Enhancing Your Sporting Abilities With Yoga

Yoga has been practiced on Earth for a few thousand years but it is not just an ancient practice that helps people get in tune with their spiritual side.

Over the past few years yoga has risen in popularity with its health benefits often being publicised. The medics of the sporting world have not ignored this and it is now being used in sport to great effect.

Yoga used to be seen as something for professional or intellectual types only but not any more.

These days everyone can get into yoga and it is very easy to find a studio near you to get started.

A relatively new type of profession that has appeared is the Yoga Sports Scientist. These people train athletes in specific, targeted yoga exercises alongside their normal sports training.

The positive things being reported by sports people include some results that are pretty unexpected.

For instance, if a YSS was working with a soccer player, it might be obvious to say that the exercises taught by the YSS are going to increase the agility of the soccer player, and that could well be one of their goals.

It would be less obvious to think that the yoga will allow the player to focus his mind on the game much better than usual, which in turn could easily mean he pulls off some fantastic play during his weekly game, the direct result of incorporating targeted yoga into his usual training regime.

An even less obvious benefit to the human body might be considered in the case of a boxer. The particular style of training for the average boxer is designed to bulk them up and make them balance somewhere between super strong and lightning fast.

This might mean that the boxers muscles are shortened as well as tightened and that in turn might mean a slightly smaller reach. The short tight muscles may be more powerful but long term health does not benefit at all.

Some of the postures and poses of yoga stretch tendons and muscles and those poses would benefit the boxer very much.

The boxer would also benefit from an increase in agility and movement, increased awareness and ability to focus.

Those who play tennis can benefit from improved agility as well as being more able to stretch for long balls, and reach them. Runners will benefit from greater back, leg and foot strength and the improved focusing abilities will certainly help those that run longer distances.

Sports professionals can extend their playing careers as well as increase their potential earnings, just like Ryan Giggs, who still plays first team English soccer for Manchester United at the ripe old age of 38, while most players in that league hang up their boots in their early thirties.

An archer benefits from greater levels of concentration, along with arm and upper body strength, and an ice skater can benefit from with a better ability to balance and focus, as well as the obvious strength increases, showing that just about any kind of sportsman or woman can enhance their abilities with yoga.

Yoga is not a sport but if the yoga sports scientists get their way then we will surely see some fantastic achievements in the years to come.

Discover hints and tips on yoga for sport from Liz Pennington on her new informative website aimed at yoga for beginners YOGA BODY AND MIND

Beginners Hints And Tips On What To Wear For Yoga

In recent years yoga has been growing at a pretty good rate and now more and more people are looking to start their first yoga class or buy their first beginners guide to yoga. What to wear for yoga is something that more and more people want to know the answer to.

There are a number of important considerations that one should make before deciding what you will wear for your first session.

Some practical considerations are fairly obvious but fashion has also hit the yoga studios and people are realising the importance of LOOKING GOOD, which will make you feel better in yourself.

Famous people are also appearing in the news stating that they practice yoga which is also having an effect on the fashion side of things.

This makes it harder to choose what to wear for yoga as your body will not yet be in the shape that you want it to be in, especially if you want to lose weight.

In reality there is no need to be fashion conscious when practicing yoga as everyone around you will be focused on their yoga, and not on your choice of clothes.

Another well known fact is that yoga is actually practiced by people of ALL shapes and sizes. It is impossible to tell if someone practices yoga purely by the size or by the shape of their body.

Practicing yoga will most likely make you sweat to a certain extent, especially if you’re doing hot yoga or power yoga. It is obvious then that thick, heavy clothing is not advisable.

Of course, when it comes to clothes you are totally free to wear whatever you like but it might help beginners to think about some important things which might not be so obvious.

You don’t want your clothes to restrict your movement in any way. anything that is tight on the knees or elbows should be avoided.

The opposite is also true in that you do not want your clothes to be too slack or baggy. When you twist and bend yourself into all sorts of amazing positions and postures, the last thing you need is your top falling up and covering your face. As well as restricting your view, this type of miss-hap would spoil your concentration and put you off.

You also need to pay attention to the type of material any clothes are made of. Some materials can be itchy on your skin which is not a good thing. Other materials do not allow the skin to breathe so easily and sweat is not absorbed which results in your skin becoming wet beneath your clothes, and then the clothes might start to stick to your body, which again, can become uncomfortable.

A common yoga related injury is a scuff on the skin to either the knees or the elbows, especially when trying to learn a new pose, so you may also want to consider a top with longer sleeves to cover the elbows, and a pair of yoga pants to protect the legs.

