Making Meditation and Deep Breathing Fun for Your Kids!

Posted on 4/15/2014 by Lisa Roberts in Kids Meditation

Kids today are more stressed than ever before. Loaded with schoolwork, extra curricular activities, responsibilities and expectations, they experience physical stress from using computers and carrying heavy backpacks, as well as psychological stress from bullying and peer pressure. Technological advancements have introduced stressors into the lives of modern children that previous generations did not experience. Cyber-bullying is a big issue that has received a lot of attention in the media, but the need to always be connected along with the demand for instant gratification also grossly impacts our children’s stress levels.

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The Power of Surrender

Posted on 4/15/2014 by Kristen Eykel in Surrender Balasana

Surrender is so hard to do. We fight against it. We swear and struggle and resist as if we were a cat being squished in a bag. And yet, and yet...we are called by our life to surrender more often than not.

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Cooking Fresh with Locally Grown Foods

Posted on 4/8/2014 by Leslie Vandever in Eating Local Food

There’s really nothing that can compare with a simple meal made with all fresh, locally grown ingredients. Imagine a salad: crisp, tender green and purple lettuce leaves, meaty red tomatoes off the vine less than an hour ago, crunchy orange carrots sliced on the diagonal, cool green cucumbers, fresh-toasted, chopped almonds, and a generous sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan. They’re all tossed together and dressed with local balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Can’t you just taste it?

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Sacred Sound

Posted on 4/8/2014 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Sacred Sound Mantra Kirtan

Mantras are an important and essential part of most every eastern spiritual practice. They are sacred sounds and phrases that have their origination in the historical texts of the eastern traditions and it turns out, there is actually a correlative mythology behind them. The function of mantras is to provide a codex that unlocks deeper access into the psyche, just as their mythology provides the context to better understand how our psychology effects our everyday life.

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Steamed Artichoke with Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

Posted on 4/1/2014 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Yogi Recipes

Recently I’ve started receiving organic produce delivery from Door to Door Organics. It saves me a trip to the grocery store, which is always a good thing! If you live in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York or Delaware, I’d highly consider trying it out.

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The Ritual of Yoga Asana: Making Our Bodies a Temple

Posted on 4/1/2014 by Alanna Kaivalya in Mind Body Connection Asana

Fifteen million Americans practice yoga today. They set foot inside yoga studios, roll out their mats and move to their breath in a ritualized action that lasts usually between 60 - 90 minutes. Whether they practice Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga, Kundalini yoga or another variant of hatha yoga, these students are all participating in a modernized physical form of a millenia-old philosophical technology, which originated in India. Within the last 100 years, yoga’s face has changed dramatically as it has migrated and settled into the west with its modern day practitioners. Its evolution has led to a focus on the physical practice, known as asana, and for many who practice today’s version of yoga, the asana practice has become a powerful ritual in their lives. They honor their practice by carrying around yoga mats, drinking out of water bottles with their favorite studio name on it and wearing yoga pants from the studio out to their social events. The hallmark of the modern day yoga practitioner is that we commonly see the trappings of their practice extending into their lives, but there is a deeper and more elevated result of their practice that also extends its way into their lives, which is that yoga practitioners will commonly achieve an elevated state of mind that allows their ritual to manifest itself as a view of themselves and their life-experience as sacred.

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Millet Buddha Bowl

Posted on 3/25/2014 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse

If you’ve never heard of a “Buddha Bowl,” let me start with a quick explanation. Simply stated, a Buddha Bowl is anything you want to toss into a bowl topped with a “special sauce.” It’s said that the bowl gets its name from the Buddha’s belly, which is packed so full it bulges with goodness.

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6 Reasons to Drink Hot Lemon Water

Posted on 3/18/2014 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Lemon Water Benefits

People often ask us if we could only do one thing for our health everyday what would it be. Now this is a toughie, and we might have a tie for first place, but topping the charts is our favorite morning beverage of choice – hot water with lemon.

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The Devoted Heart

Posted on 3/17/2014 by Kimi Marin in Ganesha Selfless Love Yoga Journey

There is a Hindu myth where Ganesha attends a lavish dinner party hosted by Kubera, the Lord of Wealth. In this story Kubera throws extravagant parties to display his riches. The elephant-headed Ganesha eats the meal and is unsatisfied. Ganesha asks for more, then more and more until Kubera is out of food. Ganesha proceeds to eat the tableware, linens, furniture, and walls. Kubera panics and summons Shiva for help. Shiva satisfies Ganesha with a simple bowl of rice and asks Kubera if he gave the food to impress Ganesha or to selflessly serve him. Kubera truthfully responds he gave the food to flaunt his fortune. Shiva tells Kubera that when we act from ego no one is satisfied. Only when we give with a devoted heart are we, and those we serve, content.

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Discover Your Dosha

Posted on 3/11/2014 by Jessi Andricks in Dosha Quiz Ayurveda

What if the true key to your health was not counting calories, stressing over carbs, or exercising for hours each day? What if the true key to your health was a simple as knowing your body type and how it affects your digestion?

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