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  • 10 Mind-Blowing Health Benefits of Headstands Yoga Pose [Sirsasana]

    YogaCurious Blog
    YogaCurious
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Yoga is said as an ancient way to heal many sorts of disease without applying any medicine or any outside forces. The healing property always makes Yoga as a most trusted form of exercise. Yoga is not just limited with one or two poses but it has many poses and each yoga poses have it’s […]
  • Blacksmith's Scrap Pile

    Still Is Chill
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Do you sometimes wonder why to hell all the ups and downs in my life? Why is it that things cannot remain constant? It seem like there is a great benefit to going through a hard times in life."There is a beautiful story in the yogic lore. Once there was a blacksmith in a village, a very poor man. It looked like he acted like a magnet to all the problems in the world. They were visiting him too often. But he was a devout, very prayerful person. Once, a friend of his who did not believe in all this came and said, “What nonsense, you going on praying to your god. Look at your life! All the…
  • Solar Roadways; The Future is Here

    Still Is Chill
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:07 pm
     This video is currently going viral and has been seen by over 8 million people. A crowd funding campaign is currently underway for “Solar Roadways” which would essentially turn all roads into ways solar panels, which would end our reliance on oil. I, for one, support this project. Wouldn't you? Watch the video below and if you want to participate in the campaign, then click here. Please SHARE with others!! It would be amazing to see something like this in our lifetime!  OUTSOURCED FROM: WHYDONTYOUTRYTHIS.COM
  • BKS Iyengar, the Father of Modern Yoga Passes Away

    YogaCurious Blog
    YogaCurious
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    The person who spread yoga around the world and is known as the father of modern yoga passes away today in Pune, India. YogaCurious team is deeply saddened by the news of BKS Iyengar’s passing and express our sincere condolences. The person who has changed the world will live on in our memory forever. Anyone who […]
  • Q&A: How Can We Break the Cycle of Feeling ‘Tired and Wired’?

    Yoga Journal
    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Q: How can we break the cycle of feeling “tired and wired” all the time? A: There is a new experience sweeping through our collective culture called “tired and wired” — a really uncomfortable sensation where you feel totally exhausted but also on-edge and unable to relax. It’s like your mind and body have one foot firmly entrenched on the break, and one foot firmly planted down on the gas. Ayurveda can help us get out of this totally unproductive cycle. But first, it may be helpful to admit that many of us use stimulants like caffeine to get going (and keep going)…
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  • Q&A: How Can We Break the Cycle of Feeling ‘Tired and Wired’?

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Q: How can we break the cycle of feeling “tired and wired” all the time? A: There is a new experience sweeping through our collective culture called “tired and wired” — a really uncomfortable sensation where you feel totally exhausted but also on-edge and unable to relax. It’s like your mind and body have one foot firmly entrenched on the break, and one foot firmly planted down on the gas. Ayurveda can help us get out of this totally unproductive cycle. But first, it may be helpful to admit that many of us use stimulants like caffeine to get going (and keep going)…
  • Mandy Ingber’s 4 Poses for a More Mindful Yoga Practice

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Mandy Ingber is perhaps best known for being Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher, but the celebrity student she actually wants to work with is … you. “Each of us is a celebrity in our own lives. We are the center and the people who surround us know our story,” says Ingber, who will appear as a Silk Soymilk spokeswoman this Friday at Yoga Journal Live! in Estes Park, Colo. Like Hollywood stars, we all need some helping coping with the ups and downs of being seen and known. “Mindfulness moves us past all of that and helps those going through highs and lows to be…
  • Vegan Challenge Recipe: Chai Latte

    YJ Editor
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    See also The Benefits of Going Vegan: The 21-Day Vegan Challenge The post Vegan Challenge Recipe: Chai Latte appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • Ease Into the Day With This 13-Step Ayurvedic Wake-Up Routine

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Did you know that your morning routine actually begins the night before? Follow this 13-step plan to feel refreshed when you start the day. 1. Don’t stay up too late: Getting in bed by 10 or 10:30 p.m. will help you start the morning off right. 2. Wake up at sunrise: If you are exhausted, sick or elderly, please sleep as long as you like. Upon waking, do not get out of bed right away. Try to be aware of your body and feel grateful to be alive before your toes touch earth. Pray. 3. Drink warm lemon water: This helps to wash the G.I. tract, flushes the kidneys and stimulates peristalsis. If…
  • Out There: First Ever National Kids Yoga Conference

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A unique one-day event is helping the yoga-in-schools movement reach a tipping point. In a watershed moment for the karma-yoga community and students nationwide, the first-ever National Kids Yoga Conference is being held September 27 in Washington, DC. This one-day blitz of workshops, lectures, and, of course, yoga is the next big step for the yoga-in-schools movement, says Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, executive director and co-founder of YoKid, an education-advocacy group that co-hosts the conference. This matters now because of the debate happening in Encinitas, California’s school district…
 
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    The Everything Yoga Blog

  • SmartMat: Genius or Dumbing Our Innate Intelligence?

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Smartphone, it's a smartwatch...nope...it's SmartMat, the latest technological juggernaut of the yoga world. Hmmm...I feel like I'm in some sort of sci fi movie or something. The SmartMat is a sensitized yoga mat (a conductive grid is embedded in the yoga mat material) combined with a Smartphone/tablet app that helps you achieve the "perfect pose" and/or assist you during a yoga class, giving you real time feedback. I'm not sure whether or not I'm intrigued or horrified. I understand the whys of how the SmartMat came into being. I respect entrepreneurs…
  • Getting Away or Getting in the Moment?

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    I recently returned from a totally-for-pleasure trip to Portland, OR (big shout out and appreciation to Delta, The Heathman, Alchemy Jewelers, Foot Bar, and Hotel Monaco -- all made my trip both enjoyable and memorable). As someone who was raised and spent much of her life in the Northeast, I find the Pacific Northwest totally intriguing. Portland was on my must-visit-because-I-can-easily-see-myself-living-there list. I made every moment of my trip count -- I spent all my time immersed in the experience that is Portland. Needless to say, the trip was magical (and that whole no tax thing…
  • The Extremes of the Last Week in Yoga

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Death and outrageousness -- sounds like a typical week in the wide world of yoga, right? I don't always discuss news, but last week I found myself amused by the wide swing of happenings and felt compelled to comment. Farewell Mr. IyengarClose to 9 years ago, I had the privilege of seeing B.K.S. Iyengar in Boston as part of his Light on Life tour. I remember thinking at the time: "Hmmmm...I'd better take advantage of this opportunity, for Mr. Iyengar is getting older." It delights me that he shined for another 9 years. His passing last week at age 95 didn't exactly sadden me, for I thought…
  • Noticing the Patterns

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    When I first heard the saying, "How you do one thing is how you do everything," I was intrigued. I let that idea marinate for a bit and then took a look at my own life, especially my yoga practice. I can talk myself into and/or out of anything, so I figured looking at how I approached my yoga practice would leave no room to hide (or deny). Sure enough, my habits/patterns/ways of being on my mat reflected how I was in my life. Sobering. I tend to come back to this when I'm feeling off or simply want to do a gut check and see where I am in life. My latest look brought up something interesting…
  • Shades of Grey (the yoga version, not the BDSM version)

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I looked at the form before me tapping my index finger on my bottom lip. Hmmmmm....my choices were: beginner, intermediate, advanced. Which type of yoga practioner was I? My first reaction was to select beginner despite my ego's protestations. After all, I've been practicing for well over 10 years, surely that means I'm not merely a beginner? Then I noticed that the helpful form creators specificed a pose that separates the beginners from the intermediates from the advanced. Labels. Labels that come down to postures. Labels and yoga postures determine your...happiness, worthiness, acceptance…
 
