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Off the Mat, Eps 1 – Reader’s Questions

Hey, it’s our first episode of “Off the Mat” with Jonathan and Mike. Send us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. This week we talk about incorporating weight training into your yoga practice, and WHY Yoga FOR Men??? New episodes air each Monday @ 10am Eastern on FB and YouTube. #YogaforMen #OfftheMat #ILovetheBurg #DTSP

Moving Into New Ways of Being

Nearly 10 years ago I reluctantly agreed to try a yoga class taught by a dear friend in NC.  I quickly realized every “pose” seemed painful and often felt like a “near-death experience.” A lifetime of athletics and years in the military resulted in nearly a dozen surgeries all graciously contributing to scar tissue and… Read more »

Progression in Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is a practice of intention, mindfulness, and paying attention to what is happening with your body and breath – moment by moment. By understanding the reason behind what we’re doing – and why – we can then begin to ask the deeper question of “Is this what is right for me in this moment?”

Ahimsa in Your Yoga Practice

Mike Fecht discusses the yoga concept of Ahimsa, which is non-violence or non-harming, not only towards other but toward ourselves as well. The way you treat yourself on the yoga mat can often be a reflection of how you choose to operate in the world.  

63,800 People Participated in International Veterans Yoga Day

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Duskin & Stephens in partnership with Yoga for Men sponsored the second annual International Veterans Yoga Day on May 27, to increase awareness of the benefits of yoga for veterans and to raise funds to provide free yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes to vets. More than 63,800… Read more »

Inflexible Guys Need Yoga

Big, inflexible, or “old” stiff guys take notice: YOU NEED YOGA! If you’re not flexible, or think that you can’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, that EXACTLY why you do the practice. Leave your ego at the door and venture into something you may not have tried before. Are you a big, inflexible guy?… Read more »

Yoga, PTSD, and Personal Growth

From the very beginning of Yoga for Men, we made sure to focus on veterans. Why is that? The number one reason for me personally is my post traumatic stress connection to them. My experience with PTSD is the result of having seen things that I can’t unsee and experience things that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

Jason Papalio: Athletic Recovery Specialist

Jason has developed a system to help elite athletes gain (and retain) a competitive edge in their sport. His hundreds of clients, from Professional Athletes and Division 1 College/University Teams to High School Elite and Weekend Warriors, work with Jason to train their minds and bodies to achieve greatness both on and off the field or court.

Wellness

Off the Mat, Eps 1 – Reader’s Questions

Hey, it’s our first episode of “Off the Mat” with Jonathan and Mike. Send us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. This week we talk about incorporating weight training into your yoga practice, and WHY Yoga FOR Men??? New episodes air each Monday @ 10am Eastern on FB and YouTube. #YogaforMen #OfftheMat #ILovetheBurg #DTSP

Moving Into New Ways of Being

Nearly 10 years ago I reluctantly agreed to try a yoga class taught by a dear friend in NC.  I quickly realized every “pose” seemed painful and often felt like a “near-death experience.” A lifetime of athletics and years in the military resulted in nearly a dozen surgeries all graciously contributing to scar tissue and… Read more »

Progression in Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is a practice of intention, mindfulness, and paying attention to what is happening with your body and breath – moment by moment. By understanding the reason behind what we’re doing – and why – we can then begin to ask the deeper question of “Is this what is right for me in this moment?”

Ahimsa in Your Yoga Practice

Mike Fecht discusses the yoga concept of Ahimsa, which is non-violence or non-harming, not only towards other but toward ourselves as well. The way you treat yourself on the yoga mat can often be a reflection of how you choose to operate in the world.  

Inflexible Guys Need Yoga

Big, inflexible, or “old” stiff guys take notice: YOU NEED YOGA! If you’re not flexible, or think that you can’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, that EXACTLY why you do the practice. Leave your ego at the door and venture into something you may not have tried before. Are you a big, inflexible guy?… Read more »

Yoga, PTSD, and Personal Growth

From the very beginning of Yoga for Men, we made sure to focus on veterans. Why is that? The number one reason for me personally is my post traumatic stress connection to them. My experience with PTSD is the result of having seen things that I can’t unsee and experience things that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

Yoga Beginners Review: Mystery Flow with Derrick Townsel

Yoga is a great way to improve your performance in any sport and make you healthier. This class is listed as beneficial for stretching the hip flexors, shoulders, and lower back. Does it live up to expectations? Read my reviews on this and other yoga classes and find out which classes I’d recommend and which ones I don’t.

