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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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Guide For Your First Yoga Retreat (infographic)

Posted on 1/11/2017 by Flora Lafage in Guide for Your First Yoga Retreat BookYogaRetreats Travel Yoga Infographic Deepen Your Yoga Practice

A yoga retreat provides the perfect health and wellness balance to travel the world, eat delicious food and deepen your yoga practice. 62% of 36 million of American practitioners of all levels have the desire to go on a yoga holiday, reports the 2016 Yoga Journal study.

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How To Create Your Success Story

Posted on 1/10/2017 by YogaDownload .com in Intentions Life Balance Priorities YogaDownload.com Featured Classes How To Create Your Success Story

What does success mean to you? How do you align your values, your intentions, and your priorities to achieve the life of your dreams while being your authentic self? To create success with a yogic mindset, try meditation to clear your mind and allow your deepest dreams and desires to rise to the surface. Rather than focusing on the object of your desire, meditate to quiet the chatter in your mind and surrender to the process of discovering your true intentions and dreams. Are they personal? professional? health-related? We’re all different and at any given time, certain areas of our life shift to the forefront.

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Why You Don't Need a Guru

Posted on 1/10/2017 by Ashley Josephine in Ashley Josephine Why You Don't Need a Guru Practice of Yoga What Yoga Teaches Us Guidance Intuition

For many years, the practice of yoga was learned by dedicated students taught by their guru. Students learned yoga from one teacher or lineage and then either taught those same teachings or continued to study and live life. Today, when we read texts about how to learn yoga, you will always find a statement about the importance of finding a teacher. Presented as fact, this statement leads aspiring yoga practitioners to believe they indeed need to find their “guru.” An ideal of the guru is romanticized and categorized in the minds of many as an “if-then” statement — if I find a guru, then I will become enlightened. The problem with this dichotomy is that the student becomes disempowered by the notion that she can never find success on her own. Students are unable to progress in the true practice of yoga when this idea of the guru guiding practice becomes all-encompassing.

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Zucchini Noodles with Perfect Pesto

Posted on 1/10/2017 by Andrea Ferretti in Zucchini Noodles Andrea Ferretti Vegan Healthy and Happy Pesto Easy Recipe

I'm going to take you back to an Italian-American family on the east coast (mine) in the 1980s…those were the days when carbs where king and fat was the enemy. What did we eat back in those days? Do you remember the nation’s obsession with Snackwells and pasta? Well, we ate lots and lots of pasta.

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Forget Your Habits! (The Power of Ritual)

Posted on 1/9/2017 by Kate Marolt in Intention Experience Healthy Habits New Years Kate Marolt Power of Ritual

Question for you: Do you have any healthy habits you are trying to create this year? Or maybe some you would rather not have by the end of the year? (Like eating an entire jar of almond butter because you forgot to eat lunch or just... because?)

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Cancer Full Moon (1/12/17): Critical Care for The Inner Self

Posted on 1/9/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading Cancer Full Moon self-care Invocation

The first full moon of the year lights up in the sign of Cancer and illuminates all the key cancer qualities surrounding your emotions, the unconscious, and any healing work that needs to be done. Cancer, as the mother of the zodiac, holds the space for nurturing and communing with your deep needs and desires. That which is left untended in our psyche cries out the loudest, and like a small child, needs care from the mothering aspect within us. We are all capable of taking care of ourselves and doing the shadow work necessary to undo emotional traumas and deeply hidden complexes.

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New Classes to Tone Your Muscles & Your Mind

Posted on 1/4/2017 by YogaDownload .com in Benefits of Meditation YogaDownload.com Yoga Practice New Year Featured Classes Fresh Start Fit and Fabulous Yoga Challenge

Whatever you thought about 2016, this year is a fresh start. We’re here to help you take your life to the next level with new programs and classes to make sure you can put your best mind, mood and foot forward. While some big-picture new years resolutions are ‘head-in-the-clouds’ plans that will soon fade, this is about creating attainable daily routines and results through yoga and meditation classes that will restore, revitalize, and sustain you throughout the year.

