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Essential Sequence: Quick Hip Openers

Posted on 1/31/2017 by Jason Crandell in Asana Happy Hip Stetches Jason Crandell Essential Sequence Deepen Your Yoga Practice Hip Openers

This sequence focuses on stretching the muscles around the whole circumference of the hip joint. It’s great for relieving tension that can accumulate from long periods of sitting or standing and it’s also incredibly grounding. I like to do it after traveling or just at the end of a long, intense day. Spend 5-10 breaths in each pose (or longer if you’d like) and do both sides before moving to the next pose.

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Flow Out of Autopilot

Posted on 1/31/2017 by Yoga Download in Yoga Inspiration Autopilot Consciousness Yoga For Skiers Yoga for Snowboarders Mindfulness

Are you awake? Or, are you going through the motions without really paying attention? Sleepwalking through life? When’s the last time you took the time to assess where your time and energy are flowing? Or not flowing, as the case may be.

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5 Ways to a Drama-Free Life

Posted on 1/31/2017 by Valentina Rose in Valentina Rose Yoga Lifestyle Drama-Free Life Tips for Healthy Living Stress-Free Mind Over Matter

Do you know that peaceful feeling you get from being around someone who is calm and isn’t bothered by a thing? Who doesn’t sweat the small stuff? I love me some drama-free people. People who don’t take themselves too seriously, stay calm, don’t freak out, who speak less, reflect more, and use some good ol’ common sense. If you know what I’m taking about, You have experienced the drama free-zone.

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The New Discipline of Yoga

Posted on 1/30/2017 by Adam Hocke in Adam Hocke Yoga Practice Discipline New Discipline of Yoga Clarity Intention commitments

What is discipline, really? Discipline is a tricky little devil. Ideally, it can be the fire that gets us on the mat so that we can strip away the illusions and misidentifications that cause us to suffer. As Iyengar explains, “wood must be heated to ignite it and bring out the hidden fire within.” Not so ideally, it can also be a confusing agent of self-hatred and punishment. When we commit ourselves to a disciplined daily practice (and since there is no need to preach to the converted, we know this has benefits) we can also be mistakenly committing ourselves to a desire to achieve aesthetically based fitness goals and an addiction to the ability to perform complicated party-trick asana. When I miss a practice or feel that I’ve just sort of lazily stretched for an hour, a niggle in the back of my mind warns that perhaps I’ll soon slip back into adolescent pudginess and its maelstrom of related emotional entanglements if I don’t step up and get myself back into shape. I have to remember that there is a balance of health to be maintained between body, mind, and heart – which of course are fundamentally intertwined – while on the sometimes difficult and circuitous path of yoga. A path that we hope leads us through a life liberated from cycles of suffering.

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Curb Your Anxiety and Get Off that Couch

Posted on 1/26/2017 by Sarah Biel in Benefits of Meditation Anxiety Yoga Practice Yoga for Stress How to Deal with Anxiety Yoga for Being Snowed i

A sedentary person also termed a couch potato, is someone that leads a lifestyle with irregular or no physical activity. Couch potato's spend most of their day sitting watching TV, working on a computer, reading or playing video games. Excessive sitting contributes to many chronic health issues including anxiety and preventable causes of death.

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Beginner Yoga 101

Posted on 1/26/2017 by Yoga Download in Yoga for Beginners Beginner Yoga 101

You’ve been talking about yoga for years. You’re going to try it. Soon. Tomorrow. Next week. But, you’re too busy, too tired, too inflexible…fill in the blank. Maybe you are scared of yoga—that you won’t be good at it, that everyone will laugh at you in the back of class trying to figure out what in the world is happening.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Mash

Posted on 1/25/2017 by Maddie Berky in healthy recipes Healthy and Happy Maddie Berky Roasted Butternut Squash

So this recipe is freaking awesome. I totally don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but I was rather ambivalent when constructing it, and thus my mind was blown when I actually tasted it. Granted, I realize that I could be setting myself up for failure here, as you now have extremely high expectations, and when juxtaposed to my low expectations, who knows where your reaction will end up landing. It doesn’t matter though, because this recipe is yummy no matter your expectations, AND it’s the perfect intro to fall dish, AND it’s super easy, AND it can be sweet or savory. I’m calling this a win.

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Pranayama Ninja

Posted on 1/23/2017 by Andrea Ferretti in Pranayama Deep Breathing Ground Down Yoga Practice Andrea Ferretti

I’m going to share something straight-up and simple that’s transpiring for me lately. Here goes: As the working mom of a preschooler with a husband who travels constantly, I can say that unequivocally, it’s my practice that keeps me sane and balanced. (Can I get an “Amen!”)

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Live Your Dream, Be the Change

Posted on 1/18/2017 by YogaDownload .com in Dream Big Freedom 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 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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Spiced Pear Loaf

Posted on 1/17/2017 by Corinne Marabel in healthy breakfast ideas Spiced Pear Healthy and Happy AVeganKitchen Easy Recipes

After logging on to write this post, I was awakened to the very sad reality which is that it has been over 2 months since I have posted anything - I'm terrible, I know. However, I firmly believe that this recipe will cause you all to forgive my lack of dedication of late, due to it being undeniably delicious.

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Personal Essay: How Anxiety Made Me a Kinder Person

Posted on 1/16/2017 by Felice Schlizerman in Anxiety Be Kind Candace Moore 1001Knits How to Deal with Anxiety

I recently received an e-mail for a personal essays project. I was so excited that I responded with my pitch: “I was thinking about writing about how my anxiety has made me a kinder person. While I can't always control how I feel, It makes me think twice about other people and the struggles they might be going through.” I was so glad when I heard back that I would be able to share my experience, but now comes the tough part, writing this. So here goes nothing.

