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Tune Out the Noise and Tune into Yourself

Posted on 2/21/2017 by Yoga Download in Connection Tune In Self Care Unplug

Do you pride yourself on your ability to juggle several balls in the air at once? If you’re dispersing your energy by multi-tasking, by being glued to your smartphone, by working overtime for your career, your family, and your friends, you’re going to burn out. When all your energy goes outward without the requisite focus on recharging your inner light, disconnection results.

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One Seriously Wholesome Lunch

Posted on 2/20/2017 by Corinne Marabel in Nourishment Vegan Healthy and Happy AVeganKitchen Wholesome Eating

This post will be a savory one, and its a damn good savory one at that. I hadn't planned on posting this recipe on my blog, in fact I didn't even know what this dish was going to turn out like until it was finished. I decided this morning, it was time to give myself a bit of a cleanse (and no I'm not talking about a juice cleanse, fasting, or anything like that). Rather it's purely about filling my body with really great wholesome food, cutting out refined sugars, reducing the amount of processed food I eat, drinking a heap of water, and getting enough sleep.

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Quick Ways to Incorporate Yoga Into Your Daily Life

Posted on 2/20/2017 by Cassie Brewer in Yoga Practice benefits of yoga Daily Grind Tips for Healthy Living Personal Routine

It is widely known that yoga helps us conquer a long list of health benefits. Yoga eases anxiety and relieves symptoms of depression. It helps with back and neck pain and it reduces stress levels; it helps us be more in the moment and so much more. Despite knowing that yoga is good for us, it can still be hard for us to do yoga, especially when we have an already overpacked schedule. You don’t need a full hour to incorporate this exercise into your daily routine, however, and the following tips will show how you can do yoga every day, no matter how busy you are.

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A Detox Guide to Get You Through Winter

Posted on 2/20/2017 by Audrey Throne in mindful eating Detoxify Seasonal Changes Winter Detox Guide 100% Organic Healthy and Happy Harness Personal Power

A growing hyperbole around the visible and miraculous benefits of detoxification has many of us reaching for cooling juices even in the dead of winter's cold, resulting in ailments and plummeting energy levels. Each season has unique impacts on the human body, which in many ways resembles their distinct impacts on the overall environment. For example, the blooming spring season replenishes our vitality; summer fires up our energy levels, fall gently subdues our bodily functions and winter cascades them to a near halt to ensure survival.

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Bieler’s Broth

Posted on 2/15/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse detox Good Winter Soup Purification Reset Food as Medicine

The soup we’re sharing today is a not your average soup. We call it a Supersoup (as well as lawn mower pulp), and it’s one of the soups we most recommend during Purification. During our 14-day cleanse, we have two weekends (or two other consecutive days of your choice) where we offer a deeper cleansing process. During this time, we encourage lots of rest and relaxation, and we only take in vegetables and fruits, with no more than 2 tablespoons of oil each day.

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Top 5 Tips for Choosing (and Offering) the Best Yoga Teacher Training

Posted on 2/15/2017 by Shy Sayar in Yoga Teacher Training Anatomy Philosophy of Yoga Deepen Your Yoga Practice Shy Sayar

Since I sold my Yoga One studios in California back in 2015, I've been focusing more on my personal studies, especially in Dharma, meditation and Ayurveda. In fact, I have not offered a single Tantravaya 200 Hour training in all of 2016, after directing at least a couple each year for nearly a decade. So during this time I have been asked the same question from students around the world: which training should I pick?

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Ayurveda: Finding Balance

Posted on 2/14/2017 by Yoga Download in Ayurveda Vata Kapha Doshas PItta

Ayurveda is a complex discipline based upon Vedic spiritual tradition, and is a powerful system of mind-body health. Learning to work with its principles will aid you in maintaining vibrant health or in achieving health if you are in a state of dis-ease. This sister science of yoga integrates beautifully with your asana, pranayama and meditation practices.

