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Aquarius New Moon (Monday - 2/8/16) : Manifesting the Magic of our Truth

Posted on 2/2/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Meditate New Moon Alchemical Ritual Aquarius

The new moon is in the sign of Aquarius, the water bearer. Often likened to the figure of Jesus, the water bearer holds similar qualities that shine through the darkness of the new moon. Known for humanitarian efforts, revolutionary thinking, individualism and speaking the truth, the Aquarian energy also finds trouble with being exiled for radical thought, and going into seclusion to avoid skepticism (or, as a result of it!). It is all these qualities that the new moon calls forth from within you. At this time, you must speak the truth about what is most important to you, and walk your own path. For, when you do, you inspire others to do the same. Nothing is more important than starting your own revolution, whether it be quiet or loud, and living the life you are destined for.

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5 Ways to Bring Some Sunshine into Winter

Posted on 1/29/2016 by YogaDownload .com in yoga Vacation Essential Oils Sunshine to Winter Summer Scents Flowers Workout

During the winter months, the opportunity to play outside is limited by shorter days. Some of us are in the office all day and by the time we leave; the sun’s already set. Whether you’re in a brisk climate or a mild one, you may feel stuck inside more than you’d prefer. If you’ve got a case of cabin fever, try one or all of these five simple ideas to infuse some summer sunshine into your day.

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On the Close of Practice

Posted on 1/29/2016 by Adam Hocke in Adam Hocke Namaste Discipline Supportive Breath Practicing Yoga

How I close my yoga practice I don’t ‘om.’ It’s not that I have anything against it; it’s just not part of my secular world view or self-practice. I also don’t say ‘namaste’ – I’m from Florida and grew up saying “hi,” “bye,” and “thank you”, and for me it just doesn’t seem genuine (to me! for other teachers of course it can come from their heart and soul) to adopt someone else’s greeting. But I do treat the close of practice pretty seriously and over the years have refined how I close the practice for myself and for my students in class. This is where it stands lately.

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Matcha Green Tea Latte

Posted on 1/29/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in conscious cleanse Organic Green Tea Latte Health Benefits Lowering Choleseterol

As we’re wrapping up our New Year’s Conscious Cleanse I know I’m not the only one looking forward to reintroducing a beloved, caffeinated beverage into my morning routine.

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Yoga Certification Online: Using Technology to Enable Everyone. A conversation with Alanna Kaivalya

Posted on 1/29/2016 by YogaDownload .com in yoga Online teacher training Student qualifcation Anatomy and Alignment Choosing mentors

One of my core beliefs is that yoga is for everyone. It’s the cornerstone of The Kaivalya Yoga Method. There are a lot of people in the world who are prevented from participating in an in-studio training for many reasons; they live too far away, they have very demanding jobs that don’t let them take an in-studio training at the times they are offered, they’re busy caring for children or relatives. We wanted to be able to bring them a training that would remove the boundaries of distance and scheduling constraints.

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Yoga for Being Snowed In

Posted on 1/27/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Yoga for Being Snowed in YogaDownload Weather Heart Opening Heat Building

Hello from underneath 3 feet of snow! We’re stuck at home. The plows are probably another day or two out. The drifts are so deep that it’s hard to take a few steps beyond the house, let alone get to the yoga studio. This is YogaDownload weather.

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Intuition - Dana Damara

Posted on 1/27/2016 by Dana Damara in Dana Damara Oms From the Heart Oms From the Mat Dream Time

All week I have been playing in the realm of intuitive guidance. In fact, one of my phrases for the year is intuitive guidance. Being open to it, as always, but more than that, actually following it. Really dropping in and listening … intently. Not questioning, not wondering, but actually following through.

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How Meditation Improved My ADD

Posted on 1/27/2016 by Yogi Aaron in yoga Focus ADD Medication Tantra Yoga

Although I have never been tested for Attention Deficit Disorder, I’m confident I would have fallen into that category.

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Green Goddess Soup

Posted on 1/27/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in healthy living Green Goddess Soup Purification Cleansing Coconut Crema

Here we are at the end of the New Year’s Conscious Cleanse! Making it this far is a huge accomplishment and deserves to be celebrated!

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Yoga and Your Hips, Part III

Posted on 1/27/2016 by Jason Crandell in Hamstrings Hips Anjaneyasana Malasana Adductors

These are, hands down, my favorite 15 poses for opening the hips. Creating a balanced, effective hip-opening sequence is simple if you know how the hip muscles are laid out. When you don’t have for a map for their hips, you’re at a higher risk for overstretching your hamstrings and external rotators compared to your hip flexors and adductors. Teachers make this mistake in their sequencing regularly and, as a result, hamstring insertion injuries are one of the most prevalent injuries in modern yoga

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Leo Full Moon 1/23: Lead the Way in the Limelight!

