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  • The end of the circle - Guruji BKS Iyengar passes away

    The power of Yoga
    Theyoginme
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Its been nearly two years since I wrote a post. So much has changed for me and my practice. I have been off practice since last year as I developed pinched nerves in my cervical spine and had a disc replacement surgery in April. I was asked to be off yoga classes till September, but had made plans to start practice at  Abhay's studio in Pune on August 20th, the day I arrived in Pune.But that plan was not meant to be.  Last week there was news of Guruji being admitted to a Pune hospital with a weakening heart.  Late last night after  I landed in Mumbai the…
  • B.K.S. Iyengar

    Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog
    ekachakra
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Body is the bow, asana is the arrow, and the soul is the target. B.K.S. Iyengar
  • 4 Ways Social Media Can Bring You More Yoga Students

    GaiamTV Blog
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
  • Cowgirl Commentary on the Latest Yoga Drama

    Cowgirl Yoga
    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…
  • YogaForce Fights Skin Cancer One Step At A Time

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    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.
 
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    The Everything Yoga Blog

  • 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…
  • The Future of Yoga Summit

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Next week kicks off an online summit in which 20 yoga luminaries will share what's happening in the world of yoga and where it's headed. The Future of Yoga Summit is taking place August 4-6th. Registration is free and speakers include Shiva Rea, Judith Hanson Lasater, Angela Farmer, Amy Weintraub, and Richard Miller. Here's a sneak peak and what you'll learn: What’s revolutionary in the world of yoga – and where it’s headed Exciting ways yoga can help transform culture and societal structures Yogic wisdom for maintaining peace when facing social injustice Ways yoga is contributing to…
  • Bringing the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research Home

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Last month the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) took place in Austin, TX. If you weren't able to attend, you can purchase recordings of the individual presentations or get a discounted price for downloading the entire package of presentations here.  You can watch highlights of the from the conference here (very cool to watch and/or helpful if you're feeling conflicted about which presentations to purchase). Some of the topics covered include: The Healthy Heart The Soul of Yoga Therapy Service Yoga Therapy for Spiritual Wellness Yoga Therapy as Spiritual Practice Integrating…
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    Free Online Kundalini Yoga Poses and Exercises

  • 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…
  • How Daily Yoga Practice can Revolutionise Society

    Kara-Leah Grant
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah is committed to regular home practice and believes if everyone had a home yoga practice – whether it was asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting or Karma Yoga – it could revolutionise our society.by Kara-Leah GrantAuthor of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.Ok, as you’ve likely guessed by now, I’m obsessed with home yoga practice. Part of that is because it’s been so incredibly healing for me in my own life. I see how healing it is for other people too. And finally, I’ve written a…
  • Home Yoga Practice: Is it for Me? I’ve just Started Yoga Classes

    Kara-Leah Grant
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah is often asked by people who are just starting yoga classes if it’s too early to develop a home yoga practice. This is her response. by Kara-Leah GrantAuthor of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.You may have yet to walk into your first yoga class, so the idea of starting a home yoga practice seems crazy. Me, practice at home? But I don’t even know any postures yet! I have no idea what I’m doing!No, you don’t. But that’s ok. The big thing with home practice is that it doesn’t matter…
 
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    Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog

  • B.K.S. Iyengar

    ekachakra
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Body is the bow, asana is the arrow, and the soul is the target. B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yoga and “Anti-Aging”

    ekachakra
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Yoga is touted as providing all sorts of health and wellness benefits. Lately, I’ve noticed yoga being included as part of the ever popular “anti-aging” movement, with people making all sorts of amazing claims about yoga’s ability to slow or even reverse the process of aging. The funny thing, though, is that the underlying premise of “anti-aging” is fundamentally at odds with yoga philosophy. The desire to ward off aging and even death is to deny the impermanence of things. Or, at the very least, it involves a desire to cling, for as long as possible, to…
  • Yoga Clothes for Men