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    Elephantbeans

  • 2014 NFL Predictions… and Asses

    alcmaeonid
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    Preseason totally doesn’t matter except for the bottom of teams rosters.  The real season is almost here!  Due to my fantasy team picks, I am heavily rooting for the Packers.  Well, just Aaron Rodgers, but still!  My number 1 receiver is Calvin Johnson, so I am basically rooting for no defense in the NFC North… and that’s enough about my fantasy team. Not a bad catch… There has already been one game won by the Seahawks, but that has no effect on my picks.  Because I said so. Will defense win out again this year with San Fran or Seattle taking it all?  Or will it…
  • The 10 Hottest Movie Aliens

    alcmaeonid
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Guardians of the Galaxy had a great opening weekend, and one of the highlights for me is Zoe Saldana as Gamora. She has established herself as a fixture of the sci fi genre already with appearances in Avatar and Star Trek, and is adding to her resume as a sci-fi hottie with this summer’s Marvel blockbuster. Not an alien, but man is she beautiful. This has inspired a very meaningful ranking, the hottest female movie aliens of all time.  (I’ll let everyone else comment for dudes) 10) Laura Vasquez, Rosario Dawson, Men in Black II Rosario Dawson is not particularly hot in this movie…
  • Miami Wade County after Lebron

    alcmaeonid
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    So Lebron James is going to Cleveland.  Not a big surprise.  Lebron makes emotional decisions and this is certainly one.  He chose his hometown team, and wants to be the man to bring a championship to Cleveland.  Lebron, Irving, Wiggins… that’s awesome.  Varejao and Tristan Thompson, not so much.  That backcourt alone though would be a championship contender in the terrible East. Chris Bosh should go to Houston, that is clearly the best option for him.  The Rockets are in his home state, and there is too much money to be left on the table.  Miami would be a good situation…
  • Most Improved Player NBA 2013-2014

    alcmaeonid
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    1) Goran Dragic, Guard, Phoenix Suns The Dragon played for Phoenix before, was traded away, and has ended up back with his old team and is playing better than ever before. He showed flashes back in Phoenix’s playoff run a few years back when he scored 26 points in a quarter. Every part of his game is better: defense, shooting, passing, scoring, driving to the hoop, decision-making, defense. He is a very intense player and plays with a ton of confidence. Analysts will call that “feisty”, meaning he doesn’t smile a lot on the court and always looks like he’s on the verge of fighting…
  • The Case for Johnny Manziel in the NFL

    alcmaeonid
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    There was no one I enjoyed watching more the last two seasons of college football than Johnny Manziel.  He would make wild and unpredictable plays that you normally see on a basketball court or a soccer pitch, not on the football field, and in the SEC at that!  That is why so many people, myself included, would love to see him perform well at the next level… and he can.  However, it is certainly a risk, something that most GM’s and draft analysts already know. However, I have hope for the dude. Yes, it’s good to be Johnny Football. If I were a GM, and I had a top 16 pick, I would…
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    Young Yoga Masters

  • Creative Ways to Get Kids Yoga into Schools

    Aruna Kathy Humphrys
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Back to School isn’t just for kids! Come get trained as a kids yoga teacher - next training starts September 20, 2014!  You’ll have so many wonderful ideas to bring yoga into your classroom. An empty playground, soon to be filled with children. In 2010, I wrote about How to Start a Kids Yoga Program at a School.  Well, things have changed in schools and in Yoga in the past few years and it’s time to give this article an update with new information that may be helpful for you to bring yoga into your school. First of all, I usually recommend that new kids yoga teachers, who…
  • Back to School Kids Yoga Lesson Plan

    Aruna Kathy Humphrys
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Summer time is holiday time, but at Young Yoga Masters, school is open and learning abounds.  We just finished a 10 Day Summer Certification.  For many of the teachers in the training, their classrooms were empty and they were sitting on the other side of the desk or mat for a change. They were getting their Certificate to be a kids yoga teacher. The 10 days were packed full of information, fun, and new friends. It was a pleasure to meet everyone there and see them grow as kids yoga teachers! I’m excited for the next 10 Day Summer Certification starting August 8/14 in Pennsylvania. …
  • 5 Kids Yoga Activities to Enhance Your Camps this Summer

    Aruna Kathy Humphrys
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    It’s summer!  Which means kids yoga camps and time to try fresh ideas that you just don’t have time to try in a regular class. I’m planning a summer camp right now.  It’s 18 hours of kids yoga over 5 days in our 10 Day Kids Yoga Teacher – Summer Certification.  So going through my resources and picking my favorite activities is fun. The 10 day training is so satisfying.  We have 3 spots left if anyone wants to jump on board.  Here’s why its a great training: the 18 hours of kids camp where you actually get to teach real kids. you get to retreat from…
  • I Need Your Advice for Kids Yoga with Different Age Groups?

    Aruna Kathy Humphrys
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:52 am
    I’m working on a new quick reference chart (below) for teaching yoga to children of different age groups. I’m making the chart because so many new kids yoga teachers wonder about teaching specific ages, things like: “What age range should I choose for my studio classes or summer camps?” “Are games too juvenile for teens?” “What should I do with the energetic 4 year olds?” “At what age can children start to do yoga?” “What ages can I teach in a daycare?” These are valid questions because age is an important factor when…
  • Free Kids Yoga Alphabet Printables for Summer

    Aruna Kathy Humphrys
    28 May 2014 | 12:12 am
    The school year is winding down.  Teens are going to Prom.  Kids are getting lathered up with sunscreen.  Teachers are getting ready to say goodbye. Parents are getting ready for a busy summer. At Young Yoga Masters we’re winding down our kids classes and have some great free printables to give you today for your summer yoga.  We’re also getting prepared to offer two  10 Day Summer Certification kids yoga training intensives.  One course is in July in Ontario Canada.  The other is in August in Pennsylvania, USA. Its going to be a fun summer! Before you download the…
 
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    Blissology

  • Beyond Alignment part 1: Fusing Earth and Water

    blissologist
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
      Alignment as the Earth Element: I just spent 3 weeks in our Blissology Yoga Teacher Training course meticulously breaking down the intricacies of each yoga pose; reveling in the immense joy from how small adjustments to the pelvis affects the stability and stretch in a pose or how adjusting the tone of the muscles of the shoulder joint ‘just so’ enables the proper connection of arm bone to shoulder socket to makes the pose therapeutic and more relaxing. Notebooks and journals out, our neurons are firing excitedly as we see all kinds of new patterns of yoga alignment. The primary…
  • #EcoKarma: Come plant trees in Texas or Coral Reefs in Florida, we’ll provide the yoga!

    blissologist
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
  • Ocean Karma Projects

    alissa
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    We Protect what we Revere. This year for my birthday I am asking for your help in our Eco-Karma Yoga campaign to save our beautiful yet imperiled oceans! Join me on my birthday and dive into the experience of a lifetime.  Redefine “Restorative Yoga:”  Restore your body while restoring our oceans. The ocean is a shrine of interconnection and an essential source of life on this planet. As a surfer, I see first hand the detrimental effects humans are having on the ocean. Especially now as I get older, I cannot spend another day without doing something about it.  My goal is to restore…
  • At Least do This Yoga

    blissologist
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The two main excuses for why we miss yoga is that 1) Yoga takes too much time and 2) Yoga is expensive. Throw those excuses out the window because this routine is free and takes only 18 minutes. Think about that. 18 minutes is nothing. Everyone has this time. Just eliminate a little bit of time on social media and on email and voila: You will have time for yoga! Get off of the internet and on to the “innernet!” This is a short and sweet yoga practice meant to provide opening, centering and core strength. It includes a short savasana (relaxation) and meditation because that is what…
  • The Big Yummy! Surfer’s Triangle

    blissologist
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:35 pm
      Surfer’s Triangle is an incredible pose. There are some similar poses out there which have popped up in the last few years but this one I love because it is a mack daddy stretch for the psoas, oblique muscles, and chest muscles. That is, when it is done right. When it’s done wrong, it can be a back cruncher especially at the Sacroilliac Joint. But after reading this, you will have the knowledge to make this not just therapeutic but outright ecstatic! It is important to understand that this pose is really a combo of a side bend (opening the side waist), a back bend (opening…
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    Free Online Kundalini Yoga Poses and Exercises

  • Relax and Flow Like a River

    Guest Author
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
     Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.The river does not even know its destiny and it is born. As a little trickle from the rain waters or the snow melting, it does not know. Creation has sent it forth and it is not even aware of its destination.Somewhere there’s a knowing, but at that stage it’s all a mystery. What will the river see, meet and experience? The script is already there, now it only remains to unfold.At first the river is keen to know a lot of things, but as time goes by, it…
  • Does the Media Image of Yoga Stop People From Giving it a Go?

