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8 Ways to Be Your Own Best Teacher

No matter how we define a teacher or a guru—an expert, an enlightened person, or someone who challenges us in a way that makes us look at all of our own limiting beliefs—each of these ways of looking at the terms places the teacher or guru outside us. These kinds of teachers and gurus are […]

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Sacred Sound: Mantras & Chants

Many years ago when I started a yoga practice, I had no idea what it would reveal to me. I was just hoping for a little extra strength and flexibility, and I did what I could to avoid all the spiritual trappings of the practice. But, somehow, as it does, the yoga did its job. […]

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Crowdfunding Meditation Across the World: See & Do Together Could Use a Little Spare Change

[UPDATE: Check out this new video describing the project...] How cool would it be to meditate with millions of people across the world at the same time?  It would be totally awesome! Well, we’re big fans of the mindfulness-based tech company, Saagara, which recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to aid in the development of a new meditation […]

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NamaSTAY Yoga Towel Review and Giveaway!

I know when I practice yoga, whether hot or otherwise, I’m usually a sweaty disaster. It’s a good disaster, but sweaty nonetheless. Since slip-and-slide yoga mat syndrome is totally uncool, over the years I’ve added a variety of yoga towels to my collection to help with soaking up sweat, providing a solid practice surface, and […]

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5 Simple Tips for Becoming a Master of Meditation

Want to take on meditation? Here’s 5 tips to help: Sit.  Learning to sit can be a challenge. Do some light stretches before sitting down and then start off with just 5 minutes of sitting–see how it feels. Remember there are many different ways to sit. Find a seat comfortable for you, in a chair, on a […]

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Crowdfunding Meditation Across the World: See & Do Together Could Use a Little Spare Change

[UPDATE: Check out this new video describing the project...] How cool would it be to meditate with millions of people across the world at the same time?  It would be totally awesome! Well, we’re big fans of the mindfulness-based tech company, Saagara, which recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to aid in the development of a new meditation […]

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A.U.M…(Almighty Universal Magnetic)…by MC Yogi…definitely going on repeat

Time to turn up the volume! MC Yogi just released a sweet new music video that has me pumped about his new album, Mantras, Beats & Meditations, set to release on April 1. His videos always have great visuals, but A.U.M. may be my new favorite. It’s tough to beat the combination of great lyrics, thumping […]

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5 Simple Tips for Becoming a Master of Meditation

Want to take on meditation? Here’s 5 tips to help: Sit.  Learning to sit can be a challenge. Do some light stretches before sitting down and then start off with just 5 minutes of sitting–see how it feels. Remember there are many different ways to sit. Find a seat comfortable for you, in a chair, on a […]

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5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Fall in Love with Your Body

When I first started doing yoga, I really didn’t like my body very much. I rarely had any positive thoughts about it. Mostly when I thought about my body I felt frustrated, or ashamed. These sound like big things to feel but in my experience talking and working with women these are some of the […]

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Theming your yoga class, theming your life…

Theming is an integral part of the class-planning process if you are a yoga teacher, whether it is done consciously or not. Some people prefer to prepare a short story or inspirational reading, others choose a word or anecdote to share. However, even if you’re not intentionally putting forth the effort to plan a theme […]

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10 Things I Learned From Destination Yoga Teacher Training

1. I am stronger than I know. I spent hours upon hours, day after day doing insane amounts of intense yoga. My body did not let me down. On the contrary, it surprised me almost daily by how much it was able and willing to do. There was a point in the week where my body seemed […]

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10 Benefits of Gratitude

Rick Foster and Greg Hicks set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. In their book How We Choose to Be Happy, they found that there are nine choices happy people make. One of those nine is to practice Appreciation.  The other of the nine choices includes: Intention, Accountability, Identification, Centrality, Recasting, […]

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The Yoga of Acceptance

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Lao Tzu The beauty of a yoga practice is that it helps us learn acceptance. Initially, I found that my practice was helping me […]

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Sacred Sound: Mantras & Chants

Many years ago when I started a yoga practice, I had no idea what it would reveal to me. I was just hoping for a little extra strength and flexibility, and I did what I could to avoid all the spiritual trappings of the practice. But, somehow, as it does, the yoga did its job. […]

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How Yoga Teaches Generosity

If you have a candle, the light won’t glow any dimmer if I light yours off of mine. ~ Steven Tyler Yoga has changed my view of generosity. I have learned to give without expectation and to always remain mindful of the quality of my generosity. After all, generosity in yoga is based partly on two […]

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Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga Study Chart

Enjoy more visual yogic goodness from chart-maker extraordinaire Alison Hinks. Click here for PDF version.  If you like the chart, there's more where this came from... :) … [Read More...]

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Yoga Blossoms in NYC

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Ashtanga Yoga Opening and Closing Mantra

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The Advanced Yoga Practice for When Things Fall Apart

Crap happens. Things fall apart. Life gets hard. This is about the advanced, accessible yoga practice that will help you when that happens. Read on... We make life harder or easier depending on how we think about what’s happening. We can’t change what happened to us, but we can change how it … [Read More...]

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Sweaty Yogi – Hydrate Yourself!

Editor's note:   This is a guest blog post by Lucas Rockwood of YOGABODY Naturals. In this post, Lucas sheds some light on the importance of proper hydration before, during, and after class. Yoga students often become obsessed with hydration to the point where they’re never without a water … [Read More...]

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Evening Relaxation Yoga Sequence by Jason Crandell

"Paying attention to your transitions can bring your focus back to the journey instead of the destination.  When we rush through transitions, we fool ourselves into thinking that once we arrive somewhere--whether it's a pose, a classroom, or a life stage--we will pay attention and become present. … [Read More...]

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Taking Life One Downward Dog at a Time

It's been a long time since my arms shook in downward facing dog.  I'm sure you remember that shaky feeling in your arms the first time you encountered a yoga mat.  It eventually goes away, but nearly everyone, no matter how strong, experiences it to some degree. For the first time in nearly 10 … [Read More...]

Weekend Yoga Video: Ashtanga Yoga Demonstration

It's a bit of a video overload this weekend, but this Ashtanga clip, shot on location in India, was too good to sit on. The synchronization and scenic backgrounds are simply amazing. I loved it and I'm sure you will too. I believe it was created by Steven Green who teaches classes at the Yoga … [Read More...]

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