The Back of the Heart – Our Shadow

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The term “heart openers” and “backbends” are frequently heard in the yoga community. Another popular epitaph revolves around how the practice of yoga will help to “open your heart” – emotionally, as well as, physically. Physically through postures like Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose), Setu Bandhasana Sarvanghasana (Bridge Pose), Ustrasana (Camel Pose), Shalambhasana (Locust Pose) (I could go on and on) …

What does Yoga Mean to you?

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The practice of yoga offers many different gifts to many different people. Traditionally the word yoga is defined as “to yoke” or to create “a union.” The union or the yoking that this definition speaks to is the creation of a union between the heart and the mind. Once this union is created one experiences an inner calm and quiet, …

What is Iyengar Yoga?

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“If you learn a lot of little things, one day you may end up knowing a big thing.” BKS Iyengar  Ballet starts at the barre. Many musicians learn the scales 1st. Karate pieces the Katas together over and over again before the sequence flows from beginning to end.  Iyengar Yoga is like this. First things first – learn the scales, then …

Revolutionize your Resolutions

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I remember taking a teacher training with Shiva Rea in 2013 that went over New Years Eve and Day and it revolutionized my view of the new year and resolutions. Prior to that training I had never really been a fan of New Years. I always felt that the parties, celebrations and resolutions around self-improvement seemed so false and manufactured. Not to …

3 Simple Ways to Stay Grounded This Holiday Season

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  December is here and with it, comes the holiday season. The holidays can be a complex roller-coaster of emotion, with lots of excitement, social events and time spent with family. Although this time of year can be joyful and energizing, it can also leave us feeling depleted, with little or no time to recharge, sleep, or practice our self-care …

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What is Beautycounter and why it matters?

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Warning, this is not really a post about yoga. Well at least it is not a post about yoga asana (the poses), pranayama (breath) or meditation, however, this is a post about the choices we make around the products we use, and spend our money on. That to me is part of living yoga. Yoga is not only about the …

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Yoga Nidra

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Yoga Nidra has my unwavering attention these days ૱ I seem to have created myself a healthy dose of attention deficit disorder. I attribute this self-diagnosed current state to the day to day single-mama, entrepreneur, hustle / hamster wheel of samsara ⟲ ⟳ ⟴ many of us are on. YES, this is the time to be building my legacy, a …

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What Kind of Yoga is This?

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We get so wrapped up in knowing something us humans. We love a good label. We think that it helps us to understand, if we know something definitively, then we are able to put it into a box. Even simple labels such as “good” and “bad”, or “I like” and “I don’t like”. I am sure that we all have …

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Yoga Confessions

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All of us who practice yoga regularly were once beginners. Stepping into a yoga studio for the first time can be intimidating. Stepping into any yoga studio for the first time can be very intimidating, new teachers, new community and a new space. I thought that it would be useful to discuss the top three reasons why people tell me …