    Kara-Leah Grant
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah has written her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga. Pre-sales have just started, and you’re invited to be involved. Read more below. by Kara-Leah Grant, author of The No-More-Excuses Guide to YogaI’m in Auckland, New Zealand back in 1995, which seems a long, long time ago.I’ve dropped out of my second year at University – ostensibly because my back issues and serious sciatic pain made sitting for lectures impossible , but there were other, deeper reasons too. (i.e. my habitual response when facing serious challenge –…
  • Surrender and Letting Go: Why ‘Ananda’ is the True Happiness

    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children. This week she looks at what it really means to surrender and let go.  by Dr. Bina NangiaIn this world of names and forms, we are easily tempted with our senses to pursue, that, which seems real to us. We have no experience of any other perception. The chase is endless and due to the ‘law of diminishing returns’ the chase never ends. With knowledge of our true nature, and the higher perception of the reality of names and forms, we can surrender and…
  • How a Screaming Baby can Help Us Become More Enlightened

    Kara-Leah Grant
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares a tale from early motherhood on how every moment is an opportunity to wake-up, especially the difficult moments!by Kara-Leah GrantAuthor of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.I wrote this article over four years ago now and re-reading it I’m struck by the spiralling nature of life. At the time I thought I’d learned something huge and could tick that off my to-do list. Being Present – Done! However, over the last four years this kind of situation has repeated itself over and over again. Every…
  • Be Free – Live Now

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    by Guest Author Anita OlivacceWhere are you?Right now, where are you? Where is your attention focused?On what happened yesterday, a few years ago perhaps? Or maybe on something that may happen nextThere is no tomorrow and there are no “years”. There is only Now. This moment right now. Life is happening right now. Within us and all around us. We are Life and unless our attention is fully focused here and now, we miss it.We miss out on the beauty, the greatest treasure, the preciousness of this moment happening right now in front of us. Gone in the blink of an eye.Too busy lost in…
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    Dahn Yoga Health

  • Researchers to Test Qi Gong in Aging Process among Traumatized Women

    Phil
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    For the average person working 9 to 5, qi gong exercises have shown to relieve stress. But for women who suffer from chronic pyschological stress after a traumatizing experience, it may be extremely challenging to suppress the thoughts and emotions lingering from the event.  Recently, researchers have been designing a study to test qi gong's effects on women suffering from traumatizing flash backs, such as those from abuse.  In general, these women and others suffering from post-traumatic stress have shorter telomeres, which are DNA sequence present in the cell…
  • Imagery Mind-Body Technique

    Phil
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he visualized the whole Super Bowl before he even stepped foot on the field, where he would go on to lead the Green Bay Packers to victory in 2010.  Tapping into the mind's eye is a powerful technique used by not just athletes, but everyone from CEOs to doctors to those recovering from an injury.  People looking for a new mind-body technique may want to try imagery exercises, which uses creative exercises to picture scenarios that relax and heal. They can practiced on your own or with a facilitator guiding you, which is called guided…
  • Qi Gong May Improve Tactile Problems for Kids With Autism

    Phil
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Some children with autism experience sensory challenges. The most common problem revolves around the sense of touch. What that means is that these children don't register pain normally or they register gentle touches in an unpleasant way. "Touch is the master sense," Dr. Louisa Silva, who has a medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, explained to The Oregonian. "It's the one to coordinate the brain and the body and to give the brain and the child a sense of…
  • Mindful Meditation May Help Mothers of Kids With Autism

    Phil
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Caring for a child for disability is one of the most challenging, stressful things a parent can encounter. Since the conditions rarely disappear over time, it can lead to years of pent-up stress for mothers and fathers.  Recently, a new study offered mindfulness programs and "positive psychology" to help mothers of children with autism and other mental-development disability. After weeks of treatment, the meditation showed to reduce their stress, anxiety and depression.  "There are literally decades of studies that have described the high levels of stress and…
  • 5 Fast Things to Know About Qi Gong

    Phil
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Qi Gong is a type of study of Qi (energy or life force) that was developed more than 3,000 years ago in China. But as the relentless go-go-go culture continues to stack up, people all around the world are turning to this ancient technique to relieve stress. Here are six basic things to know about qi gong.  1. Qi gong combines several motions and breathing exercises The Chinese practice blends breathing techniques, posture and movement to circulate the life force throughout the body and filter out toxins. 2. The basic Qi gong stance is called Hugging the Tree To do this,…
 
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    Yoga Journal

  • Q&A: How Can We Break the Cycle of Feeling ‘Tired and Wired’?

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Q: How can we break the cycle of feeling “tired and wired” all the time? A: There is a new experience sweeping through our collective culture called “tired and wired” — a really uncomfortable sensation where you feel totally exhausted but also on-edge and unable to relax. It’s like your mind and body have one foot firmly entrenched on the break, and one foot firmly planted down on the gas. Ayurveda can help us get out of this totally unproductive cycle. But first, it may be helpful to admit that many of us use stimulants like caffeine to get going (and keep going)…
  • Mandy Ingber’s 4 Poses for a More Mindful Yoga Practice

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Mandy Ingber is perhaps best known for being Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher, but the celebrity student she actually wants to work with is … you. “Each of us is a celebrity in our own lives. We are the center and the people who surround us know our story,” says Ingber, who will appear as a Silk Soymilk spokeswoman this Friday at Yoga Journal Live! in Estes Park, Colo. Like Hollywood stars, we all need some helping coping with the ups and downs of being seen and known. “Mindfulness moves us past all of that and helps those going through highs and lows to be…
  • Vegan Challenge Recipe: Chai Latte

    YJ Editor
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    See also The Benefits of Going Vegan: The 21-Day Vegan Challenge The post Vegan Challenge Recipe: Chai Latte appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • Ease Into the Day With This 13-Step Ayurvedic Wake-Up Routine

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Did you know that your morning routine actually begins the night before? Follow this 13-step plan to feel refreshed when you start the day. 1. Don’t stay up too late: Getting in bed by 10 or 10:30 p.m. will help you start the morning off right. 2. Wake up at sunrise: If you are exhausted, sick or elderly, please sleep as long as you like. Upon waking, do not get out of bed right away. Try to be aware of your body and feel grateful to be alive before your toes touch earth. Pray. 3. Drink warm lemon water: This helps to wash the G.I. tract, flushes the kidneys and stimulates peristalsis. If…
  • Out There: First Ever National Kids Yoga Conference

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A unique one-day event is helping the yoga-in-schools movement reach a tipping point. In a watershed moment for the karma-yoga community and students nationwide, the first-ever National Kids Yoga Conference is being held September 27 in Washington, DC. This one-day blitz of workshops, lectures, and, of course, yoga is the next big step for the yoga-in-schools movement, says Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, executive director and co-founder of YoKid, an education-advocacy group that co-hosts the conference. This matters now because of the debate happening in Encinitas, California’s school district…
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    Yoga Journal

  • Q&A: How Can We Break the Cycle of Feeling ‘Tired and Wired’?

