Monday, 20 May 2013

Fall Registration Open Now

Do you think that your talents are wasted in a nine to five job? Do you feel your health and well-being fall to pieces in snack rooms and around the coffee machine during mandated breaks? Is the office life simply not for you?

Reach your potential at a job that is meaningful, worthwhile and good for your body, mind and soul.

Become a yoga teacher. Get the healthiest you’ve ever been and make a living helping others do the same. If you measure your wealth in happiness of the spirit, it’s the best paying job in the world.

We are currently offering Vancouver yoga teacher training session for the fall. To find out if the life of a yoga instructor is right for your, talk to us about a free consultation.

The next course begins September 21, 2013.

Space is limited, so be sure to contact us as soon as possible to reserve your space.

Want to fine-tune your skills and take your yoga teaching to the next level? Naked Truth Yoga is currently running its Elite Yoga Teacher Training. It’s a 200 hr+ program that is ready for the summer break. Contact us today inquire about registration.

Again space is limited, so be sure to get signed up before the course is full.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Yoga Improves Athletic Performance for Athletes

We are all aware that yoga improves flexibility, stamina and strength, but what some might not know is that yoga can also enhance athletic performance.

More and more athletes are adopting yoga as part of their workout regime. Runners, cyclists, and other sports players have started using yoga as a means to improve focus, strength, and flexibility. By taking a holistic approach to yoga, athletes significantly reduce the risk of injury and increase their overall core strength. 

For instance, since 2007 the Vancouver Canucks adopted yoga as a part of their training program. This conditioning program was intended to reduce injuries, improve flexibility, and provide relaxation for the players.

Hockey player, Hendrik Sedin, described the yoga sessions as, “really relaxing.” “It’s great to get together as a team and do it together,” said Hendrik, “you feel extremely relaxed afterwards.”

By providing a relaxation outlet through yoga, athletes (like the Vancouver Canucks) can see dramatic results to their overall health and wellbeing. This may include stress and insomnia reduction as well as improvements to mood and team outlook. 

If you are an athlete and are interested in improving your sports performance, check out the many yoga classes offered by Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training. We offer a variety of workshops including Core Yoga, Yang and Yin, Chakra, Vinyasa Flow, and Partner Yoga. For more information, please feel free to contact us. 

Friday, 19 April 2013

Foods that Boost Your Metabolism

Did you know there is certain foods that can help boost your metabolism? An increased metabolic rate allows calories to be burned more efficiently and prevents the build-up of fat. By incorporating these healthy foods into your daily diet, this will help you lose weight and improve your overall wellbeing. Here is a list of five foods that can help speed up your metabolism:

1. Whole Grains, Oatmeal and Brown rice
Whole grains are full of healthy nutrients and complex carbohydrates that boost metabolism and stabilize blood sugar levels. Unlike processed foods made mostly of white flour, whole grains, brown rice and oatmeal enable our muscles to store less glycogen. As a result, our bodies are forced to burn fat as a source of energy.

2. Broccoli
Broccoli contains metabolic-boosting nutrients including calcium, and vitamin C, K, and A. In addition, broccoli is an excellent source of dietary fiber and antioxidants.

3. Black Coffee
Caffeine found in black coffee is great for increasing metabolism to breakdown fat. Caffeine also acts as a stimulant and may cause an increase in physical activity. By exercising more readily additional calories can be burned.

4. Lean Meats and Fish
Lean meats and fish are excellent sources of protein that help boost metabolism and energy levels. Protein is important for building muscle and burning fat and can aid with long-term weight control.

5. Hot Peppers
Hot peppers such as cayenne, chili, jalapeno and habanero provide a temporary rise in metabolism (approximately 8% greater than a person’s normal metabolic rate).

Another great source for increasing metabolic rates is exercising more regularly.  Yoga is an excellent source of physical activity that can help you burn fat and lose weight. Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training is offering a hands on chakra workshop with guided meditation on May 4 from 3 to 4:30pm. This is a great opportunity to get activity and help boost your metabolic rate- don’t miss out!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Maintaining Your Yoga Mat: Cleaner Recipes and Techniques

Saucha (also known as cleanliness) is an important aspect of yoga practice. Saucha helps purify the body and mind and promotes a more balanced lifestyle. Many individuals believe that cleanliness helps open up charkas and deepen yoga practice. To help maintain Saucha in your yoga practice, here are some helpful tips for cleaning your yoga mat, as well as some eco-friendly mat cleaner recipes.

