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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. […]

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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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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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News Report: Organic food no healthier, but is that all that matters…

You've probably already seen the news story reporting researchers' findings that organic food has little to no nutritional or health value over good old-fashioned give-me-all-the-pesticides-you-can-take food.  Even still, armed with that knowledge, my eating habits won't change much since about the … [Read More...]

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Two Sides of the Tongue

The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 17, verse 15: “Always tell the truth, Arjuna, and present it in as pleasant a way as possible. If you cannot do that, remain silent. If something absolutely needs to be said you must uphold the truth, but find a way to do it that is gentle and obliging. “Do not hurt … [Read More...]

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Defeating Unhappiness

At times I have felt defeated by life. All I ever wanted was to be peaceful, happy, and free. I went about attaining it by deconstructing myself and my life and seeking spirituality to bring about peace and happiness. With spirituality figured out and practiced daily I waited for the immediate … [Read More...]

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Gentle Flow Yoga with Kathryn Budig

If you're under the weather today or just needing a little more relaxed yoga session, this gentle flow yoga practice on Yoga Journal's Youtube channel should do the trick. Gets the body moving a little bit, without too many sustained inversions. Video description: This Gentle Yoga Flow practice … [Read More...]

Dharma Mittra: 908 Asanas

908 Asana Poster by Sri Dharma Mittra

This beautiful, comprehensive yoga chart has been a staple in Ashrams, Yoga Studios and Homes since it was introduced to the world by Sri Yogi Dharma Mittra nearly 30 years ago. … [Read More...]

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Yoga Challenge Day 9 ~ Tree in the Wind

Practiced yoga out on the dock again today after running 4 miles home from a pancake breakfast. Today was more blustery than normal, which made Tree pose more of an adventure than normal. I could definitely get used to living right on the water. I finished up with a nice meditation on the rippling … [Read More...]

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5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Yoga Teacher

Samadhi. Nobody can get you there except you. Okay, there may be one exception: Shakti Phat. This is when an ascended master yogi gathers all her—but typically his—spiritual energy to awaken yours. And does. Simply by touching you on the forehead. Shazam! Suddenly you see you are a drop in the … [Read More...]

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Don’t Leave Home Without Your Manduka eQua Plus Towel

Not long ago I found myself stuffing a suitcase for an overseas business trip. As usual, I contemplated cramming a yoga mat in as well (since business trips suck without a little yoga), but given luggage limitations I went for the next best thing and tossed my new Manduka eQua Plus yoga towel into … [Read More...]

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