Best 3 Yoga Practice Tips

Have you recently started a Yoga Practice or do you feel your yoga practice has hit a plateau? Here are 5 quick and easy tips to improve your Yoga practice.

Don’t Rush

Make time for your Yoga class or practice. Do not rush into the practice without giving yourself enough time to prepare. Give yourself a breather as you take time to change and unroll your yoga mat. Take a few minutes before you begin, stay calm and shift your focus inwards.

Expect Nothing

This may have surprised you but keep your expectations in check. There may be days when you surpass your expectations in a challenging pose but there may be days when you simply can’t. Our bodies are reflections of our mental states, beliefs and several other things going on in our lives. So, keep your expectations low. As your practice grows stronger, achieving and holding poses will become easier.

Follow Your Teacher

Your teacher is a teacher for a reason. Many people tune out once they become comfortable with a pose! Your teacher’s comments or suggestions can serve as incredible feedback to improve your practice or take it to the next level. Skilled Yogis, such as Nick Palladino in San Francisco, don’t teach yoga poses, they teach students how to be in yoga poses.

For mindfulness at work and private yoga classes, get in touch with the leading stress coach online in San Francisco, California, The Big Yogi, Nick Palladino, at nick@thebigyogi.com or call 707-293-5415. Nick inspires, teaches and leads others towards their own light and life purpose.

Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

8 Steps To Developing an Amazing Meditation Practice

Over the next paragraphs, this blog will teach you 8 foundational steps to creating a sustainable and effective mediation practice. I’m going to sort through a lot of fluff that is out there around meditation and demystify it at the same time.

Much of this is  a commentary on thoughts from Swami Rama‘s book “The Path of Fire and Light” which outlines how to develop a meditation practice with the following 8 distinct steps.

Swami Rama just brushes over these steps, so it seems more like he’s giving a general skeleton and its the practitioners job to go put it to the test and figure it out for themselves.

Luckily for you, I’ve distilled much of it down. But, remember, meditation is the practice of self study. There is no substitute for that.

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The Enlightenment Complex: 5 Ways to Get Enlightened Faster!

You have to give it all up,” my new teacher reiterates many times during a story he tells me about waking up.

Labels. Limitations. Attachments. Expectations. Fears. Doubts. Judgments. Desires.

They are all obstacles to enlightenment. They are all obstacles to freedom.

I do not resist his word because I know that it is true. Not because he says so. But because I Know so.

The path to enlightenment is a trap.

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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Yoga and Weightlifting: Drop the Dogma and Just MOVE!

I get a lot of flak for being into yoga and weightlifting.

Yogis tell me that weightlifting hinders one’s practice because it is aggressive and decreases flexibility. Other teachers scoff at me for not being a “purist.” Students assume that I teach power yoga because I wear athletic clothing, work as a personal trainer and own a gym.

On the other hand, weightlifters tell me that yoga is for women. Men decline to train with me because they say that a yogi could not push them as hard. Other trainers agree that I attract mainly female clients because I am also a yoga teacher.

I used to believe them. Not only did I separate yoga and weightlifting, but I also ranked them. I stopped lifting weights for several years because I deemed it less sacred than my yoga practice. I even argued with my father that yoga was better than weightlifting.

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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Release Your Past Through Yoga

Yoga poses are intoxicating. The shapes are mesmerizing to witness. They even can be fun to achieve.

The physical attractiveness of the practice lures us to it, especially here in the West. That yoga also can act as exercise makes it even more appealing. This combination makes it perfect for our time.

As a result, the poses have become the focus of the practice, even though this was not the case historically. My guess is that yoga is meeting us where we are to draw more practitioners to it.

This is compassionate of yoga. Not because its poses can give you a strong core, flexible hamstrings, or the ability to do awesome party tricks. But because they can release tension and pain that your body stores from the past.Read more

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You Are Not Your Pain.

Americans are in pain. I see it on so many faces and hear it in so many voices.

No one has the monopoly on it. No one is marginalized by it. Most Americans are desperate for pain management.

It does not matter what form pain comes in – physical, mental or spiritual. Pain is pain. The suffering of each of us is real.

But does it have to be?

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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Yoga’s Just Not That Into You

#yogaeverydamnday #yogasjustnotthatintoyou

In the Western world, many of us have created an abusive relationship – with yoga.

In our typical aggressive form, we have taken something from another culture, molded it to fit ours and distorted it with dogma. We have belittled and brainwashed it.

We have divorced yoga from its original identity so that it succumbs to our desires for self-improvement and self-gain. We have employed money and technology to control its interactions with the outside world.

Others of us have developed a different dysfunctional relationship with yoga. We have become stalkers.

We obsess over the appearance and frequency of our practice. We strive to impress it with flawless shapes and enticing apparel. We drop in before sunrise with no makeup on and wake yoga up in the middle of the night when sleep escapes our neurotic minds.

We cling to yoga as if we have lost our own identities. It is all we think, talk and post about. We must practice it #everydamnday and count how many people “like” and “love” us for it.

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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

The Yoga of Connection

Last month, we learned that yoga is about the relationship between your self and your Self. Once you master this relationship on your mat, the next step is to show it off to the world.

This relationship is not about isolation. It is about integration.

The Self is the aspect of ourselves that connects to everything and everyone. It is your friend who is the life of the party. The one whose buzz rocks a room. The one who can talk to a wall – and hear the wall talk back. The one whom you have to drag off the dance floor at sunrise.

Yes, polish your self on your mat first so that you can be a good wingman. But then, let your innately social Self radiate outward.Read more

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Earn Your Yoga

The practice of yoga was traditionally passed from teacher to student. The teacher moderated the flow of information based on what the student was ready to learn. Today, a 24-hour yoga studio is employing teachers and practitioners around the world to open the floodgates. This studio is called the internet.

The internet is drowning the general population with information about yoga that is flawed, untrue and unearned. Students and seekers of the great truths underlying our existence are flailing amidst the waves of words, images and videos constantly crashing onto their screens.

When it comes to yoga, access to information is not a right. It is a privilege. The teachings must be sought and procured from credible and trustworthy sources over time. The teachings must be earned.

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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

How to Improve Digestion? Use This Yoga Biohack!

How to improve digestion is easy, I’ll teach you today with this one yoga pose.

Biohacking is annoyingly trendy these days. But it invites us to believe that life can shift in an instant. Sometimes, the superior solution in a snare is simple. Swift. Sly.

I have emphasized that transformation through yoga requires patience. But yoga is also dynamic in its offerings and defiant of limitations. We can use elements of this multidimensional practice to hack our bodies, minds and spirits to transmute how we feel in mere moments.

Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it.

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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.