    ekachakra
    28 May 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The other day, I showed up to yoga without any pants. Well, I was wearing pants at the time — Dickies to be exact — but I forgot to bring my yoga pants so I had nothing to change into. With only five minutes ’til class, I decided to purchase some yoga shorts from the retail shop at the studio. Much to my chagrin, the entire selection of clothing was for women. Since doing a vinyasa flow yoga class in a pair of Dickies sounds about as fun as washing my face with a burlap sack, I decided to purchase a pair of women’s yoga shorts and make do. They turned out to be…
  • The Measure of a Yogi (and a Yoga Class)

    ekachakra
    17 May 2014 | 10:59 am
    The other day, I experienced one of those “ah-ha” moments when you realize that something fundamental has shifted in your yoga practice. I was chatting with another student (let’s call him “Bob”) in the men’s locker room, and I asked him about a teacher who had recently been subbing for a class that we both frequent. I hadn’t had a chance to try this teacher yet so I was curious. Bob’s answer was surprising, to say the least. By the end of our brief conversation, I had the strange feeling that we were simply talking past each other. Despite the…
  • Change of Perpsective

    ekachakra
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Last weekend, I lost one of my contact lenses. This is a serious problem for me, because I am functionally blind without contacts or glasses. The only pair of glasses I own has a very old prescription, so wearing them for more than thirty minutes or so gives me a raging headache. As I wait for my special order contacts to come in, I’ve been practicing yoga in a visual haze. I can make out people and colors and shapes, but I really can’t see anything the teacher is doing or demonstrating. My sense of space is also wonky, so I can’t rely on my eyesight for balance or…
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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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  • Do You Need to be Flexible to Practice Yoga?

    Administrator
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Do you have a hard time with doing something as simple as touching your toes, and know that you're not nearly as flexible as you should be in order to do yoga? A lot of people are in this very same position, and end up avoiding yoga at all costs because they think they can't do it. The truth is, flexibility is something that you learn during the process of this activity, and not something you have to already have. Just as you will build your strength and muscle tone, you will also build your ability to stretch in different ways. Of course this will take some time, but doing it slowly is…
  • Top 10 Benefits of Yoga

    Marina
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    There are many different exercises you can choose from if you want to burn calories, tone your body and get in shape. But, how do you choose which of those exercises is right for you? After all, one might bore you after the first few minutes while another might entertain you for so long that you're not even aware that you're working out. If you're looking for an exercise that can build your strength, burn calories and test your endurance, then yoga is a great choice. It's beneficial for many different reasons, but here are the top 10 benefits that are worth knowing!1. Reduced AchesDo you…
  • Introducing the Yoga Manifesto

    Marina
    17 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    This yoga manifesto has been in the works for awhile, in fact, I started this project last year but it was always put on the back burner as priorities got in the way. Finally, I got an opportunity to dedicate some time to this, which essentially required carefully and thoughtfully identifying which sayings and quotes resonate the most when it pertains to yoga. I hope this manifesto serves as a reminder of what yoga is, and why it's such an important practice. 
  • Make a Daily Contract with Yourself

    Marina
    8 Jan 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Here we are in a new year once again and I find myself searching for ways to approach this year in a way that is different yet authentic. In the past, I would make a list of resolutions that I promise I would do yet a few weeks in, they’re long forgotten. Instead, I vow to make a daily contract with myself - the list is not exhaustive, however, they’re bite size, achievable and certainly something that can be started right away: Make someone smile each day Starting today, make someone smile, whether it’s your coworker, your partner, your child or a complete stranger. It doesn’t matter…
  • Yoga Scholarship Competition-Win a FREE 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Tribe!

