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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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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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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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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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Weekend Yoga Video: A Few Pattabhi Jois Teaching Segments

This clip contains Pattabhi Jois teaching part of the Intermediate Series. Here Pattabhi Jois teaches the last part of the Primary Series. … [Read More...]

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Seane Corn on Embodying Spiritual Activism – Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011

Seane Corn shares a candid heart-to-heart with the SPEAKEASY audience assembled in Stratton, VT in June of 2011, where she spoke of her life as a yogi, from just discovering yoga, to where her heart has led her to today... as a seeker, student, teacher and ultimately, a servant. Hear first-hand … [Read More...]

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Make New Determinations: Be What You Want to Be!

Paramahansa Yogananda has long been a guide to me in my personal study of yoga. A yogi in the classic sense, I have no doubt his legacy of talks and essays inspire many of you as well. At the end of a long day, I frequently soak in a few pages of Yogananda's wisdom to calm and center my mind (my … [Read More...]

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Yogic Action ~ Yoga Sutra 2.1

One translation: Yogic action has three components--discipline, self-study, and orientation toward the ideal of pure awareness. Another translation: Burning zeal in practice, self-study and study of scriptures and surrender to God are the acts of yoga. … [Read More...]

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Trending Now…Yoga WILL be an Olympic Sport…Probably…

The venerable tradition of yoga may be downdogging itself right into the realms of Olympic glory. The topic seems to have been debated and covered for as long as I've been writing about yoga. As yoga continues to evolve, it's pretty much inevitable that it will enter daring new frontiers...and I'm … [Read More...]

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10 Minute Yoga Unwind with Tara Stiles

Related articles Tara Stiles takes Yoga Out of the Studio with New DVD and iPad App (themactrack.com) Taking five with yoga teacher Tara Stiles (seattletimes.nwsource.com) Related products Tara Stiles - Yoga Anywhere: The New York Sessions Slim Calm Sexy Yoga: 210 Proven Yoga Moves … [Read More...]

Getting close to busting out some Guerilla Yoga

With spring weather in the air, the chances of busting out some guerilla yoga increase dramatically :) Although definitely not a public place, beside the pool in my backyard worked quite nicely this morning for some sun salutations. Baby steps to yoga bliss...A few thoughts on staying inspired... … [Read More...]

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DCOY Giveaway: Core of the Yoga Sutras by B.K.S. Iyengar

After an illustrious lifetime of expounding yogic wisdom to the eager masses, it only seems fitting that B.K.S. Iyengar, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the modern-day yoga bible, turns his gaze toward yoga's foundational philosophical text, the Yoga Sutras.  In Core of the Yoga Sutras, Mr. … [Read More...]

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