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Remedies For Cold Weather

Posted on 2/14/2017 by Lindsay Nova in self-care Practice Ritual Winter Detox Guide Winter Remedies Mindfulness detox Deep Breathing Meditation

By now, winter has long been settled into many parts of the world bringing colder temperatures. Winter can be hard on the body as it works overtime to keep your body warm and you may find yourself craving hibernation. Do you ever find your energy levels lower during the winter? Or do you always catch a dreaded cold every winter? You may be wondering how you can stay healthy to promote more energy, boost your immune system to fight sluggish energy and beat the winter blues so that you're ready to fling into spring.

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Take Care of Yourself

Posted on 2/14/2017 by Ashley Josephine in Ashley Josephine Self-Love Compassion Yoga Practice Practice of Seeking Be Human

Some people have told me not to talk about it. That it’s my place as a yoga instructor to spread peace and harmony. That my message must be about love and fairies. That I must ignore reality. That’s not yoga at all. That’s a continuation of the mess that got us here in the first place. Yeah, I get it. We’re all sick of it. There’s a lot of anger and resentment and fear. Encouraging people to escape to yoga is a disservice to students.

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Prison Yoga from San Quentin:
Free Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Posted on 2/8/2017 by Eric Paskel in yoga San Quentin Eric Paskel Prison Finding Freedom

Eric Paskel teaches yoga to inmates at San Quentin, creating a “prison break” without ever leaving the prison. It was not a hard sell when my teacher, Swami Parthasarathy, told me during one of our first meetings, “The whole world is a prison, and your only job in life is to get the hell out.”

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Peppermint Chia Bites

Posted on 2/7/2017 by Candace Moore in Healthy Snacks Valentines Day Candace Moore Peppermint Chia Bites Protein

One of the things I love most about my mom is that she was never one to follow a recipe. If she didn't have a particular ingredient that a recipe called for, she'd sub for something similar, get creative and put her own little twist on it by adding a completely unrelated ingredient or just skip it. There were definitely some duds in the mix but more often than not, she came up with some awesome dishes.

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4 Classes to Get You Ready for Love

Posted on 2/7/2017 by Yoga Download in Self-Love Yoga Inspiration Love-themed Yoga

Roses, chocolates and teddy bears aside, you don't need another person to validate love this Valentine’s Day (though we’ll take the box of chocolates). Today, we challenge you to roll out your mat and write a love letter to yourself. Take fifteen minutes to celebrate everything that makes you whole, even the messy parts. Write them down and see them for what they are: regular human qualities worthy of love. Then, through today’s asana practice, celebrate that self-understanding. Embrace your shaking legs, sweaty mat and experience the fullness of who you are.

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Anxiety Taught Me These Life Lessons

Posted on 2/6/2017 by Jessica Thiefels in Benefits of Meditation Anxiety Yoga Practice How to Deal with Anxiety Mindfulness Remember to Breathe

I’ve had anxiety since college and have been lucky enough to use therapy as a tool for managing it. As such, I’ve learned a lot about how anxiety manifests in my life and how to recognize as well as soothe it.

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Intentional Practice: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Want from Yoga

Posted on 2/6/2017 by Jesse Silkoff in Intentions Mindfulness Benefits of Meditation Sankalpa Practice of Seeking Live with Authenticity Self-Love Gift of Yoga

In our day-to-day lives, it’s all too easy to get caught up in what others want for us. Well-meaning or not, these “other voices” can stick in your head, and if you’re not careful, you won’t be able to recognize your own, at least not as readily. By now you probably know that yoga is about the process of listening to your wisest self. It starts by hearing our bodies— hearing the knee that is out of alignment, stopping yourself from forcing a joint that just won’t bend that way. But eventually, that act gives way to a deeper listening, one where you can hear your own, deepest wants.

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Full Moon & Eclipse in Leo (02/10/17) — Make Manifest Your Magic and Mystery!

Posted on 2/2/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Consciousness Leo Full Moon Alchemical Ritual Element of Fire Kapalabhati

The full moon and lunar eclipse in Leo on February 10th, 2017, is the culmination of the powerful eclipse energy from September of 2016. If you look back over the last five months, surely you see tremendous transformation and shifts to the status quo that come to a peak with this exciting lunar eclipse. Eclipse energy usually lasts for around 6 months, as it’s the reflection of our unconscious and unconscious drives and gives us a chance to reset and renew the emotional contents of the previous six months. This is an opportune time to recalibrate your inner and outer relationships, and make sure that what you put out to the world comes from an authentic place within you, as the effects of this eclipse last through the next eclipse cycle in August.

