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  • Happy National Kale Day! We Have 5 Reasons to Eat More of It

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    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Healthy eaters everywhere, rejoice. For the second time in history, kale is celebrating its very own holiday. Wednesday, October 1 is the second annual National Kale Day (#kaleday2014), and fans all over the world will be honoring the “queen of the cruciferous veggies” by—you guessed it—eating lots of delicious and nutritious kale. Haven’t had your kale fix lately (or—gasp—ever?) Here are five reasons why you should be eating this superfood right now, according to National Kale Day founders Jennifer Iserloh, aka the “Skinny Chef,” and Columbia University…
  • Top 4 Things to Be Aware of in Yoga Class

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    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.
  • What is Your Yoga?

    The Everything Yoga Blog
    It'sAllAboutYoga
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    “True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” — Aadil Palkhivala I absolutely love this quote. It can be so easy to get caught up in the outside -- what we look like, what we have, what we do, what are circumstances are. In this rush to validate ourselves from the outside in, we forget that what is…
  • 2014 NFL Predictions… and Asses

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

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    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…
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  • Happy National Kale Day! We Have 5 Reasons to Eat More of It

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Healthy eaters everywhere, rejoice. For the second time in history, kale is celebrating its very own holiday. Wednesday, October 1 is the second annual National Kale Day (#kaleday2014), and fans all over the world will be honoring the “queen of the cruciferous veggies” by—you guessed it—eating lots of delicious and nutritious kale. Haven’t had your kale fix lately (or—gasp—ever?) Here are five reasons why you should be eating this superfood right now, according to National Kale Day founders Jennifer Iserloh, aka the “Skinny Chef,” and Columbia University…
  • Recipe: Pomegranate Kale Super Shake

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Sour tart pomegranate and nutritious kale are an antioxidant-charged power couple! If you can’t find pomegranate arils (the seeds of the pomegranate), use 2 tablespoons of unsweetened pom juice instead.       The post Recipe: Pomegranate Kale Super Shake appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • LÄRABAR Tip of the Week: Get Inspired by the Outdoors

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    It’s now officially fall, meaning it’s the perfect time to catch some gorgeous fall colors on a leaf-peeping hike. Beginning in late September and continuing into early November, leaves begin to change colors across the U.S. So pack a map, compass, pocket knife, and plenty of wholesome snacks, and head out to be inspired by the glory of nature. In fact, LÄRABAR® founder Lara Merriken came up with the concept for LÄRABAR®, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, on a hike through the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. So get out there, tune out all the noise of your everyday life…
  • LÄRABAR Tip of the Week: The Best LÄRABARS for a Midafternoon Energy Boost

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    It happens to the best of us — you stick to your nutritious eating goals, try to get enough sleep and exercise, and still find yourself “crashing” in the midafternoon. Luckily, LÄRABAR®, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, can give you that “boost” you need to make it through the rest of the day. Delicious LÄRABAR flavors like Cashew Cookie, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Cherry Pie, and Coconut Cream Pie contain the wholesome, natural ingredients you need for a “lift” in between meals or when you simply need a little pick-me-up. They’re perfect for a midmorning snack,…
  • An Ayurvedic Recipe for Happy, Beautiful Eyes

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Ayurveda understands that the health and beauty of our eyes isn’t just related to our physical eyes or the makeup we put on our eyelids. Ayurveda understands that the things our eyes see actually make our eyes beautiful. For this reason, its important to try to see beautiful things on a daily basis — a flower in bloom, a baby giggling, a stunning sunset. Here are a few more tips on how to get happy eyes: - Give your eyes a break from any screens, particularly if you spend long periods of time in front of a computer. Take a break every hour to look around the room. Let your gaze…
 
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    The Everything Yoga Blog

  • What is Your Yoga?

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    “True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” — Aadil Palkhivala I absolutely love this quote. It can be so easy to get caught up in the outside -- what we look like, what we have, what we do, what are circumstances are. In this rush to validate ourselves from the outside in, we forget that what is…
  • SmartMat: Genius or Dumbing Our Innate Intelligence?

