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  • The Superfood of the Season: Raw Chocolate

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    Erica Rodefer Winters
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    The latest superfood superstar: raw chocolate, dark chocolate’s slightly stronger, nuttier-tasting cousin. It has approximately three times the disease-fighting antioxidants of dark chocolate because it’s never heated above 45 degrees, which companies claim helps retain the antioxidants and enzymes that can get lost during dark- and milk-chocolate production. Raw chocolate can taste bitter, so start with bars that add fruit to help tame the bite. See also Sweet News for Chocolate Lovers Try This Raw Chocolate Righteously Raw (available at Whole Foods and other natural grocers), which…
  • YOGA has Your BACK

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    Annie
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    It has been a busy time at YogaForce LLC. We are so hap […] The post YOGA has Your BACK appeared first on Yogaforce.
  • Rewriting Your Holidays

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    It'sAllAboutYoga
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    It has not escaped my notice that the emails in my inbox are about 70/30 in the sales/gratitude ratio. Yep, that means that there are more messages about buying things (and big sales, of course) than gratitude. Being that I posted a message that falls in the buying category yesterday, I think it's only fair that I balance it out with some gratitude. I am so very grateful for the amazing life that I have and for the amazing people that are in it. I am loved. I am safe. I am happy. I truly am blessed. I'm excited about the holiday season and am already clearing my calendar so that I can fully…
  • Your Chance to Win: Yummi Yogi Cookie Cutters

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    21 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A special Halloween Pumpkin with Yoga Poses The Night Before Yoga… Twas the 31st of October When ghouls and goblins came out to play And kids of all ages Saw a unique pumpkin on display. “Hey look,” said one kid “A yoga pumpkin!” he’d shout The pumpkin was lit With five yoga poses cut out. “I know that pose,” said a child Putting foot ‘neath his knee And smiled to his friends As he posed like a tree. One by one they all came Groups of many and few Dressed as zombies and princesses Doing warrior two. They laughed doing down dog, Crescent…
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  • The Superfood of the Season: Raw Chocolate

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    The latest superfood superstar: raw chocolate, dark chocolate’s slightly stronger, nuttier-tasting cousin. It has approximately three times the disease-fighting antioxidants of dark chocolate because it’s never heated above 45 degrees, which companies claim helps retain the antioxidants and enzymes that can get lost during dark- and milk-chocolate production. Raw chocolate can taste bitter, so start with bars that add fruit to help tame the bite. See also Sweet News for Chocolate Lovers Try This Raw Chocolate Righteously Raw (available at Whole Foods and other natural grocers), which…
  • Gratitude for the Path: Yoga Teacher Training Changed My Life

    Jessica Levine
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    I realized as I woke up in Maui this morning that the last time I was here was 10 years ago almost to the day. This time I came to teach a series of workshops and enjoy Thanksgiving with a loved one. Last time I was here with my now ex-husband—getting engaged. I was 26 years old. And as I look back through my older and wiser lens, I was a very confused and pained girl living with a lot of suffering inside. See also The Path to Happiness Alexandria Crow Flashes Back to Her Life Before Yoga Back then I had a different outlook on almost everything. I wanted to be married with a big ring. I…
  • How to Stand Out as a Yoga Teacher

    Jessica Levine
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Teachers spend a lot of money and time on branding and marketing strategies. And they do it mostly because they feel if they are not unique, they will blend in with all the other teachers out there. One of the questions yoga teachers ask us most often is: “How do I stand out?” What Makes You Stand Out as a Yoga Teacher? What we have found is the teachers who do stand out are the ones who are clear about their own personal “why.” In other words, the teachers that connect with their purpose and are able to speak from that place do not need to worry about standing out. Your “why” is…
  • 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude for Thanksgiving

    Jessica Levine
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    The post 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude for Thanksgiving appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    The post 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude appeared first on Yoga Journal.
 
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  • YOGA has Your BACK

    Annie
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    It has been a busy time at YogaForce LLC. We are so hap […] The post YOGA has Your BACK appeared first on Yogaforce.
  • GO ORANGE with THE GIANTS and Instagram

    Annie
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
                  #YogaF […] The post GO ORANGE with THE GIANTS and Instagram appeared first on Yogaforce.
  • Top 4 Things to Be Aware of in Yoga Class

    Annie
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I have been teaching yoga since 1997 and I have been ta […] The post Top 4 Things to Be Aware of in Yoga Class appeared first on Yogaforce.
  • YogaForce Fights Skin Cancer One Step At A Time

    Annie
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The picture above was taken on the top of Mount Kiliman […] The post YogaForce Fights Skin Cancer One Step At A Time appeared first on Yogaforce.
  • California Wine, Shopping and Yoga in September

    Annie
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
      @YogaForce is happy to announce that Annie Apple […] The post California Wine, Shopping and Yoga in September appeared first on Yogaforce.
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  • Rewriting Your Holidays

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    It has not escaped my notice that the emails in my inbox are about 70/30 in the sales/gratitude ratio. Yep, that means that there are more messages about buying things (and big sales, of course) than gratitude. Being that I posted a message that falls in the buying category yesterday, I think it's only fair that I balance it out with some gratitude. I am so very grateful for the amazing life that I have and for the amazing people that are in it. I am loved. I am safe. I am happy. I truly am blessed. I'm excited about the holiday season and am already clearing my calendar so that I can fully…
  • The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    It's that time of year again -- one of the radio pre-sets on my car's stereo is now playing holiday music 24-7, there are Black Friday emails filling my inbox, the weather is getting colder, I adopted yet another turkey through Farm Sanctuary, and just this past weekend I attended a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show. Yep -- the holidays are upon us. It's also holiday gift guide time. I both love and hate putting this together. I love sharing my favorites with people, but assembling the list of beloved things for a full year can be a bit daunting. As you can see from the lateness of the post, I…
  • Mixed Bag: Asana, Diversity, Aging Gracefully

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    I'm in the process of putting together this year's Yoga Gift Guide (I can't believe it's that time once again), but wanted to share a few things that have caught my interest of late: What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?I've mentioned Matthew Remski and his What Are We Actually Doing in Asana project (WAWADIA) a few times in prior posts (here and here) so I was thrilled to see that he's crowdfunding to put all of his WAWADIA findings into a book. Here's the book prospectus. Personally, I want to see the the book published, so I contributed. If you'd like to join me, you can find the project…
  • The Busy Addict

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    "At some point, all the horizontal trips in the world stop compensating for the need to go deep, into somewhere challenging and unexpected; movement makes most sense when grounded in stillness. In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still." --Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness Years ago, I was in a relationship with a busy person. Give him a problem, he solved it. Ask him a question and he…
  • Reprogramming: Rewild Yourself

