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Essential Sequence: Learn to Love Camel Pose

Posted on 6/22/2017 by Jason Crandell in Jason Crandell Essential Sequence Camel Pose Learn to Love Camel Pose Ustrasana

Students who love Ustrasana praise the pose for the way it opens the shoulders, chest and upper-back. And, they’re right. Ustrasana is hard to beat when it comes to extending the thoracic spine. Students who loathe Ustrasana invariably complain about discomfort in the neck and lower back. They’re also right. It can be tough to do Ustrasana without creating excessive compression in your lower back and neck.

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Grilled Fennel with Olives and Herbs

Posted on 6/21/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Clean Eating 80:20 Grilled Fennel with Olives and Herbs

Today’s recipe is cleanse-friendly and can be easily modified to stay within the guidelines of Purification. Simply omit the olives if you want to be a purist–or keep them in and consider them part of what’s easing you off of your Purification.

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Strive for Balance

Posted on 6/20/2017 by Yoga Download in balance

"Extremes are easy, strive for balance." ~ Colin Wright

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Hearts Full of Love

Posted on 6/16/2017 by Yoga Download

“It's about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.” Wonder Woman from the awesome new movie. Love is a superhero power!

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Cancer New Moon (06/23/2017): Nurturing the Highest Good & Choosing the Light

Posted on 6/15/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya New Moon Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading New Moon in Cancer

The New Moon in Cancer on June 23, 2017 is an opportunity for us to tap into our inner self and discover more about who we are and what serves our highest good. Hidden in the watery depths of the unconscious is the precious source of our greatest wisdom. As the mother of the sky, and ruler of our divine feminine nature (regardless of gender), Cancer represents our potential to utilize our emotions as nurturing guides signaling which direction to move next. When we pay attention, the unconscious speaks. We just need to understand the language. The most basic communication comes through emotion, and most easily understood as “good” feelings or “bad” feelings. 

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What You Really Need to Love Yourself

Posted on 6/15/2017 by Kate Marolt in Self-Love Acceptance Kate Marolt What You Really Need to Love Yourself

These days there are so many articles and courses and books out there trying to teach us how to be happy, how to love ourselves, and what we have to do in order to feel free and successful. And don’t get me wrong, I love this- I love the way we as a collective are beginning to focus on self-growth, self-knowledge, and self-love. What I don’t love though, is that there is often a step that is missing from these books and articles and courses. A step that is absolutely crucial to take on the path of self-love and learning to love ALL parts of you.

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Writing As A Tool For Mindfulness

Posted on 6/15/2017 by Mary Walton in Yoga and Writing Yoga for Writers Writing as a Tool for Mindfulness Self-Reflection

There's many people who used to keep diaries and journals when they were teenagers. It was a way of expressing your anxiety and issues with the world at large. Why, then, do most of them drop the habit when they grow up?

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Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers

Posted on 6/14/2017 by Rebecca Katz in Easy Recipe Nutritious Vegetarian Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers

These chickpea burgers are similar to a Middle Eastern falafel. This isn’t like the Americanized version of falafel that resembles carnival food deep-fried in some unhealthy oil. That’s a culinary crime, because falafel done right is so delicious and nutritious. It’s all in the blend. Here the secret ingredient is basmati rice, which holds the chickpea mixture together and creates a complete protein. I love the mini-burger concept; the whole wheat bun is like putting falafel in a top hat and tails, perfect for folks who like the taste of beans when they’re broken down and combined with heady herbs and spices. Gently pan-seared or baked, these burgers are bountiful bites of health.

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Quick And Simple Must-Know Asanas for Good Posture

Posted on 6/12/2017 by Vineetha Reddy in Asana Postures Yoga Practice Yoga for Posture

Did you know that the right body posture can make you look taller, slimmer, and more confident? Thanks to our hectic schedules, our mind and body are always tired. Most of us slouch over our desks, straining our backs in the process. The constant stress and pressure make it really hard for you to maintain a good posture. When your body is in the ideal position, everything else is comfortable. However, accommodating time for a workout or exercise is stressful when your timetable is blocked by work. What if I told you that without wasting much of your day, you could do a few yoga asanas that can make a difference? Read on to know more.

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Ignite Your Power Chakra

Posted on 6/8/2017 by Yoga Download

Our core is our center—physically, emotionally and mentally. It’s vital to keep our spine healthy, our abs strong, and cultivate our prana from our navel center. Learn to utilize the wisdom of yoga to become your most confident, decisive, and happy self. Diving into subtle body anatomy, specifically balancing your Manipura or navel Chakra can empower your life. This week, we’ve got four new classes and a previously released class to get you started.

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Carob Cashew Raw Balls

Posted on 6/7/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse 80:20 recipe Raw Chocolate Clean Eating 80:20 Carob Cashew Raw Balls

Today’s recipe was created by culinary master Leslie White from Zeal Food here in Boulder. This decadent sweet treat was the closing morsel of yumminess that completed our cleanse-friendly meal last week, and people have been talking about it since.