The best way of keeping your yoga mat clean and sterile is to wash it by hand. Washing by hand will help prevent bacterial growth and will enhance the longevity of your mat.  The easiest way to clean your mat is applying a cleaning liquid (you can either buy a detergent from the store or make it yourself). Start by submerging your mat in a tub of lukewarm water. Add a few drops of cleaning liquid. Let your mat sit for a couple of minutes to fully absorb the water. Gently rub both sides of your mat. Use a soft-surfaced sponge or cloth. You can also use your hands if you prefer. Once thoroughly cleaned, rinse your mat to wash away any residue. To dry your yoga mat, place your mat on a dry towel and roll them together. Squeeze out any excess water. Unroll and hang to air dry. Make sure your mat is completely dry before storing it way (it takes approximately 48hrs to dry completely).

If you are interested in making your own homemade cleaning detergent, there are plenty of easy-to-make recipes.  One of our favorites is a lavender spray that comprises of three drops of tea tree oil, two drops of peppermint oil, and two drops of lavender oil mixed together with distilled water in a spray bottle. This solution is great for cleaning your mat after a sweaty yoga workout. Remember to shake well before applying the spray.

Another great homemade cleaning recipe is combining one cup white vinegar, three cups distilled water, one teaspoon tree oil, and 10-30 drops (depending on preference) peppermint, lavender, and thyme essential oil together in a spray bottle. This is an excellent eco-friendly recipe that works well for removing sweat residue and bacteria.

With these great recipes and mat cleaning techniques, you will be sure to achieve Saucha when practicing yoga. If you are interested in learning more tips about yoga, please visit your Vancouver Teacher Training studio. We will be offering a new yoga teacher training program starting May 4, 2013. Please contact us for more information. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Improve Communication and Intimacy Through Partner Yoga

We often think of yoga as a therapeutic or meditative practice. Yoga helps deepen the connection to our state of mind and our body. It is an opportunity to focus on breath and bodily alignment. But did you know yoga also helps to build stronger communication and intimacy with others, specifically through the practice of Partner Yoga?

Partner Yoga is a newly emerging practice, which involves two or more people joining together to practice yoga. Unlike partner-assisted yoga where one person is practicing yoga and other is assisting, Partner Yoga deepens the impact of yoga poses that are mutually beneficial.

For those individuals who choose to practice Partner Yoga with a friend or loved one, it is a great opportunity to connect with our partners to promote healthy relationships. By working with another individual, Partner Yoga helps bring our relational patterns into balance. We begin to sense a physical and spiritual awareness between our partners and ourselves.

Partner Yoga is an excellent way to interact and relate to our partners. This non-verbal practice requires couples to communicate through physical touch and support. In order to properly execute each posture, mutual trust must be established. This helps build greater intimacy and connection between couples.

If you are interested in trying Partner Yoga, visit your Vancouver Teacher Training Studio. Take our 2hr workshop and learn how to execute paired postures, practice Thai massage, and decompress with someone you care about. Feel free to come with a friend or alone. We are also offering a teacher training program starting May 4. Feel free to contact us for more information!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Foods That Improve Flexibility

Flexibility can greatly enhance a person’s quality of life. It improves physical performance by reducing the risk of injury, physical pain and joint discomfort. It also improves posture and increases range of motion. For years, researchers have advocated the importance of stretching for obtaining optimal flexibility. But did you know that certain foods in your diet could significantly improve your flexibility as well?

Water is so important for improving flexibility. Not only does water hydrate your body, it lubricates your joints, muscles and vital organs. Water is also responsible for detoxifying, helping organs absorb nutrients better and aiding with metabolism. By drinking more water, you can greatly enhance your overall flexibility, energy levels, and fitness results.

2.Green Leafy Vegetables
Due to the high water content found in leafy green vegetables, these foods can also improve flexibility. Adding greens such as kale, spinach, chard and collard greens into your everyday meals, is a great way to increase range of motion and muscular flexibility. In addition, leafy green vegetables are low in calories and contain important nutrients such as Vitamin K. Vitamin K helps protect bones from osteoporosis, protects from inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, and helps prevent diabetes.

