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How Have Iyengar Cues Affected Our Yoga?

My first introduction to yoga was with an Iyengar Yoga teacher. I instantly connected to the precision and detail of her cueing. The class reminded me of ballet lessons because it felt very strict and structured. I can understand, now, that my free spirited, Vata dosha personality, craved the...

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3 Ways to Bring a Little Mindfulness to Your Day

You’re familiar with practicing mindfulness on your yoga mat; being mindful of your breath, being mindful of your “edge”, being mindful not to whack the person on the mat beside you in the head as you sweep your arms into an upward salute. But how mindful are you off your yoga mat?Do you...

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Love Yourself & Be Inspired Again

Yesterday, I came across this great quote by Don Wright, “You are the only person that is with you from the moment you are born until the moment you die, so be your best friend and love yourself.”Think of a moment when someone has criticized you or told you something negative, how did you feel?...

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Social Media Mindfulness

When scrolling social media, distractions are as readily available as fast food french fries. And social media, like fast food, can be as toxic as it is available. It’s a fun tool to share with people but too often it pulls us from the present moment. The invaluable Thich Nhat Hanh writes in The...

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Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me?

How many times have you tossed and turned in bed, late at night and attempted to force yourself to sleep? If you are unlucky enough to have gone through this, you may also have experienced the futility of that effort. There is an aria by G.F Handel from the opera Semele that begins with the text...

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Life Balance: Yin & Yang

Life balance has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been noticing that almost everything in life comes down to balance, which is perfectly symbolized in the yin-yang symbol. There has to be a little bit of darkness in the light, and a little bit of light in the darkness for everything to run...

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Do You Keep Things Simple?

Do you find it difficult to keep things simple? Many of us have a tendency to overcomplicate almost everything. We can be drawn in by the mind’s capacity to misinterpret the world and the actions of others. Because of this we can end up worried, angry or anxious.Why is it so difficult to just...

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What Does It Mean To Connect To Spirit?

If you’re involved in yoga you probably have an idea of what spirituality is. But is it all incense, meditation, and organic food? The answer to that is, it can be, but it might also be something very different. The “new age” movement has offered up a skewed perception of what connecting to...

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How Can We Be Mindful on our Mats?

Have you ever been to a yoga class and left feeling dissatisfied? The flow was amazing and the instruction was concise but you weren’t able to release and flow. We’ve all been there.Yoga is merely a set of stretches and strength-building postures, if your mind is elsewhere.I’m not knocking the...

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How Pranayama Heals My Anxiety

Before I started practicing yoga, I used to have really bad anxiety. It would just come out of nowhere, usually at the worst possible time, and then sometimes lead to panic attacks. I would still continue to get my random spurts of anxiety here and there, even after I had invited yoga into my...

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