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Holiday Gift Guide for Procrastinating Yogis
Holiday Gift Guide for Procrastinating Yogis
It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! With cash registers beeping, and everyone telling you, "Go shopping HERE!!" It's the most wonderful time of the year. . .

Crystal Clarity
Crystal Clarity
I’m sitting here writing my schedule for the next three to six months and I realize again, how fortunate I am. The last four years have been a whirlwind while I gather myself up and “re-align and re-design” my life. It’s such a wonderful place to be, in this life… contributing, dancing, working, laughing and BEing.

Alchemy
Alchemy
I’m not sure how alchemy landed in my lap this week as the theme, but it landed and it landed hard!

Nearly Raw Coco Nutty Pumpkin Pie
Nearly Raw Coco Nutty Pumpkin Pie
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without pumpkin pie, so this year I decided to do a healthy twist on this classic favorite.

Devotion
Devotion
Devotion is defined as “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause."

Creamy Black Bean Soup
Creamy Black Bean Soup
Are you ready for a festive and flavorful version of my favorite soup that is 100% healthy and dairy-free?

When the Seasons Change
When the Seasons Change
My alarm went off this morning, and it was cold and dark out. This is nothing new in Boulder in the mornings, even if it gets up to 70 midday, but the sun is coming up later and later, and all I wanted to do was hide under my blankets. It was everything I could do to get out of bed. The thought of winter coming was just too depressing. Laying there, thoughts peeped into my head about how to stay motivated with my exercise routine and just in general stay positive and in a good mood. There are actually a lot of things to look forward to over the next few months, as it gets colder, and colder… and colder.

Reboot & Recharge
Reboot & Recharge
We all know that if we don’t close down apps and recharge our i-Pads and other devices, they run slow, sluggish or the battery dies. When I explain to kiddos that their minds and bodies are no different, they ‘get it’ right away. Besides, Reboot & Recharge is a lot of fun and very relaxing… for BIG kids too!

DARE to Say NO to Sugar
DARE to Say NO to Sugar
Candy is everywhere we turn these days. Bowls of black and orange M&Ms conveniently placed for us to grab and pop in our mouth without even thinking twice. Jars of candy corn and bite-sized chocolates call our names despite our best will power efforts.

Organized Space - Calmer Life
Organized Space - Calmer Life
Do you know where your keys are at this moment? Could you, with reasonable accuracy, tell someone how to find important documents like your passport? Do you know what the bottom of your closet looks like? How long does it take you to find the clothes you want to wear in the morning? If trying to answer these questions gives you a headache, you may need a space makeover.

Be Gentle with Yourself
Be Gentle with Yourself
When I was 16 years old I always wished that I was somewhere else. It felt like I was misplaced. Mismatched. Misunderstood. I've been on a journey inward ever since, searching for the magic spell that would bring me back home again, to myself. Truly aligned with my Authentic Self.

The Art of Finding Inner Peace
The Art of Finding Inner Peace
We all thrive to be balanced and calm because we live in a world that is filled with appointments, stress, work, well, essentially life crammed into a 16-20 hour day – depending on the amount you sleep. The less you sleep, the more you are stressed.

Miso Yummy
Miso Yummy
One thing I really enjoy in life is EATING. I also like cooking, but my big problem is that I often wait to think about what to eat until I am famished and then I don’t have the focus or energy to cook. That’s why I keep my fridge loaded with fresh veggies and plant based proteins (nuts and seeds).

Yogini Herb: Brahmi
Yogini Herb: Brahmi
Yoga for most of us is about rejuvenation and bringing about equilibrium to the self. Yet life works in cycles of ebb and flow. And with this fluctuation there are inevitably periods of stress, improper diet, overwork, lack of sleep, and accumulation of free radicals in the body. The key is this - whenever you experience such periods in the life cycle it is a hint from the body for nutritional support.

10 Ways to Keep Your $#!t Together When Others Can't
10 Ways to Keep Your $#!t Together When Others Can't
Challenges. They knock us on our ass. They slap us on the face. And they leave us with a choice: to stay on the ground or to stand up and move forward.

Top 10 Reasons Why the New YogaDownload ROCKS!!
Top 10 Reasons Why the New YogaDownload ROCKS!!
Do you notice anything different about us? We did some soul searching, some web searching, and made some big improvements to YogaDownload.com! An extreme makeover of sorts. Here are the top ten reasons why the new YogaDownload.com ROCKS, if we do say so ourselves:

Pear Party Smoothie
Pear Party Smoothie
It's officially fall and that means cooler temperatures, crisp evenings and brightly colored changing leaves.

Become the Hero of Your Own Story
Become the Hero of Your Own Story
The hero in any story never starts out that way. He or she begins as an ordinary human stuck in the doldrums of their circumstance. In The Matrix, Neo is a simple office clerk whose cubicle is barely adorned. In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket is a poor English schoolboy who works a paper route for a few meager coins to feed his family. In Braveheart, William Wallace is a Scottish countryman with a little farm and a lot of love for a beautiful girl.

Bring it on Home
Bring it on Home
The origins, challenges and benefits of a home yoga practice.

Who's That Lady?
Who's That Lady?
What do you really want from your life my friend? If you are like most women I know, you might say that you want a healthier and slimmer body. More energy. Radiant skin. Inner and outer confidence.

Day Trippers
Day Trippers
The first hour of your day sets the tone for how the rest of the day is going to go. Disagree?

Kick Cravings to the Curb
Kick Cravings to the Curb
Is it sugar? Salty snacks? Coffee? Wine?

To Thyself Be Loving: 4 Simple Self-Love Rituals
To Thyself Be Loving: 4 Simple Self-Love Rituals
Are you a victim of Conditional Self Love? Things like self care, self love and self acceptance have come up during my personal yoga journey. And it's been reminding me of the importance of loving myself just as I am. Why is self love important? Why is self acceptance so crucial?

WTF? (Why the Fears)
WTF? (Why the Fears)
We all have them. They linger. They are sneaky and quiet but they can create our lives to be grippy. Sticky. Stuck. Heavy. But we continue to feed them. WHY???

This is Yoga
This is Yoga
When I first came to yoga, I thought it was about body movement. Sweating, moving, breathing, standing on your hands, you know, the usual.