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How To Wear Capri Leggings With Confidence

So now, let’s talk about confidence when wearing Capri leggings. Your confidence level sometimes judges your personality, so you should give more importance to it. When you wear your yoga outfit, you should feel confident and proud of yourself. If not, how can you engage deeply in yoga practice? The dress you wear should offer the confidence you deserve, and you should be able to carry on with the work without any interruptions. 

On the other hand, if you improve your level of confidence, you should also see a considerable change in your style. Finding the right level of confidence will give you the courage to choose the best Capri leggings based on your body shape and preferences. The attitude you have about your clothes is essential, so you should focus on changing or improving it. If you wear the dress confidently, it will show everybody that you are not insecure about what you wear and what you do. So, let us learn more about this. 

Self-Confidence Has A Major Role 

Yoga is not easy, but if you have the self-confidence to choose the perfect clothing, it will become easier. You might be wondering whether clothing is that important for yoga and the answer is yes, it is. Self-confidence has a high impact on choosing yoga clothing, so don’t treat it less. Three things will make you look perfect when engaging in yoga. 

  1. You should know what clothing would suit the yoga style that you are engaging in.
  2. You should know the colors that would suit your skin and personality. 
  3. You should give a portion to your confidence as it plays a major role. 

So when these points come together, you will be able to wear the Capri leggings with confidence. Actually, self-confidence is the icing on the cake when you are engaging in yoga. If you wear yoga clothing with confidence, you will be able to engage in yoga without a doubt. 

What Does Self-Confidence Have To Do With Yoga? 

If you want to become a great yogi, you should wear confidence like a jewel. You should not only focus on confidence when doing yoga but also when selecting yoga clothing. If you follow this advice, you will certainly be able to wear it without thinking twice. You should not worry about what other people’s opinions regarding your clothes, so it’s best to have the ability to wear what you like in a comfortable way. You should spend some time to analyze how the dress would look on you. It’s advisable not to waste your time in disguising yourself in something that doesn’t suit you, but rather focus on your personality when selecting the best Capri leggings. You should exert an effort to find the best of the clothes that would be suitable when exercising. The gist is you should feel good about what you wear and give enough attention when selecting the best yoga clothing. If the level of self-confidence sky-rockets, you will be able to find the best dress. So, make sure to wear your yoga clothes with confidence. 

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Why High Waist Capris May Be the Best Pants for Yoga

Serious yogis want to ensure that they have the very best materials at their disposal each time they step on the mat. The first step towards a better practice could be as simple as selecting an outfit that suits the occasion. Lately, yogis are flocking to the high waist Capri leggings that fill store shelves because of the significant benefits they offer to their practice.

What do all high-waist capris have in common that can be beneficial for your yoga practice?

First, the shorter length ensures that you will be able to have a firm footing in each and every pose throughout your practice. Pants that reach the floor can sometimes find their ways around the back of your ankle, lessening your skin’s natural ability to grip the mat. If your foot ends up wrapped in spandex fabric and pressed firmly into the mat, you may experience some slipping that could ultimately be dangerous for your muscles.

Second, the high-waist capris give you added protection when you move into more exposing poses such as inversions. Many yogis pause to tuck shirts into waistbands prior to a forearm stand or handstand when taking a studio class. This extra step is virtually unnecessary with high-waist capris because the coverage provided by the pants isn’t likely to slip during your time with your heart above your head.

Inversions aren’t the only positions that can benefit from leggings with a higher waist. Any type of forward bend – whether it’s seated, standing, or a simple posture like the downward-facing dog – can benefit from the extra fabric around your torso. You won’t have to worry about showing your undergarments (or lack thereof) to the student behind you when wearing pants that offer a greater degree of protection, such as high-waist capris.

Confidence and comfort in the average movements throughout your practice can give you the confidence you need to remain upside down for longer and with less worry. Your mind can focus on your intention instead of your outfit faux pas.

