On & Beyond the Yoga Mat

Explore fascinating yoga destinations, amp up your practice with tips and tricks from yoga practitioners worldwide. Stretch your body and mind, and unlock your true potential.

5 Scientific Reasons to Use Meditation at Work

Do you know why most people choose to meditate?

Many people use meditation as part of their spiritual or religious practice. In the U.S.A, however, most people practice meditation because of its therapeutic effect. 

The Mental Yoga of Car Driving: 7 Ways for a Stress-Free Ride

So many people need or want to own an automobile. Cars were invented to ease the stress of traveling, but driving these days has become like a war zone. It’s a shame that we've taken something that was supposed to ease transportation and turned it into a nightmare that everyone dreads. Driving is no longer relaxing or as convenient. 

6 Strong Reasons Yoga Should Become Part of Your Office Life

Yoga is becoming more and more popular in the Western world. With its unusual but natural techniques, yoga helps you relax both mentally and physically. 

Kevin Sahaj: An Exploration of Yoga, Meditation, and Martial Arts [Interview]

One of the best things about our job at BookYogaRetreats.com is that we get to meet and chat with plenty of likeminded minds. And on special occasions, we get the opportunity to discuss thought-provoking topics with truly impressive people. This time around, this happens to be Kevin Sahaj. His extensive experience as a yogi, his deep knowledge of various forms of Buddhism as well as the impact he’s had on an extensive community of yogis made him a highly sought-out teacher in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Science Experiment: How 7 Days of Yoga Will Change You

What is yoga to you?

That’s a pretty difficult question, isn’t it? No matter how hard you try to explain, it’s hard to find the exact words that express how you feel about this practice. 

45 Years of Yoga: Interview with Yogini Oona Giesen

Oona Giesen has been organizing yoga retreats for the past 25 years. She has a fascinating backstory with yoga, dating back to the beginnings of Iyengar yoga in Europe. 

6 Benefits the Elderly Can Gain from Doing Yoga

Movement is essential to keeping the body strong and functioning well, far into old age. This can be a bit tricky when our bodies decide to go against us as we age, causing stiffness, soreness, and loss of mobility. 

The Meghan Markle Yoga Routine: How to Achieve Her Glow

Last week, the Royal Wedding of the British Royal Family made the headlines of all the major magazines and media outlets of the world. We, on the Tripaneer team, also got emotional, alongside millions of fans and admirers worldwide, seeing the beautiful photos of the wedding party and of the parade. 

6 Awesome Ways Yoga Can Benefit Men

Most men enjoy typical “manly” sports like football, hockey, basketball, and weightlifting. While men in general benefit greatly from strength training and cardiovascular exercise, yoga offers several distinct benefits men should look into. 

My Experience with Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica (Personal Story)

My experience with yoga retreats in Costa Rica made me select just a handful of them, where I felt most at peace. 

Why Yoga is Perfect for the Freelance Lifestyle

“Are you a freelancer?” is the first question I’m asked whenever I travel. “How do you earn your salary? It must be easy to work online, right?” The proper response to these questions would be “Yes, I am a freelancer, and I earn my living by working hard and staying committed to my tasks constantly. It is a challenging job that requires a lot of dedication and perseverance.” But how many people would actually understand the meaning behind my words?

The Science of Tantra: Path of the Goddess

Yoga can seem mysterious or even weird at times, when seen from afar. This is especially true the more spiritual the yoga practice gets, or the deeper we delve into Antar Yoga, further away from yoga as a well-being practice focused on the body. One of the highest forms of yoga is tantric yoga, especially the one focusing on the inner goddess

The Wonderful Benefits of Mindfulness in the Modern World (According to Science)

Today’s modern people are always rushing. Due to the high-paced lifestyle that the majority of us have, the stress factor is always present in our lives. And when there’s stress, problems will follow. 

How Yoga Helped Me Improve My Relationship with Food

It is said that our eating style is a reflection of our internal state – if you are stressed out, it's likely that your eating style will be affected by it. Eating was once a joy to me, and I remember how I would eat until I was full, without a care in the world. 

Boost Your Energy Levels with these 7 Simple Healthy Eating Tips

By boosting your energy levels, you will also improve the quality of your life. Although it might seem quite challenging to increase your energy due to our modern world’s hectic lifestyle, there are a few simple tips you can follow that will definitely help you to fulfill your goal.