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Years ago, I found out about Scott Sonnon and tried his FlowFit program (loved it). I discovered Prasara "Yoga," and became fascinated by the idea of moving my body beyond the static yoga postures I was used to. Sonnon says that diminished complexity of physical movement means diminished capacity for imagination. I can definitely feel the truth in that. As the body, so the mind. I just listened to this interview with Scott and found it quite fascinating. The topic of yoga came up and I thought the discussion around it was quite good. The internal resisting of postural distortion and how…
 
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    Young Yoga Masters

  • Your Chance to Win: Yummi Yogi Cookie Cutters

    Guest
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A special Halloween Pumpkin with Yoga Poses The Night Before Yoga… Twas the 31st of October When ghouls and goblins came out to play And kids of all ages Saw a unique pumpkin on display. “Hey look,” said one kid “A yoga pumpkin!” he’d shout The pumpkin was lit With five yoga poses cut out. “I know that pose,” said a child Putting foot ‘neath his knee And smiled to his friends As he posed like a tree. One by one they all came Groups of many and few Dressed as zombies and princesses Doing warrior two. They laughed doing down dog, Crescent…
  • Kids Yoga in Schools – Not My Favorite Location

    Aruna Kathy Humphrys
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This is Part Two of the Series on Creative Ways to Get Kids Yoga into Schools. How can kids yoga teachers bring yoga into schools?  Let’s talk!  Check out why its not my favorite location and what these teachers do to bring yoga into schools. Leave a comment to give your opinion, advice, or experience on teaching yoga in schools. For school teachers, take a look at Part One for ideas to bring yoga into the classroom. School is Not My Favorite Place for Classes Over the years, I’ve had many adventures teaching in schools and looking back, many of them had their challenges. First…
  • Facing Fear on a Personal Note and a Spooktacular Halloween Craft

    Aruna Kathy Humphrys
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Its been a scary spooky fall for me this year.  I’ve had a difficult time focusing on my blog because of things in my personal life. So getting back to writing on the topic of Halloween and facing fear feels appropriate. A Charades Type of Game at Kids Yoga Camp If you connect with me on my Facebook page you may know that my little sister has been going through chemotherapy for breast cancer.  Its scary. I spend a few days with her after each round of chemo. It’s hard for me to see her sick, even harder for her!  There is little to do but lend moral support and make dinner when…
  • 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. …
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    blissologist
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
  • Wednesday Classes in Santa Cruz

    blissologist
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I am super stoked to be sharing what I love and bringing some Blissology vibes to the Santa Cruz community on a weekly basis. When: Wednesday Mornings 9am Where: Pleasure Point Yoga Santa Cruz 3707 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062    
  • Insiya’s Balinese Black Rice Pudding

    blissologist
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
      In Bali, at one of our favorite YES Retreat centers in the world, Desa Seni, they make a delicious breakfast porridge, black rice slow cooked with coconut milk, sweetened with coconut syrup or maple syrup if you don’t.  Inspired by our soon to come Bali days (next YES Bali retreat is in March 2013) I made a batch this morning for some visiting yogi friends with forbidden black rice, coconut + cashew cream, bananas and a special coconut syrup that we bought earlier this year from our favorite health food store in Bali, Bali Buddha. With warm rice (precooked last night in our rice…
  • 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
 
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  • A Glimpse of Kundalini Experiences

    Anmol Mehta
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Journal Entry – 23 November, 2014It has been a disturbing night, so a Sunday nap on the sofa was certainly warranted.  I doze off, despite guests visiting my ailing father, and the excitement around the house as my wife and son preparing for a mother and son dance. Delicious sleep was moments away.Involuntarily, the internal buzzing of energy in the brain and body begins soon after.  I was quite familiar with it, the vibration of esoteric, sublime energy and the immense pleasure associated with it.  I welcome it and indulge.As the buzzing intensified, it starts to overwhelm…
  • How to Engage with the Mystery of Life

    Guest Author
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Welcome to a new article by our regular contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.   When I was a kid, I loved reading mystery stories. It was the unknown which excited me completely. The characters in the story became me and I went along with their search, excitement, frustration and adventure.Every move, every turn in the story took me closer to the mystery. I read till I completed the book as it became difficult to put it down. Such was the power of the unknown, and its excitement to reach it.The search and excitement continued…
  • Test If Your Thoughts, Words & Actions Are Spiritual

    Kara-Leah Grant
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. In this article written in 2012, just after the John Friend scandal broke, she muses on how we determine what ‘right action’ is.by Kara-Leah GrantTrying to take the right action in your life?Forget the Ten Commandments.Forget even the yamas or the niyamas.Here instead is the Golden Litmus Test of Right Action.Apply it to all your behaviour.Everything you do.Everything you say.And everything you think. (If you really want to up…
  • Goodness Meditation for Self-Realization

    Anmol Mehta
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    We are born ultimately for one reason only, to awaken to the Truth.  Most all else we do is a waste of life, waste of precious time and energy.  But this is not what I want to go into today.  Today, for the benefit of those who have heard the calling, I want to present a different approach to the monumental task of moment to moment to awareness.Spiritual awakening, as you might have heard, requires constant awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings and actions.  To those who have seriously committed themselves to this practice, know that it is no easy task to maintain such moment to…
  • Why Spiritual Seeking Involves Walking the Razor’s Edge with Awareness

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    13 Nov 2014 | 10:34 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 how spiritual seeking is about dancing the razor’s edge.by Dr. Bina NangiaImage by Pau MolasSpiritual seeking happens when it is meant to happen. It definitely depended on thousands of things to co-ordinate in my life. When there is intense longing to ‘know what you don’t know’ the path begins to unfold. With receptivity, every person, object, situation points to the direction of your seeking. Once on this path, the journey…
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  • World Acupuncture Awareness Week

    Phil
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Have you been curious about acupuncture but never tried it? During World Acupuncture Week, from Nov. 16-22, and beyond, you can learn about the array of benefits that this ancient Chinese practice offers.  Acupuncture has the potential to reduce pain, mitigate arthritis, soothe indigestion, dull headaches and many more benefits. It has been gaining momentum in mainstream Western culture, too. Even Harvard Medical School said, "Acupuncture is worth a try for chronic pain." What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin metal needles superficially through…
  • Does Meditation Work?

    Phil
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Many people may be curious and even skeptical about meditation at first. "Does it work?" "Is meditation worth it?" – these are common questions, and the majority of people who try the ancient practice tend to think it has the power to boost brain potential – even doctors say so.  Focus is the Name of the Game Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and author of "Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy," told Time that…
  • How is Dahn Yoga Different From Other Forms of Yoga?