    Scarlett Dee
    23 Jul 2013 | 8:09 am
    1st Annual Tribe Yoga Scholarship CompetitionWin a scholarship for a forthcoming Tribe Yoga Teacher Training or 500 Euros cash prize! Tribe is offering a great opportunity to combine the art of writing with the spirit of Yoga. If you have experienced yoga, practiced yoga, lived yoga or just observed yoga, then you probably have a story to tell. Submit your stories, memoirs, essays, poetry, etc before the end of October, 2013 for the chance to get your entry published and/or win a scholarship for one of our upcoming Yoga Alliance-Certified Yoga Teacher Trainings or 500 euros prize money.
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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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    New West

  • New West cities rank high in Forbes’ choices for young professionals

    New West Editors
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    For the under-35 set, New West cities are the place to be, as four metro areas in the region made it in the top ten of Forbes’ Best Cities for Young Professionals. For the record, here are the New West cities in the top ten: Salt Lake City was #4, Boise #6, Provo #7 and ... The post New West cities rank high in Forbes’ choices for young professionals appeared first on New West.
  • Sweet Thunder: Relieving a parched Butte

    Sean Reichard
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    It’s not a long respite Morrie Morgan receives in Ivan Doig’s novel reissued this week in paperback, Sweet Thunder. We find him on honeymoon with his wife Grace, living off the gains made betting on the 1919 World Series game—he “intuited” the White Sox would renege on Charles Comiskey—but by Chapter Two he’s back in ... The post Sweet Thunder: Relieving a parched Butte appeared first on New West.
  • Mystery solved: Boise’s BookLamp sold to Apple

    New West Editors
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The reasons behind the mysterious shutdown of Boise’s BookLamp — a firm developing analytical tools for the fast-moving book world — is now revealed, as the startup has been sold to Apple and will reportedly serve as developers of new iBook-related tools for the computing giant. BookLamp, working out of Boise’s WaterCooler incubator, had been developing ... The post Mystery solved: Boise’s BookLamp sold to Apple appeared first on New West.
  • Another Endangered Species in the New West: Cowboys

    New West Editors
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:25 pm
    At last week’s National Western Stock Show in Denver, a new endangered species was spotted by veteran observers: cowboys, mirroring the decline of cattle and pastureland in the West. It’s no secret that the pastureland devoted to cattle in the West has declined in recent years: development, economics, government and environmentalism have all converged to cut ... The post Another Endangered Species in the New West: Cowboys appeared first on New West.
  • New For 2014: New West Books

    New West Editors
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Some exciting news to pass along: We’re announcing the debut of New West Books and a first title, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil. The title is from New West’s Steve Bunk and covers the battles over “megaloads” — a classic tale of David vs. Goliath, where a hardy band ... The post New For 2014: New West Books appeared first on New West.
 
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    Yoga Basics

  • A Sun Salutation Video to Unite all Yogis

    Timothy Burgin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Sun salutations seem to be a universal vinyasa sequence that unite nearly every style of yoga practitioner. Check out this fun, playful and mesmerizing video produced by Wanderlust Festival, filmed against a California blue sky and mountains. This diverse group of yogis practice sun salutes filmed and edited into one seamless sequence:  One yogi with boots on, another with a child strapped to her back, and another who tosses her sun hat aside when it starts to ... Continue reading "A Sun Salutation Video to Unite all Yogis" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar, 1918-2014

    Amber Baker
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Long before there were dozens of yoga styles to choose from, before yoga was a commodity to be trademarked and sold, there was B.K.S. Iyengar and Iyengar yoga. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundaraja Iyengar, best known simply as “Iyengar,” passed away on August 20, 2014, at the age of 95 after reportedly being hospitalized with a kidney ailment. Once a frail and sickly child, Iyengar played a crucial role in popularizing yoga ... Continue reading "Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar, 1918-2014" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Sanskrit: Learning the Language of Yoga