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Cauliflower “Buffalo” Hummus

Posted on 2/1/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse 80:20 recipe 80:20 Conscious Cocktails Healthy Lifestyle 80:20 Cauliflower Hummus Paleo Snack

Let’s face it. Nothing says Super Bowl like chicken wings and cheese dip. But if you want to beat the bloat and the hangover on Monday morning, stick with us. When it comes to healthy Super Bowl snacks, we’ve got you covered!

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Essential Sequence: Quick Hip Openers

Posted on 1/31/2017 by Jason Crandell in Asana Happy Hip Stetches Jason Crandell Essential Sequence Deepen Your Yoga Practice Hip Openers

This sequence focuses on stretching the muscles around the whole circumference of the hip joint. It’s great for relieving tension that can accumulate from long periods of sitting or standing and it’s also incredibly grounding. I like to do it after traveling or just at the end of a long, intense day. Spend 5-10 breaths in each pose (or longer if you’d like) and do both sides before moving to the next pose.

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Flow Out of Autopilot

Posted on 1/31/2017 by Yoga Download in Yoga Inspiration Autopilot Consciousness Yoga For Skiers Yoga for Snowboarders Mindfulness

Are you awake? Or, are you going through the motions without really paying attention? Sleepwalking through life? When’s the last time you took the time to assess where your time and energy are flowing? Or not flowing, as the case may be.

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5 Ways to a Drama-Free Life

Posted on 1/31/2017 by Valentina Rose in Valentina Rose Yoga Lifestyle Drama-Free Life Tips for Healthy Living Stress-Free Mind Over Matter

Do you know that peaceful feeling you get from being around someone who is calm and isn’t bothered by a thing? Who doesn’t sweat the small stuff? I love me some drama-free people. People who don’t take themselves too seriously, stay calm, don’t freak out, who speak less, reflect more, and use some good ol’ common sense. If you know what I’m taking about, You have experienced the drama free-zone.

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The New Discipline of Yoga

Posted on 1/30/2017 by Adam Hocke in Adam Hocke Yoga Practice Discipline New Discipline of Yoga Clarity Intention commitments

What is discipline, really? Discipline is a tricky little devil. Ideally, it can be the fire that gets us on the mat so that we can strip away the illusions and misidentifications that cause us to suffer. As Iyengar explains, “wood must be heated to ignite it and bring out the hidden fire within.” Not so ideally, it can also be a confusing agent of self-hatred and punishment. When we commit ourselves to a disciplined daily practice (and since there is no need to preach to the converted, we know this has benefits) we can also be mistakenly committing ourselves to a desire to achieve aesthetically based fitness goals and an addiction to the ability to perform complicated party-trick asana. When I miss a practice or feel that I’ve just sort of lazily stretched for an hour, a niggle in the back of my mind warns that perhaps I’ll soon slip back into adolescent pudginess and its maelstrom of related emotional entanglements if I don’t step up and get myself back into shape. I have to remember that there is a balance of health to be maintained between body, mind, and heart – which of course are fundamentally intertwined – while on the sometimes difficult and circuitous path of yoga. A path that we hope leads us through a life liberated from cycles of suffering.

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Curb Your Anxiety and Get Off that Couch

Posted on 1/26/2017 by Sarah Biel in Benefits of Meditation Anxiety Yoga Practice Yoga for Stress How to Deal with Anxiety Yoga for Being Snowed i

A sedentary person also termed a couch potato, is someone that leads a lifestyle with irregular or no physical activity. Couch potato's spend most of their day sitting watching TV, working on a computer, reading or playing video games. Excessive sitting contributes to many chronic health issues including anxiety and preventable causes of death.

