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Essential Sequence: Evening Wind Down

Posted on 7/25/2016 by Jason Crandell in Restorative Yoga Hamstrings Happy Hip Stetches Jason Crandell Stretch Shoulders Yoga Sequence Winding Down

I’ve spent many an evening, after a long, hard day doing these poses in our living room while family life happens around me. That might mean that my daughter is jumping on me, or that there’s an occasional sports newscast on in the background. My evening wind down practice isn’t pristine (and yours doesn’t have to be either), but I still find it incredibly helpful to spend a few minutes on self-care in the evening. It provides a buffer zone that helps me relax so that when it’s time for sleep, my mind isn’t buzzing and my body isn’t calling out for more attention.

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Peach Crumble Bars

Posted on 7/25/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse 80:20 recipe Gluten-Free Whole Foods Cleanse Peach Crumble seasonal produce

It’s peach season and that means it’s time for peach pies, peach cobbler, and peach green smoothies! Tis’ the season for PEACHES and as you can tell, we can’t get enough of them. Today we’re adding to our peach repertoire with these delicious Peach Crumble Bars.

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Move Your Asana at the Office

Posted on 7/25/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Combat Work Stress Stretch Yoga you can do at work Seated Yoga Office Yoga Classes

You began your workday with the best of intentions. Quite virtuous intentions, actually. But, your job is hectic and deadlines loom. Despite planning on attending a yoga class at the studio down the street or even in your office wellness center, you find yourself trapped at your desk working overtime. Again. If this happens to you on a regular basis, don’t despair. You can squeeze in time for yoga at the office, even if it’s at your desk with no sticky mat or stretchy pants in sight.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Posted on 7/19/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse 80:20 recipe cold soup gazpacho Summer Recipe

We’re officially in the dog days of summer and even though summer doesn’t typically scream “soup!” this recipe – which is straight out of our book, will make you think otherwise! Gazpacho isn’t just any soup, it’s a soup that is traditionally made of raw vegetables and served cold, making it absolutely perfect for summertime.

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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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The Foundation of Yoga Sutras

Posted on 7/18/2016 by Ashley Josephine in Yoga Sutras Ashley Josephine Philosophy of Yoga Kriya Ashtanga Samyama

I recently graduated from my 500-hour advanced teacher training. The experience was an intense and deep study not just of yoga but also of myself and my relationship with yoga. As I’ve shared with some of you in my classes, it seems that we are always just beginning our journey – the moment we identify an end-goal is the moment we stray from the very path that will help us achieve it. Some of you have encouraged me to share some of what I wrote in my lengthy 7,600+ word final exam essays. As I went back and reviewed what I wrote, I found the perfect piece to share with you today. There are so many times I reference the Yoga Sutras in my blog posts, but I’ve never really talked through them in a full dedicated post, so now is the time!

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Gluten Free Chewy Millet & Molasses Granola

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Maddie Berky in healthy breakfast ideas Gluten-Free Clean Eating Granola

Sometimes life is about a collection of details. Flecks of gorgeous sprinkled throughout the day. We can get lost in the macro of things, and we miss it. It being the details. It being the smell of cinnamon and honey that lingers on your skin after making granola. It being that surprising crunch of millet between your teeth even though you know it’s there, even though you know it’ll be crunchy. It being the magic of creation. The magic of watching ingredients meld together into something unique, something yours. It being the connection with your food, the connection with your body, the connection with the world.

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Capricorn Full Moon (7/19/16) - Manifesting Real Meaning In Our Life

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Capricorn Full Moon Healing Energy Invocation

Capricorn, the wise elder, gets the full light of the moon this month, bringing awareness to our level of maturity, commitment to discipline, being overworked and developing strategies for our career or lifestyle. The energy of Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and so there is constant pressure to get work done and work the plans we’ve crafted. On the low side, however, this pressure leads to workaholism and forgetting the human element in our endeavors. Capricorn can be cold and ruthless when it comes to achieving its goal. The light of this full moon gives us a clearer vision to understand who, why and what we are working for at this time. If our goals have become trivial, materialistic or narrow minded, this is a good time to broaden our view and reintroduce meaning back into our life’s work.