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

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

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

    It'sAllAboutYoga
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    When I first heard the saying, "How you do one thing is how you do everything," I was intrigued. I let that idea marinate for a bit and then took a look at my own life, especially my yoga practice. I can talk myself into and/or out of anything, so I figured looking at how I approached my yoga practice would leave no room to hide (or deny). Sure enough, my habits/patterns/ways of being on my mat reflected how I was in my life. Sobering. I tend to come back to this when I'm feeling off or simply want to do a gut check and see where I am in life. My latest look brought up something interesting…
 
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    Elephantbeans

  • 2014 NFL Predictions… and Asses

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

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

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

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

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

  • Creative Ways to Get Kids Yoga into Schools

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beyond Alignment part 1: Fusing Earth and Water

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

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

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

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

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

  • Relax and Flow Like a River

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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  • Happy National Kale Day! We Have 5 Reasons to Eat More of It

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Healthy eaters everywhere, rejoice. For the second time in history, kale is celebrating its very own holiday. Wednesday, October 1 is the second annual National Kale Day (#kaleday2014), and fans all over the world will be honoring the “queen of the cruciferous veggies” by—you guessed it—eating lots of delicious and nutritious kale. Haven’t had your kale fix lately (or—gasp—ever?) Here are five reasons why you should be eating this superfood right now, according to National Kale Day founders Jennifer Iserloh, aka the “Skinny Chef,” and Columbia University…
  • Recipe: Pomegranate Kale Super Shake

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Sour tart pomegranate and nutritious kale are an antioxidant-charged power couple! If you can’t find pomegranate arils (the seeds of the pomegranate), use 2 tablespoons of unsweetened pom juice instead.       The post Recipe: Pomegranate Kale Super Shake appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • LÄRABAR Tip of the Week: Get Inspired by the Outdoors

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    It’s now officially fall, meaning it’s the perfect time to catch some gorgeous fall colors on a leaf-peeping hike. Beginning in late September and continuing into early November, leaves begin to change colors across the U.S. So pack a map, compass, pocket knife, and plenty of wholesome snacks, and head out to be inspired by the glory of nature. In fact, LÄRABAR® founder Lara Merriken came up with the concept for LÄRABAR®, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, on a hike through the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. So get out there, tune out all the noise of your everyday life…
  • LÄRABAR Tip of the Week: The Best LÄRABARS for a Midafternoon Energy Boost

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    It happens to the best of us — you stick to your nutritious eating goals, try to get enough sleep and exercise, and still find yourself “crashing” in the midafternoon. Luckily, LÄRABAR®, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, can give you that “boost” you need to make it through the rest of the day. Delicious LÄRABAR flavors like Cashew Cookie, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Cherry Pie, and Coconut Cream Pie contain the wholesome, natural ingredients you need for a “lift” in between meals or when you simply need a little pick-me-up. They’re perfect for a midmorning snack,…
  • An Ayurvedic Recipe for Happy, Beautiful Eyes

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Ayurveda understands that the health and beauty of our eyes isn’t just related to our physical eyes or the makeup we put on our eyelids. Ayurveda understands that the things our eyes see actually make our eyes beautiful. For this reason, its important to try to see beautiful things on a daily basis — a flower in bloom, a baby giggling, a stunning sunset. Here are a few more tips on how to get happy eyes: - Give your eyes a break from any screens, particularly if you spend long periods of time in front of a computer. Take a break every hour to look around the room. Let your gaze…
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  • Happy National Kale Day! We Have 5 Reasons to Eat More of It

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Healthy eaters everywhere, rejoice. For the second time in history, kale is celebrating its very own holiday. Wednesday, October 1 is the second annual National Kale Day (#kaleday2014), and fans all over the world will be honoring the “queen of the cruciferous veggies” by—you guessed it—eating lots of delicious and nutritious kale. Haven’t had your kale fix lately (or—gasp—ever?) Here are five reasons why you should be eating this superfood right now, according to National Kale Day founders Jennifer Iserloh, aka the “Skinny Chef,” and Columbia University…
  • Recipe: Pomegranate Kale Super Shake