Not only does the high-waist aspect of yoga leggings protect you from wandering eyes in precarious poses, but it can give you greater confidence even in standing poses. Many of the high-waist capris available on today’s market, including those from 90 Degree by Reflex, offer built-in shapewear. This feature gives you more tummy control to make your figure appear slimmer, taking away some of the concern for your outward appearance during practice.

Because these pants fit more snugly around the abdomen, high-waist capris can also actively remind you to engage your core muscles with each transition. Engaging the correct muscle groups helps to protect the back muscles and spine for a healthier long-term practice.

High-waist capris offer a number of benefits to your practice, ranging from comfort to confidence to a more secure footing on the mat. There’s a clear reason that yogis are loving this addition to their workout apparel.

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Make Good Use of Spices from Your Garden

I view my kitchen as an experimental laboratory of tastes. But that doesn’t mean I’m good at cooking or even baking. There are also instances when I fail. For now, I was fortunately always able to come up with a healthy plan B alternative.

I also like to prepare foods fresh, when they are in season. I usually note the time when I picked certain plants and either their flowers, leaves, or roots.

Here are some non-traditional plants, their health properties and ways to prepare them.

A widely spread plant that grows pretty much everywhere and anywhere is nettle.

Nettle tea helps clear blood and strengthen the body. While its leaves could be made in place of steamed spinach, it also blends well to soups. Both leaves and roots are gathered from May to end of July. When gathering it, make sure to wear protective gloves as it can sting for a while when in contact with bare skin. But I wouldn’t worry anyway, as our grandparents say nettle stings are beneficial against arthritis in older years.

Another widely spread plant that is edible and known to be packed with iron is a dandelion.

One of my favorite ways to prepare it is by mincing it into a pesto. With the simple procedure of its preparation, you are sure to make all of its benefits alive. Dandelion leaves can be gathered anytime from March to May, but before their flowers bloom yellow (as that is when they become even more bitter).

Rinse them, add a greater amount of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and pepper or the spices you prefer, a couple of cloves of garlic and possibly some water to make it smoother if necessary. I like to garnish mine with nutritional yeast, as its flavor is similar to parmesan cheese, but you could just as well use parmesan. You can even choose to store it for the months when dandelion is not in season. In which case, rather omit adding the cheese as it can grow mold with time. Simply fill glass containers to the top with the mixture and tightly seal before storing in a cool, dry environment.

Dandelion leaves are moreover a great healthy addition to salads. They benefit your body in helping to clear your blood, liver, and bile as well as they show a positive correlation in treating rheumatism.

Stalks are used to treat diabetes and as Gallstone solvents. White milky liquid treats warts. And if you drop it to the eye, it protects the cornea. You could also prepare restorative tea from dandelion’s leaves.

Moreover, picking dandelion can be a fun family activity as you can simultaneously entertain children by blowing dandelion lights to the air and sending your good wishes out to the world.

Another plant that we all probably know well, but not definitely enjoy equally, are carrots.

They are filled with different vitamins and so boost your immune system. In cases when you have a heartburn, carrot juice helps soothe it. Cooked carrots are good to have while having tummy aches. They moreover make for good blood. Their benefits don’t stop here, carrots have a positive correlation in helping with sight issues. They also help eliminate Gallstones. And boost up low blood pressure. They help stop diarrhea. On top of it all, they make bones stronger. They are also great first foods to introduce to a baby as carrots are light on digestion but very sweet in their taste.

Last but not least, it is one that I’ve grown to love over the past years – garlic. Plus, it is easy to incorporate into foods and the garlicky taste blends in well. Though I’m not yet totally okay with my after-breath (but help clear it with cinnamon, which by the way also filled healthy properties).

Garlic is known to demolish plethora of bacteria, lower the body temperature and promotes healthy brain activity. It heals flu, typhoid and lowers high blood pressure.

A milder version of garlic is wild garlic of which you ingest the whole baby leaves. It is easily recognizable as it smells very similar to garlic. An easy way to prepare it is in pesto dipped in a fair amount of olive oil and mixed together with some nuts or seeds before well blended. Baby garlic itself is also a nice addition to soups and salads.