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New Discipline in Yoga

Posted on 6/5/2017 by J. Brown in J Brown Yoga Yoga Practice Discipline

The novelty of yoga has been worn down to almost nothing by a multi-billion dollar industry that cares little for its tenets, like the crumbling shreds of a shoddily made pvc mat from China. But from out of the ashes of craven images and advertising schemes, a new discipline is emerging.

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Full Moon in Sagittarius (06/09/2017): Discovering Your Personal Myth

Posted on 6/5/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Connection Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading June Astrology Full Moon in Sagittarius

A full moon in Sagittarius on June 9, 2017 encourages us to explore the realm of the religious function of our psyche. Often overlooked, or pushed aside in favor of science and certainty, this mystical heart of our being is bereft of attention. Because of a lack of connection to a personal mythology, we suffer from constant overwhelm of life’s circumstances, and an unknowing of how to make sense of them. 

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5 Reasons People Doing HIIT Should Also Do Yoga

Posted on 6/1/2017 by Orian Tal in benefits of yoga yoga for athletes Strengthen Fitness HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training—often just called HIIT for short—is working its way into fitness enthusiast’s workout schedules everywhere, and not without good reason. In fact, Dr. Axe shares many different benefits of HIIT in addition to better physical fitness, a couple of which include its anti-aging effects and support of healthier levels of hormones like ghrelin (which affects your eating patterns) and leptin (the hormone responsible for making you feel full).

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Meet Denelle Numis!

Posted on 5/30/2017 by Yoga Download in Denelle Numis

Denelle Numis composes an authentic experience on the mat where each student can immediately connect with the rhythm of their body and their breath. With a background in modern dance, Denelle builds her Vinyasa classes through a progression of dynamic sequences to stimulate energy and vitality throughout the body. She infuses her classes with eclectic music and inspiring peak postures. Even though her classes may be challenging, Denelle’s vibrant and gregarious personality motivates her students to stay playful in their practice.

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A Simple Formula to Practice Forgiveness With Yourself

Posted on 5/30/2017 by Melissa Renzi in Self-Love Forgiveness Compassion Kindness Overcoming Self-Sabotage Practice of Yoga Off the Mat

As humans, we blame ourselves for various perceived shortcomings in life. But some of us really get stuck there. We blame ourselves for not being more disciplined or not being able to do it all. We blame ourselves for not being there for a loved one. There’s an easy tool I use to practice forgiveness, but I’d like to first speak about what happens when we blame ourselves.

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5 Yogi-Approved Ways to Upgrade Your Summer Vacation

Posted on 5/27/2017 by Yoga Download

If you’ve been chained to a desk since New Year’s Day, your body’s in need of a liberating vacation, and your mind is ready for a cozy staycation. How do you escape, but stay still at the same time? Well, you could binge watch Netflix or you could try these 5 tips to kick off summer with a sense of adventure and peace.

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10 Yogic Sayings Explained for Ways to Help (Re)create Balance

Posted on 5/24/2017 by Sunny Koh in Life Balance Yoga Practice Sunny Koh Yogic Path Off the Mat

It is common for people to go through dry spells or feel burnt out. We all have, at one point of another, felt uninspired, overworked, wanted to check out and just plain exhausted from the humdrum of life and the prevailing idea of not ‘being enough’. We don’t always have time to go to cook healthy meals, go to yoga classes, stick to our budget or just do things ‘right’. One might wonder what it would be like to have more hours in a given day to do the things we want to do to live a more fulfilling and happy life. Yet if your evenings and weekends are spent in the same couch potato or indulgent fashion, it may be time for you to check in and recognise this as a sign that you’ve been making excuses for yourself.

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Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

Posted on 5/24/2017 by Jentry Lee in Salad Dressing Vegan Clean Eating Healthy and Happy Vegan Lifestyle Vegan Foods Cashew Ranch Dressing

Salads don’t have to be boring. In fact, they should blow your socks off and keep you coming back for more. With all the textures, flavors and hardiness of a full meal, this salad puts all other salads to shame. It’s packed with protein from the hemp hearts, chickpeas and quinoa; loaded with phytonutrients and crunch from the leafy greens and veggies; and just the right amount of flavor from the crispy, spicy, tangy Buffalo cauliflower. Cheers!

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Gemini New Moon (05/25/2017): Transforming Your Love Language

Posted on 5/21/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Vedic Astrology Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading Gemini New Moon Speak Truth Language of Love

The Gemini new moon this month is a fantastic time to plant seeds in terms of some new, fun travel plans, taking a new course and up-leveling your learning, and making sure your speech and communication is clearly directed and coming from your most authentic place. Gemini always encourages us to speak up, and this New Moon is no exception. It is a good time to focus on speaking the truth about what is important to you, especially when it comes to your intimate relationships. 

