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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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‘Yogapocalypse’ Upon Us…

Not quite the apocalypse, Abercrombie yoga pants kinda makes you wonder if it’s close…but hey, the perfect yoga butt's why we practice, right? … [Read More...]

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30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 10 Sleep-deprived Yoga

Today was day 10 of my 30 day yoga challenge.  So far, so good, other than it was the first day where I felt like going to bed instead of throwing out the mat.  It was just a long, exhausting day of work.  And even once I convinced myself to get practicing, every movement felt like it required more … [Read More...]

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Swami Vivekananda

Read about Swami Vivekananda's visit to the World of Congress in 1893.  Check out the rest of SwamiJ.com for some serious reading about yoga. Swami Vivekananda, originally uploaded on Flickr by Chetan Hegde M. … [Read More...]

"In truth, it matters less what we do in practice than how we do it and why we do it. The same posture, the same sequence, the same meditation with a different intention takes on an entirely new meaning and will have entirely different outcomes." (Donna Farhi)

Yoga and Cancer Patients

[Editor's Note:  This is a guest post from Krista Peterson, an aspiring writer and health advocate.  If you'd like to read more of her writing, just Google her name.] With the growing nature of specialization in hospitals today, individual patients are often placed with numerous physicians and … [Read More...]

George Bush is a Yoga Soldier

If any of you were wondering how President G.W. Bush maintains his focus and clarity in these trying times, well, look no further. In addition to his jogging and mountain biking, apparently he doesn't mind suiting up for a little yoga action. Check out Bush Yoga for the rest of the series. Oh, and … [Read More...]

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The Real Riches of Yoga

The greatness of yoga simply explained by Ashtanga master David Swenson: "Practicing yoga is a constant evolution. The Ashtanga system can appear very rigid, with its predetermined sequences, but actually there's great freedom within its structure. From the repetition, we learn to find depth in the … [Read More...]

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Another Kick in the Pants from the Universe

I love it when the universe sends me messages. But sometimes I can be a little dense, and it takes a few repeats or beats over the head for the lesson to finally soak in. The perfect example of this occurred a few weeks ago in my Wednesday yoga class as I was sharing a few passages from the book … [Read More...]

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Instruction on Ashtanga Jumpback from Standing

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