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Q: How can we break the cycle of feeling “tired and wired” all the time? A: There is a new experience sweeping through our collective culture called “tired and wired” — a really uncomfortable sensation where you feel totally exhausted but also on-edge and unable to relax. It’s like your mind and body have one foot firmly entrenched on the break, and one foot firmly planted down on the gas. Ayurveda can help us get out of this totally unproductive cycle. But first, it may be helpful to admit that many of us use stimulants like caffeine to get going (and keep going)…
  • Mandy Ingber’s 4 Poses for a More Mindful Yoga Practice

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Mandy Ingber is perhaps best known for being Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher, but the celebrity student she actually wants to work with is … you. “Each of us is a celebrity in our own lives. We are the center and the people who surround us know our story,” says Ingber, who will appear as a Silk Soymilk spokeswoman this Friday at Yoga Journal Live! in Estes Park, Colo. Like Hollywood stars, we all need some helping coping with the ups and downs of being seen and known. “Mindfulness moves us past all of that and helps those going through highs and lows to be…
  • Vegan Challenge Recipe: Chai Latte

    YJ Editor
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    See also The Benefits of Going Vegan: The 21-Day Vegan Challenge The post Vegan Challenge Recipe: Chai Latte appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • Ease Into the Day With This 13-Step Ayurvedic Wake-Up Routine

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Did you know that your morning routine actually begins the night before? Follow this 13-step plan to feel refreshed when you start the day. 1. Don’t stay up too late: Getting in bed by 10 or 10:30 p.m. will help you start the morning off right. 2. Wake up at sunrise: If you are exhausted, sick or elderly, please sleep as long as you like. Upon waking, do not get out of bed right away. Try to be aware of your body and feel grateful to be alive before your toes touch earth. Pray. 3. Drink warm lemon water: This helps to wash the G.I. tract, flushes the kidneys and stimulates peristalsis. If…
  • Out There: First Ever National Kids Yoga Conference

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A unique one-day event is helping the yoga-in-schools movement reach a tipping point. In a watershed moment for the karma-yoga community and students nationwide, the first-ever National Kids Yoga Conference is being held September 27 in Washington, DC. This one-day blitz of workshops, lectures, and, of course, yoga is the next big step for the yoga-in-schools movement, says Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, executive director and co-founder of YoKid, an education-advocacy group that co-hosts the conference. This matters now because of the debate happening in Encinitas, California’s school district…
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    Sahaja Yoga Meditation News - Light of Love

  • The Conscious mind

    Editor
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    So when you are enlightened, the conscious mind is something like a tree into which the sap is now flowing. It may be that it is just like a leaf or it may be it is like a flower, or maybe it is like a fruit. So it changes its forms once he gets realization. […]
  • In-depth Meditation Workshop, Burwood, Sydney

    Editor
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
     ‘The Purpose of our Lives’: An in-depth meditation workshop for regular attendees of our meditation classes and workshops. What do we desire in life and how much time do we give ourselves? What is our ‘self’ and what is the ‘void’ of our Subtle Body? How powerful is our attention and what do we do […]
  • Realise Vietnam Tour 2014 – Sahaja Yoga

    Editor
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Realise Vietnam Tour, conducted by Sahaja Yoga, will take place in July 2014. The Vietnamese Sahaja Yoga collective, along with the Australian “Music of Joy” music group, will participate in a tour of Vietnam. Programs will be held in various locations around Vietnam.   Vietnam Tour 2014 Program Itinerary ____________________________________________________________ July 11th 6:00pm Schools Program […]
  • Feedback from Wamuran Sahaja Yoga Workshop

    Editor
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    We had a very successful Sahaja Yoga workshop at Wamuran, near Brisbane, on Sunday 29th June 2014. About 35 people attended, many for the first time. The program started at 9.30am with ‘meet and greet’, refreshments and introductions. This was followed by a short introduction to Sahaja Yoga and then Self-realisation. Everyone then experienced footsoaking, clearing […]
  • LEAF Festival, Logan, Brisbane

    Editor
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:51 am
    Sahaja Yoga Meditation had a lovely and successful day at the Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) at the Griffith University, Logan on 8 June 2014. The Brisbane Sahaja yogis arrived early to set up the stall,  decorating the backdrop with colourful saris and receiving many compliments from patrons about the beauty of the stall. There was a steady stream of people all day, with […]
 
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    Yoga Basics

  • The Roundup! 9/11 Discount Blunder & World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

    Timothy Burgin
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    As summer comes to a close we’ve seen the buzz of yoga news slow down a bit, but that doesn't mean that what has been circulating hasn't been interesting! In this week’s YogaBasics Link Roundup we present a short but sweet list of some of the most intriguing yoga articles to help you finish up your summer reading. • Arlington yoga studio offers 9/11 discount, then a Ray Rice comparison - A Bikram Yoga studio gets ... Continue reading "The Roundup! 9/11 Discount Blunder & World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Too Busy for Yoga? Take Time to Make Time!

    Megan de Matteo
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s 7am and your alarm sounds, jolting you from sleep. Before you can blink your eyes open, your thoughts are racing to places far beyond your bedroom. “I’ll get the coffee started,” you tell yourself, “and eat breakfast on the way to work. I’ve got that lunch meeting, then a doctor’s appointment—and I can’t forget to pay the electric bill! I’ll figure out dinner on the way home from getting ... Continue reading "Too Busy for Yoga? Take Time to Make Time!" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Is It Really Yoga without Meditation?

    Lea McLellan
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    A fellow yoga teacher recently said to me, “If you’re not meditating, you’re not practicing yoga.” Cue the gasps of horror! I know there are a lot of people who wouldn’t take very kindly to that statement. But while asana-focused yoga classes have taken the U.S. by storm … seated, silent meditation is, well, a slightly harder sell. I’ll admit that I winced at her words—and yet I can’t disagree ... Continue reading "Is It Really Yoga without Meditation?" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Yoga and (the Lack of) Diversity

    Amber Baker
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Although the literal translation of the word “yoga” is to join or unite, American yoga classes can be somewhat exclusive. In real life, though this homogeny often isn’t intended, it is perpetuated by the constant media portrayal of the ideal yogini as a skinny, affluent, white woman. This parody of yoga does everyone a disservice—except perhaps those selling fancy pants. Despite the increasing “business of yoga,” there are still large ... Continue reading "Yoga and (the Lack of) Diversity" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Yoga of Social Media: Navigating with Integrity

    Tosca Braun
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    If ever we were tempted to forget the world’s pain, these days it’s undeniable. From Africa’s Ebola outbreak to deep unrest and bloodshed in the Middle East, to ongoing racial tension in the US following the deaths of black Americans by whites, the world is crying. Yet rather than tears, an outpouring of opinions and colliding perspectives propagate mainstream media and permeate our social media personas. Though many of us ... Continue reading "Yoga of Social Media: Navigating with Integrity" on Yoga Basics.com
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Cowgirl Yogatography 2014 - two spots left

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    And now...a note from Larry, our very own Montana Yoga Photographer, and my co-pilot for our Cowgirl Yogatography retreat October 9-12.October is just around the corner and we are three short weeks from the second Yogatography Retreat at the amazing Double T River Ranch. I can't wait to see what magical moments will be had this year. Last year's retreat was one of the most creative and exciting times of my year! And, I fully intend this one to be no different in that regard…ONLY BETTER!If you are contemplating leaping for one of the last two spots available, I want to encourage you -…
  • Old Gringo Cancer Kickin' Cowgirl Boots

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    I remember when we first moved to Montana, and I hesitated on the cowgirl boots. I guess I was thinking something like you can take a city girl out of the city, but...obviously things have changed. One of my most prized possessions is a pair of Old Gringo boots, pictured here. I wear them on every Cowgirl Yoga retreat (and beyond that, as much as I can get away with).So when we hatched the idea to send cancer kickin' cowgirl boots to women in treatment for breast cancer, I had my heart set on Old Gringo. These are seriously badass-yet-beautiful boots - perfect for kicking cancer's ass. This…
  • Cowgirl Commentary on the Latest Yoga Drama