Quit Stressing and Start Stretching: How Yoga Combats Anxiety (According to Science)

It seems that there is never enough time within a day to get anything done anymore. Everything seems to be thrown at us, without more than a moment’s notice, from work to family obligations to having to rush to the vet because Tinkerbelle decided to go and dig for things she shouldn’t in the garden (We need to get better with our dog names).

7 Amazing Ways Yoga Helps You Stay Fit While Traveling

Traveling is food for the soul. Not just for the quintessential ‘wanderers’, but for every living soul on this planet. It keeps us yearning for more and eager to explore this beautiful planet called Earth. However, the journey towards the destination is not always as comfortable as we’d expect. 

8 Effective yet Practical Ways to Develop Healthy Fitness Habits

It is very easy for anyone to say “I will eat right and work out more”. However, sticking to a healthy fitness plan is hard. If it were simple, we would all be in shape. The fact is that you are not lazy, and forming new habits can be challenging but not impossible, so you just have to suck it up and make it work.

An Easy Yoga Sequence for Weight Loss & Fitness

Summer is well on its way! With warm weather heading our way, most of us are starting to plan our trips to the beach for a much-needed date with Vitamin Sea.

A Couch Potato Lifestyle Increases Anxiety. Get Active!

Not long ago, it was an accepted biological phenomenon that brain loses its plasticity —the ability to form new brain cells— as one becomes an adult. The theory was that after adolescence, the shape of the brain cells becomes rigid. However, recent neurological evidence has shown that a brain cell can change its shape throughout its lifetime.

The Dark Side of a Yoga Lifestyle (And What It Really Means to Me)

In recent years, yoga has become very fashionable. It’s the little black dress of the health and well-being industry, with people around the world aspiring to bendy perfection. Instagram is full of yoga ‘celebrities’ with a cult following, and yoga is seen by many as the best way to live a healthy, balanced life. So, what is a yoga lifestyle? And why do so many people want a slice of it?

10 Foods that Yogis & Non-Yogis Should Eat for a Healthier Mind, Body & Soul

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ―Hippocrates

It’s been long known that what we eat influences our well-being, including our emotions and thoughts. To obtain and keep a healthy body, mind, and soul, it is not enough just to practice yoga or any physical activity we enjoy. Creating healthy habits and incorporating the right food in our diet should be an essential part of living a healthy life.

Yogis, A Yoga Emoji Is Coming Soon!

A fan of emojis? So are we! You’ll be happy to hear that a yoga emoji will soon be available for you to use on your favorite gadget!

How to Live a Yoga Lifestyle

Many people may wonder what it means to take your yoga off the mat, believing yoga is just an exercise. Some others could think yoga is a religion (it’s not!). And others might think that you definitely have to be flexible to even start a practice in yoga (you don’t! In fact, it is through yoga that you can get more flexible).

So You Want To Be a Yoga Teacher? (A Personal Story)

In the beginning, yoga teacher training was an excuse to travel across the world, wear cute leggings, meet a few new friends, and get the firmer body I've always wanted by practicing asana after asana for hours every day. I won't deny that I had always admired my yoga teachers at home in Canada; their flexibility, their peaceful voices during shavasana, and the glamorous lifestyle they appeared to live.

Ayurveda - Vedic Medical Science

Vedas are the books of knowledge compiled by the Guru Veda Vyasa born in Damauli Nepal in the previous eons. The 4 Vedas (Rig-Veda, Samveda, Ajurveda and Atharvaveda) are the father of all the religious texts, literatures and scientific discoveries.  And, Ayurveda is one of the chapter of Atharvaveda that studies herbal medicines and over-all longevity / well-being of human-beings. The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit language of Nepal meaning Ayur (life) and Veda (Knowledge). Obviously, the origin of Ayurveda is the pious land of Nepal.

The Science of Silence

Silence is golden. Practicing silence is a powerful way to see ourselves more clearly and to observe the relationship between our inner and outer worlds with greater understanding. Time spent in intentional silence can go a long way toward revealing the architecture of our hearts and unfolding a life full of fulfillment and purpose.

Five Key Ingredients to a Healthier, Yogic Lifestyle

Swami Vishnudevananda condensed the essence of yoga teachings into five simple areas or principles for physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth.

Knowing Asana Does Not Automatically Mean Knowing Yoga

In recent times, the first question that people would ask you once knowing that you are a yoga teacher is this: "What style of yoga do you teach?" Now, I personally don't know how to answer this question. I know only one thing, and it's that I know very little about yoga. 

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