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Mindful Eating Practices

Posted on 8/30/2016 by Martyn Williams in Yoga of Eating Mindfulness Creating a Habit mindful eating Healthy and Happy Slow Down Nourishment

Mindful eating is a powerful tool that can be used to control weight gain, assist weight loss, fight binge eating, and deal with several other eating disorders. There are currently a lot of unhealthy solutions regarding weight loss, ranging from unhealthy fad diets to questionable, chemical supplements. Mindful eating, on the other hand, is a simple attitude that results in being aware of your appetite and thus allows you to control portions and make healthy meal choices. By practicing mindfulness while eating, you engage all of your senses, particularly when choosing foods. This way you are able to choose foods that are nourishing as well as satisfying. You will remain well aware of your level of hunger and be able to choose foods without relying entirely on emotional cues or stimuli, which drive many people to impulse eating. Eventually, you will be able to decide the ideal time to start and stop eating and the ideal foods to eat.

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#GoYourOmWay and Share Your Photo

Posted on 8/29/2016 by YogaDownload .com in national yoga month #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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Solar Eclipse + New Moon in Virgo (9/1/16): Embrace a New Layer of Healing

Posted on 8/26/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in transformation Alanna Kaivalya self-care Solar Eclipse Alchemical Ritual Healing Energy Astrological Reading New Moon in Virgo September Astrology

September features two eclipses in a row, starting with a solar eclipse during the new moon in Virgo on September 1st. The next event is a lunar eclipse during the full moon in Pisces on September 16th. This makes all of September an incredibly potent month to start, end, renew, reevaluate and deepen all areas of life. The energy of an eclipse lasts six month or more, so use the preliminary energy of Virgo in the month to be cautious and careful of all you cultivate during this cosmic time. The lunar eclipse in Pisces is a good time to immerse yourself in transcendence and oneness, and let go of all that doesn’t serve your spiritual needs.

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Paleo Peach Jam & Why Seasonal Eating is Glorious

Posted on 8/24/2016 by Maddie Berky in Ayurveda seasonal produce Paleo Paleo Peach Jam Seasonal Eating Maddie Berky

I have what you could call a peach problem. That is if you consider consuming massive amounts of the cuddliest fruit ever over the months of July and August, then yes I have a problem. I know Georgia is known for their peaches. But my friends, Colorado is the sneaky underdog of peach production. We make a damn good peach. Like shenanigans good. But those Colorado beauties aren’t around all year round. And it sucks. And it’s painful. And at least a dozen times I want to rock a grocery store peach that has traveled miles upon miles to be meticulously piled up in ze Whole Foods. But I don’t. (At least not usually.) Because they are always a disappointment. And because they beg to ask the question: do I really need to eat peaches 12 glorious months out of the year?

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Be Here Now

Posted on 8/23/2016 by Ross O'Brien in Meditation Be Present Fearless Be Here Now Subtle Provocations

Why do I feel this sense of urgency? I feel it all the time. I feel it the morning when I first wake up. I feel it while I am doing my work. I feel it while I am driving, walking and riding my bike. I feel it when I am on my yoga mat. I feel it in meditation. I feel it now as I write these words: write faster, finish writing sooner, move on to the next thing you have to do today. 

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To Lengthen and Strengthen in Yoga

Posted on 8/23/2016 by Valentina Rose in Strength Alignment tendons Flexibility Inhibitions Ligaments Valentina Rose

My journey in yoga lately has been leading me to throughly analyze the way postures work. In other words, alignment. Lately I’ve been asking myself: what is the balance between strength and flexibility? Does a body party or muscle group need to be strong in order to be flexible?

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Minty Green Tea Cooler

Posted on 8/22/2016 by Andrea Ferretti in Andrea Ferretti Green Tea Summer Recipe Minty Green Tea Cooler Catechins Vitamin C Health Benefits of Green Tea

It’s safe to say I’m green-tea obsessed. It hold promise for many different types of health benefits (including cancer prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention) and there are so many varieties and delicious blends that I never grow tired of it. Since reading David Servan-Schreiber’s book Anti-Cancer, I try to drink it regularly, so I’m often experimenting with different recipes. This one is my current favorite summer iced tea. It requires some prep, but you can make a big batch and drink it over the course of a few days.

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Cooling Practices to Beat the Heat

Posted on 8/22/2016 by YogaDownload .com in balance Ayurveda Doshas Stay Cool Beat the Heat PItta

Summer is winding down and as the season starts to shift, it’s a perfect time to integrate some more calming practices to not only beat the last hot days of summer, but also to remind ourselves how important it is to chill out in our busy, high-tech world. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, offers advice on how we can acclimate to the heat and balance it out through both diet and our asana, pranayama and meditation practices. When we align ourselves with nature, we learn to live in balance no matter what’s happening externally or internally. Without launching a dissertation on Ayurvedic principles, we’ll give you the quick basics on how Pitta energy can be exacerbated in the summer and provide some practices that will help you stay calm, cool, and collected no matter how steamy it gets.

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Featured Pose: Warrior II

Posted on 8/18/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Featured Pose Warrior 2 Virabhadrasana II Alignment Yoga Practice Positive Energy

Practice our Featured Pose of the month, Warrior II, to fuel your flow. Warrior II / Virabhadrasana II symbolizes strength and victory.

