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Incorporating Core Into Your Yoga Practice

I hate crunches, I’m not fond of sit-ups, I disdain Pilates roll-ups, and I loathe yogi bicycles; essentially, I’m not a fan of incorporating core. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but you get my point. Personally, I think one of the most jarring situations is when you’re in a yoga class, and you’re...

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Opera & the Teachings of Yoga

I will freely admit that I never intended to sing opera, in fact I had no real interest in classical music. But in a manner very similar to how yoga developed in my life, music naturally unfolded before me; all I could do was place my feet step after step on the path and go along for the ride....

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Humor & Levity in my Yoga Practice

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be funny; to have a good sense of humor. I love reading biographies or memoirs of famous comedians and discovering the origins of their humor. Similar to myself, comedians often have beginnings of loss and heartache or early trauma, in life. Some of...

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Yoga Butt is a Pain in the Butt

Yoga butt refers to a symptom, not to a sculpted derrière ascertained through vigorous vinyasa practice. It can be described as a nagging, ongoing pain in a region of the buttocks.Leslie Kaminoff, yoga teacher and educator, states that, although sharing symptoms similar to sciatica, yoga butt is...

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Setting Goals vs. Expectations

Having high standards can be a great thing; setting expectations can give us the will to do our best, the dedication to stay on track, and put the time in to make it all happen. But what happens if we lose ourselves in the process?Setting expectations is like a road with a fork at the end for me....

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Uninspired in Life Right Now?

Are you feeling uninspired in life right now? You are not alone. There are many days when I am feeling this way. My top 5 list of things to do when I’m feeling uninspired is heavily influenced by Patanjali’s 5 Niyamas.The Niyamas are simple reminders to live a life connected to self-development,...

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Breathing: The Power of Pranayama

When I first started practicing yoga, breathing was not at the top of my priority list. I was more concerned with getting the poses just right and seeing how far I could take them. Sure, I would hear the teacher’s spiel at the beginning of class, “Notice your breathing, let the breath come first,...

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Dance Like You Are Teaching Yoga

I am in Toronto rehearsing for a contemporary dance performance and I'm dividing my time between learning my parts in the dance and getting into shape with dance training and Yoga.When someone performs a dance on stage they use their body as a tool to communicate different concepts or ideas....

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Daily Yoga: Inspiration & Tips

As a yoga teacher and Instagram addict, the idea of #yogaeverydamnday is something I aspire to and preach to others. We all know the beneficial effects that a daily yoga practice has on our physical and emotional health. Even a short daily practice is of benefit to us. However, lately I’ve...

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Constructing Stable Asana

I live in an area of the city where new buildings are appearing all over the place, thus I am surrounded by construction. Along with new buildings comes noise, traffic and a change in the skyline. However, it has been fascinating to watch the construction of buildings so closely.Seeing this...

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