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Sour tart pomegranate and nutritious kale are an antioxidant-charged power couple! If you can’t find pomegranate arils (the seeds of the pomegranate), use 2 tablespoons of unsweetened pom juice instead.       The post Recipe: Pomegranate Kale Super Shake appeared first on Yoga Journal.
  • LÄRABAR Tip of the Week: Get Inspired by the Outdoors

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    It’s now officially fall, meaning it’s the perfect time to catch some gorgeous fall colors on a leaf-peeping hike. Beginning in late September and continuing into early November, leaves begin to change colors across the U.S. So pack a map, compass, pocket knife, and plenty of wholesome snacks, and head out to be inspired by the glory of nature. In fact, LÄRABAR® founder Lara Merriken came up with the concept for LÄRABAR®, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, on a hike through the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. So get out there, tune out all the noise of your everyday life…
  • LÄRABAR Tip of the Week: The Best LÄRABARS for a Midafternoon Energy Boost

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    It happens to the best of us — you stick to your nutritious eating goals, try to get enough sleep and exercise, and still find yourself “crashing” in the midafternoon. Luckily, LÄRABAR®, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, can give you that “boost” you need to make it through the rest of the day. Delicious LÄRABAR flavors like Cashew Cookie, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Cherry Pie, and Coconut Cream Pie contain the wholesome, natural ingredients you need for a “lift” in between meals or when you simply need a little pick-me-up. They’re perfect for a midmorning snack,…
  • An Ayurvedic Recipe for Happy, Beautiful Eyes

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Ayurveda understands that the health and beauty of our eyes isn’t just related to our physical eyes or the makeup we put on our eyelids. Ayurveda understands that the things our eyes see actually make our eyes beautiful. For this reason, its important to try to see beautiful things on a daily basis — a flower in bloom, a baby giggling, a stunning sunset. Here are a few more tips on how to get happy eyes: - Give your eyes a break from any screens, particularly if you spend long periods of time in front of a computer. Take a break every hour to look around the room. Let your gaze…
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    Yoga Basics

  • The Myth of Advanced Asana

    Kathleen Bryant
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    In our culture of competition and accomplishment, "no pain, no gain" has become a mantra, though not an especially yogic one. Is it any wonder that we view certain asanas as "advanced" based how physically difficult they are to achieve? These notions lead us away from what distinguishes yoga from other fitness-based disciplines. Many of us even enter teacher training programs hoping to become more skillful in trickier asanas, only ... Continue reading "The Myth of Advanced Asana" on Yoga Basics.com
  • Yoga’s Worst Offenders: Protecting your Knees, Back and Shoulders

    Amber Baker
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    In a perfect world we would always step off our yoga mat feeling better, clearer and stronger than when we stepped on, but that isn’t always the case. Injuries can happen regardless of what we are doing, and yoga is no an exception. Aside from the standard caveats—listen to your body, watch your ego, remember to breathe—there are a few general principles that can help keep us stepping off on ... Continue reading "Yoga’s Worst Offenders: Protecting your Knees, Back and Shoulders" on Yoga Basics.com
  • A “No-Brainer”: The Neuroscience of Meditation with Dan Harris

    Timothy Burgin
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Dan Harris, ABC News correspondent, meditator and author, explains the science and neuroscience benefits of daily meditation in this short entertaining video. He specifically describes how meditation changes our brain's Default Mode Network, to allow meditators to be more focused in the present moment throughout the day. Harris daringly predicts meditation is going to be the next big public health revolution, becoming a “no-brainer” to improving health and happiness. Watch ... Continue reading "A “No-Brainer”: The Neuroscience of Meditation with Dan Harris" on Yoga Basics.com
  • The Roundup! 9/11 Discount Blunder & World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

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

    Megan de Matteo
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s 7am and your alarm sounds, jolting you from sleep. Before you can blink your eyes open, your thoughts are racing to places far beyond your bedroom. “I’ll get the coffee started,” you tell yourself, “and eat breakfast on the way to work. I’ve got that lunch meeting, then a doctor’s appointment—and I can’t forget to pay the electric bill! I’ll figure out dinner on the way home from getting ... Continue reading "Too Busy for Yoga? Take Time to Make Time!" on Yoga Basics.com
 
