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What I Learned from My First Year of Yoga

Posted on 4/5/2017 by Kristin Gibowicz in Yoga Teachers YogaDownload.com What Yoga Teaches Us Kristin Gibowicz

As I reflect on my humble beginnings this Spring, I give thanks for my inspirational teacher-trainer, Trevor Tice who passed away suddenly in December 2016.

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4 Great Places to Go Off on a Rendezvous with Your Yoga Mat

Posted on 3/28/2017 by Manmohan Singh in YogaDownload.com Travel Yoga Take Yoga Anywhere Essentials for Traveling

In the mood to travel but lost for the companion of your heart? Sling on your yoga mat and get going. Once you do, you'll find your practice is achieved through connection with the earth beneath your feet and the sun shining in a bright blue sky above. Go deeper into this rewarding experience of harmonizing with your core and the universe that has shelters you. Your strife to reach and feel the presence of the divine will deepen as you come to know the changing terrains, people, and colors of the lands you travel.

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Featured Pose: Parivitta Utkatasana or Prayer Twist

Posted on 3/22/2017 by YogaDownload .com in detox detox YogaDownload.com Yoga Practice Twists Featured Pose Confidence Solar Plexus Chakra Prayer Twist Pose

It’s normal to start feeling little sluggish or unlike your usual confident self after a long, rainy winter. It may the perfect time to clear out any energy or feelings that have gone stagnant. We could all use a reboot in our systems to charge our inner fierceness and tap into our ambition.

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5 Tips for Healthy Digestion

Posted on 2/27/2017 by YogaDownload .com in Yoga of Eating Creating a Habit Healthy Eating YogaDownload.com Clean Eating

With so much information out there about nutrition it’s nearly impossible to sift out the genuine truth. Find something you think you can trust that even has citations and studies to boot, and guaranteed there’s some website out there that fundamentally disagrees with what you just read and somehow, magically, has the same amount of evidence backing it up. Either that or the advice it gives you is to sacrifice all of your beloved foods and basically rearrange your entire life around digestion.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Featured Pose: Ustrasana or 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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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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Bring Magic Into Your Home Practice

Posted on 12/6/2016 by Elaine Clara Mah in home yoga practice Online Yoga Magic of Yoga benefits of yoga YogaDownload.com Practice Yoga ROKU Sacred Space

The recent Harry Potter yoga class took the Internet by storm, with participants pictured holding a wand as they practiced different yoga poses. They also had a sorting hat and listened to passages from the Deathly Hallows! While we might find it hard to find or attend a Harry Potter class, we can certainly bring some magic into our own home yoga practice. The Griffyndor wizards at BooKYogaTeacherTraining.com have just the right tips for you to work your magic into your own practice!

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Yoga Rocks: How Yoga Changes Lives

Posted on 12/5/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Mind Body Connection benefits of yoga YogaDownload.com Self-Awareness Featured Classes Yoga Rocks Yoga Changes Lives Positive Transformations

Flexibility, balance, strength, and equanimity—you’ve probably heard of all those reasons to practice yoga, right? Not just benefits for the body, but for the mind and soul as well. How about combating stress and delving into spirituality? Absolutely! The list goes on…

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Introducing Your Holiday Sanity Sanctuary!

Posted on 11/29/2016 by Yoga Download in YogaDownload.com Practice Yoga Featured Classes Sanity Sanctuary Yoga for the Holidays

How’s your state of mind? We here at YogaDownload.com know how hectic life becomes this time of year. We’re right in the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve when many of us could use a shot of adrenaline or a warm blanket and a teddy bear to make it through to 2017. At the very least, we could use a rejuvenating yoga class or a calming meditation practice.

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May Your Heart (And Belly) Be Full

Posted on 11/22/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Holiday Meditation Meditation Gratitude YogaDownload.com Attitude of Gratitude Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving friends! We’re here to help you kick off the day mindfully. Before the company gets here, take 10 minutes for yourself to get grounded in a moment of thankfulness – that’s what today is all about, right? Root down by sitting or standing in a place that feels comfortable, and spend a few moments gathering all your favorite people and places and foods and pleasures in your heart. Sometimes it’s easiest to start a meditation with “I am grateful for…”

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Be A Spiritual Warrior: Stand In Your Truths and Strengths

Posted on 11/15/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Strength truth Path of Yoga Spiritual Warrior Bhagavad Gita Arjuna YogaDownload.com

When we are in harmonious times, it’s easy to express our beliefs and our truth. Many of us yogis surround ourselves with like-minded people seeking to live life on a higher vibration. We choose to focus on the positive and live from a place of compassion and love. Practicing these principles on the yoga mat strengthens our resolve to practice them off the mat. But how do we stand in our truth when it is challenged from all sides? How do we remain peaceful and positive when there’s no choice but to fight to preserve our dignity, our values, and our beliefs? The concept of being a warrior and fighting doesn’t have to mean that we are denying our spirituality.

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Featured Pose: Viparita Virabhadrasana or Reverse Warrior

Posted on 11/15/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Strength YogaDownload.com Featured Pose Reverse Warrior Warrior Ground Down Asana Viparita Virabhadrasana

Reverse Warrior is a powerful standing pose that stretches your hips and groins, while lengthening your spinal and intercostal muscles. The posture also helps blood circulation, reduce stress, mitigate back pain and can be a mood-booster.