    Phil
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    This is a common question that arises among yoga beginners. While there are dozens of different types of yoga, Dahn Yoga focuses on changing your energy.  Originated in Korea, Dahn Yoga integrates Korean Taoist philosophy and the holistic principles of the Korean Oriental medicine tradition. Energy is the central pillar of the ancient practice, as energy is the source of everything, and practitioners can develop a deeper understanding of their body and mind through the ancient technique. Being healthy doesn't just revolve around physical fitness – it also stresses a healthy…
  • What Harvard Medical School Says About Tai Chi

    Phil
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    In a time when Western medicine is the go-to treatment for nearly every illness, Harvard Medical School has a lot of enlightening things to say about tai chi, a holistic practice that has been used for thousands of years.  "Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion,'" said the school's website.  This low-impact, slow-motion exercise, which originated in China as a martial art, offers value in treating and even preventing a number of health problems, including pain, stiffness, sleep…
  • 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…
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  • The Superfood of the Season: Raw Chocolate

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    The latest superfood superstar: raw chocolate, dark chocolate’s slightly stronger, nuttier-tasting cousin. It has approximately three times the disease-fighting antioxidants of dark chocolate because it’s never heated above 45 degrees, which companies claim helps retain the antioxidants and enzymes that can get lost during dark- and milk-chocolate production. Raw chocolate can taste bitter, so start with bars that add fruit to help tame the bite. See also Sweet News for Chocolate Lovers Try This Raw Chocolate Righteously Raw (available at Whole Foods and other natural grocers), which…
  • Gratitude for the Path: Yoga Teacher Training Changed My Life

    Jessica Levine
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    I realized as I woke up in Maui this morning that the last time I was here was 10 years ago almost to the day. This time I came to teach a series of workshops and enjoy Thanksgiving with a loved one. Last time I was here with my now ex-husband—getting engaged. I was 26 years old. And as I look back through my older and wiser lens, I was a very confused and pained girl living with a lot of suffering inside. See also The Path to Happiness Alexandria Crow Flashes Back to Her Life Before Yoga Back then I had a different outlook on almost everything. I wanted to be married with a big ring. I…
  • How to Stand Out as a Yoga Teacher

    Jessica Levine
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Teachers spend a lot of money and time on branding and marketing strategies. And they do it mostly because they feel if they are not unique, they will blend in with all the other teachers out there. One of the questions yoga teachers ask us most often is: “How do I stand out?” What Makes You Stand Out as a Yoga Teacher? What we have found is the teachers who do stand out are the ones who are clear about their own personal “why.” In other words, the teachers that connect with their purpose and are able to speak from that place do not need to worry about standing out. Your “why” is…
  • 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude for Thanksgiving

    Jessica Levine
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    The post 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude for Thanksgiving appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    The post 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude appeared first on Yoga Journal.
 
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  • The Superfood of the Season: Raw Chocolate

    Erica Rodefer Winters
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    The latest superfood superstar: raw chocolate, dark chocolate’s slightly stronger, nuttier-tasting cousin. It has approximately three times the disease-fighting antioxidants of dark chocolate because it’s never heated above 45 degrees, which companies claim helps retain the antioxidants and enzymes that can get lost during dark- and milk-chocolate production. Raw chocolate can taste bitter, so start with bars that add fruit to help tame the bite. See also Sweet News for Chocolate Lovers Try This Raw Chocolate Righteously Raw (available at Whole Foods and other natural grocers), which…
  • Gratitude for the Path: Yoga Teacher Training Changed My Life

    Jessica Levine
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    I realized as I woke up in Maui this morning that the last time I was here was 10 years ago almost to the day. This time I came to teach a series of workshops and enjoy Thanksgiving with a loved one. Last time I was here with my now ex-husband—getting engaged. I was 26 years old. And as I look back through my older and wiser lens, I was a very confused and pained girl living with a lot of suffering inside. See also The Path to Happiness Alexandria Crow Flashes Back to Her Life Before Yoga Back then I had a different outlook on almost everything. I wanted to be married with a big ring. I…
  • How to Stand Out as a Yoga Teacher

    Jessica Levine
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Teachers spend a lot of money and time on branding and marketing strategies. And they do it mostly because they feel if they are not unique, they will blend in with all the other teachers out there. One of the questions yoga teachers ask us most often is: “How do I stand out?” What Makes You Stand Out as a Yoga Teacher? What we have found is the teachers who do stand out are the ones who are clear about their own personal “why.” In other words, the teachers that connect with their purpose and are able to speak from that place do not need to worry about standing out. Your “why” is…
  • 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude for Thanksgiving

    Jessica Levine
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    The post 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude for Thanksgiving appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    The post 7 Yin Yoga Poses to Cultivate Gratitude appeared first on Yoga Journal.
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  • Tasmanian Workshops

    Editor
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Discover the peace of true meditation Reduce stress • Go beyond thinking • Balance your inner self We’re pleased to invite you to our next meditation workshop. Come along and deepen your meditation experience and refresh your knowledge of Sahaja Yoga. Learn more on how to balance yourself so you can maintain your meditation. Never meditated before? Everything is explained! Simple and effective guided meditations, separate introductory session, interesting presentations, practical sessions, take-home kits, refreshments. Devonport Workshop Devonport Library, Meeting Room One 21…
  • A Clean Heart

    Editor
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Shri Mataji The thing is, true knowledge is a part and parcel of your being. It’s just within you. It is not some sort of a concrete stuff that you have read or you have understood, but it just has to become a light within you, and that light is there. There’s no necessity for you to be very well-educated or to be very intelligent or to be very highly placed. It is not necessary. It is how your heart is clean. In the heart it resides. Imagine: all other knowledge resides in the brain, while the pure knowledge resides in the heart. It is very surprising. But we do know also that…
  • The Conscious mind

    Editor
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Shri Mataji 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. If a person gets realization then the conscious mind moves on, getting more and more light. Say, for example, when the electricity comes, you can see this room, you can see another’s room, you can see another room, you can go round and see and again, again you will see it all the rooms; then you become aware of all the…
  • 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 with it? In what way are human beings evolving? These are some of the questions that we’ll explore in this session. Event details Saturday 2nd August, 2014 3:00pm – 6:30pm: Workshop and ‘The Purpose of our Lives’ 6:30pm – 7:30pm: Dinner…
  • 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 Schools in District 12, HCMC Lot 14, Quang Trung Software City, Dist 12, HCMC, Vietnam July 13th 9:00am , Public Program GRAND HOTEL SAIGON 4th Floor 08 Dong Khoi Street…
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    Yoga Basics