    Kathleen Bryant
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Remember the muted-trombone teacher talk in Peanuts cartoons (bwah-bwah-bwah)?  That’s what I heard the first several times I listened to yoga instructors announce poses like Tiryam Mukha Eka Pada, Hasta Padangusthasana, Paschimottanasana, etc. during class. Learning how to associate the unfamiliar sounds to movements or actually pronounce them myself once seemed inconceivable! But over time, I realized that there’s more to Sanskrit than meets the ear. Here’s why you should ... Continue reading "Sanskrit: Learning the Language of Yoga" on Yoga Basics.com
  • In It for the Money? Some Considerations Before Your Teacher Training

    Amber Baker
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    People are drawn to yoga teacher trainings for a myriad of reasons. Some immerse themselves in a teacher training to deepen their practice but never intend to teach; others quit full-time jobs or invest thousands of dollars thinking that teaching yoga will provide an income steady enough to live on.  While most don’t choose this path expecting to get rich, many do jump in heart first, only to consider the ... Continue reading "In It for the Money? Some Considerations Before Your Teacher Training" on Yoga Basics.com
  • YogaBasics Link Roundup – Yoga Journal and Body Image

    Timothy Burgin
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    We're back this week with another YogaBasics Link Roundup with links to some of the most popular and thought provoking stories and issues making yoga headlines this week. It seems the latest issue of Yoga Journal is the straw that has finally broken the camel’s back. Long time yoga practitioners have sadly watched how this once humble yoga magazine has slowly but surely been dumbed down and corrupted by corporate management and high ... Continue reading "YogaBasics Link Roundup – Yoga Journal and Body Image" on Yoga Basics.com
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    The power of Yoga

  • The end of the circle - Guruji BKS Iyengar passes away

    Theyoginme
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Its been nearly two years since I wrote a post. So much has changed for me and my practice. I have been off practice since last year as I developed pinched nerves in my cervical spine and had a disc replacement surgery in April. I was asked to be off yoga classes till September, but had made plans to start practice at  Abhay's studio in Pune on August 20th, the day I arrived in Pune.But that plan was not meant to be.  Last week there was news of Guruji being admitted to a Pune hospital with a weakening heart.  Late last night after  I landed in Mumbai the…
  • Thanksgiving

    Theyoginme
    24 Nov 2011 | 4:38 pm
    Its thanks-giving today and I am thankful for my life experiences, my children, my health, my friends and family. Every step I take into the next moment, I become more aware of my own self building on this self awareness that I am nothing but myself....Namaste
  • Passion Makes Perfect

    Theyoginme
    20 Oct 2011 | 10:24 pm
    While my yoga practice might be waning recently, my blogging nearly extinct, my passion for life isn't and I have been redirecting a lot of it to my work, my children and helping young entrepreneurs seed companies.I know I am off balance on yoga but I do try to keep up the practice anytime I can make it to the gym and can attend a class from Nuvana. The practice will return but the passion for yoga remains.. So let passion drive the practice for perfection... my wish for you..Love you An and Sel..DNamaste
  • The might me..

    Theyoginme
    25 Jun 2011 | 11:18 am
    As we get older and 'wiser' notice how we inflate both in body and mind! To keep the body deflated we are told exercise and eat less. Do we? And for the mind - we hardly do anything. Just as food and laziness to exercise can become a lifestyle, so can the inflation of the mind. Its the ego, the elevation of self over others.Ego becomes a weapon of offense and self defense and self feeding i.e. the ego only feeds on itself to become larger and larger. Large enough to expand like a balloon and to a point where a little prick will burts it. I am stuck in this egoflation. Yoga is a way to help…
  • Silence all the noise...but the music!