The Importance of Yoga for High Performing Athletes

Athletes and personal trainers are embracing yoga as a way to improve performance, increase endurance, and build mental focus. If you’ve ever been skeptical of the benefits of yoga for athletes, it’s time to reconsider. From baseball player to Iron Man competitor, yoga can improve your training and performance.

Fitness

Off the Mat, Eps 1 – Reader’s Questions

Hey, it’s our first episode of “Off the Mat” with Jonathan and Mike. Send us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. This week we talk about incorporating weight training into your yoga practice, and WHY Yoga FOR Men??? New episodes air each Monday @ 10am Eastern on FB and YouTube. #YogaforMen #OfftheMat #ILovetheBurg #DTSP

Inflexible Guys Need Yoga

Big, inflexible, or “old” stiff guys take notice: YOU NEED YOGA! If you’re not flexible, or think that you can’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, that EXACTLY why you do the practice. Leave your ego at the door and venture into something you may not have tried before. Are you a big, inflexible guy?… Read more »

Jason Papalio: Athletic Recovery Specialist

Jason has developed a system to help elite athletes gain (and retain) a competitive edge in their sport. His hundreds of clients, from Professional Athletes and Division 1 College/University Teams to High School Elite and Weekend Warriors, work with Jason to train their minds and bodies to achieve greatness both on and off the field or court.

The Importance of Yoga for High Performing Athletes

Athletes and personal trainers are embracing yoga as a way to improve performance, increase endurance, and build mental focus. If you’ve ever been skeptical of the benefits of yoga for athletes, it’s time to reconsider. From baseball player to Iron Man competitor, yoga can improve your training and performance.

3 Essential Items for Beginning Yoga

Beginning a new sport or activity can be intimidating. While you don’t really need anything to enjoy yoga, there are a few items that can help you get more out of your experience and enjoy yoga to the fullest. Check out our 3 Essential Items for Beginning Yoga.

Simple Restorative Yoga for Stress Reduction

The thing that really draws me to restorative yoga — aside from its calming effects on stress and anxiety — are the props involved (blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets). Using props can help open the doors of yoga to many more beginners who might not yet be up to the task of tackling a full vinyasa flow. In addition, they also help with targeting specific muscle groups, going deeper into a posture while maintaining passivity, and keeping proper alignment.

Using Mindfulness to Get in the Zone

Everybody, sports fan or not, is familiar with this expression. But what, exactly, is this “zone” that we speak of? “The Zone” is that special place where an athlete is so focused on the game that nothing else exists. This state of being is called mindfulness or “flow.” A regular yoga and meditation practice teaches us how to access this state of being – to get into “flow,” both metaphorically and literally.

Food

6 Organic Protein Powders Ranked by Taste

Protein powder is a good choice for many people trying to add in some more nutrition to their diet. But it can be hard to be healthy if your special protein drink tastes a little… off. With so many formulas and flavors, the consistency and taste can change dramatically between brands. And with so many different taste preferences, it can be even harder to nail down that one perfect protein powder.

Anger is Intensity – Sadhguru

A seeker asks Sadhguru about the nature of the anger found in great Indian seers such as Vishwamitra. Sadhguru explains that anger is intensity and that intensity is good, but when you attach an emotion to intensity it can become misery. via Isha Foundation

Basic Approach to Seasonal Allergies: An Ayurvedic Perspective

Up until 1997 I suffered from annual allergies and regular colds. Colds would last me anywhere from 7-12 days and allergies were just consistent especially during allergy season and into most of summer. I would take over the counter medications and I even had prescribe medications all of which may have provided some temporary resolve… Read more »

Pearls of Wisdom on Juice Fasting or General Fasting (Part 1)…

Fasting during this weather/this time of year is not ideal according to Ayurveda. It’s like walking into the middle of the woods while it’s snowing and all of your clothing is quickly removed. Similarly, during the thick of winter the digestive fire must be maintained and the nervous system must be balanced, but isn’t done… Read more »

Yoga

Off the Mat, Eps 1 – Reader’s Questions

Hey, it’s our first episode of “Off the Mat” with Jonathan and Mike. Send us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. This week we talk about incorporating weight training into your yoga practice, and WHY Yoga FOR Men??? New episodes air each Monday @ 10am Eastern on FB and YouTube. #YogaforMen #OfftheMat #ILovetheBurg #DTSP

Moving Into New Ways of Being

Nearly 10 years ago I reluctantly agreed to try a yoga class taught by a dear friend in NC.  I quickly realized every “pose” seemed painful and often felt like a “near-death experience.” A lifetime of athletics and years in the military resulted in nearly a dozen surgeries all graciously contributing to scar tissue and… Read more »

Progression in Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is a practice of intention, mindfulness, and paying attention to what is happening with your body and breath – moment by moment. By understanding the reason behind what we’re doing – and why – we can then begin to ask the deeper question of “Is this what is right for me in this moment?”