  • Why I’m Giving Thanks for my Yoga Practice

    Megan de Matteo
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    With Thanksgiving upon us, heartfelt expressions of gratitude are everywhere. This week, friends and families across the US will gather to express appreciation for one another and for life’s many blessings. Though this annual holiday is often a catalyst for embracing the many reasons we have to give thanks, it’s important to remember that gratitude is also a simple yet powerful spiritual practice, available to us 365 days per year. Since committing ... Continue reading "Why I’m Giving Thanks for my Yoga Practice" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Practicing Yoga with an Eating Disorder

    Tosca Braun
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Do you, or someone you love, suffer from an eating disorder (ED)? If so, changes in routine and food-centric gatherings can be especially difficult during the holidays. The good news is that yoga can be a useful tool for navigating this time of year, and a sustained yoga practice (in combination with psychological treatment) can be helpful year round. One of yoga’s awesome “side effects” is its mood regulating properties. ... Continue reading "Practicing Yoga with an Eating Disorder" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Healing Scoliosis through Yoga

    Kathleen Bryant
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    None of us is perfectly symmetric, but some musculoskeletal imbalances are so extreme that they can impact well-being and self-image. Scoliosis, a condition that leads to lateral curvature of the spine, affects 6 million people in the U.S., from infants to the elderly. The most common age of onset is 10-15 years, and 85 percent of cases are idiopathic, meaning that the cause is unknown. Medical treatments include braces and ... Continue reading "Healing Scoliosis through Yoga" on Yoga Basics.com
  • The Roundup! Happiness, Gratitude and Self-compassion

    Timothy Burgin
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is no surprise that the blogosphere is awash with posts on gratitude. In the links below, you'll find a number of different approaches to practicing gratitude, and we hope you'll be inspired to integrate some of these techniques into your own life! While practicing gratitude can be quite simple, it contains great power. William Arthur Ward writes “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs ... Continue reading "The Roundup! Happiness, Gratitude and Self-compassion" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Transforming your Yoga Practice through Samyama

    Megan de Matteo
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Getting focused is a concept for which I have great respect, in part, because of how challenging it can be. Though holding a specific focus during my yoga practice does not come easily to me, this yogic concept known as samyama can be profoundly transformational, taking my asana or meditation session to new heights. In the Yoga Sutras, samyama doesn’t appear until Book Three, Sutra 3.4, where Patanjali explains samyama as occurring when the last ... Continue reading "Transforming your Yoga Practice through Samyama" on Yoga Basics.com
 
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Good Yoga Read: Going OM

    15 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    You might have noticed there are a lot of yoga books out there. Not just the tried and true sort, like Iyengar's Light on Yoga or Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi - a brand new genre has popped up in recent years. It seems everyone is trying their mudra-making hand at chronicling the human drama that unfolds within the yoga studio and yoga communities "off the mat". And I have to say, I've found the results less than impressive. We all love yoga, but that doesn't mean all of us should write about it.So I will admit that I was a bit wary of delving into one of the latest entries, Going OM:…
  • Yoga & Horses teach similar lessons

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    A stunning late fall afternoon. 9 year old has a riding lesson. I decide to ride Java and grab a halter. The 3 boys in with him decide to get rambunctious and everyone bolts from me like I am the boogeyman as soon as I enter the paddock. Dammit. Horses run, stop, eye me suspiciously like they have never seen me before, run again. I pause, try to approach again, then make them run more (= work) when they turn their butts to me disrespectfully. Double dammit. Ionlyhaveanhourtorideandneedtocatchmyhorse. The sound of pounding hooves stomps out any plan I may have had in mind. Stop.
  • An intimate & inspiring journey, through breast cancer & tattoos

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    I asked one of our Cowgirls vs. Cancer alumnae to share her intimate and incredibly inspiring journey that she has made art, in the shape of tattoos on her breasts. Read this beautiful story and revel in the power of the human spirit. There is nothing beautiful about breast cancer. From your first mammogram as you watch your breasts get smashed between two plastic plates, followed by laying on your stomach in an MRI machine, then on your back for an ultrasound, finally you stick your breast through a hole in a table to get a needle biopsy. You are left sore, bruised, and emotionally…
  • Sign up now for 2015 Retreats!

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    It's time. After much anticipation, emails, phone calls, etc. - we are now taking reservations for our 2015 retreats. From now until online registration goes live on or about November 1, we have a priority list that gets first crack at it. If you're not already on the list, the good news is you can still get on it.Here's what to do:Look at our 2015 schedule. Choose a retreat and your preference of accommodations. Please keep in mind that we have not yet finalized details or pricing for our October Yoga & Vineyard retreat, we are expecting to do so by December 31, 2014. We can place you on…
  • Yoga + Tea Time

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    So remember a few months ago when I said I was going to convert from coffee to tea? How's that going, you ask? Well. I can't say that it's been a seamless transition, but then it occurred to me that it doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. I was worried that being a tea or coffee person is sort of like being a dog or cat person - you're pretty much one or the other. Now I know that's not necessarily true. And while I do love my latte...I feel something that runs deeper in my new love affair with tea. It's been brewing all along (forgive the pun), but our new partner The Tea Spot has truly…
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    Yoga for Life Blog

  • Nov 7, Waking Up Stiff

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    Sleeping Positions And Use of Pillows I wake up very stiff. I am able to do anything at all only after 11 am. It does not matter what time I sleep. I
  • Nov 5, Pranayama In Polluted City Like Delhi

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Is it safe to do pranayama in a polluted city like Delhi? Hello Sir I wanted to ask you whether it is safe to do pranayama in a polluted city like Delhi(because
  • Oct 26, Kasyapasana With Back Arch

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Loving each moment ... as this is an asana that feels very stable for me I have introduced a back arch!
  • Oct 21, Post Operative Yoga Practice

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    I have been operated for an ovarian cyst and the uterus removal. Its been 3 months now. What yoga postures can I do in my present health condition? Answer
  • Oct 21, Right Room Temperature For Doing Yoga

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    What is the right room temperature for doing yoga? I have problems with teachers not having the room warm. My body hurts and will not relax to stretch
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    Yoga Flavored Life

  • Getting Grounded for the Holidays

    charlotte bradley
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Holidays can be stressful. I have great childhood memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I also recall some family craziness and my poor mom running around in a frenzy! I enjoy hosting the big meal, sharing the gifts and attending parties. It is hectic, yes!! So I choose to be joyful and try not to worry if things don’t go quite as planned. It is a hard thing to do when you want everything to be just right. But truthfully most of the things I worry about don’t matter. One of my favourite holiday memories as a kid – the Christmas we lost power. We cooked the turkey in our…
  • Are You Attached to Your Yoga Students?

