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How to manifest what you want (and why positive thoughts aren't enough
How to manifest what you want (and why positive thoughts aren't enough
It seems like ever since The Secret hit shelves, everyone from housewives to college students to investment bankers are evangelists of the positive thinking movement.

Why I Move
Why I Move
I continually ask myself and reconsider what I’m actually doing and teaching others to do in asana. I often refer back to the great teachers on what they have to say. Beyond the mechanics of making shapes, there is, for me, a profound process under way.

What are the Chakras? And...Why Should I be Interested?
What are the Chakras? And...Why Should I be Interested?
Every living thing has energy...plants, animals, humans, etc. In the yogic tradition we have energy centers that house particular qualities that affect our overall physical and psychological well being.

7 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga: Gentlemen Get on Your Mats
7 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga: Gentlemen Get on Your Mats
While women are still the majority in yoga classes, there's a strong movement of men not only trying yoga, but striving both on and off the mat.

Happy Hip Stretches
Happy Hip Stretches
OK, I admit that happy hip stretches is a bit of an oxymoron as almost no one I know genuinely loves the feeling of stretching out tight hips. That s$!t hurts!

Harnessing Lakshmi Energy: The Power of Inner Grace
Harnessing Lakshmi Energy: The Power of Inner Grace
A few years ago I visited a girlfriend in Southern California. I was preparing for my Yogic Lore Flow workshop on the Hindu goddesses and spent the week in her lush backyard garden meditating on Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, beauty, and grace. I came to understand Lakshmi’s power of bestowing beauty, abundance, and grace is directly attributed to her ability to recognize the exquisiteness of every moment, every flower, every day, and every smile.

Power
Power
I love this word, power. Powerful, powerless, powering through, empowered … it’s so versatile and strong and well, powerful.

Hustle, Unplug, Repeat
Hustle, Unplug, Repeat
Statistics show that Americans are working harder, for longer hours, and are more productive than ever. Yet, few are getting ahead and most are grateful if they can just make ends meet. As stress-related illnesses account for an increasing number of doctor visits, the call to slow down and unplug has gotten louder. But juggling the demands of worldly life can often end up at odds with being attentive to our individual needs. Sometimes, knowing where to best make the trade-off is all we can do.

Off the Grid
Off the Grid
You know, my life has always followed this crazy rhythm. And it hasn’t always been in time with everyone else’s. However, what I’m learning is that it’s been in Divine time and very often, in time with the Moon.

Getting in Touch with our Pranamaya Kosha
Getting in Touch with our Pranamaya Kosha
When we think of prana and pranayama practice, we typically think of our breath and the many yogic breathing practices found in the pantheon of yoga. However, prana is so much more than just the breath. It’s our life force, our subtle energy field, which distributes itself throughout our physical, mental, emotional, and pranic bodies.

Truth Telling
Truth Telling
Wow … wanna know the truth? This Mercury Retrograde and Full Moon in Sagittarius is kicking my ass! I’ve been tossed into amazing opportunities and yanked back into the past all in one week. I had to face my immobilizing fear of technology and fix every i-apparatus in my home, by myself. I have to buy a new computer, and I lost all my photos of my children from 2002. (yes, I heard that gasp)

Yoga for Firefighters and Physically Demanding Jobs: Shoulder Edition, Part 2
Yoga for Firefighters and Physically Demanding Jobs: Shoulder Edition, Part 2
In part two of this shoulder series, we will cover a craze which appears to be sweeping the nation, labrum issues. It seems like everyone has a piece of this particular action, just ask Kevin Love. I cannot count the number of times someone has sidled up to me after a class and said “what have you got for a bad shoulder.” After a little bit of q & a, I usually find out the person has some sort of labrum damage.

What is Asana?
What is Asana?
For most of us, the fundamental supposition of modern posture practice is that what we’re doing is more than just exercise or physical therapy, that it is something deeply meaningful and perhaps spiritual. I know when I practice, I’m a better person because of it. But what exactly is going on? To help organize my thoughts, I’ve turned again to the books on my shelf to discover what other teachers and scholars have to say about it. This is an admittedly limited and biased towards the modern survey, but a beginning into insight.

Easy Nut Butter Cups
Easy Nut Butter Cups
These things are out of this world -- and the recipe leaves room for your personal creativity.

