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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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Going Creative – Meditation and Creative Consciousness

Humans are conscious beings. We are able to both analyze the creative spirit, discuss it intellectually — and also experience it. When we meditate, we come home to our own creative fount, a sense of oneness that evaporates the ego-centred perception that we are separate beings adrift in a … [Read More...]

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Thoreau the Yogi

 “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Gandhi This morning while reading the newspaper over breakfast at my hotel, I came across a review of a book I hadn't heard of yet. The book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, purports to extol the value of those who … [Read More...]

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Yoga For Kids: Introducing Your Child to the Yoga Lifestyle

Editor's Note:  I hope you enjoy Daily Cup of Yoga's latest guest post about a topic near and dear to the heart from new contributor Maria Rainier Most parents try to introduce their children to healthy lifestyle choices and patterns.  Parents who actively incorporate yoga practice into their … [Read More...]

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Yoga Journal Home Practice Video Sequence ~ Side Crane and Twisting Poses

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Leslie Kaminoff Shares His Two Cents on Whether Yoga Will Wreck Your Body

Here's the cover of the soon to be released book whose author recently set the yoga community's tail on fire  with his New York Time's article, "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body." While I'll reserve my response until I read the book, I thought I'd share Leslie Kaminoff's video response to the … [Read More...]

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A Few Tips on How to Create a Relaxing Home Meditation Space

The importance of quiet time in our daily lives cannot be overstated. After a stressful day either at work or at home, taking a moment to shed the feelings of tight anxiety and the constant pressure to accomplish everything on our to-do lists can do wonders for both the body and mind. Finding the … [Read More...]

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Window Dressing…Yoga Style Part II

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77 Health Benefits of Yoga

If you're still looking for a few good reasons to try yoga or do more yoga, here are 77 of them.  The list covers everything from "health benefits without,"  "health benefits within," "emotional health benefits," "body chemistry," "exercise benefits," "disease prevention," and "symptom reduction or … [Read More...]

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