Posted on 1/20/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Teacher Training Leo Full Moon Hermit from the Tarot

The Leo Full Moon is an opportune time to revel in your creativity and play, while ensuring that you make enough time for rest and self-care. As the full moon shines into the qualities of Leo, we are called to reflect on the ways in which we seek the spotlight or take active leadership roles.

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Garlic Caesar Salad

Posted on 1/20/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in Caesar Salad Cashews Romaine Lettuce Salad Dressing Vegan Salad

Who doesn’t love a Caesar Salad? Check out this vegan, gluten-free version and be ready to get your taste buds groovin. This is so delicious, you’ll never miss the ole original. Try it this weekend and let me know what you think in the comment section below. With love and garlic kisses,

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Yoga and Your Hips, Part II

Posted on 1/19/2016 by Jason Crandell in yoga Hamstrings Hips Glutes Hip Flexors

For more than a decade, I’ve quivered at the thought of attending a hip-opening workshop. Having played ice hockey and been a skateboarder for more 15 years, my hips were molten lead that no amount of Pigeon Pose could crack open. Now, 20 years in, I’ve chipped away and breathed steadily enough to be halfway comfortable and mobile in these joints.

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Improve Your Chaturanga

Posted on 1/19/2016 by Adam Hocke in Adam Hocke vinyasa flow technique Chaturanga Dandasana practice techniques

Chaturanga Dandasana is hugely common in vinyasa flow classes and often vilified or blamed for all sorts of injuries. Some of that may be true, especially if done quickly, forcefully, and without any concern for alignment. I prefer to think positively about what chaturanga delivers, although extolling its virtues may fall on deaf ears and tired arms. With sincerity, I believe it is an efficient and effective transition from plank into upward-facing dog, priming the strength of the arms and shoulders to deliver the backbend energetically as well as giving an opportunity for rhythmic breath and movement.

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Discernment

Posted on 1/19/2016 by Dana Damara in Breathing evolution of our soul evolution of our soul internal knowing chi Evolution of our soul Evolution of our soul

How can we possibly discern what is true for us and beneficial for the evolution of our soul when we are bombarded by life? And by bombarded I don’t mean that we’ve lost control some how. I just mean, sometimes life moves at the speed of light and honestly, we start to move at that speed without knowing it and that’s not always the best thing.

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Polish Your Gem: Samskara

Posted on 1/13/2016 by Jennifer Meek in Sankalpa Healthy Habits Habitual Patterns Samskaras Habitual Vidya

Samskaras are impressions imprinted in the mind, created by our life experiences. They form together and create habitual patterns that can be experienced physically, mentally, or emotionally.

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6 Steps for Dealing With Cravings

Posted on 1/12/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in 6 Tips for losing weight craving tips deconstructing cravings sugar cravings stop cravings

Cravings. No one is immune – not even us. They can be challenging, annoying and all consuming.

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I Am Not This Phone

Posted on 1/12/2016 by J. Brown in Yoga Practice Mobile Phones Techonlogy Addiction Internet Small Business Owner

Now that the information superhighway is such a ubiquitous part of our lives, repercussions must be reckoned with. In this time of smartphones and big data, the ancient yogic practice of questioning our identifications needs to include the technologies that have become appendages to our minds and bodies.

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Discipline

Posted on 1/12/2016 by Dana Damara in Discipline Breathing Journey of Yoga Commitment Complete Awareness

Discipline is defined as a branch of knowledge or the practice of training people. I find this interesting as a yoga “teacher,” for a few reasons. One is that that while I am a teacher, I am also only a student. And honestly, the only person I am ever really training is myself.

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Work Smarter: Office Breaks For Your Brain and Body

Posted on 1/6/2016 by Dia Draper in Yoga download Office Breaks Office Breaks Refuel Brain Fuel Office breaks Office breaks

It’s 3pm. You’re brain is fuzzy. It’s getting harder and harder to focus. Your body is sore from sitting. And you just want to make that final push to get that last bit done and then you’ll take a break.