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  • Let's Squat

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    How often do you hear that? Many of my retreat students have expressed gratitude for awakening them to the benefits of a simple squat. It's not fancy. It's not even pretty. But its benefits go on and on. So, let's celebrate the squat. And I guess I should feel honored that a squat reminds my students of me.Years ago at my yoga studio, I used to tell my beginners to do this pose while they watched tv, 5 minutes a day for a week straight. But you don't have to be a beginner to get results from this. The more you squat, the more you release tension in the low back and hips. Sitting in…
  • Cowgirl Yogatography 2014 - two spots left

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

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

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

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

    Yogoer
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
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  • The Not-So-Scientific 7-Minute Yoga Class

    Yogoer
    10 Dec 2013 | 7:25 am
    I love exercise sequence diagrams; I have a whole binder full of them. A favorite, lately, is the Times’ Scientific 7-Minute Workout. Twelve exercises, done for 30 seconds each (with a 10-second rest in between), with a focus on increasing heart rate and working all the main muscle groups. It’s great when you’re traveling and have no equipment. This morning I wondered what a yoga version of that might look like. So, I kept the diagram in front of me as I practiced this morning. It kept me going for 45 minutes, and felt great!   The Not-So-Scientific, Not-7-Minute Yoga…
  • East Yoga Returns

    Yogoer
    29 Oct 2013 | 3:14 pm
    Really happy to hear that East Yoga has reopened after last year’s fire, in a new space that’s bigger and brighter than the last. When flames and smoke destroyed our sanctuary, students and teachers stuck with us. We practiced in hair salons, park lawns and community centers. People organized fundraisers, donated money and generously gave their time and expertise. It was a year of perseverance, but also one of togetherness and love for which we are forever grateful and inspired. They’re having a reopening party this Saturday, November 2nd, as well as discounts on new monthly…
  • Laughing Lotus Summit

    Yogoer
    16 Jun 2013 | 3:31 pm
    I had a wonderful time at the Laughing Lotus summit this weekend. Valuable lectures, powerful classes, healthy food, and exuberant people. Their press team had invited me to attend, and I was very happy to join the teachers, alumni and community there. Laughing Lotus was my home studio for a couple years after I did my vinyasa training (at Atmananda), and I am a big fan of Dana Flynn. It was a pleasure to return, after a few years of Anusara, and enjoy the non-stop dancing flow once again. An early start to the day (7am) was a good excuse to take it easy Friday night, and prioritize health…
  • Next weekend: Laughing Lotus staycation

    Yogoer
    6 Jun 2013 | 7:41 am
    I’m really excited to be attending the Laughing Lotus summit/conference/reunion/staycation next weekend (June 14-16). Do other studios do this? It’s a great idea. Bring your community back together for a yearly reunion, and provide continuing education at the same time. There are 2-3 options for each main time slot, so you can personalize your studies. Topics include safety in inversions, Ayurvedic approaches to sequencing, guidelines for prenatal classes, setting up a teaching website, how to teach basics — and of course lots of fun asana. And chanting. Classes will be taught…
 
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    Yoga Flavored Life

  • Pigeon Pose with a Twist

    Charlotte Bradley
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    I love pigeon pose (in fact I may be addicted to it). An added twist makes it truly delicious! Have a look at the video below for some guidance on how to do the pose. Benefits of Twisted Pigeon Stretches both the hip flexors and hip rotators Opens the chest and shoulders (when you are in the upright position) which can help relieve anxiety and stress Forward fold turns your focus inward Twisting helps maintain spinal rotation and is detoxifying Stretches the quadricep of the back leg It is fun!   The post Pigeon Pose with a Twist appeared first on Yoga Flavored Life.
  • Happiness Is the Way