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Here we go again! The latest yoga drama doesn't involve Lululemon, just so you know. The bastion of all-things-yoga before it was hip, Yoga Journal, has now been added to the mix. (Oh wait. That does mean Lululemon is involved...)Everyone has their panties in a bunch over the latest issue, over three main things: 1. the new editor is the former editor of SELF. Which apparently is as controversial a publication as Cosmo, and seems to totally disqualify her from anything having to do with yoga; 2. Hilaria Baldwin on the cover; 3. body shaming in an article that provides tips on how to hide butt…
  • Hiking recovery - Feel the OO

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    My feet have been on my mind a lot lately, after all this hiking. I have a bit of an obsession with footwear, which is ironic since I spend a lot of time in bare feet on my yoga mat. Off the mat, I prefer cowgirl boots, anything with good arch support, and I must - I repeat, must - wear slippers around the house. As someone who appreciates fancy footwear, I also own a lot of flip flops for this purpose.A few months ago, I tried a pair of OOFOS slip ons. I pretty much haven't stopped wearing them since. With their cushioning and arch support, it feels like a foot massage every time I come home…
  • Tea + Yoga = Bliss

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Get ready for it - I am gearing up for a conversion from coffee to tea. Yes, you read that right. The Tea Spot has convinced me that this is a good thing. This will be worthy of its own post...meanwhile, I'd like to introduce you to The Tea Spot and its founder, Maria.The Tea Spot is the total tea solution that makes loose leaf tea an everyday luxury, so you can live an inspired and healthy life. Based in Boulder, Colorado, it was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of tea during her recovery. She set forth to promote wellness by making loose leaf…
 
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    Yoga Flavored Life

  • Cultivate a Flexible Mind in Your Yoga Practice

    Charlotte Bradley
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I have always hoped that my boys grow to be flexible thinkers. I think this will lead to a happier, more creative and interesting life. So I try to do little things to cultivate this. Like expose them to different kinds of food (they love everything from sushi to grilled cheese!), encourage them to read any book that grabs their fancy and encourage them to question things (this one backfires sometimes…). To have flexibility of mind means to be willing to consider different and new ideas. To be willing and able to adapt to new experiences and ideas. People sometimes say they can’t…
  • How to Use our Yoga Stick Figures

    Charlotte Bradley
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    In this video I am going to show you how to create yoga sequences using the yoga pose drawings that you can purchase here at YogaFlavoredLife.com. You can use any software applications that supports jpeg files. I use Microsoft word. Use the drawings to create sequences for your own practice, to guide you as you teach or to create handouts for your students. In the video I mention some Microsoft Word templates that I use. You can download those here. Check out this page to buy the drawings!   The post How to Use our Yoga Stick Figures appeared first on Yoga Flavored Life.
  • A Fun Yoga Sequence with a Focus on Balance

    Charlotte Bradley
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Last week was all about balance. We need to balance all kinds of things in our crazy lives. And we need to balance body parts in some of those crazy yoga poses! It seems that balance is what I am in need of these days so I been working with this short yoga sequence over the past week. I start with the intention of finding steadiness. Steady does not mean stiff. It implies a certain amount of flexibility and movement. It  requires awareness and encompasses the idea of equilibrium, a state where opposite forces are balanced. This is just what we strive for in standing poses. For…
  • How to do Breath of Joy

    Charlotte Bradley
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Breath of Joy is energizing and fun. It’s a great way to start off a yoga practice or as a pick me up throughout the day. Have a look at this video to see how it’s done. If you would like more information on the many great benefits of Breath of Joy and why I love it, have a look here. If you get a chance to try it out, I guarantee it will make you smile!   The post How to do Breath of Joy appeared first on Yoga Flavored Life.
  • Learning to Love Half Moon Pose

    Charlotte Bradley
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Half Moon pose (Ardha Chandrasana) is a challenging pose for me. I find the balancing difficult. And the fact that I can’t do it well, makes me want to do it even less. This seems like a loud and clear call to practice half moon! Not quite in love with this pose yet but we’re working through it Benefits Challenges and works balance Both strengthens and stretches the spine Strengthens abdominals, thighs, ankles and buttocks Tones lower back muscles Helps with sciatica Improves digestion Relieves anxiety and fatigue Helps with focus and concentration Can be very humbling ……
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    Daily Cup of Yoga

  • 8 Ways to Be Your Own Best Teacher

    #DailyCupofYoga
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    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 powerful. But the most powerful source of wisdom is within. How do we activate our own inner teacher, our own inner guru, so that we always have someone to lean on and guide us? The most powerful source of wisdom is within you. This is what I help every single person I work with realize—that they are…
  • 5 Simple Tips for Becoming a Master of Meditation

    #DailyCupofYoga
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    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 block, sitting on the heels, sitting on a blanket or a pillow. Make sure that you are sitting in a place you’ll be happy to sit. For me there’s a room in my house where the morning light comes in magically. I like to sit in there. 2.  Watch your thoughts.  The mind is always…
  • 5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Fall in Love with Your Body

    #DailyCupofYoga
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    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 most common ways us women feel about our body. When we give ourselves the time and space to really listen to what we tell ourselves about our body, it’s surprising what we hear. It’s unusual for us to have thoughts like “I love my body,” “My body is amazing,” “I appreciate everything my…
  • Theming your yoga class, theming your life…

    #DailyCupofYoga
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    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 for class, theming still occurs. A conversation that came up during my training a few weeks ago had to do with the topic of theming. How necessary is a theme, even? What makes a good, or a bad, theme? Christina Sell dropped some wisdom on us that I found both comforting…
  • 10 Things I Learned From Destination Yoga Teacher Training

    #DailyCupofYoga
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:25 am
    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 to tell my mind to “STFU. I got this. Quit telling me what I am incapable of. Enjoy the ride.” 2. We are all in this together. One of my favorite moments of the week was laying on the ground in savasana, singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” while holding hands with a drag performer from Seattle and an…
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    The Pranamama

  • Choosing A Wedding Photographer

    Mama
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Choosing your wedding photographer is an important task prior to the wedding. After all photographs never fail to take you back to that special day no matter how many years may pass. Here are a few tips from Lens to Life on choosing the right wedding photographer. 1)Research on the internet Popular photographers have their website and samples of previous work. Go through reviews and testimonials on the internet and choose photographers that are recommended by wedding venues. 2) Meet the photographer in person it is important to be comfortable around the photographer as they will there…
  • Investing In Great Music Lessons

    Mama
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Taking music lessons may be something that you spent a large amount of time thinking about in the past, but fear can become a factor that often prevents people from being able to move forward. Deciding to try something new and stepping outside of your comfort zone is the only way that you are going to be able to expand upon the knowledge that you have at the moment. There is no professional musician that did not have to overcome the fear of wanting to learn something new and having the fear of not being able to do so. However, it is possible for you to begin working on developing your skills…
  • Here Are Some Tips On Home Security

    Mama
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    When it comes to home security, then there are some things you can do to make your home safer. Continue reading this article to find out more about how you can make your home and your belongings more secure. Invest In An Alarm System A home alarm system is a great way to increase the security around your home. A good alarm system will alert you and authorities when intruders enter your home, whether it is via a door or window. If you want to increase security around your home, then invest in a good alarm system. Buy A Dog If you want to increase the security around your home, then one of the…
  • Gift Baskets: The Perfect Present For All Occasions

    Mama
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Special occasions such as birthday parties, weddings and graduations are a part of our social lives. Nowadays, consumers are faced with a lot of choices when it comes to gift shopping. With the variety of products available in the market, buyers can be overwhelmed. If you are fickle-minded, you cannot easily make a decision. The Gift baskets at Tastebuds are the closest thing to the perfect present because they can be given on any occasion. Why Gift Baskets are the Ideal Presents It is very hard to decide on the perfect gift. You have to take into account the recipient’s age, gender,…
  • What You Need To Know About Plastic Surgeons

    Mama
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:05 pm
    A plastic surgeon is a doctor who specializes in reconstructing and repairing different parts of the human body through reconstructive plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery. The former aims to restore normal appearance and function to various body parts after an accident, illness, or injury. On the other hand, the latter is an elective procedure done either to improve or to enhance a person’s physical appearance. An In Depth Look at the Work Plastic Surgeon According to the American College of Surgeons, plastic surgeons must have technical expertise and skill in tissue transfer, grafting,…
 