It is only recently that I have started researching and utilizing pretty much every plant that grows around. They are definitely the best I can take from nature and they help me save some money on the way. By growing my own fruits, vegetables and spices I have moreover gained an appreciation for nature and understand better how grounding it is to live in harmony with it.

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Ayurveda and Yoga: Seeing the Connection

Ayurveda and Yoga: Seeing the Connection

Some might say that there is no yoga without Ayurveda and that there is no Ayurveda without yoga; and they are most probably right.

What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda refers to a holistic mind-body natural health system that was developed by Indian sages thousands of years ago. With its Sanskrit words Ayur, meaning life and Veda, standing for science or knowledge; this method is not only useful to cure and overcome physical illnesses, but it is also a practice that gives you access to leading a vigorous balanced life by taking into account these two basic principles:

The Mind and Body are Inherently Connected

There is nothing more powerful than the mind, when it comes to healing and transforming the body

Ayurveda’s goal is to remove the root cause of disease and the imbalance of the doshas. Doshas are different types of mind, body and emotional combinations that show predominant characteristics in an individual. An individual’s predominant dosha will fall into one of the three categories of Vata, Pitta or Kapha; each one being related to two of the five elements of space, air, fire, water, and earth. Suitable and effective diet and remedies will entirely depend on a person’s corresponding dosha. This system is all about purification of the mind and body, through leading a healthy lifestyle in all facets of your daily routines and life; from eating to thinking and from resting to carrying out any given activity.

Ok… So How Is Ayurveda Related to Yoga?

Just as Pattabhi Jois explains in his book Yoga Mala, the goal of yoga is “to finally come to the realization of one’s true self or universal self; freeing the mind and sense organs and thus making it possible for us to control them.” This is not achieved only by carrying out the practice of the many Asanas or postures, but by simultaneously following what is recommended in the Eight Limbs of yoga. It is in these eight foundations that we are capable of finding the connection in between these two Indian wisdom philosophies.

The first limb Yama, for example, is composed of Ahimsa which is basically the principle of not causing harm to anyone, in any form and at any time including animals and all sentient beings; a principle that is quite linked to Ayurveda prescribing mostly vegetarian diets, with meat being suggested only under certain specific conditions and in small amounts. Aparigraha, on the other hand, mentions how what we eat should be pure (sattvic), untainted (nirmala) food that is acquired through righteousness, thaking into account that the amount of food being ingested is that one necessary for our body to sustain itself; which means not over eating or not eating less than what we need. This principle is closely connected to the one proposed by Ayurveda that encourages to eat with complete awareness. Finally, the second limb, Niyama, mentions Saucha or purification (inner and outer purification); a goal that is overall sought by Ayurvedic medicine as well.

Meditation, one of the essential components in yoga, was also the main prescription used by Ayurvedic physicians, as it aids with bringing balance back into our minds and because our mind and body are naturally connected, this immediately helps with bringing homeostasis back into our body.

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6 Types of Underwear for Yoga

It’s time for yoga, and you’ve got two pairs of clean underwear: a thong that crawls, or that-time-of-the-month granny pants. You don’t want Visible Panty Lines (VPL), and you don’t want to have visible thong either. You could go commando, but you’ve heard stories about ripped yoga pants, and that would be far worse than a thong riding up above the top of your waistline.

What’s the best underwear for yoga? Some women say thongs are uncomfortable, but they don’t want to wear regular underwear because the lines will show. How to deal with this problem? Here are a handful of the solutions women have devised to deal with the yoga underwear dilemma.

Regular Underwear

These women wear whatever underwear they want and have no time for your nonsense. I salute these women.

No Underwear

These women wear no underwear and have no time for underwear. I am a little afraid of these women, but I respect their right to eschew undergarments.