    Jill Reeves
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Yoga “Stuff Happens” When I first started teaching yoga, I kept perfect records of who was coming to my classes. This is an important task that keeps track of the attendance and income. After all, owning a yoga studio or being a yoga teacher involves running a business just like anyone else except we get to do Pretzel legs every day. What I needed to learn with book keeping was a sweet lesson in Aparigraha (non-attachment.) My Excel spreadsheets, in and of themselves, were not wrong. However, my attachment to them was a little off. I found myself obsessing about who was attending…
  • Yin Yoga for Vitality and Wellness

    charlotte bradley
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    I am surrounded by sick people! Friends at work are coughing. My boys both stayed home from school last week with sore throats (twins – yep they often get sick together). Even the guy selling me a car was sniffling as he looked up looked up things … It is just that time of year. But before you resign yourself to it, there are a few things that you can do to help prevent those annoying colds and flus. Yoga is one of them! Yoga supports your immune system. It: Detoxifies. Yoga poses squeeze your organs. It’s ok, this is a good thing! It detoxifies and brings fresh oxygenated…
  • On Winter’s Edge

    William Ferro
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Writing Christmas cards in the tea’s warm glow, To the choir’s soft sounds, As silent flakes fall outside the window, Illuminated and dancing in the light. Spirits fly in synchrony, Making peace with what has been. Fearing not the future, They look forward with confidence, with joy. “Must buy strings, record the songs,” he writes, A newfound sense of urgency at the fore. To express one’s heart fully while one lives… What could stake a higher claim? The game of hide and seek is underway Birth and death and birth again, for as long as sentience remains. “No fear,” said…
  • Kooky Yoga Comments

    Jill Reeves
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Yoga “Stuff Happens” Question of the week: What is the craziest comment you have ever heard in a yoga class? This can be a comment made by your yoga teacher, one you made as a yoga teacher, or one a fellow yogi made in class. Here are some I will share: a. “I did a Forward Fold the other day in the library after I read for an hour. I just bent over, reached down, and laid my palms on the floor. It felt so good! I think the guy next to me at the other table was jealous.” b. “I don’t have time to do Savasana.” c. “This is an “Ow-ie Pose.” d. “I call “Happy Baby Pose”…
 
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    Daily Cup of Yoga

  • How Yoga Can Help You Stop Feeling Like You’re Not Spiritual Enough and Love Your Life

    #DailyCupofYoga
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    I used to feel like a bad yoga teacher, like someone who wasn’t living up to the title. Because I like to wear stylish clothes, love when my Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines arrive in the mail, and the amount of pleasure I get from a good dark chocolate bar is almost indecent. So, I figured, I wasn’t really a true yoga teacher, just a gal teaching yoga. Then I discovered Tantra. There are worlds within worlds in yoga. Varying schools of thought, ways of categorizing our experiences, and branches that we can stand on. Tantra’s about embracing life in a way that acknowledges and embraces…
  • Gratitude: How to Sing from the Mountaintops

    #DailyCupofYoga
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    What are you grateful for?  This question can become cliché and trite when you read it every single day on Instagram posts. Gratitude can become stale and void of meaning when #gratitudechallenge is blowing up your Twitter and Facebook feeds. Gratitude has been called the “father of virtues” — the virtue from which all others arise. But what does it actually look like? In the real world, what does gratitude actually look like? Try and imagine a portrait of gratitude in your mind. If you are imagining a totally liberated flower-child running to the top of a poppy field with her arms…
  • The Yoga of Travel

    #DailyCupofYoga
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Giant Rubber Duck Meditating on the Lake… Seoul, Korea 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 how to teach more effectively from that place. However, there is certainly one thing it prepared me for that I was not expecting: All Of The Driving. The San Marcos School of Yoga is 30 minutes from my house in Austin, TX, without…
  • 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…
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    The Pranamama

  • Choosing The Venue Of A Wedding Or Event Party

    Mama
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Choosing a wedding or event venue is very essential in planning the whole event. Having the right venue will make up for other things that could go wrong especially in a wedding. Guests will forget about every other detail and focus on the beautiful wedding venue. Make sure that the venue you choose to go […]
  • What The Plastic Surgeon Does

    Mama
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Plastic surgery is a speciality in medicine that concerns corrective and restorative procedures in the patient’s body in terms of both form and function. While cosmetic surgery is the most commonly known type of surgery, a plastic surgeon will provide a variety of other procedures for their clients. Many types of reconstructive surgeries fall under […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    YogaGlo

  • Cultivate Gratitude

    YogaGlo
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melody Beattie Gratitude is one of the landmarks of well-being. Having a grateful heart effects not only our well-being, health, happiness and coping skills, it also changes how we view the world and how we experience life. Studies have found that gratitude arises in two ways. It can be a response to a gift or to something nice that happens to us, or it can be a general,…
  • Yoga Allows Me to Be Me: Jason Crandell

    YogaGlo
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Jason Crandell shares the story of how he discovered yoga, how it made him feel (much to his surprise) and how it has allowed him to engage in a lifelong journey to explore the human condition. Through sadness, depression, happiness, anxiety and joy – yoga has allowed him to experience himself and the world around him in a way that is honest, humble and skillful: Feeling inspired? Practice with Jason today.
  • Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
      If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, you’re in for a big treat as Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor will be in town this weekend teaching FREE Ashtanga classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this! Richard’s Class Schedule: Friday, November 21st: 10:00am-11:30am, Ashtanga – Level 2 Friday, November 21st: 5:00pm-6:30pm, Ashtanga – Level 2/3 Saturday, November 22nd: 12pm-1:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 2 Sunday, November 23rd; 10:00am-11:30am, Ashtanga – Level 1/2 Mary’s Class Schedule: Friday, November 21st 12:00pm-1:00pm,…
  • Marla Apt at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, please join us this week as Marla Apt will be in town teaching free classes at the YogaGlo studio! You will not want to miss this. Marla’s Class Schedule: Thursday, November 20th: 10:00-11:30am Iyengar-Level 2/3 Thursday, November 20th: 12:00-1:00pm: Iyengar-Level 2 Don’t miss this opportunity to take these amazing classes with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more info and head on down to the Glo!
  • Dice & Felicia at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
                    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this Wednesday at the YogaGlo studio, as Dice lida-Klein and Felicia Tomasko return for a Yin/Yang practice that utilizes slow deep stretches to open up the body and prepare for a challenging sequence of balancing poses.  You will not want to miss this! Wednesday, November 19th: 6:00pm-7:30pm – Yin/Yang Don’t miss this opportunity to take this amazing class with these amazing teachers. Please check out our class schedule or more information and head on down to the Glo!
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    Meditation Techniques For Every Challenge

