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Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life: Everyday Yamas

Posted on 9/22/2017 by Yoga Download

This week, we’re thrilled to introduce a new series of classes + program from YogaDownload superstar teacher, Kristin Gibowicz, that marry ancient wisdom with your daily life. Everyday Yamas will guide you through the five Yamas in an accessible way.

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When Fear Has You In Its Grip

Posted on 9/14/2017 by Kate Marolt in Fearless Kate Marolt Mindfulness

Let’s get real about fear. Fear has been on my mind and in my heart. All the ways in which we experience fear, are taught to deal with (or avoid) fear, false expectations around fearlessness, and so much more. I’ve been holding hands with fear a lot lately. Sometimes it’s a firm, solid hand hold, and sometimes it feels like fear is trying to break my fingers and crush my hand. It’s so interesting being a human. I’ve tried so many different things to get rid of fear- avoiding it, seeking it out, making choices based on it or in spite of it, saying a lot of positive affirmations, focusing on love and light, pretending it doesn’t exist- you name it, I’ve tried it.

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Raw Blueberry Pie

Posted on 9/14/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Dairy Free Healthy and Happy Raw Blueberry Pie

Good for boosting brain health, combating effects of aging, low on the glycemic index and high in fiber, blueberries are a superfood with a far-reaching benefits. This time of year, fresh blueberries make a great snack, but we love them year-round in our smoothies, and in today’s decadent but guilt-free, gluten-free, dairy-free pie.

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Align the Mind

Posted on 9/13/2017 by Ashley Josephine in Mind Body Connection Alignment Align the Mind Ashley Josephine

Alignment is a buzz word these days in the yoga world. Since more and more people are practicing yoga, and more people are speaking out about how yoga has injured them in the past, instructors and practitioners alike are concerned about safety. And that’s a good thing. But for all the talk about alignment as it refers to the body, what about the alignment of our thoughts, decisions, and actions?

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Raw Nut Butter Cups

Posted on 9/10/2017 by Corinne Marabel in Healthy Fats AVeganKitchen Raw Nut Butter Cups Nut Butters

Using nut butter is a great way to make sure you're getting your fill of healthy fats every day. This recipe not only uses peanut butter, or your choice of nut butter but it also incorporates coconut oil and almonds among other great sources of good fats! And oh my god, are they delicious!

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9 Ridiculous Reasons You “Can’t” Do Yoga

Posted on 9/9/2017 by Yoga Download

September is National Yoga Month, and if you’ve been curious about how this ancient practice can benefit your modern life, it’s the perfect time to put away excuses. There are a lot of reasons people think they can’t do yoga - and every single one is ridiculous. So we’re debunking the most popular excuses, and offering a special beginner’s bundle that proves yoga is really for every body.

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9 Simple Ways to Live Authentically (Even When Life is Messy)

Posted on 9/6/2017 by Frosina Angjelkoska in Authenticity Practice of Seeking Finding Freedom Living With Authenticity

As I’m approaching 30, I often find myself pondering on living authentically. What does being authentic mean? How do I know if the life I’m leading is authentic? Am I happy with the person I’ve become? Finally, is authenticity overrated? And if you’re anything like me, your train of thought may be similar.

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Yoga Tips For a Healthy Back

Posted on 9/4/2017 by Sienna Smith in Yoga for Back Pain Healthy Back Yoga Therapy

Over 50% of all working Americans report having back pain each year. That's 5 out of 10 of you will have back pain this year! As a yoga therapist and a teacher of thousands of public yoga classes over the last 16 years I see many people with poor alignment, and the inability to flex, extend and twist their spine normally.

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Pisces Full Moon: Swimming in Spiritual Waters

Posted on 9/3/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading Spiritual Guide Pisces Full Moon

The mystical full moon in Pisces is the culmination of months of energy that began building with the Pisces new moon and solar eclipse that occurred earlier this year on February 24, 2017. On that date, we planted seeds in the psyche that blossomed our desire for transcendence, spiritual connection, and oneness. Pisces energy encourages us to swim in the waters of the unconscious, and after the recent eclipse events in August, many of us likely still are!

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Plantain Pancakes

Posted on 8/30/2017 by Maddie Berky in Maddie Berky Plantain Pancakes Breakfast Ideas Fall Recipes

I have sort of a love affair with pancakes. Or rather, it’s more like a Nicholas Sparks style recollection of that one summer when I was eating gluten.

