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Be Here Now

Posted on 8/23/2016 by Ross O'Brien in Meditation Be Present Fearless Be Here Now Subtle Provocations

Why do I feel this sense of urgency? I feel it all the time. I feel it the morning when I first wake up. I feel it while I am doing my work. I feel it while I am driving, walking and riding my bike. I feel it when I am on my yoga mat. I feel it in meditation. I feel it now as I write these words: write faster, finish writing sooner, move on to the next thing you have to do today. 

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To Lengthen and Strengthen in Yoga

Posted on 8/23/2016 by Valentina Rose in Strength Alignment tendons Flexibility Inhibitions Ligaments Valentina Rose

My journey in yoga lately has been leading me to throughly analyze the way postures work. In other words, alignment. Lately I’ve been asking myself: what is the balance between strength and flexibility? Does a body party or muscle group need to be strong in order to be flexible?

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Minty Green Tea Cooler

Posted on 8/22/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in Andrea Ferretti Green Tea Summer Recipe Minty Green Tea Cooler Catechins Vitamin C Health Benefits of Green Tea

It’s safe to say I’m green-tea obsessed. It hold promise for many different types of health benefits (including cancer prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention) and there are so many varieties and delicious blends that I never grow tired of it. Since reading David Servan-Schreiber’s book Anti-Cancer, I try to drink it regularly, so I’m often experimenting with different recipes. This one is my current favorite summer iced tea. It requires some prep, but you can make a big batch and drink it over the course of a few days.

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Cooling Practices to Beat the Heat

Posted on 8/22/2016 by YogaDownload .com in balance Ayurveda Doshas Stay Cool Beat the Heat PItta

Summer is winding down and as the season starts to shift, it’s a perfect time to integrate some more calming practices to not only beat the last hot days of summer, but also to remind ourselves how important it is to chill out in our busy, high-tech world. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, offers advice on how we can acclimate to the heat and balance it out through both diet and our asana, pranayama and meditation practices. When we align ourselves with nature, we learn to live in balance no matter what’s happening externally or internally. Without launching a dissertation on Ayurvedic principles, we’ll give you the quick basics on how Pitta energy can be exacerbated in the summer and provide some practices that will help you stay calm, cool, and collected no matter how steamy it gets.

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Featured Pose: Warrior II

Posted on 8/18/2016 by Claire Petretti-Marti in Featured Pose Warrior 2 Virabhadrasana II Alignment Yoga Practice Claire Petretti-Marti Positive Energy

Practice our Featured Pose of the month, Warrior II, to fuel your flow. Warrior II / Virabhadrasana II symbolizes strength and victory.

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Lemon Blueberry Smoothie

Posted on 8/16/2016 by Conscious Cleanse

It’s International Green Smoothie Day today (August 15) and we’re celebrating with a new low sugar green smoothie recipe.

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Jump Into the Flow and Let That Shit Go!

Posted on 8/15/2016 by YogaDownload .com in benefits of yoga Practice Samskaras Featured Pose Positive Energy Virabhadrasna II Power Vinyasa Class

One of the most powerful benefits of practicing yoga is that it creates space for you to work through negative emotions and the drama that might be weighing like an anvil on your shoulders. We all have samskaras or karmic tendencies and energy patterns and often we can get stuck in obsessing about the same few thoughts. Over and over again. Usually the thoughts that hold us back—you know those with self-doubt and self-pity? By practicing yoga with an emphasis on flow, vibration, dissolution, you can fire up your tapas and alchemize all that sh*t into positive energy.

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Wild Salmon Mason Jar Salad

Posted on 8/10/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse wild salmon Omega 3 Mason Jar Salads Whole Food Diet

One of the biggest hurdles we hear about from Conscious Cleansers (our next cleanse starts Sept. 7.) is that they don’t have time for meal prep! Well, today we have another time-saving recipe for you – A lunch that you can toss together in under 15 minutes! Going to the Whole Foods salad bar takes longer than that!