Another excellent option for improving flexibility is by practicing yoga. If you are interested in taking a yoga class, speak to a Vancouver Teacher Training professional. We offer a variety of yoga classes including core yoga, Yang and Yin, Vinyasa Flow, and Chakra. Not only will your flexibility increase, practicing yoga will improve your mental and physical health and provide you with a more balanced lifestyle. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Importance of Connecting With Nature

We cannot deny that British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places on earth. However, in our busy lives finding time to appreciate the great outdoors can sometimes be challenging.  But did you know that exposure to nature can help reduce stress, increase inner peace and compassion, as well as provide relaxation? Researchers have also proven that contact with Mother Nature is also important for child development.

Connecting with our natural environment doesn’t require going far distances.  If you live in an urban area, such as Vancouver, spend time outside in your backyard or at your local community park.  Instead of watching that hour of TV with your family every night, change it up and spend that time playing outdoors with your kids.  By getting fresh air and enjoying nature, your mental health and overall outlook on life will change dramatically.  

Another option for connecting with nature, is taking your yoga practice outdoors. This is a great option for combining your already scheduled yoga time with an opportunity to appreciate your natural surroundings. Outdoor yoga is an excellent way to reduce distractions you would normally find indoors or at the studio.  It is also a creative yoga class option for studios in the city.

If you are interested in improving your yoga practice or running your own yoga program, speak to your Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training studio. We are running a new teacher training program starting this week. If you are interested, there is still time to register. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Benefits of Yoga Meditation

“I crave the sweet surrender of sleep and my dreams' uncensored communication: no tiresome small talk, sucking up to impress, or tip toeing around changing topics. Dreams are the naked truth, get ready for it”—Judith Orloff

The meditative state is a natural outcome of yoga practice. By concentrating on the body and mind, individuals are able to enhance both their ability to concentrate and relax. As a result, yoga meditation provides many health benefits for people including reducing anxiety and insomnia, and improving mental health.

There are many ways to incorporate meditation into your everyday routine. The first stage of meditation is focusing on a specific object and establishing a point of focus. For many individuals this is often breathing. By paying close attention to the nuances of your breath, and observing the movement of your abdomen and torso, as well as the air movement through your nose, all distractions disappear and you will move into a deeper state of consciousness.

It is important to pay close attention to posture when practicing yoga meditation. Sitting on the ground with your hands placed in your lap or on your thighs is the most common posture, however, sitting in a chair, reclining, standing or walking also works. Whatever position to choose to meditate with, it is important to relax your muscles. Begin by rolling your shoulders and gently lifting your chest. If you prefer to sit you may choose to keep your eyes open or closed, but keep your neck long and chin tilted slightly downward. If walking is your choice for meditation, pay close attention to each step you take. Relax your arms by your side, walk freely, and coordinate your breathing with each stride.

By incorporating yoga and meditation into your daily schedule, you will begin see dramatic results. Not only will meditation make you more appreciative of the little things, you will begin to feel healthier both mentally and physically. Studies have shown that yoga meditation increases serotonin production (a chemical in your body that influences mood and behavior). Meditation has also proven to decrease high blood pressure as well as reduce depression, obesity, insomnia and head aches.

If you are interested in taking yoga as a way to incorporate meditation into your life, contact your local Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training studio. We offer a variety of yoga classes as well as a teacher-training program starting February 26, 2013. Contact us for more information!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Things to Consider When Buying Yoga Clothing

Proper yoga clothing is a wise investment if you plan on practicing yoga. Not only will you feel better, yoga clothing provides greater breathability and ease of movement when doing poses.

There are many styles of yoga clothing ranging from loose fitting outfits to tight spandex to tailor-made garments. There is no one better option, it really depends on what feels most comfortable and works best with your body shape.

One important thing to consider, however, is the clothing material. Unlike traditional heavy cotton fabrics, yoga clothing is often made of lightweight, breathable material. These fabrics allow for greater flexibility and comfort.

Another thing to consider when buying yoga clothing is the washing requirements of the fabric. It is important to choose clothing that can be easily washed. You don't want to be bothered with the expense of dry-cleaning. Invest in a good quality outfit; this will allow the garment to last longer and maintain its form and stretch.

Here is a list of a few yoga retail stores in the Lower Mainland. These stores offer a great selection of good quality yoga clothing that is sure to fit all shapes and sizes.

1. Lululemon
2. Lotusvive
3. Tonic
4. One Tooth Yoga
5. Lara Catherine Designs

If you are interested in practicing yoga, visit Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training. We offer a variety of yoga classes, including a teacher training workshop starting this February 26. Don't miss out, book your spot today!