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Lemon Blueberry Smoothie

Posted on 8/16/2016 by Conscious Cleanse

It’s International Green Smoothie Day today (August 15) and we’re celebrating with a new low sugar green smoothie recipe.

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Jump Into the Flow and Let That Sh*t Go!

Posted on 8/15/2016 by YogaDownload .com in benefits of yoga Practice Samskaras Featured Pose Positive Energy Virabhadrasna II Power Vinyasa Class

One of the most powerful benefits of practicing yoga is that it creates space for you to work through negative emotions and the drama that might be weighing like an anvil on your shoulders. We all have samskaras or karmic tendencies and energy patterns and often we can get stuck in obsessing about the same few thoughts. Over and over again. Usually the thoughts that hold us back—you know those with self-doubt and self-pity? By practicing yoga with an emphasis on flow, vibration, dissolution, you can fire up your tapas and alchemize all that sh*t into positive energy.

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Wild Salmon Mason Jar Salad

Posted on 8/10/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse wild salmon Omega 3 Mason Jar Salads Whole Food Diet

One of the biggest hurdles we hear about from Conscious Cleansers (our next cleanse starts Sept. 7.) is that they don’t have time for meal prep! Well, today we have another time-saving recipe for you – A lunch that you can toss together in under 15 minutes! Going to the Whole Foods salad bar takes longer than that!

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Aquarius Full Moon (8/18/16): Be the Force for Change In The World

Posted on 8/10/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Aquarius Full Moon Speak Truth Be The Change

Are you ready to highlight your humanitarian efforts during this full moon in Aquarius? Good, because the world needs it. This is a time to shed whatever is holding you back from speaking your truth, particularly about how things need to shift. Each of us has our own way in which we can be the change we wish to see in our world. There is no singular effort, no one goal that needs to be accomplished right now; all efforts and all goals are equally important. While each of us has our soap box, so to speak, it is now that we need to stand upon it and clear the way for positive change. 

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Step Forward

Posted on 8/9/2016 by Ashley Josephine in Downward facing Dog Ashley Josephine Fearless challenges Step Forward Transition

When I was little, my sister and I came up with this game that we would play whenever we would go to the ocean (once a year). We would be so excited to get our feet in the sand and our toes wet that we couldn’t wait to put on a bathing suit. Fresh from a 12-hour car ride, we’d run down to the beach, still in our clothes, roll up our shorts even shorter and feel the waves crashing on our feet. Then, we would challenge each other by declaring in delight “Step farther!” and each of us would have to take a giant step forward into the ocean. Whoever chickened out first because they were afraid to get waved on lost. We would giggle and scream and then start all over again to see how far we could get into the ocean without getting scared.

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Victorious is Glorious! Carpe Diem!

Posted on 8/8/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Yoga Journey yoga for athletes Carpe Diem Be Present

We don’t know about you, but we find watching the Olympics to be an incredibly inspiring experience. Seeing the athletes who have dedicated their lives, sacrificed so much for the opportunity to compete at the highest level on the globe have the opportunity to shine is powerful. Are the Olympics just about being the best? Winning the gold at all costs? Is it about the outcome? Or, is it more than that? Is it truly about the journey?

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Setting Sankalpa

Posted on 8/3/2016 by Elizabeth Anne in Manifestation Sankalpa Yoga Inspiration Determination Goal-Setting

I was first introduced to the sankalpa during my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program during a Yoga Nidra practice. This practice forever changed the trajectory of my life. By listening to my teacher guide me into a state between consciousness and unconsciousness, I was able to create my sankalpa by crystallizing what my heart’s true desire was and begin to allow it to manifest and unfold in my life.

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New Moon in Leo (8/2/16): Learning to Let Your Little Light Shine

Posted on 8/2/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya New Moon Alchemical Ritual Leo New moon Loyalty Astrological Reading

The new moon in Leo invites us to move into the spotlight with laughter and exuberance. If there was ever a time to shine, it is now. Leo’s regal qualities are highlighted right now, encouraging us to laugh freely, commune with friends and take advantage of all opportunities to revel in the attention of others. Imagine sitting at the high table with those you love on either side, and an audience of adorers willing to listen…what would you say? How would you communicate your love? This is happening now, and so you must bring your message of loyalty and love to the world.

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Strawberry Basil Smoothies

Posted on 8/2/2016 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Eat Whole Foods Gluten-Free 80:20 Smoothie Strawberry-Basil Smoothie

Summer fun catching up with you? Even though we’re a month away from our next online Conscious Cleanse, it feels good to hit the reset button from time to time, especially during summer when there are just so many fun trips, activities, and gatherings to enjoy!

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Gold Medal Classes for Your Home Practice

Posted on 8/2/2016 by YogaDownload .com in goals Manifest Yoga Practice Commitment Global Athletes Yoga Games home practice Gold Medal Classes

With the world’s drishti turned to Rio this week, we’ve been asking ourselves, what if yoga were a global competitive sporting event? Yogis would be judged in categories like compassion, presence and breath - they would be judged on their non-judgment. Yoga will likely never join the 28 sports that earn gold medals (and if they did what version of yoga would that be?), but with over 36 million Americans practicing everyday, we still feel a patriot-like sense of pride and community. Many global athletes embrace a yoga practice to enhance their athletic performance. In addition to physical conditioning and strength training, yoga helps build mental agility – in short, it connects brain and brawn for a higher purpose.

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