You can do yoga in your bare feet but it is recommended to wear something light on the feet and that has a good grip. This is especially true if you are going to a studio or public place to practice.

You wouldn’t want to slip and injure yourself on a hard floor that has got slippy with condensation or sweat.

Be sensible and consider the tips above and you should be on the right track.

As long as you look and feel good in what you wear and are confident that you wont be distracted, or distract anyone else, then you can be sure when you practice that your mind will be fully focused on nothing but yoga.

Elizabeth Pennington has been practicing yoga for more than fifteen years. Get more great hints and tips for beginners from her on What to wear for yoga by visiting her new website on Yoga for beginners - Yoga Body and Mind

The History Of Archery

Bowmen have played a major role in warfare and hunting for thousands of years. Primitive bows were made of a single piece of wood, but composite recurve bows were being made from Greece to China as far back as the second millennium BC.

Recurve bows, those with the ends facing the ‘wrong way’ when unstrung, are more powerful inch for inch in length than one piece wooden bows, which made them more suitable to confined conditions such as on horseback, in a chariot or in wooded areas.

Bits of composite recurve bows, usually made from horn, have been discovered in many parts of the world. Early arrows were made from naturally straight twigs or pine needles with napped flint tips affixed. Wooden bows did not preserve so well and exemplars are rare.

It seems that archery was being developed in the early Mesolithic or late Paleolithic Age. Archery was particularly well developed in some Islamic countries and in Asia, where Zen Buddhist monks used archery as part of their meditation techniques.

In the early days of archery, there were mixed sentiments about archers. In those days, people fought hand to hand with swords and spears and some of the traditionalists thought that archers were cowards because they attacked from a distance out of direct danger. This point is made very obvious in ‘The Iliad’, Homer’s account to the siege of Troy.

There are or were many kinds of bows made to match different fighting or hunting conditions. Some varieties of bow are the; long bow, short bow, recurve bow, composite recurve bow, reflex bow, decurve bow, deflex bow and crossbow among others.

The longbow was extremely difficult to learn to use and the archer needed considerable upper-body strength. The bow was often six feet long with a heavy three foot long arrow. The draw weight for utmost power was about a hundred pounds and the function of the bow on a battleground was as long-range artillery.

The heavy arrows and vicious armour-piercing arrow head would rain down on the enemy from a hundred yards or more and penetrate shields and armour as if they did not exist. Shot horizontally, the three-foot arrow could pass through a couple of people.

In fact, the longbow was so essential to the triumph of Great Britain that a law was passed making it obligatory for men over a certain age to practice with their longbows every Sunday on the village green in order to develop the required skills and upper-body strength in case war came.

The arrows are made to go with the different kinds of bows and the different bows and their specific arrows are suited to different kinds of hunting - whether you are hunting men or animals.

There are essentially two styles of shooting: instinctive shooting, which is very demanding as the archer does not take his eyes off the target, but does not sight down the arrow; and sight shooting where the archer makes use of sights to align the arrow with its target. The majority of people find sight shooting simpler.

Owen Jones, the writer of this article writes on several subjects, but is presently concerned with archery recurve bows. If you would like to know more or for special deals, please go to our website at Kids Archery Set.

Get Girls To Like You - Why Women Love Sassy Men

In our culture, we are brainwashed to think women like nice guys. Your parents probably taught you to always compliment women, always pay for their meals, and always listen to a girl yap on and on. Society teach us to respond to a woman’s carping with, “Yes, dear.”

I’m about to barf.

This may work if you happen to be a woman’s type. But if you’re not, a woman will inevitably put you in “friend zone.”

Even if this does work at first, overtime a woman’s attraction towards will abate.

That’s because when a man cedes a woman’s every whim, she doesn’t think he’s nice and wonderful. Instead, she perceives him as a groveling gimp.

Does this mean chivalry is dead? Does it mean you should never open doors for women? No. Not at all.

You should do these things - especially if it’s your style. But add some cockiness to it.

Here’s an example. Let’s say a woman asks you to get her an apple martini. Don’t get her an apple martini. Instead, maybe get her a vodka tonic. Another cocky thing to do is this: make her tell you a joke or a story before getting her a drink.

Here’s your homework: look back over the last year and think of all the situations you’ve been in where you were acting like a “nice guy.” I’m willing to bet, nine out of ten times it killed attraction, right?

So as you think about each of these times, write down something cocky you could have done instead of acting like a “nice guy.”