Up-Leveling
Up-Leveling
We are offered countless opportunities to up level our vibration on any given day. And this doesn’t mean:

What are You Willing to Sacrifice?
What are You Willing to Sacrifice?
The absolute pressing question to me right now is “What am I willing to sacrifice?” This isn’t about some self righteous asceticism but rather about prioritising my yoga practice. I’ve been at it long enough to know that yoga, which for me means postures, flow, study, and meditation, makes me feel sane and happy. But I also work a lot, try to have an active social life, and need some sleep somewhere between all that. My schedule is often irregular. I say all this not because I think I’m exceptional, but rather because I think I’m just like everyone else.

Meditation: The Good The Bad and The Ugly
Meditation: The Good The Bad and The Ugly
Whenever I bring up meditation, the most common response is, “I can’t do that”. Why do so many people feel that they can’t meditate? One of my teachers, Alan Finger, always says, “If you can’t spend three minutes with yourself, who’s going to want to spend any time with you?” I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true. We’ve come so far away from our true selves with distractions such as Facebook, Netflix and the latest series of The Bachelor that we no longer feel comfortable just sitting with ourselves. Most of us have difficulty quieting our minds to meditate, and often the mere thought of meditating brings on anxiety.

Sovereignty
Sovereignty
I really liked this theme … sovereignty: having supreme authority over oneself. It was an interesting one to follow “connection” but yet, so timely and complimentary.

Invest in Your Health for Long-Term Benefit
Invest in Your Health for Long-Term Benefit
I often hear people talk about how expensive it is to be healthy; that organic food is so much more expensive than regular food, that joining a gym or taking yoga classes all seem pricey, but you could just as easily drop $300 a month at Starbucks. I consider the money I spend now on my health a long term investment, because I don’t want to have problems with my bones or organs when I get older. Here are some ways that I invest in my health:

Yoga is for Everyone: Especially if You're Not Perfect
Yoga is for Everyone: Especially if You're Not Perfect
You have probably already heard or read about it, yoga seems to be everywhere these days. There are a lot of pre-conceived notions about what yoga is, ranging from a strenuous, acrobatic endeavor only for the very strong and flexible; to some sort of new age, spiritual practice where you sit around chanting. Sure, those are out there, but the vast majority of yoga classes are fun, relaxing and full of normal, practical people just like you.

Yoga is Not Stretching
Yoga is Not Stretching
The ubiquitous trope that “yoga is stretching” is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both yoga and human anatomy. Now that scientific research is largely debunking ingrained notions of what it means to “stretch,” the language that yoga teachers and media are using to describe what yoga practice does needs to be questioned.

Creamy Kapha-Balancing Lentils
Creamy Kapha-Balancing Lentils
Welcome to Kapha season! Kapha (or spring) is a time of year known for wet, damp, warm weather. When in balance, this season can bring on a sense of peace and well being. Kapha individuals are even known to be loving, loyal and patient. But when out of balance, we may be prone to feeling congested, lethargic and lazy (read: too much Netflix!).

Yoga Poses To Relax Before Bed
Yoga Poses To Relax Before Bed
Start tomorrow today An evening routine is a great way to set yourself up to experience an awesome tomorrow. A relaxing bath, a yummy glass of warm, spiced milk or maybe even some journaling are a few actions that could make the morning great. Another great choice is yoga, right there in your bed.

Walk Slowly With Your Emotions
Walk Slowly With Your Emotions
There is an interesting book, "The Healing Power of Meditation" I’ve been reading about meditation and it’s effect on the mind and body. It’s a collaborative piece written by multiple experts in the fields of Psycholoy, Buddhism, and health professions, such as neurology. In the portion of the book that talks about meditation and emotion, it describes the process the human body, and mind, goes through when experiencing an emotion. Emotion is a fast response and usually subside. When we say we’ve been “feeling bad all day” what we’re doing is revisiting the same emotion, over, and over. We think the whole day has been “bad” when we really are just thinking about the same thing that gave us that emotion, calling for the response again, and again.

Ayurvedic Principles to Lead a Healthier Lifestyle
Ayurvedic Principles to Lead a Healthier Lifestyle
So you are helping yourself keeping fit. Your commitment to Being Healthy is on track. First, you have been doing some cardio every day, maybe some running or cycling, getting your heart rate up to the threshold and surely your heart is getting stronger. And you are trying to do this outside, in nature, even if it takes a little more effort, it is great to be outside this time of year.