    William Ferro
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:57 pm
    The world is in dire need of authentically happy people. The chronically unhappy tend to perpetrate crimes of varying magnitude against themselves, their fellow human beings, members of other species and the planet at large. You therefore owe it to yourself, your family and friends, and your entire sphere of influence to discover what makes you happy and pursue it wholeheartedly. The great news is that you don’t have to wait a single day–or even a single hour–to embrace true happiness. Your senses, memories, and imagination can all be portals to extraordinary realms of joy. Just…
  • Truth in Your Yoga Practice

    Charlotte Bradley
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Over the past day or so, I have been thinking about what it means to be truthful. Satya or truthfulness is the second of five yamas. The yamas are restraints meant as guides along the path of yoga. What is truth? It seems that each of us has a personal version of truth and what it means. For example, if a group of people see the same thing happen (like a car accident) they will likely recount different versions of the incident. This truth is subjective. Satya and Ahimsa (Truth and non-harming) We might think of truthfulness as not telling lies. This seems straightforward. However there are…
  • How to Do Standing Figure 4 Pose

    Charlotte Bradley
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Standing Figure 4 pose combines the challenge of balance with a deep opening for the hips. It is one of my favourite piriformis muscle stretches to do. The piriformis is a gluteal muscle that goes from the sacrum (small triangular bone at your lower back) to the hip joint. Its job is to provide stability to the sacrum and to externally rotate the leg. This pose is wonderful to open the hips and relieve tension in the lower back. The great thing about this it is that you can make it as deep or as gentle as you like. Do this pose anytime (it’s great after long periods of sitting) or…
  • Cultivate a Flexible Mind in Your Yoga Practice

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

  • 8 Ways to Be Your Own Best Teacher

    #DailyCupofYoga
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    No matter how we define a teacher or a guru—an expert, an enlightened person, or someone who challenges us in a way that makes us look at all of our own limiting beliefs—each of these ways of looking at the terms places the teacher or guru outside us. These kinds of teachers and gurus are powerful. But the most powerful source of wisdom is within. How do we activate our own inner teacher, our own inner guru, so that we always have someone to lean on and guide us? The most powerful source of wisdom is within you. This is what I help every single person I work with realize—that they are…
  • 5 Simple Tips for Becoming a Master of Meditation

    #DailyCupofYoga
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    Want to take on meditation? Here’s 5 tips to help: Sit.  Learning to sit can be a challenge. Do some light stretches before sitting down and then start off with just 5 minutes of sitting–see how it feels. Remember there are many different ways to sit. Find a seat comfortable for you, in a chair, on a block, sitting on the heels, sitting on a blanket or a pillow. Make sure that you are sitting in a place you’ll be happy to sit. For me there’s a room in my house where the morning light comes in magically. I like to sit in there. 2.  Watch your thoughts.  The mind is always…
  • 5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Fall in Love with Your Body

    #DailyCupofYoga
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    When I first started doing yoga, I really didn’t like my body very much. I rarely had any positive thoughts about it. Mostly when I thought about my body I felt frustrated, or ashamed. These sound like big things to feel but in my experience talking and working with women these are some of the most common ways us women feel about our body. When we give ourselves the time and space to really listen to what we tell ourselves about our body, it’s surprising what we hear. It’s unusual for us to have thoughts like “I love my body,” “My body is amazing,” “I appreciate everything my…
  • Theming your yoga class, theming your life…

    #DailyCupofYoga
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Theming is an integral part of the class-planning process if you are a yoga teacher, whether it is done consciously or not. Some people prefer to prepare a short story or inspirational reading, others choose a word or anecdote to share. However, even if you’re not intentionally putting forth the effort to plan a theme for class, theming still occurs. A conversation that came up during my training a few weeks ago had to do with the topic of theming. How necessary is a theme, even? What makes a good, or a bad, theme? Christina Sell dropped some wisdom on us that I found both comforting…
  • 10 Things I Learned From Destination Yoga Teacher Training

    #DailyCupofYoga
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:25 am
    1. I am stronger than I know. I spent hours upon hours, day after day doing insane amounts of intense yoga. My body did not let me down. On the contrary, it surprised me almost daily by how much it was able and willing to do. There was a point in the week where my body seemed to tell my mind to “STFU. I got this. Quit telling me what I am incapable of. Enjoy the ride.” 2. We are all in this together. One of my favorite moments of the week was laying on the ground in savasana, singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” while holding hands with a drag performer from Seattle and an…
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    The Pranamama