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The Art of a Well-Paced Class

Posted on 8/30/2017 by Jason Crandell in Yoga Teachers Jason Crandell What Yoga Teaches Us Art of a Well-Paced Class

Every day during my teacher trainings I give my students time to practice on their own—at their own pace. The practice period is only 15 to 20 minutes, but it gives everyone a little quiet time to integrate the work we’ve been doing as a group. And, it gives everyone the opportunity to work on whatever it is they need at the time. I’ve watched hundreds of students practice in this environment and one thing that stands out: No one goes fast. No one. I’ve never seen one person choose to move at a pace that outstrips their breath. I’ve never seen someone go so fast that they get winded. I’ve seen people choose to practice quiet, restorative poses. I’ve seen people choose ridiculously demanding poses. I’ve seen people choose everything in between. But, I’ve never seen someone move so fast that they can’t breathe deeply.

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Why We Should Retreat and Do Yoga

Posted on 8/30/2017 by Michael Grant in Community Motivation Guide for Your First Yoga Retreat Yoga Retreats

Vacations are a good chance for you to try something new. It allows you the opportunity to be braver being in a new place and seeing new sites. Brave, relaxed, and in a mood for fun, yoga is one thing you could consider trying out. It’s new but offers the same type of relaxation that a vacation provides.

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Choose Joy

Posted on 8/28/2017 by Yoga Download

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day."

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Cool Down Yoga

Posted on 8/24/2017 by Yoga Download in relaxing

You’ve spent the last few months saluting the sun. So don’t spend the next few weeks – the last precious days of hazy sunsets, al fresco dining and going barefoot – diving head first into a pumpkin latte. Seasonal transitions are natural and gradual, and we’re natural beings, so go with the flow and don’t rush from one season to the next. Summer is a time of sweetness and extroversion, and as it begins to wind down, this is a precious time to savor it’s lightness and glory, while also turning inwards to reflect and rejuvenate. This week, we invite you to soak up the end of summer and to slow down in the process.

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Almond Matcha Green Smoothie

Posted on 8/23/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Clean Eating 80:20 Smoothie Almond Matcha Green Smoothie

The recipe that we’re sharing today is one that we’ve been holding onto because it falls into our 80:20 category! Now that the summer cleanse is behind us, we want to talk about matcha – the green tea superfood that we’re head over heels for (when not cleansing).

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Love Hate Yoga

Posted on 8/23/2017 by J. Brown in Yoga Teachers J. Brown Yoga Yoga Industry Truth About Yoga

Pop culture continues to enjoy a glossy-eyed love affair with yoga. But many long-time practitioners and professionals are discovering that, somewhere along their journey over the last decade or so, either yoga or they have changed. As once die-hard yogis attempt to discern what, if anything, of their practice has stood up against the test of time, their relationship to yoga needs to be allowed to evolve or they’ll likely feel compelled to part ways.

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Get Clear on Meditation

Posted on 8/18/2017 by Ashley Josephine in Meditation Ashley Josephine Practice of Meditation Yoga Philosophy

One of the reasons why the Yoga Sutras are somewhat hard to understand for a first-time reader is because of the presentation and organization of the sutras themselves. Rather than presenting a chronological order of yoga with clear instructions, the very first chapter sets out to explain the unexplainable – the end goal of yoga, or samadhi. In fact, it takes an entire chapter and 51 sutras to really define and deconstruct what yoga is. Keep in mind, asana isn’t mentioned once!

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Awaken Your Inner Warrior

Posted on 8/18/2017 by Yoga Download

What does it mean to be a Warrior? How can practicing yoga enable you to tap into your inner courage and stand up for freedom and truth? Even in the face of opposition and great odds?

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Leo New Moon & Solar Eclipse: Revealing the Light of the Inner Sun

Posted on 8/16/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Solar Eclipse Alchemical Ritual Leo New moon Astrological Reading

The beginning of August featured a full moon and lunar eclipse that kicked off the most powerful astrological month of this year. With the Leo New Moon on August 21st, we are also blessed with a total solar eclipse: the biggest astrological influence on the psyche in 2017. This eclipse provides us with an energetic and psychological impact that remains for 6 months to a year. What you set into motion with your intention and attention during this eclipse bears fruit for a long time to come.

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Zoodles: Fiesta Style

Posted on 8/15/2017 by Jentry Lee in Zucchini Noodles Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan Easy Recipes Vegan Foods

Get your zoodle on with our no cook, no bake, all flavorful Fiesta-style Zoodles. You can make this dish in a flash all without heating up your kitchen. And, you’ll get your fair share of delightfully fresh, crisp veggies without the typical green salad. Make it for your next potluck or have it in the fridge for a go-to snack. Cheers!

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5 Reason to Start Your Workday
with Morning Meditation

Posted on 8/11/2017 by Eva Wislow in Benefits of Meditation Meditate Combat Work Stress Daily Pratice

Greatness can be achieved through dedication and daily meditation. Highly successful people are doing it so why won’t you? Each of us has different reasons for meditating. Don’t worry though, as all possible outcomes are always positive. Practicing meditation in the morning might be much more beneficial for you than in any other time of the day.