Monday, 4 February 2013

The Perfect Valentine's Day

For many couples Valentine’s Day often comes with a lot of added stress. Finding that perfect gift for your partner while staying within budget can often contribute to unnecessary anxiety.  But fear no more! Here are a few suggestions to make this Hallmark holiday romantic and stress-free for both you and your sweetheart.

1     Plan Ahead.
Speak with your partner about both of your expectations for Valentine’s Day. If money is an issue, set a budget. Discuss what you both would like the day to look like, this way you will avoid unnecessary stress and let go of any huge expectations.

2        Be Creative.
Everyone loves chocolate and flowers, but it is also fun to mix things up. Surprise your partner this year and give an unexpected homemade gift. This could be a mixed CD, an artisan craft from a local art market, a framed photo, or maybe some tasty homemade baking.  Not only are homemade gifts budget friendly, it is a great way to add a personal touch and show how much you care.

3     Go for an Experience!
Another option for Valentine’s Day is to give an experience rather than a gift.  This might include going out for dinner, or to a concert, or maybe a movie.  Another option may be arranging a unique day for the two of you such as a romantic getaway or a day at the spa.

Another creative idea would be to join Naked Truth’s Valentine’s Day couples yoga workshop. This is a perfect opportunity to get a little closer in a safe, playful and inviting atmosphere. This hour-and-a-half session will incorporate paired yoga postures, and the teachings of Thai message.  For more information on Naked Truth’s Couple Valentine’s Day Workshop visit Vancouver Teacher Training

Monday, 28 January 2013

Healthy Energy Snacks

A healthy diet and regular exercise are two of the best things to improve your health. Not only will nutritious foods help you to maintain a healthy body weight, you will feel more energized and alert. According to Health Canada, female adults are required to have at least 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Males adults are required to have 8-10 servings.  However, finding time to fit all the necessary servings into your day can be challenging. To make your life easier and to allow you to achieve your healthy eating goals, we have complied a few great snack ideas to get you through your busy day.

1.    No-Bake Energy Bites:
These delicious snacks are perfect for when you are on the go. Filled with healthy oatmeal, flaxseed, coconut flakes and peanut butter, these treats keep you energized for hours. These bites are especially great before a yoga workout or for an afternoon snack. Keep refrigerated and store in an air-tight container.

For recipe information click here.

2.    Chocolate Energy Superfood Bars (Raw Recipe)
For those health-nuts out there, here is another fantastic energy bar recipe. These delicious bars are made with healthy raw ingredients including almonds, dates, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and dried fruit (we recommend incorporating the superfood goji berries).  Wrap and store in the freezer.

For recipe information click here.

3.    Healthy Banana Smoothie
This no-hassle smoothie is a great snack that will keep you feeling full for hours.  Made with hardy oatmeal, banana, almonds, and yogurt this delicious smoothie is sure to fill any food craving! We recommend trying different variations by adding strawberries and/or blueberries.

For more information click here.

If finding time to make nutritious snacks during the workweek is challenging, prepare healthy recipes on the weekend and store them in the fridge. This way you will always have a healthy snack option that you can grab on the go.

For more information on healthy recipe ideas visit Naked Truth’s Pinterest page. Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training is also offering a new yoga program starting this spring. Registration for the spring session has already begun so don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Feel free to contact us for more information. 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Staying on Track with Your New Year’s Resolution

Every New Year’s, approximately 45% of all North Americans make resolutions.  The top resolutions include losing weight, exercising more frequently, eating a balanced diet and living a healthier and fuller life.  While research shows that only 14% of individuals who make resolutions actually achieve them, it is important not to lose sight of your goals. If you are finding yourself less motivated, here are a few tips to keep you focused and on track with your resolution.

1.  Track Your Progress

If you plan on exercising more this year, write out your daily or weekly accomplishments. Create a chart and track out each minute you put towards your goal. If weight loss is your resolution, weigh yourself each morning and keep a diary to stay on track. It is important to also remember that your progress will fluctuate. Some days will be better than others. Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help in achieving goals—we are all human! It is important to try your best and take one day at a time.

2.  Make a Calendar

If time is what keeps you from achieving your New Year’s resolution, use a calendar. Break up your day and write out all responsibilities and time commitments. Set a block of time aside specifically for your resolution. By visually seeing your daily task, you will be more inclined to follow it.