  • Choosing A Wedding Photographer

    Mama
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Choosing your wedding photographer is an important task prior to the wedding. After all photographs never fail to take you back to that special day no matter how many years may pass. Here are a few tips from Lens to Life on choosing the right wedding photographer. 1)Research on the internet Popular photographers have their […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
 
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  • Live Music Yoga with Bernadette and john this Sunday

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Bernadette Yao will step in, bringing her amazing guitar and beautiful vocals, offering sacred sounds for us to practice to. No related posts.
  • The Hazards of Sweet Potato Farming

    admin
    21 Jun 2014 | 1:02 pm
    am feeling much better after a week of mostly rest, and look forward to our peaceful 9am Sunday morning Yoga class tomorrow, followed by our weekly schedule of classes. No related posts.
  • A Blessing for the Journey

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    Let us vow to bear witness to the wholeness of life, realizing the completeness of each and every... No related posts.
  • Morphing Mandala

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    the last sequence of sculpture is amazing... No related posts.
  • Xray Yoga video

    admin
    26 Feb 2014 | 11:32 am
    this great Yoga video with me, it's a short medical imaging project showing x-rays of a person flowing through some No related posts.
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    YogaGlo

  • Cleansing Yoga for Fall

    YogaGlo
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fall is a great time to reboot and refocus the mind and body. The summer days have come to a close and new habits and routines are being formed, so this is the perfect time to wipe the slate clean and start new. Whether we’re letting go, recovering from an illness, starting a new chapter in our lives, starting a new season or a new relationship, cleansing is an important part of honoring what came before and preparing for what’s next. So this week’s featured classes will be sure to give your mind and body a good rinse, inside and out. Cleanse Your Body, Balance Your Mind…
  • Stable Foundation

    YogaGlo
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s Overheard in Yoga Class, Marla Apt explains that we build everything from our foundation (the feet) so we always want our foundation to be stable, firm and balanced. Take this class with Marla: http://bit.ly/1v1akaS
  • Rod Stryker at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
                    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us next week as Rod Stryker will be in town teaching FREE Hatha classes at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this! Rod’s Class Schedule: Monday, September 29th: 10:00-11:30am – Hatha, Level 2 Monday, September 29th 12:00-1:00pm – Hatha, Level 2/3 Tuesday, September 30th: 10:00-11:30am – Hatha, Level 2/2 Tuesday, September 30th: 12:00-1:00pm – Hatha, Level 2 Wednesday, October 1st: 10:00-11:30am – Hatha, Level 2 Wednesday, October 1st: 12:00-1:00pm –…
  • Dr. Chris Chapple at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Dr. Chris Chapple will be in town giving a lecture at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this! Dr. Chapple’s Class Schedule: Thursday, September 25th 9:00am-12:00pm – The Bhagavad Gita, beloved by Emerson, Thoreau, and Gandhi, opens its readers to the big questions in life: Why do bad things happen to good people? What can be done about family dysfunction? What is the nature of the self? What is the best path for action? How can one be devoted? What is knowledge? In this session we will work with the first…
  • Steven Espinosa at the YogaGlo Studio!

    YogaGlo
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
                    If you Glo in LA or in the surrounding area, come join us this week as Steven Espinosa will be in town teaching two FREE Hatha class at the YogaGlo studio. You will not want to miss this! Steven’s Class Schedule: Wednesday, September 24th 10:00am-11:30am – Hatha, Level 1/2 Wednesday, September 24th 12:00pm-1:00pm – Hatha, Level 2 Don’t miss this opportunity to take an amazing class with this amazing teacher. Please check out our class schedule for more information and head on down to the Glo!
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    Meditation Techniques For Every Challenge

  • Meditation, an alternative way of losing weight

    Glenna Garcia
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Today, a lot of people are facing problems of being overweight or simply put Obesity. The quality of food that we eat, the lifestyle we have, the stress we get from work , all of these factors affects our eating habits.  We eat more what is convenient and easy to buy, not giving so much on the nutrients we get. What we feed our bodies are garbage. Yes, garbage in the guise of junk foods, processed foods etc. If only our body can speak, it will definitely cry out “STOP ABUSING ME”. Come to think of it, a lot of us care more of our cellphones and other gadgets than our body and that is the…
  • Meditation for Effective Weight Loss: How True?