  • Meditation for Sleep

    Glenna Garcia
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Sleep is essential for people. It is rejuvenating process for both mind and body.  This is the reward you give yourself for doing everything for today and this is the preparation you do for what’s coming tomorrow. However, some people are having different problems in sleeping. They find a hard time to harmonize their thoughts and put themselves into deep sleep. There are a variety of reasons why some people cannot sleep at night. But there is one very common reason why is hard to sleep for some people. It is over thinking. There is a surge of thoughts that people are not capable of…
  • The Power of Maharishi Effect

    Glenna Garcia
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    The theory of the Maharishi Effect posits that group meditations wherein large numbers of people are involved could significantly and positively affect their environment. This could be done effectively through the Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi programs. Its proponent, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of India, was a spiritual leader who started the Spiritual Regeneration Movement in 1957 in Chennai India. He theorized that if the Transcendental Meditation was practiced by at least 1% of the population, the rest would share in the harmony and peace that would result from…
  • Soothing the Sports Mind

    Glenna Garcia
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Playing sports in this era has many roles. It can be a source of entertainment, or as a form of exercise. But more than that, competitive sports are widely popular in the world these days. It brings pride to your country and gives you the luxury of fame. Many athletes are doing their best in shaping their body to be able to make themselves better in their respective sports. One of the most popular sports in the world today is basketball. It is a competitive team sport which requires you to be physically fit to be able to endure the tiring length of the game and the physicality. During…
  • Meditating with Friends

    Glenna Garcia
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Meditation has a lot of benefits but doing it with people who share the same goal and passion could magnify its benefits. Why? 1. It deepens your relationships. Group meditations are opportunities to bond. Strengthened by one cause, having people around as you clear your mind and reflect can establish stronger connections. This can also lead to a more regular and committed practice. 2. It widens your social circle. Inviting people who are interested in the meditation practice gives you a chance to get to know them more. You might even be surprised by just how much you have in common, and…
  • Mindfulness: An Alternative Way of Flexing the Ego

    Glenna Garcia
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    In a world of full of distractions, defining priorities is a bit of a challenge. Finishing a report could be interrupted by a Facebook post, and finalizing a proposal could be delayed by a shocking tweet. How does the mind manage all of these diversions, and still accomplish what it needs to do? Freud, founder of psychoanalysis, would point out the ego. It is the part of the personality responsible for delayed gratification, and meeting the demands of the other parts operating on the pleasure and moral principles. However, modern scientists may refer to it as cognitive control which may be…
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    Dahn Yoga Health

  • World Acupuncture Awareness Week

    Phil
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Have you been curious about acupuncture but never tried it? During World Acupuncture Week, from Nov. 16-22, and beyond, you can learn about the array of benefits that this ancient Chinese practice offers.  Acupuncture has the potential to reduce pain, mitigate arthritis, soothe indigestion, dull headaches and many more benefits. It has been gaining momentum in mainstream Western culture, too. Even Harvard Medical School said, "Acupuncture is worth a try for chronic pain." What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin metal needles superficially through…
  • Does Meditation Work?

    Phil
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Many people may be curious and even skeptical about meditation at first. "Does it work?" "Is meditation worth it?" – these are common questions, and the majority of people who try the ancient practice tend to think it has the power to boost brain potential – even doctors say so.  Focus is the Name of the Game Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and author of "Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy," told Time that…
  • How is Dahn Yoga Different From Other Forms of Yoga?

    Phil
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    This is a common question that arises among yoga beginners. While there are dozens of different types of yoga, Dahn Yoga focuses on changing your energy.  Originated in Korea, Dahn Yoga integrates Korean Taoist philosophy and the holistic principles of the Korean Oriental medicine tradition. Energy is the central pillar of the ancient practice, as energy is the source of everything, and practitioners can develop a deeper understanding of their body and mind through the ancient technique. Being healthy doesn't just revolve around physical fitness – it also stresses a healthy…
  • What Harvard Medical School Says About Tai Chi

    Phil
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    In a time when Western medicine is the go-to treatment for nearly every illness, Harvard Medical School has a lot of enlightening things to say about tai chi, a holistic practice that has been used for thousands of years.  "Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion,'" said the school's website.  This low-impact, slow-motion exercise, which originated in China as a martial art, offers value in treating and even preventing a number of health problems, including pain, stiffness, sleep…
  • 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…
 
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    Dahn Yoga News

  • Yoga Poses for Improved Gut Health

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    The holidays are a time for giving, receiving and showing your affections for the ones you love, but it's also a time when people tend to eat more and sway toward high-carb, high-fat foods. As people take their seats at the dinner table, they may not be thinking about their intestinal health, but working now to keep your digestive organs at optimal function can mean not only greater wellness in the long-term but also a more enjoyable holiday season. Read on to learn how yoga poses can promote gut health, and try Dahn Yoga's intestinal exercises. How Does Yoga Aid Digestion? Like the…
  • Jerry Seinfeld Thanks Meditation for High Energy Levels

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    It's a well-known fact that meditation techniques provide the mind, body and spirit with a plethora of benefits. As the Mayo Clinic points out, it can ease anxiety, promote emotional well-being, and help manage a range of condition from depression to heart disease. Another perk that many may not be familiar with is that meditation can enhance one's energy levels. But comedian Jerry Seinfeld is no stranger to this fact, and he has recently been cited as crediting his abundant stamina and vitality to the ancient practice. A Lifelong Practice The comedian has been a vocal advocate for…
  • 3 Tips for Yoga for Beginners Classes

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    If you're considering embarking on a journey toward wellness, yoga poses can be a useful tool in improving your mental, emotional and physical health. The deep breathing exercises coupled with mindful meditation techniques and gentle postures have a plethora of benefits. Those who engage in the ancient practice often experience increased flexibility, enhanced vitality and even a greater capacity to control their emotions. But it can be difficult for beginners to get motivated to join a studio, and once they do they may be intimidated by those around them who learn and develop at…
  • Mindful meditation becoming prominent in Silicon Valley

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Mindful meditation techniques have been used for centuries as a means of reducing tension, alleviating anxiety and helping the practitioner find new levels of peace, tranquility and self-understanding. In the modern world, this becomes increasingly important as people are growing more and more invested in technology and disconnected with each other and themselves. That may be the reason why meditation has become so popular in Silicon Valley as of late. What is Mindful Meditation? Mindful meditation is an effective tool in finding relief from suffering and pain that works by allowing one to…
  • Yoga for Schools Program Raises $31,000

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Yoga poses can benefit children in a number of ways, from boosting energy to enhancing concentration in the classroom. While some people are wary of integrating this ancient practice into the classroom, many are embracing the plethora of ways it can improve physical, mental and emotional wellness. One such person is San Francisco Bay Area resident and yoga practitioner Erin Lila Wilson. As an instructor for nearly a decade, Wilson has taught a variety of people, from the elderly to cancer patients. But according to GOOD magazine, she was reluctant about teaching children, as she believed they…
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    YogaDirect: Blog Posts

  • Is Hot Yoga Safe Yoga?