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Kickstarting A Healthy Life

Posted on 1/2/2017 by Corinne Marabel in New Years Inspiration Healthy and Happy Kickstarting A Healthy Life Tips for Healthy Eating AVeganKitchen

Today's post will be an introduction to another section of my blog - 'Health', and I figured it would be fitting to write about something I have struggled with a lot over the last few years, the daunting task of creating a Healthier You (I'll be splitting it into three posts: Eating, Physical and Mental).

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New To Yoga? No Worries!

Posted on 1/2/2017 by Adam Hocke in Adam Hocke Yoga for Beginners Yoga Practice Journey of Yoga reflection

My first yoga class was in the NYU gym. I was 18 and on the bagel, pizza and cereal diet of a student. Holistic wellness wasn't necessarily on my radar and I went to class mostly because I wanted a bohemian experience that would fuel my assumed New York artiste persona. That was the same year I pierced my ear, wore yellow tinted glasses, and sported a beret on occasion. Yoga was to be another fashionable accessory.

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Ojas Energy Elixir

Posted on 1/2/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in Ojas Energy Elixir The Conscious Cleanse Hangover Cure Whole Foods Cleanse Ayurveda New Year

Happy 2017! A new year full of new possibilities! Are you feeling inspired? Or just a bit hungover and groggy from celebrating? Either way, we’ve got just the thing to help you start the new year right!

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Stay Steadfast in your Self-Practice

Posted on 12/27/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Deep Breathing Meditation Pranayama self-care YogaDownload.com Featured Classes Yoga Lifestyle Yoga for the Holidays Sadhana

Last week, we discussed the Winter Solstice and how when we align with nature, we settle into a rhythm that honors our own inner being. It’s easy to get off balance this time of year when the world seems focused on the holidays, and your usual schedule flies out the window. How we can maintain our self-practice or Sadhana!

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Curating Your Life: How Do You Want to Shine?

Posted on 12/27/2016 by Susi Resner in Consciousness Manifest Follow Your Heart Choice Susi Resner Morning Ritual

Your life… akin to a hands-on interactive museum with multi-sensory opportunities. A vast space with large walls ready to display and enjoy a life you choose. A potential challenge for many of us to curate our lives of desire when our DNA, upbringing, perceptions, and expectations seem to be locked into our current life’s mural seemingly unable to modify.

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5 Essentials For Traveling (Plus Breathing Techniques)

Posted on 12/27/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Eating Healthy While Traveling YogaDownload.com Travel Yoga Stay Spiritual Essentials for Traveling

During the holidays and at an year’s end, it’s normal to get off track from routines and our daily practices of yoga and meditation. We go into unfamiliar spaces in airports and places where we can’t bring our meditation cushions or altar. While traveling is exciting, it is easy to feel out of touch with our spiritual practices.

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To Love vs. Be In Love With Your Body

Posted on 12/26/2016 by Maddie Berky in love Self-Love love your body Maddie Berky Practice of Gratitude Devotion

Is there a difference between loving your body and being in love with your body? We are presented with this notion that we need to love ourselves-- that our love must exist as this unquestionable force of worship, one that sustains and thus bestows wholeness upon us. This approach has always felt flat to me. As a surface stripped bare of footholds. A richly rough and complicated concept made smooth by the dogmatism of devotion. Love yourself.

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Tomato And Chilli Chutney

Posted on 12/26/2016 by Corinne Marabel in healthy recipes Gluten-Free Vegan AVeganKitchen Tomato and Chilli Chutney

I love all kind of condiment, I'm talking sauces, pickles, chutneys you name it. I feel like it's those kinds of things that take dishes to the next level. I've made pickled vegetables before, but have yet to create a recipe that I think really stands out from the rest. I never made a chutney until a few days ago. After throwing in seemingly random quantities of each ingredient, I ended up with (what I honestly believe) is the best tomato chutney I've ever had.

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Needing Less, Wanting More

Posted on 12/26/2016 by Valentina Rose in Non-Attachment Simple living Valentina Rose Aparigraha Yama Yoga Lifestyle

Overbooking my schedule since returning to California has left me tired and overwhelmed. I can never turn down an opportunity, so now I never stop-- I leave the house at 8am and come back at 10pm. What have I done to myself?! It’s in these moments that I appeal to my yoga values. Yoga, in its non dogmatic form, is the only philosophy whose moral codes I was able to identify with and slowly make my own.