    Theyoginme
    24 Apr 2011 | 2:40 pm
    The last few weeks have been extremely noisy... I have had no break, not a moment, as my mind has been running faster than my body.. Two dear friends in act of kindness offered to take the munchkins swimming so I could focus on my pending taxes, but I realized as soon as I walked in the door was I need to just not focus on anything and lie in shavasana with my old favorite Thievery numbers on my ipod.I know the Iyengar method of shavasana involves no music, but what the heck, I modify. The eclectic beat music fused with Indian tabla, sitar and all forms of other instruments actually helps me…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • 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…
  • Hiking happiness

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    There's been a whole lot of hiking going on. Last month, we had a family trip to Glacier National Park, where we hiked 25+ miles in 4 days. At the beginning of August, I did my first back county camping trip that included hiking my first 10K foot peak. And this past weekend, we had our first Yoga & Hiking retreat of the season.There's definitely a hiker's high that comes from putting some miles on your boots. There are also some lows: pushing through physical challenges and fatigue when you think you can't take another step, discomfort (particularly having to do with air temperature and…
  • Hands, horses, malas & mats

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I know that I've waxed poetic many times before about how otherworldly beautiful Montana is, how inspiring the connection we create between women, horses and yoga is, and how adept our Montana Yoga Photographer is at capturing all of the above. Ready for more? I haven't been on here the last few weeks, as I've been waiting for the right words to adequately describe our first B-LUXE Cowgirl Yoga at the stunning B Bar Ranch. Right after that, I departed for a week in Glacier National Park, where I fell breathlessly in love with a gorgeously wild wilderness. It's been a lot to digest. I may…
 
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    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 ……
  • Balancing Acts

    Charlotte Bradley
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Balance is something we are fond of talking about in yoga. We are always seeking balance both in our postures and in our busy lives. These past few days have been a bit of a blur for me. Nothing bad, just really busy. Life stuff – moving my mom, painting her place, figuring out back to school for the kids, going back to work after a bit of time off, groceries and laundry and dishes, oh my …! As you can see, nothing earth shattering. Still, all together it left me feeling a little overwhelmed and kind of ungrounded. In the midst of making dinner last night, my mind was a million…
  • My Personal Ten Commandments

    William Ferro
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    1. As a sentient being with the mixed blessing of self-awareness, you are part of the natural order; your life is inextricably linked to the web of nature. Let your actions reflect your awareness of this fact. 2. Whenever possible, relieve suffering and bring joy. Your own pain and happiness are linked to those of every other sentient being. 3. Do not be silent in the face of violence, hatred, bullying and the many kinds of ignorance that cause harm. Speak out, intervene, instruct and assist. 4. Love increases when you offer it to another being; love broadly, deeply and generously. 5.
  • Be Kind to Yourself – Opening your Heart

    Charlotte Bradley
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Supported Fish Pose Are you compassionate with yourself? It is not always easy. We tend to be even harder on ourselves than we are with other people. I took karate for many years but then stopped because of a knee injury. It ended up being a break of about 10 years. Last year I decided to get back into martial arts. I was not the same person that I was  back then! Physically I didn’t have the same strength or stamina. But the hardest thing was the mental game. I used to feel like the dojo was my second home. I knew everyone, was comfortable in my body and I knew the moves. When I…
  • Bring on Kindness and Compassion

    Charlotte Bradley
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Recently I reconnected with a childhood friend on Facebook. He had been a member of my dad’s Scout troop. I remember my dad talking about him very fondly. My friend shared with me that my dad had a huge impact on his life and that it was from him that he learned what real dads were like. It turns out that his own dad was not a very nice guy at all, something that I didn’t realize at the time. You never know what other people have gone through in their lives, what they are experiencing now, nor what they are feeling. Whatever you choose to say or do can have a profound impact.
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    Daily Cup of Yoga

  • 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…
  • 10 Benefits of Gratitude

    #DailyCupofYoga
    21 May 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Rick Foster and Greg Hicks set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. In their book How We Choose to Be Happy, they found that there are nine choices happy people make. One of those nine is to practice Appreciation.  The other of the nine choices includes: Intention, Accountability, Identification, Centrality, Recasting, Options, Giving, Truthfulness, and Synergy. Happy people actively exercise gratitude and choose to live with an attitude of gratitude. They don’t buy into what geneticists say, that we have an unmovable “happiness set-point.” The happiest…
 
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    The Pranamama

  • 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,…
  • Five Simple Dog Commands

