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Dry Rub Grilled Chicken Wings
Dry Rub Grilled Chicken Wings
Summer is in full swing and between the smell of sunscreen and barbeque, it’s no mystery that grilling season is upon us!

Unfolding Time with Vedic Astrology
Unfolding Time with Vedic Astrology
What is Vedic Astrology? Jyotisha, or Vedic astrology, is the ancient astrology of India. It has an unbroken lineage going back over five thousand years. Jyotisha is derived from the Sanskrit word Jyoti meaning “light”. Thus, Jyotisha is often referred to as the science of light, for it helps us to see the past, present and future clearly as well as giving us insight into who we are and how to best actualize our potential.

Common Confusing Yoga Cues and What not to do
Common Confusing Yoga Cues and What not to do
There are plenty of funny articles online about the weird things you hear yoga teachers say, and I’ll admit I’m an offender on some of them.

The need to know
The need to know
“You don’t have to see the entire staircase, just take the first step” – said a very wise man named Martin Luther King Jr. So very, very true.

Mediterranean Summer Salad with goat cheese feta
Mediterranean Summer Salad with goat cheese feta
As a team here at the Conscious Cleanse we’ve been talking about our favorite summertime salads and we knew we had to share them with you.

The YogaDownload.com Top 10: Your Fave Online Yoga Classes
The YogaDownload.com Top 10: Your Fave Online Yoga Classes
We have thousands of classes, whether you’re looking for a specific teacher or anatomical focus or just want to see what’s out there. These are the classes you gravitate to the most – your top downloads this year. Try them all to see what your fellow YogaDownloaders are loving!

To tuck or not tuck your tailbone: What to tilt when
To tuck or not tuck your tailbone: What to tilt when
I know you’ve heard it before. I’ve said it before. But what does it really mean to tuck your tailbone? When you should you tuck and when shouldn’t you? And can you tuck your tailbone too much? Yes, yes you can.

Svadhyaya or the art of courageous self-inquiry
Svadhyaya or the art of courageous self-inquiry
There was a moment in my life when I realized that I couldn’t blame anyone else for what I was experiencing, feeling, or doing. Every action was mine alone and until I owned that, I would remain out of control.

Pros and Cons of Yoga Teacher Training
Pros and Cons of Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga teachers don't really make a living off teaching yoga classes anymore. Many rely upon conducting yoga teacher training. But contrary to popular belief, this trend may have less to do with the business or marketing inclinations of yoga teachers and more to do with the purchasing and study habits of the yoga-going public.

Vanilla Custard Fruit Tart
Vanilla Custard Fruit Tart
When I first met my husband, he showed up to a BBQ with a gorgeous gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free fruit tart just for me.

Kiwi-Tini
Kiwi-Tini
It’s Friday and that means it’s Conscious Cocktail time!

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.

Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese
Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese
Boy oh boy do we have some good news for you today! You’ve asked us to do a Conscious Cleanse makeover to the ultimate comfort food and the day has finally arrived!

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.

The Mood Booster
The Mood Booster
Ever feel like life is a total grind? Do you wake up on Monday morning with a feeling of dread? Are you over the moon because today is hump day and then rejoice on Friday that the weekend is finally here?

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.