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    Yoga Life Journey

  • 600-Hr Certified Esthetician Program Immersion

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    The School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics offers a 600-hr Esthetician licensure program in an immersion format starting in October 2014. This program includes 200 class room hours. The classes are held Monday through Friday for the 5 weeks, 9am – 5pm. In addition to the class room study, there are 150 hours of correspondence […]
  • 600-Hr Massage Therapist Program Denver

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Denver Integrative Massage School, offers a 600 hour massage therapy certification program in an immersion format starting September 15th, 2014. With this intensive format all of your class room hours (200 hrs) are completed in 5 straight weeks! Classes are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. After the class room hours, you will work 150 […]
  • New Herbalist Certification Program in Denver

    admin
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:43 am
    Herbalism Roots in Denver Colorado is excited to announce a new cutting-edge 500-Hour Herbalism Certificate Program. The program starts July 8th, 2014. This unique program integrates the study of medicinal herbs with a pathophysiological paradigm – connecting plants with the body systems they affect. A comprehensive selection of classes includes soil preparation, gardening, and field […]
  • Neuro Emotional Technique for Mind Body Stress Reduction

    admin
    12 Aug 2013 | 5:31 pm
    The Neuro Emotional Technique, or NET for short, is a mind-body stress reduction technique that seeks to remove a neurological imbalance.  Oftentimes, these issues are unresolved physiological responses within the mind-body connection.  This technique is meant to improve behavioral and physical conditions. Some of the conditions that NET can used to improve are headaches, phobias, […]
  • Anatomy Studies For Yoga Teachers

    admin
    12 Aug 2013 | 5:15 pm
    Most 200 hour teacher trainings, are only able to devote a small percentage of their time to the study of anatomy.  Yoga Alliance, the national governing body of yoga teachers in the US, requires only 20 hours of anatomy study. However the knowledge of anatomy for yoga teachers is very valuable. Not every person taking […]
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    Still Is Chill

  • Blacksmith's Scrap Pile

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Do you sometimes wonder why to hell all the ups and downs in my life? Why is it that things cannot remain constant? It seem like there is a great benefit to going through a hard times in life."There is a beautiful story in the yogic lore. Once there was a blacksmith in a village, a very poor man. It looked like he acted like a magnet to all the problems in the world. They were visiting him too often. But he was a devout, very prayerful person. Once, a friend of his who did not believe in all this came and said, “What nonsense, you going on praying to your god. Look at your life! All the…
  • Knowing of the 'Knowing' - A Spoken Word Story by Sadhguru

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
  • Holi: Festival of Colors in Awesome HD Video

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Holi is an annual Spring festival celebrated across India on the day after the full moon in early March. On this day, or sometimes several days, people come together across social boundaries, putting aside their differences and expressing their joy by holding public bonfires and throwing brightly-colored powders, liquid colors, and perfumes onto friends and family. The event commemorates several events in Indian lore, as well as the arrival of spring and it’s bright colors.Sadhguru relates a story about the celebration of Holi:"Any kind of celebration in this world is essentially feminine.
  • Kedarnath: A Tremendous Space

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Sadhguru: Kedarnath is a tremendous space. The utterance of the sound “Shiva” attains a completely new dimension and significance in Kedar. It is a space which has been specially prepared for this particular sound. When we utter the word “Shiva,” it is the freedom of the uncreated, the liberation of one who is not created. It is not right to say this, but it is almost like on this planet, the sound “Shiva” emanates from this place. For thousands of years, people have experienced that space as a reverberation of that sound.When we say “Shiva,” it is not about creating one more…
  • Solar Roadways; The Future is Here

    7 Jun 2014 | 8:07 pm
     This video is currently going viral and has been seen by over 8 million people. A crowd funding campaign is currently underway for “Solar Roadways” which would essentially turn all roads into ways solar panels, which would end our reliance on oil. I, for one, support this project. Wouldn't you? Watch the video below and if you want to participate in the campaign, then click here. Please SHARE with others!! It would be amazing to see something like this in our lifetime!  OUTSOURCED FROM: WHYDONTYOUTRYTHIS.COM
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    YogaGlo

  • Start Your Day

    YogaGlo
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Jodi Blumstein reminds us that consistency is the most important and valuable piece of our practice. It’s certainly more valuable than how long or how deep your practice goes on a daily basis. Take this class with Jodi: http://bit.ly/1uIrwBR
  • Opening Up the Chakras

    YogaGlo
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chakra, Sanskrit for “spinning wheel of energy”, signifies one of seven specific energy centers in the body and mind. The seven main chakra centers are aligned along the spinal column and are connected to our being on several different levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Since our chakras are connected to our being in so many different ways, it is important that they are balanced. When our chakras are balanced, energy flows freely and we are able to achieve mental, physical and spiritual well-being. If the chakras are out of balance, the energy doesn’t flow…
  • Using the Bandhas Effectively

    YogaGlo
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    According to the yoga tradition, the bandhas are the next step after asana. In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Rod Stryker explains the three major bandhas, their effect as well as how we practice them. Learning to use bandhas effectively opens the doorway to taking your asana to the next level. Take this class with Rod: http://bit.ly/1lWEzhQ
  • Annie Carpenter is a YogaGlo Teacher!

    YogaGlo
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    We are thrilled to announce that Annie Carpenter is now a YogaGlo teacher! Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment.  Annie creates practices that are at once advanced and challenging, yet safe and playful. She has been practicing yoga since the 70s, performed and taught for the Martha Graham company in the 80’s and continues to be a dedicated student (geek!) of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy. She believes that Yoga has a multitude of…
  • Yoga for a Solid Foundation

    YogaGlo
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    A solid foundation determines the viability of the rest of the structure as it goes up. In order to sustain any type of growth, evolution or success, one must have a solid foundation from which to build. Whether it’s a new creative pursuit, a new personal goal or your yoga practice, a good understanding of the fundamental elements will help you establish a foundation that allows you to thrive. This week’s featured classes will help us build a solid foundation, inside and out. The Foundation of Standing Poses with Sianna Sherman: At the heart of yoga is the wish to grow with…
 
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    Meditation Techniques For Every Challenge

  • Mindfulness Meditation for Panic Disorder

    Glenna Garcia
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    It is normal to feel anxious when facing a difficult situation but if the worries interfere with your daily functioning then, you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder. People who suffer from this kind of disorder tend to experience frequent worrying, feelings of nervousness and negative thinking. For example, people with panic disorder frequently worries about the future or stresses over the past to the point that it already affects their everyday functioning. Good thing relaxation can help avoid these symptoms. You can either learn it yourself or learn from a professional. Deep…
  • 6 Benefits of Transcendental Meditation

    Glenna Garcia
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Despite its stereotype in the past, meditation as of today is viewed as hip and healthy. The American Heart Association even approved Transcendental meditation. It will help lessen your stress, help you become more focused and help you become more attuned to your body and mind. If you’re still skeptic about it, over 350 studies have already been conducted regarding transcendental meditation and the results are truly promising. All you need to do is sit quietly while repeating a mantra, do that for 20 minutes, twice a day and you’re all set. See, it’s as easy as pie. Now, if you’re…
  • Brief Meditation to Fall Asleep

    Glenna Garcia
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Sleep is the last sentence of your day. Life is a book and turning the page is inevitable. Ending your day in a perfect manner is probably the best way to redeem yourself from all the stressful and exhausting activities you had. Lack of sleep is a personal experience for me. There are nights that I can’t easily sleep even if I’m physically and mentally exhausted. Meditating to fall asleep has been a very effective technique for me since I tried doing it. The sole purpose of this meditation is to internalize all the positivity and refract the negative thoughts. You must be ready to let go…
  • Inhale. Exhale.

