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3 Videos to Relax in 10 Minutes

3 Videos to Relax in 10 Minutes

Everyone finds it hard to find time to relax. Life is busy! I am a big believer in small relaxation treats – 10 minutes or less to help you cultivate a calmer state of mind. It all adds up, and at the end of the day, if you took 2-3 10 minute breaks, that half hour can really make a difference when you are winding down or trying to have quiet family time. I took a look around YouTube and ...

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Practicing Love – The Yoga of Service

Practicing Love – The Yoga of Service

Lots of people talk about the benefits of yoga to your body, your mind or your spirit. Did you know that yoga can help you help others as well? Here are the top 3 things I’ve learned about service to others while practicing yoga.

1. We all struggle. Whether you’re looking at the warm & friendly yoga teacher or the person next to you, everyone in your yoga class is human. It doesn’t matter if you’re struggling with a more or less complex ...

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Stay Positive On Your Journey

Stay Positive On Your Journey

If there is one thing I’ve learned when I’m faced with challenge is that negativity sucks. It literally sucks all the energy out of a situation and of your abilities to deal with it. When we feel overwhelmed or bewildered by a challenge, it can be easy to start naming all the things that might happen if the situation isn’t remedied in a timely fashion. It can feel good to complain, getting our grievances out there – “venting” is what ...

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Befriending Yourself

Befriending Yourself

Befriending yourself is a really worthwhile process. It may be challenging to do it or even understand what it feels like, so try the following exercise to create an energy-producing mind state of love and care for YOU.

Befriending Yourself

Imagine yourself at a time when you really stood up for someone and helped them through a difficult moment or period on their life. What did you feel like inside? Did you sit up straighter or speak clearly and with purpose? Did ...

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Calm & Focus in 30 seconds

Calm & Focus in 30 seconds

upward-salute-mountain-poseWhen life gets to Autobahn speeds (which it does quite often) it is hard to focus and calm our minds. But do you know you have an amazing tool to do that with you all the time? It’s called your body! When we get really busy and move fast, our mind takes over and disconnects us from our bodies. It’s not something you’ve done ...

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Practice Loving YOU

Practice Loving YOU

Sometimes it feels like there is nothing harder than loving ourselves. Patterns and conditioning from our life events or environment can adversely affect our skills of loving who we are, right now, in this very moment. There are lots of different ways to help boost our self-esteem, or love of ourselves, and the internet is full of suggestions. Here are three ways I’ve learned to love myself more through yoga.

Keep Showing Up

No matter what I think of myself on any ...

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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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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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