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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 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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Curating Your Life: How Do You Want to Shine?

Posted on 12/27/2016 by Susi Resner in Consciousness Manifest Follow Your Heart Choice Susi Resner Morning Ritual

Your life… akin to a hands-on interactive museum with multi-sensory opportunities. A vast space with large walls ready to display and enjoy a life you choose. A potential challenge for many of us to curate our lives of desire when our DNA, upbringing, perceptions, and expectations seem to be locked into our current life’s mural seemingly unable to modify.

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5 Essentials For Traveling (Plus Breathing Techniques)

Posted on 12/27/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Eating Healthy While Traveling 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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To Love vs. Be In Love With Your Body

Posted on 12/26/2016 by Maddie Berky in love Self-Love love your body Maddie Berky Practice of Gratitude Devotion

Is there a difference between loving your body and being in love with your body? We are presented with this notion that we need to love ourselves-- that our love must exist as this unquestionable force of worship, one that sustains and thus bestows wholeness upon us. This approach has always felt flat to me. As a surface stripped bare of footholds. A richly rough and complicated concept made smooth by the dogmatism of devotion. Love yourself.

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Tomato And Chilli Chutney

Posted on 12/26/2016 by Corinne Marabel in healthy recipes Gluten-Free Vegan AVeganKitchen Tomato and Chilli Chutney

I love all kind of condiment, I'm talking sauces, pickles, chutneys you name it. I feel like it's those kinds of things that take dishes to the next level. I've made pickled vegetables before, but have yet to create a recipe that I think really stands out from the rest. I never made a chutney until a few days ago. After throwing in seemingly random quantities of each ingredient, I ended up with (what I honestly believe) is the best tomato chutney I've ever had.

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Needing Less, Wanting More

Posted on 12/26/2016 by Valentina Rose in Non-Attachment Simple living Valentina Rose Aparigraha Yama Yoga Lifestyle

Overbooking my schedule since returning to California has left me tired and overwhelmed. I can never turn down an opportunity, so now I never stop-- I leave the house at 8am and come back at 10pm. What have I done to myself?! It’s in these moments that I appeal to my yoga values. Yoga, in its non dogmatic form, is the only philosophy whose moral codes I was able to identify with and slowly make my own.

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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 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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New Year, New Moon in Capricorn (12/29/16): Step Into the Light of Your Power

Posted on 12/20/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Intentions Alanna Kaivalya Surrender Divine Power Alchemical Ritual Capricorn New Moon

The final new moon of the year gives us a perfect opportunity to set clear intentions for 2017 and start fresh. It is through the new moon that we cultivate what we wish to bring into our lives, to grow and develop, and to nurture into fullness. With the new moon so close to New Year’s Eve, it’s is a perfect opportunity to tend to your goals, particularly in the areas of your career, responsibility, growth and maturation and discipline. Have you been skimping on a regular spiritual practice? Do you find yourself procrastinating? Are you not stepping up to the responsibilities that life is handing you? Now is the time.

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Featured Pose: Ustrasana or Camel Pose

Posted on 12/20/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Self-Love 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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What Always Remains: A Meditation in Packing

Posted on 12/19/2016 by Sunny Koh in Intentions reflection Travel Yoga Sunny Koh A Meditation in Packing Blessings Art of Packing

Over the past six months, due to personal and professional reasons, I found myself traveling and moving from one place to another— from point A to B then to B to C then C to A or B. And it feels like I’m still going and coming to unknown destinations.

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries

Posted on 12/19/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in Strawberries Healthy Snacks Andrea Ferretti Avocado Chocolate Mousse Holiday Recipes

We had amazing food at this year’s retreat to the Lumeria Maui. And when you’re on a yoga retreat, doing many hours of yoga each day you really need a great dessert. This Avocado Chocolate Mousse was, hands-down, the group’s favorite, because hello, chocolate?