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Aquarius Full Moon (8/18/16): Be the Force for Change In The World

Posted on 8/10/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Aquarius Full Moon Speak Truth Be The Change

Are you ready to highlight your humanitarian efforts during this full moon in Aquarius? Good, because the world needs it. This is a time to shed whatever is holding you back from speaking your truth, particularly about how things need to shift. Each of us has our own way in which we can be the change we wish to see in our world. There is no singular effort, no one goal that needs to be accomplished right now; all efforts and all goals are equally important. While each of us has our soap box, so to speak, it is now that we need to stand upon it and clear the way for positive change. 

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Step Forward

Posted on 8/9/2016 by Ashley Josephine in Downward facing Dog Ashley Josephine Fearless challenges Step Forward Transition

When I was little, my sister and I came up with this game that we would play whenever we would go to the ocean (once a year). We would be so excited to get our feet in the sand and our toes wet that we couldn’t wait to put on a bathing suit. Fresh from a 12-hour car ride, we’d run down to the beach, still in our clothes, roll up our shorts even shorter and feel the waves crashing on our feet. Then, we would challenge each other by declaring in delight “Step farther!” and each of us would have to take a giant step forward into the ocean. Whoever chickened out first because they were afraid to get waved on lost. We would giggle and scream and then start all over again to see how far we could get into the ocean without getting scared.

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Victorious is Glorious! Carpe Diem!

Posted on 8/8/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Yoga Journey yoga for athletes Carpe Diem Be Present

We don’t know about you, but we find watching the Olympics to be an incredibly inspiring experience. Seeing the athletes who have dedicated their lives, sacrificed so much for the opportunity to compete at the highest level on the globe have the opportunity to shine is powerful. Are the Olympics just about being the best? Winning the gold at all costs? Is it about the outcome? Or, is it more than that? Is it truly about the journey?

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Setting Sankalpa

Posted on 8/3/2016 by Elizabeth Anne in Manifestation Sankalpa Yoga Inspiration Determination Goal-Setting

I was first introduced to the sankalpa during my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program during a Yoga Nidra practice. This practice forever changed the trajectory of my life. By listening to my teacher guide me into a state between consciousness and unconsciousness, I was able to create my sankalpa by crystallizing what my heart’s true desire was and begin to allow it to manifest and unfold in my life.

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New Moon in Leo (8/2/16): Learning to Let Your Little Light Shine

Posted on 8/2/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya New Moon Alchemical Ritual Leo New moon Loyalty Astrological Reading

The new moon in Leo invites us to move into the spotlight with laughter and exuberance. If there was ever a time to shine, it is now. Leo’s regal qualities are highlighted right now, encouraging us to laugh freely, commune with friends and take advantage of all opportunities to revel in the attention of others. Imagine sitting at the high table with those you love on either side, and an audience of adorers willing to listen…what would you say? How would you communicate your love? This is happening now, and so you must bring your message of loyalty and love to the world.

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Strawberry Basil Smoothies

Posted on 8/2/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Eat Whole Foods Gluten-Free 80:20 Smoothie Strawberry-Basil Smoothie

Summer fun catching up with you? Even though we’re a month away from our next online Conscious Cleanse, it feels good to hit the reset button from time to time, especially during summer when there are just so many fun trips, activities, and gatherings to enjoy!

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Gold Medal Classes for Your Home Practice

Posted on 8/2/2016 by YogaDownload .com in goals Manifest Yoga Practice Commitment Global Athletes Yoga Games home practice Gold Medal Classes

With the world’s drishti turned to Rio this week, we’ve been asking ourselves, what if yoga were a global competitive sporting event? Yogis would be judged in categories like compassion, presence and breath - they would be judged on their non-judgment. Yoga will likely never join the 28 sports that earn gold medals (and if they did what version of yoga would that be?), but with over 36 million Americans practicing everyday, we still feel a patriot-like sense of pride and community. Many global athletes embrace a yoga practice to enhance their athletic performance. In addition to physical conditioning and strength training, yoga helps build mental agility – in short, it connects brain and brawn for a higher purpose.