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Sweet n Spicy Pulled Chicken

Posted on 1/4/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in Healthy Eating Chicken dish Organic poultry Buy Locally 100% Organic Comfort Food

If you’ve done the live Conscious Cleanse program with us then undoubtedly you recall Jo’s infamous “chicken breast story.” You may have also picked up that I’m someone who is powered by a plant-based diet, eating the occasional piece of fish here and there when I crave it.

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The Year Yoga Came Home to Roost

Posted on 1/4/2016 by J. Brown in modern yoga yoga body brave new yoga world Yogapreneurs Yoga business mainstream yoga

For the modern yoga world, 2015 was a time of reckoning. The veneer of yoga lifestyle branding dulled further and the un-photoshopped belly continued to garner greater market appeal. Both grassroots and corporate entities that staked claims in the once vast frontier are now scrambling to stay ahead of the digital winds that are shaping the new paradigm.

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Non-Negotiable Brilliance

Posted on 12/31/2015 by Dana Damara in yoga Meditate Daily pranayam Move your body Get into nature Live in 5-D wellness

This past year has provided big shifts for me, and I know (from personal connection) for a lot of you as well. I have witnessed shakedowns, breakdowns, breakthroughs, breakups, epiphanies, and big page-turners. But really, it’s not any different than any other year, now is it?

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Jo and Jules 5 Favorite Hangover Cures

Posted on 12/31/2015 by Conscious Cleanse in Hangover Cure Hydration Refresh Get moving Ginger benefits Recovering from the holidays

Happy New Year’s Eve! Before you put on your party shoes and head out to ring in the New Year, let’s talk about doing a little prep work for tomorrow. We’re talking hangovers…ahem…and how to beat them!

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Vegan Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Posted on 12/28/2015 by Jessica Wyman in Pumpkin Pumpkin Puree Cinnamon Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

If you ask me, it’s always pumpkin season. Thank goodness for canned pumpkin! To avoid all the extra stuff in the store bought or coffee shop smoothies or pumpkin lattes – I like to whip something up at home and know exactly what is in one of my favorite pumpkin treats.

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Sankalpa - Spiritually Aligning for the New Year

Posted on 12/28/2015 by Kristin Magill Gibowicz in yoga Sankalpa Yoga Practice Spiritually Aligned Sankalpa Flow

In the latter part of December, I found myself completely underwhelmed in yoga class as another teacher themed on the trials and tribulations of holiday stress. I'm talking about the self-induced stress from busyness, not true emotional strife due to current or past, uncontrollable circumstances magnified around this time of year. We bowed our heads in child’s pose commiserating over our burdened schedules, practiced twisting postures to detox from the holiday parties the weekend prior, and were asked to put our “to-do” Christmas lists aside for the hour.

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Winter Solstice Reflection

Posted on 12/28/2015 by Ashley Josephine in New Years Inspiration yoga Winter Solstice Reflection New Years

Happy Winter Solstice! I love celebrating the solstices and equinoxes as they represent light and new beginnings. There is innate wisdom in nature and I think we human beings can look to nature to find more peace and happiness in our lives.

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On the Daily Slog

Posted on 12/21/2015 by Adam Hocke in yoga Vinyasa Practice Energy Diary Discipline Adam Hocke

You are not one big backbend away from enlightenment. I hate to break it to you, but it is really the unglamorous work of getting up a bit earlier to do a daily practice, most of which probably isn’t instagram-worthy, that will keep you sane and healthy. It’s the accumulation of consistent practice over months and years that puts you on a path towards joy and freedom and not just one rockin’ class with a Coldplay soundtrack. If the experience of subtle energetics is part of your practice, then of course big poses have the possibility to connect you to transcendental states. But they can equally throw you off balance and out of the continual practice of balancing the energies that compose your physical, emotional, and spiritual states.

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BBQ Pork Chili and Baked Sweet Potato + Real Life Meal Planning Madness

Posted on 12/21/2015 by Jessica Wyman in Sweet Potatoes BBQ Pork Chili Meal Planning Farmer's Market

I wish I was a better meal planner. I’m great at food prep, but I must admit that I never do it with specific meals and menus in mind. I go to the farmers market or the supermarket and purchase what is in season or on sale. Then I build meals on the fly around those foods.

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YES

Posted on 12/21/2015 by Dana Damara in yoga Focus Winter Solstice Northern Hemisphere

Winter Solstice I love this time of the year. Which seems off because I am, by nature, a very fiery, sand-loving, ocean-adoring, sun-bathing type of woman. I enjoy wearing flip-flops, bathing suits, and barely enough clothes to cover my body. Truth be told, in the midst of the cold weather months, I have yearned for the Southern Hemisphere.

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