    Mama
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Every dog owner wants his beloved hound to be obedient; and knowing some special tricks would be an added bonus. You may think it is easier to enroll your dog into obedience classes, but simple dog training is not as difficult as you might think! Dogs In School – Obedience Training has compiled a list of 5 basic commands every dog should know. Be sure to have treats ready, preferably your dog’s favorite kind. It is very important to only praise the dog when he does the command correctly. This will ensure he understands the command and performs it correctly every time. Also, praise…
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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

  • Yoga for Wrists

    YogaGlo
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The wrists are among the weakest parts of the body, so it’s very common (especially if you are at a computer all day or you are doing a lot of weight bearing yoga postures) to experience some kind of wrist pain. Looking for a way to relieve wrist discomfort or just looking to give your wrists a break? Well, yoga to the rescue! This week’s featured classes will help to build strength and flexibility in the wrists, as well as help to alleviate any tension or discomfort due to overused wrists. Release Hand Strain with Tias Little: Releasing strain from hands, wrists and carpal…
  • Reveal & Revel in Creativity

    YogaGlo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Claire Missingham explains that flow comes naturally and flow feels like it creates freedom when we are in a creative state of mind. We become less concerned with the outside world and we just allow what is inside of us to be freed. Take this class with Claire: http://bit.ly/1q6vlPu
  • Good Morning Yoga

    YogaGlo
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many of us save our yoga practice for the afternoon or evening. With a long, stressful day behind us, we want nothing more than to clear our minds, shift our focus and release whatever stress that has accumulated throughout the day. By the end of our practice we are calm and relaxed, the stress has subsided and whatever seemed to bother us during the day is now a distant memory. What a great way to end the day, right? Yes! But what if there was a way to start the day off right? Morning yoga to the rescue! A morning yoga routine can set the tone for the entire day. It helps to clear our…
  • Tiffany Cruikshank at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
                      If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Tiffany Cruikshank will be in town teaching FREE Vinyasa Flow classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this! Tiffany’s Class Schedule: Monday, August 26th: 10:00-11:30am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 1/2 Monday, August 26th: 12:00-1:00pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2/3 Tuesday, August 27th: 10:00-11:30am – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2/3 Tuessday, August 27th: 12:00-1:00pm – Vinyasa Flow, Level 2 Don’t miss this opportunity to take amazing classes with…
  • Find Your Center Grounding Practice

    YogaGlo
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Steven Espinosa explains that often times we can get moving so fast in our daily lives it’s like our feet never touch the ground. Yoga helps with grounding both sides of the body to help us move forward from a balanced and centered place. Take this class with Steven: http://bit.ly/YBWBv0
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    Meditation Techniques For Every Challenge

  • Celestial Meditation: Manifest Your Happiness

    Glenna Garcia
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    You may be looking at your life right now and regretting almost every decision you have made that led you to where you are. If you are doing exactly that, then you are questioning your entirety as well. You may be losing interest in your job or finding nothing exciting about life in general anymore. So what do you resort to? Self-pity. Fortunately, this is one of the many problems that meditation can fix. This technique lifts you up from your own pile of self-doubt and brings you up to be stronger and more resilient in times of problems. This type of existential crisis is exactly the push you…
  • The Release Meditation Technique

    Glenna Garcia
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Most of the time, the problem people face with meditation is not the act itself, but getting started with it. You can drown yourself in all the books and online tutorials you want, yet it doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to make meditation your new habit. Meditation has been acclaimed for having helped a lot of people throughout this practice. Not only does it improve physical and emotional health, but mental as well. For you to be able to get these benefits you must learn ways to make meditation a part of your daily routine. One of the ways you can do so is by using The Release…
  • Start Zen Meditation Today

