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An Ayurvedic Approach to Eating

An Ayurvedic Approach to Eating

So about a year ago, I started incorporating Ayurvedic healing modalities into my life. Ayurveda, or “the science of life” developed thousands of years ago as a companion practice to yoga. Yoga, as we know it in America today, is the science of being on the mat or meditation cushion. Ayurveda, is the science of being off that mat and still practicing the principles that keep us healthy and able to progress our understanding and awareness of ourselves and the ...

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Start Where You Are: A Yogic Approach to Goal Setting

Start Where You Are: A Yogic Approach to Goal Setting

So it’s that resolution-setting time of the year. Everyone has lots of advice about what goals to set, when to set them and how to be successful. What I would like to talk about is the energy before all that. Yes, change is good, but what happens to prepare you for that change?

Start Where You Are

In my experience, sometimes the desire to change arises out of suffering. The pain of that suffering motivates us to think the thought, “What must ...

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Practicing Compassion: A highly effective technique for happiness

Practicing Compassion: A highly effective technique for happiness

Compassion meditation, often called “Metta” or “Lovingkindness” meditation is a key element in living a contented life. Compassion can be defined as the conscious recognition and acknowledgement of another sentient being’s ability to feel pain, joy, love, sadness, grief, happiness or any other emotion or experience. Practicing this meditation increases your ability to be compassionate to yourself, a soft gentle feeling that turns inward and can start to decrease the volume of negative or critical thoughts. This can ...

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A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique for Yoga

A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique for Yoga

A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique

The following technique for mindfulness has been a powerful addition to my practice. It shows us not just that paying attention is important, but HOW to pay attention. You might have heard people saying to you in various ways that mindfulness and paying attention are the keys to happiness. While I don’t know if they are the only keys, they are certainly on the keychain of enlightenment and reducing our daily suffering. Here’s the technique briefly outlined below:

Allow

Much of ...

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Yoga Tips for Insomnia

Yoga Tips for Insomnia

Many of my clients come in for one thing or another, but one common denominator I am finding is that EVERYONE has insomnia. Either they have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or sleeping long enough to feel refreshed. Good sleep is a prerequisite for good health. Yoga can help with these simple techniques and tips:

1. Turn off your screens. Turn off your phone or set it to silent. Turn off the TV and computer and give your eyes a ...

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7 Methods to Confront the Fear of Failure

7 Methods to Confront the Fear of Failure

Phew! It’s been six weeks since I did a blog post, and to be honest, the last couple of weeks I’ve been avoiding doing a newsletter because I FAILED! I failed in providing you daily and weekly inspiration. Well, I’ve confronted that FEAR today for my year without fear, and I am going to promise you I will stay on track!

I’ve been talking a lot to my yoga therapy clients about failure lately – its a hot topic. I’ve been ...

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How Not to Be Afraid of Truth – Communicating with Integrity

How Not to Be Afraid of Truth – Communicating with Integrity

Communication is vital for any profession, but for a teacher it is our livelihood. Our existence as teachers depends on our ability to communicate our ideas, thoughts and concepts to other people with effectiveness and clarity. I would also add in efficiency as an important characteristic.

I’ve had numerous experiences with communicating with integrity this week. From working with others to renovate and repair walls to talking to customers about buying a product to teaching my students concepts ...

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Overcoming MUD, FIRE, WATER and FEAR

Overcoming MUD, FIRE, WATER and FEAR
So yesterday I had the pleasure of facing a tough obstacle course called the Warrior Dash! This is my second annual attendance at this event in Huntersville, North Carolina. The day dawned with perfect weather – 60 degrees and sunny. What a perfect day for a race! And what a difference between this year and last year! Last year, the race was much tougher. Why? There were a few things that made it much, much harder:

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