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Stir Your Shakti! Grooves To Light Up Your Life

Posted on 11/1/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Divine Power Flow YogaDownload.com Self Empowerment Featured Classes Shakti Stability Practice Manifest Change

This week we’ve got some great new classes designed to help you unleash your inner Shakti energy. Activate your connection to Shakti by mixing up your usual routine— change is good!

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Featured Pose: Natarajasana or Dancer's Pose

Posted on 10/25/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Asana YogaDownload.com Practice Yoga Featured Pose Natarajasana Dancer's Pose Shiva Lord of Dance

Natarajasana, or Dancer's Pose, is a glorious heart-opening posture that challenges balance while lengthening the chest and spinal muscles. Also referred to as Lord of the Dance pose, Natarajasana stimulates the Heart Chakra (Anahata) and the Third Eye Chakra (Ajna), to help the practitioner feel more grateful, forgiving, focused, intuitive, and free. 

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Na'maste at Home with YogaDownload and Roku

Posted on 10/16/2016 by YogaDownload .com in self-care YogaDownload.com Practice Yoga Take Yoga Anywhere ROKU Meditation Pranayama yoga Kundalini Yoga

Do you ever feel like yoga should be more accessible? It has become harder with our fast-paced lives to get our practice in. Especially in a highly digital world, we have become more and more distracted. Instead of staying centered and trusting our internal compass, we’re pulled in a million directions. What’s the solution?

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#GoYourOmWay and Share Your Photo

Posted on 8/29/2016 by YogaDownload .com in national yoga month YogaDownload.com #GoYourOmWay Instagram Giveaway Freedom Follow Your Heart Take Yoga Anywhere

If you’re reading this, you #GoYourOMWay. You are not restricted by class times, work schedules or even walls. You have followed your heart (and our mobile app) to discover new teachers, styles and inspiring places to take your yoga. If you are reading this, you are part of a community that decided to throw away the script, think outside the studio and build the yoga practice that works for you.

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Deepening My Practice with The Kaivalya Yoga Method

Posted on 7/19/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Alanna Kaivalya YogaDownload.com Journey of Yoga Online teacher training The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Training

Dear fellow yogis, When I started the The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Training with YogaDownload.com in January 2016, I had no idea or conception of what the ride would be like.  Wow, that was a training above all trainings imaginable!  It certainly took lots of energy, effort, focus, and strong perseverance! I found the beginning modules more challenging for me personally, and as I continued on, I felt like I was opening up a genie (a.k.a. Alanna Kaivalya) bottle that I found on the beach. And, out of the genie bottle continued to arise more and more intrigue, more and more heartfelt information, more and more myths and depth.

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Sutra Yourself: New Classes for Yoga's Core Teachings

Posted on 7/18/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Yoga Sutras Yoga Teacher Training Alanna Kaivalya The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Training YogaDownload.com

Hello from YogaDownload! We have 4 exclusive new classes to share with you, going back to the core teachings of yoga. The 2000 year-old Sutras (Sanskrit for “threads”) are timeless truisms that brings you closer to your practice. The classes are all offered by the same teacher – and you need to meet this person. She gives us butterflies. Everyone from Ana Forest to Rodney Yee to Yoga Journal has sung her praises. Her books are bestsellers, her workshops sell out all over the world and millions of people adore her music. She is a true yoga scholar, an expert on the sutras, mythology, the anatomy of the body and the creative expression of the practice.

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Celebrating Moksha and Freedom

Posted on 6/29/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Freedom Fourth of July Moksha The Four Desires YogaDownload.com

As we approach Independence Day in the Unites States, we here at YogaDownload.com felt it was a great time to explore the concept of what true freedom and independence means to us, in general and also in the yogic sense. The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s freedom. We celebrate with vacations to the beach, barbecues with family and friends and fireworks. It’s a time to shake off work, duties and responsibilities and instead embrace joy and light-heartedness.

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The Practice of Freedom: Taking Flight in Crane Pose

Posted on 6/22/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Freedom YogaDownload.com Pose of the Month Bakasana Kakasana Arm Balance Flight

You’ve probably practiced Bakasana (crane pose) in class before and most likely the version you learned was actually Kakasana (crow pose). Whaaaat? Isn’t Bakasana synonymous with crow? Well, actually...no, it is not.

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What You Really Learn in Yoga Teacher Training

Posted on 5/6/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in transformation Yoga Teacher Training Alanna Kaivalya YogaDownload.com Online teacher training

Making the decision to sign up for a teacher training for most people is a big deal. Many register for programs in order to become a yoga instructor, but people also register in order to simply learn more about yoga. What most people don’t count on is how much you learn about yourself through the teacher training process. While learning alignment for Down Dog and how to cue people into a Warrior One is great, gaining tools to thrive and uncovering a new way of looking at life are even better.

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Empowerment Loss

Posted on 4/9/2016 by J. Brown in truth J Brown Yoga YogaDownload.com Empowerment Loss Marketing Desensitization Faith

When circumstances, ruled by forces beyond the will of one individual, overshadow our personal experience of life, unconscious resentment and fear run deep. The coercive fuel of capitalism has conditioned and resigned us to manipulation that both obfuscates truth and reveals the inhumanity of entrenched power. Despite hopelessness, perhaps a kernel of our sacrificed fortitude and imagination can be redeemed.

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Yoga to Detoxify and Rejuvenate

Posted on 2/18/2016 by YogaDownload .com in yoga Spring Rejuvenate YogaDownload.com Detoxify

Spring is approaching! It’s the time when our homes feel lighter and brighter after we purge all the junk and unnecessary clutter we tend to amass over the winter months.

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