    Glenna Garcia
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
      Dr. Steve G. Jones gives tips on starting meditation through well-developed modules History Before you start meditating, you have to understand first where and how it all began. In ancient India, there lived a son of a great and powerful man. His name was Shakyamuni Buddha. He had the luxury and comfortable lifestyle wherein everything he wanted or needed was given to him. However, he was not really satisfied with what he had. This made him ask questions that had no definite answers- questions about life, death, and suffering.   Years of fasting, and scholarly devotion did not…
  • Treating Chronic Pain with Meditation

    Glenna Garcia
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    According to Dr. John D. Loeser, “Pain is a very complex phenomenon that involves biological things, psychological things, and sociological things.” There are two types of pain, one is acute pain, which is primarily biological and can heal for a short period of time. The other one is chronic pain, which lasts for a long period of time and is affected by other factors which can make it worst. Millions of Americans live with chronic pain, and the prevalence of chronic pain, including joint pain and arthritis, in American adults is at around 15%. Chronic pain not only causes dysfunction in a…
  • Ease Arthritis Symptoms with Meditation

    Glenna Garcia
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Pain is never easy to handle particularly physical pain. Arthritis is one of the most common pains many of us might experience especially when we are getting older. The word arthritis comes from the Greek arthron meaning “joint” and the Latin itis meaning “inflammation“. It is really hard to deal with this intense kind of pain. However, there are many ways to deal with this situation. Handling pain can be very frustrating, but it could be easier if you know how to relax yourself. The proper way of handling the pain inside is by not thinking of it too much. Mind over…
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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

  • 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…
  • Yoga Benefits for Kids During Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    As we enter the latter half of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, it's a great time to explore this often neglected condition and the therapeutic effects of yoga poses. Many people think of older adults and the elderly when it comes to arthritis, but the disorder is actually made up of a variety of arthritic conditions that destroy the joints, cartilage, bones and muscles. It can greatly hamper movement among people of any age, and when it affect children 16 and under, it's referred to as juvenile arthritis. The exact cause of joint inflammation that is the overarching symptom of…
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    YogaAccessories.com: Blog Posts

  • 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.
  • Brand Name Versus Generic Yoga Mats -- Worth the Splurge?

    20 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Are you a die-hard fan of Jade, Manduka, or Lululemon yoga mats? What if you could get the same mat without the logo for less? Check out our top three contenders for similar mats at at least half the cost!
 
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    YogaCurious Blog

  • 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 […]
  • Understanding Yoga Gear: Building Physical and Mental Strength

    Yetta McGovern
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Whether you’re a skilled Yogi or just starting to practice Yoga, Yoga is an excellent way to build both physical and mental strength. At first you may feel intimidated due to harder poses such as back bends, inversions, or even forward bends. Remember that you are working on your core and strengthening your muscles while […]
 
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    Seattle Yoga News

  • 5 lessons I learned from BKS Iyengar since I met him in 1980

    Simona Trakiyska
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Richard Schachtel, a yoga teacher since 1974, first met Iyengar on a tour in Chicago. Six years later Schachtel took his first training with Iyengar. The person who was sitting behind him in that class was Anna Forest. “Most of the people in this course are still teaching yoga around the world,” he said. In the course of his 39 years of Iyengar yoga studies and teachings, Schachtel has made 19 yoga study-training trips to India, to work with Iyenger and his daughter, in addition to attending some of his conventions held in the United States. Here are five of Iyengar’s…
  • Why Bikram yoga?

    Whitney McCormick
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Instead of asking “Why Bikram yoga?” or even “Why yoga?” – it’s important to first ask why do anything at all that makes you feel better? Yes, a lot of people feel great with their exercise routine of running, jumping, swimming or lifting weight and following their raw, paleo or vegan diet lifestyles. They should keep doing that. However, as someone who has experienced all sorts of exercises and the injuries that come with them, Bikram yoga helped me the most. I graduated with a degree in exercise prescription. During my work and studies, I was introduced…
  • Teatro ZinZanni: Yoga behind the curtain