Ahimsa in Your Yoga Practice

Mike Fecht discusses the yoga concept of Ahimsa, which is non-violence or non-harming, not only towards other but toward ourselves as well. The way you treat yourself on the yoga mat can often be a reflection of how you choose to operate in the world.  

63,800 People Participated in International Veterans Yoga Day

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Duskin & Stephens in partnership with Yoga for Men sponsored the second annual International Veterans Yoga Day on May 27, to increase awareness of the benefits of yoga for veterans and to raise funds to provide free yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes to vets. More than 63,800… Read more »

Inflexible Guys Need Yoga

Big, inflexible, or “old” stiff guys take notice: YOU NEED YOGA! If you’re not flexible, or think that you can’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, that EXACTLY why you do the practice. Leave your ego at the door and venture into something you may not have tried before. Are you a big, inflexible guy?… Read more »

Jason Papalio: Athletic Recovery Specialist

Jason has developed a system to help elite athletes gain (and retain) a competitive edge in their sport. His hundreds of clients, from Professional Athletes and Division 1 College/University Teams to High School Elite and Weekend Warriors, work with Jason to train their minds and bodies to achieve greatness both on and off the field or court.

Yoga Beginners Review: Mystery Flow with Derrick Townsel

Yoga is a great way to improve your performance in any sport and make you healthier. This class is listed as beneficial for stretching the hip flexors, shoulders, and lower back. Does it live up to expectations? Read my reviews on this and other yoga classes and find out which classes I’d recommend and which ones I don’t.

The Importance of Yoga for High Performing Athletes

Athletes and personal trainers are embracing yoga as a way to improve performance, increase endurance, and build mental focus. If you’ve ever been skeptical of the benefits of yoga for athletes, it’s time to reconsider. From baseball player to Iron Man competitor, yoga can improve your training and performance.

Mindfulness

Progression in Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is a practice of intention, mindfulness, and paying attention to what is happening with your body and breath – moment by moment. By understanding the reason behind what we’re doing – and why – we can then begin to ask the deeper question of “Is this what is right for me in this moment?”

Ahimsa in Your Yoga Practice

Mike Fecht discusses the yoga concept of Ahimsa, which is non-violence or non-harming, not only towards other but toward ourselves as well. The way you treat yourself on the yoga mat can often be a reflection of how you choose to operate in the world.  

Yoga, PTSD, and Personal Growth

From the very beginning of Yoga for Men, we made sure to focus on veterans. Why is that? The number one reason for me personally is my post traumatic stress connection to them. My experience with PTSD is the result of having seen things that I can’t unsee and experience things that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

Mala Beads, Yoga, and Meditation

First created in India over 3,000 years ago, mala beads are a mysterious aspect of yoga culture. Available in a wide range of colors and materials, these beads are worn to help the user focus on meditation as well as for their beauty and character. Curious about what mala beads are and how they are used in yoga and meditation? Let us help.

Using Mindfulness to Get in the Zone

Everybody, sports fan or not, is familiar with this expression. But what, exactly, is this “zone” that we speak of? “The Zone” is that special place where an athlete is so focused on the game that nothing else exists. This state of being is called mindfulness or “flow.” A regular yoga and meditation practice teaches us how to access this state of being – to get into “flow,” both metaphorically and literally.

5 Ways Yoga Improves Leadership Skills

Did you know that your asana practice can impact your leadership skills? Yoga and meditation have been used for hundreds of years to promote self-improvement and a healthier mind and body. The influence of yoga and meditation on individuals and the skills learned during practice can provide benefits both in the studio and out. We’ve pulled together five ways yoga can help you become a better leader.

Yoga for Beginners: Pranayama, the Power of Breath

If you’re a beginner in yoga, you may have heard that breath is foundational to your practice. Maybe you’ve already put together that we call these breathing exercises pranayamas. Pranayamas are used to settle the mind, relieve stress, and improve mental clarity — they have also been shown to have a positive impact on overall health.