    Glenna Garcia
    6 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Meditation for beginners Meditation, I’m pretty sure that you have heard or read it before. It claims to be relaxing, stress-relieving, makes the mind clear and alert, and other health benefits. Many people have tried it, but most of them lost and gave up the battle or just simply didn’t know where to start. We have a prototype in our minds that when we say meditation, we imagine a person sitting in crossed legs, eyes closed, fingers connected, humming and lastly, the famous inhale, exhale. But meditation is more than that, one must have patience for meditation is not just about breathing…
  • Mantra Meditation: Instruments of Thought from the West

    Glenna Garcia
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Mantras are undoubtedly the most well-known form of meditation, originating from the Transcendental Meditation of the West. It’s most basic form is the Om or “Aum”, which is said to be the source of all mantras according to Hinduism. This mantra is believed to be the word that began everything—the primitive sound of the Universe created by cosmic vibrations that resulted in all creation. Words can hold profound frequency and vibrations, enabling them to be very controlling. Since they are a form of energy produced by thoughts, words can powerfully bring life to everything that exists…
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    Dahn Yoga Health

  • Researchers to Test Qi Gong in Aging Process among Traumatized Women

    Phil
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    For the average person working 9 to 5, qi gong exercises have shown to relieve stress. But for women who suffer from chronic pyschological stress after a traumatizing experience, it may be extremely challenging to suppress the thoughts and emotions lingering from the event.  Recently, researchers have been designing a study to test qi gong's effects on women suffering from traumatizing flash backs, such as those from abuse.  In general, these women and others suffering from post-traumatic stress have shorter telomeres, which are DNA sequence present in the cell…
  • Imagery Mind-Body Technique

    Phil
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he visualized the whole Super Bowl before he even stepped foot on the field, where he would go on to lead the Green Bay Packers to victory in 2010.  Tapping into the mind's eye is a powerful technique used by not just athletes, but everyone from CEOs to doctors to those recovering from an injury.  People looking for a new mind-body technique may want to try imagery exercises, which uses creative exercises to picture scenarios that relax and heal. They can practiced on your own or with a facilitator guiding you, which is called guided…
  • Qi Gong May Improve Tactile Problems for Kids With Autism

    Phil
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Some children with autism experience sensory challenges. The most common problem revolves around the sense of touch. What that means is that these children don't register pain normally or they register gentle touches in an unpleasant way. "Touch is the master sense," Dr. Louisa Silva, who has a medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, explained to The Oregonian. "It's the one to coordinate the brain and the body and to give the brain and the child a sense of…
  • Mindful Meditation May Help Mothers of Kids With Autism

    Phil
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Caring for a child for disability is one of the most challenging, stressful things a parent can encounter. Since the conditions rarely disappear over time, it can lead to years of pent-up stress for mothers and fathers.  Recently, a new study offered mindfulness programs and "positive psychology" to help mothers of children with autism and other mental-development disability. After weeks of treatment, the meditation showed to reduce their stress, anxiety and depression.  "There are literally decades of studies that have described the high levels of stress and…
  • 5 Fast Things to Know About Qi Gong

    Phil
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Qi Gong is a type of study of Qi (energy or life force) that was developed more than 3,000 years ago in China. But as the relentless go-go-go culture continues to stack up, people all around the world are turning to this ancient technique to relieve stress. Here are six basic things to know about qi gong.  1. Qi gong combines several motions and breathing exercises The Chinese practice blends breathing techniques, posture and movement to circulate the life force throughout the body and filter out toxins. 2. The basic Qi gong stance is called Hugging the Tree To do this,…
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    Dahn Yoga News

  • Yoga Benefits for High-Endurance Athletes

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    People from all different corners of the sports world utilize yoga poses for their plethora of benefits. From relieving tension to enhancing flexibility, the ancient practice can help athletes improve performance on the field, in the pool, on the track or wherever they get active. It can be especially beneficial to high-endurance athletes in these ways: Tones Muscles Though a gentle practice, yoga has the capacity to help you boost muscle tone. It works every part of the body, and after a few sessions of yoga poses you may find that your hamstrings, quadriceps, biceps and other muscles are…
  • Author Helps Children Learn their ABCs with Yoga Poses

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Yoga benefits people of all ages, from tiny tots to the elderly. The mindful meditation, soothing postures and deep breathing promote not only physical health but also mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. But author Teresa Anne Power has come up with a unique new way to use the ancient practice to help the youth – she has written a book that helps teach children the letters of the alphabet while introducing them to yoga. Power, who resides in Los Angeles, has been practicing yoga for about 25 years and has spent nearly a decade teaching it to kids in local organizations and…
  • Firefighters Embrace Yoga Benefits for Mental and Physical Health

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Some people are under the impression that yoga poses are only for those obsessed with religion or health, but the practice can benefit people of all interests, creeds and professions. It may seem like an unlikely pairing, but firefighters are becoming increasingly active in the yoga world. The soothing exercise, with its gentle postures, deep breathing and mindful meditation techniques, can have an immense positive effect on these life-saving men and women, particularly in these two aspects: Stress relief Firefighting is a high stress job. Not only do these professionals experience…
  • Can Meditation Techniques Help Improve Memory?

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Meditation benefits the mind in more ways than the scientific world has yet to discover. But the known perks include relief from anxiety, increased concentration and even relief from insomnia. Another major perk that has been unearthed in recent years is meditation's ability to help enhance memory function. You don't have to have a memory disorder such as dementia or cognitive impairment to experience how meditation can improve your memory function. Even mentally sound people only use a small portion of their gray matter and memories, leaving much more to be explored and…
  • Meditation Techniques Support the Creative Thinking

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    It's well known that meditation benefits the mind and body in a variety of ways, from reducing anxiety to enhancing concentration. A lesser known perk of practicing mindfulness is that the technique can also help promote creative thinking, whether you're artistic at heart or a left-brained individual. How Mindful Meditation Supports Creativity Meditation benefits the mind in ways that can translate to your artistic abilities. Firstly, the mindfulness and breathing exercises enhance the creative mind by helping you obtain mental clarity. This can cleanse you of negative thoughts that…
 
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    YogaAccessories.com: Blog Posts

  • Riding The Wave: Using The Kripalu Yoga Technique To Balance Emotions

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Kripalu Yoga technique known as riding the wave involves learning to explore the uncomfortable emotions that may otherwise cripple us. Here, we discover how riding the wave helps eliminate excess stress and, in turn, helps us achieve emotional balance.
  • Yoga and the Aging Population: Yoga can help!

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With age both flexibility and balance begin to diminish as the spine compresses, joint mobility decreases and stiffness sets in. While changes to the body are a normal part of aging, yoga isn’t reserved for the young and lithe. In fact, yoga can be a gentle and effective way to combat the assault of age.
  • Props to You!

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Yogis have toys. Did you know that? They are mostly limited to blocks and straps, but oh, the many kinds of blocks and straps we can have! Just when I think I have every style, type of block and strap on the planet, a new one comes out that I just have to have.
  • Om Nom Nom: Pack Your Lunches for Better Health (and save big!)

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did you know you can save about $2,500 per year by packing your lunch every day? By bagging lunch, you are practicing the yama of brahmacharya (moderation). Plus, more mindful food choices equal better mind/body/spirit health.
  • Dirt Cheap Yoga

    1 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Yoga is AWESOME! But it can get SO expensive. Don’t let the greediness of others keep you from mastering headstand …. Here are five clever tricks to practice yoga on the cheap.
 
