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Three ways yoga can improve your relationship.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

If you’re wondering how you can improve your relationship with your partner, here are some tips to start now. If you already have a loving relationship, these principles can help maintain the magnitude of a loving relationship by allowing growth on many levels. So get your partner & begin today.

1. Principles to Reinforce Your Partnership

The first of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga are the Yamas. These encompass universal morality and respect for all living things, or Ahimsa (non violence). This means that kindness and friendliness should be exhibited in all situations dealing with living beings. Kindness is contagious, and if you’re able to treat complete strangers with empathy and respect, it will be that much easier to do the same with your partner.

Deceit and lies are two common elements of bad marriages and relationships. They’re detrimental in broken relationships and have the potential to shatter the love. Satya refers to speaking the truth as long as it does not hurt someone. When combined with Ahimsa, honesty trumps deliberate deception. For instance, telling your partner about an extra-marital affair would be extremely hurtful, but carrying on a fake relationship is harmful to all, including the third party individual.

Aparigraha is the Yamas principle that encourages divestment of materialism. Hoarding wealth beyond what you and your family need implies a self-centeredness that is inherently detrimental to relationships. Buy a homeless person a meal if you can afford it or help someone in need. Furthermore, gifts for your partner should be about the thought as opposed to the long-term value. For example, buying flowers or treating your partner to his or her favorite meals create lasting memories without the acquisition of material things.

2. Sexual Vitality

A 2013 study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science found that participants in long-term relationships were motivated to have an intimate relationship because it was important to their partner. In other words, people will be intimate even when they don’t want to if it makes their significant other happy. Granted, waiting in the beginning of a relationship can help to strengthen emotional bonds and commitment to one another, but a major challenge in long-term relationships is keeping everything interesting and fresh. And that’s where yoga comes into play.

A 2010 study published by the Harvard Medical School found that women experienced more pleasure and arousal after 12 weeks of yoga practice. Psychology Today cited a study from a yoga camp that found men ages 24 to 60 experience similar benefits after several yoga sessions. A yoga date every week can only improve your relationship it seems!

3. Shape Up

A study by yogi Alan Kristal and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that people who did one yoga session per week for four years lost five pounds versus the non-yogis who gained 14 pounds. Kristal credited yoga’s mind-body principles, which helped change the participants’ relationship with food and eating. Yoga also can help you quit smoking and get better sleep at night. Both will promote healthier looking skin, whiter smiles and positive emotions; all of which will help build your confidence in relationships.

Yoga connects you with the truths of the here and now. Likewise the focus of healthy relationships is the present, not the past or future. Incorporating yoga into your regular life ensures beautiful memories with your partner and promotes a future of love and commitment. And all of us can use love as a catalyst for growth on many levels.

Isn’t to day a good day to begin? Let yoga make Love!

-Brian Wilkins

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What Makes the Zenergy Chime Series Unique?

Friday, April 11th, 2014

 

 

When meditation chimes first came on the scene several years ago, the average buyer didn’t know much about them.  It is nearly impossible to tell by looking at a chime how it will sound, and even harder to tell the difference between manufacturers, but there is a reason why handcrafted Zenergy chimes are so much in demand.

Zenergy Chimes are actually several different products, but these remarkable instruments have an excellent reputation.  Not only are they used in Eastern meditation practices, these chimes are often used to get the attention of young schoolchildren.

How are chimes used in meditation?

The use of chimes in meditation started out as a way to help Tibetan monks practice “mindfulness” and signal the beginning and end of these sessions which, when you think about it, is not too far off from what teachers are asking of their students when they say “Pay attention.”

Made in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York State by a company called Woodstock Chimes, these simple instruments are not the “World’s Favorite Chime” by chance. From the first musical instrument that founder Gary Kvistad created in 1979, his creations have been fueled by a single concept – to make the best sounding chimes in the world.  Woodstock Chimes has been offering a unique variety of high-quality and affordable musical instruments and gifts ever since. 

When Woodstock creates a Zenergy Chime, they know that just the gentle tap of a mallet must create a powerful and melodic tone.  Crafted from cherry finished hardwood with polished silver aluminum rods, and accompanied by a wooden mallet, Woodstock’s Zenergy chimes are built to last for many years.  And like all the other instruments they make, Zenergy chime sets are lovingly handcrafted by artisans and musicians who know exactly how these chimes should sound. 

What is the point behind using a Zenergy Chime?

Most of the chimes sold at Chopa.com are used to help people relax, refocus and reenergize.  Shoppers usually select one of our Zenergy Chimes, a Tibetan singing bowl or a lovely Feng Shui wind chime.  The point of these chimes is to help people block out the distractions in their mind that can rob them of peaceful awareness, and embrace these resonant and melodic tones instead. 

Whether they used to signal the beginning and end of meditation, to regain attention, or as a musical instrument, Zenergy chimes offer an additional dimension of sound to any home, and our customers love the good vibrations that come from this trio of finely tuned bars.

Chimes can help children pay attention

Just as the chimes have been used to gain mindfulness and promote spiritual awareness in adults, they are an excellent tool for gaining children’s attention. 

In a classroom setting, teachers have found a single gong of these resonant chimes is an effective signal for children to quiet down and look up at the teacher, especially if they are involved in a group project.  Instead of the teacher speaking loudly enough to be heard over the voices of busy students, the strike of a chime emits a pleasing tone that gets them instant results.  Some teachers have even developed “chime codes” for their students, where one strike will mean one “stop and look up” and two or three strikes mean something else entirely.  Children seem to prefer chimes over loud adult voices, and at the end of the day, they certainly saves the teacher’s vocal chords.

Whether you choose a Tibetan Singing Bowl, suspended gong, wind chimes, or one of these handcrafted Zenergy chimes, the sounds they make will energize you and inspire you to redirect your attention within.  If nothing else, a Zenergy Chime will inspire you to take a deep breath, relax, and refocus. 

Check out our impressive selection of Woodstock Zenergy Chimes, and consider how owning one could help bring your life back in balance.