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8 Best Yoga Poses for Holiday Cheer

Posted on 12/13/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Asana 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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Lavender Chia Seed Pudding

Posted on 12/12/2016 by Maddie Berky in healthy recipes Post Yoga Snack Maddie Berky Lavender Chia Seed Pudding Lavender Healthy Gut

No need to play off of false pretenses here. This is a safe place. I’m no dainty flower. I am, in a lot of ways, mostly talking about gluten and caffeine consumption. But in how I present myself - decidedly less dainty. And you know what, sometimes a lady wants to feel sophisticated and flowery and perhaps a hint of dainty. Hence why I love to add lavender to anything and everything.

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The One Thing You Should Take Away From Your Yoga Practice

Posted on 12/12/2016 by Tara Augustine in Peace Tara Augustine What Yoga Teaches Us Remember to Breathe Be Present Yoga for Stress

I’ve been practicing yoga for a few years, and have learned an awful lot about myself through my practice. Mostly about parts of me that haven’t healed. It’s been a process of taking down the walls I have built around my heart during my life – most notably, emotions and fear.

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Essential Sequence for Lower Back Pain

Posted on 12/12/2016 by Jason Crandell in Jason Crandell Yoga Practice Essential Sequence Lower Back Pain Yoga for Your Back

I know back pain. I’ve dealt with varying degrees of back pain—from mild to severe—for more than 20 years. I’ve also worked with hundreds of students that have similar challenges. In fact, many students turn to yoga when they’re facing lower-back problems.

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Super Moon in Gemini (12/13/16) – Clarity and Consciousness

Posted on 12/10/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Consciousness Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading Gemini Super Moon Clarity

The super moon in Gemini on December 13, 2016 illuminates our communication and learning. It encourages us to make connections, and stay close to our siblings, friends and relatives. Gemini’s most notable attributes are all highlighted, but this is also a good opportunity to let go of what doesn’t serve you in the realm of chatter: mental, verbal or spiritual. If there is too much in the way, it obstructs clarity, and for our path to be pure, we need to be clear.

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5 Reasons Why It's Time For a Digital Detox

Posted on 12/6/2016 by Nicole Tovar in Personal Routine Digital Detox Mind Body Connection Self-Love Authenticity Be Present Get into nature

“Ditch social media and my T.V. for a week... What?” Depending on who you are, and how much you use technology in your daily routine, a digital detox might seem either insane or too easy. It’s not until you begin to experience the highs and lows of a digital detox rollercoaster that you realize just how addicting social media and television really are. No matter who you are, if you’re living in this developed, 21st-century country, chances are you probably need a digital detox.

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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 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 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 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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Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie

Posted on 12/5/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in Smoothie Recipe The Conscious Cleanse Detox Tips Clean Eating Whole Foods Cleanse Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Metal Toxicity

Heavy Metals. We’re not talking about Def Leppard or Metallica today, ladies and gentlemen! We’re talking about toxic heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, copper, cadmium, nickel, arsenic, and lead, that we’re all exposed to on a daily basis. How are we exposed? Surprisingly we come into contact with heavy metals in everyday life – through the air we breathe (think vehicle emissions and other environmental pollutants), in the food we eat (non-organic foods that have been treated with pesticides and herbicides), if you have dental fillings made from mercury-containing amalgam, and certain types of large fish (such as king mackerel, swordfish, orange roughy, marlin, tuna steaks, and canned ‘white’ albacore).

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Poses to Help You Energize

Posted on 12/5/2016 by Adam Hocke in Prana Adam Hocke Practice Backbends Energizing Poses

How do you energize? There isn’t a shortage of energizing yoga classes or sequences, but I often wonder what we are actually asking of our students and ourselves when we practice with this goal. Often an energizing yoga class is just fast and hard. When done a bit more mindfully, it can focus on poses or breath patterns that stimulate and excite the nervous system into a more focused, instead of frantic state. My essential energizing poses, which find their way into my energizing classes, tell the chest to expand and invite an empowered inhalation. They connect me to the ground but suggest a rise of vital energy or prana upwards.

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