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A Case for the Morning Workout

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Glenn Dickstein in benefits of yoga Workout Morning Routine Glenn Dickstein

Any time you can get to the gym is great. However, some times may have more benefits than others. Below are four reasons why exercising in the morning may be the best.

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Twist and Turns in Yoga

Posted on 7/12/2016 by YogaDownload .com in benefits of yoga Twists Featured Pose

When you’re practicing yoga, do you ever wonder why you’re doing a particular asana or pose? Why the teacher emphasizes alignment in a particular way? What the benefits are?

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A New Take on Twists

Posted on 7/11/2016 by Jason Crandell in Jason Crandell Twists Parivrtta Trikonasana Parivrtta Utkatasana Revolved Chair Pose

Spring has sprung and all throughout yogaland, studios are hosting “detox flow” workshops that emphasize deep twists and side bends. And, no doubt, the vast majority of these workshops will declare that you need to keep your pelvis “stable” when you twist in order to keep your lower back and sacroiliac joints safe. Although the word “stable” in this context is slightly misleading, teachers are trying to keep their students from turning their pelvis when they rotate their spine. This is the way I taught twists for over 15 years — adamantly no less.

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The Foundation of Vinyasa Yoga

Posted on 7/6/2016 by Alberto Güitrón in Strength Vinyasa Practice Yoga Foundation of Flexbility Alberto Güitrón

Vinyasa Yoga is one of the most practiced styles worldwide, indeed, according to a survey by the Yoga Journal, it is the most popular style amongst yogis. So, why is it that there seems to be some confusion about what Vinyasa is? Is it a style? A sequence? Or is it just a technique? And what exactly does it mean when a teacher says “take a Vinyasa”?

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The Core Of Who You Are: Connect to Muladhara Chakra

Posted on 7/6/2016 by Jenna Davi in Foundation Strong Core Self-Practice Muladhara Chakra Jenna Davi

There is so much pressure to get into the best schools in order to receive the highest education. We work ourselves into exhaustion so we can make as much money as possible to pay off school debts and afford luxurious homes. These supposed paths of lives are followed in the hopes of “enjoying” ourselves on the weekends but deny ourselves activities that truly make us happy. In fact, most people are so stressed from the pressures of achievement that they are still thinking of work on their time off and can’t find enjoyment because the mind is so distracted with the pressure and stress of having to be ‘successful’. That sounds like a trap we blindly walk into. And for the majority, it looks like that trap has been accepted.

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5 Reasons Everyone Needs Yoga

Posted on 7/6/2016 by Aimee Hughes in Awareness benefits of yoga Aimee Hughes N.D. Yoga Practice Healthy and Happy

It’s estimated that about 9% of the American population practices yoga. Most of them are women, but the practices is slowly gaining popularity with the male species among us as the yogic path becomes more and more necessary to live a full and balanced life in these stressful modern day times. But shouldn’t everyone be practicing yoga? Here are 5 compelling reasons why the 9% should become 100%!

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Posted on 7/6/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Cacao Gluten-Free 80:20 Avocado Whole Foods Cleanse

We’ve officially entered the dog days of summer, which according to Wikipedia is an expression that “refers to the hot, sultry days of summer especially in the Northern Hemisphere.” Today we’ve got the antidote to the dog days of summer – Chocolate Ice Cream!

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Empower Your Awesome, Love Your Core

Posted on 7/6/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Prana Strength Strong Core Manipura

You are awesome! Yes, you. If sometimes you doubt yourself and question whether you’re strong enough for whatever you’re facing in your life, you aren’t alone. We’ve got some suggestions for you about how loving and strengthening your core will empower you. Our core is our center—physically, emotionally and mentally. It is vital to keep our spine healthy, our abs strong and learn to cultivate our prana or life force energy from our navel center. Remember that when we create strength in our physical body, it translates to strength in our heart and mind as well.

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