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17 Poses to Prepare for Meditation by Rina Jakubowicz
Not all meditation practice has to happen sitting perfectly still in Lotus Pose. By focusing your awareness inward, on the breath and the way your body moves through transitions and feels in poses, you’ll reap many of the same rewards that seated meditation provides— heightened focus, balanced energy, a sense of grounding, and blissful stress release.
3 Powerful Lessons Learned from a Deep Dive into India’s Yoga by Rina Jakubowicz
In the West, yoga and meditation often translate to physical postures and sitting mindfully yet thoughtlessly. Conversely, in the East, the practice of yoga is much less physical and much more philosophical and spiritual.
Rina Jakubowicz’s 15-year Journal to Find her Teacher in India by Rina Jakubowicz
Finding someone to practice “yoga” with in India is easy. There are so many self-proclaimed swamis, yogis, and gurus in studios, temples, and centers across the country. But finding yourteacher, a truly enlightened soul, is like finding a diamond among the coal. In India, it’s like finding a diamond in the dust.
5 Hamstring Openers to Find Freedom in Compass Pose by Rina Jakubowicz
Compass Pose can demand a lot of your shoulders, hips, and hamstrings. Learn how to warm up safely for this complicated seated pose with Miami Vinyasa and Vedanta teacher Rina Jakubowicz.
5 Poses to Build Balance and Stability in Toe Stand by Rina Jakubowicz
Balance, core strength, and range of motion in the ankles and hips will help you master this unconventional yet empowering standing balance. Miami Vinyasa and Vedanta teacher Rina Jakubowicz shows you how to warm up for and master her March cover pose.
7 Poses for the 7 Chakras by Rina Jakubowicz
For many years I was resistant to “healing my chakras.” I simply hadn’t found an explanation about them that made logical sense to me. That was until after my divorce, when I went deeper into myself and studied the subject of healing in greater depth.
5 Steps To Conquering Crow Pose by Rina Jakubowicz
Most people who want to do Crow Pose are able to do it on the first or second try with these simple tips, which can help you practice in a safe manner. My students are always excited and relieved after doing Crow — usually it turns out that all they needed was the right guidance.
9 “Selfless-Partner” Yoga Poses To Create Conscious Connection by Rina Jakubowicz
Our lives outside of our relationships are so busy and chaotic, it can prove quite challenging to stay connected to our partners when we are simultaneously connected to myriad other things.
11 Yoga Poses To Calm Your Mind & Invigorate Your Body by Rina Jakubowicz
I designed this energizing “Serenity in the City Sequence” to help you find some peace and calm, even though your body is constantly moving for the duration. We’re so accustomed to being on-the-go all day long, but if we can find a way to keep our mind centered throughout these fluctuating actions, then we have conquered a most difficult task!
4 Reminders To Keep You Curious About The World by Rina Jakubowicz
My deepest passion is learning. I’ve travelled far and wide to study with different teachers, but I’ve also consciously developed a daily practice of learning. Every day I dedicate myself to learning about the way things work — communication, nature, music, love, emotions, healing, science, and most importantly, who I truly am.
Just Because You’re Into Yoga Doesn’t Mean You Have to Meditate by Rina Jakubowicz
In the 15 years thus far of my yoga journey, the act of meditation has always been difficult for me.
I found it incredibly challenging to just sit still, as all my thoughts and agitations would constantly come up as if to say, “Hello! I’m still here!”
6 Sexy Qualities Yogis Look For in a Partner by Rina Jakubowicz
Sexy has many forms and interpretations. There’s the clichéd sexy with a half-naked woman leaning up against a car and flaunting her assets, and there’s the man with that sultry look that seems to say, “I’m mysterious and you can’t have me.”
So I’m On the Cover of Yoga Journal. Here it is. But there’s more. by Rina Jakubowicz
I am both excited and inspired to represent what yoga has taught me in my short 15 years of studies.
Throughout this process of
1. Being asked to shoot for it,
2. Actually shooting the cover,
3. Seeing the completed cover a month later and
4. Thinking about the after-effects of being on the cover,
…I have discovered a lot about myself.
Higher Love: A Philosophy that Explains True Love by Rina Jakubowicz and Eric Paskel
As we sit here on a bus in India on our way to hear a lecture about “When is Enough Enough?” from our teacher Swami A. Parthasarathy, we reflect how we have gotten to this place together.
Two strangers who happen to be in the same elevator at a Yoga Journal Conference in Hollywood, Florida over a year ago have now joined together in their own spiritual journeys to walk alongside one another.
Even Fitness Gurus Struggle to Find Time to Exercise by Cindy Goodman
In January, millions of us made resolutions to eat better and exercise more. A friend who recently began waking up an hour earlier to hit the gym before work enviously declared, “Fitness instructors have it great because exercise is their jobs.” Her frustration piqued my interest: Do fitness instructors have it easier when it comes to work/life balance? How envious should we be?
Turn Small Talk into Big Conversations by Nancy Loughlin
Over the summer, I attended a weekend retreat in the Michigan woods. At the event’s start, we were instructed to find four people we shared something in common with.
I’ve done this icebreaker before, and I’m a pro. It’s easy to locate people who eat chocolate, like rollercoasters, enjoy the beach and have seen at least one of the “Star Wars” movies.
Know Thyself: Stand Your Own Ground with Samastithi by Nancy Loughlin
Whenever I was nose-to-nose with someone, I never knew what to do with my arms.
During a face off with a boss, a friend, a family member or some stranger, my body was a bothersome appendage.
I dropped into one hip, crossed my arms over my power center, explored the interior of my pockets, popped arms akimbo or found a wall for support. Sometimes I’d scratch.
Powerful Yoga Steps to Develop Mindfulness by Nancy Loughlin
Others have a vested interest in us staying the same.
Often, we accommodate those expectations. We harbor a reluctance to be labeled unpredictable, erratic, fickle or contradictory. So, we cling to belief systems and relationships that no longer serve us. Even when new information sheds brighter light, our egos remain wed to last week’s strident opinion.
The Beauty of the Blindfold by Nancy Loughlin
The more we rely on sight, the more externally oriented we become. Some estimates are as high as 80% of what we know is gathered by sight.
But yogini Rina Jakubowicz of Miami said that the more we rely on sight, the more we flatten and ignore our intuition as well as our other senses which can provide a plethora of information and truth.