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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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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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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. […]

saagara--meditate with the world--see and do together

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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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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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 impacts us. The shift […]

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Is Your Yoga Earth-Friendly?

In line with the principle of Ahimsa, which translates as “non-harming,” as yogis we’re continually looking for ways to live in a peaceful way on and off the mat. This includes seeking ways to minimize our impact on the environment. Living green and remaining in balance with nature is not just something to practice at […]

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Chant to Breathe Better

As a follow up to yesterday's popular post on how to gross out your friends with a steady stream of water out the nose, there may be a more mild-mannered method for clearing your head. Researchers have determined that the vibrations from chanting or humming can also have a beneficial effect on … [Read More...]

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5 Different Types of Yoga – Which One Suits You the Best?

[Editor's note: This is a guest post by Chiara Fucarino who blogs at Yoga-Paws] Ah, yoga. What’s not to like about stretching your muscles, sprawling out on a comfortable mat, and losing yourself in tranquility? Not only does practicing yoga tone your body and refresh your mind, it also improves … [Read More...]

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One Can Never Get Bored With Yoga…

One can never get bored with yoga. It is so versatile, so complete. It deals with how to help your body, how to help your mind find happiness and transform itself, to know and understand what "is" and so to know what should be called the Self. The whole philosophy and practice of yoga is developed … [Read More...]

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Dominate Technology and Breathe Better with the Totally Awesome iPad/iPhone Pranayama App

Technology is a two-edged sword.  It makes our lives easier in so many ways, but it also brings with it all sorts of distractions (too many to list here). President Bush may have never found WMD's in Iraq, but he could have looked a little closer to home because pretty much all of us carry around … [Read More...]

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Making the Long Drive with Krishna Das

Yesterday, I took an emergency trip to the doctor. Fortunately, the doctor's visit wasn't related to anything serious. Unfortunately, the doctor I had to see was a nine and one-half hour car drive away. It's a little frustrating to drive nearly 20 hours for a 20 minute visit to the doctor, but I … [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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Meditate at Daily Zen

If your life is anything like mine, you know that some days just Suck and you really need a quiet place to collect thoughts and catch your breath. If you're looking for a nice place to visit on the web (not that it isn't nice to get away from the danged computer sometimes) when you feel like you … [Read More...]

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First Yoga Class in Four Years

It's been almost four years since I actually stepped foot in a yoga studio. You're probably thinking that's a bit insane since I have a blog about yoga and you're reading it. There's a multitude of reasons why I rarely go to yoga class. First and foremost, I'm cheap, especially when I feel like I'm … [Read More...]

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