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hot yoga is incredibly popular in the United States, with many classes to choose from and studios where you can practice it. While it's easy to jump on the bandwagon and give it a try, you should know that there are some health risks specific to this type of yoga, especially for certain populations
  • 5 Benefits of Meditation: You Don't Know What You're Missing!

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At the end of yoga class, you might hear your yoga teacher inquire after students' daily meditation practice. At this point, half of the room is usually smiling and nodding while the other half is wondering how daily meditation can really make a difference.
  • The Many Faces of Hot Yoga

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When you hear the term hot yoga, it's easy for Bikram Yoga's style to come to mind. That's because this style has become such a popular and widespread one. But Bikram yoga is not the only type of hot yoga you can experience, so consider your various options or try them all to see which class you like or even whether you prefer the regular, non-heated variety.
  • Ditch the Weights and Stretch Out

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Strength training with weights has become hugely popular of late, thanks in part to emergence of Cross Fit and the following that it has garnered. However, lifting weights and other high impact activities meant to build muscle, are not for everyone. Thankfully, there is an alternative, one you might not have considered.
  • 5 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Prenatal yoga is a gentle, relaxed type of yoga practice that is designed specifically for expectant mothers. Women who are pregnant — even those who have never tried yoga before — will find that they benefit in many ways from this type of exercise.
 
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    YogaAccessories.com: Blog Posts

  • 4 Spine Tingling Poses: What's good for your spine is good for you

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The spine is the back bone of the human body (no pun intended). Support it so it can support you by using these 4 poses.
  • Hydrate: Balancing Sweat Equity

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hydration is incredibly important for all forms of physical activity, but particularly for yoga. Hot yoga participants are particularly prone to dehydration, which in addition to making poses more difficult to complete, can ultimately prove dangerous.
  • Pose of the Week: Upward Facing Dog

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The problem with sitting in a chair all day is that you're sitting in a chair all day. If you're like me, You've stacked reams of paper under your computer monitor, so that at least you don't feel like you're slouching (even though you definitely are). Luckily, I know the cure.
  • Pose of the Week: Headstands 101

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At the end of the day, a handstand is really what yoga is all about, giving your body the tools to push further than your mind can expect.
  • 12 Tips to Keep You Motivated

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What’s your excuse for missing a day at the gym or skipping a planned studio class? We are asking readers: What keeps you motivated and on track?
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    YogaCurious Blog

  • Reebok Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals on Reebok Shoes

    YogaCurious
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Reebok, an American-inspired global brand was founded in 1895 in Lancashire, England. Since 2005, Reebok has been a subsidiary of German Group Adidas. Reebok is committed to making people fit for life. They are a leading provider of athletic shoes, clothing and accessories. This brand is focused to provide greater comfort in your everyday activities […]
  • Fitness Equipments Gift Ideas for this Holiday Season

    Yetta McGovern
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    Holiday season is considered as a party season and people feel free to eat or drink whatever they love to eat or drink at the cost of their overall health. But, we can’t deny the fact, Health is Wealth so it is essential to be fit during the holiday season as well. If you are […]
  • Holiday Gift Ideas for Yoga Practitioner

    YogaCurious
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Holiday season has already started and it is always difficult for one to choose the best holiday gift for their loved one. As YogaCurious is one of the most popular yoga website, we tried our best to share our holiday gift ideas that includes few best yoga products you can buy this holiday season. As […]
  • Tips that Will Help You to Make Yourself Work

    YogaCurious
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Today is the world of competition and everyone wants to stay ahead, but only some people win this race of competition. People who are self motivated or confident about their deeds can be topped in this race. Motivation is an inner force that drives you to do some work. It energizes you to do whatever […]
  • Harriet’s 5 Favourite Yoga Types From Summer

    Harriet
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    Ever since I started practising Hatha Yoga many years ago I’ve always made an effort to attend retreats during the summer. This year, however, money was a little tight and a trip to Bali was out of the question, so instead I decided to try out a few different styles and clubs. Reflecting on my […]
 
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    Ekhart Yoga - Blog

  • Raw chocolate, coconut and almond crunch

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This raw, homemade, nutritious and healthy granola will help you get off to a good start for the day! 
  • Healing the split inside

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In our Western culture we are supposed to be fit, vibrant and up, fixing our downbeat emotions as quickly as possible. Should we? Or do we miss out on the treasures found in unsettling feelings, leading us to a deeper understanding of ourselves?
  • Training the monkey mind

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    "Yoga helps me to feel the ground beneath my feet, the breath in my lungs and the air on my skin". Ekhart Yoga member Lotte talks about her experiences of Borderline Personality Disorder and how yoga is therapy in action for her.
  • The Rocket, a tribute to Larry Schultz

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    David Lurey on Larry Schultz, one of his most inspirational teachers and creator of The Rocket yoga class.
  • The Yamas: Brahmacharya, right use of energy

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Emma continues her series of articles exploring Patanjali's Yamas and Niyamas; two of the eight limbs of yoga. This time she looks at the Yama Brahmacharya.
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    Seattle Yoga News

  • “Thanks giving:” the highway to gratitude and inner joy

    Dora Gyarmati
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 to celebrate a successful harvest. A lot of things were on that menu, but not turkey. As a matter of fact Indians brought venison as a gift. Pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes were also not on the menu, since those vegetables were not introduced to New England till much later. It just so happens that Thanksgiving did not become a yearly tradition till the 19th century when an American writer, Sarah Josepha Hale (well known for nursery rhyme “Mary had a little lamb”) was inspired by a book on pilgrim life; she campaigned for 30 years to The post…
  • The Seattle yoga community unites to support yoga in prison