Low-rise, Thick Banded Thongs

This is the option I choose. It is a popular solution. A thong with a wide, soft and stretchy band (usually lace) that sits low on the hip and doesn’t cut into it is about as comfortable as you can hope for without having a VPL in yoga. The most well-known maker of this kind of thong is Hanky Panky. These kinds of thongs have been wildly popular for about fifteen years now, and I believe there are other brands at different price points making this style as well. The main concern is to ensure you buy the low-rise style so that it does not stick up above the top of your pants during class.

Brazillian Style Panty

The Brazillian panty is like a thong but with more coverage. It is slightly more comfortable than a thong but might have more VPL potential.

G-string

Less coverage, even, than a thong, but probably not going to show in class, because there’s not much to show.

Pants with VPL-Camouflaging Seams

If you want to hide your VPL but really dislike wearing thongs, G-strings, Brazilian panties, or going commando, you can find a pair of pants that allow you to wear your regular style underwear underneath without detection. The key to this is looking for yoga pants with visible seams running down the legs and around the backside, especially in the general areas where your underwear lines would be. These lines serve to hide the VPL and distract from anybody noticing your underwear lines. Champion makes a pair of yoga pants that have a seam running down the sides of both legs, the crack of the butt, and around the side of the hips that camouflages panty-lines pretty well.

Skirt Over Yoga Pants

A trend that may or may not catch on. Recent advertisements for some yoga brands feature models wearing yoga pants with skirts on over them. If you like this look, it clearly would solve the problem with panty lines.

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My Go-to Yoga Pose: Plank Pose

Plank Pose high variation of Chaturanga Dandasana, in Sanskrit, is great for when you don’t have a lot of time and you want to challenge yourself physically. This pose develops a strong foundation just like a wooden plank. Because you have to hold up your entire body in this pose, it helps develop your sense of power. At the same time, as you coordinate your whole body and transition in and out of this pose, you also develop a graceful quality.

Chaturanga Dandasana, in Sanskrit, means four-limbed staff pose. The staff refers to your central support system, your spine. In this pose you press the floor away with all of your limbs and create a parallel position to the floor. This pose is performed two ways:

1.In the Sun Salutation A and B, Yoga Vinyasa Sequences

2. It can be held for a period of time, 30 seconds for example, with deep breathing staying constant.

Plank pose works your whole body.

The beauty of yoga poses is that they build strength using your own body weight and plank pose is a perfect example of this component. Plank pose strengthens and tones your abdominal muscles while increasing flexibility in the feet. As you bear your weight it builds arm and wrist strength.

Integrates your body

As you begin to integrate your whole body, keeping your body straight, this integration sets you up for vinyasa flow jumps. When you incorporate Vinyasa flow transition jumps, you begin at your core and dramatically move your energy upward through your chakras!

In addition to body integration, you improve your circulatory and respiratory benefits. It also develops a more stable spinal posture. It seems to build a very balanced and strong foundation for your body to thrive and prepare for more yoga benefits.

It builds self-confidence and sense of stability.

As you feel your weight evenly distributed, hold yourself through the sheer strength of your muscles, you instantly remember that you are innately strong and powerful. As you continue to increase the amount of time you spend in this pose (anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes) you build self confidence and perseverance.

Plank Pose is a good foundation for wrist-bearing poses, including inversions.

By engaging these upper body muscles, you are preparing yourself for intermediate yoga poses. You will be able to hold side plank, jump through transitions using your wrists and lift into handstands. Slowly work up to these poses, however, because it is easy to develop wrist injuries if you haven’t built up enough strength. That is why plank pose is a great foundational skill!

It is perfect for morning yoga routines.

Get your plank practice in by doing sun salutations, which are found in Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga flows. In this sequence, you will exhale as you jump into plank and lower down into upperward facing dog pose. Focus your gaze, or drishti, on the tip of your nose with your face looking forward.

Due to plank pose’s ability to create true strength, coordination, and self-confidence, I rely on this pose to prepare me to handle anything that will come my way during the day!