect: Evening Yoga – An Amazing way to quiet down after a busy day

From Frustration to Focus online yoga class with Dia Draper – A 5 minute session that will help your to focus at work.

What Sets Yoga Download Aside From Other Online Yoga Programs?

I also really recommend participating in their special programs and challenges such as Beginner’s Journey, 14 day Class Yoga Program.

camel asanaHowever my absolute favorite is the 7- Day Heart Opening Program which was in fact my first program on this site. It includes both daily yoga classes and meditation sessions that will release tightness and tension in your chest area and increasing the flow of energy into your heart chakra, making you feel lighter, happier, and more open to receiving the love that surrounds you. I follow this program over and over again and have dubbed it: My Honeymoon With Yoga And Meditation.

Have you always wanted to become a yoga teacher, but was not able to spend the time or the money to do so? Yoga Download has developed their own Online Yoga Teacher Training Certification!

This a unique set of courses specially planned to take you from student to teacher. I have followed this training myself by the request of my students and can testify it follows the same structure as the classroom led teaching methods and gives you the knowledge in:

  1. Anatomy and Alignment
  2. Vinyasa, Sequencing & The Subtle Body
  3. The Art of Adjustment
  4. Teaching Techniques, Building Business & Being a Professional
  5. Philosophy, History and Theming
  6. Meditation, Myths and Mantras
  7. Final Teacher Culmination

At $1495 this training is amazing value, as for a classroom led trainings you have to shell out up to $5000, without the transportation and board.

The courses can also be purchased one module at the time, in case you are not able to make the initial investment for the whole amount.

My Personal Favorite Yoga Download Content

Besides their video content, presented by many different instructors, I am especially in love with their audio classes.

YogaDownload ProgramThese amazing podcasts allow you to take your yoga practice truly anywhere, all you need is a smart phone or mp3 player.

I personally hate doing yoga inside and getting to classes  can be a real challenge with a busy lifestyle and remote location. When I’m home, I do yoga outside in my garden, when I am on the road, I do yoga anywhere where the inspiration strikes me!

Tell me, would you prefer to do yoga at the beach, while the waves gently caress you, or perhaps int he park, in the shade of your favorite tree? Sit an mediate on the mountain top or perhaps at the busy airport while waiting for your flight? This is my favorite meditation to listen to in a forest:  Loving Kindness Meditation to Open the Heart.

Yoga Gift Cards For Every Occasion

One of the nicest marketing strategies they have is the ability of buying someone a gift certificate to their online yoga classes! I have used this on numerous occasions for family members and friends. Every time it was received with the same delight and excitement!

Yogadownload Gift CertificateImagine what a wonderful gift it would make for bride to be to get in shape for the wedding or someone who has just had a baby to get rid of the extra kilos gained during the pregnancy without embarrassing her by talking about it directly.

Or just a hand your girl friend a beautiful gift card at Christmas instead of starting yet an other argument about all the burritos she is drowning. Is your husband sprouting  a beer belly? How about you purchase a gift that will help you to bond and get started with yoga together with you in the comfort of your home.

They pricing is either by package or monthly/yearly subscription. The yearly subscription is of exceptional value, costing only $99, the monthly ones start from $10.

YDL occasionally have discounted offers for yearly subscriptions, for Earth day and other special events, but their bestseller is the ongoing 50% off promotion on monthly elite yoga subscriptions. 50% Off Monthly Elite Online Yoga Packages

I cannot recommend Yoga Download enough and will continue to offer the benefits it offers and suggest it my clients for the times when they are unable to attend my classes!

You can read more about the beginnings of yoga in my own articles Starting Yoga Practise, Yoga Sutras and Surya Namaskar.

As always with love,

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Walking Meditation Benefits – Gratefulness

Most of the times I meditate sitting on my meditation pillow or laying on the floor in a dimly lit room, either with soft soothing music, or in complete silence. Sometimes however both my body and mind need something more. Join me discovering the walking meditation benefits!

Join Me in My Walking Meditation

Some days I really struggle to find motivation to continue with it all. Yes, we all know those days;

When we are too tired to even get out of bed

When our bodies hurt so bad that we are wondering how we will ever be able to not to cry

When have so many worries weighing down our minds

When the weather sucks, wind blows and rain makes everything look gray and dark

And when everything we have to accomplish that particular day looks like Mount Everest…

On those days, instead of just walking around like a Zombie, trying to just get through the day, I choose to do something controversial instead. Something that feels like such a chore and I can barely motivate myself to get started, but I know from experience has the power to turn my day completely around and give me a fresh new start.

First I push aside what ever tasks I set out to do that day and dragged myself out of my warm and comfy bed in the early morning hours. Instead I get dressed and drink a quick cup of tea to warm me up from inside, bundle up warm and set out in the cold morning breeze with my dog.

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Instead of dwelling on my problems, which has never really resulted into anything good or attempting to drown my sorrows by listening to some of my favorite music, I empty my head of worries.

I set myself a task. In my mind, I write down a list of everything I am grateful for at that very moment. You know the things we all normally take for granted. I let my mind wonder on those thoughts.

I go on until my mind is once again clear and free of doubts. Until I am able to think clear once again. Until there the happiness once again inhabits my heart.

Things I am Grateful For This Morning

This morning was one of those moments. I woke up with thumbing headache, my throat felt like a sandpaper. I could barely open my eye, that’s how swollen my whole face was. My whole body was aching and I felt like it had been driven over by a truck.

But I knew I had so much to do, so I had to get going. My first few steps felt so unsure on my swollen feet, I just wanted to collapse back into the madras and pull the covers over my head.