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Curried Chicken Salad

Posted on 8/10/2017 by Rebecca Katz in Healthy Salad Curried Chicken Salad Easy Recipe

This salad was inspired by those gorgeous, colorful Bollywood flicks that offer a feast of singing, dancing, and romance. I love Indian food, as it was my first real introduction to all things curry. Only much later did I learn that turmeric, a typical curry spice that gives curries a yellow tint, has tremendous antitumor and anti-inflammatory properties. And to think, I loved it just for its taste! Here, I was hankering for a swirl of flavors with an Indian feel. The chicken makes a great starting point because it’s full of protein and amenable to all sorts of accessorizing. In this case, the apple and raisins play delightfully off the curry spices.

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Yoga as the Fountain of Youth: Fearless After Fifty!

Posted on 8/10/2017 by Yoga Download in Fearless yoga for 50+

You may have heard that yoga is the fountain of youth and this week, we invite you to dive in with two well-respected, popular, and lovely instructors, Desiree Rumbaugh and Michelle Marchildon. They have teamed up to create a program designed to encourage you to feel your best at any age. We’re thrilled to introduce a new series of videos and a book, Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga.

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Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon in Aquarius: Follow Your Inspiration for Lasting Transformation

Posted on 8/3/2017 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading Aquarius Full Moon

The most important astrological events of the year occur in August — two eclipses light up the sky and call us to delve into our psyche to reap the rewards of deep spiritual work. Eclipses conceal and reveal what might be otherwise hidden in the shadows. Despite the discomfort usually caused by looking into the psyche, shadow work is a necessary process for catalyzing true and lasting transformation. This August, you are presented with the opportunity to harness the energies of the cosmos, surrender what no longer serves you, and recreate yourself in the light of the newly eclipsed sun.

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Limitless Living

Posted on 7/28/2017 by Yoga Download

You can be whomever you want. You can do whatever you dream. You are capable of living a life without limits. There’s a caveat, however: you need to start trusting your inner voice and releasing limiting beliefs and habits.

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Bok Broc Buddha Bowl

Posted on 7/27/2017 by Conscious Cleanse in The Conscious Cleanse Eat Whole Foods Clean Eating One Bowl Wonder Buddha Bowl

Who doesn’t love a yummy buddha bowl? Warm, nourishing, versatile, and packed with goodness, one bowl meals are a staple when we’re just not sure what else to cook up for dinner. Plus, they’re a great way to use up any leftover veggies, meats or grains that you have in the fridge.

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Essential Sequence: Winning in Warrior III

Posted on 7/27/2017 by Jason Crandell in Jason Crandell Yoga Sequence Essential Sequence Warrior 3 Standing Balancing Pose

I spent my first two years of yoga avoiding Warrior III. Then, I spent another year avoiding it. Finally, after avoiding it for an additional 15 years, I’ve made it a mainstay of my practice. What can I say? I guess it takes me a while to warm up to things that expose my weaknesses, knock me off balance, and frustrate my ego. I have to admit, I actually like it now.

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When You Only Have Time for a Quickie…

Posted on 7/26/2017 by Yoga Download in quick fix Short Practice

Wanna sneak away for a quick, passionate session? Just the two of us, and your yoga mat.

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Mini Vegetable Frittatas

Posted on 7/20/2017 by Candace Moore in healthy breakfast ideas Healthy and Happy Candace Moore Veggie Frittatas

Eggs and vegetables, what a formidable combination! Well, perhaps "formidable" is a strong word, but it's certainly a combination that can't be beaten! As a person that often meal preps her breakfasts for the work week, any combination of eggs and vegetables in my belly leads to me having a better morning. If I eat anything with too much sugar - I've been known to be a bit heavy handed with my overnight oatmeal's maple syrup pours in the past - I definitely feel that quintessential 11 a.m. crash so many folks talk about. A breakfast with eggs and vegetables definitely helps me stay steady and focused until lunchtime. Protein and vital nutrients, for the win!

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5 Promising Aqua Yoga Poses You Need To Know About

Posted on 7/20/2017 by Nisha Baghadia in benefits of yoga Yoga Poses Aqua Yoga Yoga Trends Yoga Therapy

Harry Potter yoga, goat yoga and now-- aqua yoga? The latest trend in yoga, Aqua Yoga adapts the principles and movements of yoga to a water environment. The water provides buoyancy and will let you concentrate more on strengthening and stretching your body rather than struggling to balance yourself. Practicing yoga in water also relieves joint and bone stress. If you have ever experienced difficulty in holding a yoga pose correctly, you will be surprised by how you can just float into that position under water with grace and ease.

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