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Essential Sequence: Evening Wind Down

Posted on 7/25/2016 by Jason Crandell in Restorative Yoga Hamstrings Happy Hip Stetches Jason Crandell Stretch Shoulders Yoga Sequence Winding Down

I’ve spent many an evening, after a long, hard day doing these poses in our living room while family life happens around me. That might mean that my daughter is jumping on me, or that there’s an occasional sports newscast on in the background. My evening wind down practice isn’t pristine (and yours doesn’t have to be either), but I still find it incredibly helpful to spend a few minutes on self-care in the evening. It provides a buffer zone that helps me relax so that when it’s time for sleep, my mind isn’t buzzing and my body isn’t calling out for more attention.

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Peach Crumble Bars

Posted on 7/25/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse 80:20 recipe Gluten-Free Whole Foods Cleanse Peach Crumble seasonal produce

It’s peach season and that means it’s time for peach pies, peach cobbler, and peach green smoothies! Tis’ the season for PEACHES and as you can tell, we can’t get enough of them. Today we’re adding to our peach repertoire with these delicious Peach Crumble Bars.

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Move Your Asana at the Office

Posted on 7/25/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Combat Work Stress Stretch Yoga you can do at work Seated Yoga Office Yoga Classes

You began your workday with the best of intentions. Quite virtuous intentions, actually. But, your job is hectic and deadlines loom. Despite planning on attending a yoga class at the studio down the street or even in your office wellness center, you find yourself trapped at your desk working overtime. Again. If this happens to you on a regular basis, don’t despair. You can squeeze in time for yoga at the office, even if it’s at your desk with no sticky mat or stretchy pants in sight.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Posted on 7/19/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse 80:20 recipe cold soup gazpacho Summer Recipe

We’re officially in the dog days of summer and even though summer doesn’t typically scream “soup!” this recipe – which is straight out of our book, will make you think otherwise! Gazpacho isn’t just any soup, it’s a soup that is traditionally made of raw vegetables and served cold, making it absolutely perfect for summertime.

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Deepening My Practice with The Kaivalya Yoga Method

Posted on 7/19/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Alanna Kaivalya YogaDownload.com Journey of Yoga Online teacher training The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Training

Dear fellow yogis, When I started the The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Training with YogaDownload.com in January 2016, I had no idea or conception of what the ride would be like.  Wow, that was a training above all trainings imaginable!  It certainly took lots of energy, effort, focus, and strong perseverance! I found the beginning modules more challenging for me personally, and as I continued on, I felt like I was opening up a genie (a.k.a. Alanna Kaivalya) bottle that I found on the beach. And, out of the genie bottle continued to arise more and more intrigue, more and more heartfelt information, more and more myths and depth.

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Sutra Yourself: New Classes for Yoga's Core Teachings

Posted on 7/18/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Yoga Sutras Yoga Teacher Training Alanna Kaivalya The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Training YogaDownload.com

Hello from YogaDownload! We have 4 exclusive new classes to share with you, going back to the core teachings of yoga. The 2000 year-old Sutras (Sanskrit for “threads”) are timeless truisms that brings you closer to your practice. The classes are all offered by the same teacher – and you need to meet this person. She gives us butterflies. Everyone from Ana Forest to Rodney Yee to Yoga Journal has sung her praises. Her books are bestsellers, her workshops sell out all over the world and millions of people adore her music. She is a true yoga scholar, an expert on the sutras, mythology, the anatomy of the body and the creative expression of the practice.

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The Foundation of Yoga Sutras

Posted on 7/18/2016 by Ashley Josephine in Yoga Sutras Ashley Josephine Philosophy of Yoga Kriya Ashtanga Samyama

I recently graduated from my 500-hour advanced teacher training. The experience was an intense and deep study not just of yoga but also of myself and my relationship with yoga. As I’ve shared with some of you in my classes, it seems that we are always just beginning our journey – the moment we identify an end-goal is the moment we stray from the very path that will help us achieve it. Some of you have encouraged me to share some of what I wrote in my lengthy 7,600+ word final exam essays. As I went back and reviewed what I wrote, I found the perfect piece to share with you today. There are so many times I reference the Yoga Sutras in my blog posts, but I’ve never really talked through them in a full dedicated post, so now is the time!