Instead I headed over to the bathroom, splashed some water over my face, avoiding looking into the mirror. Somehow I managed to put my clothes, even though tying my shoelaces felt like an impossible task as my normally agile body refused to bend down.

Finally I was ready and called for my dog, who had in the meanwhile given up on me ever getting going and had simply fallen back asleep by the stairs.

I walk at brisk pace over the wet fields, into a nearby forest. My dog is running ahead of me chasing birds, enjoying the exercise, sensing I am not in the mood for a play.

I start to feel how my body slowly rids itself of the nervous energy, the frustration of my daily life always charges me with. I continue until I feel the fog lifting from in front of my eyes and the weight on my throat, which was choking me slowly releasing it’s grip.

Once my mind begins t clear, I start with my list,  my reasons to be happy and grateful this particular morning:

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How happy my children were last night to greet me at the train station after a week of separation and how their smiles and hugs warmed my heart.

How nice is was to open a fridge and eat something healthy instead of eating in the mediocre business restaurants.

How good it felt to open the door to my atelier and see my half finished painting, just waiting for me to pick up the brush and continue the masterpiece.

How amazing it felt to take a hot bath with my beloved rubber duck and soak my body aching from the travel and the stress.

How tasty my favorite loose Chinese Jasmine tea really is compared to tea bag variants.

How soft my dogs fur felt under my fingers, when he woke me up this morning, excited for me being back and eagerly anticipating his morning walk.

How lovely social media messages and emails are waiting for me from my friends and family and how I can spend my morning answering to them before anyone else wakes up.

How sweet the grapes I planted 10 years ago on my drive way tasted, when I stopped to pick a handful to savor on my way.

How relaxing it is that my whole company has Monday and Tuesday off next week and I can get some well needed relief for my work related stress and do something nice with the kids and concentrate on my blogs.

How wonderful it is that my kids have a holiday next week and they can join me to Poland where I need to do some work next week.

How amazing it will be to celebrate Diwali, the festival of light, tomorrow with some home made floating candles over a lake with all my children, yoga and Hindu friends.

How well the message, ‘My soul is carrier by the power of truth’, I found this morning in my beloved Love Chocks fitted into my mindset.

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By the time I come back, the sun has broken through the clouds and it’s rays are gently warming my skin, I am full of energy and ready to start my day. The dog runs inside for a drink and I join him for an other cup of my favorite tea.

I change into my yoga gear, roll my yoga mat out in the garden and perform my Hatha session outside, enjoying the fresh cool morning air.

I always seem to concentrate on one Yoga pose, which particularly speaks to me that particular morning hop over to these guys. This morning it happens to be one of my very favorite, the bow pose, or rather the Dhanurasana.

Why do I love this Asana so, besides the wonderful graceful appearance it gives any body performing it? It has so many wonderful benefits and I have personally witnesses them all!

It has a wonderful strengthening effect on the back and abdominal muscles.

It stimulates the reproductive organs, good tip for ladies out there looking to get pregnant.

It opens up the chest, neck and shoulders helping anyone who suffers from the keyboard syndrome or is feeling tight after traveling.

It also tones and stretches all the leg and arm muscles.

It helps your back to get more flexible, hence reducing back pains.

It is an amazingly good stress and fatigue buster

It is also know to relieve menstrual discomfort and constipation.

It really helps people with kidney disorders by stimulating the endocrine system.

It is one of the top yoga poses in providing relief from headache.

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Half way through my teenage daughter joins me without a word, she picks up the rhythm and we work through the poses in wonderful harmony. After finishing up, we eat breakfast together while she chats about her week.

My mind is filled with deep content and I feel a deep smile spreading on my face. I realize I’m stress free first time for days. My headache is gone and thoughts are flowing clear once again, I feel ready for the new challenges of this particular day.

Art By Heart

Afterwards I sit in front of my computer and write down the many wonderful new ideas I have for this blog dealing with art, yoga, meditation, healthy living and travel. Things that I hope anyone will be interested in reading and find some value in.

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This means I will write about everything my life consists of and not in any particular order. I want anyone who stumbles across my blog to be able to pick up a particular story or interest, not having to scroll to the beginning.

What I will NOT write here about is my insanely demanding job as a chief technology officer of a start up company, except maybe in comparison to the life style I now actively crave and strive for!

I created this website a month ago eager to get started and yet once I finished creating the framework and the outlines for my blog, I stopped.

So why have I been neglecting my brand new website the last few weeks? After all I was so happy to finally get started! Why has it’s been so difficult to get started writing?

It feels funny because the words normally flow out me and my fingers dance on the keyboard. So I couldn’t understand how come it has been so difficult to write down my stories as creative writing, just like art, normally comes so naturally to me.

I could partially say it was because of my workload and the fair bit of traveling I did the last month. Or the fact that I felt the urge to concentrate on my art. I am sure partially my other, rather technically oriented blog is to blame, as it was much easier to write about something that was not so very personal.

But this morning I realized it was mostly it has been because I really am rather scared of what people think of my posts. I was going lay myself out there, bare my soul and show the flaws of both my body, my art and my life. Accepting criticism has never been my strong side. I will lay my heart out there, please be gentle with it.

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I have also always been a perfectionist, so it’s not easy knowing that doesn’t matter how hard I was going to strive for supremacy, I was going to fall short by some people’s standards. My spelling, my grammar, my choice of topics, my chosen pictures and my way of thinking. I would never be able to please everyone.

But this morning I feel ready for the challenge and will take the plunge, jump into the deep with my first finished blog post, with many others to follow.

If you have enjoyed reading my post, I’d love to head from you! If you reply to my post, please reply with what you are grateful for this morning…

As always with love,

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P.S. If you are unsure about how to start with yoga or meditation, take a look at my page  Starting Yoga Practice – Beginners Guide