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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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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 […]

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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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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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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Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011 – Maty Ezraty on ‘The Business of Yoga’

Maty Ezraty joined up with Wanderlust Festival in Lake Tahoe, CA to discuss the business side of yoga -- in this lecture she shares tips on opening a studio, keeping it vibrant, how to keep your teachers and students engaged, and more. Maty Ezraty was the original founder of Yoga Works in Santa … [Read More...]

Yoga for Frogs

Doesn't your day just feel messed up if you don't get in at least a few Sun Salutations?  Kermit the Frog thinks so.   Though yoga for dogs used to be the rage, apparently yoga for frogs is the next up-and-coming craze. Er, maybe not, but you're more than welcome to enjoy the singular experience of … [Read More...]

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Lululemon Pledges a Perfect Fit for Your Next Yoga Pants

This is about as breaking as news gets in the yoga world, so we had to share.  Perhaps inspired by the infamous comments of lululemon's founder, lulu's latest product offering/innovation appears to be a yoga pant that fits any body, shape, or size... Here's the specs on the pants in case … [Read More...]

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Maroon 5’s Adam Levine = Yoga Maniac!

I've been a huge Maroon 5 fan for years.  In fact, it's really a coincidence, but I just realized I'm actually listening to a Maroon 5 song in the background right now.  Anyhow, we all love yogi rock stars, and Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5 and a judge on The Voice, practices one workout … [Read More...]

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John Friend will Definitely be at Wanderlust Festival

Bet there's a few of you who can't wait to get the Wanderlust 2011 party started.  I know one person who will be there:  Anusara Yoga founder John Friend.  I really quite enjoyed this fairly long but entertaining clip from John Friend at last year's Wanderlust Speakeasy about the purpose, power, and … [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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5 Secrets of Yoga

These five secrets of yoga are hidden for many, but once accessed their power is transformational. 1. Asana has very little to do with it. Patanjali is known as the guy who sat down and recorded the yoga sutras—an important text containing sutras, or threads, that link together to share vital … [Read More...]

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Meet the Fockers of Wanderlust…SPEAKEASY 2011

Always let yourself wander... ...because life's most beautiful moments come in the spaces... Video description: Come meet the Fockers of Wanderlust! One of the central purposes of Wanderlust is to create community around shared values. Meet the founders of Wanderlust, Jeff Krasno, Schuyler Grant … [Read More...]

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