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Shine Bright In the Dark of Night: How to Observe Solstice Week

Posted on 12/21/2016 by YogaDownload .com in reflection Meditation Gratitude YogaDownload.com Winter Solstice Featured Classes

Can you feel the change in the air? December 21, 2016, marked the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. What exactly is a solstice? “Solstice” comes from Latin: sol meaning "sun" and sistere meaning “to stand still.” The Winter Solstice is the perfect time to pause, reflect, and create our dreams and intentions.

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New Year, New Moon in Capricorn (12/29/16): Step Into the Light of Your Power

Posted on 12/20/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Intentions Alanna Kaivalya Surrender Divine Power Alchemical Ritual Capricorn New Moon

The final new moon of the year gives us a perfect opportunity to set clear intentions for 2017 and start fresh. It is through the new moon that we cultivate what we wish to bring into our lives, to grow and develop, and to nurture into fullness. With the new moon so close to New Year’s Eve, it’s is a perfect opportunity to tend to your goals, particularly in the areas of your career, responsibility, growth and maturation and discipline. Have you been skimping on a regular spiritual practice? Do you find yourself procrastinating? Are you not stepping up to the responsibilities that life is handing you? Now is the time.

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Featured Pose: Camel Pose

Posted on 12/20/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Self-Love YogaDownload.com Heart Opening Backbends Featured Pose Healing Energy Anahata Chakra Energetic Heart Camel Pose Sanity Sanctuary

Tune into your heart and find joy in settling into Camel pose. Camel is a deep heart-opening posture that strengthens your back while freeing your neck, chest, lungs, abdominals, and thighs. Explore how good it feels to open up through the heart by breathing into the space surrounding it. Because Camel pose directly links to the Anahata, or heart chakra, practicing it allows us to tap into our energy center to foster more genuine self-love, trust, compassion and forgiveness.

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What Always Remains: A Meditation in Packing

Posted on 12/19/2016 by Sunny Koh in Intentions reflection Travel Yoga Sunny Koh A Meditation in Packing Blessings Art of Packing

Over the past six months, due to personal and professional reasons, I found myself traveling and moving from one place to another— from point A to B then to B to C then C to A or B. And it feels like I’m still going and coming to unknown destinations.

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries

Posted on 12/19/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in Strawberries Healthy Snacks Andrea Ferretti Avocado Chocolate Mousse Holiday Recipes

We had amazing food at this year’s retreat to the Lumeria Maui. And when you’re on a yoga retreat, doing many hours of yoga each day you really need a great dessert. This Avocado Chocolate Mousse was, hands-down, the group’s favorite, because hello, chocolate?

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8 Best Yoga Poses for Holiday Cheer

Posted on 12/13/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Asana YogaDownload.com Yoga Poses Favorite Yoga Poses Sanity Sanctuary Decompress Featured Classes

You may not have realized this, but your favorite yoga poses are also the key to bringing more love, warmth and fa-la-la to your holiday season. This time, we’re not talking about using your practice for a deep and introspective personal journey toward self discovery, we’re talking about a joy break right on the surface. Keeping spirits bright, we’ve identified the very best poses for your favorite holiday activities. Enjoy the jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell bhakti and the most wonderful time of the year will be exactly that.

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Lavender Chia Seed Pudding

Posted on 12/12/2016 by Maddie Berky in healthy recipes Post Yoga Snack Maddie Berky Lavender Chia Seed Pudding Lavender Healthy Gut

No need to play off of false pretenses here. This is a safe place. I’m no dainty flower. I am, in a lot of ways, mostly talking about gluten and caffeine consumption. But in how I present myself - decidedly less dainty. And you know what, sometimes a lady wants to feel sophisticated and flowery and perhaps a hint of dainty. Hence why I love to add lavender to anything and everything.

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The One Thing You Should Take Away From Your Yoga Practice

Posted on 12/12/2016 by Tara Augustine in Peace Tara Augustine What Yoga Teaches Us Remember to Breathe Be Present Yoga for Stress

I’ve been practicing yoga for a few years, and have learned an awful lot about myself through my practice. Mostly about parts of me that haven’t healed. It’s been a process of taking down the walls I have built around my heart during my life – most notably, emotions and fear.

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