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Essential Sequence: Wake Up And Flow

Posted on 1/16/2017 by Jason Crandell in Jason Crandell Essential Sequence Wake Up and Flow Yoga Practice Energizing Poses

Full disclaimer: when it comes to the morning, I’m a coffee first kind of guy. Yoga is a close second. But, it’s second nonetheless. It wasn’t always this way, but nothing is permanent. So, if you’re like me and you prefer some liquid inspiration to get yourself on the mat first thing, don’t judge yourself. Once you’re ready, here’s a solid, get-up-and-go practice.

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5 Easy Ways To Transition to a Vegan Lifestyle

Posted on 1/11/2017 by Tara Augustine in New Years Vegan Transition Tara Augustine Vegan Lifestyle

Raw, vegetarian, 80/10/10, paleo, pescetarian- call it what you want, it seems there’s always a new diet to jump on board with that will ‘change your life.’ These innovative ways to eat have revolutionized the way that we live. From sourcing our ingredients locally, choosing organic or abstaining from meat, every day we make a choice about what to put in our bodies regardless of the label.

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Guide For Your First Yoga Retreat (infographic)

Posted on 1/11/2017 by Flora Lafage in Guide for Your First Yoga Retreat BookYogaRetreats Travel Yoga Infographic Deepen Your Yoga Practice

A yoga retreat provides the perfect health and wellness balance to travel the world, eat delicious food and deepen your yoga practice. 62% of 36 million of American practitioners of all levels have the desire to go on a yoga holiday, reports the 2016 Yoga Journal study.

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How To Create Your Success Story

Posted on 1/10/2017 by YogaDownload .com in Intentions Life Balance Priorities 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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Why You Don't Need a Guru

Posted on 1/10/2017 by Ashley Josephine in Ashley Josephine Why You Don't Need a Guru Practice of Yoga What Yoga Teaches Us Guidance Intuition

For many years, the practice of yoga was learned by dedicated students taught by their guru. Students learned yoga from one teacher or lineage and then either taught those same teachings or continued to study and live life. Today, when we read texts about how to learn yoga, you will always find a statement about the importance of finding a teacher. Presented as fact, this statement leads aspiring yoga practitioners to believe they indeed need to find their “guru.” An ideal of the guru is romanticized and categorized in the minds of many as an “if-then” statement — if I find a guru, then I will become enlightened. The problem with this dichotomy is that the student becomes disempowered by the notion that she can never find success on her own. Students are unable to progress in the true practice of yoga when this idea of the guru guiding practice becomes all-encompassing.

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Zucchini Noodles with Perfect Pesto

Posted on 1/10/2017 by Andrea Ferretti in Zucchini Noodles Andrea Ferretti Vegan Healthy and Happy Pesto Easy Recipe

I'm going to take you back to an Italian-American family on the east coast (mine) in the 1980s…those were the days when carbs where king and fat was the enemy. What did we eat back in those days? Do you remember the nation’s obsession with Snackwells and pasta? Well, we ate lots and lots of pasta.

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Forget Your Habits! (The Power of Ritual)

Posted on 1/9/2017 by Kate Marolt in Intention Experience Healthy Habits New Years Kate Marolt Power of Ritual

Question for you: Do you have any healthy habits you are trying to create this year? Or maybe some you would rather not have by the end of the year? (Like eating an entire jar of almond butter because you forgot to eat lunch or just... because?)

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Cancer Full Moon (1/12/17): Critical Care for The Inner Self

Posted on 1/9/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading Cancer Full Moon self-care Invocation

The first full moon of the year lights up in the sign of Cancer and illuminates all the key cancer qualities surrounding your emotions, the unconscious, and any healing work that needs to be done. Cancer, as the mother of the zodiac, holds the space for nurturing and communing with your deep needs and desires. That which is left untended in our psyche cries out the loudest, and like a small child, needs care from the mothering aspect within us. We are all capable of taking care of ourselves and doing the shadow work necessary to undo emotional traumas and deeply hidden complexes.

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New Classes to Tone Your Muscles & Your Mind

Posted on 1/4/2017 by YogaDownload .com in Benefits of Meditation 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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Kickstarting A Healthy Life

Posted on 1/2/2017 by Corinne Marabel in New Years Inspiration Healthy and Happy Kickstarting A Healthy Life Tips for Healthy Eating AVeganKitchen

Today's post will be an introduction to another section of my blog - 'Health', and I figured it would be fitting to write about something I have struggled with a lot over the last few years, the daunting task of creating a Healthier You (I'll be splitting it into three posts: Eating, Physical and Mental).

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New To Yoga? No Worries!

Posted on 1/2/2017 by Adam Hocke in Adam Hocke Yoga for Beginners Yoga Practice Journey of Yoga reflection

My first yoga class was in the NYU gym. I was 18 and on the bagel, pizza and cereal diet of a student. Holistic wellness wasn't necessarily on my radar and I went to class mostly because I wanted a bohemian experience that would fuel my assumed New York artiste persona. That was the same year I pierced my ear, wore yellow tinted glasses, and sported a beret on occasion. Yoga was to be another fashionable accessory.

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Ojas Energy Elixir

Posted on 1/2/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in Ojas Energy Elixir The Conscious Cleanse Hangover Cure Whole Foods Cleanse Ayurveda New Year

Happy 2017! A new year full of new possibilities! Are you feeling inspired? Or just a bit hungover and groggy from celebrating? Either way, we’ve got just the thing to help you start the new year right!

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