The next time you’re in these situations, you won’t fall into “nice guy” mode. Instead, you’ll have a cocky response. As a result, women will be brimming with attraction for you.

The other thing you should do is pay attention to cocky guys. These guys may seem mean but I’m willing to bet they get a lot of girls. You can learn a lot from them.

This will work whether you make your money from marketing, advertising, the finance world, selling autos, or something else.

Whether you’re into blogs, gardening, sports, spirituality, religion, traveling the world, being a family man, or health and fitness, this advice will help you.

To discover the secret to how to get girls to like you, click here.

Archery As A Pastime And A Sport

We are all being encouraged to get out more frequently, so many people are looking for a reason for doing it. You could choose a spectator sport like football, but that is not really going to do your body much good, you should be looking for a participation sport.

If you are younger, then play soccer by all means, but if you are getting on a bit, you will most likely be looking for a sport that is not quite so strenuous. Men like to take aim and shoot things even if not kill them. Golf is an option, but I want to recommend that you give archery a try.

Archery has the advantage over shooting a gun because it takes some physical fitness. It is not just a question of pulling, sorry, squeezing a trigger. If you take up archery, you will probably want to develop some more upper-body strength, especially if the most strenuous work you have done for the last twenty years is pick up a pen.

Archery is an rounded sport in many ways, depending on how much you get into it. Most beginners will start out by going to an archery club and joining in for the day. People will lend them a bow and show them the safety aspects and the correct way to hold a bow and shoot an arrow. This should give you a good notion of which sort of bow you would like.

After a week or two, you may purchase your own bow and you may move from indoor target archery to outdoor target archery or even field archery, which is virtual hunting. From there, you will almost certainly meet people who take archery a step further. You will meet competition archers, bow hunters and people who assemble their own equipment.

You might find one of these aspects of archery enthralling. You may take up bow hunting or even bow fishing. This will lead you off at a tangent, because you will have to learn about the animals that you hunt. You will have to learn where they live and what their habits are. This involves research.

Or you can take up the archery equivalent of clay pigeon shooting, which is called field archery. In field archery, the archers walk around a course and replica animals or standard targets will become visible at diverse distances. This is enjoyable.

You will also meet people who like to make their own arrows and even their own bows. This is another interesting feature of archery. You can purchase the different components that go to make up an arrow and you can buy a kit to assemble a bow or you can start from scratch with an axe, a knife and a lathe. Again you will need to do a lot of research, in order to get your archery equipment just the way you want it.

This will take you down yet another tangent to archery, but it will improve your understanding of archery, augment your pleasure in the sport and, as they say, add another string to your bow.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece writes on several topics, but is currently involved with longbows for sale. If you would like to know more or for special offers, please go to our website at Kids Archery Set.

The Wonders Of Hot Tubs

It is lovely to soak in a hot tub, is it not? After a long day at the hamster wheel or sorting the family out - driving the kids to and from school and then to the scouts, sports club or music lessons. Being stuck in traffic on the way home or waiting in the queue at the supermarket, a long soak in a hot tub helps wash it all away.

Imagine then what a hot tub spa or Jacuzzi could do? Sitting in a hot spa tub with a long cool drink whilst half a dozen jets are blasting hot water and bubbles at you, massaging you gently, taking the stresses of the day away.

You could place one in the garden or in the bathroom. You could even buy a portable hot spa tub and move it into the garden in the summer and back inside in the winter. If you ask most individuals what they want to have in the way of home improvement, a swimming pool would probably be number one and a Jacuzzi number two.

There again, a lot of people do not have the room for a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi is a lot cheaper than a swimming pool as well. Water has a calming influence on people. Maybe it is a primordial memory of when we came out of the sea millions of years ago or perhaps it is a more recent memory of being in the womb.

Whatever the reason or even mixture of reasons, individuals like to be in, around or on water, it calms and revitalizes us. And frothing, bubbling water is even more soothing and even more invigorating. Hence the popularity of hot tub spas.

Another reason might be gravity. All day long we are lumbering around, each foot step sending shock waves into our body and gravity pulling down on so that we feel each ounce of our weight, but once we are in water, we are buoyed up and the effects of our weight and of gravity are experienced far less.

In fact, up to 30% less. Additionally, we are ninety-odd percent water, so no wonder we feel tranquil in a hot tub. But that is not all that a soak in a hot tub does. It warms you right through, through to the marrow and that relieves minor aches and pains. The reduction in gravity is also said to be a relief to sufferers of arthritis.

