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Yoga Strengthens Your Weakest Links

I recently started practicing yoga asana again after a 9 month hiatus. Life got busy so I spent my time doing things aside from heading to a warm yoga studio to sweat and breath deeply. Over the past few weeks I’ve rolled out my mat several times. I’ve re-discovered how my yoga practice illuminates and …

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Three Simple Meditation Tips

Meditation is something that anyone can do. It doesn’t require any type of special certification or training in a certain meditation technique. It just requires consistent practice. Here are three helpful tips to help you in your own meditation practice: Sit every day, no matter how long or short. Frequency matters more than length. Like …

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Minding the Overlap

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The Real Reason to Practice Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic workout for your physical body, but that is not its purpose. It’s purpose is to cultivate a deep sense of connection to the present moment. In doing so it is the ultimate workout for the mind. Sweating, losing weight, gaining strength and all those things are collateral benefits but should never …

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Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose aka Tadasana aka your “True North.” It is the physical foundation of any yoga practice. A simple pose that aligns your body, mind and breath towards a singular purpose. All you need to do is stand tall, with legs active, shoulders back and down opening the chest and heart, with a deep breath …

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Surrender

Yoga literally means “union”, but in practice it is the art of surrender or letting go. Like peeling an onion, it’s about stripping away everything that is not needed and getting to the heart of things. Extra effort, mental strain, random thoughts, labored breath, emotional attachments, stories about why something is the way it is….it’s …

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Baptiste Power Flow Immersion 2011

The 2011 Baptiste Power Flow Immersion is complete! 500 + yogis gathered in Estes Park, CO for a¬†three day¬†immersion in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Led by Baron Baptiste, this gathering included Master Teachers from around the country leading workshops in addition to plenty of teachers and students of all skill levels coming together to practice. …

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Attachment and Non-Attachment

Attachment is having a “hangup”. It’s a stickiness or a blocking (as described by Zen teacher Alan Watts). It’s about having a hangup on the things we are told by our parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, bosses and peer groups. Things that define what we do, what we think about the things we do (or don’t …

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Seasons

The universe operates in terms of cycles – or seasons as I like to call them. This applies to obvious things in our environment – like the changing weather throughout the year; as well as other things like relationships that come – and go – and then come back together again, businesses that thrive – …

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Practice

Practice, and all is coming – Sri Pattabhi Jois Says it all.

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Ashtanga, NY

Just watched a nice documentary, Ashtanga, NY on Netflix (streaming) regarding Ashtanga yoga as taught by Sri Pattabhi Jois (“Guruji”). The documentary takes place during a 1 month intensive in which Guruji and his grandson led several hundred students in daily Ashtanga practice in the heart of Manhattan. What makes it even more powerful is …

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Intention is everything

All my classes start in this way, with a few moments of silence. With time for students to consider why they took the time to practice at the start or end of a busy day. Establishing a clear intention is the single most important thing you can do in a practice of yoga. It’s certainly …

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Gravity Cowboy Workshop with Brock and Krista Cahill

Brock and Krista came to town for a three day yoga workshop. Learned a ton. Highly recommend checking out their classes. It will be different than anything else you have done yoga-wise. They have amazing methods for teaching inversions, arm balances and handstand variations. These were easily some of the most challenging yoga asana classes …

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The Lost Art of Relaxation

We are experts at applying effort. We are terribly poor at relaxation. I say “we” since by virtue of reading this blog, you are probably a seeker of self-development and discovery, and not the kind of person that sits around all day doing nothing. The art of relaxation is a lost art. In my yoga …

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Yoga Poses on Bing

This is ridiculously cool! I love a lot of things about Bing (great shopping and cashback, travel fare comparisons, best weather summaries around, etc)….but this takes the cake! Bing yoga pose visual search

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Step Through the Fire Without Fear

I have a friend who works for master glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly, and we were talking about the sculptures a bit. It got me thinking about how amazing this art is. If you’ve ever been to the Bellagio, that’s his work hanging on the ceiling as you enter the main lobby. The thing about …

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All For Love

What would you do for someone you truly love? Would you do whatever it takes to keep them healthy? Would you go out of your way to keep them safe and to protect them from trouble? Would you spare no effort to make sure they received a proper education? Would you give them all the …

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Setting an Intention

In yoga classes I often ask students to “set and intention” for the class as we begin. This intention, or purpose, can set the tone of the entire class. An empowering intention can make be the difference between moving through class with “the wind at your back” and struggling through in a hope that it …

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30-Day Meditation Challenge Complete!

Two days ago I completed a 30-day meditation challenge. You can read my posts during the challenge here. The challenge was as follows: I commit to, starting today and for the next 30 days, meditating twice a day for 20 minutes each. Once in the morning and once in the evening. The challenge began simply …

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The Importance of Contrast

In the Yoga asana practice that I teach we spend a good portion of each practice in an energetic fiery flow that builds “yang” energy. Simply put, you get very warm, start sweating profusely and raise the overall energy level of your body. The closing portion of class is designed to be more cooling, contemplative …

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