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Beginner Yoga 101

Posted on 1/26/2017 by Yoga Download in Yoga for Beginners Beginner Yoga 101

You’ve been talking about yoga for years. You’re going to try it. Soon. Tomorrow. Next week. But, you’re too busy, too tired, too inflexible…fill in the blank. Maybe you are scared of yoga—that you won’t be good at it, that everyone will laugh at you in the back of class trying to figure out what in the world is happening.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Mash

Posted on 1/25/2017 by Maddie Berky in healthy recipes Healthy and Happy Maddie Berky Roasted Butternut Squash

So this recipe is freaking awesome. I totally don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but I was rather ambivalent when constructing it, and thus my mind was blown when I actually tasted it. Granted, I realize that I could be setting myself up for failure here, as you now have extremely high expectations, and when juxtaposed to my low expectations, who knows where your reaction will end up landing. It doesn’t matter though, because this recipe is yummy no matter your expectations, AND it’s the perfect intro to fall dish, AND it’s super easy, AND it can be sweet or savory. I’m calling this a win.

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Pranayama Ninja

Posted on 1/23/2017 by Andrea Ferretti in Pranayama Deep Breathing Ground Down Yoga Practice Andrea Ferretti

I’m going to share something straight-up and simple that’s transpiring for me lately. Here goes: As the working mom of a preschooler with a husband who travels constantly, I can say that unequivocally, it’s my practice that keeps me sane and balanced. (Can I get an “Amen!”)

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Live Your Dream, Be the Change

Posted on 1/18/2017 by YogaDownload .com in Dream Big Freedom YogaDownload.com Inspiration Samskaras Featured Classes Martin Luther King JR

This week we celebrate freedom and the right to live the lives of our dreams. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an incredible inspiration for all of us, as exemplified in his iconic “I have a dream” speech. His courage and bravery to fight for the rights of all people resonates today and for all time.

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Featured Pose: Salamba Sarvangasana or Shoulderstand

Posted on 1/18/2017 by YogaDownload .com in Life Balance Combat fatigue YogaDownload.com Inversions Featured Pose Energizing Poses Shoulderstand Poses to Help Depression

Known as the “queen” of all yoga postures, Shoulderstand is packed with healing and restorative benefits for your mind, body and spirit.  Shoulderstand is indeed the queen, or mother of asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and balance in the home, this asana strives for harmony and balance in the human system. It can be seen as a panacea for most common ailments. In Sanskrit, Sarva means “all” or “entire” and Anga means “organ” or “body part.” Translated, it means “full body pose” because of all of the many benefits for the entire body.

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Spiced Pear Loaf

Posted on 1/17/2017 by Corinne Marabel in healthy breakfast ideas Spiced Pear Healthy and Happy AVeganKitchen Easy Recipes

After logging on to write this post, I was awakened to the very sad reality which is that it has been over 2 months since I have posted anything - I'm terrible, I know. However, I firmly believe that this recipe will cause you all to forgive my lack of dedication of late, due to it being undeniably delicious.

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Personal Essay: How Anxiety Made Me a Kinder Person

Posted on 1/16/2017 by Felice Schlizerman in Anxiety Be Kind Candace Moore 1001Knits How to Deal with Anxiety

I recently received an e-mail for a personal essays project. I was so excited that I responded with my pitch: “I was thinking about writing about how my anxiety has made me a kinder person. While I can't always control how I feel, It makes me think twice about other people and the struggles they might be going through.” I was so glad when I heard back that I would be able to share my experience, but now comes the tough part, writing this. So here goes nothing.

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Essential Sequence: Wake Up And Flow

Posted on 1/16/2017 by Jason Crandell in Jason Crandell Essential Sequence Wake Up and Flow Yoga Practice Energizing Poses

Full disclaimer: when it comes to the morning, I’m a coffee first kind of guy. Yoga is a close second. But, it’s second nonetheless. It wasn’t always this way, but nothing is permanent. So, if you’re like me and you prefer some liquid inspiration to get yourself on the mat first thing, don’t judge yourself. Once you’re ready, here’s a solid, get-up-and-go practice.

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5 Easy Ways To Transition to a Vegan Lifestyle

Posted on 1/11/2017 by Tara Augustine in New Years Vegan Transition Tara Augustine Vegan Lifestyle

Raw, vegetarian, 80/10/10, paleo, pescetarian- call it what you want, it seems there’s always a new diet to jump on board with that will ‘change your life.’ These innovative ways to eat have revolutionized the way that we live. From sourcing our ingredients locally, choosing organic or abstaining from meat, every day we make a choice about what to put in our bodies regardless of the label.

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