    Othmane Rahmouni
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    This Thanksgiving, over 35 local yoga studios all over the Greater Seattle area joined forces in support of a common cause: making yoga accessible to men, women and children who are incarcerated. Donation based yoga classes are being hosted this week to raise funds for yoga behind bars, a local nonprofit organization and a Seattle Yoga News partner. Yoga Behind Bar’s mission is to “share yoga and meditation with incarcerated people to promote rehabilitation, personal transformation, and a more just society for all.” We invite you to learn more about this organization in this…
  • Yoga for Every Body: A new yoga studio opening in Mill Creek

    Simona Trakiyska
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    On Dec. 1, a new yoga studio called Yoga for Every Body is opening in Mill Creek (16030 Bothell Everett Hwy Suite 100). Last week the owner, Lorie Gail, offered classes to her family and friends to get a taste of the new studio. Gail’s mission is to provide a variety of classes, from Hatha and Vinyasa-power to restorative flow and Yin, to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of the community. In the heart of Yoga for Every Body lies the philosophy that yoga should be accessible to every body, thus their focus is to provide yoga to people with all body The post Yoga for…
  • The Svadhyaya: a self study

    Felicity Green
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are 196 Indian aphorisms that were written thousands of years ago to guide and help practitioners deepen their spiritual, mental and physical practice. People who refer to the sutras see them as treasures; words of wisdom and encouragement in the bottom of which are ethics, perseverance and directions. If we only practice asana, then yoga will mostly help us on a physical level. That does not mean the effects do not somewhat filter down into other aspects of ourselves, but it is slow and the journey to a balanced life takes a long time. If we apply ourselves…
  • Perfecting your yoga poses: Warrior II

    Othmane Rahmouni
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Are you looking to perfect your Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)? Follow this visual guide to make sure that you are doing this yoga pose just right. The perfecting your yoga poses article series was created in partnership with Arundhati Baitmangalkar from Aham yoga Redmond. The post Perfecting your yoga poses: Warrior II appeared first on Seattle Yoga News.
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    Rebel Yoga

  • Week 7 Yoga Teacher Training Update

    rebelyogaonline
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    We survived “teach a beginner day” Crow posing in the light My very first handstand. Not great alignment, but I’m up! I can’t believe that yoga teacher training is already almost over. And I sucked at blogging about it! I had to do so much journaling (with pen and paper if you can believe it!) that I neglected my little blog. So far, I have to say that this is the coolest experience I’ve ever had and I’m so glad I did it. We taught a class full of beginners the other night and it was so seamless and it sounded so effortless. I could not believe that a mere…
  • Update: CorePower Yoga Teacher Training – Week 3

    rebelyogaonline
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Too busy to write in the blog. Seriously. I have no free time between yoga teacher training and a full time job. But I’m having a blast! And I promise to blog more in the coming weeks. I have so much to share from my journals and teachings! For now, here are some awesome pics from beach yoga this morning. I was practice teaching my gracious co-workers through a nice morning C1 ocean-side flow.
  • Recap: Week 1 of Core Power Yoga Teacher Training

    rebelyogaonline
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    “Once you make a decision, the world conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m three training sessions in and I can already teach through Sun A. Isn’t that bad ass? I spent the entire weekend in yoga nerd bliss and it was actually a little hard to come to work today knowing that I won’t be spending my time focusing on it. So far, we’ve learned: – formulas for teaching / cueing – how to transition students in between asanas – posture clinic through Sun A (including Sanskrit terms for these poses) – engaging / disengaging the breath –…
  • CorePower Yoga Teacher Training: Day 1

    rebelyogaonline
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Walking into the studio at CorePower Yoga Pacific Beach last night, I truly felt like I was going to the first day of school. I had notebook, pen and texts in hand while buzzing with nervous energy. Thankfully, it seemed like all my fellow teacher trainees were in the same boat as me: nervous but excited. We’re lucky enough to have four really great teachers. I’ve known Marissa for awhile but I didn’t know her entire journey. She got her certification in 2011 while working full time (like me). She had no intention of teaching but now is living her yoga every day. I’ve also taken many…
  • Why I practice yoga

    rebelyogaonline
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    My yoga teacher training finally starts this week on Wednesday! I signed up for training back in May so it’s a little surreal that it’s finally here. I’ll be blogging my entire 8-week experience, so if you’re interested in yoga training, you may want to bookmark this site! In preparation for the first class, our instructor asked us to write a short essay about what yoga means to us and why we practice. Here is my essay: Yoga is my center. My ground zero. The place I go to when I need to know everything is alright. The textbook definition of yoga is: a Hindu spiritual…
 
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    Making Mindfulness

  • A Thankful November

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    The last day of October, I decided I wanted to use the month of November to focus on gratitude.  Obviously, with Thanksgiving at the conclusion of the month, it's easy to do that day (or even week...?), but I was excited to challenge myself to reflect each day and share my thoughts.It is the 14th and I've made it halfway through the month posting something I'm thankful for each day on my Making Mindfulness Facebook page.  Though I have been extremely busy, and unfortunately unable to update the blog like I would like, I think this is a great way to still put out positivity, while…
  • Tell Me What's Right

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    Imagine the scene:You see someone across the aisle; you're out shopping--maybe you're browsing dishes and s/he's contemplating stationary.  Your interaction has already begun; you've smiled, waved, given your warmest hello, and sincerely asked, "How's everything going?" with the full intention to listen, converse, visit, and celebrate with the person about her/his beautiful life.  You've been friends for ______ (amount of time) and you know they've got something great to share since last you spoke.Instead, something entirely unexpected--and frankly…
  • Mindful Mondays: Fortune Favors the Bold

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:16 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. As you likely know, I am back in school studying Classics.  I spend much of my days reading and translating Latin texts and learning to read and translate Ancient Greek sentences.  I am thrilled at the opportunity to understand these cultures and their literary and historical contributions at a deeper level.  By reading works in the original, I feel a little insight is…
  • Two Hands Project

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    We were able to get away this weekend for a trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks, or as oh so many vehicles in Virginia proclaim via stickers and vanity plates, "OBX."  The weekend, a quick birthday getaway, celebrated my husband's (29th) birthday!  While there, we took walks, bike rides, stopped by for some live music, laughed, ate, and relaxed.We also, despite my years of Buffalo programing, spent time on the beach--in October!  The temperature, a perfect sunny (but low humidity) 85 degrees, invited bike riding and beach walking.   Because it is the off-season…
  • Rethinking Food Waste

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    When you think about just how much food you eat during a given week, it's easy not to realize how much on our plates we don't eat...  According to The Real Junk Food Project, "It is estimated that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally each year; this amounts to nearly 40% of global production."  The following individuals and organizations, however, have started contemplating this issue and options to help reduce the impact of food waste.  Each of these is a pretty insightful, resourceful, and incredible project.  Check them out for inspiration and food waste…
 
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