    Glenna Garcia
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    “Any way to become more mindful will guide that process” – Adam Perlman, MD. Executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine If this article caught your attention, thinking that meditation would be similar to your weight loss pills – then you better think again. There is no certainty that meditation would directly trim down fatty deposits from your body; the scarcity of research topics about this matter proves it enough. Some of its marvels include the regulation of blood pressure and management of stress. Through meditation, you become more aware of your thoughts, actions, and body,…
  • Ten Keys to Happiness

    Glenna Garcia
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    1. Appreciate things around you. The world has dread all around but inside every distortion, there is a beauty that only eyes with appreciation can see. More importantly, you must appreciate yourself. Every one of us has a flaw, and the only thing to overcome those flaws is to see the beauty in it. 2. Accept the things you cannot change. Some circumstances in this world are far more than your control. All you have to do is let things happen the way they’re supposed to be.  Have a sense of contentment with what your current situation is and make the best out of it. It is fine to commit…
  • The Message of Anxiety and Getting Over it

    Glenna Garcia
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Anxiety is one of the things that creeps up to you late at night sometimes unexpected and for no reason at all. It can send you nasty thoughts and have you crying for long hours, day or night. If you ever lay awake wondering what you did to feel the way you are feeling, then maybe you haven’t realized what your anxiety is trying to say to you all along. There’s always an underlying message beneath every thought of self-doubt your mind seems to ceaselessly create. Your body is telling you something you can’t seem to grasp. Maybe the message it has been trying to convey to you all along…
  • Ways to Prevent Panic Attacks

    Glenna Garcia
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Panic attacks are one of the worst things to experience especially for a person who suffers from anxiety. It is a physically draining and emotionally straining event wherein you cannot control yourself or your emotions. Getting over anxiety is truly a difficult thing, so the second best action to do is prevent it. Prevention is better than cure, as the old saying goes. While there are many medical prescriptions that have been proven to lower anxiety levels and keep stress in check, negative side effects are not impossible. The best way to help yourself is by taking the natural road, the ones…
 
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    Dahn Yoga Health

  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Dahn Yoga News

  • 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…
  • Study: Yoga and Meditation Boost Brain Power

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    It’s no secret that meditation and yoga benefits are plentiful and far-reaching. Yoga postures can enhance flexibility, improve balance and posture, increase muscle tone and raise one’s energy levels. Meditation is widely known for soothing the nerves, improving concentration and lowering blood pressure. As a new study suggested, these ancient techniques may also help train the brain. About the Study The study, published in the online journal TECHNOLOGY, was conducted by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota who sought out to test the effects of yoga poses and…
  • Yoga Benefits for High-Endurance Athletes

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

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

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you meditate with your eyes open or closed? We delve into the pro’s and con’s of both styles.
  • Ayurvedic Ways to Quit Smoking NOW!

    1 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Everyone knows cigarettes are horrible for your health. If you’ve tried to quit with no success, try quitting the Ayurvedic way.
  • What to Expect When You Experience an Emotional Release

    20 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    During yesterday’s Vinyasa class, I began crying about halfway through class. Have you ever experienced an emotional release or emotional breakthrough during yoga?
 