There are possibly other reasons too why individuals feel more relaxed in a tub of hot water, especially a whirlpool type spa tub, but one for me is that I will not get out of the tub for anything except to get another drink. Once I am in there, I do not take any notice if the phone rings or the door bell goes. The house would have to be on fire to get be me out before my skin looks like a wrinkled old prune.

Owen Jones, the writer of this article, writes on a variety of subjects, but is now involved with second hand hot tubs. If you would like to know more, please visit our site at Hot Springs Spa Parts

The Pains of Praying Everyday: Three Practices to Help You

In the past, have you recently had a hard time trying to pray each and every day of the week? This presents a trial that just about every person encounters from time to time. If you want to get nearer to Jesus by praying all the time, here are 3 ways to help you to pray constantly.

ONE: Put It On An Agenda

One simple way to increase prayer along with your daily life could be to plan out a particular time and a place to pray each day. Add it to your agenda. Add it to your iPhone or Google Calendar and consider it as any other task that you would normally have. This trains you to make it a special thing to do and not merely a ephemeral notion in the back of your mind.

TWO. Include It Into Your Routine

It’s much simpler to pray every single day if it is not something foreign to your routine. To go further than just placing it on your calendar, placing your prayer in each day so that it is a segment of your day is a powerful tactic. This will assist you to create a habit of praying every day.

This is an sample schedule: Awaken, clean up, get dressed, eat, head out for the day. Many people do this just about every single day. They hardly ever skip one of the steps. It is because they’ve built these steps into their day-to-day and it has become a habit. The same thing can be done with prayer merely by integrating it into your daily life.

The identical schedule can be enhanced with prayer: Awaken, clean up, put on your clothes, pray, consume food, head out for the day. This can help to build the habit using the routine that you have already established.

THREE: A Buddy Technique

To finish, it is always good to be held accountable to someone else. Actually, they could probably use your help as well! Thusly, go get a person you know and create a prayer goal. You do not actually have to pray concurrently, though that is even more powerful. You only should check in in order to make sure that the additional person is praying perpetually.

These 3 tactics are proven to assist people of faith to pray every single day. If you integrate one of these tactics you will see a difference in your prayer life. If you use all 3, you will be praying every day for a long time. Consider using these tactics and today could turn out to be the beginning of an improved prayer life for you.

Having a better and more fruitful prayer life is available and possible for everyone. You can do it if you put your mind to it and follow these quick and easy tips. The trick is to be sure that you focus on this. Be sure that you do not take time off or take a ‘free’ day because you are not feeling up to it. Consistency is very important for success.

You can learn more about Praying. It’s a great thing to learn about so please don’t forget to check it out: Catholic Praying.

Detoxing and Energy Healing with Reiki

All things in the universe is energy and is on a certain frequency. This includes your organs and the physical body. Any condition or disease a person has is linked to its own energy system. If this energy is blocked in some sort of way, then sickness typically results. However, if your energy is running free from blockages, you can maintain good health and well being.

Reiki is a system that helps to balance the auric field of the human body. It also helps to balance the chakra centers or the primary energy channels. Once these areas are clear, the bodies healing system can work properly.

Reiki practitioners are able to just lay hands on the client or hover over them to start the session. Once the energy channels are clear, the body is able to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. There are also remote pracitioners who have the ability to do this procedure long distance.

Reiki Benefits

You may experience some or most of the following: centeredness, tingling sensations in the body, a sense of peace, an alleviation of pain or chronic symptoms, communications with the Divine, or out of body sensations.

There are also detox side effects, such as nausea. So plenty of water afterwards is suggested.

It must be stated by law, that a Reiki specialist should never state for a client to discontinue seeing their normal physician while seeking alternative methods of treatment. That should be left up to the individual.

Aside from all the physical advantages, many people can really benefit from the emotional clearance of any unhealthy cycles or patterns. Most physical issues stem from some type of fear, anxiety or stress that is held in a certain location of the body. Many massage therapists can attest to this. You can feel the tension it leaves in the muscles which later on manifests into physical issues if not cleared.

If you would like to try a complimentary 10 minute session of Reiki for only $5, then see Kenya, the creator of Psychicjazz.com. Many people hesitate to get this treatment done because they are not familiar with it before paying for a full session. Kenya has also developed the online course Chakra & Aura 101 and the free guide Psychic Awareness 101.

