Standing Balance Sequence

Finding and building balance takes core strength and focus. Our Instructor Brittni Barger shares an easy standing balance sequence. This sequence will help you find stability and core strength to grow your practice.

If you need support, be sure to use a chair or table as you build your strength and focus.

Brittni Barger, Peace, Love And Yoga instructor shares a standing balance sequence.
Photo Credit Vanessa Wright

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Natural Sunscreens

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With summer just around the corner and the beautiful weather in Southern California we are all preparing for long days in the sun. Here are just a few things that you should know about natural sunscreen and which ones have some of the top ratings from the EWG for safety and protection.

Years of research has pointed to one common ingredient, Oxybenzone that not only causes harm to humans, but also to the environment. Another ingredient an additive known as retinal palmitate may cause harm to the skin. You can see more about these ingredients and information here.

When choosing a sunscreen do your research. Look at the ingredients and check the EWG ratings for safety and effectiveness. These sunscreens all scored well in both categories on EWG and have nearly stellar ingredients list. However, there may be one that works better for you and your family. So, take your time and put in the work to find the sunscreen that fits for your needs.

Peace, Love And Yoga shares important information about natural sunscreens and what you should look for.

Sunscreens With Top Ratings from EWG

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+

Raw Elements USA Face & Body SPF 30

Badger Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme Sunscreen SPF 30

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 30

10 Tips To Correct Your Upward Facing Dog

Urdhva Muhka Svanasana is an easy posture to do incorrectly. There are so many components and things happening in the body. Here are 10 tips to correct your upward facing dog.

Peace Love And Yoga share 10 tips to correct your upward facing dog.

10 Tips To Correct Your Upward Facing Dog

  1. Press firmly in to the tops of the feet and all 10 toes. Focusing on the pinky edge side of your foot.
  2. Engage legs and lift knees off of the mat.
  3. Press into the palms and all 10 fingers.
  4. slight tuck of the tailbone.
  5. draw belly to spine.
  6. Melt shoulders away from the ears.
  7. Broaden through the collarbones.
  8. Press chest through your biceps.
  9. Lengthen through the crown of the head.
  10. Gaze is neutral or up

Ayurvedic Basics

There are 3 principles and doshas that make up the basics of Ayurveda. Every individual constitution includes these 3 doshas with stronger traits in one or two. Ayurvedic knowledge began 5,000 year ago and came from the Vedic teachings. It is a way to find health and create a balanced homeostasis. First, you need to know what your dosha is. You can see a dosha quiz from Deepak Chopra here. Below you will find some Ayurvedic basics to help you better understand your dosha.

Peace, Love And Yoga shares some Ayurvedic basics.

Vata: Ayurvedic Basics

Vata Dosha is air and space. They are very active, speak quickly and are creative. A balanced Vata will be creative and flexible. An unbalanced dosha can make them anxious and ungrounded.

Pitta: Ayurvedic Basics

Pitta is fire and water. Pitta’s tend to be strong, intense and warm. A balanced Pitta will be strong and sharp. If a Pitta is out of balance they can get agitated easily and have a short temper.

Kapha: Ayurvedic Basics

Kapha is earth and water. They have a strong frame, are stable and grounded. When a Kapha is in balance they are grounded, kind and compassionate. If a Kapha becomes unbalanced they can be lethargic and lack in motivation.

Balancing Your Dosha

To truly balance your dosha you have to have a deep understanding of the self and be mindful of your diet, activities and so much more. If you feel that you are deeply unbalanced seek someone who can help guide you through your diet, life choices and physical activities to bring you back to a balanced state.

Ayurvedic principals believe that like increases like and opposites create balance. For example, if you feel ungrounded like you are floating in the clouds you should take off your shoes and let your feet feel the earth. Or if you feel lethargic get yourself up for a quick walk or jog out in nature.

Start small and do your research and as you make changes in your life be observant to how it makes you feel. There is so much to learn and so many options to find balance within your mind, body and soul.

10 Tips to Correct Your Chair Pose

Cheers to Monday Yogis. The pose of the week is utkatasana. Today, we are sharing 10 tips to correct your chair pose. These easy tips will help you master your pose and help you build strength in your core, legs and upper body.

Peace, Love And Yoga shares 10 tips to correct your Chair Pose  (utkatasana).

10 Tips To Correct Your Chair Pose

  1. Shift body weight into heels.
  2. Bend deeply into knees.
  3. Keep knees tracking over the second and third toes.
  4. Lift through the inner arches and midline of the body.
  5. Slight tuck of the tailbone and sitting back into an invisible chair.
  6. Core strong and lower ribs drawn in.
  7. Arms either parallel to the mat or extended over head.
  8. Arms strong and engaged.
  9. Gaze out in front of you.
  10. Soften in your face.

Are you looking to better your practice? Do you want to learn more about anatomy, philosophy and your yoga practice? Check out our other poses of the week and posture tips here or Join us for our next teacher training here.

Core Workout With Niki Ryder

Today, on the Peace, Love And Yoga channel, Niki Ryder shares an 8 minute core workout that will work your entire core in under 10 minutes. This strong core sequence will work your rectus abdominis, obliques, and transverse abdominis.

It is a great workout to start your day or to add in to your regular workout routine.

Niki Ryder, Peace, Love And Yoga Instructor, shares a well rounded core workout.

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