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  • Pregnancy and Yoga: The Baby Stretch

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Any expectant mother can tell you that keeping fit while pregnant can be quite a challenge. As it gets more and more difficult to move, many forms of exercise become exceedingly awkward if not completely unsafe.
  • Riding The Wave: Using The Kripalu Yoga Technique To Balance Emotions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Learn more about our new yoga style - AcroYoga in this interview with Dieke. Find out where it comes from, what you can expect in a typical class, the different types of AcroYoga and also the things you need to watch out for.... 
  • Aparigraha - practicing non-attachment

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Aparigraha is the last of the five yamas of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. It often translates to ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, and ‘non-attachment’. What does this yama teach us and how do we translate this on and off our mats? 
  • AcroYoga - our new yoga style

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We've been hinting about it all month and now it's here! We are delighted and excited to announce our new style of yoga (acroyoga) and our newest guest teachers too. Dieke and Esther (yes another Esther!) have been such fun to watch as they filmed this acrobatic partner yoga.  And it's not only fun to watch.. it's also fun and therapeutic to do..... 
  • Sweet potato porridge for Vata dosha

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This sweet potato porridge is perfect for those of you who associate with the Vata dosha. Learn more about this dosha type and learn how to make this dish too.....
  • Best yoga mat review

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Finding the best yoga mat that's right for you can be quite a mission. In some ways buying a yoga mat is like buying a pair of trainers for running. Some people need support, some want a more flexible sole, some buy based on looks and some prefer barefoot. So this review is our opinion based on our individual wants and needs. 
 
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    Seattle Yoga News

  • Street Yoga moving its headquarters from Portland to Seattle

    Jessica Osberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Street Yoga is pleased to announce that on Oct. 1, our headquarters is moving to Seattle! Street Yoga will appoint Seattle-based, Stephanie Toby (Programs) and Jessica Osberg (Development & Training) as co-executive directors. Joshua Ginzler, of Seattle, has accepted the nomination for Street Yoga Board President. We are pleased that our Seattle-based Yoga for Youth programs and national trauma-informed yoga trainingprogram will continue without interruption. Our Portland Yoga for Youth programs will be transferred to our partner, Living Yoga. We believe that these changes will allow…
  • Steve Gold’s journey to music through yoga

    Simona Trakiyska
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    “[Yogis] allow space for transformation, and in that regard they allow space for me,” Steve Gold said. Everywhere Gold travels, he meets a person that makes his life more enriched. Even though he is “the attraction,” his audiences are the ones who inspire him. Over the years, their response has been proof that he made the right decision to become a musician. When Gold goes on his tour, he views himself as a facilitator of internal transformation through music. He thinks that people just need to be reminded of the light within themselves. Yoga entered Gold’s…
  • Secrets of healthy cooking from an Indian kitchen

    Sweta Saraogi
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Have you noticed how, recently, many of us have begun to battle with food, viewing it as an enemy; the devil that lures us to obesity and disease? Our relationship with food is an increasingly unhappy one. Given our obsession with the perfect body, we jump from one diet to another and we go from eating too much to eating too little. I have been in the same boat, trying every new diet fad out there; from a high protein diet to raw food, low-carb, weight watchers, eating six small meals a day and then eating three big meals a day. It didn’t matter if I downed 100 grams of protein shake…
  • Why sound baths?

    Megan Costello
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:40 am
    When I first began teaching yoga, I already had been a sound healing practitioner for several years, working with a modality called Acutonics — a non-invasive approach of placing vibrating tuning forks on acupuncture points or near the ears. I loved to see how the sound or vibration of a tuning fork could bring my clients so much peace and I desperately wanted to share that same peacefulness with my yoga students. I tried playing forks individually to students while they were in Savasana but longed for a more efficient way to bridge the gap of the healing benefits of yoga with the healing…
  • Yoga for teens: how yoga can help reduce the stress of high school

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

  • Mindfulness = Being Here Now

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    Image taken in Glen Allen, VAPause, right where and how you are (please).Time for a few questions:Where are you?How are you?How are you feeling?  Looking?  Acting?  Sounding?  Thinking?  Sitting?Is this where you anticipated you'd be at this time?Where you intended to be?These questions are not meant to stir feelings of regret, but rather to be considered thoughtfully.  If I were to answer the above questions honestly, I would say I am abstractly where I want to be.  I am physically at home and I am feeling a little hot (perhaps I was too quick to turn the…
  • Host a Happy & Healthy Movie Night

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

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

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

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