Feeling Confident If Your Ride Has Horse Vitamins

Horse Vitamins can provide you with that assurance that the horse you are riding is safe. I have seen several falls because of a horse coming up with a sudden turn or stop if the rider in front misplaced a hat or a raincoat or other object tied on the saddle thoughtlessly. I value this high as a cause of readily preventable accidents and an important threat to horse security. Any mount can jump and one should always be aware about this. Many have cracked legs as a result. Don’t approach the horse in front of you too closely whether it is a known kicker or not.

Take extra care with mounts which actually kick. There’s a limit to how many riders each trainer can keep track of. Of course the skill of the riders is a crucial factor and when the team is experienced, there’s significantly less need for supervision. Generally I really believe that a percentage of 6 horses to a guide is about the safe limit. I say horses because a guide leading pack horses has to provide them with some of his focus and if there are four or five of them, it indicates that he will be 20 yards or even more from the initial guest if they are proceeding in a single file.

The trainer leading pack horses is also affected in going to the assistance of a rider if need be because leaving the pack horses unrestrained could be a threat alone since they could turn and dash back throughout the riders. A single guide leading five or six riders usually poses a problem because one cannot constantly be looking in reverse, particularly at a gallop. I really believe it is safer to have a couple of guides having one leading and another behind, but it usually does not make economic sense to have more than one guide for modest groups.

Having too big a group can also become a safety hazard, particularly if the group is heading at all gaits. When a team spreads out on an open plain for a canter and the mounts and riders are eager, some tend to edge ahead. Then the various other horses will want to catch up and the next moment they can all be fired up and going flat out. They may not be easy to stop before they come to a location with risky holes, barbed wire or quick sand. Stay calm and quiet. Abrupt moves may cause a horse to shy, leap sideways or kick out.

Horse Vitamins can make your ride safer by making your horse reliable. When tying, make use of a quick release knot or panic snap to make sure that in case your horse gets afraid and pulls he can quickly be freed. The sense of being restricted can make a scared horse panic to the point of hurting himself or you. The safest spot to stand is beside your horse’s shoulder where one can see one another, or about 10 or more feet away.

Horse Vitamins experts have numerous recommendations and expert thoughts regarding how you take good care of your beloved equines making use of the supreme horse supplements in their day-to-day diet regime.

The Blade Fighting Technique of Escrima

The name of the Filipino sword and dagger technique is “espada y daga”, which is sometimes also practiced with a stick and dagger instead of a sword and dagger combination. It is one of the more advanced techniques taught in escrima, and is very effective once the user is able to close the distance and enter the vulnerable zone of the opponent. At such close range the technique becomes almost unstoppable.

You can find this technique in many of the major styles of escrima, such as Lightning Scientific Arnis, Modern Arnis, and Lameco Eskrima. But this is only taught much later in the training of the fighter, after he has become fluent in the basics of pure stick fighting. And usually it is taught first with just a stick and an open palm. The last stage of training may include training with live blades which could injure the person wielding them if he’s not careful.

Once mastered, one will be able to do a beautiful succession of alternating attacks, which also has an aesthetic, spiritual quality to it. The master will learn to do without any predetermined combinations but make his strikes spontaneous, and react quickly to any counter-attacks the opponent might try to make. One can imagine the opponent being literally “chopped to pieces” by the two blades.

Scholars have shown that the technique itself is not borrowed from Spanish fencing. The name is Spanish only because of the more than three-hundred year Spanish colonization of the Philippines. But it is likely that the movements can trace its roots back to the pre-hispanic warrior clans that roamed the various islands of the Philippines. It may have even been used against the Spanish colonizers themselves!

You might ask, but what’s the use of the espada y daga technique when facing a criminal with a gun? And it’s not everyday you get to carry a long sword and a combat knife with you (unless you want to get arrested). There is no set answer to this question, but it really depends on the individual practitioner of the art. Some learn escrima as one might learn a dance, in pursuit of a martial art which also has a certain deadly beauty to it. Others will insist that it is actually possible to use the espada y daga technique in the context of modern weapons. You might even be able to use the espada y daga technique with your bare hands.

In any case, one should be very responsible in learning the espada y daga and not use it for illegal purposes. Centuries before, the espada y daga was probably used to defend the “barangay” (community) against tribal invaders. It is a technique used for protecting other people, not threatening or intimading them. Hopefully that aspect of the art can still be continued today.

The author has been practicing the martial art of escrima for more than six years, and is a certified instructor (third-degree black belt). One of his main goals is to provide ordinary people with only the most practical knife fighting techniques. You can learn escrima knife fighting now.