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Gluten Free Chewy Millet & Molasses Granola

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Maddie Berky in healthy breakfast ideas Gluten-Free Clean Eating Granola

Sometimes life is about a collection of details. Flecks of gorgeous sprinkled throughout the day. We can get lost in the macro of things, and we miss it. It being the details. It being the smell of cinnamon and honey that lingers on your skin after making granola. It being that surprising crunch of millet between your teeth even though you know it’s there, even though you know it’ll be crunchy. It being the magic of creation. The magic of watching ingredients meld together into something unique, something yours. It being the connection with your food, the connection with your body, the connection with the world.

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Capricorn Full Moon (7/19/16) - Manifesting Real Meaning In Our Life

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Capricorn Full Moon Healing Energy Invocation

Capricorn, the wise elder, gets the full light of the moon this month, bringing awareness to our level of maturity, commitment to discipline, being overworked and developing strategies for our career or lifestyle. The energy of Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and so there is constant pressure to get work done and work the plans we’ve crafted. On the low side, however, this pressure leads to workaholism and forgetting the human element in our endeavors. Capricorn can be cold and ruthless when it comes to achieving its goal. The light of this full moon gives us a clearer vision to understand who, why and what we are working for at this time. If our goals have become trivial, materialistic or narrow minded, this is a good time to broaden our view and reintroduce meaning back into our life’s work.

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A Case for the Morning Workout

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Glenn Dickstein in benefits of yoga Workout Morning Routine Glenn Dickstein

Any time you can get to the gym is great. However, some times may have more benefits than others. Below are four reasons why exercising in the morning may be the best.

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Twist and Turns in Yoga

Posted on 7/12/2016 by Claire Petretti-Marti in benefits of yoga Claire Petretti-Marti Twists Featured Pose

When you’re practicing yoga, do you ever wonder why you’re doing a particular asana or pose? Why the teacher emphasizes alignment in a particular way? What the benefits are?

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A New Take on Twists

Posted on 7/11/2016 by Jason Crandell in Jason Crandell Twists Parivrtta Trikonasana Parivrtta Utkatasana Revolved Chair Pose

Spring has sprung and all throughout yogaland, studios are hosting “detox flow” workshops that emphasize deep twists and side bends. And, no doubt, the vast majority of these workshops will declare that you need to keep your pelvis “stable” when you twist in order to keep your lower back and sacroiliac joints safe. Although the word “stable” in this context is slightly misleading, teachers are trying to keep their students from turning their pelvis when they rotate their spine. This is the way I taught twists for over 15 years — adamantly no less.

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The Foundation of Vinyasa Yoga

Posted on 7/6/2016 by Alberto Güitrón in Strength Vinyasa Practice Yoga Foundation of Flexbility Alberto Güitrón

Vinyasa Yoga is one of the most practiced styles worldwide, indeed, according to a survey by the Yoga Journal, it is the most popular style amongst yogis. So, why is it that there seems to be some confusion about what Vinyasa is? Is it a style? A sequence? Or is it just a technique? And what exactly does it mean when a teacher says “take a Vinyasa”?

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The Core Of Who You Are: Connect to Muladhara Chakra

Posted on 7/6/2016 by Jenna Davi in Foundation Strong Core Self-Practice Muladhara Chakra Jenna Davi

There is so much pressure to get into the best schools in order to receive the highest education. We work ourselves into exhaustion so we can make as much money as possible to pay off school debts and afford luxurious homes. These supposed paths of lives are followed in the hopes of “enjoying” ourselves on the weekends but deny ourselves activities that truly make us happy. In fact, most people are so stressed from the pressures of achievement that they are still thinking of work on their time off and can’t find enjoyment because the mind is so distracted with the pressure and stress of having to be ‘successful’. That sounds like a trap we blindly walk into. And for the majority, it looks like that trap has been accepted.

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5 Reasons Everyone Needs Yoga

Posted on 7/6/2016 by Aimee Hughes in Awareness benefits of yoga Aimee Hughes N.D. Yoga Practice Healthy and Happy

It’s estimated that about 9% of the American population practices yoga. Most of them are women, but the practices is slowly gaining popularity with the male species among us as the yogic path becomes more and more necessary to live a full and balanced life in these stressful modern day times. But shouldn’t everyone be practicing yoga? Here are 5 compelling reasons why the 9% should become 100%!

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