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Yoga for Healthy Joints

Posted on 5/19/2017 by Yoga Download

What’s your favorite benefit from your yoga practice? Flexible hamstrings? Strong shoulders? Steady balance? Peace of mind? How about healthy, supple joints?

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8 Lifestyle Changes that Will Boost your Mental Health

Posted on 5/18/2017 by Sophie Addison in self-care Healthy Habits Well-being Mental Health Conscious Living

Mental health is a serious subject to take into consideration, particularly as there are so many conditions associated with changes in this area. When speaking about this subject, no one takes into consideration potential lifestyle changes, which could greatly improve one’s mental health. To come to your rescue, we have gathered no less than seven lifestyle changes, destined to boost your mental health and improve your overall quality of life. Keep in mind that these changes can help you deal with conditions such as depression, anxiety or even bipolar disorders. Take action today and be healthy not only tomorrow but for the rest of your life.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Bites

Posted on 5/11/2017 by Corinne Marabel in Gluten Free healthy breakfast ideas Pre Yoga Snack Treat Yourself AVeganKitchen Easy Recipes

I Love Saturdays. Part of the reason is because it marks the start of my weekend. However, there’s something particularly relaxing about waking up on a Saturday morning and knowing that you have absolutely nothing to do! This morning I jumped out of bed at 7:30 (I’m in the process of ‘reseting’ my internal clock because I’m really not a fan of sleeping in) and thankfully the sun was well and truly shining!

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Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Posted on 5/9/2017 by Yoga Download in Deepen Your Yoga Practice Japa Meditation Yoga Inversions

When is the last time you experienced a breakthrough on your yoga mat or meditation cushion? Yesterday? Last month? Never? If you feel stagnant with your regular yoga practice, we’re here to offer you options to break through and deepen your physical asana practice or the quality of your meditation time. Consider different ways you can amplify your practice.

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Essential Sequence: Immune Booster

Posted on 5/8/2017 by Jason Crandell in Jason Crandell Healthy Lifestyle Essential Sequence Practice of Yoga Immune Booster

Whether you’re in hyper-drive, ticking your way through the holiday to-do list or you’re feeling too depleted to get off the couch and do yoga, the sequence here is invaluable to have in your back pocket during the winter months. It’s not a high-intensity practice – it’s a healing, nurturing, immune boosting yoga practice. The poses encourage relaxation, reduce stress, and facilitate circulation throughout your whole body. These are the three most effective things that yoga asana can do to help support your immune system.

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Full Moon in Scorpio (05/10/2017): Embodying Sacred Sexuality

Posted on 5/4/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Spirituality Positive Transformations Full Moon in Scorpio Astrological Reading

The full moon on May 10, 2017 lights up the sky…and our embodiment of sacred sexuality. While Scorpio is known for those two unavoidable principles in life: death & taxes, it is also known for the depth of connection we feel through spiritually-driven intimacy. On a soul level, Scorpio demands that we use our intimate relationships as more than just a way to satisfy lustful energy, or as an ego-boosting activity. Scorpio wants us to use our sexuality as a way to deeply connect on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level in order to transcend consciousness. 

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Breaking down Transformation

Posted on 5/4/2017 by Ashley Josephine in transformation Surrender self-study Ashley Josephine Kriya

Transformation is often touted in the yoga world as an aim for which we practice. In fact, the phrase “transformation starts here” is written on the door of one of the yoga studios where I teach. But what does that word really mean? What does the process of transformation look like? How do you teach it or guide that experience for someone else?

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Teaching Yoga: Sanskrit Terms Explained

Posted on 5/3/2017 by Elaine Clara Mah in Beginner Yoga Tips Teaching Sanskrit Terms Explained Pranayama Chakras Namaste Drishti

As a yoga teacher, there may come times where you would use Sanskrit terms during class, whether you like it or not. This is because it is often the case where most Sanskrit words don’t have an English equivalent that fully explains the meaning of the terms.

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Nadi by Nature: Get To Know Your Energy Pathways

Posted on 5/2/2017 by Yoga Download in Raise Your Vibration Nadis Energy Pathways

From your fingers to your toes, the Nadis are making connections in your body. In the yoga tradition, Nadis are the energy superhighways running through the body – and depending on the lineage you have anywhere between 72,000 to 350,000 of them.

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Shrimp “Pad Thai”

Posted on 5/2/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse 80:20 recipe Clean Eating Whole Food Diet Vegan Foods

By this point in late January, most people have long forgotten about their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, last Tuesday was declared Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day by one source. No big surprise there! Real change doesn’t miraculously happen just because you declare it so! It doesn’t happen overnight, or even in a 14-day cleanse. Long-term sustainable change happens slowly, over time, as a result of practicing new healthy habits. The key is to take action! To DO something everyday that moves you closer to your goal.

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