3.  Surround Yourself With Friends

Social support is critical in changing behavior and achieving goals. Friends and family help keep you on track with your resolution and provide emotional support when you slip-up. If you spend meaningful time with good friends, your mood and outlook will likely improve. Instead of obsessing on things you haven’t been doing, you are likely to feel more encouraged and motivated and will stick to your goals.

Another great option for achieving any fitness resolutions this year is to join Naked Truth’s Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training program. We are now booking appointments for our yoga program this spring. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training - Sold Out!

Our January and February classes have officially sold out. Classes are now underway. We'd like to thank all of our students for signing up and we look forward to joining you on this incredible journey.

If you are interested in Vancouver yoga teacher training - contact us at Naked Truth Yoga. We are now offering FREE CONSULTATIONS where we can discuss timing, cost and materials.

 Our next start date is APRIL 2013.

Waiting to deepen your yoga practice? 
Do you want to become a certified yoga instructor? 
Do you understand the meaning of the Naked Truth of Yoga?

Sunday, 13 January 2013

3 Easy Ways to Fit Yoga into your Busy Day

 We all are aware of the health benefits of yoga. We know that yoga helps alleviate stress, allows us to improve fitness and strength, as well helps maintain a balanced lifestyle. However, finding time to fit yoga into our busy lives can sometimes be challenging. Fear no more! Here are three easy ways to make time for yoga in your hectic schedule.

1.     Set Realistic Goals.

Yoga practice doesn’t need to take hours of your day. Start small. Set a time limit that is realistic such as 15 or 20 minutes each day. While it may not seem like a lot of time for exercise, every minute counts and can add up to a lot.  An alarm clock is a good trick for sticking to your time goals as well.

2. Make Time for Yourself.

We all have busy lives—errands to run, kids to pickup, work to attend too…the list runs on.  However, you would be surprised how much time we actually waste in a day as well.  A quick Facebook check sometimes turns into five Facebook checks. An hour of television can become two. As a result, learning to properly time manage is very useful tool. Start by writing a calendar of your week’s activities. Break apart each day by writing every commitment and activity.  If having an hour of down-time after work is important for you, write it down and set time aside for it. By visually seeing your calendar and sticking to it, you would be surprised how much free time you can put aside for exercise.

3.     Have Fun!

Sometimes it is the thought of exercise that keeps us from practicing yoga. However, yoga can be fun. If it is peace and quiet you are looking for, set up a relaxing space in your home—void of any distractions. Use your twenty minutes to meditate and practice calming yoga.  Another option is to join a yoga course to meet other yoga enthusiasts. Making friends often makes people more accountable for attending classes.  You can also try mixing things up. Try different variations of yoga such as yang and yin yoga, partner yoga or chakra yoga.

For information on yoga classes and training workshops, visit Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training.  We are offering a couple’s workshop this Valentine’s Day, which will incorporate paired yoga postures and Thai message teachings. Call 604-789-0449 to reserve your spot today! 

Saturday, 5 January 2013

The Benefits of Corporate Yoga Practice

For workers everywhere, our troubled economy can often add a lot of stress to our already busy lives. Fear of budget cuts and downsizing are on the minds of many. Unfortunately, this constant worry can often have negative impacts including decreased productivity as well as interfering with our physical and mental health. However, aerobic exercise such as yoga, can significantly raise mood, increase energy, as well as relax our mind and body—all excellent tools for stress relief!

Controlled breathing is one of the key focuses of yoga practice. Learning to master this physical response is critical for alleviating stress and chronic anxiety. Yoga also increases self-confidence, which has been linked to lowering stress levels. Regular yoga practice enhances muscle definition, improves strength and stamina, as well as decreases body weight.

Some corporate businesses have also made an effort to incorporate yoga into the workplace. Studies have shown that regular exercise in the workplace dramatically improves job performance. Individuals who practice yoga at work are likely to be more productive and satisfied with their job and show more respect for their senior management. Mental and physical health is also more likely to improve.

While hiring a yoga professional or paying for an employee to become qualified to teach yoga at work may seem like a big financial investment, the overall impacts will be paid back in spades. Employee sick days and turnover rates are more likely to decrease with regular yoga exercise. Yoga will also provide employees with a cost-effective way to cope with stress and workplace challenges. In addition, corporate yoga practice makes the company look more attractive to potential employees.

If you are interested in hiring a yoga professional or becoming qualified to teach yoga, visit Vancouver Yoga Teacher Training. A new yoga certification program will be starting January 5, 2013. Also visit our Pinterest page for great health ideas, recipes, yoga poses and more!