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    YogaCurious Blog

  • 10 Mind-Blowing Health Benefits of Headstands Yoga Pose [Sirsasana]

    YogaCurious
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Yoga is said as an ancient way to heal many sorts of disease without applying any medicine or any outside forces. The healing property always makes Yoga as a most trusted form of exercise. Yoga is not just limited with one or two poses but it has many poses and each yoga poses have it’s […]
  • Learn How Yoga Helps in Addiction Recovery with Tommy Rosen [Interview]

    Yetta McGovern
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Tommy Rosen is an internationally-recognized yoga teacher and very well known addiction recovery expert. He has spent over two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. Tommy can offer an expert perspective on the science of healing and the fitness and nutrition tips. YogaCurious conducted an interview […]
  • True Nature Healing Arts Hosts Carbondale’s First-Ever Sacred Fest

    YogaCurious
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    CARBONDALE, Colo…True Nature is hosting Carbondale’s first-ever Sacred Fest from September 5-7 commemorating its official grand opening celebration.  True Nature is a world-class, inspirational environment featuring a yoga studio, tea room, petit spa, raw food bar and boutique and peace garden. Sacred Fest is a transformational weekend full of activities for adults and children including a […]
  • BKS Iyengar, the Father of Modern Yoga Passes Away

    YogaCurious
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    The person who spread yoga around the world and is known as the father of modern yoga passes away today in Pune, India. YogaCurious team is deeply saddened by the news of BKS Iyengar’s passing and express our sincere condolences. The person who has changed the world will live on in our memory forever. Anyone who […]
  • Learn How Yoga Can Dramatically Improve Flexibility and Relaxation

    Harriet
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Every sport demands flexibility; short, taut muscles are more prone to tearing or becoming damaged. However, traditional stretching exercises are often tedious and even worse, not usually sufficient to do a really good job. Yoga is one of the best – if not the best! – exercise for helping to increase flexibility and suppleness, and […]
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  • Yoga for busy parents and carers

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Do you seem to spend your whole day looking after other people? Giving full time is a demanding occupation. But the question you need to ask yourself is.. are you qualified to give?
  • Thoracic tension - finding relief with yoga

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Thoracic pain is not as common as lower back or cervical pain - mainly because the vertebras don’t move as much but tension is fairly common. Whether you have experienced thoracic pain or tension, you can find relief through yoga.
  • Garlic and smoked tomato butter beans

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This week the lovely Niamh brings us an extremely comforting and tasty dish - Slow-roast garlic butter beans in a smoked tomato and dill sauce. This dish is perfectly accompanied by a wholegrain spelt and garlic flatbread with a herby dip!  Yummy! 
  • Re-establishing your asana practice daily

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In this article our newest guest writer, Manda Greenblatt, talks to us about re-establishing our asana practice 'daily'. How the biggest obstacles are not external but internal. She explains how a regular practice is about beginning again, and again and again :)
  • Buckwheat seaweed salad for Kapha dosha

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This buckwheat seaweed salad is healthy, easy to make and great for those who relate to the Kapha dosha in Ayurveda. Irina also talks about Kapha in relation to your diet.. 
 
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    Seattle Yoga News

  • Yoga for teens: how yoga can help reduce the stress of high school

    Simona Trakiyska
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In high school, there can be many stressful situations, such as students being overwhelmed with test scores, homework and social circles. This stress can often negatively impact a student’s mental and physical state. The pressure can build up, and it can result in physical, emotional or mental stress, unless the students are able to maintain a calm and balanced lifestyle. Finding ways to balance their stress is crucial in maintaining their focus and energy for the tasks ahead. Milena Kolesnikova, a 14-year-old high school student, is well aware of how to handle pressure. Since age…
  • Yoga for beginners: most common mistakes to avoid from 12 yoga teachers

    Othmane Rahmouni
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    You might be heading to your first yoga classes and worrying about whether you are making some common mistakes that other yoga beginners often make. It can be a bit overwhelming especially when surrounded by more advanced students who seem to know exactly what they are doing. We reached out to 12 Seattle-area yoga teachers and asked for their advice on some of the common mistakes they often see yoga beginners making. Here is what they had to say: I often see beginners holding their breath, or pushing themselves to practice at a level of intensity that doesn’t allow for smooth, easy…
  • Yoga mat review: the Jade Harmony yoga mat

    Emily Green
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Your yoga mat is the most personable item in your yoga kit, so quality matters. We have picked another mat that might be just the right fit for you – the Jade Harmony Professional mat. At 3/16-inch, this yoga mat is made out of natural rubber with no PVC and it offers slip-resistance and extra cushioning. The length is either 68 or 74 inches and it is very easy to wash with soap. Designed for comfort, sustainability and grip, the Jade Harmony yoga mats are some of the most eco-conscious mats available. There’s a notable rubber smell when the mat is first removed from its…
  • Deva Premal & Miten’s concert in Seattle

    Simona Trakiyska
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Deva Premal and Miten began their voyage together in the 1990s. Their love for each other, and music, has allowed them to travel worldwide and share their unique music genre. The foundation of their music comes from India and Tibet’s ancient mantras, which are spiritually based songs. Their 2014 Mantras for Life tour, stopped in Seattle on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Center for Spiritual Living (5801 Sand Point Way NE). About 600 fans attended, including small, local businesses who showcased their products. Premal began the program with an opening mantra, often described by many as the…
  • How to instill mindfulness at Burning Man: a yogi’s journey

    Emily Kasman
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Let me start out by saying that after my first two experiences at Burning Man, I had very little desire to return. However, something kept drawing me back to Black Rock City, Nevada. Having just returned from my third burn, I am finally starting to realize why this city of 68,000 people is so magical. Burning Man is a journey, in all forms of the definition. For me, 2014 Burning Man was all about my personal progress. As a yoga student, yoga instructor and mindful-eating coach, I am constantly seeking knowledge on how mindfulness can be integrated into everyday activities. Burning Man is…
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    Making Mindfulness

  • Host a Happy & Healthy Movie Night

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Even though the weather, you, and your family have transitioned out of summer, that doesn't mean that movie nights must also be a thing of the past.  Hosting a happy, healthy movie night can develop positive relationships within the family, with neighbors and friends, can reinforce positive behaviors and food habits, and can be just plain fun.  SNACKBAR sign from a surprise movie night full of our favorite movie snacksWhen deciding on a movie night, the type of film you choose and the snacks available can actually influence what you eat!  According to this study published…
  • Black Bean Spinach Quinoa Bake (+ Pico de Gallo & Homemade Chips)

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    If you've been looking for the perfect "Meatless Monday" or make-ahead gluten-free recipe, look no further!  This is both of those recipes in one.  In terms of meatless meals, we're really going for it--and by that I now mean both of us.  We're cutting way down on meat to improve our long-term health and feel great now, too.  To avoid a food rut, we've been trying to play around with ingredients we know we like--those that are filling, and those that will create easy, delicious meals.  This week's new recipe attempt is a high-protein black bean spinach quinoa…
  • Mindful Mondays: Cool Runnings

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Each Monday, I would like to share a reminder about the importance of being mindful.  These will come from literature, popular culture, music--anywhere one might get this sort of everyday life nudge.This weekend, we did ourselves a favor and had a movie night.  We wanted to laugh--actually, I always do--so we looked around for the perfect option.  Danny found Cool Runnings.  I have to admit, I remembered it from my childhood, and I remembered that I had liked it, but I wasn't sure whether that's what I wanted to see that night.  After it was on for a few minutes,…
  • Making Mindfulness Tip of the Week 4: Reusable Grocery Bags

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Within the last few months, California has taken steps to be the first state to ban the use of plastic grocery bags in stores.  (And check out this post for more information about why you should ditch plastic bags.) Even though plastic bags might be available in your area store, doesn't mean you have to use them.  Saving the planet, one plastic bag at a time, is easy if you know what to do!  If you don't really know about using reusable grocery bags, or where to find them, take a quick look at this Making Mindfulness Tip of the Week.    Happy…
  • Reflect & Remember: 9/11

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Image Source: TrendPhotosToday is a day of remembrance for many people across the nation and throughout the world.  Though it has been years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, it's important to reflect and remember each year to remind ourselves of the people lost that day and the love, sacrifice, and dedication of the people who worked to assist and serve others that day and each day since.As you know, my husband is a firefighter and emergency medical service worker.  As such, he responds to calls ranging from stomach aches to full-blown fires.  Before I met Danny,…
 
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