Yoga: How it Looks vs. How it Feels

Our yoga postures are always a work in progress. Let go of what the posture looks like and focus more on what it feels like. Find your edge with your best possible alignment, and stay there. Remember that we are always a work in progress, even when our alignment looks perfect. It is always a practice.

Conquer Athletic Performance Anxiety With Mindfulness

As an athlete, you train hard each and every week (if not every day) to improve your game. You might focus on eating right and building strength, endurance, and skill. But one thing you might not have focused on is mindfulness, and being mindful can significantly improve your game.

Relationships

TOUCH…and Healing on Many Levels (let’s get personal, real and deep)

Yoga practice of asanas, cuddling, affection, physical attention, sensuality, sexuality and emotionality – mentality – spirituality are all tied in to touch on many levels. It always surprises me and never surprises me when, as a massage therapist and with over 20 years of experience, I learn of people not ever having had a session or even liking… Read more »

Yoga: It’s an Inside Job

Answer: It’s an inside job. Question: What is Sex? If I read one more article that dumbs down the benefits of a yoga practice for guys to meeting someone to date or hook up with, I’m going to puke. Peep this…a yoga practice cleans out the clutter in your life—physical, emotional and mental. The benefits to… Read more »

Woody Harrelson on Yoga

“Yoga is the best thing for your sex life! It keeps you limber in all kinds of ways. It teaches you to love your body and your partner’s body. But more than anything, it keeps your mind liquid, and nothing’s sexier than that… I think yoga is a great way to force your outside of… Read more »

Lifestyle

Off the Mat, Eps 1 – Reader’s Questions

Hey, it’s our first episode of “Off the Mat” with Jonathan and Mike. Send us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. This week we talk about incorporating weight training into your yoga practice, and WHY Yoga FOR Men??? New episodes air each Monday @ 10am Eastern on FB and YouTube. #YogaforMen #OfftheMat #ILovetheBurg #DTSP

Moving Into New Ways of Being

Nearly 10 years ago I reluctantly agreed to try a yoga class taught by a dear friend in NC.  I quickly realized every “pose” seemed painful and often felt like a “near-death experience.” A lifetime of athletics and years in the military resulted in nearly a dozen surgeries all graciously contributing to scar tissue and… Read more »

Progression in Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is a practice of intention, mindfulness, and paying attention to what is happening with your body and breath – moment by moment. By understanding the reason behind what we’re doing – and why – we can then begin to ask the deeper question of “Is this what is right for me in this moment?”

Ahimsa in Your Yoga Practice

Mike Fecht discusses the yoga concept of Ahimsa, which is non-violence or non-harming, not only towards other but toward ourselves as well. The way you treat yourself on the yoga mat can often be a reflection of how you choose to operate in the world.  

Inflexible Guys Need Yoga

Big, inflexible, or “old” stiff guys take notice: YOU NEED YOGA! If you’re not flexible, or think that you can’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, that EXACTLY why you do the practice. Leave your ego at the door and venture into something you may not have tried before. Are you a big, inflexible guy?… Read more »

Yoga, PTSD, and Personal Growth

From the very beginning of Yoga for Men, we made sure to focus on veterans. Why is that? The number one reason for me personally is my post traumatic stress connection to them. My experience with PTSD is the result of having seen things that I can’t unsee and experience things that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

5 Ways Yoga Improves Leadership Skills

Did you know that your asana practice can impact your leadership skills? Yoga and meditation have been used for hundreds of years to promote self-improvement and a healthier mind and body. The influence of yoga and meditation on individuals and the skills learned during practice can provide benefits both in the studio and out. We’ve pulled together five ways yoga can help you become a better leader.

Mindful Parenting: 7 Ways to Keep Your Cool

You may be committed to mindful parenting as a dad, but how do you respond when you’re at your wits end? Here are seven things you can do to help you keep your cool when your kid is having a meltdown.

6 Apps to Build Better Habits for Health

A common belief states that it takes exactly 21 days to form a habit. Although the true habit-forming time will vary person-to-person, most people find that good habits stick the longer you stick to them. Want to solidify a healthy habit? Use technology to your advantage.

Manage Your Inbox with Mindfulness

If you are like most people, you get tons of email messages everyday – some important, some not so important, and a lot of it straight up spam. Instead of letting the inbox clutter get to you, get a handle on it with four mindful email exercises you should practice before you hit send.