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Transitioning From Yoga Student to Yoga Teacher

This weekend I finished a teacher training intensive at my yoga studio. This intensive was 12 hours of yoga over the weekend (Friday night and 2 practices a day on Saturday and Sunday), with 25 other teachers and soon-to-be teachers from the Seattle area (though 1 person came in from Montana!). My studio, Shakti Vinyasa, …

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Tony Robbins on NBC Today Show

In a recent Today Show interview, Tony Robbins speaks about fear, how society is facing situations (war, economic turmoil) that many people have never had to deal with in this generation, and the need to condition our emotions to deal with such situations effectively. [Note: if you subscribe to my blog via e-mail, you may …

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Vegan Muscle

Those who don’t believe that you can be strong and healthy on a plant-based diet need to take a look at Robert Cheeke. Robert’s a good friend of mine, and is living proof that you can really achieve outstanding physical health as a Vegan.

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The Simple Life

My friend visited from Portland, OR a few weeks and inspired me to take a massive step toward living a much simpler lifestyle. He has spend the past year or so as a “vagabonding,” most recently returning from a 4 month visit to Fiji, where he lived on about $10/day….and felt that he was living …

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Climbing Everest

I’ve gotten hooked on a series on the Discovery Channel, Everest: Beyond The Limit. You can watch full episodes on the Discovery Channel website, download series 1 (2006) or series (2007) on iTunes, or get the DVD. It’s a great show, full of all the drama and adventure you could every want. Best of all, …

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Dealing With Lack Of Motivation

Lately I’ve been suffering from a lack of motivation to train hard in the gym. I don’t have much of an issue going to Yoga, but weight training has been very tough. I haven’t been making steady progress which is part of the reason why I am lacking motivation. I can get to the gym …

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Raw Power Smoothie

This Raw Power Smoothie is highly alkalizing, satiating and tastes really good! (ingredients for my Raw Power Smoothie)  For the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying a big raw-food smoothie every morning. It’s a great addition to my diet. What prompted me to start doing this? I met someone about a month ago, who has …

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I Just Drank My Salad!

I was making dinner and started munching away on some local (organic) field greens. I literally shove the stuff in my mouth until I can’t fit any more in and chew it like a cow. My goal is to keep chomping until whatever I am cooking is cooked. Hey, it beat snacking on potato chips. …

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Get More Done. Check E-Mail Twice A Day Or Less.

I’m starting to crack down hardcore on my TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS. I hate the term “time management” because the thought of having to “manage” anything can in itself be an utter waste of time. However in this case, the fixed cost investment will be well worth it. The way I figure, since I an 27 …

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How to Gain 34lbs of Muscle in 4 Weeks

Tim Ferriss has another motivating post about how to gain a massive amount of muscle in a short period of time. It is almost too big a change to believe, but I’ll let you be the judge. What’s the most weight (muscle or fat!) that you’ve gained in a single month? For me: +10lbs. Back …

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Is life a game of checkers or chess?

In CHECKERS, you focus on one move at a time. Take pieces as they come. You aren’t thinking that far ahead. Action and short-term results are the way to win. CHESS is an entirely different game. Outstanding chess players think a dozen moves ahead. They have a game plan. They are willing to trade-off short-term …

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Getting up early

One byproduct of getting your biological clock all out of wack with international travel, is that it gives you a rare chance to make changes to your daily routine. You pretty much get a clean start. I decided to take advantage of this. I have been trying for a while to lessen the time I …

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Top Ten Impressions From My Trip To India

I finally made it to my apartment this afternoon, wrapping up my three-week journey all over the Indian subcontinent. After 36 hours of travelling; one would think that blogging would be the last thing on my mind……but I am on a mission. The mission is to not get jet-lag, that ill-tempered disease of the cross-continent …

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Stay Well Through The Winter

The winter-time is well known for family holiday’s, gift giving and getting, plenty of food….and of course….colds and the flu! Take a few precautions now, and your holiday season is bound to be more enjoyable. This month, for your reading pleasure, is an essay by Dr. Raman-Caplan on how to stay well through the winter; …

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Milk, does it really do any-body good?

Hearing Howard Lyman speak at the Vegan Holiday Festival got me thinking about dairy. Howard emphatically stated that the number one thing every person must do to save their health, is to stop consuming dairy products. Dairy, in his view, was much much worse than chicken, seafood or beef. As Howard was a 40-year cattle …

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Photoreading My First Book

My Photoreading kit has arrived ! I was quite skeptical at the start, but have committed to give it a sincere effort for 30 days. The package includes several books, an audio CD set and a DVD set. I watched two of the DVDs and then Photoread the book last night. The quality of the …

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Why Tony Robbins Should Run For President

All this talk of elections this year has me thinking about the next Presidential race, in 2008. There are lots of names floating around. Clinton, Obama, McCain. Thank goodness Cheney isn’t gonna be in contention. I wonder if Nader will make another go at it? In the coming months we should expect to leading candidates …

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Lose Weight by Sleeping More

Yesterday I wrote about my motivation to find all the lost hours that have disappeared from my life. Sleep seems to be a prime suspect for the theft. I have always been a sound sleeper. I tend to drift off within minutes of hitting the sack. Waking up is another story. The older I get, …

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Photoreading

I read quite a bit. At any given time I’ll have about three books going at the same time. Reading one book at a time is too boring. I’ll plow through about 2-4 books a month using this method. Mostly non-fiction. I particularly like autobiographies and books about mountaineering or stories about human endurance. I …

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The Dangers of Multi-Tasking

While on retreat in Colorado , I had only one purpose; to do no-thing. I didn’t shower. I didn’t shave. I didn’t eat. I just meditated. I did hike do yoga…but these merely served the purpose of helping to calm my body so I could sit down and do nothing again (i.e. meditate). The single-pointedness …

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