    Simona Trakiyska
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    As I approached the back door I saw two women, causally dressed, walking out the door. When they saw me, they asked if I was here to meet Dreya. I nodded, and they let me in. As the door shut I found myself in a dark place, and as I walked in, I heard several voices coming from different directions. The main lobby was empty except the theatrical masks hanging on the walls. Shortly after, I saw a silhouette of a woman getting closer and closer; it was Andrea Marie Weber, her stage name – Dreya. We walked together towards the backstage room of Teatro Zinzanni, one of the central…
  • Rob and Melissa Lundsgaard: the Kirtan duo

    Simona Trakiyska
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Life is like a train ride, each station can offer us something new, each passenger can change our lives and all of these moments can bring us unforgettable memories of joy as well as fears to overcome. For Rob and Melissa Lundsgaard the ride has just began. “We never expected kirtan to fulfill our lives with so much joy, which now we get to share with others,” they said. Kirtan is an ancient traditional music of devotional chanting, also known as “call-and-response,” which usually involves mantras accompanied by an instrument. Coming from two very different worlds, Rob and Melissa…
  • B.K.S. Iyengar: the 96-year-old yoga icon passed away

    Simona Trakiyska
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The yoga community is saddened, as one of its iconic leaders, guru and a friend to many, Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, known as B.K.S. Iyengar, the creator of “Iyengar Yoga” died on Wednesday, August 20, at the age of 96. He created Iyengar yoga, a form of Hatha Yoga, to help people live a healthier, more meaningful life. His style focused on two primary elements: one was to provide practitioners with the understanding of proper alignment of the body while doing the postures (asanas), and the other was the focus on the techniques of breath control (the pranayamas), which are a…
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  • Hitting Baseballs, Finding Mindfulness

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    This weekend I had the opportunity to watch my husband and father-in-law catch up and play a little baseball together.  Obviously with only two people, they couldn’t play a real game, but playing catch, throwing for one another as the other hit baseballs provided them both with a fun, productive, and mindful way to spend time together.  For these two, baseball is a way to connect, the something they always have in common, and an avenue for spending much-needed family time together, without the hassle of sitting around and talking.  (I say that primarily because my family and…
  • The Most Sincere Love

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    I love this quote, because it demonstrates how desperately I adore excellent food. Without going so far as to say food makes everything better, I'd say food--and good food at that--can certainly improve your life.  Often significantly.  Do it; treat yourself well.  You're worth it.What food(s) do you love?
  • To Plan B Or Not To Plan B

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    [I apologize in advance, it seems this is my most meandering/ stream of consciousness post yet.  Get ready.]This week, on NPR's "Fresh Air," I heard an interview with Aaron Paul, winner of an Emmy this week for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad.  Although I never watched the show, I know many people love it madly.  Despite my overall lack of knowledge of the series, I've managed to piece together the premise and characters from conversations, Facebook updates, and news (as well as "news") pieces.If you're interested, you…
  • Yoga in the News

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    This morning, because it is beautiful out and because you might not have seen them, I just wanted to share a few articles I've seen recently regarding the practice of yoga.  If you have never tried it, but you're interested in learning more, check them out.The first compares yoga in India to the yoga practiced (and sold) in America.  It's pretty interesting and a little frustrating.  (I think the picture at the top of the article is a brilliant juxtaposition of the two.)Read Yoga in India vs. Yoga in America.The second demonstrates the health benefits and growth men experience…
  • What to Look for/ at When Going Gluten-Free

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    When we decided to change our lifestyle to accommodate our new gluten-free diet choices, we needed some reminders with which to shop the first few weeks, until we got used to the terms, aisles, as well as the products to eat and those to avoid.  We worked on eliminating or cutting back on a few other things at that time as well--milk, soy, and sugar--but to get into the habit, we actually made lists to keep in our wallets.On one side of the 3 x 5 card, FOODS to AVOID (unless specifically labeled gluten-free):- ale- bagels- beer- breads/ rolls- cake/ brownies- cereal- chocolate-…
 
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