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5 Ways Yoga Helps

Yoga means union. In a world that bombards us with clichés regarding a mind, body & spirit connection, this is very important. But in real people terms, what is the connection between the poses (asanas), breathing (pranayama), philosophy, and Western psychology? David Frawley, author of Yoga and Ayurveda writes: Yogic methods cover the entire field […]

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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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How Yoga Can Help You Stop Feeling Like You’re Not Spiritual Enough and Love Your Life

I used to feel like a bad yoga teacher, like someone who wasn’t living up to the title. Because I like to wear stylish clothes, love when my Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines arrive in the mail, and the amount of pleasure I get from a good dark chocolate bar is almost indecent. So, I […]

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Gratitude: How to Sing from the Mountaintops

What are you grateful for?  This question can become cliché and trite when you read it every single day on Instagram posts. Gratitude can become stale and void of meaning when #gratitudechallenge is blowing up your Twitter and Facebook feeds. Gratitude has been called the “father of virtues” — the virtue from which all others […]

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The Yoga of Travel

The time has finally come. September marked the last month of The Alchemy of Flow and Form: Advanced Teacher Training at San Marcos School of Yoga with Gioconda Parker and Christina Sell. I learned a lot at my 300 hour teacher training: who I am as a teacher, what my authentic voice sounds like, and […]

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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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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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When Good Enough is Excellent

Sometimes good enough is excellent.  Despite what our high school principals would tell us.  Even though our leaders espouse magnificence.  Even though our leading self-help gurus often say otherwise.  There’s a lot of messaging out there about going beyond what’s good...to being great.  … [Read More...]

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Observing Aparigraha

Before the new week starts and we all head back to work or school, take a moment to ponder these words on non-coveting by B.K.S. Iyengar in Light on Yoga: The yogi feels that the collection or hoarding of things implies a lack of faith in God and in himself to provide for the future....By the … [Read More...]

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Filament: A yoga poem from a new friend

Filament arms arch upward fingers interlace of course I’m stretching of course it’s early morning summer here upon us arriving curved upward haze behind a building announces the day coming. of course I haven’t got my mind yet haven’t quite found where it’s hiding. this is supposed to be a day, a … [Read More...]

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The Best Restorative Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress [Infographic]

Some great yoga advice and infographic from Greatist.com, one of our favorite health, fitness, and happiness websites: Whether it’s in your hips, glutes, or all in your head, tension has a way of accumulating as we hustle through the day-to-day. But there are ways to reclaim some very necessary … [Read More...]

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Are you Still Growing? The Power of Intention

"The only difference between a flower that is alive and one that is dead is that the live flower is still growing." ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer Intention is defined as setting an expectation for yourself, an expectation for your personal evolution. Going to yoga class helps us reconnect to our commitment … [Read More...]

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The Yoga of Travel

The time has finally come. September marked the last month of The Alchemy of Flow and Form: Advanced Teacher Training at San Marcos School of Yoga with Gioconda Parker and Christina Sell. I learned a lot at my 300 hour teacher training: who I am as a teacher, what my authentic voice sounds like, … [Read More...]

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Expand Your Yoga Practice with iPhone Yoga Apps

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve accumulated a fair number of yoga apps on my iPod Touch. Though I haven’t played around with them enough to decide which ones I like best, here’s the current list of yoga apps on my iPod [links go to iTunes App Store]: Yoga Stretch 101 Yoga Poses Yoga … [Read More...]

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